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  • De Blasio warning of furloughs outrages protesters, unions (22,000 layoffs)

    06/25/2020 2:01:08 AM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    PIX 11 ^ | 6/24/20 | Joe Mauceri
    MANHATTAN - As the coronavirus continues to spread around the country, New York is preparing for the financial crisis left in its wake. Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Balsio issued a stark warning if the city doesn't get financial help. "If we ever got to the point of having to activate that layoff plan for the fall, we're talking 22,000 employees, that's a vast, vast number of people," de Blasio said during a press conference. For weeks protesters have called on the mayor and city council to defund the NYPD. With the 2021 city budget due next week, hundreds of people...
  • Charter Schools’ Enemies Block Black Success. Teachers unions are gaining in their fight to stop students and resources from moving toward what works.

    06/18/2020 7:37:36 PM PDT · by karpov · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 18, 2020 | Thomas Sowell
    For decades, there has been widespread anxiety over how, when or whether the educational test score gap between white and non-white youngsters could be closed. But that gap has already been closed by the Success Academy charter school network in New York City. Their predominantly black and Hispanic students already pass tests in mathematics and English at a higher rate than any school district in the entire state. That includes predominantly white and Asian school districts where parental income is some multiple of what it is among Success Academy students. New York’s charter school students are predominantly black and Hispanic,...
  • Bad Cops -- Bad Unions

    06/17/2020 4:26:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies ^ | June 17, 2020 | John Stossel
    For my internet video this week, my staff showed me clips of violent cops. It's not just Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes -- it's the other cops who just watch. It's the Buffalo cops who floored a protester and simply walked by as he lay unconscious, bleeding out of his ear. It's a cop in Philadelphia, swinging his baton into protestors, the Atlanta police needlessly tasing two college students, the NYC cops beating a bicyclist and dozens of cases where police lied about what they'd done until body cams or cellphone cameras revealed the...
  • NYC detectives' union turns the tables, vows to sue George Floyd rioters who attack officers

    06/10/2020 4:41:30 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 14 replies
    fox news ^ | 6-10-20 | eric shawn
    The focus of so much of the recent George Floyd protests has been on police violence against demonstrators and others, but in New York City, the union that represents NYPD detectives is turning the tables. "If you assault a New York City Detective and there are no consequences from the criminal justice system, we have to have other means to protect our detectives," said Paul DiGiacomo, president of the Detectives' Endowment Association, which has represented some 19,000 current and former detectives. He vowed to sue any protestor, rioter or looter who attacked its members. "It's heart-wrenching because they are out...
  • How can we evict teachers unions from our towns?

    06/06/2020 11:28:08 AM PDT · by cradle of freedom · 68 replies
    Does every town and city in our country have a teachers union? What if all of the red voting towns and cities kicked out the teachers unions out of their schools? We would not be empowering them with our tax money and our schools would not be places of leftist indoctrination.
  • To Prevent Another George Floyd Tragedy, We Must Fix Police Unions

    06/03/2020 7:51:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 89 replies
    The Federalist ^ | June 3, 2020 | Daniel Buck
    No one wants to watch an innocent man suffocate under the knee of a cop while bystanders plead for his life. Yet millions now have that haunting image seared into their memory. The question to ask in response is simple: what could have been done to prevent this? While I’m in quarantine and can’t see my students, I imagine their predominantly minority faces and wonder how can I keep them from a similar fate? Policy recommendations to prevent another tragedy like the one that befell George Floyd have ranged from defunding the police to ending qualified immunity and military surplus...
  • If there really is systemic racism in big city police departments, why don't the democrats in charge fix the problem?

    06/02/2020 6:15:34 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 63 replies
    <p>Waiting for someone in the media to ask and waiting for the democrat governors and mayors to provoide answers.</p>
  • Biden Nabs AFL-CIO Endorsement... Just like Hillary, Obama, Kerry, Gore, Clinton and every Democrat has since the AFL-CIO was formed.

    05/27/2020 5:04:21 AM PDT · by jerod · 20 replies
    Courthouse News ^ | May 26, 2020 | THOMAS F. HARRISON
    BOSTON (CN) — Former Vice President Joe Biden won the endorsement of the AFL-CIO, the country’s largest coalition of labor unions, on Tuesday, in a development that could help him in union-heavy swing states such as Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Biden is “the embodiment of goodness and decency,” said Richard Trumka, president of the 12.5 million-member organization, in a video. The endorsement was not unexpected....
  • J.B. Pritzker is a Horse's... Friend

    05/26/2020 5:54:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    American ^ | May 26, 2020 | Daniel John Sobieski
    A horse is a horse, of course, of course, unless that horse resides on the Pritzer horse farm in Wisconsin As he requests the power to seize private business property if owners open too early or not in concert with his wishes, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says it’s not safe yet to hold indoor church services, but it’s totally okay that construction workers travel to his Wisconsin horse farm to build his new house. Construction workers have been deemed essential, especially union construction workers who have dues taken out to fund the campaigns of politicians like Pritzker and who get...
  • Report: Pension costs eat up education funding, and teacher pay stagnates

    05/24/2020 8:47:00 AM PDT · by edwinland · 16 replies
    Michigan Public Radio ^ | Spet 11, 2019 | Sarah Cwiek
    Any growth in state education spending over the past five years is being eaten up by greater teacher retiree system costs, according to a new report from the Citizens Research Council of Michigan. Since 2012, school districts have had to return per-pupil funds to the state to cover unfunded liabilities in the Michigan Public School Employee Retirement System (MPSERS). According to current projections, those liabilities won’t be paid off until 2038. According to the Citizens Research Council, that required contribution has eaten up the modest 12% increase in state per-pupil spending since 2013. And that’s reflected in average teacher pay,...
  • Behind The Scenes, Teachers Unions Attempt To Make Online Crisis Schooling Worse

    05/19/2020 8:51:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 19, 2020 | Charissa Damon and Cherie Gensel
    In a crisis, flexibility is king, especially for those in the classroom. But union bureaucracy makes it impossible to innovate. As public school teachers with a combined 33 years of experience, we know we’re supposed to be “union strong” and never air unions’ dirty laundry. But the coronavirus crisis has pitted unions against teachers, students, and administrators who just want to teach and learn.Our fellow teachers have gone above and beyond to ensure students don’t slip through the cracks during quarantine. We’ve seen teachers furiously posting to message boards and offering one-on-one assistance to students via videoconferencing.From unions, however, we’ve...
  • Coronavirus: Unions and government told to 'stop squabbling' over reopening schools

    05/16/2020 6:52:29 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    SKY News ^ | May 16, 2020 | By Isobel Frodsham
    The children's commissioner for England intervenes after clashes between unions and scientific advisers about schools reopening. The government and teaching unions must "stop squabbling" and agree a plan to get children back to school in "a safe, phased return", the children's commissioner for England has said. Anne Longfield also called for "rigorous" coronavirus testing of teachers, children and families to ease safety fears among parents. "I am disappointed that the debate about when some primary school kids can return has descended into a squabble between government and the teaching unions," she said. "All sides need to show a greater will...
  • Government Unions Should Bear Their Share

    04/29/2020 2:54:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | April 29, 2019 | John and Andy Schlafly
    Government unions should not be shifting the costs of the shutdowns to the laid-off employees of private businesses. Yet that is the approach sought by Democratic governors of large states as they demand massive bailouts of their government workers who have sat idly by. Public schools are closed throughout the country. Although some teachers are still teaching via the internet, administrators and higher-ups have enjoyed an extended vacation at home. Those higher-ups should not be receiving full paychecks, at the public’s expense, which are being denied to waitresses, manicurists, and hairstylists. The sooner everyone is allowed to get back to...
  • Teachers union: 'Scream bloody murder' if schools reopen against medical advice

    04/28/2020 3:34:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 67 replies
    Politico via Yahoo ^ | 4/28/20 | Nicole Gaudiano
    The nation's two biggest teachers unions say they would consider strikes or major protests if schools reopen without the proper safety measures in place or against the advice of medical experts — raising the possibility of yet more school disruptions. American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, previewing a reopening plan first with POLITICO, said funding is needed for a host of public health measures for schools, including personal protective equipment. Collective bargaining, strong enforcement of safety standards and protections from retaliation will be important for teachers and staff so they feel safe to speak up as schools try new...
  • Unions denounce Las Vegas mayor's call to re-open casinos

    04/25/2020 2:42:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 24, 2020 | by Sharon Bernstein
    The powerful United Auto Workers union on Friday criticized Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman’s call to re-open casinos despite the continued risk of coronavirus, the latest labor organization to weigh in on her remarks. UAW president Rory Gamble, whose union represents casino workers in Las Vegas along with automobile workers across the United States, called on Nevada politicians to denounce Goodman at a time when states are looking at how to re-open businesses in ways that keep workers safe. “UAW Casino employees, their families and the community are not test subjects for her irresponsible theories on public health and the...
  • Another Dishonest Smear by Washington Post Against South Dakota's Governor

    04/23/2020 9:34:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Powerline ^ | 04/23/2020 | John Hinderaker, Paul Mirengoff
    Yesterday’s Washington Post carried an attack on South Dakota and its governor, Kristi Noem, under the headline South Dakota’s Governor resisted ordering people to stay home. Now it has one of the nation’s largest coronavirus hot spots. The Post’s article is popular on Twitter, as liberal “blue checks” use it to express their hope that lots of South Dakotans die as punishment for their temerity in electing a Republican governor. As governors across the country fell into line in recent weeks, South Dakota’s top elected leader stood firm: There would be no statewide order to stay home.Such edicts to...
  • W.Va. Supreme Court upholds long-argued right to work law

    04/21/2020 12:42:12 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 4 replies
    WV MetroNews ^ | April 21, 2020 | Brad McElhinny
    A majority of West Virginia’s Supreme Court has upheld the right to work law that has been argued in the court system for years after it first passed the state’s Republican majority Legislature. Justices reversed a Kanawha Circuit Judge’s earlier ruling that overturned key aspects of the law. The case was remanded back to the lower court, but only to enter summary judgment on behalf of the state. “Because we have found the Act does not infringe upon association, property, or liberty rights protected by the West Virginia Constitution, we reverse the February 27, 2019 order of the Circuit Court...
  • Experts call for new national public health workforce to trace spread of COVID-19 cases

    04/15/2020 5:08:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    ABC "News" / Disney ^ | April 14, 2020 | By Nadine Shubailat , James Hill and Benjamin Siegel
    It starts with a phone call from a public health worker: You’ve been in contact with someone who has COVID-19. How do you feel? If you’re feeling sick, you may be asked to self-isolate, get a coronavirus test, and share the contact information for everyone you’ve recently interacted with. The practice, known as contact tracing, is a tried-and-true public health technique used to trace everything from food poisoning to sexually transmitted diseases to Ebola. Now, public health officials across several states believe it could be used on a far greater scale to help track the spread of COVID-19, stamp out...
  • 'Social Action' as a Bogus Alternative to True Education

    04/14/2020 6:35:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    American ^ | April 14, 2020 | Jeffrey Ludwig
    While sitting at home with my bottle of hand sanitizer, I received an email from the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) asking me which topics from a list of pressing concerns I would like to receive emails about. The UFT has 200,000 members in New York City alone and is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, which has 1.6 million members nationwide. Following is a list of some of the sixteen topics being advocated by the UFT: Environmentalism/Sustainability, Immigrant Rights, LGBTQ Rights and Issues; Literacy; Political Activism; Racial Justice; Restorative Justice; Student Debt Relief; Women's Rights and Issues. In...
  • FBI: SEIU Duped as 39 Million Masks ‘Found’ by Union Was Elaborate Fraud Scheme

    04/12/2020 12:05:38 PM PDT · by rktman · 69 replies ^ | 4/12/2020 | Kyle Olson
    The 39 million N95 masks the Service Employees International Union announced it had discovered turned out to be an elaborate scheme, according to the FBI. In late March, the union rushed out a press release: The union launched an exhaustive search for masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) five days ago in response to pleas from frontline healthcare workers that they need more protection and feel unsafe on the job as they treat the growing number of COVID-19 patients. SEIU-UHW has 97,000 members who work in hospitals across California. Within 48 hours of painstakingly calling leads and potential suppliers,...