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  • Portland restaurant workers vote to become first fast food union in the country

    04/24/2018 11:37:39 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 102 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 04/24/2018 | By Jacqueline Thomsen
    Workers at a Burgerville restaurant in Portland, Ore., have voted to create the first formally recognized fast food union in the country. Willamette Week reported Monday that staff at one of the chain’s locations voted 18-4 to unionize, more than two years after workers began the push to be formally recognized as a union. Burgerville announced earlier this month that it would allow the staff to vote to unionize in a National Labor Relations Board-run election. "We started the BVWU to try to make things better for ourselves and our coworkers," Burgerville employee Mark Medina told Willamette Week. "The union...
  • Pittsburgh police preparing for protest if president fires Robert Mueller

    04/18/2018 10:09:39 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 42 replies
    WPXI ^ | Apr 18, 2018
    PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Police officers are preparing for a potential protest in the city in the event President Trump fires special counsel Robert Mueller. “We have received information of a potential large scale protest in the Central Business District,” an email sent to Pittsburgh officers said. If Mueller is fired, it could result in “a large protest within 24 hours of the firing,” the email said. “The protest would be semi-spontaneous and more than likely happen on short notice.” Beginning Thursday, all Major Crimes detectives will be required to have a full uniform and any issued protective equipment, like riot...
  • Airlines must compensate for delays during wildcat strikes: EU court

    04/17/2018 9:29:15 AM PDT · by BBell · 10 replies
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Airlines have to pay compensation to passengers for delays caused by wildcat strikes that result from management decisions, the European Union’s top court said on Tuesday.Several cases were brought to the EU’s Court of Justice after German airline TUIfly said a 2016 wildcat strike - one not formally initiated by a trade union - was an extraordinary event, and so it was not liable to compensate for delays. The strike followed the company’s announcement of a restructuring plan. EU regulation gives passengers on a delayed flight the right to compensation of up to 600 euros ($745), depending...
  • Democrats love unions. Just not for their own campaign workers.

    04/16/2018 10:55:46 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | April 15, 2018 | by Alex Seitz-Wald
    A new union is trying to make Democrats practice what they preach by organizing labor unions on political campaigns. It's meeting resistance. If you look closely at the bottom of virtually every yard sign, postcard or door-hanger distributed by any Democratic campaign, you'll find a symbolic commitment to organized labor — a small seal certifying that it was printed by union workers. The campaign staffer handing out those yard signs, however, is almost certainly not part of a union. "The Democratic Party is a champion of labor rights, except where its own laborers are concerned," reads the sign-on letter for...
  • Editorial: Chicago's pension precipice: It's worse than you thought.

    04/04/2018 2:34:57 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 62 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 4/3/2018 | Editorial Board
    Chicago taxpayers, prepare for another kick in the teeth. In fact, it might be a good time to grow fond of the toothless grin. Another recent court decision will put taxpayers on the hook for additional city pension debts. Yes, even more than before. A circuit court judge in March struck down a 2014 state law that eased pressure on the pension fund of Chicago Park District retirees. The law had increased Park District employees’ own contributions to the fund, increased their retirement-eligible age, reduced their annual cost-of-living increases and reduced duty disability benefits. But those changes will be rolled...
  • Thousands of teachers seize Oklahoma capitol building to demand education funding

    04/03/2018 1:03:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 82 replies
    ABC "News" ^ | April 3, 2018 | By CLAYTON SANDELL BILL HUTCHINSON
    Thousands of determined and boisterous Oklahoma teachers seized every floor of their state capitol building Tuesday vowing not to leave until lawmakers loosen the purse strings on education funding. In a show of force, educators stayed out of classrooms throughout the state for a second day and said in unison that they will continue their walkout until the Republican-dominated legislature substantially boosts money for school resources. "We'll be back on Wednesday!" chanted the teachers. Many of them were holding signs reading, "Let's Start Funding" and "Fund our Future."
  • Oklahoma teachers go on strike and rally at state Capitol

    04/02/2018 8:00:07 PM PDT · by BackRoads775 · 69 replies
    https://www.yahoo.com ^ | 04/02/2018 | unknown
    Teachers carried signs and marched during a rally at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City on Monday calling for higher wages. Last week, the legislature in Oklahoma City voted to give teachers an average raise of $6,000 per year, or roughly 16 percent, depending on experience. Gov. Mary Fallin, a Republican, signed the package into law, but teachers said it was not enough. They have asked for a $10,000 raise as well as additional funding for schools and raises for support staff like bus drivers and custodians.
  • Oklahoma teachers walk off job over pay, shut schools statewide

    04/02/2018 7:56:23 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 119 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 2, 2018 | by Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton
    Oklahoma teachers walked off the job on Monday, closing schools statewide as they demanded salary rises for some of the lowest-paid educators in the United States and more funds for a school system reeling from a decade of budget cuts. “We’re walking because our students deserve more,” the Oklahoma Education Association, the state’s largest union for educators with about 40,000 members, said over the weekend. Oklahoma’s Republican-controlled legislature last week approved the state’s first major tax increase in a quarter century to help fund pay raises for teachers, hoping to avert a strike with a $450 million revenue package. The...
  • Elimination of the MPRA: Russian labor unions hammered under the law on foreign agents

    03/30/2018 9:01:27 PM PDT · by NorseViking · 12 replies
    Eurasianet ^ | March 29, 2007 | Irina Meyer
    The liquidation of labor unions threatens to further weaken the entire system of protection of labor rights in the Russian Federation. On January 10, 2018, by decision of the St. Petersburg City Court, one of the strongest Russian trade unions was liquidated - the Interstate Trade Union Workers Association ( MPRA ). The union was accused of receiving foreign financing with simultaneous participation in political activities. The MPRA appealed the decision of the court and is awaiting further hearings. The judgment on the MPRA is not just a neutralization of the protest mechanisms before the elections. The extension of the...
  • Strikes in France disrupt rail, air service in opening shot against Macron’s labor plans

    03/22/2018 11:12:43 AM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Mar 2018 | James McAuley
    PARIS — Railway workers and air traffic controllers led strikes across France on Thursday, opening a bitter showdown over labor overhauls sought by French President Emmanuel Macron. The strikes — which disrupted travel across the country — signal a critical test for Macron as his government seeks to challenge France’s tightly controlled public-sector labor markets in attempts to stimulate a stagnant economy. Macron faced only minimal resistance to the first wave of workplace changes last fall, and unemployment figures have already begun to drop. But France’s powerful public sector, which employs more than 5 million people, is putting its foot...
  • Labor Watchdog Demands Records on NLRB Recusal

    03/22/2018 6:38:44 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson
    freebeacon ^ | March 22, 2018 | Bill McMorris
    Right to Work Foundation says agency handling of Trump appointees indicates a double standard One of the nation's top labor watchdogs is demanding that the federal government's top labor arbiter release information linked to its controversial decision to reinstate Obama era rules on franchising. The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation is seeking records from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) relating to its decision to vacate its Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors ruling. The organization asked the agency, which rules on labor disputes and oversees union election campaigns, to supply communications between agency staffers and Democratic board members about Trump...
  • Why Tennessee is fining Black women $100,000 for braiding hair

    03/17/2018 8:09:32 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 104 replies
    AOL NEWS ^ | 16 Mar 2018 | KIA MORGAN-SMITH
    That’s a problem for braiders like Fatou Diouf, a small braiding business owner who is suffering because of a stifling $16,000 in fines she’s been ordered to pay.One of her braiders reportedly did not have a government license to braid hair in her shop and that runs afoul of the Tennessee Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners policy. As a result, Diouf the fine was levied against her as a disciplinary action..... In 2012, a Utah woman who braids hair to supplement her family’s income won a federal lawsuit against the state over its licensing process for her craft, arguing...
  • VA Bay Pines AFGE Union President goes on facebook rant about white privilege

    03/16/2018 10:46:57 PM PDT · by ofcrob2237 · 33 replies
    3-16-2018 | Ben Krause
    https://www.disabledveterans.org/2018/03/16/va-employee-local-548-afge-union-president-weighs-white-privilege/
  • Hollywood Should Accept McDormand's Inclusion-rider Dare

    03/09/2018 7:29:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 9, 2018 | Jonah Goldberg
    Go for it, Hollywood. You probably didn't watch the Academy Awards -- most people didn't -- but you might have caught a bit of Frances McDormand's acceptance speech for her Best Actress award. At the end of a stirring speech about women in post-Weinstein Hollywood, she said, "I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider." Don't feel bad if you don't know what an inclusion rider is. McDormand didn't either until recently. She told the press backstage that she had only learned about inclusion riders the previous week. So what are they? Simply put,...
  • Right-to-Work Laws Have Devastated Unions — and Democrats

    03/08/2018 4:19:32 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 29 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 8, 2018 | JAMES FEIGENBAUM, ALEXANDER HERTEL-FERNANDEZ and VANESSA WILLIAMSON
    Next week’s special congressional election in southwestern Pennsylvania will test whether, deep in Trump country, union support can help elect a Democrat running on a middle-class economic agenda. A victory would remind Democrats of the electoral power of organized labor. Even though it has relied on unions’ electoral muscle for nearly a century, the party has often failed to shore up labor’s diminishing strength. Our research demonstrates what an enormous electoral mistake that has been. Political analysts have long argued that dwindling union power would be bad for Democrats. The conservative strategist Grover Norquist, for instance, has speculated that the...
  • Union accused of tricking developer into paying ‘Coffee Boys’ $42 an hour

    03/06/2018 5:14:47 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 17 replies
    Manhattan’s largest development company says it was snookered into paying union workers $42 an hour — and a lot more for overtime — just to deliver coffee at its Hudson Yards megaproject. The “Coffee Boys” were part of what Related Cos. calls a widespread scheme of “misconduct” by unions that inflated construction costs at the gleaming new mini-city by more than $100 million. While the job of coffee boy is usually filled by “the junior-most worker in a unit,” the Concrete Workers District Council assigned that role to two full-fledged union members, according to a Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit filed...
  • Public-Sector Unions Deserve To Be Destroyed

    03/02/2018 1:31:18 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 2, 2018 | David Harsanyi
    How does a public-sector union work? Easy. First, the state creates a monopoly. The monopoly forces taxpayers to fund those workers, whether they do a good job or not. The union then coerces workers to pay dues regardless of whether or not they want to. Then the union uses those dues to help fund political advocacy that perpetuates their monopoly and the union's influence. So, in other words: racketeering. Among many significant problems with this arrangement, the most obvious is that it's an assault on freedom of association. If there is another organization in American life that has a license...
  • Janus v. AFSCME: Perhaps This Time The Court Will Take The First Amendment Seriously

    03/02/2018 5:59:22 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 2, 2018 | George Leef
    On February 26, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Janus v. AFSCME. The issue in the case is whether public unions can compel workers who have declined to become members to pay them an “agency fee” that supposedly covers the union’s activities other than political action. Mark Janus is a public employee in Illinois and under state law, he must pay “his” union, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees a fee that is 78 percent of the full membership dues. That is the amount that the union says is the “fair share” of workers who decline...
  • Georgia teacher in custody after report of shots at school

    02/28/2018 10:37:05 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 48 replies
    Police in Georgia say officers have responded to reports of shots fired at a high school and a teacher who may have been barricaded in a classroom is in custody. Police in Dalton tweeted that no children were hurt or were in danger. Police spokesman Bruce Frazier tells The Associated Press that the scene is secure. Police are not immediately saying what happened inside the school. Police say the school has been evacuated and students have been taken to the Northwest Georgia Center. Police are advising parents to go there to pick them up. Dalton is about 90 miles (145...
  • Labor Thuggery at the Supreme Court

    02/27/2018 11:54:38 PM PST · by lowbuck · 16 replies
    Townhall ^ | 28 February 2018 | Betsy McCaughey
    Organized labor took off the gloves Monday, warning the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court that freeing public employees from mandatory union dues would lead to strikes and union violence. It was ugly. The Court heard oral arguments challenging laws in 22 states and the District of Columbia that force public employees to pay unions to represent them, even if they disagree with the union's demands and politics. Mark Janus, a child support specialist and public employee in Illinois, claims his First Amendment free speech rights are being violated when he is forced to pay money to a union --...