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  • Graduate Students Clear Hurdle in Effort to Form Union

    08/23/2016 12:46:26 PM PDT · by oblomov · 36 replies
    NY Times ^ | 23 Aug 2016 | NOAM SCHEIBER
    Students who work as teaching and research assistants at private universities will be allowed to vote to unionize under a ruling Tuesday by the National Labor Relations Board that found that they are employees under federal labor law. The case arose from a union election petition filed by a group of primarily graduate students at Columbia University, who are seeking to form a union that will join the United Automobile Workers. The three Democratic members of the board made up the majority; the lone Republican member dissented. A fifth spot on the board has been vacant since last year. The...
  • Firefighters Union Abandons Hillary Clinton – Refuses Endorsement

    08/17/2016 7:32:04 AM PDT · by GilGil · 51 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 8/17/2016 | Jim hoft
    The International Association of Fire Fighters, a politically powerful labor union, has abandoned its initial plans to endorse Democrat Hillary Clinton for U.S. president, the New York Times reported on Friday. Citing union sources, the Times said the Clinton campaign was told on Monday by IAFF President Harold Schaitberger that there was not enough support on the union’s board or its rank-and-file members for an endorsement of the Democratic front-runner.
  • Teachers' union mad Walmart wants to give teachers free supplies

    08/15/2016 1:00:23 PM PDT · by PaulyPaul · 40 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 15, 2016 | Jason Russell
    Walmart is asking customers to nominate their favorite teachers to win school supplies and a $490 gift card (approximately how much the average public school teacher spends out of pocket on classroom supplies). For whatever reason, the promotion to give free supplies and money to teachers has the Washington Teachers' Union up in arms. The Washington Post reports that Washington Teachers' Union President Elizabeth Davis called the promotion a "cynical coverup." Other union members called it "deceitful" and "bogus."
  • Kanawha Circuit Judge Issues Preliminary Injunction on Right To Work

    08/11/2016 8:24:56 AM PDT · by buckalfa · 29 replies
    WV Metro News ^ | August 10, 2016 | Matt Maccaro
    Link only due to uncertainty of copyright rules with WV Metro News.
  • Fed and State Raid on Union IBEW & Hillary Campaign Office

    08/07/2016 5:18:14 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 35 replies
    Youtube ^ | 08/06/16 | George Spencer
    Keep an eye on this one.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdYAcsj5Lw0    
  • In Chicago, Rahm Emanuel finds a typically Democratic solution to his pension fund problems

    08/07/2016 4:44:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | August 7, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    With all the trouble that Rahm Emanuel has been having in Chicago lately, specifically with unrest surrounding his police department and other scandals, it’s easy to forget that he’s dealing with another serious problem: his city is nearly bankrupt. As with so many other large, Democrat run municipalities, the chief culprit here is the massively underfunded pension system for municipal workers. Their unions negotiated some real sweetheart deals for them over the years, but the costs were completely unsustainable. When the city began to go broke, no real compromise was ever offered by the unions so Rahm is left to...
  • FBI Raids Labor Leader’s Home, IBEW Union Hall, Councilman’s Office (Hillary office Raided!)

    08/06/2016 11:45:05 PM PDT · by proust · 86 replies
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) ^ | 8/5/2016 | PHILADELPHIA (CBS)
    The FBI carried out investigations Friday, spanning across several locations throughout Philadelphia. FBI agents seized dozens of cartons of files and computers at International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 at 18th and Spring Garden Streets.
  • WARRANTS SERVED IN PHILLY, N.J. INVOLVE UNION BOSS, COUNCILMAN

    08/06/2016 8:52:28 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 8 replies
    6ABC.com ^ | 08/06/2016 | WPVI
    The FBI and other law enforcement officers fanned out across the region on Friday, executing a number of search warrants involving a local union boss and a Philadelphia city councilman. Agents were searching the home of Johnny "Doc" Dougherty, a bar called Doc's Union Pub, the headquarters of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 and Councilman Bobby Henon's offices. Just recently, Action News has learned Local 98 dropped upward of $80,000 on lavish parties and events for honchos and lobbyists at the Democratic National Convention.
  • FBI searches target electricians union, Johnny Doc, Councilman Bobby Henon

    08/05/2016 6:26:11 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 19 replies
    philly.com ^ | 5 Aug 2016 | DAVID SWANSON
    Since 2000, the union funneled about $30 million into political races... The union has a membership of 4,652, and assets of $37 million, records show.... A government filing shows that in 2015 Dougherty received $406,532 from the union, including $226,754 as salary...
  • Who Will Bail Out Insolvent Union Pension Funds?

    08/05/2016 6:19:53 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 41 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 5, 2016 | George Leef
    Bernie Sanders isn’t going to be the next president, but one of the bills he has sponsored, the Keep Our Pension Promises Act (KOPPA)could become law during the next president’s term. That ought to worry anyone who knows that the collectivistic instincts of Bernie Sanders mean spreading the costs of bad policies to the entire population. Here’s the background. The Central States Pension Fund (CSPF) of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters has a troubled history going back to its founding in 1955 by long-time Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa. (Carl Horowitz of the Organized Labor Accountability Project looks into that history...
  • Union got Trump Taj Mahal casino workers to kill own jobs: Icahn

    08/05/2016 10:20:49 AM PDT · by Innovative · 26 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Aug. 5, 2016 | Tribune news services
    Billionaire investor Carl Icahn wrote a letter Thursday to the soon-to-be unemployed workers of the Trump Taj Mahal casino, accusing their union of inciting them to destroy their own jobs by participating in the longest strike by Atlantic City's main casino workers union. Icahn told the workers that officials of Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union knew that the company had made its final offer, but rejected it anyway, knowing a strike would result.
  • The union vote: Trump wants to make it Republican

    07/28/2016 4:36:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    CNN's GANT News ^ | July 28, 2016 | CNN
    Donald Trump likes to tout his “tremendous support” among union members. “Workers love me,” he says. Union leaders are clearly worried. They have been out in force at the Democratic National Convention, rallying around Hillary Clinton. On Monday, AFL-CIO head Richard Trumka declared Clinton is a “champion of working people” and cast Trump as a rich guy who “outsourced America’s jobs to line his own pockets.” Most of the large unions — AFL-CIO, AFSCME, SEIU, UAW and teachers groups — are supporting Clinton and donating big to her campaign. Unions are among her top donors, according to OpenSecrets.org. In contrast,...
  • DNC Hack: For The Love Of God, Don’t Talk About Common Core

    07/27/2016 7:58:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 26, 2016 | Blake Neff
    Leaked emails in the recent Democratic National Committee (DNC) Wikileaks hack reveal that DNC officials view Common Core as a political “third rail” and want party members to avoid talking about it. Well, sometimes, at least. The remarks were made by DNC deputy communications director Eric Walker while discussing a planned video that would denounced the GOP as hostile to teachers. Walker was highly critical of a part of the video that would mention Common Core, and said it had to go at all costs. “Common Core is a political third rail that we should not be touching at all....
  • Pittsburgh police chief among primetime speakers on Day 2 of DNC

    07/26/2016 9:41:42 AM PDT · by surroundedbyblue · 17 replies
    WPXI Pittsburgh ^ | 07/26/2016
    Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay will be one of the primetime speakers at Tuesday's Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. He's expected to speak sometime between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., after former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. McLay will be followed by actor Tony Goldwyn, who plays the president on the TV show 'Scandal.' According to a release by Mayor Bill Peduto's office, McLay will speak about Pittsburgh's efforts to adopt the best practices on community policing. Pittsburgh is one of six cities nationwide participating in the U.S. Department of Justice's National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice. Mayor...
  • Big Labor Makes The Case For Hillary Over Trump

    07/26/2016 7:35:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 32 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 7/26/2016 | Connor D. Wolf
    National union leaders made the case Monday for why Democratic presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton is a better choice over Republican nominee Donald Trump. National unions have overwhelmingly endorsed Clinton with many warning Trump would be disastrous for worker rights. The AFL-CIO, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the National Education Association, AFSCME, among others within the labor movement voiced their support for her at the the Democratic National Convention. “We need a president that wants to raise wages instead of one that thinks wages are too high and doesn’t even think there should be a federal minimum wage,” SEIU International...
  • Largest federal employee union applauds Clinton pick of Senator Tim Kaine as running mate

    07/23/2016 1:58:12 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 20 replies
    The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) ^ | July 22, 2016 | The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
    IMPORTANT:This information should not be downloaded using government equipment, read during duty time, sent to others using government equipment, or sent to anyone while in a government building because it involves election related activity.WASHINGTON – In response to the announcement that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has selected U.S. Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate, American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. today issued the following statement:“While representing Virginia in the U.S. Senate, Tim Kaine has been a vocal advocate for government workers and the programs we deliver to the American public. Like Hillary...
  • De Blasio angers UFT with latest relaxation of school discipline

    07/22/2016 12:39:39 AM PDT · by EinNYC · 9 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 21, 2016 | Selim Algar
    The de Blasio administration rolled out new set of relaxed disciplinary reforms for schoolchildren on Thursday that even managed to roil a recent ally, the head of the teachers union. Along with the Department of Education, de Blasio announced a total ban on suspensions for students in kindergarten through second grade claiming the current disciplinary tactics disproportionately affect students of color and those with disabilities.
  • NEA for Hillary email

    07/21/2016 11:12:53 PM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 32 replies
    email | 21 July 2016 | Lily Eskelsen García
    [Wife's name], I just finished watching Donald Trump's speech tonight. He's trying so hard to convince people he's a statesman. But I'm not fooled by what I just heard, and no one who works in education should be, either. It's more obvious than ever that this man has a dangerous, disturbing vision of America. That he's committed to dividing us, cultivating fear, and exploiting frustration. Tonight, Donald Trump showed exactly why we can't afford to let him near the White House. If you agree, add your name to our list of educators ready to keep Trump out of the...
  • Philadelphia police union slams Hillary Clinton over choice of speakers at convention

    07/21/2016 7:51:26 AM PDT · by rktman · 39 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 7/21/2016 | Dave Boyer
    Philadelphia’s police union is blasting Hillary Clinton for inviting relatives of victims of police shootings to speak at the Democratic National Convention next week, but failing to include relatives of slain police officers. John McNesby, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, said the union was “shocked and saddened” by the planned choice of speakers at the convention, which opens Monday in Philadelphia.
  • Union Contract Delivers Five-Year Salary Freeze for State's Teacher of the Year

    07/18/2016 8:49:32 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/13/2016 | Tom Gantert
    In May, the state Department of Education named Tracy Horodyski as Michigan’s 2016-17 Teacher of the Year. But Horodyski, who has 16 years of classroom experience teaching at Kenowa Hills Public Schools in Kent County, won’t see any salary raise coming from the school district, due to a provision in her union contract. Like all Michigan teachers union contracts, the one at Kenowa Hills bases an individual's salary on just two criteria – the number of educational credentials acquired and years of service. The Kenowa Hills Public Schools teachers contract has 28 seniority-based pay tiers or "steps." There is generally...
  • The FAA Reauthorization Is a Big Government Gift to Unions

    07/14/2016 7:46:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 14, 2016 | Terry Schilling
    A new bill in the House of Representatives, the Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act, sponsored by Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pennsylvania), seeks to “privatize” the air traffic control system, which would strip oversight away from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and create a new, private, non-profit corporation to oversee air traffic control (ATC) operations.On the surface, this bill might sound like a good idea. But the word “privatize” is a misnomer. Instead of fixing legitimate problems with the FAA, the AIRR Act would overhaul the entire ATC system and replace a bureaucracy that is currently accountable to Congress with...
  • Philly airport workers vote to strike during the DNC

    07/13/2016 3:11:30 PM PDT · by PROCON · 34 replies
    philly.com ^ | July 13, 2016 | Jane M. Von Bergen
    Baggage handlers, wheelchair attendants, airplane cleaners, and other workers at Philadelphia International Airport voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to walk off their jobs in protest during the Democratic National Convention this month, according to a union that wants to organize them. The workers are seeking better scheduling, clarity on sick pay, a more predictable disciplinary system, and to be able to unionize. The vote, which took place at the airport, was 461-5 in favor of striking out of 500 on shift Tuesday participating. The workers, who number about 1,000, work for subcontractors hired by various airlines.
  • Hoffa Threatens GOP At Obama Event: "Take These Son Of Bitches Out"

    09/05/2011 12:54:37 PM PDT · by Bikkuri · 37 replies
    Real Clear Politics Video ^ | Real Clear Politics Video
    Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa had some profane, combative words for Republicans while warming up the crowd for President Obama in Detroit, Michigan on Monday.
  • Jimmy Hoffa and Feds Scheme to Control Teamsters

    10/13/2011 8:04:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 13, 2011 | John Ransom
    Fred Gegare, who is challenging Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa in elections this month to head up the transport union, says that Hoffa and the US government are colluding to control the union by the use of intimidation. If true, the allegations could mean that 50 years of work trying to rid unions of mob influence has come to an end.  Hoffa and the Justice Department, says Gegare, have abused a decades-old consent decree, “which was once used to remove mobsters two decades ago, [but] is now being used to target [Hoffa’s] critics” through a “rogue investigative unit set up by...
  • America's Orwellian Liberalism

    10/15/2011 6:11:54 AM PDT · by radioone
    American Thinker ^ | October 15, 2011 | Marvin Folkertsma
    The ink was barely dry on the asterisk in Jimmy Hoffa, Jr.'s rant about taking out those "son-of-a-b*tches" -- referring to Tea Party members -- when the vice president made his own contribution at a Labor Day rally. "This is a fight for the existence of organized labor," the veep shouted. "You are the only ones who can stop the barbarians at the gate!" And the diatribes have continued with the establishment of a website designed to track unfair comments made by those who, in President Obama's words, want to "cripple" America. Congresswoman Maxine Waters' snippet about telling the Tea...
  • TEAMSTERS (IBT) Nash Finally Sentenced, Gets Off Easy

    04/16/2002 2:52:21 PM PDT · by knak · 10 replies · 564+ views
    nlpc ^ | 4/15/02
    Almost 55 months after confessing felonious conduct, Teamster money-laundering scandal figure, Jere Nash, has finally been sentenced. U.S. Dist. Judge Thomas P. Griesa (S.D.N.Y., Nixon) sentenced Nash Apr. 9 to a mere two years probation for his role in a series of schemes which lead to the embezzlement of some $885,000 from the Int'l Bhd. of Teamsters' treasury and to $538,100 in illegal campaign contributions to the failed reelection campaign of expelled IBT president Ron Carey. The sentencing appears to have been hush hush: the four N.Y.C. major dailies and the two Washington, D.C., dailies apparently did not cover the...
  • Donald Trump taps into manufacturing regions to extract Democratic voters

    07/03/2016 10:09:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | July 3, 2016 | Ben Jacobs in Steubenville, Ohio
    The Ohio river valley was once a foundation of the American economy, and of the Democratic party. For decades, coal- and steel-producing areas in south-east Ohio and south-west Pennsylvania voted Democrat. Union workers, supporting the party of organized labor, counted on steady and well-paid jobs. But the US coal industry has been unable to survive major shifts in the world economy and steel has been subject to mechanization. In recent years, those steady jobs have disappeared. This has turned the region into ripe territory for Donald Trump. In the Pennsylvania Republican primary, the billionaire won a crushing victory, sweeping the...
  • Spiking Pensions: Another MEA Executive Involved in Special Deals

    06/30/2016 1:12:49 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/28/2016 | Tom Gantert
    The secretary-treasurer of the state’s largest teachers union is one of several top union executives involved in a pension spiking scheme in public school districts. The arrangement increases the union officials' retirement payouts from the state-run school pension system. The officials are all former school employees who left public employment to work for the union full time. Under the spiking arrangement, however, they are still carried on school payrolls — and as a result are still accumulating pension credits with the school retirement system. Rick Trainor was a teacher for 21 years at the Mount Pleasant school district. In 2011...
  • As Right-to-Work Expands, So Do Union Membership Rolls

    06/29/2016 12:11:01 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/26/2016 | Vincent Vernuccio
    In March, the United Auto Workers reported that its membership grew 1.3 percent in 2015. This may come as a surprise to some because a substantial number of UAW members work in right-to-work states like Michigan. But the report highlights something worker-freedom supporters — and even some UAW officials — already knew: Right-to-work can be good for unions. Right-to-work laws do nothing to diminish a union’s ability to organize a workplace or a worker’s ability to become a union member and pay dues. A recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that in 2015, unions in what...
  • Why Wal-Mart can NOT afford to pay workers a $15 minimum wage [warning: contains math]

    06/20/2016 6:58:31 AM PDT · by grundle · 41 replies
    cnbc.com ^ | June 20, 2016 | Michael Saltsman
    Wal-Mart is "hugely profitable," writes the National Employment Law Project (NELP) in a recent commentary, generating "$482 billion in revenue in fiscal year 2016." Here, the writer falsely equates revenue (the money a company takes in before subtracting expenses) and profit (how much a company makes after it pays its costs). It's a common tactic used to shock readers and inflate the perception of a company's finances. Wal-Mart's actual profit, according to SEC filings, was only 3 percent of its total revenue. That works out to roughly $6,400 dollars in profit for each of the company's 2.3 million employees—a profit...
  • Consider this before you buy a new car or truck...

    06/14/2016 3:32:08 PM PDT · by Tazzo · 102 replies
    Buying a car or truck built in the USA, by members of the UAW, is a financial contribution to Clinton and other democrat candidates. The United Auto Workers (UAW) financially support ONLY democrat candidates. Do you want YOUR money supporting democrats?
  • California maintenance union pact costliest since at least 2005

    06/14/2016 1:32:44 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    The Bee ^ | JUNE 13, 2016 | JON ORTIZ
    A tentative labor contract for California’s state craft and maintenance workers hikes costs to taxpayers more than any deal bargained by the union in at least 11 years, according to a new report by the non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office. The pact with International Union of Operating Engineers Bargaining Unit 12, adds a total $473 million over four years to the state’s pay and benefits costs, the analyst’s office estimates. The figure includes increased pension, health care and other costs for the roughly 11,000 employees in Bargaining Unit 12 from July 1, 2016 to July 1, 2019. In sum, the analyst...
  • The Great CEO-Worker ‘Pay Gap’ Is Nothing But A Union-Built Myth

    06/14/2016 5:35:35 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 66 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 6/10/2016 | MARK J. PERRY
    In an annual ritual that takes place every May, the AFL-CIO releases its “Executive Paywatch” report to publicize what it considers to be the excessive compensation of the CEOs of America’s biggest multinational firms. The nation’s largest labor federation reports this year that the typical CEO running an S & P 500 firm received total compensation of $12.4 million in 2015 while the average rank-and-file worker was paid just $36,875 — a pay gap of 335-to-1. But the AFL-CIO can only get such an inflated pay ratio by applying a series of statistical sleights... ...the AFL-CIO only considers a very...
  • I have just witnessed something rare - a socialist politician with real principles

    06/09/2016 6:43:04 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies
    10th June 2016 | vanity
    Like tens of thousands of other Australians, I am a volunteer firefighter - bush fire is a constant threat in Australia, especially during the summer months, and the nation's sheer size and relatively low population means volunteer fire fighters are critical to public safety - the professionals do a fine job in the big cities but on the edges of those cities and out of them, it's the volunteers that are most critical. As a Victorian, I am a volunteer with the CFA - the Country Fire Authority - which has about 60,000 volunteers and about 1,000 professional employed firefighters...
  • No Shell game: this cracker plant will deliver (Pennsylvania)

    06/09/2016 6:51:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | June 9, 2016 | Brian O'Neill
    When Shell announced Tuesday it had green-lighted its ethane cracker plant in Beaver County, a high school buddy who has been watching the oil industry for decades emailed me from New York. This move “completely, totally, unbelievably turns conventional wisdom of the past 40 years on its head,” John Kingston, director of Global Market Insights for S&P Global, said. “A petrochemical plant in the U.S., and not in Asia? And one not on the Gulf Coast? C’mon, that’s crazy talk!” The announcement does seem a throwback to an earlier time in Western Pennsylvania. We’re talking 6,000 jobs in building the...
  • The Efficient Destruction of Flyover Country

    06/07/2016 6:34:35 AM PDT · by ConservativeMind · 77 replies
    Chronicles Magazine ^ | June 2, 2016 | Steve Berg
    ...an economist would say this happens because of inefficiency, and the failure of manufacturing is all part of the “creative destruction” that is an essential engine of capitalism. But what I have seen here in the heartland of the United States is only the destruction; the creation takes place offshore. Making a god of efficiency denigrates the much more important goal of effectiveness. Efficiency (as Peter Drucker writes) is doing the thing right, while effectiveness is doing the right thing. Of course, ideologues firmly believe that effectiveness is purely automatic: Progress is inevitable! But that is not the reality I...
  • Caught on Camera: Teachers Union Officials Advise Fraud to Cover up Child Abuse

    06/07/2016 5:32:28 PM PDT · by blueyon · 11 replies
    Project veritas ^ | 6/07/116 | James O’Keefe,
    “You don’t have to be honest. I mean we can talk in theory.” –Paul Diamond, Executive Vice President, Yonkers Teacher Federation “I don’t’ care if it’s the phys ed teacher you went to high school with, you don’t fucking tell anybody anything…Because old loose lips sink ships.” — Patricia Puleo, President, Yonkers Teacher Federation “You could. Your parents could have been down there, or your cousin could have been down there, or your brother and they were taken by drug dealers and you literally had to go bail them out and you didn’t know what to do and you lost...
  • SEIU Backs Single Payer Health Care: Clinton ally endorses Sanders’s plan

    06/07/2016 1:19:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 6, 2016 | Bill McMorris
    One of Hillary Clinton’s most influential labor supporters has endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders’ single payer healthcare plan. Members from Service Employees International Union, which represents nearly 2 million healthcare and government workers, passed a resolution declaring medical care a human right at its national convention in May. Obamacare, which the SEIU lobbied for and endorsed, failed to address inequality in the healthcare marketplace and insurance systems remain “confusing and inefficient.” The union pledged to work to improve upon Obamacare with the goal of expanding into a government-run system. “The American healthcare system allows the profit motives of providers, pharmaceutical companies,...
  • Helen Chavez, Widow of Civil Rights Activist Cesar Chavez, Dies at 88

    06/07/2016 11:09:47 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Jun 6, 2016
    Helen Chavez, the widow of civil rights leader Cesar Chavez, died Monday at a Bakersfield, California, hospital with many of her seven surviving children, 31 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren by her side, according to the United Farm Workers. She was 88. Helen Chavez helped her husband launch and sustain what became the first enduring farm workers union in the United States. She used her fierce determination to help change the lives of thousands of farm workers and millions of others who were inspired by La Causa, the UFW said on its Facebook page. "If it wasn't for her, Cesar would...
  • Why French Workers Rioting Should Make Every American Laugh

    06/04/2016 9:23:14 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 17 replies
    Tea Party ^ | 6/3/2016 | Staff
    Imagine if your boss at work could fire you? French union workers can’t fathom it! It’s extremely difficult and time consuming to fire someone in France which basically demands that companies offer employment for life. Such idiotic labor policies cause all kinds of unintended economic problems such as high unemployment, lots of temporary workers, and reduced GDP. Finally some very basic labor reforms are being proposed in France. Naturally, French unions are going crazy by protesting, rioting, and striking. Check this out, from Breitbart.com: As the head of France’s bosses’ federation accused unions of behaving like “terrorists”, the fresh industrial...
  • Why what's happening in France isn't 'just another French strike

    06/03/2016 10:52:46 AM PDT · by aquila48 · 8 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | JUNE 3, 2016 | Sara Miller Llana
    PARIS — Fuel shortages, cancelled flights, disrupted trains: France is on strike yet again. The stakes get higher each day. The Euro 2016 soccer championship, which will see hundreds of thousands of visitors traveling to France to root for their national soccer teams, is set to start on June 10. At the same time, Paris is dealing with a constant terrorist threat and now record flooding. From afar, it’s easy to see these latest strikes, prompted by a new government attempt at labor reform, as the exclamation of an over-unionized nation stubbornly holding onto protections and privileges that are hardly...
  • Detroit Teachers Under Pay Freeze, But Union President Gets Big Pay Hike

    06/02/2016 1:33:25 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/29/2016 | Tom Gantert
    While teachers at Michigan’s largest school district were living under a wage freeze, and more recently hearing rumors of possible payless paydays, one school employee who is also president of the local teachers union got a huge raise. That district is the insolvent and academically challenged Detroit Public Schools, and the union president is Ivy Bailey of the Detroit Federation of Teachers. Bailey was listed as a teacher in 2013-14 and earned $70,176. Her salary shot up 31 percent to $91,877 in 2014-15. Bailey’s compensation is listed in a state salary database of employees enrolled in the school employee pension...
  • Illinois Legislature Overrode Rauner Veto To Pass New Chicago Pension Law

    05/31/2016 2:46:23 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 5 replies
    On Monday, the Illinois legislature passed a bill lowering the amount the city of Chicago has to pay into police and firefighter pensions in 2016. To do this, the legislature overrode a veto from Gov. Bruce Rauner, confirming what we already knew: It's really, really, really, really hard to agree with Rauner about anything at this point. For no one would it be harder than Mayor Rahm Emanuel, once Rauner's buddy in vacationing and wine-sipping. Rahm became basically apoplectic when Rauner vetoed the pension bill on Friday, saying in a variety of press statements that Rauner's veto would trigger a...
  • France Socialist Trade Unions Refusing to Reform – Civil Unrest Erupting

    05/27/2016 8:13:13 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 12 replies
    Armstrong Economics ^ | 26 May 2016 | Martin Armstrong
    Our sources in France are unanimously warning that a major socialist union uprising is building in France and could erupt rapidly. The unions in France are notorious for being the most socialist, highly Marxist, in the entire world. To get their demands, they will go anything. They even kidnapped the head of Goodyear until he yielded to their demands. They act more like Stalinist rebels who ignore laws and it is always just about them. Employers are evil capitalists in their book. This time the uprising is building over proposed labor regulation reform supported by Hollande, who is a socialist...
  • Al-Qaeda Suspect From NJ Worked At 6 Nuke Plants

    03/13/2010 5:12:39 AM PST · by ricks_place · 15 replies · 582+ views
    CBS ^ | 3/13/2010 | AP
    An American seized in Yemen in a sweep of suspected al-Qaida members had been a laborer at six U.S. nuclear power plants, and authorities are investigating whether he had access to sensitive information or materials that would be useful to terrorists. Sharif Mobley, 26, worked for contractors at plants in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland from 2002 to 2008, mostly hauling materials and setting up scaffolding, plant officials said. Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman Neil Sheehan said Friday that investigations are under way into which areas Mobley entered. But he noted that areas containing nuclear fuel are tightly controlled, and that...
  • UAW endorses Hillary Clinton for president

    05/25/2016 6:03:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    DETROIT, MICH. – The UAW today endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, citing her support for UAW members, her lifelong commitment to the job security of American families, and her ability to unify and win in November. “Hillary Clinton understands our issues on trade, understands the complexities of multinational economies and supports American workers, their families and communities,” said UAW President Dennis Williams. Now is a time for unity, a time to focus on what lies ahead in November. Bernie Sanders has brought to this campaign a dialogue that has been needed for far too long. He has been, and remains,...
  • French nuclear plants to go on strike Thursday - CGT union

    05/25/2016 1:50:43 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5-25-16 | Geert De Clercq
    Staff in France's 19 nuclear plants have voted to go on strike on Thursday as part of protests over a labour reform, a CGT union official told Reuters on Wednesday. Industry experts say planned strikes are unlikely to provoke blackouts because of legal limits on strike action in the nuclear industry and France's ability to import power from neighbouring countries.
  • 'Got Your Back' or Stab It: Union Sics Bill Collectors on Right-to-Work Exercisers

    05/24/2016 12:30:28 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/21/2016 | Tom Gantert
    A leaked memo revealed how the state’s largest teachers union planned to get around Michigan’s new right-to-work law soon after it was enacted. The law repeals the power previously enjoyed by the union to get a school employee fired for not paying it dues or fees. In the memo from December 2012, Michigan Education Association President Steve Cook laid out the union’s strategy: “We will use any legal means at our disposal to collect the dues owed under signed membership forms from any members who withhold dues prior to terminating their membership in August for the following fiscal year. Same...
  • That’s What We Said

    05/24/2016 11:09:44 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/20/2016 | Michael LaFaive
    West Virginia was in the news recently for becoming the nation’s 26th state to adopt a right-to-work law. One product of the debate is that there is new evidence of these laws’ positive effect on workers and state economies. The evidence comes from statistics of various measures of economic well-being. In the run-up to the legislative vote on right-to-work in West Virginia, the state hired economists from West Virginia University to examine the economic impact of adopting the law. The study these economists produced in 2015, called “The Economic Impact of Right-to-Work Policy in West Virginia,” concluded that right-to-work laws...
  • Seattle's homeless crisis episode 6 Share ally the Transit Riders union

    05/24/2016 8:22:07 AM PDT · by mainestategop
    MAINESTATEGOP ^ | mainestategop
    TRANSIT RIDERS UNION: SUBSIDIZING SLOW INEFFECTIVE TRANSPORTATION AND LAZY ANGRY BUS DRIVERS THAT DON'T GIVE A &#*^@!! In episode six and beyond, we'll take a look at SHARE WHEEL's allies. In this episode we'll discuss one of their biggest backers, the Transit Riders union. According to liberals, TRU is about low income riders joining together with bus drivers to demand cheap effective transporation that works. Transportation for poor working citizens that is cheap, routes that will take them anywhere at anytime and to demand safer transportation. It is anything but. TRU is in truth more of a union for...