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  • Could labor be getting ready to bail on Hillary in favor of Bernie Sanders?

    07/30/2015 10:26:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/30/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    I’m still not at the point where I’m willing to raise the possibility of Hillary losing the nomination to some number greater than 0% but there are some interesting smoke signals coming up on the horizon lately which might have me questioning the collective wisdom on the subject. Bernie Sanders is in Maryland this week attending the AFL-CIO’s executive council meeting and making his pitch for why he’s a better candidate to support big labor than Hillary. (Clinton will be there after him.) Obviously he would like to have the support of the unions because, let’s face it, no...
  • Harley an awkward ride for 'union-busting' Republican Walker

    07/30/2015 2:37:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Yahoo! News / Reuters ^ | July 30, 2015 | Emily Flitter and Alexia Shurmur
    MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - For Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, there's something awkward about the Harley-Davidson motorcycles that he has been posing on at presidential campaign stops: each one bears a sticker on its frame that reads "Union made in the USA." Walker has made the iconic American brand a centerpiece of his campaign kick-off tour this month, visiting four dealerships and sometimes showing off his own 2003 Harley Road King as he seeks to harness its appeal to older white male voters. But there is another side to Harley that the Republican candidate has been less vocal about - it is...
  • Why Are the Unions in the Abortion Business? [Trumka Comments on Planned Parenthood]

    07/26/2015 1:40:48 PM PDT · by justiceseeker93 · 25 replies
    Red State ^ | July 25, 2015 | LaborUnionReport
    Over the last week, as videos emerged of executives at the abortion factory known as Planned Parenthood allegedly selling aborted baby body parts, Planned Parenthood has, rightfully, come under heavy fire. Now, however, Planned Parenthoods allies on the Left are circling the wagons to defend the abortion factory. For example, rather than investigating the potentially illegal practices of Planned Parenthood, Barack Obamas new Attorney General, Lorretta Lynch, has announced that she is going to investigate the group that exposed the heinous actions. In addition to the DOJ investigation, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has come forward to defend Planned Parenthood. Planned...
  • Principal commits suicide amid Common Core test scandal [ New York ]

    07/26/2015 8:45:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 26, 2015 | Susan Edelman,
    The principal of an innovative West Harlem public school killed herself the day after her students took the state Common Core exams which were later tossed out because she cheated ... Jeanene Worrell-Breeden, 49, of Teachers College Community School, jumped in front of a B train in the 135th Street station ... She was pulled out from under the train and taken to Harlem Hospital, where she died eight days later. The city Medical Examiners Office ruled it a suicide. The leap came at 9:20 a.m., less than 24 hours after her 47 third-graders wrapped up three days sweating...
  • Pension doomsday: How will Illinois pols cope with this crisis?

    07/26/2015 8:40:19 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 47 replies
    Chicago Trubune ^ | JULY 24, 2015
    More bad news for Chicago (and Illinois) taxpayers arrived Friday morning in a 35-page, double-sided packet. On one of the last pages: "The entire Act is void." Cook County Circuit Court Judge Rita Novak tossed out Chicago's pension reform law. City Hall had negotiated the pension changes for municipal and labor employees with many of the city's unions on board. But Novak, using the Illinois Supreme Court's May pension opinion as her sword, ruled that the city's plan violates the Illinois Constitution: A public worker's pension is a contract that cannot be "diminished or impaired." lRelated Revenge of the pension...
  • Exclusive: AFL-CIO may delay endorsement of Clinton as 2016 presidential candidate - sources

    07/25/2015 2:51:32 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7-25-15 | LUCIANA LOPEZ
    In a possible setback for Hillary Clinton, the AFL-CIOs political committee has recommended the nations largest labor union federation delay endorsing a candidate for the 2016 presidential race as it seeks to push her to be more supportive of its policies on issues such as trade and wages. The committee on Monday voted unanimously to support the proposal, three union sources told Reuters. The recommendation will be presented at a July 29-30 meeting of the executive council of the federation, which will make the final decision. It could reject the recommendation and still go ahead with an endorsement, though one...
  • CUBAN SPY CENTER OPENS IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

    07/24/2015 5:43:25 AM PDT · by SJackson · 1 replies
    Frontpagemagazine.com ^ | July 23, 2015 | Humberto Fontova
    "Intelligence trafficker to the world" sets up shop in the nation's capital. It [the Cuban embassy opening] is going to be a celebration on our part, gushed Gustavo Machin, deputy director for U.S. affairs at Cubas Foreign Ministry. Many Americans who have supported the Cuban Revolution will be among the 500 celebrants at the new Embassy. Despite the innocuous professional title the mainstream media insists on using for Gustavo Machin, hes actually a KGB-trained Cuban spy who was burnt and booted from the U.S. back in 2003 shortly before the invasion of Iraq. He was among 14 other Cuban spies...
  • Why Scott Walker is so dangerous

    07/24/2015 1:50:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 23, 2015 | Dana Milbank
    SAN DIEGO First off, Scott Walker proclaimed, we took on the unions, and we won. We won! Taking on the unions is usually first off for Walker, the Wisconsin governor and Republican presidential candidate. It is the very rationale for his candidacy. And on Thursday, he took a detour from the campaign trail to appear here before the annual meeting of the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council, a group of state legislators dedicated in large part to defeating unions............ Walker then went on to celebrate his triumphs over the demonstrators who objected to his dismantling of Wisconsins public-sector unions,...
  • AFL-CIO Controlled Union Intervenes, Cancels Trumps Border Tour Planned by Local Agents

    07/23/2015 7:28:10 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 33 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 23,2015 | Brandon Darby
    Donald Trumps planned tour of the Laredo Sector of the Texas -Mexico border has been canceled by the national AFL-CIO-controlled union that represents U.S. Border Patrol agents, the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC). Border Patrol agent Hector Garza acted in his role as Local 2455 president to honor Trump by inviting him to see his section of border in Laredo firsthand. Agent Garza confirmed to Breitbart Texas that the national union had stepped in and insisted that the Laredo local back out of honoring Trump with the border tour. Agent Garza said he expected Trump to continue without the participation...
  • Scott Walker: A Threat to Democracy

    07/23/2015 12:33:15 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | July 22, 2015 | Ellen Bravo, Director, Family Values @ Work
    Four years ago, I was among tens of thousands of Wisconsinites who made their way to Madison every weekend to march against Scott Walker and his attacks on public education and on unions. We were all ages, ethnicities, political persuasions, chanting: "This is what democracy looks like!" Homemade signs sprouted amidst the snowflakes. My favorite: "He's not a Packer, he's a Steeler." (The Packers had just triumphed over Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl.) Turns out what Scott Walker set out to steal was democracy itself. First came the attack on collective bargaining for public sector unions, done with a particularly...
  • AFL-CIO Controlled Union Intervenes, Cancels Trumps Border Tour Planned by Local Agents

    07/22/2015 9:34:12 PM PDT · by Will88 · 89 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 22, 2015 | Brandon Darby
    Donald Trumps planned tour of the Laredo Sector of the Texas -Mexico border has been canceled by the national AFL-CIO-controlled union that represents U.S. Border Patrol agents, the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC).
  • Why Pensions Are A (Big) Black Swan Chicagos Unfunded Liabilities Are 10 Times Its Revenues

    07/19/2015 7:44:43 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    Investment Watch ^ | July 17, 2015 | John Rubino
    Why Pensions Are A (Big) Black Swan Chicagos Unfunded Liabilities Are 10 Times Its Revenues, 50% Of Their Cash That Will Have Go To Pensions. [ Full title ]. ... When talk turns to what might derail todays debt-driven recovery, the big names and easy stories get most of the attention: China with its soaring debt, volatile equities and heavy-handed intervention; Japan with its stratospheric debt and science fictiony demographics; Greece, which needs no explanation; the developing countries with their weak currencies and mountain of dollar-denominated debt. And of course Americas triple bubble of stocks, bonds and derivatives. Underfunded...
  • Obama again praises S. Korea for paying teachers the way they pay doctors

    07/19/2015 1:16:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | July 17, 2015 | Brian Han
    During U.S. President Barack Obamas speech on Wednesday regarding a new government initiative to bring high speed internet access to low-income groups, the topic of South Koreas education system came up. In South Korea they pay their teachers the way they pay their doctors, he said in front of an audience at Durant High School in Durant, Okla. They consider education to be at the highest wrung of the professions. The reason it came up at all had to do with South Koreas widespread high speed internet access especially in the citys capital of Seoul. Obama voiced a similar statement...
  • Growing tax burden will push people out of Cook County and Chicago

    07/17/2015 8:53:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | July 15, 2015 | Ted Dabrowski
    City officials are pushing property-tax hikes, sales-tax hikes, and even a commuter tax and financial-transaction tax. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkles wish for a $474 million sales-tax increase to help pay for the countys growing pension debt has been granted. The hike pushes the sales-tax rate back up to 10.25 percent in Chicago the same as it was when Preckwinkle took office in 2010. And thats not the only new tax residents have to face. Preckwinkle is just the latest local leader to usher in a tax increase. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel created a new tax earlier this...
  • Teachers union members want Hillary endorsement withdrawn

    07/17/2015 6:26:35 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 21 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 16, 2015 | By Marisa Schultz
    WASHINGTON Furious American Federation of Teachers members are demanding the union withdraw its endorsement of Hillary Rodham Clinton, calling it premature and undemocratic. There was no internal discussion. Zero. Zip, said Steve Conn, president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers. This is wrong and something needs to be done. The 45-member AFT executive board voted Saturday to back Clinton despite an AFL-CIO request to wait until July when the presidential field is more set.
  • (AFL-CIO President) Richard Trumka: Scott Walker is a national disgrace

    07/13/2015 11:20:47 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 33 replies
    Politico ^ | July 13, 2015 | Daniel Strauss
    The president of the largest alliance of unions in the United States offered just six words in response to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker formally jumping into the 2016 presidential race. Scott Walker is a national disgrace, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a statement released ahead of Walkers formal announcement on Monday. There isnt much love to lose between Walker and unions.
  • Independent Union Shows Unions Can Prosper Under Right-To-Work

    07/13/2015 10:01:36 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/11/2015 | Tom Gantert
    In 2012, teachers in the Roscommon area school district became the first in decades to "decertify" the Michigan Education Association fire it and start their own independent union. Now, three years later, the president of the startup local, called the Roscommon Teachers Association, said 64 of 65 eligible teachers have voluntarily paid dues as of the recently completed school year. It probably didn't hurt that the union's $500 dues are about half the amount charged by the MEA, the state's largest teachers union. Roscommon teachers show that voluntary unionism can thrive if the union is proving its worth...
  • Wisconsinites to rally against Walker as he announces presidential bid

    07/12/2015 7:17:17 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 66 replies
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is set to officially declare his candidacy for president next Monday and Wisconsinites are ready with a warning to the rest of the nation about the Republican's "dangerous agenda." The rally against Walker will be held at 4 p.m. on July 13 at the Waukesha County Expo Center, 1000 Northwest Road, Waukesha. People For the American Way, Voces de la Frontera, Americans United for Change, We Are Wisconsin, League of Conservation Voters and a coalition of more than 20 local and national grassroots activist groups are involved in planning the event. Their goal is sharing personal...
  • GOP contender Scott Walker faces down Wisconsin university faculty

    07/12/2015 2:01:01 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Providence Journal ^ | July 12, 2015 | Noah Bierman
    The president of the board and the UW-Madison chancellor have pledged to maintain tenure and academic freedom. But faculty are skeptical they will have the same ironclad protections against retaliation for controversial research, particularly the type of scholarship that can leave winners and losers in the marketplace. MADISON, Wis. First, Gov. Scott Walker defeated public-sector labor unions. Then, he declawed their private-sector counterparts. Now, ahead of his entry into the presidential race, the Wisconsin Republican is staring down another conservative target: college professors. The trifecta could cement Walker's reputation among conservative Republican primary voters as a bold leader...
  • Teachers' union endorses Clinton's 2016 presidential bid

    07/11/2015 9:11:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | July 10, 2015 | Ken Thomas
    Hillary Rodham Clinton has won the endorsement of the American Federation of Teachers. It's the first major labor union to make an endorsement in the 2016 presidential campaign. The president of the union, Randi Weingarten, says in a statement Saturday that Clinton is the "champion working families need in the White House." The endorsement has been widely expected....
  • Some Ford lines may be heading to Mexico

    07/11/2015 2:07:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 11, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    We havent checked in on the state of affairs in the auto industry recently, but it may soon be back in the news in a big way. Ford is making noises about the fact that they are losing money on the smaller, high efficiency cars which they must produce to stay on top of the eco-minded consumer market, such as the Ford Focus. So whats a business to do? One suggestion being floated is that they just give up on turning a profit in Detroit and head down south of the border. Ford Motor Co.s decision to end production of...
  • Elected Missouri Democrat posts bounty against online critics

    07/10/2015 4:05:36 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 9 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 8JUL2015 | Staff Writer
    On Monday, Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a Democratic state Senator representing Ferguson, Missouri, posted a $1000 reward for information regarding Facebook critics. According to Fox 2, racist, profane comments were allegedly posted about her on a pro-union Facebook page. Nadal, Fox 2 added, has a strong pro-labor voting record and was angry about the comments, which have since been removed. "$1000: If you can find out his union membership & who employs him (other than his bar)," she tweeted. "Must provide proof." "What a lovely picture of Che Guevara on your page, @MariaChappelleN," said actor Nick Searcy, referring to the background she...
  • U.S. Supreme Court Accepts Case to Give 'Right-to-Work' to All Public Employees

    07/09/2015 8:31:15 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/6/2015 | Tom Gantert
    On the final day of its most recent session, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it will consider a labor law case that experts say could dramatically limit the power of government employee unions. Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association was brought on behalf of 10 California public school teachers who sued for the right to leave their union and not still pay "agency fees." If the Supreme Court rules in their favor, it could have the same effect as extending right-to-work law protections to all public employees by invalidating the involuntary extraction of agency fees from worker paychecks. Previous decisions have...
  • Study: They Spend Millions, but Minimal Transparency Required for Government Union Finances

    07/08/2015 10:48:29 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/7/2015 | Anne Schieber
    Michigans public sector unions collect tens of millions of dollars from government and school employees, but if members want to learn how their dues money is being spent, all they'll find is a one-page report disclosing just three aggregated spending figures. Unlike private sector unions, which are subject to federal labor law and financial disclosure requirements, state and local unions are subject to oversight by individual states. (This is related to the fact that states can also choose not to recognize or bargain with public sector unions.) Michigan's financial reporting requirements for public sector unions are "ineffective in providing important...
  • Public Sector Unions Vague About How They Spend Dues Money

    07/08/2015 8:16:55 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/7/2015 | Anne Schieber
    When teachers, other government employees or citizens want to learn how Michigans public sector unions spend dues money, details can be hard to come by. Our group tried to get officials to give us a breakdown of things like the amount spent on the liability insurance, legal services, Uniserv directors and support, said Jim Perialas, a Roscommon teacher. He and his colleagues were once represented by a unit of the Michigan Education Association, which calls its contract negotiating arm "Uniserv." Basically we wanted to get it all. The organization was so bureaucratic, that we kept getting shuffled from person to...
  • Should SCOTUS Limit the Power of Public-Sector Unions

    07/07/2015 1:56:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | July 7, 2015 | Gary Shapiro
    My father was a sixth-grade teacher active in his teacher unions leadership. He instilled in me the value of unions. They helped our nation lead and prosper. Unions got laws passed limiting child labor, ensuring safe working conditions and compensating workers with a defined workweek and overtime pay. The strong, positive legacy of unions, runs counter to news the Supreme Court will hear a case next term that could wipe out public-sector unions, according to a recent report in Slate. I cant help but wonder, however, if the dissolution of public sector unions would be such a bad thing. For...
  • Bernie Sanders And Unions Have A Common Enemy: Scott Walker

    06/30/2015 2:35:24 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    TDC - The Daily Caller ^ | June 30, 2015 | Connor D. Wolf
    Democratic presidential hopeful and self-proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders Tuesday went after Republican Gov. Scott Walker for limiting union power in Wisconsin. Needless to say Im strongly opposed to his agenda, Sanders told reporters during a phone conference, according Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. I think we need leadership in this country that is ready to stand up for working families. We need to strengthen the trade union movement in this country, not break it. Though most of the major unions have yet to officially endorse a candidate, local unions have been increasingly moving to support Sanders. Walker, however, is loathed by organized...
  • Minimum wage advocates struggle to walk the talk: Editorial (Oregonian stumbles into truth!)

    07/06/2015 5:05:21 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 8 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 07/06/2015 | Oregonian
    . . . . Consider what happened in Los Angeles. Last month, the city council approved a five-year plan to boost the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Late in the campaign for that increase, labor unions, which had led the push for a higher wage, made a surprising request: They wanted collectively bargained contracts to be exempt from the new standard. The mayor said no, but some other cities have such exemptions and the issue is unlikely to go away in Los Angeles. The unions' request reflects realities of both economics and politics. Politically, the $15 wage push is,...
  • Teachers union treasurer in New Jersey pleads guilty to theft

    07/05/2015 7:56:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    Education Action Group Foundation ^ | July 3, 2015 | Carl Horowitz
    BARNEGAT, N.J. Teachers unions during the past decade have known their share of scandal. Add the case of Wayne Wedderman Jr. to the list. This Monday, June 29, Wedderman, treasurer of the Barnegat Education Association, pleaded guilty in Ocean County, New Jersey Superior Court to theft from the union. He had been arrested last November for stealing roughly a combined $23,000 from two union accounts in the wake of a county probe begun the previous month. A grand jury in February subsequently indicted Wedderman on two counts of thefts and one count of computer theft. Sentencing is scheduled for...
  • One Of The Nations Most Influential Labor Leaders Has Endorsed Bernie Sanders

    07/04/2015 2:59:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Politicus USA - Real liberal politics ^ | July 3, 2015 | Jason Easley
    Bernie Sanders has picked up a key endorsement as one of the nations most influential labor leaders has announced his support for the Democratic presidential candidate. The Sanders campaign made the announcement in a statement: In another show of union support for Bernie Sanders, one of the nations most influential labor leaders on Friday endorsed the Democratic Party presidential candidate. Larry Cohen, the past president of the Communications Workers of America, gave his backing to Sanders at a news conference held here in a local union hall. This is not a close call, Cohen said at the news conference. This...
  • CPS (Chicago Public Schools) teachers, parents protest 1,400 layoffs, $200M in cuts

    07/02/2015 3:20:37 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    ABC 7 Chicago ^ | 7/02/15 | Sarah Schulte
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Hundreds of Chicago Public Schools teachers and parents protested at City Hall Thursday morning following 1,400 layoffs and $200 million in cuts to meet a teachers' pension deadline. Mayor Rahm Emanuel delayed a $634 million pension payment until the eleventh-hour on Tuesday, waiting to see any relief would come from state lawmakers. It never came. The mayor and Interim CPS CEO Jesse Ruiz outlined on Wednesday who would be laid off and where cuts would be made. Ruiz said most of the 1,400 jobs cut were in administration and special education programs. Very few teachers were laid...
  • Union Members Support Bernie Sanders:(Many Union Members Say Hillary Can't Be Trusted)

    07/01/2015 7:43:07 PM PDT · by lbryce · 21 replies
    Washington Beacon ^ | July 1, 2015 | Destiny Albritton
    Bernie Sanders has turned Hillary Clintons parade to the White House into a competitive race for the Democratic nomination, as unions prefer Clintons socialist opponent. LaborUnionReport.com organized an informal poll in mid-June 2015 and the results showed that union support for Hillary Clinton was lacking significantly. Seventy-six percent of union members favor Bernie Sanders for president in 2016. Only 11 percent of union members favored Hillary Clinton. The report said, due to her time spent with the employer-friendly Rose law firm (which helps employers fight unions), as well as her stint on the board of directors for Wal-Mart, many union...
  • Supreme Court To Hear Mandatory Dues Case Teachers Unions Vow Merciless Fight

    07/01/2015 7:35:04 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 18 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 1, 2015 | Eric Owens
    The presidents of Americas two largest unions have vowed to fight tooth and nail against a lawsuit now in front of the U.S. Supreme Court which, if successful, could strike down a California law permitting mandatory union membership. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit assert that the mandatory-dues law forces teachers to finance union political positions. Thus, the plaintiffs say, the law violates the First Amendment rights of teachers who disagree with the unions politics. The Supreme Court granted certiorari for the suit, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, on Tuesday. We are disappointed that at a time when big corporations and...
  • CPS TO CUT 1,400 JOBS AFTER MAKING $634M PENSION PAYMENT

    06/30/2015 8:11:22 PM PDT · by massmike · 26 replies
    http://abc7chicago.com/ ^ | 06/30/2015 | n/a
    As many as 1,400 Chicago Public Schools jobs will be affected starting as soon as Wednesday. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and interim CPS CEO Jesse Ruiz will lay out a plan Wednesday to fully fund the school district's teacher pensions. The announcement came after Tuesday's 11th hour $634 million pension payment. In a statement, CPS confirmed at least part of the money was borrowed and there will be 1,400 layoffs. The district said that not all of those positions are teachers, but some of them are. The Chicago Teachers Union reacted Tuesday night to the announcement. "I can tell you it's...
  • NEA 'attack' on homeschoolers blasted as 'outrageous'

    06/30/2015 11:35:38 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 34 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 6/29/2015 | Paul Bremmer
    The National Education Association has launched an attack on the practice of homeschooling, and one leading education expert is not taking it lying down. The National Education Associations radical attacks on constitutionally protected liberties and homeschooling families in particular are outrageous and should be vehemently denounced by every real educator and every real American, internationalist journalist and educator Alex Newman declared. The NEAs 2014-2015 resolution on homeschooling begins like this: The National Education Association believes that home schooling programs based on parental choice cannot provide the student with a comprehensive education experience. Freelance writer Patrice Lewis, who homeschools her children,...
  • Walker And Unions Battle Over Teachers Tenure

    06/30/2015 2:24:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    TDC - The Daily Caller ^ | June 30, 2015 | Connor D. Wolf
    Wisconsin unions Monday are once again attacking Republican Gov. Scott Walker, this time over a proposed budget that may result in cuts to tenure for state college professors. With the upcoming budget session, the Wisconsin Joint Finance Committee is expected to propose a plan to reform the University of Wisconsin System. While it is not yet finalized, unions warn the plan will cut $250 million in funding and will remove academic protections for professors such as teacher tenure. This latest union battles comes at the heels of a likely announcement Walker will run for president. With his previous labor reforms,...
  • LA weighs rules to lock up handguns, police union wants exemptions

    06/29/2015 4:55:28 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 36 replies
    Fox News (Politics) ^ | June 29, 2015 | Fox News Staff
    Los Angeles city council members are debating controversial new gun law changes aimed at locking up handguns when they're not in use. According to the Los Angeles Times, the proposal would require city residents to either lock up handguns not being used or apply trigger locks to them. The proposal was authored by Councilman Paul Krekorian and is meant to protect children from gun accidents. But the plan has faced resistance from the local police officers union the Los Angeles Police Protective League. The proposed rules exempted active duty and reserve officers, but the union wants retired officers and...
  • GOP battles to defund work of Obama labor board

    06/28/2015 9:14:35 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 28, 2015 | Tim Devaney
    Congressional Republicans are using the power of the purse to do battle against a series of controversial labor regulations from the Obama administration. They say the National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) gave a gift to labor unions by issuing what they call an ambush election rule that speeds up the process for organizing in the workplace. Republican lawmakers are also incensed by a joint-employer policy that holds companies responsible for the labor violations of their business partners, and by a micro-union policy that paves the way for multiple labor unions to organize in a single workplace. Now tasked with crafting...
  • Teachers Union Promotes Website Telling Dissident Member 'Go to Hell'

    06/26/2015 6:27:32 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/22/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The Michigan Education Association is directing people to a website that insults and vilifies a 37-year member who authored a widely distributed letter explaining why she wants to leave the states largest teachers union. Lansing School District teacher Mary Davenport wrote a letter that was sent to thousands of teachers to alert them that if they want to quit the union it would only allow them to do so in the month of August. Many teachers have complained about this so-called August window. Since Davenports letter was distributed, the website MEAMatters.com has invited union members to respond online. The website...
  • Requiring Unions to Pay for Their Own Employees Saves Taxpayer Money

    06/25/2015 11:44:57 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/23/2015 | Jarrett Skorup
    Should taxpayers be forced to pay for union leaders working on union business? Or should education dollars go to education? Senate Bill 280, sponsored by Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy, recently passed out of committee and will go to the full Senate. As noted by MichiganVotes.org, the bill would ban government employee union contracts that pay employees who are union officials for time they spend on the job conducting union business (which they call release time). Among other government employers, many public school districts give local union officials full teacher salary and benefits but do not require them to teach or...
  • SEIU Revenue Cut in Half After 'Dues Skim' Ended

    06/24/2015 1:06:20 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/22/2015 | Jack Spencer
    The union that exploited Michigans home-based caregivers for the best part of a decade has seen its revenue tumble since the scheme that enabled the exploitation ended. SEIU Healthcare Michigan reported $5,398,383 in dues and fees in 2014. That's just 48 percent of the $11,307,314 it reported for 2012, the last full year during which the union's dues skim was in place. The information was contained in a financial disclosure report the union submitted to the federal government 57 days after the March 31 deadline it is apparently required to meet. The disclosure finally took place shortly after Michigan Capitol...
  • Union Skips Testifying on Bill Ending Its Pension Spiking Arrangements

    06/17/2015 8:13:01 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/13/2015 | Jack Spencer
    When the opportunity came to give testimony on a Steve Cook bill prohibiting public school pension spiking scheme benefiting its current and past two presidents, the Michigan Education Association remained silent. The state's largest teachers union chose not to testify during a legislative hearing on a bill forestalling such schemes in the future. The hearing also considered a second bill closing the door on the practice of paying school and government employees for time spent doing union business. At the same hearing, however, the states other major teachers union, a branch of the American Federation of Teachers, talked and talked...
  • The Did-Something Candidate [Scott Walker]

    06/17/2015 6:10:41 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    Reason ^ | June 17, 2015 | Peter Suderman
    Scott Walker stands out in the 2016 field for running on his record. How does it stack up? On April 13, when Sen. Marco Rubio (RFla.) officially announced that he was running for president, the first-term senator didn't mention a single successful policy that he had championed while in office. A day earlier, when Hillary Clinton launched her long-awaited White House bid, her campaign website didn't even have an issues page. And then there was Scott Walker. The Wisconsin governor, best known for his hard-fought, victorious showdowns against public sector unions, stands out in the field as the upper-tier potential...
  • McDonalds Announces Its Answer to $15 an Hour Minimum Wage Touch-Screen Cashiers

    06/16/2015 10:29:46 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 73 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | June 15, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    This is exactly what the left pushed for Fast food chains were never meant to be a place for someone to raise a family of 6, they were to be part time positions with some full-time advancements. Mostly the fast food restaurants were for school aged kids to learn how to interact with people, with a job, to offer spending money, and to begin responsibility learning for their future.
  • Poll: Was it improper for Missouri Gov.Nixon to accept a $50,000 donation from UAW

    06/15/2015 3:03:57 PM PDT · by ncfool · 17 replies
    St. Louis Business Journal ^ | June 15, 2015 | St. Louis Business Journal
    Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon received a $50,000 donation from the United Auto Workers international headquarters in Detroit days after his June 4 veto of a bill that would stop employers from having workers pay union dues as a condition of employment.
  • Union Approves Contract Freezing Members Salaries to Keep the Dues Flowing

    06/15/2015 7:13:02 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/13/2015 | Jarrett Skorup
    Based on his employee evaluations, Bob Mroczek is the type of person you want in the classroom with students. As a paraprofessional, Mroczeks evaluation includes the following comments from teachers: Wonderful with the students! Willing to do whatever asked! Shows a positive attitude and is very helpful! I dont care where you schedule Bob. Just dont take him from my class. Can you clone Bob? His supervisor concluded an evaluation: Clearly, Mr. Mroczeks contributions to H.H. Dow [High School] are recognized by students and colleagues. We hope he is able to return to the role of paraprofessional next year even...
  • Missouri Dem Gets 50K Of Union Cash Right After Killing Right-To-Work Bill

    06/15/2015 5:29:15 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 8 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | june 14, 2015 | connor d. wolf
    Despite not running for office, Missouri Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon received a sizable campaign contribution Wednesday from a major union less than a week after killing a bill that would have ended forced union dues in the state. House Bill 116 was signed by House Speaker John Diehl and Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey, both Republicans, in late May and would have made Missouri the 26 state to ban forced union dues or fees as a condition of employment. The policy, known as right-to-work, tends to be heavily favored by the right but opposed by those on the left...
  • Left and Right Line Up Against Fast-Track Trade Legislation

    06/11/2015 9:52:03 AM PDT · by Theoria · 12 replies
    WSJ ^ | 11 June 2015 | William Mauldin
    Tea party activists, labor unions both say Obamas trade agenda is undemocratic and secretive Some of the fiercest opponents of President Barack Obamas trade policy on the left and right are sending notably similar messages in a bid to kill legislation in the House designed to expedite a major Pacific trade deal. With a deciding vote set for Friday, unions and progressive groups are emphasizing arguments that also appeal to conservative organizations, accusing the Obama administration of undue secrecy, stretching the limits of executive power and undermining U.S. sovereignty. The left is using the language I use, said Richard Manning,...
  • Illinois GOP Rep.: Let Chicago Public Schools Go Bankrupt

    06/11/2015 12:32:20 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    The DC - The Daily Caller ^ | June 10, 2015 | Eric Owens
    A member of the Illinois General Assembly has proposed a bill that would allow Chicagos deeply troubled public school system to solve its massive projected budget deficit of $1.1 billion by declaring bankruptcy. The House member is Ron Sandack, a Republican from the pleasant Chicago suburb of Downers Grove, according to WLS-TV. This knee jerk reaction to always say lets just raise taxes, Sandack told the ABC affiliate. Thats where a bankruptcy can actually be helpful. Sandacks matter-of-fact recommendation comes as Chicago Public Schools, the third-largest taxpayer-funded school system in the nation, faces a grave and immediate financial crisis. The...
  • RED HANDED: Jeffco Union Caught Using School Resources to Campaign for Tax Increases ( Colorado )

    06/10/2015 12:15:35 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    A couple of weeks ago, we reported that the war waged by the Jeffco teachers union against school district staff, particularly those in the communications office, was the most vitriolic in history. We couldnt figure out why the union would be such abusive bullies to staff members not even elected officials. And, now, the reason is clear. Documents recently uncovered show that the teachers union and other school staff were using the Jeffco Schools communications department as a de facto campaign headquarters and had been since at least 2003 (see last picture of memo). With a contentious election...