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  • S.F. teachers miss more school than students on average

    08/18/2014 3:42:31 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 18, 2014 | Jill Tucker
    Education officials like to say that kids can't learn if they aren't in school. But what if teachers aren't in school? While absenteeism is usually considered a student matter, in San Francisco - and many other districts - the average teacher misses more school than the average child.
  • Company accuses labor union of forging signatures for political gain

    08/18/2014 2:16:17 PM PDT · by Sopater · 7 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | August 18, 2014 | Adam Tobias
    WAUWATOSA, Wis. — A home health-care company contracted with the Milwaukee County Department of Family Care is accusing a local labor union of forging workers’ signatures to collect more money for political activity. Art Beck, a Milwaukee attorney representing Sally Sprenger, owner of Supportive Homecare Options Inc., told Wisconsin Reporter two employees have come forward since April alleging they were signed up to make contributions without their authority. The contributions were for the Committee on Political Education through the Service Employees International Union Healthcare Wisconsin. After reviewing their forms for voluntary COPE deductions, which help fund union causes for political...
  • Teachers lounge vending machines exempt from new federal snack rules

    08/18/2014 9:17:11 AM PDT · by W. · 25 replies
    Eagnews.org ^ | August 15, 2014 | Kyle Olson
    The school teachers lounge is a respite from more than just bratty kids. It’s a safe zone from the long arm of Michelle Obama’s food police. Students are already revolting against the newly-implemented school snack regulations that affect what is sold in vending machines. They will probably be equally upset to learn the vending machine just across the hall – in the teachers lounge – is exempt from the regulations.
  • Teachers union backs Sharpton’s planned anti-police rally

    08/16/2014 10:11:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The New York Post ^ | August 16, 2014 | Carl Campanile, Aaron Short and Yoav Gonen
    The teachers union is pitting its members against cops — by sponsoring and promoting the Rev. Al Sharpton’s anti-police rally in Staten Island next week, The Post has learned. The United Federation of Teachers sent an “action alert” ­e-mail that even promised free transportation to Sharpton’s Aug. 23 demonstration that is billed as a march for justice for “victims of police brutality.” Some teachers were furious that the union would take such a prominent role in the event. “What a disgrace. What is going on with the leadership of the UFT thinking it’s OK to protest against rank-and-file cops?” asked...
  • FedEx indicted on new criminal charges in online pharmacy case

    08/15/2014 4:12:07 PM PDT · by Innovative · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 15, 2014 | Dan Levine
    FedEx Corp faces a new charge of conspiring to launder money in a U.S. criminal case over the company's drug deliveries for rogue online pharmacies despite warnings from law enforcement. The latest indictment, filed in court on Friday, said FedEx accepted payment from several pharmacies when it knew the revenue was the product of invalid prescriptions. If convicted, FedEx could face fines of up to roughly $1.6 billion.
  • USW Keynote Speech from President Leo W. Gerard (Part 3 of 3)

    08/15/2014 4:04:32 PM PDT · by mdittmar
    United Steelworkers ^ | Aug 11, 2014 | USW President Leo W. Gerard
    USW President Leo W. Gerard gives an empowering and passionate keynote speech at the 2014 USW Constitutional Convention.
  • American Unions Have Always Said, “Our Policy Is Not To Win The War At Any Cost.”

    08/15/2014 2:03:43 PM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 1 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | August15, 2014 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    American unions have a long and clear history of anti-Americanism. Virtually since their inception unions have been run by either Communists or the Mafia. But now that is changing for the worse. While both of these plagues on our working people have been countered in recent years, the reigns of control of unions have apparently been handed off to a new even more virulent strain of anti-Americanism: Islam. Union anti-Americanism showed itself in 1943 when, during the height a World War whose outcome was very much in doubt, United Auto Workers union head thug Tom Di Lorenzo had no qualms...
  • Gloomy, frantic Dems plead: More money, please

    08/15/2014 8:33:05 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 8-15-14 | Byron York
    I've been getting a lot of email from Democratic fundraisers lately. They seem very worried about November's elections. First came the highly publicized "Impeachment Red Alert" campaign, in which the Democratic congressional committee warned that Republicans will impeach President Obama if they win control of the House and Senate. Though much ridiculed, the Impeachment Red Alert effort was a big winner, pulling in $2.1 million in small donations in a single weekend. Despite that success, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's mood seemed to blacken in subsequent days as she asked for more and more money. The subject line of Pelosi's...
  • A Short History of the Supreme Court Case That Ended Forced Unionization of Non-Government Employees

    08/15/2014 6:17:35 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/15/2014 | Patrick Wright
    Organized labor’s multi-state scheme to gain members, money and influence began to unravel in 2009 when a Michigan housewife started searching for answers on why “union dues” were being taken out of the checks she received from the State of Michigan for providing daycare to parents who were in a welfare to work program. Sherry Loar owns Baby Steps Childcare Center, a limited liability corporation that she operates out of her home in Petoskey. Sherry’s persistence led to the investigation and discovery of the breadth of the union scheme and its flimsy legal justification. Now, nearly five years later, the...
  • Latest Plan to Privatize Post Office Hits Unexpected Obstacle

    08/14/2014 3:12:27 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 25 replies
    Nation of Change ^ | August 13, 2014 | David Morris
    The United States Postal Service (USPS) management just ran into a possible game-changing obstacle to its shameful pursuit of a fully privatized post office: labor solidarity. Here’s the background. For a decade the USPS has been aggressively shrinking, consolidating, and outsourcing the nation’s postal system. In July 2011 management upped the ante by announcing the rapid closure of 3600 local post offices, a step toward the eventual closing of as many as 15,000, half of all post offices in the nation.
  • Teacher on Unions: ‘Felt Like Little Children Being Bullied on a Playground’

    08/13/2014 2:26:17 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    CNSNews ^ | August 13, 2014 | Penny Starr
    Rebecca Friedrichs, a teacher and former member of the California Teachers Association, spoke at the event at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 12, 2014. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr) (CNSNews.com) – Teachers who left labor unions connected with their jobs said on Tuesday that they felt “bullied” for their opposition to compulsory membership and payment of dues that funded political activities. “We literally felt like little children being bullied on a playground,” Rebecca Friedrichs, a teacher and former member of the California Teachers Association, said at the event at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. Friedrichs, who is also...
  • Why are RTW States Gaining Population?

    08/13/2014 11:02:55 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/13/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    If you listen to opponents of right-to-work laws, the claims are dire. But if laws allowing workers the choice of whether to pay money to a union lead to such alleged problems, why are so many people moving from forced unionism states to right-to-work states? My colleague Michael Van Beek takes a look at a new study by Richard Vedder, an Ohio University professor and member of the Mackinac Center Board of Scholars, and researcher Jonathon Robe. Long story short, they show significant gains in income and jobs for right-to-work states. But they also include the following statistic: “[T]he proportion...
  • St. Paul schools workers' compensation claims jump 50 percent. But why?

    08/11/2014 6:40:28 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-7-14 | Mila Koumpilova
    St. Paul Public Schools workers are filing more injury reports and claims under the workers' compensation program. And district officials are not entirely sure why. Injury reports were up 50 percent in 2013 compared with four years ago, and the number of claims seeking payment for medical expenses or lost wages are up almost 30 percent, all while district employment stayed stable. Officials say they are watching how much the district is paying out more closely than the number of reports and claims. Those amounts have not risen in the past two years -- though they'll likely go up as...
  • Pelosi works to rally Democrats at United Steelworkers conference

    08/11/2014 4:28:05 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 13 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Aug. 11, 2014 | Kyle Roerink
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi led a rallying cry for the Democratic Party during a United Steelworkers conference today in Las Vegas. The California Democrat’s speech to the union comes as her party desperately tries to garner support in the run-up to the Nov. 4 general election. Republicans are likely to make gains in both chambers of Congress, but the party’s leaders are showing no signs of surrender. Unions are a historic voting bloc for Democrats and Pelosi’s speech was a clear pitch to organized labor, asking them to mobilize on Election Day.
  • GM to debut next version of slow-selling Volt hybrid in January

    08/07/2014 12:41:23 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 7, 2014 | by Bernadette Baum
    General Motors Co said Thursday it will show the next-generation of its slow-selling Chevrolet Volt hybrid electric car in January. The current Volt is priced just under $35,000 and has a driving range of almost 40 miles on its electric charge. Nevertheless, sales so far this year through July fell almost 9 percent from a year earlier to 10,635 vehicles. The Cadillac version of the Volt, the ELR coupe, has also failed to catch on as GM has sold only 578 during the seven-month period. GM said it would spend almost $400 million to upgrade tooling and equipment at the...
  • The Public Sector Union Scam

    08/07/2014 9:46:46 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/7/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    Private-sector unionization is much different than the public-sector counterpart historically and in modern-day practice. Under the National Labor Relations Act, private-sector unions are allowed to extract dues and fees from workers if the employer is a unionized workplace. The NLRA, passed in 1935 during Franklin D. Roosevelt's first term, does not, however, apply to public sector employees, including state and federal workers, because the thinking was that this would over-politicize government and cause a conflict of interest between unions and politicians. In a Weekly Standard piece by Fred Siegel, a visiting professor at St. Francis College, and Dan DiSalvo, a...
  • Unions for Big Businesses: Why the NLRB is attacking America's franchises

    08/04/2014 6:56:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/04/2014 | James Sherk
    Would you like to own a small business someday? If so, sorry — the Service Employees International Union would rather you didn’t. SEIU has convinced the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to eviscerate the franchising model that many small-business owners rely on. Under the current model, these small-business owners pay for the right to use a corporate brand. The franchising corporation researches appealing products. It also does marketing to promote the brand. In return, the local franchisees agree to produce those products to fit certain price and quality specifications. The local franchisee handles all the hiring and employment. This division...
  • UMWA vows to fight EPA

    08/03/2014 8:08:15 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) ^ | August 3, 2014 | By BILL ARCHER
    BLUEFIELD — Back in 1933, the struggling United Mine Workers of America union got a shot in the arm from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “New Deal” legislation that allowed workers to organize into unions. That commitment from a Democratic administration tipped the playing field in the union’s direction, and within a short time, almost all coal mines in the two Virginias were organized. From that time forward, most Democratic Party candidates could count on loyal UMWA support. That may not change in the future, but six years of more stringent environmental regulations governing coal-fired power generation emissions has put the...
  • Coal Miners Union In Full Revolt After Supporting Obama In 2008

    08/02/2014 5:44:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 168 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2:45 PM 08/02/2014 | Michael Bastasch
    It’s unlikely that United Mine Workers of America president Cecil Roberts thought he would be arrested protesting the energy policies of the very politician his union supported in 2008. But things have come full circle for coal miners, who now see President Obama’s climate agenda threatening their livelihoods. Roberts and other UMWA members were arrested Thursday marching through Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, towards the federal building the Environmental Protection Agency was holding field hearings for a new rule that could very well force more coal mines and plants to shut down. …
  • The Town that Privatized Everything

    06/27/2014 9:14:16 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 63 replies
    Sandy Springs, Georgia may look like any other town in America. It has parks, roads, and beautiful places to live. But there’s one thing that separates this town from every other town: Sandy Springs privatized almost everything. In 2005, Sandy Springs outsourced almost all functions of the city government (with the exception of police and fire) to a single company, which runs the town. That company is in charge of running all the vital functions of government, from the running the parks, to paving the roads, and even 911 calls! The town is run very efficiently, with zero backlogs in...
  • Supreme Court upholds Scott Walker Act 10 union law

    07/31/2014 5:57:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | July 31, 2014 | Jason Stein, Jason Silverstein and Patrick Marley
    Madison — The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld Gov. Scott Walker's signature labor legislation Thursday,delivering an election-year affirmation to the governor in one of the three major rulings issued by the justices on union bargaining, election law and same-sex couples. In addition to ruling Walker's labor law constitutional, the state's highest court also upheld the state's voter ID law and a 2009 law providing limited benefits to gay and lesbian couples, leaving liberals with one consolation to soften the sting of the two larger conservative victories. "Our courts have continued to give deference to our Legislature and in all three of...
  • Wisconsin Court Upholds Law Curbing Unions' Collective-Bargaining Rights

    07/31/2014 11:07:45 AM PDT · by adingdangdoo · 4 replies
    The Wall Street Journal online ^ | 7/31/2014 | Mark Peters and Caroline Porter
    MADISON, Wis.—Wisconsin's highest court upheld a law ending most collective-bargaining rights for government employees in the state, a blow for public-sector unions that have been stymied in their efforts to reverse the controversial measure championed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
  • The Education Establishment’s “Success”

    07/31/2014 7:22:34 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 15 replies
    Campus Report ^ | August 2014 | Deborah Lambert
    It’s sad but true. Nearly 50% of high school seniors know the names of The Three Stooges (Larry, Moe and Curly) but can’t name the three branches of government. And fully one-third of students asked for the origin of the statement “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need,” responded that this came from the Bill of Rights when it actually came from The Communist Manifesto. So says Dr. Walter Williams, the eminent free market economist and higher education critic, who explained in a recent column at Townhall.com that examples like this are a testament to...
  • Douglas County Teachers’ Union Membership Drops 25 Percent ( Colorado )

    07/31/2014 7:02:53 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Colorado Observer ^ | July 31, 2014 | Ali Gordon
    The teachers’ union representing the Douglas County school system has lost one-quarter of its membership since last year, signaling a growing frustration within the ranks that dues are used to finance politics instead of professional development. The significant drop in membership of the Douglas County Federation (DCF) was revealed in a July 21 letter from the board of education to Courtney Smith, union president, and was based on the union’s most recently released tax returns. The letter pointed to the drop in membership as undeniable proof that teachers had chosen the district over the union and the need for major...
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds 2011 union law [Thugs LOSE! Walker WINS!]

    07/31/2014 6:01:36 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 44 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | 7/31/14
    The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the 2011 law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers, sparked massive protests and led to Republican Gov. Scott Walker's recall election and rise to national prominence.
  • Obama order to expand labor rights for contractors

    07/30/2014 5:50:46 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | AP News
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is preparing to sign an executive order cracking down on labor violations by companies that contract with the federal government, the White House said Wednesday. Obama's order will require companies seeking federal contracts valued at more than $500,000 to make public any labor law violations in the last three years, a step the Obama administration hopes will incentivize companies to resolve labor disputes such as back wage claims.
  • ISTOOK: Get ready for super-priced burgers due to NLRB decree

    07/30/2014 1:29:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 89 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 30, 2014 | Ernest Istook
    Once again, one man has dictated a major change of federal law that can cost American families dearly. It may double the price of your Big Mac, Whopper, fried chicken, donuts or other purchases at your local fast-food restaurant. Where’s the beef coming from? Surprise! This time it’s neither President Obama nor Attorney General Eric Holder who is twisting the law like a pretzel from Auntie Anne’s. It’s Obama appointee Richard Griffin, the president’s hand-picked choice for the all-powerful position as general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Mr. Griffin has declared that millions of Americans who work...
  • Toronto Transit Commission’s new slogan—‘Death to Israel’

    07/30/2014 9:01:25 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/30/14 | Arthur Weinreb
    Ok, so the headline is a tad misleading. But for anyone who has ever ridden the TTC’s buses, streetcars or subways, or drove behind five streetcars piled up at a stop, it is really no more misleading than their current slogan which is “the better way.”
  • Secretive Leftwing Network Discovered through WI Records Law (An NGO/Union/MSM Journ-o-list?)

    07/30/2014 7:47:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | July 29, 2014 | Nathan Schacht
    A low-profile Google Group used by over 1,000 state and national leftwing leaders and activists has been discovered thanks to Wisconsin’s open records law. A Media Trackers inquiry into the actions of a University of Wisconsin professor turned up records and communications from “Gamechanger Salon,” an online community that provides a forum for leftwing activists and leaders to share tactics, strategies and opinions. Operating as a closed Google Group, much of what the network does is unavailable for public review. However, a document listing the network’s membership and a policy manual describing the mission and ground rules for the entity...
  • Early Returns On Michigan As a Right-to-Work State: Incomes Rising

    07/30/2014 5:58:02 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/30/2014 | Tom Gantert
    When Michigan passed right-to-work in December of 2012, critics were quick to predict that workers’ compensation would plummet. Union officials derided it as “right-to-work for less.” Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing, said that right-to-work legislation would lower employee wages. But the early returns show that hasn’t happened. Michigan’s per-capita personal income increased from $38,291 in 2012 (before right-to-work became law) to $39,215 in 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis. That increase was the ninth highest in the country. Per-capita personal income includes income from all sources divided by the number of people...
  • SEIU hits Republicans with Spanish-language ads

    07/29/2014 8:25:20 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    thehill.com ^ | July 29, 2014 | Cameron Joseph
    The Service Employees International Union is out blasting four Republicans in tough races on immigration reform, seeking to drive up Hispanic turnout against them. The SEIU is out with new Spanish-language radio ads targeting Reps. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), Joe Heck (R-Nev.) and David Valadao (R-Calif.). Gardner is a top Senate recruit in a state with a large Hispanic population, while the other three are top Democratic targets in Latino-heavy swing districts. The ads hit the four on immigration reform, tying them to the national party. "It's simply unacceptable: Mike Coffman and Cory Gardner, together with the Republicans,...
  • Teacher pay averages $84,489; LAUSD data missing

    07/29/2014 7:10:04 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 23 replies
    contra costa times ^ | 7-25-14 | Thomas Himes
    A newly released survey of 653 of California’s 1,058 school systems reports teachers were paid on average $84,489, while 33 administrators earned more than $250,000 in pay alone last year. The pay and compensation information was complied by The California Policy Center, a nonpartisan conservative public policy think tank that runs Transparent California, which posted the survey for the public to review at transparentcalifornia.com “We’re doing this because the public employs the public sector; and members of the public, as voters are being continually asked to approve tax increase and bond measures,” Policy Center Director Ed Ring said. “You can’t...
  • Unions weep: After becoming RTW state, Michigan incomes rise

    07/27/2014 4:30:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 27, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Hey, do you remember when Michigan shocked the nation and became a right to work state in 2012? That was supposed to usher in the end of the world, at least in the view of union leaders and their Democrat water carriers. As Thomas Lifson reminds us at The American Thinker, the predictions were nigh on to apocalyptic. “There will be blood, there will be repercussions,” State Democratic Rep. Douglas Geiss, speaking on the House floor on Tuesday, warned ahead of the votes. And of course, there were predictions of disaster for the “little guy” as ruthless bosses would exploit...
  • Fast food workers vow civil disobedience (Demand $15/hr. minimum wage, unions)

    07/26/2014 5:59:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    VILLA PARK, Ill. — Comparing their campaign to the civil rights movement, fast food workers from across the country voted today to escalate their efforts for $15-an-hour pay and union membership to include nonviolent civil disobedience. More than 1,300 workers gathered in a convention in center in suburban Chicago to discuss the future of a campaign that has spread to dozens of cities in less than two years. Wearing T-shirts that said “Fight for $15” and “We Are Worth More,” the workers cheered loudly and said they would win if they stuck together. “People are just fed up,” said Cindy...
  • Enabling Micro-Unions is a Dangerous Game

    07/25/2014 12:06:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | Fred Wszolek
    resident Obama’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has showed itself once again to be a strident advocate for the interests of Big Labor bosses, ready to stand up for union interests even in the face of common sense. This week, the NLRB ruled that cosmetics workers at a Macy’s store in Saugus, Massachusetts, were allowed to form a collective bargaining unit for their department alone – what’s known as a “micro-union.” Of course, the three-to-one decision was split along strictly partisan lines. The three Democrats on the Board sided with the United Food & Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), representing the...
  • Are Teachers Underpaid? Let’s Find Out

    07/24/2014 7:09:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 24, 2014 | David Harsanyi
    A teacher in South Dakota with a bachelor’s degree and 10 years of experience earns $33,600 per year, which is less than the average auto-repair worker. So says Vox. This grievance against salary injustice is nothing new, of course, but this particular example comes to us from a new national study by the Center for American Progress, which details the chickenfeed teachers are forced to subsist on as they altruistically keep your hopeless children literate. Teachers are underpaid. In politics, and also in everyday life, this is almost universally accepted. Everyone admires teachers. Everyone wants good teachers for their children....
  • College Football on Strike

    07/24/2014 7:36:04 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 36 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 23, 2014 | Ethan Gaitz
    The efforts of Northwestern University’s scholarship football players to unionize could have profound implications for the future of college education. northwestern university football According to the Associated Press, Northwestern University just filed a 60-page brief with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Washington, D.C. This comes after a regional director of the NLRB ruled this past spring that “football players who receive full scholarships to the Big Ten school qualify as employees under federal law and therefore can unionize.” If the decision of the regional director is upheld, the framework between the players and the university would be redefined...
  • Lawmakers step into Delphi pension case

    07/21/2014 3:03:07 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    Benefits Pro ^ | 7-18-14 | Benefits Pro
    The pensions of retired salaried workers at Delphi have been in limbo since they were assumed by the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation. This week, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and three more Democratic lawmakers from Ohio sent a letter to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, urging him to intervene on behalf of Delphi retirees. “The 20,000 members of the salaried plan have been waiting for almost five years for a final benefit determination from the PBGC. Recent comments from the PBGC have suggested that the agency has yet to take basic initial steps towards making such a determination,” wrote the Ohio...
  • What Just Happened at Market Basket This Weekend?

    07/21/2014 2:53:20 PM PDT · by matt04 · 35 replies
    A big local story from this weekend was centered around Market Basket and its employees’ ongoing movement to re-install former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas. ... Why are employees protesting, anyway? OK, the long answer goes back decades. In the very short-term, Market Basket employees are extremely loyal to the former CEO, Demoulas, who was fired last month and replaced with Jim Gooch and Felicia Thornton. Two other executives were fired at the time, and seven more resigned the next day. A couple weeks back, employees outright demanded Demoulas be re-instated as CEO. When they didn’t hear an answer by the...
  • Unions Putting the Squeeze on Home Health Care Workers

    07/19/2014 11:09:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 19, 2014 | Ed Feulner
    The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) likes to present itself as the champion of the little guy. But officials of SEIU Healthcare—“the fastest-growing union of healthcare, child care, home care and nursing home workers in the Midwest”—aren’t averse to a little high-living. For example, in FY 2013 officials of SEIU’s Illinois-Indiana healthcare division (SEIU-HCII) chalked up more than $1.1 million in travel expenses—$13,000 of it on D.C. hotel expenses rung up at President Obama’s second inaugural. The union designated all that travel as “representation activity.” Also claimed as a “representation” expense: a $6,000 liquor store tab for “beverages for...
  • Service Employees International Union targets four House Republicans

    07/15/2014 11:28:36 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies
    politico.com ^ | July 15, 2014 | SEUNG MIN KIM
    The Service Employees International Union will launch a new ad campaign Tuesday pummeling four House Republican lawmakers over their chamber’s inaction on immigration reform this year — part of a broader attempt to wield the political influence of Latinos in key congressional races. The union is targeting Republican Reps. Cory Gardner and Mike Coffman of Colorado, as well as David Valadao of California and Joe Heck of Nevada with a round of Spanish-language television ads that will run for about two weeks, SEIU officials said. The ad buy is in the mid-six figures. Gardner is running for the U.S. Senate,...
  • Gov. Haslam: THP to help Memphis police after 500+ officer call out sick

    07/09/2014 8:45:43 AM PDT · by don-o · 11 replies
    AP via WJHL-TV ^ | July 9, 2014
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam says the state is offering to dedicate Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers to help Memphis deal with a rash of sick calls from police officers upset about cuts to their health care benefits. Memphis police spokeswoman Karen Rudolph said Tuesday the number of officers who are currently out sick has increased to 554. That represents about a quarter of the total force, which stands at about 2,200 officers.
  • Supreme Court Ruling Opens Door For Daycare Workers To Get Money Back

    07/07/2014 11:39:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Mackinac Center for Public Policy ^ | July 7, 2014 | Jack Spencer
    Unions took $4 million from Michigan daycare workers; class action lawsuit now possible. Michigan daycare operators who had millions of dollars taken from them in a unionization scheme that has since been outlawed, may get some of their money back. On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Harris v. Quinn that people who take care of others and are paid with funds that partially come from the state cannot be unionized because they are not state workers. It also opened the door for Michigan daycare workers involved in a previous, separate scheme to revisit a class action...
  • Grand Dragon Al Sharpton and MSNBC's Black Klux Klan

    07/06/2014 7:14:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 6, 2014 | John Ransom
    Doctor Roy wrote: If you are going to make voting contingent on paying taxes I don't know what else you could call it [but a poll tax]. I still don't know what you guys are talking about with this " white guilt" malarkey. Obama came along at exactly the right time. Hell I'm an agnostic and I might have gottten elected if I got to follow Dubya's train wreck. - Equality! Obama's the Worst! Dear Comrade Doctor, I always have trouble understanding if you are as dumb as you pretend to be. I’d like to give you the benefit of...
  • Pension chaos hits Chicago, Illinois budgets

    07/04/2014 10:40:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 71 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | July 04, 2014 | GregHinz.
    yesterday's decision in a key Illinois Supreme Court case has set off a first-class explosion in state and local government, potentially punching tens of billions of dollars in holes in their collective budgets. Some elements of the court's decision are drawing intense debate. But if the overnight consensus is anywhere near correct, everyone from City Hall and the Capitol to your local village and school board will have little option now but to dig deep, cut services and raise taxes a lot — and labor unions little incentive to compromise. "The law in Illinois is now crystal clear: Politicians cannot...
  • Is the Supreme Court Gunning for Public-Sector Unions?

    07/02/2014 12:14:51 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 16 replies
    Reason ^ | July 2 2014 | Damon Root
    On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the state of Illinois violated the First Amendment when it forced home-care workers who receive government stipends to pay union dues to the Service Employees International Union. Writing for the 5-4 majority in Harris v. Quinn, Justice Samuel Alito ruled that the state exceeded its lawful authority by treating such workers as government employees “solely for the purpose of unionization and the collection of an agency fee.” “If we accepted Illinois’ argument,” Alito explained, “we would approve an unprecedented violation of the bedrock principle that, except perhaps in the rarest of circumstances,...
  • Supreme Court Rules In-Home Personal Care Providers Cannot be Compelled to Pay Union Agency Fees

    07/01/2014 1:30:23 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 4 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 7-1-14 | Cara Sullivan
    In a 5-4 decision yesterday, the Supreme Court held in Harris v. Quinn that the First Amendment prohibits the collection of agency fees from in-home personal care providers who do not wish to join or support a union. While the ruling deals a blow to organized labor by prohibiting personal care providers from being required to pay union agency fees, public sector unions dodged an existential threat as the Court stopped short of ruling on all public sector agency fee requirements. In Illinois and across the nation, personal care providers deliver at-home care for individuals who, for a variety of...
  • Supreme Court ruling on union dues could cost SEIU millions in payback

    07/01/2014 8:46:23 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 1, 2014 | Perry Chiaramonte
    One of the nation's most powerful labor unions could face a costly onslaught of lawsuits seeking tens of millions of dollars in dues, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the money was collected improperly, legal experts said. In a ruling Monday, the high court held that Service Employees International Union cannot force people who care for loved ones to be union members and deduct dues from the government checks of those they care for. The practice has gone on for several years in a handful of states, creating a lucrative stream of cash for the powerful labor organization, which represents...
  • Harris v Quinn more important than Hobby Lobby?

    06/30/2014 2:55:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 30, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    In terms of direct impact on overreaching government power, perhaps the decision getting the least attention today is the most intriguing. Harris v Quinn addressed a movement in several states — Illinois in this case, but also in Minnesota and others — to force people into public-employee unions even though they are not directly employed by government, but privately employed and paid in part through public aid. The decision in this case narrowly centered on that distinction, but offers a window into a path for broader rollbacks of forced participation in PEU funding: The Supreme Court dealt a blow to...
  • Illinois mom elated after defeating powerful union in Supreme Court

    06/30/2014 2:54:34 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 30, 2014 | Ruth Ravve
    An Illinois woman who took her fight against one of the nation's most powerful unions all the way to the Supreme Court and won, said all she ever wanted was to care for her ailing son. Pam Harris, the lead plaintiff in the landmark Harris v. Quinn case, in which the high court ruled people who care for loved ones in their home can't be compelled to join the Service Employees International Union, said the ruling was a victory for her son Josh, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder. "It means no third party intrusion, it means that there's...