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  • SEIU leader resigns amid investigation into alleged sexual misconduct, abuse

    10/23/2017 1:16:55 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 17 replies
    Becker's Hospital Reviews ^ | October 23, 2017 | Kelly Gooch
    Scott Courtney, an executive vice president at Service Employees International Union, has resigned, according to a statement Monday from SEIU spokesperson Sahar Wali. "This morning, President Mary Kay Henry accepted Scott Courtney's resignation as an elected officer and member of SEIU. This comes a week after she suspended him from his assigned duties based on preliminary information that surfaced through an internal investigation launched to look into questions about to potential violations of our union's anti-nepotism policy, efforts to evade our code of ethics and subsequent complaints related to sexual misconduct and abusive behavior towards union staff," the statement reads....
  • Author says Democrats abandoned working class ("What's the Matter with Kansas?")

    10/21/2017 9:48:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Lincoln Star Journal ^ | October 21, 2017 | Don Walton
    Thomas Frank, the author best-known for "What's the Matter with Kansas?" who's also a Washington political journalist, places the blame for the election of President Donald Trump squarely on the back of the Democratic Party and its abandonment of working-class Americans. "They love it when unions work hard for them and give them campaign funds," Frank said in a telephone interview. "But they aren't deeply concerned with the problems faced by working-class people," he said. "They need to stop taking those people for granted." What they got in exchange for that neglect was Trump, he said. Frank will be in...
  • Moody's Warns of 'Likely' Hartford (CT) Default, Decades of Deficits Ahead

    10/19/2017 9:36:34 AM PDT · by matt04 · 30 replies
    Moody’s Investor Service issued a dire warning to lenders Thursday: Hartford will likely default on its debt by November and, if the city does not change course, will run up annual deficits exceeding $60 million through the next twenty years. On Sept. 26, Moody’s downgraded the city’s bond rating to Caa3 from Caa1, reflecting the investor service’s belief that “in the likely event of a default, bondholder recovery will be 65%-80% of principal,” it stated Thursday. Moody’s projects the city’s operating deficits will reach $60 million to $80 million per year through 2036, largely driven by fixed costs, which command...
  • $4.4 Billion Bay Area Transportation Plan — to Be Paid for by Higher Bridge Tolls — Sent to Governor

    10/15/2017 8:12:43 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    KQED ^ | September 15, 2017 | Dan Brekke
    If you live in the Bay Area, you’ll be hearing a lot about Senate Bill 595 over the next year or so. If you’re a regular user of any of the region’s seven state-owned toll bridges — that’s all of them, except the Golden Gate Bridge — you’ll want to pay close attention. SB 595, which won final passage Thursday and now awaits Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature, provides for a vote in the nine Bay Area counties next year to raise bridge tolls by as much as $3. If the Bay Area Toll Authority, the agency that oversees the bridges,...
  • New Jersey Teachers Union Backs Pro-Trump Candidate, Warning Dems Not to Take Educators for Granted

    10/12/2017 5:53:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Intercept ^ | October 11, 2017 | Rachel M. Cohen
    In an otherwise predictable New Jersey election season, the state’s largest public sector union has come out behind a Trump-supporting Republican facing an incumbent Democrat. The New Jersey Education Association, which is New Jersey’s top political spender, is backing Republican Fran Grenier against Steve Sweeney, the Democratic state Senate president and New Jersey’s second most-powerful elected official. The controversial endorsement has angered liberal allies, but the union remains unapologetic in its message: Democrats cannot take teachers for granted. It’s a contentious move, but one that is unlikely to change the ultimate outcome of the election. Democrats are expected to control...
  • How Unions Are Already Gearing Up for a Supreme Court Loss

    10/09/2017 7:55:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Governing ^ | October 5, 2017 | Katherine Barrett & Richard Greene, Columnists and Government management experts
    Late last week, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will add a case critical to the future of public-sector unions to its docket. With President Donald Trump's appointment of conservative-leaning Justice Neil Gorsuch, many expect the court to rule against the unions. Such a decision would energize the recent resurgence of state laws that effectively reduce the power of unions in both the public and private sector. Expecting the worst, unions are already preparing for a potential exodus of members and a loss of revenue. “I’d place a bet that this doesn’t bode well for public-sector unions,” says Patrick...
  • Commentary: Welcome to the dysfunction of Illinois government

    10/09/2017 7:03:38 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 22 replies
    Chicago Tribune.com ^ | Oct 6, 2017 | Diana Sroka Rickert
    Commentary: Welcome to the dysfunction of Illinois government Diana Sroka Rickert I walked into the Thompson Center on my first day, not knowing what to expect. In many ways, my new workplace was like any other large organization: big building, thousands of people and plenty of broken computers. Except this building is dilapidated, many of the employees are political hires and the computers will never be repaired, ever. And it’s all paid for by you, Illinois taxpayers. “Welcome to state government,” said a new colleague, as we boarded the elevator for the 16th floor. This summer I got to see...
  • FEMA Administrator Rips San Juan Mayor’s Criticisms: ‘We Don’t Have Time for the Political Noise’

    10/08/2017 12:16:40 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 21 replies
    Washington Free Bacon ^ | 10/08/2017 | David Rutz
    FEMA Administrator Brock Long ripped San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz for her attacks on the agency Sunday, saying "we filtered out the mayor a long time ago" and he didn't have time for "political noise." President Donald Trump visited the Hurricane Maria devastation in Puerto Rico on Tuesday and praised relief efforts there, but Cruz criticized him for his "abominable" behavior when Trump threw paper towel rolls to storm survivors and said his visit was a publicity stunt. It was the latest in the war of words between the two after Trump said last weekend she had exhibited poor...
  • Democracy Alliance: Soros Billionaires Club for Revolution

    01/25/2017 2:34:22 PM PST · by detective · 4 replies
    The New American ^ | 25 January 2017 | William F. Jasper
    Even as Democrats publicly and loudly decry corporatist political “dark money,” billionaire Democrats and other donors funnel hundreds of millions to radical and violent causes.   Barely a week had passed after Donald Trump’s historic upset in the November 8 presidential election, but some of the world’s richest individuals were already launching a counteroffensive. George Soros and his fellow deep-pocket funders of the Democratic Party and left-wing causes gathered with a lineup of party activists and luminaries from Hollywood, K Street, and Wall Street for a three-day “investment conference” (November 15-17) at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C....
  • Southwest Flight Attendant: I'm Pro-Life And Criticized My Union So They Fired Me

    10/06/2017 6:24:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 6, 2017 | Matt Vespa
    If you’ve ever seen Planes, Trains, and Automobiles or Meet The Parents—two films I can think of from the top of my head that show flight attendant abuse (for lack of a better word)—you know that the job is difficult. Heck, forget the movies, I’m sure there has been some instance in which an unruly passenger just lays into a flight attendant. And then there are cases where the flight attendants are just as curt and surly towards the passengers. Well, for one Southwest flight attendant, Charlene Carter, she found herself out of a job because she was pro-life and...
  • Soros Behind NFL Protests

    10/06/2017 4:15:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | October 6, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Try this headline from the Washington Times: “NFL Players’ Union Teamed Up With Soros to Fund Leftist Advocacy Groups.” Folks, do not ever doubt me. When this whole protest the anthem thing began, I told you that left-wing activist groups were behind it, that they were running the players on this. It was how you get the players to take action that is actually harming the NFL when the players think that they are acting in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick in protesting the cops. That’s not what they were doing. They were inflicting damage on the NFL. And even...
  • NFL players’ union teamed up with Soros to fund leftist advocacy groups

    10/06/2017 9:02:29 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 5, 2017 | Valerie Richardson
    Tax documents show NFLPA activism goes beyond take-a-knee protests Even before its feud over the national anthem with President Trump, the NFL Players Association wasn’t on the same political team as many of its fans, judging from its contributions to leftist advocacy groups. Tax documents released by 2ndVote show the NFLPA donated $5,000 in 2015 to the Center for Community Change Action, a group active in the anti-Trump resistance and bankrolled by a host of liberal foundations, including top Democratic donor George Soros’s Foundation for Open Society. A member of the AFL-CIO, the NFLPA also contributed in 2013 and 2015...
  • Pension costs ‘crowding out’ spending on parks, schools and social services, report says

    10/04/2017 4:14:30 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 26 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | October 04, 2017 | Adam Ashton
    California governments likely will make do with fewer teachers, parks employees and other public workers while they struggle to absorb fast-rising pension costs in the next few years, a former state lawmaker argues in a study released this week through Stanford University. Former Democratic Assemblyman Joe Nation projects that many cities, counties and school districts will double their spending on pensions by 2030, “crowding out” their ability to fund public services.
  • Crocodile Tears and Excuses from Puerto Rico and CNN

    10/03/2017 2:24:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | October 3, 2017 | Brian C. Joondeph
    The media, having found a successful play to cripple a Republican president, is trying to run the same play against President Trump. They forget that their entire playbook has been thrown at Trump since he announced his candidacy in 2015, without any success. Hurricane Katrina was thought to be a turning point in the George W Bush presidency. The less than stellar response from the federal government was hung around his neck. Successfully. Despite ineptitude at the state and local levels. The New Orleans mayor at the time, Ray Nagin, is now in federal prison for bribery and fraud. They...
  • Defunding the Public Sector Unions

    10/03/2017 9:47:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 3, 2017 | Barney Brenner
    Public sector unions. George Orwell would be proud of the term. Public sector really means government, and our government includes large levels of bureaucracy. So public sector unions are really alliances within bureaucracies, and they’re working against the interests of the general public with power that private unions don’t possess.A chance is coming in the next year to start reining them in. In Janus vs. AFSCME, the U.S. Supreme Court will likely  prohibit government employees from being forced to pay dues to unions whose politics they disagree with. These unions are almost entirely Leftist so they’re backing politicians a good...
  • San Juan Teamsters Didn’t Show Up for Work to Distribute Relief Supplies – US Aid Rotting at Ports

    09/30/2017 11:13:48 PM PDT · by Phil V. · 47 replies
    the gateway pundit ^ | Sept 30, 2017 | Jim Hoft
    The reason for truck drivers not showing up? The Puerto Rican Teamsters Union, Frente Amplio, is refusing to move the product.
  • Puerto Rico Teamsters Union Refuse to Deliver Supplies Use Hurricane Maria as Contract Leverage…

    09/30/2017 3:10:33 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 124 replies
    Conservative Tree House ^ | Sept 30, 2017 | Sundance
    Puerto Rican born and raised, Colonel Michael A. Valle (”Torch”), Commander, 101st Air and Space Operations Group, and Director of the Joint Air Component Coordination Element, 1st Air Force, responsible for Hurricane Maria relief efforts, has the following comment: …They have the generators, water, food, medicine, and fuel on the ground, yet the supplies are not moving across the island as quickly as they’re needed. “It’s a lack of drivers for the transport trucks, the 18 wheelers. Supplies we have. Trucks we have. There are ships full of supplies, backed up in the ports, waiting to have a vehicle to...
  • Republican Tax Plan a Con Game Against Working People

    09/28/2017 3:12:09 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 33 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | September 28, 2017 | AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
    Yesterday, President Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress released their new tax plan. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka responded to the proposal: The tax plan Republicans put out [yesterday] is nothing but a con game, and working people are the ones they’re trying to con. Here we go again. First comes the promise that tax giveaways for the wealthy and big corporations will trickle down to the rest of us. Then comes the promise that tax cuts will pay for themselves. Then comes the promise that they want to stop offshoring. And finally, we find out none of these things...
  • Supreme Court takes up case that will devastate public sector unions

    09/28/2017 1:29:39 PM PDT · by PROCON · 37 replies
    thinkprogress.org ^ | Sep. 28, 2017 | IAN MILLHISER
    In what is all but certain to be a terrible blow to organized labor, the Supreme Court announced on Thursday that it will hear Janus v. AFSCME, a case seeking to defund public sector unions. The case presents an issue that was recently before the Court, and where the justices split 4-4 along party lines. Now that Neil Gorsuch occupies the seat that Senate Republicans held open for more than a year until Donald Trump could fill it, he holds the fifth vote to deliver a staggering blow to the union movement. The issue in Janus involves what are sometimes...
  • Judge Blocks Enforcement Of Right To Work In West Virginia; Supreme Court Thrashes Her Ruling

    09/28/2017 9:13:11 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 22 replies
    Forbes ^ | September 18, 2017 | George Leef
    Last year, West Virginia became the 26th state to enact Right to Work legislation. The bill was enacted over the veto of then-governor Earl Ray Tomblin, as I discussed in this piece. Organized labor almost invariably launches desperate legal challenges when states enact RTW and West Virginia was no different. The state’s AFL-CIO looked around for a friendly circuit judge and found one in Kanawha County’s Jennifer Bailey. The argument they presented was that the RTW law would do them “irreparable harm” and should be stayed pending a challenge to its constitutionality. The unions argued that the law is unconstitutional...