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  • It’s ON: Here’s what we just told the Supreme Court about collective bargaining

    01/19/2018 4:20:33 PM PST · by mdittmar · 40 replies
    NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION ^ | January 19, 2018 | Lily
    Strong unions help to create strong schools for students and even stronger communities that benefit all of us. This, we know.For generations, unions have been the best path to the middle class for working people, especially people of color and women. But in this rigged economy, unions are under attack, and those attacks are coming not just from the White House and Capitol Hill. They’re happening at the ballot box and at the Supreme Court with cases like Janus.Today, the National Education Association and the American Association of University Professors submitted an amicus brief today with the Supreme Court in...
  • Government shutdown could ‘inflict serious pain’ on millions, labor leader says

    01/19/2018 11:41:43 AM PST · by mdittmar · 29 replies
    The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) ^ | January 18, 2018 | The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
    AFGE union president also warns against steep cuts to non-defense programs WASHINGTON – Federal government programs and services benefiting millions of Americans are in jeopardy due to a potential government shutdown and steep cuts in non-defense spending, the head of the largest union representing federal government workers told Congress. American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. urged lawmakers in a Jan. 18 letter to keep the government running beyond Jan. 19, when current funding expires.“It is very clear that a federal government shutdown could inflict serious pain on everyday working people,” Cox said in the...
  • America is Better than Our President’s Words

    01/15/2018 3:35:46 PM PST · by mdittmar · 55 replies
    NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION ^ | January 12, 2018 | National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen Garcia
    It seems like ancient history now, but in the run-up to the presidential election of 2016, many educators warned that then-candidate Donald Trump did not have the temperament to be president. We listened closely to his words—the constant stream of insults, the belittling, the bullying. We recognized these outbursts. This was adolescent behavior at its worst. We knew then that this man should not be president and we knew he would be a terrible role model for our students.One year in, and it is even worse than many of us imagined it would be.
  • Blatant Blue State Hypocrisy

    01/12/2018 9:44:34 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Jan 13, 2018 | Paul Driessen
    You’ve got to admire the full frontal audacity of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and their union and pressure group comrades in arms. Their hypocrisy, fraud and tyranny seem to have no boundaries, especially on fiscal responsibility, energy and climate change. Amid the seventh year of a “New York is open for business” advertising campaign that has spent $354 million thus far, they are presiding over tax and regulatory regimes, mountains of debt, intransigent public sector unions, anti-nuclear, anti-fossil fuel energy policies that are anything but business friendly – and press conferences that...
  • Land of leaving: Moving companies rank Illinois No. 1 for outbound vans

    01/03/2018 7:38:52 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 52 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | 1-2-2018 | Brendan Bakala
    Land of leaving: Moving companies rank Illinois No. 1 for outbound vans Studies by two major American moving companies rank Illinois as the top “outbound” state of 2017. On Jan. 2, United Van Lines released its 41st annual National Movers Study and Atlas Van Lines released its 2017 Migration Patterns study. United based the study on its customers’ household moves made in 2017, and Atlas studied nearly 73,000 interstate and cross-border relocations of household goods from Jan. 1, 2017 through Dec. 15, 2017. In both studies, Illinois was home to the highest rate of outbound moves in the nation. United’s...
  • Biggest change in labor policy next year could come from Supreme Court

    12/23/2017 11:01:36 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 24, 2017 | Sean Higgins
    The Supreme Court could be responsible for the most far-reaching change to labor policy in 2018, as the justices will take up a case that could end the practice of forcing government workers to pay union dues. In September, the justices announced they would hear Janus v. American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees. Unions such as AFSCME depend on those funds and are likely to face steep membership and dues losses if the practice ends. Public-sector unions now account for roughly half of the labor movement, so a loss could be a blow to union power. The case...
  • Children Learn What They’re Taught

    12/22/2017 8:47:05 AM PST · by Shane · 25 replies
    Straight Line Logic ^ | 12/18/2017 | Robert Gore
    Many millennials embrace Marxism. So do their parents and grandparents. From the millennials’ abilities will supposedly flow the wherewithal to fund “needs”: their elders‘ entitlements, debt, and ever-expanding blob of a government. Horror of horrors, polls and studies indicate that many millennials are embracing Marxism: they want somebody to fund their “needs”! Where did they learn this nonsense? It must be those left-wing, snowflake sanctuary, social justice warrior haven, gender-bending colleges and their washed up Marxist professors. This is America, where everyone stands on their own two feet. That’s not how they were reared! Except it is how they were...
  • Connecticut pension system worst in the nation, according to new study

    12/16/2017 5:51:05 PM PST · by george76 · 46 replies
    Yankee Institute for Public Policy ^ | Dec 14, 2017 | Marc E. Fitch
    Connecticut has the most underfunded pension system in the nation, amassing more than $127.7 billion in liabilities.. The study entitled Unaccountable and Unaffordable showed Connecticut’s pension system dropping below Illinois and Kentucky when its pension liabilities were calculated with a “risk-free” discount rate equal to the rate of a U.S. Treasury bond. Connecticut’s unfunded pension liability rose from $99.2 billion in ALEC’s 2016 study to $127.7 billion in 2017, leaving the pension system only 19 percent funded. The debt from the public pensions amounts to $35,721 per person in Connecticut, the second highest per capita debt in the nation behind...
  • The NLRB just blocked one of the worst union abuses from the Obama era

    12/16/2017 9:33:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | December 16, 2017 | JAZZ SHAW
    This isn’t getting anywhere near the same amount of oxygen in the news cycle as the Net Neutrality story, but it certainly should be. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) under the tenure of Barack Obama was busy handing out all sorts of goodies to the unions which finance most Democratic political campaigns. One particular burr under the collective, conservative saddle was a new “reinterpretation” of rules regarding the obligations of larger corporations who authorize the operation of franchises under their name. I wrote about this back in 2015 when the rule was originally finalized and it was a deplorable...
  • Labor Leaders Highlight Republican Tax Bill’s Devastating Effects On Working People

    12/15/2017 4:00:14 PM PST · by mdittmar · 16 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | December 15, 2017 | AFL-CIO
    Today on a press call, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, AFT President Randi Weingarten and Bricklayers President Jim Boland highlighted the devastating impact the Republican tax bill will have on working people.  “President Donald Trump and the GOP are hustling for a tax plan that would change American life in terrible ways by cutting services, killing American manufacturing, outsourcing jobs, weakening our economy and undermining our future. Instead of giving a gigantic tax cut to the rich, Congress should focus on funding our domestic priorities, not just defense. That means fixing at risk pensions, protecting Dreamers and TPS recipients, providing Puerto Rico relief...
  • Labor board asks public if it should keep union election rule

    12/14/2017 11:15:08 AM PST · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 14, 2017t | Lydia Wheeler
    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is asking the public to weigh in on whether it should keep or scrap a controversial Obama-era rule that speeds up union elections. Business groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have been pushing the NLRB to roll back the rule, which allows elections to be held in as few as 10 days from the filing of a petition. Opponents have dubbed it the “ambush election rule,” claiming it gives employers little notice of an election and almost no time to discuss the issues with their workers. “The rule is heavily, heavily slanted to...
  • Trump Administration SCOTUS Brief Threatens Working People’s Livelihoods

    12/07/2017 4:05:05 PM PST · by mdittmar · 42 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | December 7, 2017 | AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
    Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Trump administration’s brief to the Supreme Court on Janus v. AFSCME: While President Trump boasts his support for working families, his administration is advocating a position in the United States Supreme Court that disregards decades of settled law and threatens our livelihoods. Yet again, his actions are failing his rhetoric and making clear that he has no intention of following through on his commitments to working people. For more than forty years, through Republican and Democratic administrations, the law has recognized that unions and employers have the freedom to negotiate agreements under...
  • Trump administration asks Supreme Court to overrule precedent helping unions

    12/06/2017 7:02:05 PM PST · by mdittmar · 153 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 6,2017 | Robert Barnes
    The Trump administration on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to overrule a 40-year-old precedent that allows states to require public employees to pay fees to unions that represent them, an important tool for the American labor movement.
  • Republican Tax Bill an Attack on Working People

    12/02/2017 3:18:25 PM PST · by mdittmar · 57 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | December 2, 2017 | AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
    Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in response to the Republican tax bill passing the Senate: The GOP tax bill that passed the Senate by one vote is nothing but an attack on America’s workers. We will pay more, corporations and billionaires will pay less. It’s a job killer. It gives billions of tax giveaways to big corporations that outsource jobs and profits. President Trump said that he wanted to lower taxes for everyone as a Christmas gift to America, but this bill is simply a lump of coal to working families across the country. The only real gift is...
  • Happy Thanksgiving! Just this minute got back online from Spectrum vandalism in NYC.

    11/23/2017 1:30:37 PM PST · by EinNYC · 10 replies
    11/23/17 | Me, Myself, & I
    Internet, and for some, their phones and TVs went down at 1 a.m. 11/23/17, courtesy of some apparently disgruntled electrical union employee of Spectrum. It just came back up a few minutes ago! So thousands of people could not watch the Thanksgiving parade at Macys, get Black Friday shopping bargains, or read the latest on FR. This is like the 4th act of union vandalism against Spectrum and therefore against its customers. They don't care that we are grievously inconvenienced or may have emergency need for phone services. I spit on them. There is a $50K reward for the perp(s)....
  • Police union chief who endorsed Trump ousted in member vote

    11/22/2017 5:08:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 22, 2017 4:42 PM EST
    A Cleveland police union president criticized for having his organization endorse Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy and incendiary comments about NFL player protests has been ousted. The Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association is the city’s largest police union. President Steve Loomis lost Tuesday by 38 votes to former president Jeff Follmer. Most of the union’s 1,243 members voted. The head of an association representing 200 black officers tells Cleveland.com some of its members questioned Loomis’ provocative statements and his decision to endorse Trump. Black Shield Association President Lynn Hampton says black officers were dismayed to see Loomis taking stances that created negative...
  • Fifth SEIU Official Ousted After Being Accused of Sexual Assault

    11/21/2017 4:49:28 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 18 replies
    freebeacon ^ | November 20, 2017 | Alex Griswold
    Another official at the Service Employees International Union has been ousted following accusations of sexual assault. Pedro Malave was first fired from a local Boston-area SEIU chapter in 2014, only to be later rehired at two other local chapters in California, the labor website Payday Report reported last week. Politico‘s Morning Shift newsletter flagged the report on Monday and confirmed that the locals dismissed Malave after they learned of his past alleged conduct. In the summer of 2014, the Boston-area 32BJ SEIU Local 615 investigated Malave, then the assistant director, after a co-worker, Daria Alladio, accused him of sexual assault....
  • New Hampshire Lawmaker Equates Homeschooling To “Child Abuse” – Nanny State To Be Pushed On Parents

    11/14/2017 3:50:57 PM PST · by blam · 22 replies
    Newz Sentinel/PlanetFreeWill.com ^ | 11-14-2017 | Joseph Jankowski via PlanetFreeWill.com
    In 2012, the State of New Hampshire passed a measure that eased the state’s intervention into the operations of homeschooling families by reducing the number of filings parents would have to submit in order to get state approval for their efforts to educate their children. This move, according to Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), reduced the amount of notices homeschooling parents would have to submit from 3 to just 1 and has produced no negative problems since becoming law. Now, about five years after the 2012 measure was passed, state lawmakers are eyeing up a plan to roll back...
  • Chinese Auto Glass Magnate Faces Union Challenge in Ohio (the UAW lost)

    11/11/2017 7:33:02 AM PST · by FreedomNotSafety · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11/08/2017 | KEITH BRADSHER, NOAM SCHEIBER
    "The vote is widely seen as an indication of how Chinese companies that are building or buying factories in the United States might handle the delicate subject of labor relations. Unions in China are strictly controlled by the Communist Party. Unauthorized strikes or demonstrations are often quickly shut down."
  • More SEIU leaders ousted after sexual harassment allegations

    11/05/2017 9:29:52 AM PST · by rktman · 22 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 11/3/2017 | John Sexton
    While not on a par with what is happening in Hollywood, the SEIU has its own sexual harassment scandal going on. Buzzfeed reports that one union leader has been fired and another resigned after complaints about their interactions with female staffers..... More than a dozen current and former staffers interviewed by BuzzFeed News said complaints about top-level staff on the Fight for 15 were an open secret, and that complaints about abusive behavior by organizers who reported to top strategist Courtney led to no action. In October, the union suspended Courtney, following his marriage to a union employee. Sources said...