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  • 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 · 3 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...
  • None Dare Call it a Coincidence: Andy Stern and the White House Biodefense Program

    07/15/2010 11:31:13 AM PDT · by opentalk · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Big Government ^ | Jul 10th 2010 | LaborUnionReport
    There are many who argue that President Obama has (repeatedly) broken his promise to bring transparency and openness to the White House. In literal terms, however, Obama may not have actually broken that specific promise ,.. it’s just that people may not have understood what Obama meant by transparency and openness. ..Here’s a case in point: First Dot: Several months ago, the union world was shocked when Andy Stern, the ignominious president of the Service Employees International Union abruptly “quit” as leader of the Purple Hand. Surprise and speculation swelled. Was it the Blago Trial? Is he sick?Second Dot: Then,...
  • Labor Dispute Kills Kinkisharyo’s AV Plant (California)

    10/16/2014 12:29:05 PM PDT · by Simmy2.5 · 16 replies
    San Fernando Valley Business Journal ^ | Monday, October 13, 2014 | Mark Madler
    Kinkisharyo International LLC has scrapped plans to build a rail car manufacturing plant in Palmdale following a labor dispute and will instead look outside California to locate the facility. The Japanese company made the decision after failing to reach an agreement with Antelope Valley Residents for Responsible Development, a labor-supported group that objected to the plant citing environmental reasons. The group, which includes members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local No. 11, in Pasadena, also objected to a backup plan by Kinkisharyo to build the cars in leased space from Los Angeles World Airports in Palmdale.
  • Largest Federal Employee Union Calls for Training, Protective Equipment,to Prevent Ebola Exposure...

    10/14/2014 3:00:05 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 8 replies
    The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) ^ | October 14, 2014 | The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 14, 2014Largest Federal Employee Union Calls for Training, Protective Equipment, to Prevent Ebola Exposure at Ports of EntryWASHINGTON – In response to the recent Ebola crisis and the heightened risk for Transportation Security Officers, Border Patrol agents and other federal employees, the American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. today issued the following statement:“The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) urges the government to take all necessary measures to protect the public and government employees stationed at the U.S. ports of entry and other sites from potential exposure to the Ebola virus. We...
  • Union enrollment plummets for Wisconsin teachers under tough law

    10/14/2014 3:20:44 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 33 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | 10-14-14 | 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...
  • Ferguson Protests Organized by Left-Wing Groups

    10/14/2014 10:41:56 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/13/2014 | Kerry Picket
    FERGUSON, Missouri—Supporters of Mike Brown here are officially organized by some of the most powerful left wing interest groups in the nation. additional players have been added to the mix of protesters. Along with the support of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and a mention from President Barack Obama at the United Nations during his remarks, other liberal interest groups found their way onto the Ferguson issue, including: national LGBT organizations, climate environmentalists, amnesty groups, pro-Palestinian organizations, Christian social justice groups, and Planned Parenthood. Abortion rights activist Cecile Richards posted on her Facebook page on August 14 an illustration stating,...
  • Where Are The Labor Unions For the 2014 Midterms?

    10/14/2014 9:51:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 14, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    It isn't just Democrat voters who are uninterested in heading to the polls in November. There is one major political group missing from the 2014 midterm election conversation: labor unions. Labor leaders shamelessly helped re-elected President Obama in 2012, but after broken promises on job creation and the destruction of worker healthcare plans, they've taken a major step back from their traditional role of putting or keeping Democrats in office this fall. More from the Washington Times: Labor unions, long a rich source of ground troops for national Democrats’ Election Day victories, are less enthusiastic this year, according to some movement leaders...
  • Steamboat Springs School Board makes collective bargaining meetings public ( Colorado )

    10/14/2014 7:21:44 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Steamboat Today ^ | October 13, 2014 | Teresa Ristow
    After a lengthy discussion with several public comments, the Steamboat Springs School Board voted Monday to make collective bargaining meetings open to the public, regardless of the outcome of Proposition 104. ... If passed, Proposition 104 will require all meetings of school boards, or between district representatives and employee representatives at which a collective bargaining agreement is discussed, be public. School districts in Colorado negotiate contracts annually, with bargaining in Steamboat Springs slated to begin in January or February 2015 for the following year's contract. The board has discussed the possibility of making meetings public since last May, and Andrew...
  • Why Is the Labor Movement Involved in Ferguson? 'How Can We NOT Be Involved?'

    10/13/2014 2:56:08 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 21 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 10/11/2014 | Jackie Tortora
    As working people in Missouri gather for days of action demanding justice for Michael Brown, the labor movement and the AFL-CIO are joining them and supporting the groundwork being laid for racial and economic justice for the people of Ferguson and all over the country. See updates from Ferguson October (Oct. 10–13) by following the hashtag on Twitter: #FergusonOctoberIn the meantime, check out AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka's speech on confronting racism. 
  • Nurses Union Threatens to 'Picket Every Hospital in This Country' over Ebola Hazmat Suits

    10/13/2014 2:06:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | October 13, 2014 | Wynton Hall
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The nation's largest union and professional association of nurses said it will rise up in protest if hazardous-material suits are not in every hospital soon. "I'm angry about this," said RoseAnn DeMoro, executive director of National Nurses United. "We want the first line of defense to be the most prepared. Our hospitals are resisting us. The CDC doesn't say that we need hazmat suits. If this doesn't change dramatically, we will picket every hospital in this country if we have to."(continued)
  • Teachers on Strike Against Common Sense

    10/13/2014 1:45:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 13, 2014 | Mark Baisley
    American teens are a rich demographic for political investment. Their unassigned stem cells can mature into conservative wisdom or attach permanently to the free radicals that cause liberalism.As an engineer, one of the most valued books in my personal library is How We Decide, by Jonah Lehrer. The author briefly uses politics to illustrate his lesson on cognitive dissonance, “Once we identify with a political party, the world is edited so that it fits with our ideology.” Based on Lehrer’s research, advancing an effective appeal to high school age citizens could pay off over 70+ years of voting.As a long...
  • UAW publishing names of ‘scabs’ - aka people who don’t want to join UAW

    10/12/2014 8:51:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 10/10/2014 | Dan Calabrese
    To those who buy the romanticized image of labor unions - those brave champions of the working man who work day and night to protect the best interests of just plain folks against the robber barons in the boardrooms and the plush corporate offices - it’s hard to conceive of why anyone would not want to join the United Auto Workers. Democrats who hate right-to-work laws in states that have them deride said laws as “right to work for less.” You dumbasses! Why would you not join the union when it’s going to get you more money and protect you...
  • Never let a protest go to waste

    10/12/2014 7:45:45 AM PDT · by rktman · 29 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 10/12/2014 | Rick Moran
    Thousands gathered Saturday for a second day of organized rallies and marches protesting Michael Brown’s death and other fatal police shootings in the St. Louis area and nationwide. The events remained peaceful but boisterous gatherings into the night. Vietnam-era peace activists, New York City seminarians and hundreds of fast-food workers bused in from Chicago, Nashville and other cities marched alongside local residents, spurred by a national campaign dubbed Ferguson October.
  • Michigan truck driver files coercion charge against UAW union

    10/10/2014 10:14:45 PM PDT · by South40 · 22 replies
    DETROIT (Reuters) - A truck driver in Michigan filed a charge of coercion against the United Auto Workers union for keeping her from exercising her right to quit the union and stop paying dues, according to the National Right to Work Foundation. Michigan became the 24th so-called "right-to-work" U.S. state after a contentious battle in the state's legislature in December 2012. This means that workers cannot be required to join a union or be forced to pay union dues.
  • Minimizing Risk of Ebola Exposure for Employees at Points of Entry

    10/10/2014 4:26:38 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 17 replies
    The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) ^ | October 10, 2014 | The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
    In response to the recent Ebola crisis and the heightened risk for Transportation Security Officers, Border Patrol agents and other federal employees, AFGE is urging the government to take all necessary measures to protect the public and government employees stationed at the U.S. ports of entry and other sites from potential exposure to the Ebola virus. “We expect every precaution to be taken to detect and isolate infected travelers at the earliest point in their journey to the United States in order to minimize exposure and reduce the risk of infection,” said AFGE President J. David Cox Sr. “Our members...
  • Loophole lets teacher union bosses collect state pensions at taxpayer expense

    10/10/2014 6:03:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 9, 2014 | Kelly Riddell
    Taxpayers on hook for millions in retirement benefits unrelated to teaching . Thanks to a loophole created by the Illinois legislature, retired teacher union leaders are getting pension credit for the years they did union work after leaving the classroom. The arrangement has put taxpayers on the hook for millions of dollars in retirement benefits unrelated to teaching, and further drained an already overburdened state pension fund. ... The union bosses collecting the payouts had jobs at the National Education Association (NEA), the Illinois Education Association (IEA) and the Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) after their teaching careers. Most got...
  • Airline cabin cleaners walk off jobs over Ebola fears at New York airport

    10/09/2014 1:25:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | October 9, 2014 | Lauren Gambino and agencies
    Striking workers protest lack of durable gloves and face masks for job that entails ‘contact with a lot of faeces and vomit’ •‘Cases growing exponentially’ in West Africa, UN warns •Ebola: the 10 basic questions you were afraid to ask About 200 airline cabin cleaners walked off their jobs at New York’s LaGuardia airport on Thursday, to protest what they say are working conditions that do not protect against potential Ebola contraction. “When I do bathroom, I come in contact with tampons which I have to grab with my hand, with a glove that’s so cheap that it breaks easily....
  • Ebola Strike: LaGuardia Airport Workers Walk Off The Job

    10/09/2014 8:17:35 AM PDT · by YankeeReb · 30 replies
    Inquisitr's daily viral news ^ | October 9, 2014 | Staff
    An Ebola strike began at LaGuardia Airport in New York City over fears of contracting the deadly virus. The airport workers strike currently involves only Terminal D workers, but air travel could still be impacted by the walk-off and protests. The AirServ company includes thousands of workers at five major United States airports. Representatives from the company told the media that LaGuardia Terminal D workers initiated the Ebola strike due to “documented health and safety violations.” Related complaints have also been filed with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration – OSHA. Ebola has become a particular concern for the...
  • AFGE Stands with TSA Workers

    10/08/2014 5:46:29 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 15 replies
    The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) ^ | 10/8/14 | The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
    AFGE is proud to represent the more than 45,000 Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) who risk their own safety daily to ensure the safety of travelers in our airports. Because of their bravery, countless families travel daily by air without incident. Our union is committed to protecting the pay, benefits, and workplace rights you deserve.
  • UAW Dues Hike was Unnecessary

    10/08/2014 1:23:34 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/6/2014 | Vinnie Vernuccio
    At the United Auto Workers’ 36th Constitutional Convention in June, delegates voted to hike the membership dues rate for the first time since 1967. The 25 percent increase is expected to bring in an extra $45 million annually. The UAW claims that this money is needed to bolster its “Strike and Defense Fund” in preparation for 2015 contract negotiations including with Detroit’s Big Three automakers. This dues hike, however, may be unnecessary and won’t be fully used for funding strikes. At the same convention, delegates also voted to allow their leadership to siphon $60 million from the strike fund over...
  • Shocker...another Obama pal benefits from Obamacare

    06/17/2011 3:53:24 PM PDT · by hilaryrhymeswithrich · 2 replies
    Big Government ^ | June 17, 2011 | Liberty Chick
    If you haven’t previously read about who Judith Faulkner is, it’s imperative – especially if you live in Wisconsin – to read this post first, Will Money & Power in Wisconsin Politics Influence Health Care Policy?, particularly the last third of it. You see, it turns out that one of the biggest backers of liberal politicians and big labor in Wisconsin is actually none other than….an evil corporation!
  • Philadelphia teachers irate after losing union contract (Teachers to Pay for Health Care)

    10/07/2014 4:29:54 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 46 replies
    Philadelphia teachers vowed to fight a sudden move by the district Monday that cancels their union contract and forces them to start paying health premiums of as much as $140 a month. The teachers union, with about 15,000 members, accused the state-led School Reform Commission of ratcheting up its “war on teachers.” However, district leaders said there was nothing else to cut after years of funding woes that have prompted nearly $1 billion in cuts that includes the loss of 5,000 positions and the closure of 30 schools. Many Philadelphia schools operate without a nurse or librarian on duty
  • Here are 300 reasons why Democrats and unions that support Obamacare want exemptions for themselves

    10/06/2014 2:32:07 PM PDT · by grundle · 7 replies
    wordpress ^ | last updated on October 3, 2014. | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Here are 300 reasons why Democrats and unions that support Obamacare want exemptions for themselves By Dan from Squirrel HillPosted on September 24, 2013. Updated on October 3, 2014.As the author of this blog post, I place it into the public domain. Anyone may freely copy it in any part or in its entirely, without asking my permission, and without paying any money. I do ask you please cite a link to http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/obamacare-59/I ask you to please show this list to as many people as possible. Sunshine really is the best disinfectant. I can’t stop Obama...
  • AFL-CIO Chief Trumka: ‘Lot of Work to Do’ on 2014 Turnout

    10/07/2014 4:47:22 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 19 replies
    Washington Wire ^ | 10/7/2014 | Melanie Trottma
    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has spent the last month crisscrossing the nation to mobilize voters on behalf of union-endorsed candidates, largely Democrats.His takeaway 28 days before the November midterm elections:  “I feel a sense of urgency that we still have a lot of work to do,” he said.  “Voter turnout is going to be the deciding factor” in this election, Mr. Trumka told reporters at a meeting at the labor federation’s Washington headquarters Tuesday.The challenge labor faces is apathy from prospective voters who are wondering why they should care about this election, Mr. Trumka said. He’s been asked that question many...
  • Election Day’s a Month Away!

    10/07/2014 4:05:31 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 13 replies
    The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) ^ | October 6, 2014 | 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.You already know how important this election is to federal employees like us. But did you know that Election Day is only a month away?That's right - next month, the country will go to the polls and decide who will represent us in the Senate and in Congress. Which means that AFGE members like you have a month to get involved, and make sure that our...
  • Philly School Teachers Outraged After Losing Contract

    10/07/2014 8:40:24 AM PDT · by Iron Munro · 43 replies
    NBC10.com ^ | Oct 7, 2014 | Maryclaire Dale
    Philadelphia teachers vowed to fight a sudden move by the district Monday that cancels their union contract and forces them to start paying health premiums. The teachers union, with about 15,000 members, accused the state-led School Reform Commission of ratcheting up its "war on teachers." However, district leaders said there was nothing else to cut after years of funding woes that have prompted nearly $1 billion in cuts that includes the loss of 5,000 positions and the closure of 30 schools. Many Philadelphia schools operate without a nurse or librarian on duty. "If the contract is blown open, what's going...
  • Teachers Sue Union for Censoring Charitable Donations ( Pennsylvania )

    10/06/2014 9:13:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Dail Signal ^ | October 04, 2014 | Kelsey Harkness
    Two teachers have taken Pennsylvania’s largest teachers union to court over its attempt to decide which charities may be supported by teachers as an alternative when they decline to join the union on religious grounds. The teachers, Chris Meier from Lancaster County and Jane Ladley from Chester County, are required—as a condition of employment—either to be a member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association or pay a nonmember “fair share” fee of $435. Last spring, PSEA accepted Meier and Ladley’s status as religious objectors. In lieu of paying membership dues, state law instructed the teachers to pay a “fair share”...
  • Bankruptcy Judge Hammers Unions by Allowing Stockton Pension Cut

    10/04/2014 10:22:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Breitbart California ^ | October 4, 2014 | Chriss W. Street
    In what will be a devastating blow to California public employee unions, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein ruled in the Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy of the City of Stockton that pensions managed by the California Public Employee Retirement System, known as CalPERS, can be cut in bankruptcy “like any other garden variety” unsecured debt. He rejected the unions’ argument that the world’s largest pension fund is an “arm of the state” and that public employee pensions are protected by federal and state laws. Stockton city employees and city council members, who are all CalPERS pension beneficiaries, received retirement benefit enhancements...
  • Unions set up shop at US Daimler plant (UAW/Tuscaloosa AL)

    10/04/2014 4:24:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 04 Oct 2014 07:17 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    The United Auto Workers union said Friday it was creating a chapter at the only factory within auto giant Daimler’s global manufacturing system where workers lack union representation. The local chapter aims to represent the 3,400 US employees at a Mercedes-Benz plant outside of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in the southern United States, and is being formed with help from German trade union IG Metal.“This is the formation of a local union that will become the bargaining agent for workers at this facility,” said Gary Casteel, UAW secretary treasurer and vice chairman of the Daimler workers committee. “This isn’t a petition for...
  • Watchdog claims union's legal fight reveals ObamaCare fraud

    10/04/2014 5:45:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | October 4, 2014 | Perry Chiaramonte
    A Texas union’s dirty laundry -- aired out in court when workers charged they were cheated out of overtime pay – also shows the labor organization ripped off taxpayers under a $1.3 million contract to sign people up for ObamaCare, a watchdog group is claiming. Non-profit group Southern United Neighborhoods got a $1.3 million federal grant in 2013 to serve as a "navigator," enrolling people in Affordable Care Act coverage. The group subcontracted with United Labor Unions Local 100, which, according to Cause of Action, paid members less than it billed the government and, in some cases, paid them to...
  • Watchdog Claims Union's Legal Fight Reveals ObamaCare Fraud (ACORN)

    10/04/2014 5:32:50 AM PDT · by blam · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10-4-2014 | Perry Chiaramonte
    Perry Chiaramonte October 04, 2014 A Texas union’s dirty laundry -- aired out in court when workers charged they were cheated out of overtime pay – also shows the labor organization ripped off taxpayers under a $1.3 million contract to sign people up for ObamaCare, a watchdog group is claiming. Non-profit group Southern United Neighborhoods got a $1.3 million federal grant in 2013 to serve as a "navigator," enrolling people in Affordable Care Act coverage. The group subcontracted with United Labor Unions Local 100, which, according to Cause of Action, paid members less than it billed the government and, in...
  • Despite Union attacks, Walker grabs lead in re-election bid

    10/02/2014 8:39:32 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Opponent Mary Burke weighed down by jobs plan plagiarism allegationsMary Burke weighed down by jobs plan plagiarism allegations. Gov. Scott Walker is casting himself as a turnaround artist, seeking re-election with a pitch to voters that he revamped the state’s spending and business climate in just four years. For a governor with presidential aspirations, it’s a case he’s likely preparing for a national audience as well — but first he’ll have to get through a tighter-than-expected re-election race against Democrat Mary Burke, a former state secretary of commerce. As if that wasn’t enough, analysts say that his race could also...
  • Poll: Walker opens lead in WI governor’s race amid Burke plagiarism scandal

    10/02/2014 4:30:37 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 10-1-14 | Adam Tobias
    MADISON, Wis. — The plagiarism scandal surrounding Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke may be affecting Wisconsin voters. The latest Marquette University Law School poll, released Wednesday, shows incumbent Republican Gov. Scott Walker has opened up his lead against Burke by 5 percent among likely voters. Of the 585 likely voters who participated in the Marquette poll between Sept. 25-28, 50 percent said they would vote for Walker; 45 percent said they would be voting for Burke. The poll’s margin of error is 4.1 percent. Information for Marquette’s previous poll, which had Walker ahead of Burke by 3 percent, was collected...
  • Strikers threaten to blow up French factory, stalling Hollande’s bid for economic reforms

    10/02/2014 2:53:09 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 5 replies
    National Post ^ | 10-1-14 | Rory Mulholland
    Striking factory workers in France have threatened to blow up their place of employment in the latest round of hostile industrial action stalling President Francois Hollande’s economic reforms. Employees at the Electrolux vacuum cleaner factory near the Belgian border in Revin lit a trail of wooden pallets on Tuesday that was intended to act as a fuse leading to a propane gas tank near the main building of the factory. The stunt, which drew French police and fire crews to the scene, was the latest in a wave of strike action that has threatened to derail President Hollande’s government. It...
  • Judge rules loss could be imposed on Calpers in Stockton bankruptcy

    10/01/2014 3:47:22 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 1, 2014 | BY ROBIN RESPAUT
    The U.S. bankruptcy judge overseeing Stockton, California's municipal bankruptcy trial on Wednesday ruled that the state's public employee retirement system, known as Calpers, could be forced to absorb losses along with other creditors. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein said the city's contract with the California Public Employees' Retirement System could be rejected. While the judge ruled the city may impose losses on Calpers, he has not yet ruled that it must do so as part of its financial restructuring.
  • Israeli cargo ship heads for L.A. to unload after Oakland protest

    09/30/2014 2:15:23 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/29/2014 | Dan Whitcomb
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An Israeli-owned container ship that was blocked from unloading its cargo at the Port of Oakland by pro-Palestinian protesters over the weekend was headed to Los Angeles on Monday, according to a ship-tracking website. The Zim Shanghai left Oakland with its cargo still onboard on Sunday evening, according to the website marinetraffic.com. It was expected to arrive in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Some 200 people angry over Israel's bombardment of the Gaza Strip in response to Hamas rocket salvoes staged a protest of the Zim Shanghai at the Port of Oakland on Saturday morning and again...
  • Jeb Bush: ‘This Is The Most Pessimistic America Has Ever Been’ (follows Palin)

    09/30/2014 5:08:29 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 46 replies
    CBS DC ^ | September 30, 2014 7:45 AM | Associated Press
    His visit to Kansas comes just days after former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin campaigned with Roberts.
  • American Federation of Government Employees Union, (AFGE)State-by-State Endorsement Guide

    09/29/2014 8:10:25 PM PDT · by Yellowstone Joe · 9 replies
    What follows is a list of every state, with a link to the candidates that the American Federation of Government Employees Union is endorsing for the House of representatives. Chances are you will not see the Republican running from your district on the list. That is unless he is a big government pro union RINO. AFGE's State-by-State Endorsement Guide Find your state below and click "more" to find a list of AFGE endorsed candidates in Senate, House and Governors midterm election races. Alabama See AFGE's list of endorsed candidates in Alabama. [more] Alaska See AFGE's list of endorsed candidates in Alaska....
  • Here are the Candidates Who Will Fight For You(AFGE’s endorsements)

    09/29/2014 5:26:49 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 13 replies
    The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) ^ | September 29, 2014 | 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 activityAs the old adage goes, all politics is local. For federal employees, that means electing men and women at the local level who will fight for you in Washington.These past few years have seen unprecedented attacks on government employees – our pay, benefits, retirement security, and even our jobs have been targeted by certain factions within Congress.We need to get back to a time when public...