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  • UAW may have had international help in Chattanooga ( German union )

    01/22/2015 1:14:53 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    Tennessee Watchdog ^ | January 22, 2015 | Chris Butler
    Members of the National Right to Work Foundation believe two German labor groups have failed to completely disclose their full level of involvement in the United Auto Workers’ attempts to set up shop in Chattanooga. As previously reported, the UAW wants to formally establish itself at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen plant. The UAW’s attempts have so far been unsuccessful. VW workers, by a tally of 712-626, for instance, voted in February not to join the UAW. Members of the NRTW represent an unspecified number of VW workers who oppose the union. They say that VW’s Global Works Council and IG Metall, a...
  • Police union to state lawmakers: Don't mess with no-knock warrants(GA)

    01/22/2015 10:15:22 AM PST · by TangoLimaSierra · 51 replies
    WTOC.COM ^ | 1/21/2015 | Bernard Watson
    ATLANTA-Carrie Mills is a retired Atlanta Police officer with 30 years on the job - primarily in APD's drug unit. Mills is now a union rep for the International Brotherhood of Police Officers. She considers herself an expert on search warrants, particularly no knock warrants, which allows officers to enter a structure without knocking first. Mills says no-knock warrants helped close a lot of cases while she was an officer. "If we knock and announced, all evidence is going to be destroyed," Mills said. State Sen. Vincent Fort, (D-39), has announced plans to introduce a bill that would make it...
  • Opinion: Worker centers serve big labor, not employees

    01/22/2015 10:06:25 AM PST · by aimhigh
    Nation's Restaurant News ^ | 01/22/2015 | Richard Berman
    With all the protests by labor activists over the minimum wage and pay at retailers and restaurants this year, chances are you have become familiar with so-called worker centers. Unlike labor unions, these new models of labor activism don’t have regulations on length of picketing or filing spending reports. . . Research by the Center for Union Facts (managed by my firm, Berman and Co.) shows just how deeply national labor unions like the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) are involved in the worker center agitation.Remember those fast-food strikes? The SEIU thought them...
  • Kentucky State AFL-CIO throws its support behind Jack Conway's gubernatorial campaign

    01/21/2015 8:03:43 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 4 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 1/20/2015 | Kevin Wheatley
    After collecting endorsements from various labor groups throughout his gubernatorial campaign, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway received the Kentucky State AFL-CIO’s backing on Tuesday. The AFL-CIO represents a number of labor organizations, some of which have already endorsed Conway’s gubernatorial bid. Still, the group’s support brings the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, United Steelworkers and United Association of Pipefitters, among others, to the fold. Conway and his running mate, House Majority Caucus Chairwoman Sannie Overly of Paris, remain the only prominent Democratic ticket in the race with a week until the Jan. 27 filing deadline. The 45-year-old,...
  • Top Democratic Senator Harry Reid returns to US Capitol with eye bandages and bruises after exercise

    01/20/2015 12:27:14 PM PST · by Zakeet · 64 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | January 20, 2015 | David Martosko
    Complete Headline: Top Democratic Senator Harry Reid returns to US Capitol with eye bandages and bruises after exercise injury, but will skip State of the Union address Reid, 75, broke ribs and fractured bones in his face when an exercise machine broke and send him flying into cabinets at his new Nevada house He may lose sight in his right eye but is talking about running for a sixth term next year The Democrats' top senator will not attend the State of the Union address He has been taking meetings at his house in Washington, D.C. but hadn't been seen...
  • Ted Cruz “Excellence” Award Raises Questions About Caucus’ Union Ties

    01/20/2015 7:27:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | January 20, 2015 | David Robb
    The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors’ former ties to Hollywood’s unions are coming into question in light of its recent decision to stand by its award to ultra-conservative presidential hopeful Senator Ted Cruz. The decision to give the Texas Republican its American Spirit Award had polarized the caucus’ membership, with internal objections leading to an emergency meeting of the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors executive committee Monday, which upheld the decision to honor Cruz. The caucus traditionally hands out American Spirit Awards to a Republican and a Democrat (California Governor Jerry Brown appears to be the choice on...
  • SEIU President Henry: "Obama's Community College Proposal is a Step in the Right Direction....

    01/19/2015 11:29:34 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 23 replies
    Service Employees International Union (SEIU) ^ | 3:55 PM Eastern - Friday, January 9, 2015 | Jonathan Huskey
    Washington, D.C.-- President Obama has announced a proposal to make two years of community college free for responsible students. Below is SEIU President Mark Kay Henry's statement about the president's proposal: "Access to affordable education for America's students is essential to building a vibrant future for our economy, workforce, and communities. Today, too many hard-working students face skyrocketing tuition bills from poor quality for-profit institutions. President Obama's community college proposal is an important step in the right direction toward expanding access to affordable education for more students. [....] "Sixty-one percent of faculty at America's community colleges are part-time and often...
  • University of California Pension Costs Force Tuition Increase

    01/16/2015 1:02:35 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 11 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 1-16-15 | Ben Wilterdink
    Time and time again, California proves itself to be a what-not-to-do handbook for states looking to responsibly balance their budgets. This reputation was clearly on display by the University of California Board of Regents’ decision to increase the cost of tuition by 25 percent over the next five years. The increased tuition won’t be going to make improvements for students but rather will almost certainly go directly into funding for UC’s underfunded and mismanaged pension system. The University of California Retirement Plan (UCRP) is facing a major shortfall. In making sure that it is funded adequately enough to pay current...
  • Liberal "Dark Money" group could face IRS Fine.

    01/15/2015 7:02:32 AM PST · by Din Maker · 6 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 14, 2015
    Union-backed Pennsylvanians for Accountability, which spent more than $1 million on political advertisements targeting Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and a handful of state lawmakers, failed to file a mandatory tax return, the Center for Public Integrity has learned. For failing to file returns with the IRS on time, the secretive, Pittsburgh-based Pennsylvanians for Accountability could be fined up to $50,000. The IRS confirmed the agency had not received the group's tax filing. Adam Bonin, a Philadelphia-based lawyer who represents Pennsylvanians for Accountability, acknowledged the nonprofit didn’t file its tax return on time. He said the group would soon be submitting...
  • AFGE Applauds Bills to Provide Federal Employees with 3.8% Pay Raise in 2016

    01/14/2015 12:08:11 PM PST · by mdittmar · 22 replies
    American Federation of Government Employees ^ | January 13, 2015 | American Federation of Government Employees
    Bills by Rep. Connolly, Sens. Schatz, Cardin, would provide federal employees with fair increaseWASHINGTON – American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. applauded legislation introduced today in the House and Senate to provide federal employees with a 3.8 percent pay raise in 2016.The House bill was introduced by Representative Gerry Connolly of Virginia, while the Senate bill was introduced by Sens. Brian Schatz of Hawaii and Ben Cardin of Maryland.“Federal employees have seen their standard of living deteriorate thanks to a three-year pay freeze, unpaid furloughs, and higher retirement contributions for newer workers,” Cox said. “A...
  • Labor board hit with second lawsuit over 'ambush' elections

    01/14/2015 11:37:48 AM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 14, 2015 | Tim Devaney
    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is facing a second lawsuit from business groups upset about a controversial rule they contend will unfairly speed up union elections. The business groups are challenging what they refer to as the NLRB's "ambush election" rule. The Texas chapters of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) filed the lawsuit late Tuesday in federal court seeking to overturn the rule. "We are proud to join the legal fight against the ambush rule, which is designed to deprive employers, particularly small businesses who typically do not employ legal counsel,...
  • As Conventional Public Schools Fail Transparency Law, Charters are Targeted

    01/13/2015 7:07:16 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/12/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Last fall the Pontiac School District announced it had cut its deficit by $12.6 million in one year thanks in part to “substantial employee concessions," according to the Oakland Press. But citizens had to take the district's word about any concessions because it has failed to post the two most recent teacher contracts, ones signed in July 2012 and June 2013. This despite Michigan Department of Education regulations that require school districts provide a copy of their current union contract within 30 days of any changes being made. The school district did turn over copies of the two most recent...
  • CLAIM: UNION REPS HARASSED ADJUNCTS BEFORE CLOSE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY VOTE

    01/12/2015 8:06:29 AM PST · by aimhigh · 3 replies
    The College Fix ^ | 01/12/2015 | Matt Lamb
    Adjunct faculty at Washington University in St. Louis voted narrowly to unionize this month, in a campaign marked by accusations of union intimidation and administration pressure tactics. . . . SEIU was accused of harassing adjuncts at home and generally riding roughshod over them. Mark Manteuffel, a biology instructor, told St. Louis Public Radio that union representatives showed up at his house when he wasn’t home and were “very pushy and rude” toward his wife. They asked her for his cellphone number without introducing themselves, and came back again when he wasn’t home, Manteuffel said: “And they kind of huffed...
  • Labor board readies flurry of decisions

    01/10/2015 12:50:23 PM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 10, 2015 | Tim Devaney
    The National Labor Relations Board is expected in the coming weeks to weigh in on several high-profile labor cases with major implications on workforce and union issues, ranging from college football players to fast food restaurants. Business are bracing for a flurry of action from a labor board they’ve accused of taking on an activist, pro-union agenda. "We’ve seen the board become very active and aggressive under the Obama administration,” said Beth Milito, senior executive counsel for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). One of the most closely watched cases on the labor board’s agenda involves a bid by...
  • Union Threatens School District for Removing Illegal Language From Contracts

    01/09/2015 10:21:29 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/5/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The Michigan Education Association has threatened to file an unfair labor practice complaint against the Northport Public Schools superintendent because of conversations he had with local union officials over removing illegal language discovered in the district's labor contract. The contract, signed on June 24, 2013, states: “Each bargaining unit member shall, as a condition of employment … join the Association (union) or pay a service fee to the Association.” Under the Michigan right-to-work law enacted in 2012, workers in a unionized workplace can no longer be forced to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment. Union contracts...
  • AFL-CIO:Raising Wages Will Be Single Standard to Judge Politicians(BARF ALERT!)

    01/08/2015 3:24:02 PM PST · by mdittmar · 8 replies
    Setting the tone for 2015, the country’s largest federation of unions, the AFL-CIO, this week announced a Raising Wages Call to Action in which politicians and candidates will be judged based on their actions on raising wages.At the AFL-CIO’s first-ever Summit on Raising Wages held Jan. 7, 2015 in Washington, D.C., AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka launched the Raising Wages campaign, putting in motion plans to raise wages for working Americans and rejecting the notion that nothing can be done about stagnant wages. The AFL-CIO will take the Raising Wages campaign to Atlanta, Columbus, Washington, D.C., St. Louis, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, and...
  • Two Wins for Freedom from Union Coercion in 2014

    01/08/2015 5:50:30 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/6/2015 | Jack Spencer
    A pair of 2014 legal rulings stand out as victories for freedom. The first came in Harris v. Quinn, a case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court; the second involves a case brought by Saginaw Public Schools employees who believe Michigan's right-to-work law allows them to leave a union regardless of the date on the calendar. Harris v. Quinn In a 5-4 decision on June 30, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Harris v. Quinn that workers who indirectly receive state funds for taking care of children, the disabled, or the elderly, cannot be forced to pay union dues....
  • Why did billionaire pay Clinton $15 million?

    glaringly missing from the summary was mention of $15 million in fees paid by Burkle's Yucaipa Global Opportunities Fund since 2002
  • Obama plans to talk manufacturing in Detroit ahead of auto show

    01/05/2015 1:19:46 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 27 replies
    mlive.com ^ | Jan 5, 2014 | Khalil AlHajal
    Obama plans to talk manufacturing in Detroit ahead of auto show By Khalil AlHajal | kalhajal@mlive.com January 05, 2015 at 1:48 PM DETROIT, MI -- President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak in Michigan on Wednesday and is expected talk about manufacturing jobs, according to the Associated Press. The visit will come days ahead of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, which begins with press previews Jan. 12. The president is expected to highlight manufacturing jobs and his decision to bail out the auto industry in a Detroit-area visit before heading to Phoenix the next day to focus...
  • Republicans in state governments plan juggernaut of conservative legislation

    01/03/2015 4:16:54 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 2, 2014 | Reid Wilson
    Legislators in the 24 states where Republicans now hold total control plan to push a series of aggressive policy initiatives in the coming year aimed at limiting the power of the federal government and rekindling the culture wars. The unprecedented breadth of the Republican majority — the party now controls 31 governorships and 68 of 98 partisan legislative chambers — all but guarantees a new tide of conservative laws. Republicans plan to launch a fresh assault on the Common Core education standards, press abortion regulations, cut personal and corporate income taxes and take up dozens of measures challenging the power...
  • Detroit and Stockton Are Just the Beginning of an Attack on Public Pensions

    01/02/2015 11:11:55 AM PST · by Libloather · 79 replies
    New Republic ^ | 12/22/14 | Claire Groden
    This year, judges in California and Michigan approved the exit plans of two of the largest municipal bankruptcy filings in the country’s history. In California, Stockton upheld its obligations to the state’s pension system behemoth, Calpers, while paying its other creditors as little as pennies on the dollar. Detroit, meanwhile, was able to restructure its obligations to all of its creditors, including city pensioners. While the exit plans differed, both judges ruled similarly: public pension obligations could be shortchanged like any other debt. Stockton and Detroit aren't alone. Cities and states across America are facing catastrophic budget shortfalls. After decades...
  • America; once the world’s greatest bastion of anti-communism now celebrates it

    01/01/2015 11:25:34 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 1/1/15 | Judi McLeod
    Obama now sides with one of the most repressive communist regimes that has tortured and killed legions in Cuba President Ronald Reagan who once famously told Soviet Union Leader Mikhail Gorbachev, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall,” must be rolling in his grave. America, through a branch of the Michigan State Department of Natural Resources, now boldly and openly celebrates the ideal of communism. Two days before the countdown to midnight celebrating 2015, the Michigan Historical Commission, a branch of the state’s Department of Natural Resources, announced it would be placing an official historical marker, which in essence honors unrepentant...
  • NYC Labor May Break With Police Union

    01/01/2015 6:58:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | January 1, 2015 | Jacob Fischler
    New York City’s top progressives have backed away from any direct confrontation with the city’s largest police union, even as union leaders continue to criticize the mayor following the shooting of two officers. But the silence of non-police unions may not last long into the new year. That will depend on the actions of Patrick Lynch, the president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, and whether he continues his public campaign against Mayor Bill de Blasio, sources with knowledge of union thinking say. Unions were instrumental in getting de Blasio elected and are considered among his closest allies. “Those that are...
  • Tribalism and Peak Left

    01/01/2015 2:22:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The American Interest ^ | December 30, 2014 | Nicholas M. Gallagher
    “Where you stand depends on where you sit” is favorite aphorism of progressive activists. It’s used to imply that “privilege” can blind someone to inconvenient facts, e.g. police aggression against minorities. But based on the events of the past few months, from Ferguson onward, it has become pretty clear that both left- and right-leaning groups suffer from this sort of narrowed vision. Writing in USA Today, Glenn Reynolds (a.k.a. Instapundit) points out that tribalism—the desire to identify “your” group and stick with it, no matter what—explains an awful lot about these recent national tensions: [T]here is much opportunity for political...
  • Reno wins Supreme Court ruling in firefighter layoffs

    01/01/2015 12:18:37 PM PST · by redreno · 4 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | December 31, 2014 - 4:15pm | By SEAN WHALEY
    CARSON CITY — The Nevada Supreme Court on Wednesday gave a victory to the city of Reno in its decision in May to lay off 32 firefighters after federal funding that supported their positions ran out. The court, in a unanimous decision written by Justice James Hardesty, found that a Reno District Court did not have the authority to grant a preliminary injunction in the labor dispute because the underlying grievance was not arbitrable under the parties’ collective bargaining agreement. A District Court judge in Reno issued the preliminary injunction in June preventing Reno from completing scheduled layoffs. The order...
  • NY Governor vetoes Common Core protections for failing teachers

    12/31/2014 8:03:01 AM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 31, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Here’s a story which you didn’t expect to see coming out of the New York State government. There was a bill on the table which would have exempted New York teachers from being fired if they received the lowest proficiency ratings based on Common Core guidelines. In a bit of irony, this was a bill that Governor Andrew Cuomo had originally proposed himself. But when it came time to finalize it, Cuomo had harsh words for the current system. Declaring the state’s teacher-evaluation system a joke, Gov. Cuomo on Monday night vetoed legislation that would have barred the use of...
  • Sweetheart deal? Unions allowed to cut retiree benefits rather than fix underfunded pensions

    12/30/2014 7:16:07 PM PST · by grundle · 40 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 29, 2014 | Jeffrey Scott Shapiro
    The United Food and Commercial Workers Union is a heavyweight on the labor scene. It pays its president $350,000 a year. It’s holding its next executive board meeting in February at a swanky beachfront resort in Hollywood, Florida. And it just doled out nearly $8 million to influence the last election and lobby Washington. But when it comes to standing by the obligation unions made to provide pensions to retirees, UFCW pleaded poverty in persuading Congress to let chronically underfunded union pension plans cut the benefits of workers, including those already retired.“Declining participation and factors like the Great Recession have...
  • Cold war between NYPD cops, de Blasio takes to skies over the Hudson

    12/26/2014 11:50:59 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | December 26, 2014 | Celeste Katz
    Ashley Chalmers, head of Jersey Shore Aerial Advertising, told the Daily News the people who paid for the airborne message 'want to remain anonymous.'The bad blood between NYPD cops and Mayor de Blasio became an air war Friday. A plane trailing a banner reading "DE BLASIO, OUR BACKS HAVE TURNED TO YOU" flew over the Hudson River in a show of disdain for the mayor after two officers were executed in their squad car in Brooklyn last Saturday. Ashley Chalmers, head of Jersey Shore Aerial Advertising, told the Daily News the people who paid for the message "want to remain...
  • Unions launch recruiting push for immigrants protected by Obama actions

    12/25/2014 10:44:38 AM PST · by Regulator · 41 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 12/24/14 | FoxNews
    America's struggling labor unions got a gift this year when President Obama announced his expansive executive actions on immigration: potentially thousands, if not millions, of new members. Labor leaders reportedly are launching a new recruiting push by reaching out to those immigrants affected by Obama's immigration announcement last month. The actions are expected to offer work permits to some 4 million immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally and, until now, were reluctant to join unions for fear of retaliation. Union leaders now say the president's actions give them new protections -- and are keen on signing them up.
  • NLRB Turns Government Into Kafka's Nightmare

    12/24/2014 12:12:51 PM PST · by Fzob · 20 replies
    e21- Economic Polices for the 21th Century ^ | 12/23/2014 | Diana Furchtgott-Roth
    In The Trial, written a century ago in 1914, Franz Kafka paints a portrait of an unimaginably oppressive government with secret laws and trials in which the individual is crushed. Today, in 2014, Kafka would not have to invent these circumstances. He could find them in real life, at the National Labor Relations Board. It’s up to the 114th Congress to keep the NLRB in check.On Friday, just before the holidays, NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin announced that he had issued complaints against McDonald’s franchised restaurants and McDonald’s USA, the parent corporation, as joint employers.  Workers complained that they...
  • Kindergarten teacher who went on rampage against Walker signs to return to class

    12/23/2014 3:50:38 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 12-23-14 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. – The Germantown kindergarten teacher who stomped on GOP signs at a county fair last summer because she held a grudge against Gov. Scott Walker will be reinstated to teach in the district, according to a statement issued by the school district Wednesday. Completing an investigation that spanned some four months, the Germantown School Board “has determined that it is appropriate to restore” April Kay Smith to active teaching duties. The board “imposed several conditions to address this situation and to make certain no other similar incidents occur in the future.” The conditions were not addressed in the...
  • EXCLUSIVE: 911 operators made 'anti-police' remarks, causing quarrel with FDNY dispatchers

    12/23/2014 9:19:35 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | December 23, 2014 | John Marzulli and Ginger Adams Otis
    A war of words erupted in the city’s 911 call center Saturday over allegations two operators made “anti-police” remarks after the assassinations of two cops, the Daily News has learned. The fracas occurred when news broke that Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu had been shot execution-style by a deranged gunman, sources said. The remarks were allegedly made by a couple of the 911 operators who handle NYPD calls — and two Fire Department dispatchers in earshot got heated in response, sources said.
  • Who Started New York’s Dead Cops Chant?

    12/23/2014 4:50:17 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 23, 2014 | Jacob Siegel
    ".......An Instagram of that “No Cops No Prisons” banner displays a number of hashtags, including #turnuptheanger, a hashtag associated with TMOC. (The first mention of #turnuptheanger on Twitter, for example, directs to a Facebook page hosted by the Trayvon Martin Organizing Committee NYC.) It’s not the only apparent link between the “dead cops” chant and TMOC. At the beginning of the video and before the call to kill police, you can hear what sounds like, “arms up, shoot back!” That slogan appears on TMOC’s Twitter account....... [SNIP] ......There are not many TMOC members willing to openly admit that they’re part...
  • NY Police Union Head Blames Mayor, Protesters For Officers' Deaths

    12/21/2014 12:06:48 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 80 replies
    CBS News via You Tube ^ | 12/20/2104 | Staff
    Hours after two NYPD officers were shot and killed, Patrick J. Lynch, President of the New York City Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, said there was "blood on many hands," including Mayor Bill de Blasio and people who have recently protested against police violence.
  • NYPD Police Unions Have Strong Words for the Mayor After the Death of Two Officers

    12/21/2014 8:53:42 AM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    MIC ^ | 12/22/14 | Tom McKay
    **SNIP** Hours after their deaths, police unions and certain conservative allies are taking the slayings as deadly confirmation of what they've believed all along: pro-Garner protesters and Mayor Bill de Blasio are abandoning the NYPD at a time when their public perception is at an unprecedented low. The deaths have turned de Blasio's already-tense relationship with the NYPD into a full-blown crisis, with police unions pointing the finger at the mayor for siding with protesters. Strong words: The Sergeants Benevolent Association, one of several police union groups that has a rocky history with the mayor, blamed de Blasio directly for...
  • Kentucky county passes ordinance that hits at power of unions

    12/19/2014 4:20:25 PM PST · by mdittmar · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 19, 2014 | Steve Bittenbender
    (Reuters) - Warren County, Kentucky passed a right-to-work ordinance on Friday, making the fifth most-populous county the first in the state to pass legislation prohibiting unions from requiring members to pay dues in exchange for representation. The ordinance, which lawmakers passed by a 6-1 vote, will face a legal challenge by unions, whose leaders said the law is designed to undercut their ability to bargain effectively for workers. "What we're against is people benefiting from the union and not having to pay the cost," said Bill Londrigan, president of the Kentucky State AFL-CIO.
  • Big Labor Uses Wage Laws to Boost Numbers

    12/19/2014 7:53:20 PM PST · by george76 · 3 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 18, 2014 | Bill McMorris
    union carve outs in many minimum wage hikes. Unions may be pushing for resident Obama’s massive minimum wage hike, but many seek special carveouts from existing wage laws, according to a new study. The Chamber of Commerce analyzed dozens of minimum wage laws in cities across the country and found that many of the statutes exempt unionized employees from the requirement. Unions exploit these exemptions in order to make union labor more competitive with non-union shops. “Some local ordinances in particular include an exemption for employers that enter into a collective bargaining agreement with a union,” the report says. “This...
  • How far will cop unions go to halt reform?

    12/19/2014 7:25:19 PM PST · by Half Vast Conspiracy · 25 replies
    UT San Diego ^ | DEC. 12, 2014 | Steven Greenhut
    The arrest this week of two ex-cop private investigators — charged with felonies related to their alleged attempt to frame a Costa Mesa city councilman for a false DUI — is about more than the disturbing tactics of two hired guns. It offers insight into the way some police unions across California intimidate political opponents into silence. This ugly story starts in 2012. Councilmen Jim Righeimer, Stephen Mensinger and Gary Monahan were loathed by the city’s police union because of their efforts to reduce pension liabilities and outsource services. Costa Mesa had become Ground Zero in our state’s battle over...
  • NLRB hits McDonald’s as joint employer

    12/19/2014 12:05:51 PM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 19, 2014 | Tim Devaney
    McDonald’s and its franchisees illegally retaliated against employees for participating in union-related activities, the National Labor Relations Board’s top lawyer alleged Friday in a case with sweeping industry implications. NLRB general counsel Richard Griffin announced Friday he will issue 13 complaints involving 78 charges against franchises and McDonald’s USA, LLC. Though many of these alleged labor violations were committed by independent franchise owners, Griffin ruled earlier this year that McDonald’s can be held liable for those actions as a so-called joint employer, leaving the corporatrion — and potentially other franchisors — exposed to such claims. McDonald’s said the decision will...
  • Union Leaders Plead Guilty to Arson, Violence and Extortion

    12/19/2014 8:12:48 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/19/2014 | DJ Biers
    Three more members of Ironworkers Local 401 in Philadelphia pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of conspiracy, extortion, and racketeering in an ongoing RICO case against the labor union. They join eight others who have pleaded guilty in recent months to charges related to arson, sabotage, and violent intimidation of contractors who used non-union labor. The union’s business agents would visit foremen and threaten them with assault and sabotage if they did not agree to hire 401 members, prosecutors claim, although often such workers “often performed little or no actual work” and were paid “merely to prevent further acts of sabotage.”...
  • Coalition of Wisconsin business owners opposes right-to-work plan

    12/18/2014 7:11:31 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 19 replies
    Pioneer Press/AP ^ | 12-17-14 | scotty bauer
    MADISON, Wis. -- A newly formed coalition of more than 300 construction-related private businesses in Wisconsin announced Wednesday that it will work to defeat a right-to-work proposal being discussed by Republican leaders in the Legislature. Formation of the group comes as talks proceed behind the scenes among Republicans who control the Legislature about the timing of a right-to-work bill and what form it may take. Gov. Scott Walker repeated his message Wednesday, during a brief speech to Republican state senators in the Capitol, that he sees right-to-work as a distraction from his agenda. He told lawmakers he wants them focused...
  • McDonald's Japan rations fries as U.S. West Coast port dispute drags on

    12/17/2014 11:48:30 PM PST · by iowamark · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/15/2014
    TOKYO (Reuters) – McDonald’s Holdings Co (Japan) Ltd has embarked on the emergency measure of only offering small-sized french fries to customers as a protracted labor dispute at U.S. West Coast ports has contributed to long delays in imports. The fast-food chain said it was importing more than 1,000 tonnes of frozen fries by air, which began arriving last Monday and had begun routing another 1,600 tonnes through ports on the U.S. East Coast which should begin arriving in late January. Those steps alone, however, are not sufficient to prevent a shortage. “Unfortunately without this sales restriction step, we would...
  • 'Wis. Jobs Now' Boss Voted in Milwaukee, Lived in Waukesha

    12/16/2014 5:28:46 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 13 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | December 16, 2014 | Nathan Schacht
    Despite a 2007 court record claiming she lived in the same Waukesha County home she currently lives in, voting records for the executive director of the union front group Wisconsin Jobs Now shows Jennifer Epps-Addison voted in the City of Milwaukee a dozen times between 2007 and 2012. Wisconsin election records show Epps-Addison is currently registered to vote at her $369,000 Waukesha County home. While changing her voting address from the City of Milwaukee to Waukesha County’s Village of Menomonee Falls in 2012 may not seem unusual, a signed Waukesha County court document indicates Epps-Addison lived in her Waukesha County...
  • Education Report Card Suggests Private School Choice Laws Need Improvement

    12/15/2014 2:30:33 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 6 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 12-15-14 | Rudy Takala
    Less than half of states make a vibrant effort to provide a wide array of options to their students. In all, 51 private school choice programs exist in 24 states and in Washington, D.C. Fourteen states offer tax-credits scholarship programs, while just two – Arizona and Florida – offer education saving account programs. As a result, private school choice is an area where states tended to do poorly on the report. It would be beneficial for student achievement if policymakers worked to create more options for educational opportunity. The relative decline of American academic achievement corroborates that reality. According to...
  • Cleveland Police Union wants apology for Andrew Hawkins' Tamir Rice shirt

    12/15/2014 7:14:36 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies
    Sports Illustrated ^ | December 15, 2014 | Mike Fiammetta
    The head of the Cleveland Police Union is demanding an apology after Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins wore a shirt before Sunday's game that read, "Justice for Tamir Rice - John Crawford." Rice, a 12-year-old boy, died last month after he was shot by a Cleveland police officer who reportedly mistook his air gun for a real firearm. Crawford was shot and killed by police in August while holding an air rifle in a Wal-Mart.
  • NLRB issues rule to speed up union organizing

    12/12/2014 8:34:08 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 12, 2014 11:25 AM EST | Tom Raum
    The National Labor Relations Board issued a final rule on Friday aimed at modernizing and streamlining the union election process. The new rule will shorten the time between when an election is ordered and the election is held, eliminating a previous 25-day waiting period. And it seeks to reduce litigation that can be used to stall elections. It will also require employers to furnish union organizers with email addresses and phone numbers of workers. […] AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said the NLRB’s “modest but important reforms” will help reduce delays and make it easier for workers to vote on forming...
  • Charter School Success Story

    12/11/2014 6:59:08 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 10, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    In my youth, cheerleaders had a chant that went, “S-u-c-c-e-s-s, that’s the way you spell success.” I don’t know that you would hear that battle cry anymore, because not many public schools teach spelling. One that does has worked the word success into its title, appropriately, as it turns out. The Success Academy opened in Harlem in 2006 with 160 students. It is now a chain of charter schools (32) with an enrollment of 9,000. It is also in the top one percent in the state of New York in math. History, science and literature also figure prominently in the...
  • Anti-Walker forces in Wisconsin may have broken the law and altered documents in cover-up

    12/10/2014 1:49:35 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | December 10, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    A major scandal involving a Democrat witch-hunt aimed at crippling the campaign of Governor Scott Walker may be breaking in Wisconsin. Laws may have been broken by prosecutors seeking to discredit Walker, and it appears that documents may have been altered to hide evidence of misconduct. It is too early to know with certainty, but this drama is playing out with zero mainstream media attention, but has the potential to generate headlines. Some background: Readers may recall the outrageous political prosecution attempted by Democrats in Wisconsin, using that state’s so-called “John Doe prosecution” system under the Badger State’s Government Accountability...
  • NYC principals strike 9-year, $743M labor deal with city (Guess whose side de Blasio is on?)

    12/06/2014 5:49:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The New York Post ^ | December 6, 2014 | Aaron Short
    City principals received a new nine-year, $743 million contract in a deal Mayor de Blasio and union officials announced Saturday. The mayor called the agreement a “long overdue achievement” and praised principals for working without a contract since 2010. “That was wrong, that was unacceptable, and that ends now,” he said. “Given the hard work you do, you will get fair pay, you will get what you deserve and at the same time we will protect the city’s long term fiscal health.” The union’s 6,000 members will receive an average 2-percent raise annually through 2019 and a $1,000 bonus when...
  • Hillary Clinton super PAC $1M in debt to union-tied bank

    12/06/2014 10:37:41 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 12-5-14 | Cheryle K. Chumley
    The super PAC “Ready for Hillary” may have tens of thousands of small-dollar donors and raised more than $11 million since its 2013 founding, but it’s in debt— to the tune of $1 million. The New York Timesreported that “Ready for Hillary” reported a bank balance of $875,626 to the Federal Election Commission on Nov. 24, but also owed Amalgamated Bank about $1 million. Amalgamated is tied to various unions and serves as a go-to source for Democratic candidates, parties and political action committees, The Times reported. The loan was incurred in October. “This investment, used to fund our massive...