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  • Former DNC Chair Howard Dean: 'Labor Unions Are Super-Pacs Democrats Like'

    02/06/2016 10:55:29 AM PST · by aimhigh · 16 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 02/05/2016 | Stephen Kruiser
    Former Gov. Howard Dean (D-Vt.) said Friday that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) should not boast about his freedom from super-PACs given his ties with organized labor. 'I don't hear anybody asking Bernie Sanders for transcripts of some speech he made for a labor union,' he told host Andrea Mitchell on "MSNBC Live." "For Bernie to say he doesn't have a super-PAC…labor unions are super-PACs. Labor unions are super-PACs Democrats like so we don't go after labor unions."
  • Dean: 'Labor unions are super-PACs Democrats like’

    02/05/2016 9:49:26 PM PST · by Chode · 6 replies
    the hill ^ | February 05, 2016, | Mark Hensch
    Former Gov. Howard Dean (D-Vt.) said Friday that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) should not boast about his freedom from super-PACs given his ties with organized labor.“I don’t hear anybody asking Bernie Sanders for transcripts of some speech he made for a labor union,” he told host Andrea Mitchell on “MSNBC Live."“For Bernie to say he doesn’t have a super-PAC…labor unions are super-PACs.Labor unions are super-PACs Democrats like so we don’t go after labor unions.” Dean then criticized Sanders for implying Clinton is in the pocket of Wall Street after giving paid speeches for major financial firms in the past.“This is...
  • Stage Set For West Virginia to Become Next Right-to-Work State

    02/04/2016 5:33:08 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/1/2016 | Jason Hart
    After the appointment of a Republican to fill a vacancy in the state Senate, West Virginia looks increasingly likely to become the 26th right-to-work state. That would give West Virginia the same status as Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin, the three states that have enacted right-to-work laws in the last four years. Senate Bill 1, a right-to-work bill to prevent unions from having workers fired for refusing to pay union fees, is under consideration in the West Virginia House of Delegates after it was approved on Jan. 21 by the West Virginia Senate. If passed by the House, the bill is...
  • Right-to-Work States Have Faster Income Growth

    02/03/2016 12:56:12 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/1/2016 | Jacob Hart
    Opponents of right-to-work insist the policy causes wages to plunge, but federal data suggest the opposite is true. Including Michigan, there are 25 states with right-to-work laws ensuring no worker can be required to pay a union as a condition of employment. In many right-to-work states, wages and incomes are growing faster than in forced unionization states. Seven of the 10 states with the fastest wage growth from 2013 to 2014 (the latest year data was available) were right-to-work states. Those 10 states and their wage growth rates were: North Dakota: 3.97%, Wyoming: 2.61%, Idaho: 2.41%, Oregon: 2.36%, Illinois: 2.31%,...
  • Chicago teachers union rejects contract offer, will likely go on strike(kids safe!)

    02/03/2016 9:29:33 AM PST · by rktman · 6 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 2/2/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    Whenever you're feeling down in the dumps, distressed at the turn of events in the world or simply empty inside, just remember one thing: you could always live in Chicago, so things could be worse. (With apologies, if you happen to actually live in Chicago. I got nothing for ya.) Out in the Windy City there's been a cavalcade of news surrounding the administration of Rahm Emanuel, his police department, his budget, his crime rate and all manner of disasters. But this story has to do with the teachers union. After months of tense negotiations with the city, talks over...
  • Congress Passes Long-Term Highway Bill Including Heller’s I-11 Extension

    02/02/2016 1:10:04 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    KOLO News Now 8 ABC ^ | December 3, 2015 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — After years of stymied efforts to address the nation's aging and congested highways and transit systems, Congress found the sweet spot for passage on Thursday — a 5-year, $305 billion bill laden with enough industry favors, parochial projects, safety improvements and union demands to gain overwhelming support. The bill was approved 359 to 65 in the House, and 83 to 16 in the Senate. The bill now goes to the White House for President Barack Obama's signature.
  • Senate Acts, House Dallies on Pension Spiking and Union Release Time Bills

    02/02/2016 7:26:53 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/1/2016 | Jack Spencer
    Two Senate-passed bills now pending in the Michigan House have been dubbed “the Steve Cook legislation,” a reference to a pension spiking scheme involving the head of the state's largest teachers union. One of the bills would ban the practice, and the other would shut down a different scheme that has union officials doing union work at taxpayer expense in public sector workplaces. Both bills might seem to be a light lift for a legislative body with a 61-47 Republican majority. But more than two months after they were passed by the Michigan Senate, the House has yet to schedule...
  • SEIU, top Dem team up to turn 5 million Latino immigrants into voters

    01/29/2016 5:52:53 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01/29/2016 | By Nicole Duran
    U.S. citizens and voters as possible before Election Day. Leading the charge is Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., who said Thursday that he believes the "stand up to hate" push can get 1 million of those Latinos naturalized by May, which would see them become citizens in time to register for the presidential election. The campaign's mantra is "Naturalize. Register. Vote." Gutierrez advised Latinos to "get angry" over the anti-immigrant rhetoric emanating from Republican presidential candidates "then naturalize, register and vote." "Can you believe calling all Mexicans rapists?" he asked during a conference call announcing the New American Democracy Campaign, referring...
  • Unions Lean Democratic, but Donald Trump Gets Members’ Attention

    01/29/2016 11:53:21 AM PST · by ripnbang · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 29, 2016 | Noam Scheiber
    WASHINGTON — Of all the voters who might be expected to resist the charms of Donald J. Trump, the two million members of the Service Employees International Union would most likely be near the top of the list. The union, which endorsed Hillary Clinton in November, is widely regarded as one of the more progressive in the labor movement. It skews female and racially diverse — roughly the opposite of a Trump rally, in other words. But the union’s president, Mary Kay Henry, acknowledged that Mr. Trump holds appeal even for some of her members. “There is deep economic anxiety...
  • Surprise walkout by dockworkers shuts down the N.J., N.Y. ports

    01/29/2016 11:06:50 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 34 replies
    NJ.com ^ | 1-29-2016 | Ted Sherman
    NEWARK—More than 4,000 longshoremen unexpectedly walked off the job this morning, shutting down the port terminals both in New Jersey and New York, causing truck traffic to immediately start backing up throughout Port Newark and Port Elizabeth. Port officials were taken by surprise by the labor action, and were unsure what precipitated it. "We do know it's an illegal walk-off," said Phoebe Sorial, general counsel for the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor. "We did not hear about it beforehand and we don't know why it's happening." The New York Shipping Association, which represents the terminal operators, ocean carriers, and...
  • Sanders workers are masquerading as Culinary members to campaign inside hotels

    01/28/2016 8:17:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Ralston Reports ^ | January 28, 2016 | Jon Ralston
    We can confirm multiple reports of Bernie Sanders’ campaign staffers attempting and gaining access to Employee Dining Rooms at Las Vegas Strip properties where over 57,000 members that we represent work. We are disappointed and offended. It's completely inappropriate for any campaign to attempt to mislead Culinary Union members, especially at their place of work. The Culinary Union button that hundreds of thousands of union members have proudly worn to work every day represents 80 years of struggle and fighting for justice. We strongly condemn anyone falsifying their affiliation with the Culinary Union in order to gain access to properties...
  • In West Virginia Right-to-Work Debate, Unions Re-Use Scare Story Script

    01/27/2016 6:18:53 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 14 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/22/2016 | Jason Hart
    A labor union campaign against making West Virginia a right-to-work state is centered on scare tactics voters in Michigan would recognize. With help from International Union of Operating Engineers Local 132, the West Virginia AFL-CIO is warning of lower wages, reduced benefits, and more dangerous working conditions if the state adopts right-to-work. IUOE Local 132’s Stop WV Paycuts website asks visitors to contact their state legislators with those three reasons for opposing right-to-work. Unions made the same arguments before Michigan enacted right-to-work several years ago. “In states with RTW laws on the books, wages are lower, benefits are fewer, and...
  • West Virginia Could Become 26th Right-to-Work State

    01/21/2016 1:47:23 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 23 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/18/2016 | Jason Hart
    CHARLESTON — Thousands of union members crowded the West Virginia Capitol Wednesday night to protest right-to-work and other items on the Legislature’s agenda. In a campaign organized by the West Virginia AFL-CIO, union members were bused to the Capitol to kick off lobbying efforts for the state's 60-day legislative session. The protesters gathered under the Capitol dome and chanted at legislators who were on their way to the governor’s annual state of the state address. Union officials want to prevent any changes to prevailing wage requirements for government-funded construction projects, avoid cuts to government employee health benefits and prevent West...
  • Unions Do Not Benefit All Employees

    01/21/2016 7:38:54 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/20/2016 | Jarrett Skorup
    In the Friedrichs case before the U.S. Supreme Court, the core of union-supporters' argument is that government employees should be forced to pay fees to a union because they benefit from union activities. Not paying the union, they say, makes an employee a free rider. Or, as The Atlantic put it recently: “[Rebecca] Friedrichs is not a member of the union, but, like many other public employees, is required to pay a so-called agency fee to cover the costs of collective bargaining and other negotiations with the school district — union activities that all teachers, even nonunion teachers like Friedrichs,...
  • Bureaucrat Bosses Pay Bad Workers To Stay Home [$1B annually] - EPA "shines" in this area

    01/20/2016 11:03:39 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | January 21, 2016 | Luke Rosiak
    Federal managers are using illegal secret settlements that pay disruptive, incompetent or dangerous employees not to work for months on end before quitting on an agreed-upon date as an alternative to endless termination paperwork, legal appeals and costly battles with civil service unions. Government employees accused of wrongdoing often spend months on paid leave, while publicly agencies cryptically speak of lengthy "investigations," even when establishing misconduct can be as simple as talking to a few people or reviewing some documents. Eventually, the agencies will say, just as vaguely, that the person is "no longer employed." Evidence obtained by The Daily...
  • Supreme Court Tone Appears to Favor Ending Agency Fees to Unions

    01/20/2016 10:05:30 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/17/2016 | Jason Hart
    A group of California teachers fighting mandatory union fees at the U.S. Supreme Court had, by all appearances, a good day Monday. Supreme Court justices seemed receptive to the arguments brought by teachers in the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case. If the case is successful, Rebecca Friedrichs and other government workers across the nation will gain the ability to opt out of agency fees unions charge to nonmembers. Remarks from several of the justices indicated they agree with Friedrichs on a central point, that public sector union negotiations are inherently political because they involve taxpayer money, public employees, and...
  • NYPD cop who retired with bad shoulder is now bodybuilding and collecting disability pension

    01/20/2016 6:20:28 AM PST · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | January 18, 2016 | Graham Rayman, Stephen Rex Brown
    He's pumping iron - and squeezing taxpayers for $40,000 a year. An NYPD officer who retired with a disability pension now regularly participates in bodybuilding competitions - and pension rules permit it. Derek Huebner retired on Aug. 31, 1996 after six years on the force, according to the New York City Police Pension Fund. He receives $40,885.20, tax-free plus benefits, every year from the fund, which has come under scrutiny following reports in the Daily News. "There's no law against it," Huebner said when asked about his receiving a disability pension while bodybuilding.
  • This Supreme Court Case Could Forever Change Government Unions

    01/20/2016 5:03:24 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/11/2016 | Jason Hart
    The U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments today on a case that could end mandatory union dues and fees for public sector workers, which are currently required in about half the states in the country. The case is Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, and involves whether requiring teachers and other government employees to pay union dues or fees violates their right to free speech. Rebecca Friedrichs and her fellow plaintiffs are California teachers who have been forced by law to pay a union as a condition of their employment in a public school. Attorneys for the plaintiffs are expected to...
  • State Legislature Looking to Address Detroit School Sickouts

    01/19/2016 1:15:06 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/13/2016 | Tom Gantert
    The chair of the State Senate Education Committee said state legislators are looking at how to address the series of sickouts staged by Detroit Public School teachers who are upset about plans by Gov. Rick Snyder to completely revamp the troubled school district. Detroit Public Schools Spokeswoman Michelle Zdrodowski didn’t respond to questions about how many schools had been closed due to sickouts. The media reported that five schools recently had been closed in one week. The Detroit News reported that Steve Conn, who was the president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers before being removed, was taking credit for...
  • SEIU: Dozens arrested at airport workers' MLK Day national civil disobedience

    01/18/2016 7:41:18 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies
    PRNewswire-USNewswire ^ | January 18, 2016
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dozens of contracted airport workers and allies were arrested today at demonstrations in cities including New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Newark, NJ, Washington, DC, Portland, Ore., Seattle, Chicago and Miami as part of a national airport workers' civil disobedience against the injustices and inequality that persist at airports across the country. The men and women who keep our airports running took action to commemorate MLK Day and to reclaim the dignity that should come with a hard day's work, a central tenet of Dr. King's vision for a just society.
  • Union Activists Protest Opposition to Coerced Union Dues

    01/18/2016 5:39:39 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/13/2016 | Tom Gantert
    About 10 union activists protested Thursday outside the Midland headquarters of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. The issue was the free-market think tank's involvement in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court that could make it illegal to force government employees to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment. The protesters were holding signs from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). From 2005 to 2013, the SEIU had a dues skimming scheme by which the union collected more than $34 million from home-based caregivers, many who were were caring for family members or friends. Progress Michigan,...
  • Report: Latinos, Asians 'now claim white identity'

    01/17/2016 11:50:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 17, 2016 | Paul Bedard
    The long-accepted Census Bureau prediction that whites will be a minority in 2044, ending any dominance by the white-heavy Republican Party, is being sharply challenged by an unusual source: the AFL-CIO....
  • When It Comes To Gay Unions, Bergoglio Doesn’t Say No

    01/15/2016 9:54:58 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 7 replies
    Chiesa Espress Online ^ | 1/15/16 | Sandro Magister
    They are about to become law in Italy, but the pope is discouraging Catholics from raising the barricades. He did the same thing in Argentina. But there's a difference in his politics on immigration, poverty, Islamic radicalism ROME, January 15, 2016 -- Jorge Mario Bergoglio likes his crowds festive and prayerful, never politically aggressive. In Buenos Aires, in 2010, he sent back home the Catholics who had gathered in front of parliament for a prayer vigil against the imminent approval of homosexual marriage. He persuaded them to "avoid the impasse." Of course, in that law Bergoglio saw in action nothing...
  • Fed-up teachers, supporters march on Capitol [Florida Whiners]

    01/14/2016 5:56:22 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    Gainesville Sun ^ | 1/14/16 | Erin Jester
    Chris and Meredith Goodrich heard the discontent brewing with FCAT, then Common Core, then the Florida Standards Assessment, before their two children ever started school at Littlewood Elementary.... ....Goodrich hopped a bus with other Alachua County parents, teachers, school staff members and school board members and returned to Tallahassee for a rally that brought close to 2,000 people to the steps of the Florida State Capitol. The Florida Education Association organized the event, dubbed "Enough is Enough."
  • Americans are Moving to Right-to-Work States

    01/12/2016 8:07:36 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/8/2016 | Michael LaFaive
    New numbers from the Census Bureau on how many people move from state to state underscore another aspect of the right-to-work debate that does not often take center stage: Americans continue to move to right-to-work states. The Mackinac Center has long viewed changes in the number of people in a state as perhaps the single best tool for measuring the quality of life there. After all, there are reasons people pack up and move, and those reasons reflect an individual’s self-interest. Economic opportunities are a clear reason to move, as are amenities such as access to coastal waters or more...
  • Archaic Prevailing Wage Law Should Be Repealed

    01/12/2016 6:54:55 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/8/2016 | Phillip Schlosser
    In Michigan, government entities, such as school districts, must pay all contractors union wages for construction projects — the so-called prevailing wage. This wage rate is established by the state and is based on wages collectively bargained for by unions in the region where the construction work is being done. Market wages set by open competition are explicitly forbidden. The law was first enacted in 1965 when a much larger portion of Michigan’s construction force was unionized, but today, in the construction industry, only one-fifth of workers belong to labor unions. In other words, when companies bid on government construction...
  • Supreme Court Seems Poised to Deal Unions a Major Setback

    01/11/2016 11:24:41 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 11, 2016 | ADAM LIPTAK
    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court seemed poised on Monday to deliver a severe blow to organized labor. The justices appeared divided along familiar lines during an extended argument over whether government workers who choose not to join unions may nonetheless be required to help pay for collective bargaining. The court's conservative majority appeared ready to say that such compelled financial support violates the First Amendment Collective bargaining, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy said, is inherently political when the government is the employer, and issues like merit pay, promotions and classroom size are subject to negotiation. The best hope for a victory...
  • California Teachers Gear Up to Take Fight Against Unions to Supreme Court

    01/11/2016 8:27:58 AM PST · by detective · 6 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 10, 2016 | Melissa Quinn
    On Monday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. Rebecca Friedrichs and nine other teachers are calling into question the agency fees that public-sector workers are required to pay to unions, which they say violate their First Amendment rights. If the Supreme Court rules in Friedrichs' favor, it would make union dues voluntary for all public-sector workers.
  • Supreme Court may free teachers from forced union dues

    01/10/2016 2:19:26 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | January 10, 2016 | Jason Hart
    Monday the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a case that could bring freedom from forced union fees to teachers and other public employees across the country. In Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, Rebecca Friedrichs is asking for the right to choose whether to pay a labor union. Because California isn’t a right-to-work state, she has to pay nearly $1,000 per year in union fees in order to teach.Those mandatory fees, the legal reasoning goes, are permissible because they cover costs CTA, CTA’s local chapter, and the National Education Association incur representing nonmembers. Forced union fees cannot be spent on...
  • SEIU Leader: My ‘Blue Collar’ Members Support Trump’s Message

    01/09/2016 4:27:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Downtrend ^ | January 9, 2016 | Brian Carey
    This wasn't supposed to happen. The union goons have always been squarely in the camp of the Democratic party totalitarians, haven't they? After all, the economic pig-ignorance that characterizes of a large swath of unionized workers fits perfectly in line with the Democratic party platform. It might surprise you to learn, then, that members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) support the message of GOP presidential candidate Donald J. Trump. "I am deeply concerned about what is stirring, even in our membership... where our members are responding to Trump's message," said Mary Kay Henry, the international president of the...
  • SEIU Union Leader: My Blue-Collar Members Support Trump’s Message

    01/09/2016 7:43:56 AM PST · by GonzoII · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8 Jan 2016 | Neil Munro
    The far-left progressive leader of the huge SEIU union admits that many or most of her blue-collar members are sympathetic to Donald Trump's pro-American populist message. "I am deeply concerned about what is stirring, even in our membership... where our members are responding to Trump's message," she told David Axelrod, the chief campaign strategist for President Barack Obama's election in 2008.Can you see Trump winning the election? Axelrod asked. "Yea, I could, I could," said Mary Kay Henry, the international president of the Service Employees International Union."Sixty-four percent of our public members identify as conservative, and are much more...
  • AWESOME: Liberal Unions in FULL Panic Mode After What Just Happened to Trump’s Campaign

    01/08/2016 5:18:38 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 32 replies
    Mary Kay Henry, the head of the Service Employees International Union is very nervous about the amount of popularity GOP front-runner Donald Trump has garnered. She recently said her organization is going into "hyperdrive" to stand up against Trump, because she saw him as a real threat. Henry was interviewed by David Axelrod for his podcast, "The Axe Files" on Thursday, when she admitted that her organization was worried about what Donald Trump was stirring up in the SEIU's 2.1 million members. She was worried because she believed Trump has the ability to win the White House in November. During...
  • Mandatory Union Fees Getting Hard Look by Supreme Court

    01/08/2016 10:34:09 AM PST · by Zakeet · 8 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 8, 2016 | Adam Liptak
    Harlan Elrich is a high school teacher in California, and that means he must pay about $970 a year to a labor union. He teaches math, and he said the system did not add up. "I get to choose what movie I want to go see," Mr. Elrich said. "I get to choose what church I want to go to. I get to choose what gym I want to join." He should have the same choice, he said, about whether to support a union. Mr. Elrich and nine other California teachers have sued the union, saying that they are being...
  • Unions: Mikulski Sold Out American Workers

    01/07/2016 5:46:36 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    The Washingon Free Beacon ^ | January 7, 2016 | Bill McMorris
    Some of the largest and most influential trade unions in the country are calling out Democrats for boosting guest worker programs and open borders policies. North America's Building Trades Unions--an umbrella organization representing three million workers and 15 major unions, including the Laborers and Teamsters--sent outgoing Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D., Md.) a letter Thursday accusing her of selling out workers by importing foreigners to work for "Close to Slavery" wages. Mikulski pushed for increasing the number of temporary H2B visas that allow companies to bring guest workers to the United States to fill seasonal jobs. "We wanted to express to...
  • Justice Dept. Assails VW as Barra is Elevated to GM Chair

    01/05/2016 2:38:41 PM PST · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    NLPC ^ | January 5, 2016 | Mark Modica
    The Obama Administration's Justice Department is now suing Volkswagen for "up to $90 billion for allegedly violating environmental law." Politically-favored General Motors was fined $900 million, or 1% of that amount, for covering up an ignition switch defect that led to the deaths of at least 124 people. At last count, the number of people who lost their lives as a result of emissions' tampering by VW stood at zero. Meanwhile, the GM board unanimoulsy elected CEO Mary Barra as its Chairman, demonstrating that it is still not independent of the White House political operation, even years after the...
  • (Supreme Court) Argument preview: New threat to public employee unions

    01/04/2016 1:23:48 PM PST · by aimhigh · 7 replies
    Scotus Blog ^ | 01/04/2015 | Lyle Denniston
    Next Monday, January 11, when the Supreme Court returns from its holiday recess, it will devote an expanded argument to a case that has made unions which represent government workers deeply fearful for their financial future and their public stature. A significant blow to their treasuries could come if non-union workers are able to turn broad hints by the Supreme Court into final victory in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. Since 1977, the Court has allowed public-sector unions to charge the non-members whom they represent fees to cover the cost of bargaining over working conditions that will benefit those non-members...
  • Union Sends Out Hit List Of Non-Members

    01/01/2016 7:09:28 AM PST · by detective · 23 replies
    IBD ^ | 12/31/2015 | KERRY JACKSON
    hen did unions cross the line from being workers who want to collectively negotiate with their employers to becoming gangs that threaten non-members? Or has it always been that way? In Michigan, which has moved on from being a hard union state to one where workers have a choice about joining, a United Auto Workers chapter has put out a hit list of nonmembers it believes deserve intimidation. Local 412, based in Warren, Mich., suggests that its members refuse to "share any tools, knowledge or support" with "any of these employees who choose not to pay their fair share."
  • California Laws: On January 1st, Students Won’t Have to Pass High School (Exit Exams) to Receive

    12/27/2015 5:52:42 PM PST · by george76 · 54 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 27 Dec 2015 | William Bigelow
    On January 1, California residents will have to accustom themselves to a number of new laws that will be implemented in the state. These are some the laws that will likely have the most profound effect: SB 172: High school seniors will receive their diploma whether or not they pass or even take an exit exam; the law also applies retroactively to students who have graduated since 2004; ... SB 707: Bans concealed firearms from college campuses and K-12 school grounds
  • Our Most Divisive Political Issue

    12/26/2015 4:58:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 74 replies
    Can you name the most contentious issue in American politics? Here's a hint. It's being fought at the federal, state and local levels. And it doesn't go away. The struggle is persistent, ongoing, unending. Here is a second hint. The issue is not gay marriage, or gun control, or police brutality and or immigration. Those issues are either settled, largely settled, isolated or completely out of the control of local and state governments. Here is a third hint. The issue divides Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals. But it is especially divisive among Democrats and among people who call themselves...
  • TRANSPARENCY TESTED: Jeffco Recall Effort Violated Campaign Finance Laws ( Colorado )

    12/18/2015 8:17:08 PM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    ColoradoPeakPolitics ^ | December 18, 2015
    The backers of the Jeffco recall effort (read: Teachers Union) campaigned on the lie that the Jeffco School Board was lacking in transparency. That is why yesterday's ruling that Jeffco United, the nonprofit engaged in the recall effort, violated campaign finance laws is so, so delicious. The organization made a $90,000 donation to the recall effort without disclosing its donors. According to an administrative law judge, that is verboten. Its punishment is not so simple. The organization must pay $1,000, register as a political committee, and (here is the delightful part) disclose its donors. While nonprofits are not typically required...
  • Mayor Emanuel Lashes Out At Owner Of Warehouse Where Firefighter Died

    12/16/2015 4:39:54 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 15 replies
    CBS 2 CHICAGO ^ | 16 OCTOBER 2015 | CBS 2 CHICAGO
    CHICAGO (CBS) — An emotional Mayor Rahm Emanuel lashed out today at the developer who allegedly performed illegal renovation work that led to the death of firefighter Daniel Capuano and we’re learning more about that businessman’s activities in the 10th Ward, reports CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley. “You don’t think they don’t make people like Dan Capuano anymore,” Emanuel said. Mayor Emanuel’s heartfelt tribute, after visiting the wife and three children of the fallen, 42-year-old Chicago firefighter, but Emanuel blasted the businessman renovating the South Chicago warehouse where Capuano died.
  • Michigan's Two Teachers Unions Down Tens of Thousands of Members

    12/16/2015 12:35:41 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/15/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Michigan’s two largest public school unions have seen their numbers of dues-paying members decline sharply since 2012, according to documents filed with the U.S. Department of Labor. The Michigan Education Association lost 20 percent of its active members, going from 117,626 members in 2012 to 94,559 in 2015. The American Federation of Teachers-Michigan lost 21 percent, dropping from 23,388 members in 2012 to 18,585 in 2015. Michigan’s new right-to-work law is only one of the likely explanations for the drop in union membership. Schools are also privatizing more noninstructional services to devote resources to their core mission. That means fewer...
  • DNC drops debate sponsor over union fight

    12/11/2015 12:54:40 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 11, 2015 | Mark Hensch
    The Democratic National Committee announced Friday that it is ejecting a sponsor from the next Democratic debate over a labor dispute. ABC News's New Hampshire affiliate, WMUR, is no longer participating in the contest Dec. 19 contest in Goffstown, N.H. "Regrettably, as a result of WMUR's unwillingness to move forward on scheduling negotiations between the Hearst Corporation and Production Department employees represented by IBEW Local 1228 prior to the debate, we will no longer include WMUR as a co-sponsor of the debate, and their talent will not be participating in any way," DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said in...
  • Union Executives Take Raises While Union Debt Skyrockets

    12/08/2015 10:58:26 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/8/2015 | Tom Gantert
    While the teachers they represent have seen very small pay increases or even pay freezes over the past three years, high level executives at the Michigan Education Association union received large raises. The average increase in the salaries paid to the top four union officials was 18.6 percent over three years. At the same time, the MEA's liabilities increased by nearly $100 million, or 50 percent in one year.
  • Policy Tools That Honest Liberals Should Throw Away Once And For All

    12/08/2015 9:52:08 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | December 8, 2015 | George Leef
    "Fight for fifteen!" That slogan has been reverberating across the U.S. for the last couple of years, as politicians, union heads, and legions of social justice warriors demand that every worker be paid at least fifteen dollars per hour. To many Americans, that demand is obviously fair because it's hard to live decently on less, but to many others, it is the worst sort of demagoguery, certain to have harmful economic consequences. A book that powerfully supports the latter camp and could persuade some who are undecided on the question is the Institute of Economic Affairs' Flaws and Ceilings, a...
  • How the UAW is selling out American auto workers

    12/03/2015 1:17:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | December 3, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    Another touching story from the American heartland crosses our desk this morning, dealing with the dedicated efforts of labor unions to care for their workers and ensure the prosperity of the working class. The United Auto Workers have been in a long series of negotiations with the nation’s auto manufacturers in the latest round of contract wrangling. The result was a deal which should make everyone happy, if by “everyone” you mean the people running the unions. At the heart of the debate was the issue of outsourcing, where American companies ship their facilities (and all of the associated jobs)...
  • Layoff (734 employees) at Dublin (VA) Volvo (truck) plant comes as union contract nears expiration

    12/02/2015 7:59:22 AM PST · by Perseverando · 11 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | December 1, 2015 | Robby Korth and Yann Ranaivo
    MATT GENTRY | The Roanoke Times A Volvo truck with its iconic diagonal grill slash drives past the Volvo New River Valley Plant in Dublin Tuesday. Volvo Trucks' Dublin plant will lay off 734 employees in February. DUBLIN - Those in and around Pulaski County's Volvo truck plant, one of the largest employers in Western Virginia, were coming to terms Tuesday with another announcement of a mass layoff. Volvo will lay off 734 production employees over a three-week period in February, news that county officials first learned after a notice the company filed Tuesday. That represents a quarter of...
  • Principal ‘fixes’ failing grades behind teachers’ backs: staff ( NYC )

    11/29/2015 7:25:53 AM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    The NY Post ^ | November 29, 2015 | Susan Edelman
    The principal of DeWitt Clinton HS, a struggling Bronx school in Mayor de Blasio's multimillion-dollar Renewal program, changed students failing grades to passing without teachers knowledge or consent, insiders told The Post. In one case, Santiago Taveras gave a senior who received a "no show" in a global-history class a 75 and changed her failing 55 grade in gym to a minimum passing 65, records show. She then got a credit for each class, which she did not deserve, several staffers charged. He thinks he is God and can do whatever he wants. ... Taveras changed a students failing 55...
  • [Protesting] Workers scarce at Walmart protests

    11/27/2015 6:35:14 PM PST · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/27/15 | Sean Higgins
    Walmart workers were scarce at the much-hyped Black Friday protests against the retailer's wages and employment policies. Even protesters who didn't work at the stores were hard to find. An estimated 50 people showed up at a store in East Green Brush, N.Y., to protest the firing of Walmart employee Thomas Smith earlier this month. Thomas was allegedly let go for redeeming $2 worth of cans and bottles left behind in a shopping cart. Walmart said he was fired because Smith had failed to disclose his prior criminal history when he was hired, a claim Thomas disputed. A group of...
  • Video: Who’s really protesting Walmart?

    11/27/2015 6:26:58 AM PST · by rktman · 23 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 11/27/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Tis the season, once again upon us, when an age old tradition returns to cities and towns across the nation. I don’t mean the usual Thanksgiving feasts of yesterday or even the commercial mayhem of Black Friday. We’re talking about the annual protests of Walmart by their beleaguered workers who want a fifteen dollar an hour minimum wage and, much more to the point, official union representation. The OurWalmart campaign was back at it as usual, preparing to disrupt holiday shopping plans for the masses who prepare to launch into the Christmas giving season. But who are these protesters, really?...