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  • Marty Beil, Wisconsin Union Leader Who Lost Fight With Walker, Dies at 68

    10/03/2015 7:25:12 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10-3-15
    Marty Beil, who as the longtime leader of the union that represented Wisconsin’s state employees was at the center of the fight in 2011 against Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers, died on Thursday at his home in Mazomanie, Wis. He was 68. The cause has not been determined, his sister, Mickey Beil, said. To many, Mr. Beil was the face of the state employees union, an outspoken advocate of workers’ rights for more than 40 years. In the 2011 fight with Mr. Walker that he ultimately lost, Mr. Beil helped organize protests...
  • Firefighters’ Union Backs Away From Endorsement of Hillary Clinton

    10/02/2015 7:07:06 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 2, 2015 | By NOAM SCHEIBER and AMY CHOZICK
    The International Association of Fire Fighters, one of the country’s more politically powerful unions, has abandoned its initial plans to endorse Hillary Rodham Clinton for president, according to union sources. Harold A. Schaitberger, the union’s general president, informed Mrs. Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, in a telephone call on Monday. According to a union official, Mr. Schaitberger told Mr. Mook that the executive board and rank-and-file members — the latter were recently polled — did not support a Clinton endorsement. The early support of a cross section of unions — most prominently the American Federation of Teachers, which endorsed Mrs....
  • Has Hillary lost the Teamsters over Keystone XL?

    10/02/2015 10:43:47 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 11 replies
    American THinker ^ | October 2, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    The Fox News report that the Teamsters have decided not to endorse Hillary Clinton’s candidacy at this time, shortly after her pronouncement of her opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, does not surprise and shows the peril of trying to be all things to all constituencies. On the one hand, there is a need to placate environmentalists and climate change true believers who oppose the pipeline from Canada. Among them is billionaire Tom Steyer, an eco-zealot who has pledged his fortune in support of Democratic candidates who want to repeal the Industrial Revolution who want us to rely on solar...
  • Democrats Begin the Long, Tortuous Retreat from Obamacare

    10/01/2015 12:35:38 PM PDT · by lbryce · 11 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | October 1, 2015 | Ed Morrrisey
    After 5 years, two midterm disasters, and a rollout that reminded Americans why they fell out of love with big government in the 1970s, reality has finally begun to dawn on some Democrats about Obamacare. With open enrollment about to start and a third straight round of premium spikes about to hit voters’ pockets, the Democrats’ leading presidential candidate has offered a “major break” with the Obama administration on its signature domestic policy achievement. Hillary Clinton will speak out against the so-called Cadillac tax on high-coverage health care plans, as early as this week, according to The New York Times....
  • Labor unions awarded millions from federal agencies

    10/01/2015 10:06:26 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 1 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 1, 2015 | Kelly Riddell
    Under President Obama, federal agencies are doling out tens of millions of dollars to one of the Democratic Party’s most essential constituencies: big labor. The grants range from safety training to union membership recruitment to whipping up support for the president’s signature program called Obamacare, a Washington Times review of federal contracting records shows. Last week, for example, the Department of Energy awarded a $900,000-plus grant for the development of a safety regimen for workers facing hazardous duties in energy and waste jobs. It didn’t go to a safety firm or training school but rather to a labor union: Akron...
  • BREAKING: Teamsters Withhold Endorsement for Hillary => Want to Meet With Donald Trump (Video)

    09/29/2015 4:23:21 PM PDT · by familyop · 144 replies
    Gateway Pundit, Fox News ^ | Sep 29th, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    TEAMSTERS OFFICIALS WANT TO MEET WITH DONALD TRUMP! Teamsters officials met behind closed doors today. The union refused to endorse Hillary Clinton for president. The officials told FOX News they want to meet with Donald Trump. James Rosen reported: "Union executives told me they want to sit down with Republican candidates, most notably, front-runner Donald Trump who has collaborated with unionized work forces across his real estate career." Via Special Report: BREAKING: Teamsters Withhold Endorsement for Hillary Want to Meet With Donald Trump
  • Top 25 Political Donations from 1989 to 2014

    09/24/2015 5:47:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    MERCATUS CENTER AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY ^ | Mar 04, 2014 | Veronique de Rugy
    The incentives to use political connections for personal gain grow as the power of government grows. Donating to political campaigns is one way that private interests try to win alliances of government authorities. Over the past 25 years, several of the top political contributors have sought political privilege largely under the radar, with some surprising names appearing among the top 25. ... The top donor is ActBlue, an online political action committee dedicated to raising funds for Democrats. Fourteen labor unions were among the top 25 political campaign contributors. Three public sector unions were among the fourteen: the American Federation...
  • Seattle May Soon Force Uber And Lyft Drivers To Unionize

    09/23/2015 6:49:12 PM PDT · by markomalley · 37 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/23/15 | Connor D Wolf
    The Seattle City Council began considering a bill Wednesday it claims will help give Uber and Lyft drivers a voice, but which critics say is nothing more than a giveaway to unions.Democratic Councilman Mike O’Brien introduced the bill, which would impact contract drivers for Uber, Lyft and any other ride-sharing company. The goal, its supporters say, is to give the drivers more of a voice by allowing drivers to collectively negotiate.“The majority of drivers for hire come from historically disadvantaged communities,” the city council noted in an issue page on its website. “Unfortunately, they are often taken advantage of by...
  • Union Ordered to Stop Violating School Employees’ Right-to-Work Law Rights

    09/23/2015 11:49:37 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/23/2015 | Tom Gantert
    By a unanimous vote on Wednesday, the Michigan Employment Relations Commission ruled that the Michigan Education Association’s attempt to restrict school employees' rights under right-to-work violates state labor law and is an unfair labor practice. The MEA, which exercised the restriction under a so-called August window, is the state’s largest teachers union. It is expected to appeal the decision in the courts. The ruling is the latest development in a 2013 lawsuit brought by four Saginaw public school employees who did not want to be forced to financially support the union as a condition of employment. The August window is...
  • Michigan Taxpayers Pay Union Officials Millions to Do Union Work

    09/23/2015 10:07:23 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/22/2015 | Jarrett Skorup
    The public school district in Taylor, Michigan is in big trouble financially. It is shedding students and has run significant deficits in recent years due to spending more than it takes in, requiring special oversight from the state. But the district still finds the money to pay four union stewards to do union work on the taxpayer’s dime. More than $108,000 is given up so that the union can enjoy this privilege. The practice is called “release time,” and school districts across the state do it. The arrangement allows union officials, typically the president of the union local, to be...
  • Obama’s Job Killing Gift to Big Labor - ambushing the economy’s job-creators

    09/21/2015 3:40:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | September 21, 2015 | Trey Kovacs
    The Obama administration rewarded its union allies last month with a decision that threatens millions of jobs and thousands of businesses, from staffing agencies to cleaning services and auto-repair shops to construction companies. In a case involving Browning-Ferris Industries (BFI), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decided to unilaterally redefine the concept of joint employment—when more than one business is responsible for an employee or group of employees—and made it easier to unionize large corporations. This ruling could have a devastating effect on small businesses, job creation, and the U.S. economy.......... Before last week, two businesses were deemed joint employers...
  • The Scheming Marxist Architect of Obamacare, Robert Creamer, Helped Sell the Iran Deal

    09/20/2015 5:11:44 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 11 replies ^ | 2015 September 14 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton (h/t Judy Weddle)
    [picture of Robert Creamer] Looks like the Marxist architect of Obamacare also had a major say in putting forth the Iran Deal. Robert Creamer was convicted in 2005 for tax violations and bank fraud. He served time and was under house arrest. While in prison, he crafted the core underpinnings of Obamacare. Creamer is a political consultant who is very close to Barack Obama and is married to Jan Schakowsky, the Marxist Congresswoman from Illinois. While on the inside, he wrote, Listen to Your Mother: Stand Up Straight! How Progressives Can Win. Obamacare was only the first major step in...
  • Union Activist Urges: ‘Punch and Kick’ Donald Trump Photo at GOP Debate [Video]

    09/17/2015 1:35:55 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 Sep 2015 | Lee Stranahan
    Exclusive video from Brietbart News outside the GOP debate Wednesday shows a candid moment as union official Alejandra Valles, Secretary-Treasurer of the SEIU chapter United Service Workers West, directed a group of young protesters to “punch and kick” a photo of GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump. “This is awesome! Awesome!” exclaimed the woman taking the photo, before jumping into the photo herself and saying, “I’m going to kick!” She then urged the group to make fists.
  • Dems answer Walker with labor law bill

    09/16/2015 7:45:36 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | September 16, 2015 | Brian Mahoney with Marianne LeVine and Timothy Noah
    DEMS ANSWER WALKER WITH LABOR LAW BILL: Two days after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker unveiled his plans to eliminate the NLRB and take right-to-work national, congressional Democrats will today propose legislation developed with the AFL-CIO to stiffen penalties for employers who violate the National Labor Relations Act. Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Bobby Scott will introduce a bill that they say would “help ensure workers are able to have a voice in the workplace and would crack down on employers who break the law when workers exercise their right to collective action.” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will stand alongside the...
  • Once again, Gov. Scott Walker ignores teacher who wants him to stop talking about her

    09/16/2015 2:08:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 15, 2015 | Valerie Strauss
    <p>“In 2010, Megan Sampson was named the Outstanding First Year Teacher by the Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English. Soon after, she was laid off.</p> <p>“How could this be? One of the best new teachers in the state was being let go. Well, under the old union contract, the last hired was the first fired. The last in was the first out. So, when the Democrats who controlled state government in 2010 cut aid for schools and gave them no other options, Megan Sampson’s school district laid off teachers.</p>
  • Let’s Get Radical - For once give liberals a taste of what they’re complaining about

    09/16/2015 1:40:41 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | September 16, 2015 | Ross Kaminsky
    "..The first excellently radical idea I’ve heard in months came Monday from the struggling campaign of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker who made a name for himself by taking on—and repeatedly beating—public sector unions in Wisconsin.Walker is calling for ending union representation of all federal government employees (FDR and even the former head of the AFL-CIO would agree), making all workplaces “right-to-work” unless a particular state votes differently, shutting down the National Labor Relations Board (which has turned into one of the most effective cudgels of the Obama administration’s ceaseless attack on business), barring automatic withdrawal of union dues from paychecks(to...
  • Scott Walker: Make federal employee unions illegal

    09/15/2015 4:54:17 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 21 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/15/15 | Dan Calabrese
    As FDR believed they should be, and as they were before 1962. I know that some of you are going to call this an attention-getting stunt because Walker is struggling in the polls. Here’s my response to that: A guy who’s running for president should seek success in the polls by making solid, serious policy proposals. That’s what this is. And if anyone thinks he’s not serious, they don’t know Walker’s governing history. He understands like few governors how the cycle of corruption works between public-employee unions and Democrats: Unions fund Democrat candidates, who, once elected, offer generous compensation packages...
  • Scott Walker Whacks Hornet’s Nest, Plans to Eliminate Federal Employee Unions

    09/15/2015 6:23:40 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 15, 2015 | Walter Hudson
    Abolishing federal things. Nice. In a crowded presidential field where the lion’s share of attention remains focused on the bombastic Donald Trump, candidates need to swing for the fences if they hope to earn much needed attention. Wisconsin governor Scott Walker made such a move Monday, announcing his intention to eliminate unions for federal employees and abolish the National Labor Relations Board. From the Associated Press: Union leaders are livid. Tony Reardon, president of the National Treasury Employees Union that represents 150,000 federal workers, said Walker is “declaring a war on middle-class workers.” And Democratic presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton...
  • Hillary Accused Scott Walker of ‘Bullying.’ A Few Hours Later, He Hit Back With a Blistering Comment

    09/14/2015 11:41:23 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 59 replies
    The Blaze ^ | September 15, 2015 | Oliver Darcy
    [Hillary] used the social media platform to accuse Walker of employing “bullying” tactics when dealing with unions. “Unions help keep working families strong. Scott Walker’s attacks on unions and workers’ rights aren’t leadership—they’re bullying,” Clinton wrote. The tweet was signed with her initial, indicating she personally authored the tweet. A few hours later, Walker responded — and hit back hard. @HillaryClinton Actually, we’re protecting the American worker from being forced to support candidates like you,” [SW]
  • AFL-CIO Chief On Socialists and Democrats: ‘I Don’t Really Know What the Difference Is’

    09/14/2015 10:15:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 14, 2015 | 10:33 AM EDT | Eric Scheiner
    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told Hardball host Chris Matthews, “I don’t know what the difference is between a Democratic Socialist and a Democrat.” During an appearance on the MSNBC program last week, Trumka was asked by Matthews about Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. […] “I don’t think people care,” Trumka replied. “I don’t know what the difference is between a Democratic Socialist and a Democrat. I don’t really know what the difference is and I think most voters don’t care.” …
  • Government workers outnumber manufacturing workers in Illinois

    09/14/2015 8:06:11 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 21 replies
    ILLINOIS REVIEW ^ | September 14, 2015 | Michael Lucci
    Monday, September 14, 2015 Government workers outnumber manufacturing workers in Illinois By Michael Lucci / Illinois Policy Institute - The top-producing states of the Midwest’s manufacturing powerhouse are Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. But Illinois is the only one of the Great Lakes states where government workers dramatically outnumber manufacturing workers, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As of June 2015, Illinois had only 574,000 factory workers, compared with nearly 750,000 state and local government workers. That means Illinois had only 3 manufacturing workers for every 4 state and local government workers.
  • Scott Walker to propose abolishing unions for federal workers - ABOLISH NLRB

    09/13/2015 11:44:51 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 161 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | September 14, 2015 | Patrick Marley
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker plans to focus Monday on weakening labor by proposing to abolish unions for federal workers, create a national "right-to-work law" and eliminate the National Labor Relations Board.At a Las Vegas manufacturer, he also plans to call for requiring all unions to hold periodic votes so workers can decide whether they should continue to exist, according to his campaign. He will also cancel President Barack Obama's Labor Day order that federal contractors provide paid sick leave and work to end policies requiring some salaried workers to receive overtime—saying in some cases they should get time off instead."It's...
  • AP Exclusive: GOP's Walker Proposes Vast Union Restrictions [This IS revolutionary!]

    09/13/2015 11:09:12 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    YahooFinance ^ | September 14, 2014
    Sep 14, 2015, AP Exclusive: GOP's Walker Proposes Vast Union Restrictions Associated Press By SCOTT BAUER MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker on Monday will call for sweeping restrictions on organized labor in the U.S., seeking to replicate nationwide his successful effort as Wisconsin's governor to curb the power of unions. At a town hall meeting in Las Vegas, Walker will propose eliminating unions for employees of the federal government, making all workplaces right-to-work unless individual states vote otherwise, scrapping the federal agency that oversees unfair labor practices and making it more difficult for unions to organize....
  • Gov. Walker to Double Down With Attacks on Working People in Las Vegas Speech

    09/12/2015 11:59:20 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 132 replies
    MADISON, Wis. — Sinking in the national polls, the bumbling campaign of onetime frontrunner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, is preparing to double down with renewed attacks on working people. Career politician Walker’s desperate bid to remain competitive on the backs of the middle class and working people will be unveiled in a Monday speech in Las Vegas Nevada, hometown of anti-union, Walker mega-donor Sheldon Adelson. “Scott Walker has always been willing to do or say anything to try to win an election,” commented One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross. “It’s no surprise he’s...

    09/12/2015 11:19:17 AM PDT · by glenduh · 17 replies
    Numbers USA ^ | 12 Sep 2015 | Roy Beck
    The NumbersUSA Grade Committee met this week to consider all the immigration statements made by Presidential candidates since we last met. We changed lots of category ratings for most of the candidates (see below). To see the statements on which ratings are based, be sure to go to the big Grid with all Presidential candidates and click on the photo of a candidate: You will also find the source and link for all of them. The ratings adjustments resulted in changes in overall grades of only three candidates DEMOTED Fiorina demoted from C-minus to D. Christie demoted from C+...
  • At Reagan's alma mater, Walker expected to foreshadow national plan for sweeping labor changes

    09/10/2015 7:43:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 46 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal - Madison ^ | September 10, 2015 | MARK SOMMERHAUSER
    Presidential candidate and Gov. Scott Walker will speak this morning at the alma mater of his political hero, Ronald Reagan, about his Day One Plan for the White House. In a speech this morning at Eureka College in Eureka, Ill., Walker also is expected to foreshadow a plan he'll lay out in greater detail Monday, which will outline how he plans to address labor issues nationally.
  • Over last 20 years, fires .. declined by 50% while career firefighters increased more than 50%

    09/09/2015 7:12:06 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Carpe Diem ^ | September 8, 2015 | Mark J. Perry
    Over last 20 years, annual fires in the US declined by about 50% while career firefighters increased more than 50%? [ Full title ]. while the annual number of fires in the US declined by 47% between 1983 and 2013 (from more than 2.3 million to 1.24 million), the number of paid career firefighters increased by 56.5% (from 226,600 to 354,600), according to data from the National Fire Protection Association here and here. In 1983 there were more than 10 fires in the US per career firefighter, but by 2013 there were fewer than 3.50 fires per paid career firefighter....
  • This is What 365 Days Without a Vacation Does to Your Health

    09/08/2015 3:58:54 PM PDT · by Stand Watch Listen · 50 replies
    Government Executive / Quartz ^ | Sep 8, 2015 | Thu-Huong Ha
    If you live in the US, the odds are high that you haven’t taken a vacation this year (or last year, for that matter). Before enduring another year without an official getaway, either because of work commitments or an otherwise hectic routine, consider the following: A growing body of literature across the fields of medicine, psychology, and management has confirmed what the body and mind already instinctively know. Working without a real break can take a serious toll on one’s mental and physical health. To put the importance of vacation in perspective, here’s a rundown of what happens when down...
  • Put an end to forced union dues

    09/08/2015 1:29:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Trib ^ | Sept. 6, 2015 | Mark Mix
    As you watch your children board the school bus for the first day back to classes, consider this: That school bus driver is likely forced to pay fees to a union as a condition of driving that bus. Why? Because he or she works in one of the 25 forced-unionism states in America — states where it is lawfully permissible to force a worker to pay fees to a union as a condition of employment. You're not alone if this sounds absurd. According to a recent Gallup poll, nearly 80 percent of your fellow Americans agree: No worker should be...
  • Last union mine in Kentucky closes ( War on Coal )

    09/08/2015 1:20:23 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    ap ^ | Sept. 5, 2015
    The union era's death knell sounded in Kentucky on New Year's Eve, when Patriot Coal announced the closing of its Highland Mine. The underground mine in western Kentucky employed about 400 hourly workers represented by the United Mine Workers of America. ... Union membership remains substantial in West Virginia, with more than 30,000 members, largely because that state wasn't affected by the environmental regulations on high-sulfur coal that essentially halted mining in western Kentucky in the 1990s. Smith said those western Kentucky mine shutdowns led to the loss of about 20,000 union members in two years.
  • Overpaid teachers tuning out illiterate students

    09/08/2015 9:12:04 AM PDT · by rktman · 65 replies ^ | 9/8/2015 | Mychal Massie
    The end of summer is upon us and with same comes the Erebusic Satanic ritual notably called return to public school. Public schools since the early 1970s have served to prepare public-school teachers for comfortable retirements and prepare the students relegated to them for lowered expectations and conformity to social Marxism. If more money were the cure to the educational malaise, public schools would be graduating entire classes of Einsteins and Socrateses. But instead, they are promoting students grade-to-grade who cannot make change unless the cash register tells them the correct amount and who are, by definition, illiterate in geography,...
  • Look For The Union Label

    09/08/2015 7:39:10 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 13 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 7, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    As labor union leaders high five each other this weekend over their ancestors’ creation of the Labor Day holiday more than a century ago, we would do well to remember a bit of their history that neither they, nor their admirers in academe, may want you to know. Forty two years ago, the Supreme Court exempted unions from prosecution of acts of violence. “That exemption stems from the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Anti-Racketeer¬ing Act of 1943, known as the Hobbs Act,” Kevin Mooney wrote in a study published by the Capital Research Center two years ago. “That law forbids...
  • Obama rips GOP candidates as anti-union

    09/08/2015 1:57:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    NBC15 ^ | September 8, 2015
    Boston (CNN) --- President Barack Obama lambasted Republican presidential candidates Monday, charging the GOP is treating American workers like a hostile force while looking out only for the rich. Obama delivered a Labor Day speech in Boston, where he traveled to unveil a new executive order he signed forcing companies who contract with the federal government to provide paid sick leave to their employees. Obama, saying he was relieved to not be on the ballot next November, hit at Republicans who he claimed were espousing policies that would erode the middle class. "We're starting to hear a lot about middle-class...
  • Cop union boycotting Obama speech in Boston

    09/07/2015 9:06:26 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 26 replies
    AmericanThinker ^ | September 7, 2015 | Thomas Lifson
  • Labor unions hold back on endorsements for Hillary

    09/07/2015 9:14:46 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 7,2015 | Tim Devaney
    Labor leaders are “playing hard to get” with Hillary Clinton in her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. Many of the nation’s top unions are sitting on the sidelines, content to let Clinton sweat it out while they withhold endorsements.
  • Time to Rein in Public Sector Unions [Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker did this in 2011]

    09/07/2015 5:26:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    The American Interest ^ | September 7, 2015 | James Sherk,research fellow of labor economics, Center for Data Analysis, The Heritage Foundation
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker did this in 2011. He signed legislation eliminating the power of unions to bargain over government benefits and work rules, and strictly limited bargaining over wages. This enabled Walker to transform a $3.6 billion budget shortfall into a surplus and $2 billion in tax cuts. Savings came not just from cutting government pay, but also from operating more efficiently. Much has changed since the first observance of Labor Day more than a century ago. A union movement formed to defend blue-collar laborers now fights primarily to help white-collar workers expand government. The union movement has changed...
  • President Obama Slams GOP Congress In Labor Day Message (VIDEO)

    09/06/2015 12:21:41 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Addicting Information ^ | September 5, 2015 | Randa Morris
    In a Labor Day message, posted to YouTube by The White House on Saturday, President Obama called on Americans to remember what the upcoming holiday is really about. “I wanted to take a moment to talk to you about the real meaning of Labor Day – a day we set aside every year to honor the hardworking men and women who fought for so many of the rights that we take for granted today. “Among those rights, the president highlighted “the eight hour work day, 40-hour work week, weekends, overtime pay, a minimum wage, safer workplaces. health insurance, Social Security,...
  • Federal Government Looking to Feed Public School Students 3 Meals Per Day Year Round

    09/05/2015 11:31:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 71 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 4, 2015 | 1:48 PM EDT | Penny Starr
    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Tuesday that his agency is looking for “creative ways” to give public school students access to more meals, including a way to provide them breakfast, lunch and dinner year round. “We have focused on efforts to try to figure out ways in which we can expand in those time periods when youngsters may not have access to school meals,” Vilsack said in remarks at the liberal Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. That includes giving students access to meals “across the school day, across the school year and across the calendar year,” he...
  • One Of America's Worst Blunders: Allowing Public Workers To Unionize

    09/03/2015 11:56:30 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 26 replies
    Forbes ^ | September 3, 2015 | George Leef
    This country has made a lot of terrible financial blunders. Easily among the top ten would be the decision to allow public employees to form unions and engage in collective bargaining. Only a little more than 50 years old, that mistake has done prodigious harm to us both economically and politically – and the worst is yet to come. In the summer of 2015, the former mayor of San Jose, California, Chuck Reed, launched a ballot initiative. Several California cities have already gone bankrupt and more are teetering on the brink, causing Reed to take a step that’s meant to...
  • The War on McDonalds; Email scandals spread; US dry land declared "Waters of the World by EPA

    09/02/2015 2:35:24 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Wisconsin Club for Growth ^ | 9-2-15 | Wisconsin Club for Growth
    The War on McDonald’s The high and mighty of the Democratic Party sneer at fast-food jobs, calling them unworthy of the often minimally-skilled workers who hold them. But those jobs fill a vital need for such workers: the opportunity to get paid while acquiring stronger skills. Now, in an oh-so-typical overabundance of false solicitude for the welfare of those workers, the Obama administration has acted to make the jobs that are available to them harder to get. Last Thursday, the National Labor Relations Board did what’s been long expected, broadening the definition of a “joint employer” to drag countless businesses...
  • Emails show Clinton's close ties to teachers union

    09/01/2015 6:46:46 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/1/15 | Sean Higgins
    Emails released by the State Department Monday night show that the leader of the American Federation of Teachers, one of the nation's top unions, had direct access to the office of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Several emails show that requests from Tina Flournoy, union President Randi Weingarten's assistant at the time, for private meetings or phone calls were given priority by Clinton. For example, in a July 20, 2010, message to Clinton's private account "," Flournoy, using her American Federation of Teachers address, said: "Have a little issue I would like to discuss with you over the phone. Not...
  • The Union That Rules New York ( SEIU )

    08/31/2015 6:38:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    City Journal ^ | Summer 2015 | DANIEL DISALVO AND STEPHEN EIDE
    Powerful and well funded, 1199 SEIU has unprecedented reach into city and state government. ... Medicaid is one of the primary sources of funding for the hospitals employing workers from 1199 SEIU, the powerful hospital and nursing-home employees’ union. ... The union’s clout can be assessed by several measures: the sheer size of its membership, its spending on campaigns and lobbying, and the depth and breadth of its connections with New York’s ruling elite. With well over 300,000 members in Massachusetts, Maryland, Florida, Washington, D.C., and New York (where over half of that total resides), 1199SEIU is the largest union...
  • Student ‘molested’ by TSA agent in LaGuardia bathroom

    08/28/2015 7:07:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 28, 2015 | Philip Messing
    A college student was sexually molested at LaGuardia Airport by a uniformed TSA agent who demanded she go into a bathroom with him after she got off a flight so she could be searched for a weapon, sources told The Post. The 22-year-old victim, who is Korean, had gotten off a Southwest Airlines flight from Salt Lake City around 8 p.m. Tuesday when the agent, identified as Maxie Oquendo, 40, approached her near the B4 gate of Terminal B. Ogendo then asked her to follow him so she could be searched to see if she was carrying a knife or...
  • The Democratic Party Adopts $15/hour Minimum Wage into National Platform

    08/29/2015 10:09:00 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 53 replies
    The Democratic Party on Friday adopted a call to raise the minimum wage to $15/hr as part of their established party platform heading into the 2016 election season. The move further polarizes the progressive wing of the party by moving them further to the left of both the Republican Party, and corporate centrist Democrats such as Hillary Clinton. In response to the Democratic Party’s vote, Terrence Wise, a Kansas City, Mo. McDonald’s and Burger King Worker and member of the National Organizing Committee of the Fight for $15, issued the following statement.
  • Teacher who was late 111 times says he was eating breakfast (and keeps job)

    08/29/2015 6:06:41 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 38 replies
    SF Gate ^ | August 28, 2015 | Shawn Marsh
    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — An elementary school teacher who was allowed to keep his job despite being late for work 111 times in two years said Friday that breakfast is to blame for his tardiness. "I have a bad habit of eating breakfast in the morning, and I lost track of time," 15-year veteran teacher Arnold Anderson told The Associated Press. In a decision filed Aug. 19, an arbitrator in New Jersey rejected an attempt by the Roosevelt Elementary School in New Brunswick to fire Anderson from his $90,000-a-year job, saying he was entitled to progressive discipline.
  • As UAW contract ends, Wisconsin workers’ rights expand

    08/29/2015 3:22:17 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 54 replies
    Wisconsiin Watchdog ^ | 8-29-15 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wisconsin — A worker-freedom organization is sending a special legal notice to unionized employees of the Big Three automakers in Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan. The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation wants United Auto Workers members at General Motors, Ford and Chrysler to know their new workplace rights now that they are residents of right-to-work states. Those new rights kick in Sept. 15, after the old UAW contracts, which included forced union dues, expire. In a statement Thursday, the Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation said that once the UAW’s “monopoly bargaining contracts” with the automakers end, all...
  • Trumka: GOP Candidates "Hateful And Racist"

    08/27/2015 3:08:35 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 35 replies ^ | August 27, 2015 | Pam Key
    Thursday, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released a video calling unspecified Republican candidates “hateful and racist” for their immigration policies. Trumka said, “Hi, I’m Rich Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO. In the last several weeks, the subject of immigrants living and working in the U.S. has become a major part of the political debate.
  • Rand Paul: Don't punish federal workers who used Ashley Madison

    08/26/2015 10:31:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 26, 2015 | Jake Miller
    Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul said Tuesday that government workers who were outed by hackers as members of - a website created to facilitate extramarital affairs - should not face punishment. Before he could register that opinion, though, he had to figure out what the heck "Ashley Madison" is. "I keep seeing that headline, but I'm terrible - I don't know what it is," he confessed to a Washington Post reporter when he was asked about the hack of the risqué website, which exposed the contact information of millions of its users. The senator asked, "So, she has done...
  • Teacher Union Has Lost 34,000 Members in Last 10 Years

    08/26/2015 7:11:04 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/23/2015 | Tom Gantert
    In 2005, the Michigan Education Association had 130,882 voting (active) members that were teachers and support professionals. According to recent disclosure documents, in 2015 the state's largest teachers union has 96,561 members, a decline of about 34,000 since 2005, or 26 percent. The numbers on the most recent MEA membership came from the Portage Education Association’s website which cites MEA Secretary Treasurer Rick Trainor as its source. The numbers significantly differ from the MEA’s federal report from the previous year. The MEA didn’t respond to an email seeking comment on its overall decline in membership. There are four main reasons...
  • Arbitrator awards union contract in county's favor

    08/26/2015 10:32:54 AM PDT · by redreno · 3 replies ^ | 08/25/2015 | By Ben Botkin
    An arbitrator has awarded a contract in favor of Clark County, ending the county's two-year stretch of negotiations with its largest union. The arbitrator sided with the county, agreeing to end longevity pay for future hires. The Service Employees International Union Local 1107, which represents more than 4,000 county workers, had sought to preserve longevity pay for future employees. Under the decision, county employees get a cost-of-living increase of 2.5 percent retroactive to July 1, 2014; and a 2 percent cost-of-living increase retroactive to July 1. The decision, which the county received Tuesday, almost entirely ends a longevity system for...