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  • Democrats Ready to Grill DeVos on School Choice

    01/17/2017 5:16:46 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 31 replies
    Real Clear Poliyics ^ | 17 Jan, 2017 | Christopher Beach
    Betsy DeVos, the billionaire conservative activist and nominee for secretary of education, will likely face one of the most contentious confirmation hearings in the history of the department on Tuesday. Since being tapped by President-elect Donald Trump, DeVos has been a lightning rod in the media and on Capitol Hill. Her supporters praise her outspoken commitment to school choice and her efforts to expand charter schools around the nation. On the other hand, critics believe that her agenda will undermine public education and drain resources from traditional public schools. DeVos will face rigorous questioning regarding her school choice advocacy, her...
  • Congress Should Follow Kentucky's Lead: Pass Right To Work, Repeal Prevailing Wage

    01/18/2017 8:12:16 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | January 18, 2017 | George Leef
    Kentucky just became the 27th state to enact a Right to Work (RTW) statute – the law that prevents workers from being fired just because they decline to pay dues to a government-certified union. In recent years, the RTW bill had been bottled up in the state House, but after the Democrats lost their majority in last November’s elections, the bill sailed through and was promptly signed by Governor Matt Bevin. At the same time, Kentucky made another good move by repealing its “prevailing wage” statute. Such laws are meant to shield construction unions from competition by preventing bidders for...
  • Holman Rule will help improve civil service

    01/14/2017 7:20:09 AM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    As part of its broader package of rules for the 115th Congress, the House of Representatives revived the Holman Rule, a provision that allows House members to propose amendments to spending bills that closely manage federal agencies. These "retrenchment" amendments can affect details down to individual federal salaries and the number of staff in an office. ... The restoration of the Holman Rule means merely that when it comes to firing a federal employee, the president's signature on an act of Congress can do it. It doesn't seem extraordinary that the heads of the federal government should be able to...
  • Missouri senators push for law to get Delta Queen steamboat cruising

    01/11/2017 8:10:56 PM PST · by iowamark · 22 replies
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 1/11/2017 | Leah Thorsen
    The newest push to get the Delta Queen steamboat approved to carry overnight passengers is a Missouri Senate bill sponsored by Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo.An exemption to the Safety of Life at Sea Act, a federal law that prohibits overnight excursions on wooden vessels, is needed before the Delta Queen can carry passengers. The 285-foot-long vessel, with 88 cabins, had the exemption for roughly 40 years before losing it in 2008.The bill introduced late Tuesday would restore that exemption and require the Delta Queen, which is compliant with all other Coast Guard safety regulations, to each...
  • Teachers union spent millions on baseball, retreats and food

    01/09/2017 8:15:16 AM PST · by EinNYC · 8 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 9, 2017 | Carl Campanile
    It takes more than just a shiny apple to satisfy the city’s teachers union, which is spending member dues at a furious pace. The United Federation of Teachers has blown through millions of dollars on fancy catered meals, tens of thousands of dollars on Yankees and Mets tickets, and big bucks on trips to destinations like Orlando, New Orleans and Las Vegas, records show. And the big salaries are bolstered by pricy perks. Its membership increased last year from 180,145 to 187,157, thanks in part to new teachers hired under de Blasio’s universal pre-K program. That membership increase led to...
  • (New York) City Schools Could Lose $500M in Funding Under Trump, Teachers Union Fears

    01/09/2017 5:36:57 AM PST · by Zakeet · 30 replies
    dnainfo.com ^ | January 9, 2017 | Amy Zimmer
    President-elect Donald Trump's vision for a voucher-based education system for low-income students could cost city schools half a billion dollars in lost federal support, according to an analysis from the city’s teachers union released Monday. More than 700,000 students in more than 1,200 city schools could see bigger class sizes, fewer teachers and less enrichment and after-school programs if Trump pulls federal dollars now used for Title 1 funding at public schools with low-income students, the analysis from the United Federation of Teachers found. Many fear that the Trump administration will enlist congressional support to redirect Title 1 funding from...
  • Servitude Ends In Kentucky: State Kills Prevailing Wages, Passes Right-To-Work

    01/08/2017 2:58:05 PM PST · by blam · 44 replies
    Mish Talk ^ | 1-7-2017 | Mish Shedlock
    Mish ShedlockJanuary 7, 2017 In a major setback for organized labor, Kentucky passed right-to-work legislation and repealed the state’s prevailing wage law. “Organized labor suffered its first major legislative setback due to the 2016 elections on Saturday, when Kentucky Republicans gave final approval to right-to-work legislation and repealed the state’s prevailing wage law. Both bills are expected to be signed into law by the governor, and will take effect immediately. Labor leaders were equally troubled by the legislature’s move to gut the state’s prevailing wage law. Such laws require that employers pay certain minimum wages on work funded by public...
  • Live Stream: Kentucky Senate Right to Work debate, vote (union members screaming)

    01/07/2017 8:01:27 AM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 24 replies
    KET - Live Stream of Kentucky Senate ^ | 1/7/2017 | Kentucky Senate
    Live Stream of debate / upcoming vote on bill to enact Right to Work and repeal of "prevailing wage" law. Union members can be heard screaming in protest in the background.
  • In Massive Blow To California Unions, A Second Court Rules That Pension Benefits Can Be Reduced

    01/05/2017 10:03:08 AM PST · by OregonRancher · 19 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 1/5/17 | Tyler Durden
    Back in September, we noted that, in a surprisingly logical decision particularly for a state like California which is typically devoid of all reason, a court upheld the rights of Marin County (and it's taxpayers) to reduce final year salary levels utilized to calculate pension payments. The ruling was meant to protect taxpayers against "salary spiking," a practice whereby union employees artificially drive up their final year salary, by taking cash vacation payouts or 1x bonus payments for example, in an effort to game the annual pension payment they'll then receive in perpetuity. Now, according to Pension & Investments, a...
  • Bevin, GOP lawmakers push anti-union bills as angry workers chant in hallways

    01/04/2017 7:59:48 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 22 replies
    Lexington Herald Leader ^ | JANUARY 4, 2017 | DANIEL DESROCHERS
    FRANKFORT Angry union workers packed the hallways of Kentucky’s Capitol Annex on Wednesday as Republican lawmakers pushed ahead with bills that would ban mandatory union dues and repeal a law that requires regional prevailing wages for workers on public construction projects. The chants of union workers were little deterrent to Gov. Matt Bevin and his GOP colleagues in the Kentucky House and Senate, who have made approving the bills their top priority of the 2017 General Assembly. Shouts and banging could be heard from the hallway, but the meeting room itself was packed with supporters as the House Committee on...
  • The Worth of Public Employee Unions

    01/04/2017 3:59:13 PM PST · by Twotone · 4 replies
    Oregon Catalyst ^ | Jan. 4, 2017 | Larry Huss
    What is the worth of a public employees union? Well not much these days according to the actions of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). SEIU announced last week that its members must be prepared for a thirty percent (30%) budget reduction including an immediate ten- percent (10%) reduction in 2017. Of course the SEIU union bosses blamed it all on President-elect Donald Trump but there is really more to it than that. Private sector union membership has been on the decline for decades. It is the result of a combination of things – mechanization, international trade agreements, and a...
  • Largest Federal Employee Union Opposes Reinstatement of ‘Holman Rule’

    01/04/2017 2:38:45 PM PST · by mdittmar · 9 replies
    The American Federation of Government Employees ^ | January 03, 2017 | AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr.
    House proposal lets lawmakers slash federal workers’ pay, jobs without due process WASHINGTON – The American Federation of Government Employees strongly opposes a rule change being considered by the House of Representatives that would allow lawmakers to reduce the salary of any federal government employee, or eliminate a federal worker's job, without appropriate planning or scrutiny, AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. said today.“The so-called Holman Rule undermines civil service protections for the millions of working people who process our Social Security checks, safeguard our borders, support our military, research cures for deadly diseases, and carry out programs and services...
  • New Year, New Congress

    01/03/2017 12:41:29 PM PST · by mdittmar · 5 replies
    NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION ^ | January 3, 2017 | Lily Eskelsen García
    We Urge Members to Hear Our Voices. However painful 2016 was, a new year offers a fresh start.  This year, we will take nothing for granted.  The challenges we will inevitably face may mean that we can see new strategies and new solutions that would have eluded us in the past.  2017 marks the start of the 115th Congress, and we’re reaching out to members of Congress to encourage them to approach the unfolding year with a different perspective, too. We’re asking them to put families ahead of partisan politics and renew America’s commitment to public education so that all students, regardless...
  • Citing Threats Of Trump, SEIU To Slash Budget 30 Percent

    12/30/2016 8:23:57 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    WBUR-FM ^ | December 30, 2016 | Simón Rios
    The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) — the second largest union operating in Massachusetts, with some 87,000 members in the state — is slashing its roughly $300 million national operating budget by 30 percent, citing the "threats" posed to organized labor by President-elect Trump. SEIU's international president told staff earlier this month that because the far right will control all three branches of the federal government, workers will face serious threats to their ability to join unions. SEIU local 32BJ is fighting for a $15 minimum wage and to unionize 1,500 workers at Logan Airport. 32BJ's Roxana Rivera said it’s...
  • Republicans to target unions, expand school choice in states

    12/24/2016 1:47:50 PM PST · by ColdOne · 24 replies
    ap.org ^ | 12/24/16 | ap
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Republicans are poised to use their newly attained capitol dominance to make Missouri the 27th right-to-work state prohibiting mandatory union fees. That is unless Kentucky's recently crowned GOP majorities can beat them to it. The race to expand right-to-work laws is just one of several ways that Republicans, who strengthened their grip on power in the November elections, are preparing to reshape state laws affecting workplaces, classrooms, courtrooms and more during 2017.
  • Happy Holidays from America's Unions

    12/24/2016 11:22:50 AM PST · by mdittmar · 16 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 12/24/2016 | AFL-CIO
    Working people in America's unions, the AFL-CIO, wish you a safe and happy holiday season with your friends, family and loved ones.
  • The Unblinking Eye: Employee Monitoring in the IoT Era

    12/24/2016 7:15:06 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    The sensors do not need to be carried by the employees to raise potential privacy concerns. In a connected workplace, data about employees can be captured in any number of ways. Sensors connected to equipment -- forklifts, for instance -- could provide detailed information about an employee’s movements. Again, harvesting and using this data could open up a Pandora’s box. Unfortunately, a myth persists that an employee’s privacy rights end the moment he or she walks through an employer’s door. The reality is more nuanced in the United States, where employees can and do bring claims against their employers alleging...
  • [Copied and retitled by blogger "Papa Giorgio" onto personal YouTube account ] John & Ken Discuss

    The pension crisis in California is the worst in the country, and it will continue to get worse as Jerry Brown and the environmentalists strap this state with regulations that choke businesses to death -- see: ✦ California Regression - Eco Craziness - https://youtu.be/MuKO0pjCes8 ✦ Cow-Farts in London - Jerry Brown - https://youtu.be/nl6Vcvogcyg
  • Union bosses leave worker advocacy behind

    12/19/2016 1:44:08 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 19, 2016 | By Richard Berman
    Labor leaders talk a big game to justify their stranglehold on American workplaces. Take AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: “Solidarity can mean the difference between life and death.” According to the financial reports of three major labor unions—the AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers (AFT), and National Education Association (NEA)—Big Labor spends huge sums of money on implicitly political advocacy far removed from worker “solidarity.” In 2016, Trumka’s AFL-CIO sent nearly $700,000 to Catalist, a leading Democratic Party data firm founded by Harold Ickes—a former Hillary Clinton aide—and supported by none other than George Soros. The AFL-CIO also sent about $338,000 to...
  • Chuck Jones Is Not a 'Union Boss'

    12/13/2016 5:10:39 PM PST · by mdittmar · 11 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 12/12/2016 | Berry Craig
    This post originally appeared at Daily Kos.Memo to the media: Chuck Jones is president of United Steelworkers Local 1999 at the Carrier factory in Indianapolis.He’s not a "union boss." But you wouldn’t know that from this New York Times headline: "Trump as Cyberbully in Chief? Twitter Attack on Union Boss Draws Fire," or from this MSNBC TV on-screen caption: "Carrier Union Boss Responds to Trump Attacks."To be fair, the Times and MSNBC stories were straight news accounts of Jones saying that Donald Trump lied his you-know-what off and that the president-elect threw a Twitter tantrum in response. Even so, this...
  • AFL-CIO Endorses Keith Ellison to Lead DNC

    12/09/2016 10:23:54 AM PST · by mdittmar · 29 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | December 8, 2016 | AFL-CIO
    The Executive Council of the 12.5 million member AFL-CIO has voted overwhelmingly to endorse Representative Keith Ellison to lead the Democratic National Committee. Over the last few weeks, several candidates have sought the endorsement of the AFL-CIO and met personally with members of the Political Committee, which ultimately recommended the endorsement.“Representative Ellison meets the high standard working people expect from leaders of our political parties,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “He is a proven leader who will focus on year-round grassroots organizing to deliver for working families across America. Under his leadership, the Democratic Party will embody the values that...
  • AFGE Applauds Obama Action Giving Federal Employees 2.1% Pay Raise in January

    12/09/2016 9:14:39 AM PST · by mdittmar · 38 replies
    The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) ^ | December 09, 2016 | The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
    Move recognizes sacrifice of federal workers, maintains tradition of pay raise parity between military and civilians WASHINGTON – The American Federation of Government Employees, the nation’s largest federal employee union, applauds President Obama’s decision to provide federal workers with a 2.1% pay raise in January.“Federal employees certainly deserve this modest boost in their pay, following years of pay freezes and miniscule increases that have left them worse off today than they were at the start of the decade,” AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. said. “This pay adjustment will help employees pay their bills, reduce their debts, and cover...
  • Labor Unions Were The Other Losers On Election Day

    12/08/2016 6:16:44 AM PST · by rktman · 17 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 12/8/2016 | Jason Hopkins
    Democrats weren’t the only ones who lost big on Election Day. Labor unions lost in key states across the country in November. Having already had their power in several states constrained following the 2010 mid-terms, labor unions will now be forced to play defense in more states legislatures where Democrats have faltered anew. Democrats lost control of the state House in Kentucky and the state Senate in Iowa. They also lost gubernatorial control in Missouri and New Hampshire. All four states will be under a Republican trifecta starting in 2017 – meaning their governors’ mansions and legislative chambers will be...
  • Trump blasts Carrier union leader: He's 'done a terrible job'

    12/07/2016 7:01:56 PM PST · by ColdOne · 60 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 12/7/16 | Rebecca Savransky
    Donald Trump blasted the Carrier union's president Wednesday after he said the president-elect "lied his ass off" about terms of the deal to keep Carrier manufacturing jobs in the United States. "Chuck Jones, who is President of United Steelworkers 1999, has done a terrible job representing workers," the president-elect tweeted Wednesday. "No wonder companies flee country!" Chuck Jones, who is President of United Steelworkers 1999, has done a terrible job representing workers. No wonder companies flee country!
  • SEIU branch in Texas declares bankruptcy

    12/06/2016 6:53:33 AM PST · by rktman · 26 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 12/6/2016 | Thomas Lifson
    After losing a lawsuit and facing a $7.8 million dollar judgment, Service Employees International Union Texas, alias SEIU District Five, has declared bankruptcy in order to escape the judgment. The plaintiff is going after the national union, as it should, so stand by lots more court appeals, But so far, the SEIU is losing at every step. Bill McMorris has an excellent account of the case and its background, at the Free Beacon. I recommend it. The bare bones of the story of this case paint a picture of a thuggish organization, in my opinion. It expanded into Texas by...
  • Biggest union reaches deal with California government [SEIU Local 1000]

    12/03/2016 11:19:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 3, 2016 4:47 PM EST | Jonathan J. Cooper
    California’s largest public-employee union announced Saturday that it had reached a contract agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration. If workers ratify the deal, it would bring to a close contentious negotiations that led to a strike threat and allegations of bad-faith bargaining. Service Employees International Union Local 1000 didn’t immediately release the terms of the deal, but union President Yvonne Walker said in a statement that it achieves improvements in compensation, professional development, working conditions, and health and safety. …
  • HUUUGE NEVADA VOTER FRAUD UNCOVERED? WORSE THAN ACORN

    12/03/2016 8:47:14 PM PST · by MagillaX · 11 replies
    NewsMaxTV ^ | December 1, 2016 | Rob Lauer
    Today, Megan Barth interviewed Republican Assembly Candidate for District 15, Stan Vaughan, with actual proof of massive voter fraud in his Clark County district. Vaughan brought into the NEWSMAXTV Las Vegas studio and laid it out for all to see, US postal service certified returned mail from 9,200 voters in District 15. Many of the people who were listed as deceased are still on the active voter rolls today. Many of the returned mail came back with 5 people living in a vacant lot with no mail receptacle. Not Obama feds but incoming Attorney General Jeff Session must investigate this...
  • AFT Pledges to Support Immigrants in Face of Trump Presidency

    12/03/2016 12:21:27 PM PST · by mdittmar · 52 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 12/02/2016 | Kenneth Quinnell
    In the wake of Donald Trump winning the presidency after a campaign that often targeted and scapegoated immigrants, Latinos and Muslims, the AFT has pledged to take concrete action to assist these groups, with a particular emphasis on assisting and defending undocumented students. AFT President Randi Weingarten said AFT will "do everything in our power to stop any kind of action against our immigrant families, our Muslim families, our Latino families and especially our undocumented students."Specifically, she said that the AFT will: Support cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and others as they reaffirm sanctuary status...
  • A generation degenerates; Education is the “core” to healing a nation

    11/30/2016 6:14:47 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/30/16 | A. Dru Kristenev
    Returning curricula development and institution to local autonomy, funding provided by the communities, not union-lobbied federal oversight, is a necessity There is a choice to be made in order to reverse the soaring amorality that has essentially crippled our young people, leaving them with only feelings by which to judge criminal and ethical behavior. By universally embracing anything and everything without critically judging it, all standards of conduct disappear and a generation degenerates. History (if ever anyone would bother to read it) demonstrates what occurs if no limits are placed on social actions and interaction, which is why it is...
  • Trump: Where the Rubber Hits the Road

    11/30/2016 3:39:37 PM PST · by mdittmar · 17 replies
    American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees ^ | November 30, 2016 | Lee Saunders, AFSCME President
    Last week, families came together to express gratitude for all the blessings in our lives. If your Thanksgiving table was anything like mine, there was plenty of lively debate about politics and current affairs, about what a Trump administration will mean for our country’s future.First, it cannot mean a rise in hate speech. It must not mean attacks on women, religious minorities, LGBTQ people and communities of color.There’s no question that white nationalists have been emboldened by this election, or that Donald Trump has stoked fear and resentment for political advantage. This has to stop, and the president-elect has an...
  • MSNBC: Lily reacts to Betsy DeVos’ Nomination as Education Secretary

    11/30/2016 1:16:15 PM PST · by mdittmar · 24 replies
    NEA president Lily Eskelsen García ^ | November 29, 2016 | NEA president Lily Eskelsen García
    Lily spoke with MSNBC’s Craig Melvin to discuss President-Elect Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos to lead the Department of Education.
  • Scores arrested in first 'Fight for $15' protest since Trump win

    11/29/2016 12:41:44 PM PST · by mdittmar · 63 replies
    reuters ^ | Nov 29, 2016 | Lisa Baertlein in Los Angeles and Timothy Mclaughlin in Chicago; Additional reporting by Alexander
    Scores of demonstrators were arrested on Tuesday as U.S. workers from fast-food chains staged nationwide protests for higher pay, union rights and immigration reform in their first major action since Donald Trump was elected president.McDonald's Corp (MCD.N) restaurants in 340 cities were prime rally targets, while baggage handlers, cabin cleaners and sky caps at Chicago's O'Hare and Boston's Logan international airports planned to demonstrate in support of workers demanding starting pay of $15 per hour, organizers of the "Fight for $15" campaign said. More than 200 protesters gathered before dawn at Zuccotti Park in New York City's Financial District, the...
  • Union Decries Trump Nominee for Department of Education [semi-satire]

    11/28/2016 10:35:20 AM PST · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 27 Nov 2016 | John Semmens
    President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education did not sit well with American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten. “In nominating DeVos, Trump makes it loud and clear that his education policy will focus on shifting control of education into the hands of students and their parents,” she complained. “This defies logic and can only lead to the destruction of the public education system.” Weingarten dismissed the consumer empowerment concept as “a naive perspective for the delivery of as complex a product as education. Does a parent really know what’s best for her child? Can we,...
  • Mary Kay Henry on CNBC

    11/27/2016 11:57:03 AM PST · by mdittmar · 13 replies
    youtube ^ | Nov 22, 2016 | SEIU
    Mary Kay Henry on CNBCSEIU President Mary Kay Henry
  • Lily Eskelsen Garcia, NEA President

    11/26/2016 10:31:33 AM PST · by mdittmar · 19 replies
    youtube ^ | Jul 14, 2014 | AFTHQ
    Lily Eskelsen Garcia, NEA President
  • AFT President Randi Weingarten on Nomination of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education

    11/23/2016 4:31:54 PM PST · by mdittmar · 125 replies
    American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO ^ | November 23, 2016 | AFT President Randi Weingarten
    WASHINGTON—In response to President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos to lead the Department of Education, AFT President Randi Weingarten issued the following statement:“The president-elect, in his selection of Betsy DeVos, has chosen the most ideological, anti-public education nominee put forward since President Carter created a Cabinet-level Department of Education. “In nominating DeVos, Trump makes it loud and clear that his education policy will focus on privatizing, defunding and destroying public education in America. “DeVos has no meaningful experience in the classroom or in our schools. The sum total of her involvement has been spending her family’s wealth in an effort to...
  • Thanksgiving Letter to Working Families on Solidarity

    11/23/2016 3:52:11 PM PST · by mdittmar · 6 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 11/23/2016 | Richard Trumka President, AFL-CIO
    Dear Union Member:Thanksgiving is a holiday of solidarity—commemorating a short-lived moment when Pilgrims and Native Americans broke bread together at a common table. This Thanksgiving, America’s working people and our unions are committed to standing with each other—in solidarity. We are reminded this holiday season of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms—freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, and most of all, freedom from fear.Thanksgiving is a holiday of plenty—a celebration of the bounty that hard work in America can and should bring. This election season we heard many promises of plenty—promises to create jobs, to raise wages, to...
  • NEA President reacts to Betsy DeVos nomination for Education Secretary

    11/23/2016 2:18:48 PM PST · by mdittmar · 73 replies
    National Education Association ^ | November 23, 2016 | NEA President Lily Eskelsen García:
    Eskelsen García: Trump nominee supports failed education policies that hurt students WASHINGTON - November 23, 2016 - The Trump administration announced today its plan to nominate Betsy DeVos, best known for her anti-public education campaigns, for the position of Secretary of Education.The following statement can be attributed to NEA President Lily Eskelsen García:“Every day, educators use their voice to advocate for every student to reach his or her full potential. We believe that the chance for the success of a child should not depend on winning a charter lottery, being accepted by a private school, or living in the right...
  • Teacher unions smarting after many members vote for Trump

    11/23/2016 10:54:40 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    USA Today | November 23, 2016 | Greg Toppo
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/11/23/election-unions-teachers-clinton-trump/94242722/
  • Donald Trump, police union at odds over ‘sanctuary cities’ funding

    11/22/2016 4:54:13 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 39 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 11/22/2016 | Andrea Noble
    The country’s largest police union, which endorsed Donald Trump for president, is wary of his stance on a key campaign issue: his promise to withhold funds from so-called “sanctuary cities.” As part of his first 100-days action plan, Mr. Trump has pledged to block all federal funding to jurisdictions that shield illegal immigrants. But in recent days, mayors and police chiefs in major cities across the country have pledged to stand behind their sanctuary city policies in defiance of Mr. Trump’s plans. The stance creates a conundrum for the National Fraternal Order of Police — which doesn’t support the sanctuary...
  • AFSCME Supports Rallying Airport Workers

    11/22/2016 5:55:43 PM PST · by mdittmar · 7 replies
    Airport workers in the Washington, DC area, as well as Los Angeles, Boston and other cities are rightfully protesting and raising their voices to demand wage raises and better working conditions.Some wheelchair attendants, baggage carriers and others who work at Ronald Reagan and Dulles airports earn as little as $6.75 an hour. Although the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority implements a living wage policy that applies to many airport workers, said policy doesn’t help employees of companies that contract directly with individual airlines.These workers have joined the Fight for $15 campaign to demand no less than $15 an hour. Under their...
  • Strike narrowly averted by McDonald's food supply drivers

    11/21/2016 6:19:16 PM PST · by mdittmar · 15 replies
    Mid-Hudson News ^ | November 21, 2016 | Mid-Hudson News
    ROCK TAVERN - A strike that could have interfered with food deliveries this week to McDonald's franchises in the Hudson Valley, New York City, Long Island and northern New Jersey has been averted. The 75 drivers, represented by Teamsters Local 445 in Rock Tavern, voted in late October to reject the contract offer made by Martin-Brower Inc. Teamsters representative Jerry Ebert said the company significantly improved the offer after its initial rejection. "We won much better pay, more time off, an easier grievance process, and a $1000 signing bonus for each driver, among other increases, with no givebacks," Ebert said....
  • Mary Kay Henry: Together we will keep fighting (SEIU)

    11/21/2016 3:57:54 PM PST · by mdittmar · 23 replies
    youtube ^ | Nov 21, 2016 | Mary Kay Henry(SEIU)
    Mary Kay Henry: Together we will keep fighting
  • Energy, Labor Foresee Trump-Induced Infrastructure Boom

    11/19/2016 2:41:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | November 18, 2016 | Bill Murray
    The energy industry and labor movement don’t often agree on much, but after one of the most contentious elections in memory, a group of experts from both sides found that they can unify around one thing: infrastructure. Throughout the 2016 campaign, infrastructure expansion was perhaps the only policy issue with bipartisan support. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump proposed plans in the hundreds of billions of dollars. Now, with Trump’s election and Republicans in control of both houses of Congress, large amounts of private and government funds may flow into public works projects to upgrade the nation’s crumbling roads, bridges...
  • California Teachers Offered "Anti-Hate, Trump Teaching Plan" To "Empower Students"

    11/18/2016 11:59:30 AM PST · by Lorianne · 33 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 17 November 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Following last week's dissonance-destroying victory for Donald Trump, San Francisco teachers are being offered a 'Donald Trump lesson plan' to "help students understand the election," but, as NBCBayArea reports, opponents counter that it is leftist propaganda meant to scare children about the incoming president. :: Fakhra Shah, a teacher at Mission High School, drafted the plan with the goal of empowering students, she said. “This is anti-hate,” Shah said. “This is not just anti-Trump.” On the heels of Trump’s stunning Nov. 8 victory, Shah wrote a letter to staff, in which she said, “A racist and sexist man has become...
  • Dems' Trump Hysteria is Desperate Attempt to Keep Union & Black Voters

    11/16/2016 8:50:32 PM PST · by 198ml · 14 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 11/16/16 | Deneen Borelli
    Democrats fear Trump will create jobs and help urban communities causing union workers and blacks to abandon the Democrat party. Without union workers and blacks, Democrats will face huge obstacles in future elections especially in the swing states. This is why George Soros, Al Sharpton, and Van Jones are playing their roles to undermine Trump’s presidency. Democrats will do anything for power — including undermining a president even before he is sworn into office.
  • Texas judge blocks administration's union 'persuader rule'

    11/16/2016 12:00:19 PM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 16, 2016 | Lydia Wheeler
    A Texas judge Wednesday issued an order to block the Labor Department from enforcing its union “persuader rule.” Judge Sam Cummings granted a motion for summary judgement in favor of the National Federation of Independent Business and turned the temporary stay he ordered in June into a permanent injunction. In the one-page order, he said the rule “should be held unlawful and set aside.” The rule, finalized in March, would force employers to disclose outside consultants they hire to counter workers' union organizing efforts. It would require employers to report any action, conduct or communication undertaken — explicitly or implicitly,...
  • NDP And Labour Must Heed Blue-Collar Fury That Fuelled Trump Win (Canada)

    11/15/2016 4:53:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Huffington Post Canada The Blog ^ | November 10, 2016 | Sid Ryan, Past President Ontario Federation Labour
    There is so much weeping and gnashing of teeth, so many people thrashing about, looking to hang the blame on someone or something for Donald Trump's shocking victory on election night, that the outcome bears further reflection. I reject the notion that it was a "white-lash" by voters, a racist reflex against minorities and people of colour. The electoral rebellion goes much deeper than that. It was, in large measure, the working class all across America, white, black and Latino, sending a big "F*** you!" to politicians and insiders who have used "free" trade agreements to ship American jobs offshore....
  • Where Michigan’s Public Sector Union Laws Rank

    11/14/2016 1:59:42 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/10/2016 | Tom Gantert
    The state of Michigan earned a B rating for its public sector labor laws in a study produced by a Pennsylvania-based free-market think tank. The ranking comes after a half-decade of labor law reforms passed by Michigan’s legislators and governor. The Commonwealth Foundation’s study, titled “Transforming Labor: A Comprehensive, Nationwide Comparison and Grading of Public Sector Labor Laws,” measured how labor laws affect citizens, taxpayers, workers and government budgets. The study found that right-to-work laws alone – which have now been adopted by 26 states, including Michigan – are not necessarily the best indicator of workers’ freedom. In addition to...
  • Rank And File Union Members In The Rust Belt Propelled Trump To The White House

    11/14/2016 5:35:08 AM PST · by rktman · 14 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 11/14/2016 | Ted Goodman
    Tuesday’s election results sent shock waves across the globe after voters selected President-elect Donald Trump as the 45th president — but the results may not have been as surprising to America’s rust belt. Trump’s message on jobs, trade and the economy resonated in battleground states that turned red for the first time in decades. Trump was able to take in a good number of rank and file union members who usually vote Democrat, even though many union leaders threw support behind former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Clinton still beat Trump by eight points among union households, but that number...