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  • Student ‘molested’ by TSA agent in LaGuardia bathroom

    08/28/2015 7:07:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 28, 2015 | Philip Messing
    A college student was sexually molested at LaGuardia Airport by a uniformed TSA agent who demanded she go into a bathroom with him after she got off a flight so she could be searched for a weapon, sources told The Post. The 22-year-old victim, who is Korean, had gotten off a Southwest Airlines flight from Salt Lake City around 8 p.m. Tuesday when the agent, identified as Maxie Oquendo, 40, approached her near the B4 gate of Terminal B. Ogendo then asked her to follow him so she could be searched to see if she was carrying a knife or...
  • The Democratic Party Adopts $15/hour Minimum Wage into National Platform

    08/29/2015 10:09:00 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 51 replies
    The Democratic Party on Friday adopted a call to raise the minimum wage to $15/hr as part of their established party platform heading into the 2016 election season. The move further polarizes the progressive wing of the party by moving them further to the left of both the Republican Party, and corporate centrist Democrats such as Hillary Clinton. In response to the Democratic Party’s vote, Terrence Wise, a Kansas City, Mo. McDonald’s and Burger King Worker and member of the National Organizing Committee of the Fight for $15, issued the following statement.
  • Teacher who was late 111 times says he was eating breakfast (and keeps job)

    08/29/2015 6:06:41 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 38 replies
    SF Gate ^ | August 28, 2015 | Shawn Marsh
    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — An elementary school teacher who was allowed to keep his job despite being late for work 111 times in two years said Friday that breakfast is to blame for his tardiness. "I have a bad habit of eating breakfast in the morning, and I lost track of time," 15-year veteran teacher Arnold Anderson told The Associated Press. In a decision filed Aug. 19, an arbitrator in New Jersey rejected an attempt by the Roosevelt Elementary School in New Brunswick to fire Anderson from his $90,000-a-year job, saying he was entitled to progressive discipline.
  • As UAW contract ends, Wisconsin workers’ rights expand

    08/29/2015 3:22:17 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 54 replies
    Wisconsiin Watchdog ^ | 8-29-15 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wisconsin — A worker-freedom organization is sending a special legal notice to unionized employees of the Big Three automakers in Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan. The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation wants United Auto Workers members at General Motors, Ford and Chrysler to know their new workplace rights now that they are residents of right-to-work states. Those new rights kick in Sept. 15, after the old UAW contracts, which included forced union dues, expire. In a statement Thursday, the Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation said that once the UAW’s “monopoly bargaining contracts” with the automakers end, all...
  • Trumka: GOP Candidates "Hateful And Racist"

    08/27/2015 3:08:35 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 35 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 27, 2015 | Pam Key
    Thursday, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released a video calling unspecified Republican candidates “hateful and racist” for their immigration policies. Trumka said, “Hi, I’m Rich Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO. In the last several weeks, the subject of immigrants living and working in the U.S. has become a major part of the political debate.
  • Rand Paul: Don't punish federal workers who used Ashley Madison

    08/26/2015 10:31:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 26, 2015 | Jake Miller
    Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul said Tuesday that government workers who were outed by hackers as members of AshleyMadison.com - a website created to facilitate extramarital affairs - should not face punishment. Before he could register that opinion, though, he had to figure out what the heck "Ashley Madison" is. "I keep seeing that headline, but I'm terrible - I don't know what it is," he confessed to a Washington Post reporter when he was asked about the hack of the risqué website, which exposed the contact information of millions of its users. The senator asked, "So, she has done...
  • Teacher Union Has Lost 34,000 Members in Last 10 Years

    08/26/2015 7:11:04 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/23/2015 | Tom Gantert
    In 2005, the Michigan Education Association had 130,882 voting (active) members that were teachers and support professionals. According to recent disclosure documents, in 2015 the state's largest teachers union has 96,561 members, a decline of about 34,000 since 2005, or 26 percent. The numbers on the most recent MEA membership came from the Portage Education Association’s website which cites MEA Secretary Treasurer Rick Trainor as its source. The numbers significantly differ from the MEA’s federal report from the previous year. The MEA didn’t respond to an email seeking comment on its overall decline in membership. There are four main reasons...
  • Arbitrator awards union contract in county's favor

    08/26/2015 10:32:54 AM PDT · by redreno · 3 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 08/25/2015 | By Ben Botkin
    An arbitrator has awarded a contract in favor of Clark County, ending the county's two-year stretch of negotiations with its largest union. The arbitrator sided with the county, agreeing to end longevity pay for future hires. The Service Employees International Union Local 1107, which represents more than 4,000 county workers, had sought to preserve longevity pay for future employees. Under the decision, county employees get a cost-of-living increase of 2.5 percent retroactive to July 1, 2014; and a 2 percent cost-of-living increase retroactive to July 1. The decision, which the county received Tuesday, almost entirely ends a longevity system for...
  • Illinois Democrats Try To Silence Gov. Rauner Over Union Talks

    08/25/2015 10:32:40 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    TDC - The Daily Caller ^ | August 25, 2015 | Connor D. Wolf
    Democrats in the Illinois legislature may soon silence Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner by taking way his ability to negotiate with public unions. SB1229 was introduced in February in response to troubled labor negotiations between Rauner and the Illinois chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). The measure would allow an arbitrator to takeover state labor negotiations if a new agreement is not reached within 30 days. Some have argued, though, that the bill is a huge giveaway to state unions. According to F. Vincent Vernuccio, labor policy expert at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy,...
  • Teacher Union Toys with Members Wanting Out, Demands Requests Go to 'Stealth' P.O. Box

    08/25/2015 1:20:40 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/22/2015 | Tom Gantert
    In an apparent effort to make it even more difficult or even stop school employees from exercising their right under right-to-work to not pay union dues or fees, the state’s largest teachers union has quietly set up an obscure post office box address to which members must send the required opt-out paperwork. It's P.O. Box 51 East Lansing, MI 48826. Based on a letter the Michigan Education Association sent to members who had tried to get out, and discussions with some of them, resignation requests sent to the regular union headquarters address will not be honored. An extensive search of...
  • Number of Michigan Schools Privatizing Services Grows to 70 Percent

    08/25/2015 6:51:34 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/23/2015 | James Hohman
    There are more Michigan public schools contracting out food, custodial or transportation services than ever, according to the Mackinac Center’s latest survey of school districts. This year, 70.8 percent of school districts use private-sector vendors to clean buildings, get kids to school, or cook and serve school meals. This is up from 66.6 percent the previous year. Getting more of the private sector involved in a supporting role in school districts is a long-term trend. In 2001, only 31 percent of districts contracted out these services and it took a decade before more than half of districts contracted out. Our...
  • The NLRB Cannot Stop Northwestern's Football Players From Unionizing

    08/21/2015 1:28:51 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 5 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 21, 2015 | George Leef
    Last year there was a burst of excitement in some quarters over the prospect of college football players forming a union. Leftists nearly always think that unions are good because they supposedly promote social justice and when an apparent majority of the players on Northwestern’s team said they wanted to form a union, that gladdened many a collectivist heart. Then, the regional director of the National Labor Relations Board in Chicago gave the players the green light. Joy! But on August 17, however, the full National Labor Relations Board unanimously declined jurisdiction, which means that it won’t pursue the case...
  • Union Official Charged With Illegal Clinton Donations Indicted for Mail Fraud

    08/21/2015 8:37:15 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 4 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 20 Aug 2015 | Lachlan Markay
    Federal authorities indicted the former president of a Florida teachers’ union on fraud charges on Thursday, even as he faces additional charges in his home state over allegedly illegal campaign contributions to Hillary Clinton. The Justice Department charged former Broward Teachers Union (BTU) president Patrick Santeramo with two counts of mail fraud for his alleged role in embezzling more than $35,000 in payments from a local school district.
  • Former Broward Teachers Union pres. steered illegal contributions to Clinton’s 2008 campaign

    08/20/2015 11:17:31 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 20, 2015 | Lachlan Markay
    Federal authorities indicted the former president of a Florida teachers’ union on fraud charges on Thursday, even as he faces additional charges in his home state over allegedly illegal campaign contributions to Hillary Clinton. The Justice Department charged former Broward Teachers Union (BTU) president Patrick Santeramo with two counts of mail fraud for his alleged role in embezzling more than $35,000 in payments from a local school district. “It is alleged that after the BTU received the $80,000 payment from the School Board of Broward County, Santeramo authorized payments from the [union’s] Accountability Program account for himself and at least...
  • Labor unions facing tricky choice in Democratic primaries

    08/19/2015 11:33:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 19, 2015 1:05 PM EDT | Ken Thomas
    The choice facing labor unions in the Democratic presidential race boils down to hearts or heads—Bernie Sanders, who embraces their forceful opposition to a big trade deal, or Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is a strong favorite for the nomination. Clinton has campaigned as a fighter for middle-class families and carries with her establishment support and ties to labor leaders going back to her husband’s White House years. But her unwillingness to take a position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a proposed trade pact vehemently opposed by labor, has made some union leaders and workers wary. Sanders, meanwhile, has made his opposition...
  • US labor board dismisses Northwestern football players’ union bid

    08/17/2015 6:44:57 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 17, 2015 | Daniel Wiessner and Mica Rosenberg
    Northwestern University football players lost a bid to unionize on Monday when the U.S. National Labor Relations Board dismissed their case, in a setback for elite U.S. student athletes seeking a chunk of the riches generated by college sports. The case had spurred a national debate over whether college athletes are truly amateurs when colleges and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) benefit handsomely from ticket sales, television contracts and licensing deals.
  • 600 police gunshots during Stockton bank robbery were 'excessive,' report says

    08/17/2015 4:04:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 82 replies
    L. A. Times ^ | August 17, 2015 | Joseph Serna
    The Police Foundation, a research group based in Washington, D.C., released a detailed report Monday on how Stockton police responded to the July 16, 2014, armed robbery of a Bank of the West branch, where three gunmen took three women hostage and fired at officers from a speeding SUV. The group found that 32 officers unloaded more than 600 rounds during the hour-long rolling gun battle, which spanned three counties, 63 miles of highway and reached speeds of 120 mph. One of the hostages, Misty Holt-Singh, was killed when she was struck by 10 police bullets, authorities said. The two...
  • Dems and unions attack Obamacare 'Cadillac' tax

    08/12/2015 4:06:50 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/12/15 | Robert King
    Democrats and unions have been steadfast in their defense of Obamacare, except for one provision: the controversial "Cadillac" tax. But will the bipartisan desire to repeal the tax be enough to get approved by President Obama? The "Cadillac" tax got its name because it goes after very expensive healthcare plans. The tax, intended to generate revenue for Obamacare, starts in 2018, and will tax 40 percent of the value of health plans that exceed $10,200 for an individual and $27,500 for a family. There's some bipartisan momentum to repeal the tax, as there are two bills in the House that...
  • Lincoln-Way choice to build two schools was questioned at the time (Illinois)

    08/13/2015 8:11:37 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 13, 2015 | Gregory Pratt
    Lincoln-Way choice to build two schools was questioned at the time Gregory Pratt Lincoln-Way 210 officials had big plans for the school district's future in 2005 — booming population growth would fuel new success. Ten years and a $225 million referendum to build two schools later, District 210 is on the state's financial watch list and needs to close one of its four schools to try and make ends meet. District officials defend the decision to forge ahead with the construction of two schools in the late 2000s, saying they trusted enrollment figures that showed the district would have thousands...
  • Most Michigan School Districts Privatize Services

    08/12/2015 5:59:23 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/8/2015 | Jonathan Moy
    The Lansing School District is considering privatizing custodial services. The Lansing State Journal first reported the development in mid-July, and July 29 was the deadline for service providers to submit bids. With almost 12,000 students, Lansing is one of the state’s largest school districts. In Michigan and around the country, privatizing custodial services has saved school districts money. For example, the rural Ludington school district saved $150,000, about $67 per student. Lansing’s neighbor, the Okemos Public Schools, saved $600,000 — or $150 per student. If it follows through, the Lansing district will join nearly 260 others across Michigan that have...
  • State Supreme Court Ruling: Michigan Employees are Free to Exercise Right-to-Work

    08/11/2015 12:03:59 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/8/2015 | Jack Spencer
    Public sector workers may freely exercise right-to-work under a 4-3 ruling passed down July 29 by the Michigan Supreme Court. The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) challenged Gov. Rick Snyder, Attorney General Bill Schuette and members of the Michigan Employment Relations Commission on the constitutionality of Public Act 349 of 2012 (right-to-work). The UAW argued that PA 349 was unconstitutional regarding workers classified as civil service employees and that the Civil Service Commission has the authority to compel civil service workers to pay an agency fee to the union or risk being fired....
  • Two Bills: One Protects Union Member Rights; The Other Protects All Of Us Against Union Violence

    08/11/2015 10:27:51 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 7 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 11, 2015 | George Leef
    Contemplate, if you will, these two facts. First, you’ve almost certainly heard about the videos that exposing the grisly business of Planned Parenthood (PP) in selling fetal body parts. Should Americans who think that this is a moral abomination be compelled to help fund this organization? Many union members have to “contribute” to PP. Last year, unions gave over $400,000 to PP and its political action fund. As Heritage Foundation’s James Sherk and Christa Deneault point out in this piece, the unions did not have to bother to find out whether the members whose dues funded this “generosity” approve of...
  • Nurses Union Endorses Bernie Sanders Over Hillary Clinton

    08/10/2015 3:07:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | August 10, 2015 | Evan McMorris-Santoro, White House correspondent
    National Nurses United gives Bernie Sanders his first national union endorsement — and Keystone was the deciding factor. OAKLAND, California — Bernie Sanders earned the endorsement of National Nurses United after the membership of the nation’s largest nurses union voted to back him over his Democratic rivals, leaders of the union announced at their headquarters here Monday. The union represents more than 185,000 members. Ninety percent of them are women. Working women are a major target for Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton — and she’s already successfully wooed the endorsement of another huge union representing thousands of working women, the AFT....
  • Report: ‘Within IRS, Union Exerts Extreme Influence on Employees;’ ‘Makes It Difficult for Agency...

    08/06/2015 5:27:06 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    CNSNews ^ | August 6, 2015 | CNSNews Staff
    Full title: Report: ‘Within IRS, Union Exerts Extreme Influence on Employees;’ ‘Makes It Difficult for Agency to Remain Apolitical’ (CNSNews.com) - When the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday released a bipartisan report on its investigation into the Internal Revenue Service’s treatment of Tea Party and other organizations applying for tax-exempt status, Sen. Orrin Hatch, the committee’s chairman, released a companion report prepared by the committee's majority staff that presented Hatch's additional views on the investigation. In these additional views, Hatch was highly critical of the influence that the National Treasury Employees Union has on the IRS and the ability of...
  • Democrats Need a Scott Walker

    08/04/2015 11:44:30 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | August 4, 2016 | Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.
    ".....Unions may not matter much in American workplaces anymore but unions represent the main political obstacle to just about every kind of reform: School choice. Entitlements. Pensions. Health care.Even causes that wouldn’t seem union business prompt union opposition. Labor has been the chief obstacle to overhauling California’s notorious Environmental Quality Act—a reform supported by Democrats and environmentalists—because unions like using the law’s excessive paperwork burdens to threaten projects important to employers.Big labor is behind a New Jersey state senator’s proposal last week for a trillion-dollar federal bailout of state and local government pensions—pensions that most federal taxpayers who would be...
  • Union Support of Planned Parenthood Goes Far Beyond Donations

    08/04/2015 3:47:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    MRC TV ^ | August 3, 2015 4:08pm ET | Jeff Dunetz
    People who pay union dues may be donating to Planned Parenthood whether they like it or not. The Free Beacon reported on Monday that three of the biggest unions in America donated a total of $435,000 to Planned Parenthood during 2014. The three unions were the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), and Service Employees International Union (SEIU). AFSCME and SEIU both represent public sector employees.​ But the ties between Planned Parenthood and some of America’s biggest unions go far beyond donations. Almost all of the 2014 union-donated money was spent...
  • 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 · 47 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 Parenthood’s 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 Obama’s 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 Examiner’s 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-CIO’s political committee has recommended the nation’s 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 Cuba’s 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, he’s 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 Wisconsin’s public-sector unions,...
  • (Complete no edits)AFL-CIO Controlled Union Intervenes, Cancels Trump’s Border Tour Planned by Local

    07/23/2015 7:28:10 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 33 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com/ ^ | July 23,2015 | Brandon Darby
    Donald Trump’s 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 Trump’s 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 Trump’s 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 – Chicago’s 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 – Chicago’s 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 today’s 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 America’s 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 Obama’s speech on Wednesday regarding a new government initiative to bring high speed internet access to low-income groups, the topic of South Korea’s 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 Korea’s widespread high speed internet access especially in the city’s 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 Preckwinkle’s wish for a $474 million sales-tax increase to help pay for the county’s 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 that’s 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...
  • Teacher’s 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 Walker’s formal announcement on Monday. There isn’t 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 haven’t 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 what’s 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
    Michigan’s 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...