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  • Trumka on Ferguson: We Cannot Deny the Perception That the System Is Not Yet Color Blind

    11/25/2014 6:37:53 PM PST · by mdittmar · 35 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 11/24/2014 | Kenneth Quinnell
    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement in reaction to the grand jury decision in the shooting case of Michael Brown:The reactions to today’s grand jury decision in the case of the shooting of unarmed teenager Mike Brown reflect a deeper feeling that our justice system is biased against communities of color. While we can all agree that justice must take its course, we cannot deny or marginalize the perception that the system itself is not yet color blind. As a labor movement, we have begun working with local community organizations to address issues of racial and economic inequality...
  • Labor unions celebrate judge's ruling against Illinois pension law

    11/21/2014 4:07:11 PM PST · by mdittmar · 32 replies
    WBEZ ^ | November 21, 2014 | Tony Arnold
    An Illinois judge has ruled unconstitutional a controversial plan to reduce state employees’ retirement benefits. Labor groups sued the State of Illinois for passing a bill reducing their members’ pension benefits. The unions representing downstate and suburban teachers, university employees and most other state workers argued the state constitution says, specifically, that retirement benefits can’t be diminished. On Friday, Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge John Belz agreed.Belz quoted directly from the state constitution in his six-page decision, citing the passage that states retirement benefits “shall not be diminished or repaired.” He singled out components of the bill that narrowly passed...
  • Is VW the First Model for 21st Century Unionism?

    11/21/2014 8:21:22 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 13 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/19/2014 | Vinnie Vernuccio
    On Tuesday, the human resources department at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., released a new policy allowing for voluntary recognition of multiple unions at their plant. The company said it would recognize any union that can show it represents at least 15 percent of the employees in the plant. As detailed below, the company will bestow greater privileges upon organizations that prove they represent more workers. These include use of company facilities and meetings with VW’s human resources department and executive committee. On Monday, USA Today reported that UAW hailed the policy “as a vehicle to soon gain representation...
  • Obama huddles with civil rights leaders

    11/20/2014 6:48:35 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 19 replies
    thehill.com ^ | November 20, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama met with more than a dozen prominent civil and immigration rights activists Thursday ahead of his speech debuting a series of new steps that will extend deportation relief and work permits to as many as 5 million illegal immigrants. Attendees at the meeting included AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka, NAACP president Cornell Brooks and Al Sharpton. The MSNBC host has come under fire in recent days after The New York Times reported he and his companies were at one point subject to $4.5 million in state and federal tax liens. Also in attendance was Janet Murguía, the head of...
  • Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka On Immigration Accountability Executive Action

    11/20/2014 3:52:12 PM PST · by mdittmar · 31 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | November 20, 2014 | AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
    Today is an important step toward rational and humane enforcement of immigration law. On behalf of America’s workers, we applaud the Administration’s willingness to act.  We have been calling upon the White House to halt unnecessary deportations since Spring 2013 because our broken immigration system is an invitation for employer manipulation and abuse, and U.S.-born workers as well as immigrant workers are paying the price. By extending relief and work authorization to an estimated 4 million people, the Obama Administration will help prevent unscrupulous employers from using unprotected workers to drive down wages and conditions for all workers in our country. ...
  • Bankruptcy Judge Calls for Better Pension Funding

    11/20/2014 12:19:41 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/19/2014 | James Hohman
    Detroit bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes called on the state to address the underfunding of local government pension benefits in his oral opinion. He stated that the state has a “constitutional, legal and moral obligation to assure that the municipalities in this state adequately fund their pension obligation.” A government’s own employees should not be its largest creditors, nor should retirement benefits they have earned be placed at risk, as happened in Detroit. There are a number of current bills that would help local governments avoid underfunding, and the Legislature should consider passing them. When an employee earns pension benefits, the...
  • Facebook shuttle drivers vote to unionize

    11/20/2014 5:21:28 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 11/20/14 | Kristen V Brown
    The bus drivers who cart Facebook employees to and from Silicon Valley voted on Wednesday to unionize, a move expected to kick off wider efforts to organize the men and women at other companies responsible for getting the tech industry to work. Drivers for Loop Transportation, a company contracted by Facebook, voted 43-28 to form a union, with 11 drivers who did not cast ballots. The drivers voted at secret ballot stations set up in the small, 10-bed trailer at a San Carlos Loop bus lot used as a rest area by dozens of Facebook drivers.
  • AFL-CIO forwards e-mail about Obama immigration plans to reporters by mistake

    11/19/2014 5:20:22 PM PST · by mdittmar · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 11/19/2014 | Colby Itkowitz
    File this under always double-check before hitting send.As reporters fell over themselves Wednesday morning to confirm the breaking news that President Obama had plans to announce his immigration executive order Thursday and expand upon it  Friday, some received an e-mail confirmation by mistake.AFL-CIO spokesman Jeff Hauser inadvertently forwarded an e-mail intended for immigration activists to a long list of national reporters, including several at The Washington Post.
  • Obama to detail immigration order Thursday night

    11/19/2014 9:00:03 AM PST · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 19, 2014 | Dave Boyer
    President Obama is expected to announce his executive order to grant legal status for millions of illegal immigrants in an address Thursday night, according to sources close to the administration. Mr. Obama will give a broad outline of his action Thursday and follow it up with a trip Friday to Las Vegas to provide more details. The White House would not confirm the report Wednesday morning, nor have Mr. Obama’s aides announced any travel plans for later this week. But a spokesman for the AFL-CIO inadvertently disclosed the tentative plans in an email Wednesday. “We hear there will be a...
  • American public schools chew up teachers and spit them out

    11/17/2014 6:07:03 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 49 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 7, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    [a/k/a: "The War on Teachers"] The stats leave no doubt. There is huge dissatisfaction among teachers. The turnover rate is very high. We need to answer the obvious question, why don’t principals and administrators take better care of their teachers? The most recent MetLife Survey revealed: “Teacher Dissatisfaction At An All-Time High.” The NEA Today website continues: “Teacher job satisfaction has plummeted to its lowest level in 25 years, from 62 percent in 2008 to 39 percent in 2012 –- a total of 23 points…More than one-half of teachers report feeling under great stress several days per week, as opposed...
  • Appeal threatens Stockton bankruptcy ruling on pensions

    11/14/2014 1:43:53 PM PST · by Mariner · 26 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | Nov 14th, 2014 | By Dale Kasler
    Taking aim again at government pensions, an angry creditor in Stockton’s bankruptcy case is appealing a pivotal court ruling that preserved the city’s retirement plans. Franklin Templeton Investments filed a notice of appeal this week, challenging the Oct. 30 decision that approved Stockton’s reorganization plan. The plan keeps the pensions fully funded but pays Franklin, which loaned the city $36 million during better economic times, just 12 cents on the dollar. The case in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Sacramento has been a major legal test of the sanctity of public pensions in California. City officials and CalPERS, which runs the...
  • Incoming Senate Panel Chairman Wants to Cut Your Pay, Pension

    11/14/2014 5:09:18 PM PST · by mdittmar · 107 replies
    The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) ^ | November 14, 2014 | The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
    The incoming chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has been outspoken about his plans to cut federal employees’ pay and pensions. Besides his previous proposal, Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin spoke with the Washington Post this week and discussed what he wants to do when he takes over the committee in January. On his chopping block are federal employees’ pay, health insurance, pensions, and the right to join a union.“I think it’s unrealistic for public-service employees to believe they are immune from modifications to their pay and benefit packages,” said Sen. Johnson, who was elected to...
  • Unfunded Government Pension Liabilities Reach $4.7 Trillion

    11/14/2014 1:39:42 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 12 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 11-14-14 | Ben Wilterdink
    As newly elected state legislators across the country consider what issues to address, they are likely to encounter the growing storm cloud of unfunded pension liabilities. According to Promises Made, Promises Broken 2014, a new report from the non-partisan government watchdog group State Budget Solutions, unfunded public pension liabilities in the states now total $4.7 trillion. For years many state governments have been over-promising pension benefits and using accounting gimmicks to hide the true cost of a state pension funds’ actual unfunded liability. Many state governments still utilize a defined-benefit pension system, where retired state employees are paid out a...
  • In Great Lakes States, Union Retribution Fizzles

    11/14/2014 7:55:46 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/10/2014 | Tom Gantert
    In December of 2012, in the aftermath of Michigan’s Republican Legislature passing a right-to-work law, thousands of union members from around the state participated in a teleconference where their leaders promised “retribution” against the GOP. One union member wondered if Democrats took control of the Legislature, “Could we shove it right down their throats?” Al Garrett, president of Michigan AFSCME Council 25, shot back: “If we were to change the composition of both houses, where we were the majority and had the governor, no question we would be able to get rid of it right away. … In November of...
  • Trumka: Labor Prepared to Combat Assaults on Workers' Rights

    11/13/2014 4:32:24 PM PST · by mdittmar · 32 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 11/13/2014 | Kenneth Quinnell
    While conservative legislators across the country are gearing up to propose extreme legislation, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued a statement that working families and the labor union are prepared to fight back and make sure that harmful and unpopular policies don't pass. He said the labor federation would continue to focus on the agenda that working families want, one of raising wages and creating an economy that works for all Americans.Trumka's full statement:In the wake of last Tuesday’s elections, many state and local politicians have already begun to signal their intent to wage assaults on working people in their states....
  • Making Michigan Right-to-Work: Encouraging School Districts to Follow the Law

    11/13/2014 12:53:22 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/12/2014 | Audrey Spalding
    When Michigan’s right-to-work law was passed in December 2012, many hoped the law would encourage union responsibility. Under the statute, local unions would no longer be able to take their members’ dues for granted, and would instead have to prove their worth to members. Unfortunately, instead of responding with a positive campaign to retain member teachers, school district unions have worked in conjunction with the Michigan Education Association to avoid and circumvent the law. Many times, teachers suffer as a result. For example, Wyoming teachers lost as much as $12,700 in salary and concessions when their local union chose to...
  • Shipping lines, union blame each other for West Coast port backups

    11/11/2014 7:09:48 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    KFGO 790 AM ^ | 11-11-2014 | Steve Gorman
    Tension over prolonged labor talks between maritime shippers and the union representing 20,000 West Coast dockworkers has erupted in public as the two sides blamed each other for escalating cargo congestion at the two busiest U.S. container ports. As of Tuesday, 14 freighters were anchored waiting for space to enter the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, where container cargo traffic has been backing up for about a month, delaying deliveries of last-minute holiday merchandise, port and retail officials said. Management has accused the union of orchestrating work slowdowns by its members, first at ports in the Pacific...
  • Union Chief: Republicans Are ‘Bullying’ President About Amnesty Executive Order

    11/11/2014 10:15:48 AM PST · by jazusamo · 77 replies
    CNSNews ^ | November 11, 2014 | Penny Starr
    Video at link: Mary Kay Henry, international president of the Service Employees International Union, spoke at a press conference on Nov. 6, 2014 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., urging President Barack Obama to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens in the United States. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr) (CNSNews.com) – The chief of an international labor union said on Thursday that the Republicans are “bullying” President Barack Obama about taking executive action that would grant amnesty to millions of people who are in the country illegally. “Republican leaders are already playing politics by trying to stop the president from...
  • Teachers Unions Flunked Their Midterms (Lying Liars)

    11/10/2014 4:35:14 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 18 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/06/2014 | ALLYSIA FINLEY
    Teachers unions took a drubbing on Tuesday after spending more than $100 million to try to elect their allies and steamroll education reformers. Like good Democratic team members, now the unions are blaming President Obama for their sweeping losses while taking credit for their few slim, hard-fought wins. --SNIP-- Teachers unions this election provided an object lesson in how to lie with statistics by lambasting school reformers across the country for “cutting” education spending.
  • Right-to-Work Will Continue to Benefit Indiana’s Economy

    11/10/2014 9:18:20 AM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 6 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 10-10-14 | Cara Sullivan
    Last Thursday, the Indiana Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the state’s right-to-work law. The constitutionality of the law, which allows employees to choose whether or not to financially support a union, was challenged by Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers AFL-CIO. The appellees claim the law is unconstitutional under the Indiana Constitution because it demands particular services from the union without compensation. The Indiana Supreme Court ruled 5-0 that Indiana’s right-to-work law does not violate the state constitution. The ruling is a victory for workers across Indiana because it will preserve their right to choose whether...
  • No plan B for Pueblo police, fire unions after tax fails ( Colorado )

    11/10/2014 6:49:06 AM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    KRDO ^ | Nov 09, 2014 | Michelle San Miguel
    Voters reject half-cent sales tax by 74 percent. Pueblo police and fire union members don't plan to lobby city council for more money in lieu of a public safety tax failing.
  • Union Members Used School Email to Promote School Board Candidates

    11/07/2014 8:15:38 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/4/2014 | Tom Gantert
    The superintendent of Livonia Public Schools said it was a mistake that an email signed by district employees supporting four school board candidates was sent to district employees at their work email addresses. Two district employees who are officials in the Livonia Education Association union local signed the email. “It was sent by a staff member of the local EA (education association) who inadvertently sent it to the wrong email list,” Superintendent Randy Liepa told Capitol Confidential. “It was done in error. They did let us know immediately about the error and apologized.” He did not say if any action...
  • Scott Walker Embarrasses Labor Unions…Again

    11/07/2014 2:57:51 PM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 7, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    Politically, are labor unions finished? It appears that might be the case. Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker once again humiliated organized labor with his comfortable re-election last Tuesday. While polls showed a close race, Walker beat his Democratic opponent, Mary Burke, by a 6-point margin 52/46. Labor unions had put Walker in the cross hairs ever since his 2010 gubernatorial victory, failed to oust him in the 2012 recall (Walker received more votes in this election than in the 2010 race), and came up short again in this contest. Walker is now a definite 2016 contender, with a reputation...
  • Vice President Joe Biden to Deliver Remarks for AFL-CIO/AFT Career and Technical Education Summit

    11/07/2014 1:34:54 PM PST · by mdittmar · 4 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 11/07/2014 | Mike Hall
    Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the keynote address at next week’s AFL-CIO/AFT Summit on Career and Technical Education and Workforce Development.    The Nov. 13 event at the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C., will focus on the importance of career and technical education (CTE) in preparing K–12 students for both college and career pathways. It also will examine the role of unions as collaborating partners with business, policy makers and local communities to create opportunities that prepare workers for good jobs, raise wages and spur economic development and community revitalization.Scheduled speakers include AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka; Snap-On Tools Chairman and CEO...
  • Trumka Calls on Obama to Take Executive Action on Immigration

    11/06/2014 1:34:54 PM PST · by mdittmar · 43 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 11/06/2014 | Kenneth Quinnell
    Wasting no time after the midterm elections, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka immediately stepped back into the policy arena, calling on President Barack Obama to take executive action on immigration. Executive action is particularly important now that a historically obstructionist Congress is likely to be followed by one that takes even less action on issues important to working families.Trumka's statement:The President needs to take executive action to support immigrant rights. But he also needs to take action on immigration to ensure the rights of all of us.You see, in our country today, nearly 12 million people, and 8 million workers, are...
  • Reformers win: Public unions humiliated

    11/06/2014 12:56:19 PM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 6, 2014 | Rick Moran
    Public employee unions put everything they had in trying to defeat Wisconsin governor Scott Walker. The incumbent cruised to victory. National unions spent tens of millions of dollars to defeat reform governors Walker, Kasich in Ohio, and Scott in Florida, and to re-elect Quinn in Illinois. All for naught.
  • Agent: Postal worker who dumped GOP mailers not politically motivated, just lazy

    11/03/2014 12:34:13 PM PST · by bigbob · 60 replies
    Wisconsin reporter ^ | 11-3-14 | M.D. Kittle
    The Neenah mail carrier who dumped hundreds of GOP political mailers in an apartment complex Dumpster wasn’t politically motivated; the postal worker just didn’t feel like delivering the stacks of campaign advertisements, according to preliminary findings from the U.S. Postal Service Office of the Inspector General. “Based upon our investigation, this was nothing done toward a specific candidate or party. It looks like it was a decision made by the carrier, and it was not a good decision,” to not deliver the campaign advertisements, Robert Rukes, special agent with the inspector general’s office in Chicago, told Wisconsin Reporter Monday. “A...
  • Tenure on Life Support

    11/03/2014 8:04:17 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 11 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 31, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    When a California judge threw out the state’s teacher tenure laws, he sent shock waves throughout the K-12 educational establishment nationwide and gave hope to American parents from coast to coast. “On a warm day in early June, a Los Angeles County trial-court judge, Rolf M. Treu, pink-cheeked beneath a trim white beard, dropped a bombshell on the American public-school system,” Haley Sweetland Edwards reported in Time magazine on November 3, 2014. “Ruling in Vergara v. California, Treu struck down five decades-old California laws governing teacher tenure and other job protections on the grounds that they violate the state’s constitution.”...
  • SEIU, Fresno County’s largest employee union, rejects 5% raise

    10/31/2014 4:10:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | October 30, 2014 | BY MARC BENJAMIN
    A raise negotiated by Fresno County supervisors for its largest union was rejected after voting came to a close Thursday afternoon. The vote was an “overwhelming no,” said Riley Talford, a senior shop steward for SEIU’s supervisory employees. He did not disclose the final results. He said the vote showed that the county has to do “a better job and show respect to the employees who are serving this county.”
  • The Union Told Us to "Check the Facts." We did.

    10/31/2014 11:12:02 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Mackinac Center for Public Policy ^ | 10/28/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation announced today that Brighton Area Schools and the local union “have removed illegal language from a contract in response to a lawsuit filed on behalf of a Brighton High School teacher who said the union and district were violating his freedoms under Michigan’s right-to-work law.” The union president for the Brighton Education Association blasted the lawsuit when it was filed last week. "It would behoove Mr. Neuman and the Mackinac Center to check their facts before filing and publicizing this lawsuit that is 100 percent untrue," Ellen Lafferty told the Livingston Daily Press & Argus....
  • Hundreds of Colorado teachers banned for criminal behavior, zero for lousy teaching

    10/31/2014 7:34:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    KVDR ^ | October 31, 2014 | Chris Halsne and Chris Koeberl
    Eighty-eight teachers over the last decade have been permanently removed from Colorado classrooms for sexual improprieties – the vast majority violating young victims from their own schools. ... not a single teacher lost their license for simply being a weak educator of children. To get decertified, records show it usually takes felony-level criminal allegations or lying on the teaching certificate application about lesser crimes. Karla Danzeisen says she spent years teaching Spanish to Denver high school students in a fog of pain pills, cocaine and methamphetamines. She told Halsne, “I was using drugs every day. I was going to teach...
  • Milwaukee schools head to newspaper: Give us a union-friendly reporter – or else

    10/30/2014 6:45:42 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 44 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 10-30-14 | Adam Tobias
    MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Milwaukee Board of School Directors President Michael Bonds doesn’t like what he calls “biased” coverage by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel education reporter Erin Richards. So he’s asking the state’s largest newspaper to take Richards off the beat and assign a different journalist to write about Milwaukee Public Schools — or else. “I just requested that we have somebody who’s objective, who’s going to give the readers the truth and everything about what’s going on … we want a new reporter or else we’re going to cut off all ties with the Journal in terms of communication with them,”...
  • New Report Card Highlights Misspending in K-12 Education

    10/30/2014 1:22:50 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 4 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 10-30-14 | Rudy Takala
    The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has released the 19th edition of its annual Report Card on American Education, where it ranks states’ education policy based on six areas: state academic standards, charter school laws, home-school regulations, private school choice programs, overall teacher quality and policies, and digital learning opportunities. Its findings highlight an old fact: more spending does not translate into better outcomes for K-12 students. States spend an average of $11,153 per pupil on education. The District of Columbia topped the list at $29,029 per student – nearly triple the national average – yet achieved only mediocre results....
  • Union that entered into agreement with Menominee Nation is infleuncing the Governor’s race

    10/30/2014 11:58:21 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 10-29-14 | Kyle Maichle
    KENOSHA – The issue of the Kenosha Casino is a hot-button issue in the 2014 race for Wisconsin Governor as Scott Walker (R-Wauwatosa) is yet to make a decision on whether he would approve the casino. However, one union that has been actively campaigning against Scott Walker in Kenosha entered into an agreement with the Menominee Indian Nation. The United Food and Commercial Workers Working Families Advocacy Project, an arm of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, has been active in the State of Wisconsin trying to turn out the vote in the Racine and Kenosha Areas. On September...
  • New Jersey’s First Labor-Led Naturalization Center Empowers Immigrants, New Voters

    10/29/2014 4:22:28 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 6 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 10/28/2014 | Angela Delli Santi
    The AFL-CIO national campaign to build stronger communities by empowering eligible immigrants to become citizens and fully engage in the democratic process has become a reality in New Jersey, with the opening of the state’s first labor-led naturalization and community center.The We Are One New Jersey Hudson County Center officially opened on Oct. 28 in Jersey City. AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre joined the New Jersey State AFL-CIO for the opening ceremony, along with Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Rep. Albio Sires (D-N.J.), New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech, New Jersey State AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Laurel Brennan...
  • Vote for Your Future (American Federation of Government Employees Union)

    10/28/2014 4:03:50 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 19 replies
    American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) ^ | October 28, 2014 | 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.When you cast your ballot for the Nov. 4 election, you will be voting for more than just the candidates running for office. You’ll be deciding your future as a government worker.If you vote for candidates who don’t value government employees and the important work that you do, you’re sending a signal that your pay, your benefits, and your job are fair game.We need more elected...
  • Labor unions weren't about to negotiate over Act 10

    10/27/2014 5:37:46 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 6 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 27 OCT 2014 | David Fladeboe
    A recent Journal Sentinel editorial concerning Gov. Scott Walker's budget-saving Act 10 reforms attempts to take readers to an alternate universe, complete with happily negotiated labor contracts and good governance that didn't require hard decisions from lawmakers in Madison ("A trip to Scott Walker's parallel universe where Act 10 never happened," Our View, Oct. 21) . One would indeed need to be in an alternate universe to expect a world free of the dysfunction that has plagued state and federal government. In no universe real or otherwise were powerful labor bosses and their unions ever going to make meaningful concessions...
  • Union demands send Japanese firm, jobs packing from California town

    10/24/2014 2:47:29 AM PDT · by grundle · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 23, 2014 | Perry Chiaramonte
    The California city of Palmdale was ready to roll out the red carpet this summer when a Japanese company agreed to build a $60 million factory on a city-owned, vacant parcel on the southwest side of town -- but now the company is taking its project out of state and critics say union greed is to blame. As many as 300 people were slated to work at the 400,000-square-foot plant, painting and wiring light rail cars under a huge contract with the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority. It was a coup for Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford, and a plan that...
  • Union enrollment plummets for Wisconsin teachers under tough law

    10/23/2014 7:45:12 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 19, 2014 | Perry Chiaramonte
    Teachers in Wisconsin's public schools have learned a major lesson from the state's landmark 2011 law neutering public sector unions, with more than a third dropping out of their labor organization. Given no choice but to join and pay dues to the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) for decades, teachers have for the last three years been able to opt out. And that is what tens of thousands have done as a result of Gov. Scott Walker’s Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill, also known as Act 10. “Given the evidence, it shows that the union's hold is softening," Patrick Wright, vice...
  • AFGE Joins the AFL-CIO’s Call for Worker Protections Amidst Ebola Crisis

    10/22/2014 4:11:31 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 3 replies
    The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) ^ | October 22, 2014 | The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
    AFGE has joined the AFL-CIO to call on both the White House and Congress to take immediate action and create enforceable safety guidelines to be put into place to help protect workers who could come into contact with infected Ebola patients.In separate letters addressed to House and Senate leaders from both parties, AFGE and the AFL-CIO asked Congress to provide the necessary funding or legislation "to ensure that workers and the public are protected." Among those protections is a request for a measure prohibiting retaliation against workers who publicly raise concerns about their facilities' preparedness, and another for compensating workers...
  • Do German unions have too much power?

    10/21/2014 11:07:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 21 Oct 2014 15:29 GMT+02:00 | Sabine Devins
    Germany’s pilots and train drivers are taking it in turns to bring the country to a standstill with strikes that have cost the economy tens of millions of euros in the last two weeks. Are unions abusing their power or standing up for their rights? After a 50-hour strike by the train drivers unions, GDL, Deutsche Bahn said the loss of the weekend’s services cost the company “tens of millions of euros”. One analyst said that the latest strike in escalating industrial action by pilots union Cockpit will cost Lufthansa €30 million. But all parties accuse the other of the...
  • New Municipal Bankruptcy Ruling Highlights the Need for Pension Reform

    10/21/2014 1:59:55 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 19 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 12-21-14 | Ben Wilterdink
    Recently, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein ruled that the city of Stockton, California could reduce the amount it was obligated to pay in pension costs and could even leave the state’s retirement system (CalPERS). The significance of this decision is difficult to overstate. Pensions were long thought to be absolutely sacrosanct and unable to be cut, even in bankruptcy, especially since pension obligations are specifically protected under state law. Judge Klein’s ruling has highlighted the fact that political promises must bend to the reality of numbers. The impetus for this ruling was another creditor of the city of Stockton that,...
  • Union demands driving railcar jobs out of California, Japanese firm says

    10/21/2014 9:13:35 AM PDT · by tje · 30 replies
    LA Times ^ | 10/20/2014 | Laura J. Nelson
    Japanese company's much-celebrated plans to build a light-rail manufacturing plant in Palmdale appear all but dead after months of clashes with local labor unions and community groups. Kinkisharyo International of Osaka said it is now looking at factory sites outside California, saying pressure from organized labor has made it difficult to do business in the state. Union officials and activists, however, argue they are simply trying to hold the company to environmental rules it should be following. Kinkisharyo won a $890-million contract to build 175 light-rail cars for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority two years ago.
  • AFGE Members & Leadership Get Out the Vote in North Carolina and Virginia

    10/20/2014 2:47:41 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 2 replies
    The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) ^ | October 20, 2014 | The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
    This weekend, AFGE National President J. David Cox, Sr. and National Secretary Treasurer Eugene Hudson Jr. joined dozens of AFGE members to pound the pavement and get out the vote for this November’s elections.President Cox joined members in Charlotte, NC to hold a Labor walk and phone bank. Meeting at a local IBEW Union Hall on Saturday morning, members wore their blue & gold AFGE shirts and knocked on doors in the community to turn out voters for Senator Kay Hagan and other AFGE endorsed candidates.“This election is vitally important to government workers like us,” said Cox. “Who we elect...
  • Union Says Photo IDs not Necessary to Vote — Unless You Vote to Leave Union

    10/20/2014 11:45:48 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/19/2014 | Tom Gantert
    In recent arguments against states requiring voters to show a photo ID, the United Auto Workers Local 6000 has compared concerns about voter fraud to belief in the fictional Loch Ness monster and Yeti. The union wrote on its Facebook page that requiring a photo ID for voting is the goal of the “billionaire funded” American Legislative Exchange Council, and is intended to create obstacles for voters who might support a more “progressive” agenda. When its own members, however, want to exercise their freedoms under the new right-to-work law in Michigan to opt out of paying union dues as a...
  • Union enrollment plummets for Wisconsin teachers under tough law

    10/19/2014 8:04:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | ·Published October 19, 2014 | Perry Chiaramonte
    "As soon as I was given the choice, I left," Amy Rosno, a teacher with the virtual class program at the Waukesha school system, told FoxNews.com. "I never really understood the union anyway." Rosno said she had a better understanding once she was asked to be a representative for her department and attended her first WEAC meeting. "I realized that it was all political and not about teaching," she said. Teachers who spoke to the nonprofit education think tank EAGnews.org said they were glad to be free of the union's grip, especially because of the perception their dues were spent...
  • Obamacare Causing Big Layoffs for Union Nurses

    10/19/2014 6:16:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 19 Oct 2014 | Chriss W. Street
    Kaiser Permanente and other health providers are putting pressure on the powerful California Nurses Association (CAN) in negotiations for reductions in medical staffing and compensation due to the implementation of California’s version of Obamacare. Union nurses on Friday tried to launch a new initiative by demanding an extra compensation supplement and more staffing to be prepared to fight the Ebola virus. But just three years after union nurses won huge contract gains by striking, Obamacare rules that cut patient access to care could now result in huge nurse layoffs. ... the California Nurses Association and other labor unions that campaigned...
  • Biggest Labor Union Throws Support Behind "Independent" Greg Orman ( Kansas )

    10/18/2014 6:44:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Townhall. ^ | Oct 17, 2014 | Kevin Glass
    This week the AFL-CIO threw its considerable weight behind Democrat-turned-independent Greg Orman in his bid for U.S. Senate in Kansas. This came on the heels of a debate that was all about defining who Greg Orman really is: ... The AFL-CIO won't run TV ads for Orman, spokesman Jeff Hauser said, but his campaign will now be incorporated into the union's extensive ground game there. The AFL-CIO had previously endorsed Kansas's Democratic Party's gubernatorial nominee, Paul Davis, who is locked into one of the country's most competitive gubernatorial contests with incumbent Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. During Wednesday's debate, incumbent Sen....
  • The Shadow Party: Part III (Important)

    10/12/2004 3:01:50 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 6 replies · 1,340+ views
    FPM ^ | October 11, 2004 | David Horowitz and Richard Poe
    At the Shadow Party’s "Take Back America" conference in Washington on June 3, 2004, following a glowing introduction from Hillary Clinton, George Soros stepped to the podium to explain to the audience that when it came to electoral politics in the USA, he was a newcomer. Only his outrage over Bush’s invasion of Iraq had stirred him to get involved in the partisan struggle. "[I]t is the first time that I feel that I need to stand up and do something, and become really engaged in the electoral process in this country," Soros said.[1] This was far from the truth,...
  • WORKERS OF THE WORLD, UNITE!

    06/24/2010 9:41:51 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Noisyroom.net ^ | 6-24-2010 | AJ
    Andy Stern wasn’t kidding when he publicly stated the most famous rallying cry of Communism:[1] Stern professed, “Workers of the World Unite? It’s not just a slogan anymore.” Snip SIGA Technologies, Inc. is a company specializing in the development of pharmaceutical agents to combat bio-warfare pathogens and it was announced on June 21, 2010 that Andy Stern is joining SIGA’s Board of Directors. But wait, it gets even better… SIGA is also a Federal contractor for the government. For a list of SIGA’s contracts with the Federal government, go to: http://www.usaspending.gov/search?query=&searchtype=JTdFZnElM0Q…. SNIP Without question, Andy Stern’s new position at SIGA...