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  • Immigrants flooded California construction. Worker pay sank. Here’s why

    04/26/2017 5:52:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 22, 2017 | Natalie Kitrieff
    Eddie Ybarra and Francisco Martinez, both in their 40s, work side by side building the walls of two of the newest condo buildings in downtown Los Angeles. They drive pickup trucks to work, park in adjacent lots and both take their lunch break around 10 a.m. That’s about all they share. Ybarra, born in Los Angeles, has built a solidly middle-class lifestyle on more than two decades in the carpenters’ union, earning $40 an hour on top of a pension, healthcare and unlimited vacation days.
  • Congress nears deal on help for miners

    04/25/2017 5:22:09 PM PDT · by Timpanagos1 · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/25/17 | TIMOTHY CAMA,DEVIN HENRY AND JORDAIN CARNEY
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that he wants a long-term fix for miners’ healthcare benefits in the next government funding bill, moving Congress closer to a deal on the issue. “I’m in favor of a permanent fix on miners’ healthcare. It’s my hope that that will be included in the final package,” McConnell told reporters Tuesday after meeting with the GOP caucus. The question of what to do about the government-backed healthcare benefits for coal miners has complicated congressional spending debates in the past.
  • Don't count on that government pension

    04/24/2017 1:06:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | April 17, 2017 | Terry Savage
    Millions of Americans are expecting to receive a pension from the city or state that employs them. Many will be in for a terrible surprise, according to the nonprofit organization Truth in Accounting. It surveyed 237 municipal pension plans across the country, using newly required reporting data about pension underfunding. Although it has taken decades for many of these pension funds to get into such bad shape, only now are the details being revealed, says Sheila Weinberg, president of Truth in Accounting and a CPA who has dedicated her life to requiring full and useful disclosure of federal, state and...
  • Some Of The Biggest Anti-Trump Voices Might Go Silent In A Matter Of Days

    04/19/2017 7:25:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | April 19, 2017 | Sara Boboltz
    With stinging criticisms cloaked in humor, late-night hosts Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, Trevor Noah and the whole cast of “Saturday Night Live” have provided American audiences a way to laugh off their political anxiety. But on May 2, we may have to say goodbye to them for now. That’s because the day before marks the expiration date for the current contract between the Writers Guild of America, the organization representing 12,000 Hollywood film and TV writers, and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents the writers’ employers. (The Huffington Post is unionized under the WGA-East.) The current...
  • Unionized Scientists March in Protest of Attacks on Science and Jobs

    04/19/2017 2:51:05 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 44 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | April 18, 2017 | Carly Ebben Eaton,Kathy Setian
    Of all the attacks on our civil society, the attacks on evidence-based science pose perhaps the greatest existential threat. Decisions being made about climate science and environmental protection at this critical time will shape the future of our planet. Advances in research are produced by the twin pillars of dedicated scientists and an activated citizenry who demand that the best science be applied to today’s most pressing problems. Because scientists produce the facts that expose the lies currently being purveyed, the tip of the spear is pointed at the heart of science-based policy and research. But the imminent threat also...
  • Deceptive Big Labor Move To Repeal New Right To Work Statute Is Stopped

    04/19/2017 5:50:34 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 4 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 19, 2017 | George Leef
    Early this year, Missouri became the 28th state to enact a Right to Work statute, thereby preventing workers from being fired just because they won’t pay dues to the union that officially represents them. (It’s worth noting that very few of the workers who are in unions have ever had the opportunity to vote yes or no on union representation, a point Akash Chougule of Americans for Prosperity makes in his Wall Street Journal op-ed, “A Union Card Shouldn’t be an Heirloom.”) As has been the case in every instance when a state has adopted Right to Work in recent...
  • Report: Taxpayers Potentially Paid Thousands of Union Officials

    04/19/2017 5:48:28 AM PDT · by kevcol · 6 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 19, 2017 | Bill McMorris
    Taxpayers spent $162.5 million on federal employees performing union activities in 2014, according to the Office of Personnel Management's most recent data. The Competitive Enterprise Institute used official budget documents and Freedom of Information Act requests to validate how many federal employees worked under such conditions . . . The union workers included "nurses, therapists, pharmacists, a physician, and even a prosthetic limb specialist," according to Hice. "Rather than helping our heroes, these individuals spend all their time engaging in union activities such as collective bargaining, filing complaints or grievances, and even grassroots lobbying," Hice said. "This is unacceptable and...
  • California Cities' Pension Tab Seen Almost Doubling in 5 Years

    04/10/2017 11:56:20 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Bloomberg ^ | April 10, 2017 | by Romy Varghese
    California cities and counties will see their required contributions to the largest U.S. pension fund almost double in five years, according to an analysis by the California Policy Center. Including the costs paid by cities and counties that run their own systems, the fiscal 2018 tab will be at least $13 billion to meet retirement obligations for public workers, according to the analysis, which is based on actuarial reports and audited financial statements. Barring any changes to pensions, "several California cities and counties will find themselves forced to slash other spending," the group wrote in its report. "The less fortunate...
  • A teacher who showed up drunk to a field trip later sued her city. She is getting $75,000.

    04/09/2017 12:15:28 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 59 replies
    washingtonpost ^ | October 27, 2016 | Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
    WISN 12 News âś” @WISN12News Janesville council approves $75K settlement for former teacher who was drunk on school trip http://bit.ly/2dGqoPf 7:01 PM - 25 Oct 2016 1 1 Retweet 1 1 like It didnÂ’t take long for the other teachers to realize that Maria Caya, one of the chaperons on a school field trip to a bowling alley, was seriously drunk. As elementary-school students bowled in June 2013 in Janesville, Wis., Caya tried to order more drinks from the bar, city officials said. At one point, Caya disappeared, worrying school officials. They found her in the bathroom, passed out. Alarmed,...
  • At Least 20% of SEIU’s Budget Went to Politics

    04/09/2017 8:41:16 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 22 replies
    freebeacon ^ | April 9, 2017 | Bill McMorris
    After spending big on Clinton, Obama, SEIU now facing steep budget cuts Labor giant Service Employees International Union spent $60 million on politics and lobbying as well as $19 million on the Fight for 15 movement in 2016, and now finds itself laying off headquarters staff. The union's federal filing to the Department of Labor reveal that it experienced marginal growth in 2016, adding about 15,000 members from 2015. However, that increase did not correlate with financial growth as revenue fell by $17 million, fueling a $10 million budget deficit. The union, which represents healthcare and public sector workers, spent...
  • Watch: Trump speaks at North America's Building Trades Unions event

    04/04/2017 7:16:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    CNBC ^ | April 4, 2017
    [The stream is slated to start at 12:30 p.m., ET. Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time.] President Donald Trump is set to speak publicly for the second time Tuesday at the North American Building Trades Unions legislative conference. Trump will likely address his promises to boost American manufacturing and promote new infrastructure projects. In a town hall with CEOs earlier in the day, Trump touted his pledges to reduce regulations on businesses and encourage companies to make new investments in the United States....
  • Laborers union sends letters to Kaine, Warner supporting Atlantic Coast Pipeline

    04/01/2017 12:21:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Nelson County Times ^ | March 31, 2017 | Emily Brown
    As opponents of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline continue to fight the project, others who believe it will stimulate the economy recently ensured their voices were heard, sending hundreds of letters expressing a positive view of the pipeline to U.S. lawmakers. The Mid-Atlantic Region of the Laborer’s International Union of America (LIUNA), a union of construction workers and public service employees, on Friday hand-delivered about 1,600 letters from workers to U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner. The letters express support for the proposed $5 billion natural gas pipeline, which would run about 600 miles from West Virginia to North...
  • Public Employees — Ever More Untouchable: California's Public Workers are a Privileged Caste

    03/30/2017 8:02:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 03/30/2017 | Steven Greenhut
    One of the most obnoxious trends in the nation, and one that is particularly acute in California, is the continued push to enshrine public employees as a special, privileged caste of Americans, exempt from the rules and obligations that apply to the rest of us. As I documented in my 2009 book, Plunder!, public employees often now receive the kind of pay, benefits, and protections more fitting for France, where civil service is the highest calling. In the United States, we traditionally valued entrepreneurship and freedom above pencil-pushing and bureaucracy. But times have changed. In California, a raft of public-employee...
  • Sneed: FOP’s Angelo says Trump has cops’ backs after meeting

    03/29/2017 12:01:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | March 29, 2017 | Michael Sneed
    It was a love fest. “It was humbling,” Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President Dean Angelo told Sneed after meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House on Tuesday. “Although we did not come away with specific promises on manpower and assistance, it was good to hear President Trump was truly supportive of us.” Angelo said that after the meeting, he and the eight other FOP leaders — including national FOP President Chuck Canterbury — were taken from the Roosevelt Room at the White House and into the Oval Office for a photo in back of the president sitting...
  • Trump requests — and receives — this infrastructure list from builders union

    03/27/2017 3:07:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | March 27, 2017 | Lindsay Wise and Stuart Leavenworth, McClatchy Washington Bureau
    Labor unions representing construction workers have sent an infrastructure priority list to President Donald Trump at his request, as his White House searches for projects to greenlight that require little if any federal funding. North America’s Building Trades Unions sent the White House the wish list of 26 projects, including more than $80 billion worth of energy transmission lines, water and wind projects, and pipelines across the country. More than half of the projects on the list given to Trump aide Stephen Miller are privately financed. All but one are in the midst of permitting and could use the Trump...
  • Another Case Showing Why People Shouldn't Be Forced Into Unions

    03/23/2017 10:50:24 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 23, 2017 | George Leef
    Labor unions have been known to do many despicable things to grab dues money from workers who don’t want anything to do with them. A current Minnesota case is about as bad as you’ll ever find. In 2013, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) got one of its favored politicians, Minnesota governor Mark Dayton, to sign an order declaring that home healthcare providers who receive Medicaid money to care for disabled family members were government employees. But they were “employees” only because that made them eligible for unionization. The SEIU figured that it had a good shot at finagling a...
  • Paycheck protection: Tough to swallow

    03/21/2017 10:47:41 PM PDT · by 198ml · 12 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | 3/20/17 | Tribune Review
    As union honchos for government workers describe it, the paycheck protection legislation that passed the state Senate last month amounts to a political gag order on workers. But if there's any actual “gagging” going on, it's in attempting to swallow this union shibboleth. The Senate bill bars state, local government and school district employers from deducting any portion of union dues from workers' paychecks that fund political activity. Deductions for contract negotiations and other costs remain unchanged.
  • Project Veritas - James O'Keefe - Teacher's Unions Continued

    03/21/2017 1:51:08 PM PDT · by johnk · 2 replies
    Project Veritas ^ | 3/21/17 | James O'Keefe
    CA Teachers Union Official Admits That He Has Hit Students Before, But “Made It Look Like an Accident” Published on Mar 21, 2017 This video by James O'Keefe exposes a San Francisco teachers union official admitting that he hit a student. Antonio Mankini of San Francisco United Educators was caught on hidden-camera telling a journalist about his experience with hitting students. Two Project Veritas journalists went undercover–one posed as a friend of a teacher who hit a student, and the second posed as the teacher himself. When the teacher expressed guilt, Mankini told him not to worry because there was...
  • Trump's last-second swipe at Obama retirement rule.

    03/21/2017 6:04:48 AM PDT · by gattaca · 43 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 03/21/17 | Mitch Tuchman
    As with much in the first weeks of the incoming Donald Trump administration, there was a last-second move to delay regulations years in the making. In this case, the Department of Labor fiduciary rule... As it stands, retirement savers lose $17 billion a year just in fees paid to advisors and funds. The vast majority of investors then fail to match the stock market indexes because of those same fees. The fiduciary rule doesn't dictate lower-cost advice. Nor does it remove expensive actively managed funds from the marketplace. Rather, it requires anyone who sells retirement advice for a living to...
  • Hundreds of Thousands of Service Workers Planning Anti-Trump Labor Strike

    03/20/2017 7:12:19 AM PDT · by detective · 54 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 18 Mar 2017 | Katherine Rodriguez
    Hundreds of thousands of service workers are planning an anti-Trump labor strike for May 1, BuzzFeed reported Saturday. Nearly 350,000 workers plan to strike President Trump’s agenda on International Workers’ Day on May 1. More than 300,000 food chain workers and 40,000 unionized service workers will walk off the job that day, according to a coalition of groups leading the strike.