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  • Faculty on strike at 14 Pennsylvania state universities

    10/19/2016 4:21:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 58 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 19, 2016 6:47 AM EDT
    Faculty at 14 Pennsylvania state universities went on strike Wednesday morning, affecting more than 100,000 students, after contract negotiations between the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and the faculty union hit an impasse. The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties announced on its website that its members went on strike at 5 a.m. because no agreement could be reached. The union represents more than 5,000 faculty and coaches across the state, and a walkout was expected to halt classes midsemester. [Ö] This is the first strike in the systemís 34-year history. The union includes faculty from Bloomsburg,...
  • Carmen's union president, 6 workers arrested in MBTA 'cash room' protest

    10/06/2016 10:44:24 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 5 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 6. 2016 | Unattributed
    <p>BOSTON óSeven members of a union representing Boston-area transit workers, including its president, were arrested early Thursday while protesting plans to privatize the system's cash handling system.</p> <p>The arrests occurred after picketers assembled outside the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's so-called "money room" to prevent workers and armored cars from entering the facility in the city's Charlestown section.</p>
  • Jury Comes Down Hard On Big Union's Intimidation Campaign

    09/28/2016 12:45:52 PM PDT · by detective · 11 replies
    IBD ^ | 9/27/2016 | HEATHER GREENAWAY
    Bullying and intimidation tactics -- that's what we've come to expect of Big Labor today. Two weeks ago in Texas, a jury awarded $5.3 million in damages to Texas-based Professional Janitorial Services of Houston (PJS) after a local Service Employees International Union (SEIU) was found to have waged a campaign of misinformation and defamation against them. SEIU Local 5 had been trying to unionize Houston's large janitorial companies through its "justice for janitors" campaign for years, and but for the Professional Janitorial Services (PJS), it was successful. PJS remained the final holdout -- causing Local 5 to resort to nefarious...
  • Chicago schools lays off 1,000, about half are teachers

    08/05/2016 6:21:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 5, 2016 5:05 PM EDT
    Chicago Public Schools will lay off about 1,000 employees, nearly half of whom are teachers. Officials with the nationís third-largest school district characterized the layoffs Friday as part of the ďnormalĒ yearly staff movement between schools and that they expect most people will be hired for other jobs. CPS has about 1,000 teaching vacancies. Ö
  • Big Labor Makes The Case For Hillary Over Trump

    07/26/2016 7:35:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 32 replies ^ | 7/26/2016 | Connor D. Wolf
    National union leaders made the case Monday for why Democratic presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton is a better choice over Republican nominee Donald Trump. National unions have overwhelmingly endorsed Clinton with many warning Trump would be disastrous for worker rights. The AFL-CIO, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the National Education Association, AFSCME, among others within the labor movement voiced their support for her at the the Democratic National Convention. ďWe need a president that wants to raise wages instead of one that thinks wages are too high and doesnít even think there should be a federal minimum wage,Ē SEIU International...
  • Hoffa Threatens GOP At Obama Event: "Take These Son Of Bitches Out"

    09/05/2011 12:54:37 PM PDT · by Bikkuri · 37 replies
    Real Clear Politics Video ^ | Real Clear Politics Video
    Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa had some profane, combative words for Republicans while warming up the crowd for President Obama in Detroit, Michigan on Monday.
  • Robot-Powered Burger Joint Makes a Beeline For Bay Area

    07/03/2016 12:56:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Jul 2, 2016
    Move over, humans. A robot-operated restaurant is heading to the Bay Area. Momentum Machines, a San Francisco-based startup, plans to launch a burger joint where fare is cooked, seasoned and wrapped by robots, Tech Insider reported. The still unnamed restaurant will utilize what Momentum Machines built in 2012 ó a machine that could churn out 400 burgers in an hour. The innovative appliance includes a stamper that grinds and stamps custom blends of meat, a vegetable slicer, an oven to toast the meat and bun, and a bagger to wrap the complete product. Images released by the company show the...
  • The Great CEO-Worker ĎPay Gapí Is Nothing But A Union-Built Myth

    06/14/2016 5:35:35 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 66 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 6/10/2016 | MARK J. PERRY
    In an annual ritual that takes place every May, the AFL-CIO releases its ďExecutive PaywatchĒ report to publicize what it considers to be the excessive compensation of the CEOs of Americaís biggest multinational firms. The nationís largest labor federation reports this year that the typical CEO running an S & P 500 firm received total compensation of $12.4 million in 2015 while the average rank-and-file worker was paid just $36,875 ó a pay gap of 335-to-1. But the AFL-CIO can only get such an inflated pay ratio by applying a series of statistical sleights... ...the AFL-CIO only considers a very...
  • San Jose Undercover Cops: ďTrump Supporters were running for their lives Ė We were unable to helpĒ

    06/09/2016 6:15:25 AM PDT · by detective · 116 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | June 09, 2016 | Sundance
    Understand the scope of this story and you understand the reason why the entirety of the progressive left has been harping on the Trump University story. They are desperate to keep eyes and attention from the San Jose violence and the city officials who factually facilitated and organized it. Of course the insufferable GOPe and ĎConservative Punditryí are stupid enough not to see that. Newly released arrest reports, from one of the only charges filed so far in the San Jose mob attacks against Donald Trump supporters, contain some harrowing accounts written by under cover police officers who witnessed the...
  • Court rules Wisconsin right-to-work law is unconstitutional

    04/08/2016 5:39:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 8, 2016 6:24 PM EDT | Scott Bauer and Todd Richmond
    Wisconsinís right-to-work law, championed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker as he was mounting his run for president, was struck down Friday as violating the state constitution. Attorney General Brad Schimel, also a Republican, promised to appeal the decision and said he was confident it would not stand, noting that no similar law has been struck down in any other state. [Ö] Three unions filed the lawsuit last year shortly after Walker signed the bill into law. [Ö] The unions argued that Wisconsinís law was an unconstitutional seizure of union property since unions now must extend benefits to workers who donít...
  • Calif. to raise minimum wage to $15: reports

    03/26/2016 9:51:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Hill's Briefing Room ^ | March 26, 2016 | Evelyn Rupert
    California lawmakers and union leaders have reached a tentative deal to raise the state minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next several years, the Los Angeles Times reports. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is expected to make the formal announcement as early as Monday. According to the L.A. Times, the minimum wage will jump from $10 to $10.50 an hour in 2017 and will increase by $1 every year after that until reaching $15 an hour in 2022. Business with fewer than 25 employees will have an extra year to comply. "The governor and stakeholders have all been negotiating...
  • NY State nears political deal to saw the bottom rung off the economic ladder

    03/19/2016 6:09:06 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 29 replies
    americanthinker. ^ | March 18, 2016 | By Thomas Lifson
    New York State appears ready to throw as many as 200,000 people out of work by imposing a $15 an hour minimum wage statewide. The New York Post reports: Republican Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan is close to a ďFaustian pactíí with Democratic Gov. Cuomo to raise the stateís minimum wage to a national high of $15 an hour ó boosting union power and possibly costing New York hundreds of thousands of jobs. A source close to Flanagan said the deal would involve Cuomo agreeing to do ďlittle if anythingíí to help Senate Democrats, now just one vote shy of...
  • Lawmakers vote to make W. Virginia right-to-work state

    02/12/2016 11:18:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 12, 2016 1:49 PM EST | Jonathan Mattise
    West Virginia is set to become the 26th state with a so-called right-to-work law. State lawmakers rebuked Thursday's veto by Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, voting along party lines in their House and Senate. Some House Republicans voted "no," though only a simple majority was required. ...
  • FBI Drone Captures Moment of Lavoy Finicum's Shooting

    01/28/2016 7:47:36 PM PST · by Texas Eagle · 190 replies ^ | Jan. 28, 2016 | Bob Owens
    This is a shortened and edited version of FBI footage showing the joint FBI and Oregon State Police traffic stop and OSP officer-involved shooting of Robert ‚ÄúLaVoy‚ÄĚ Finicum on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. You‚Äôll note that Finicum was shot by an Oregon State Police Trooper at relatively close range as he appeared to be reaching into his coat in a manner consistent with attempting to draw a handgun. Flash bangs were then deployed in an effort to get the other occupants of the vehicle to surrender.
  • 6 Big Cities See Hiring Fade After Minimum Wage Hikes

    01/09/2016 10:23:38 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 39 replies
    IBD ^ | January 6, 2016 | Jed Graham
    U.S. cities that implemented big minimum-wage hikes to $10 an hour or more in 2015 have seen a strikingly similar aftermath: Job gains have fallen to multiyear lows at restaurants, hotels and other leisure and hospitality venues. The data aren't, for the most part, stark and reliable enough to amount to smoking-gun proof. But Chicago, Oakland, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. ‚ÄĒ all on the leading edge of the push for big minimum wage hikes ‚ÄĒ all show worrisome job trends.
  • Union Sends Out Hit List Of Non-Members

    01/01/2016 7:09:28 AM PST · by detective · 23 replies
    IBD ^ | 12/31/2015 | KERRY JACKSON
    hen did unions cross the line from being workers who want to collectively negotiate with their employers to becoming gangs that threaten non-members? Or has it always been that way? In Michigan, which has moved on from being a hard union state to one where workers have a choice about joining, a United Auto Workers chapter has put out a hit list of nonmembers it believes deserve intimidation. Local 412, based in Warren, Mich., suggests that its members refuse to "share any tools, knowledge or support" with "any of these employees who choose not to pay their fair share."
  • Worker Bullied as UAW Publicizes His Opt-out

    11/17/2015 10:21:23 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 15 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/16/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Another Michigan union has used its newsletter to post the names of employees who have chosen to exercise their right to not have to financially support a union as a condition of employment. Workers say the union is bullying them and creating a hostile work environment. This time, it’s UAW Local 600 that’s publishing the names of employees who chose to opt out of belonging and paying dues to the union. Bob Brezovsky, president of the UAW’s Tool & Die Unit, wrote in the union's online publication: “The employees listed below have chosen not to pay union dues any more...
  • Postal Workers Snub Clinton, Back Sanders

    11/12/2015 8:53:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | November 12, 2015 | Ken Thomas, The Associated Press
    Sanders wins backing of American Postal Workers Union, his largest labor endorsement. WASHINGTON (AP) ‚ÄĒ Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders secured the endorsement of the 200,000-member American Postal Workers Union on Thursday, marking the largest labor union to back his Democratic presidential campaign. The union's decision gives Sanders a boost heading into the second Democratic debate in Iowa on Saturday and comes as the Vermont senator has sought to halt a string of labor endorsements to Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton...
  • LiUNA on Keystone: Obama‚Äôs ‚ÄėDisdain for Working People is Evident,‚Äô He‚Äôs ‚ÄėA Pompous‚Ķ‚Äô

    11/12/2015 3:06:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 12, 2015 | 1:47 PM EST | Michael W. Chapman
    President Barack Obama's decision to not allow the Keystone XL pipeline to be built, Terry O'Sullivan, the president of the Laborers' International Union of North America (LiUNA!), said Obama had "once again" thrown "hard-working, blue-collar workers under the bus" while "doing little or nothing to make a real difference in global climate change." "His actions are shameful," said O'Sullivan in a press release. "The president may be celebrated by environmental extremists, but with this act, President Obama has also solidified a legacy as a pompous, pandering job killer." ...
  • UAW-GM deal likely to pass as Ohio, Michigan workers say yes

    11/06/2015 8:03:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 6, 2015 10:40 AM EST | Tom Krisher
    United Auto Workers union members at General Motors appear poised to approve a new four-year contract with the company. Workers at two union locals at a huge factory in Lordstown, Ohio, east of Cleveland, and at an SUV assembly plant near Lansing, Michigan, voted overwhelmingly for the deal on Friday. ...
  • United Auto Workers union threatens General Motors strike

    10/24/2015 4:45:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 24, 2015 7:30 PM EDT
    The United Auto Workers union says its workers at General Motors will strike if it canít agree on a new contract with the company by 11:59 p.m. Sunday. Both sides are still negotiating. The union made a similar threat in recent discussions with FIAT Chrysler before agreeing to a new four-year contract. Ö
  • Union Activist Urges: ĎPunch and Kickí Donald Trump Photo at GOP Debate [Video]

    09/17/2015 1:35:55 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 Sep 2015 | Lee Stranahan
    Exclusive video from Brietbart News outside the GOP debate Wednesday shows a candid moment as union official Alejandra Valles, Secretary-Treasurer of the SEIU chapter United Service Workers West, directed a group of young protesters to ďpunch and kickĒ a photo of GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump. ďThis is awesome! Awesome!Ē exclaimed the woman taking the photo, before jumping into the photo herself and saying, ďIím going to kick!Ē She then urged the group to make fists.

    09/07/2015 12:45:22 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 93 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 7, 2015 | by PAM KEY
    167 Monday at an AFL-CIO Labor Day event in Pittsburgh, Vice President Joe Biden ranted about the economy as it pertains to the American labor force. Biden said, ďWe canít let the changes that have taken place and crept in for the last twenty yearsó but they have been devastating for workers. I hope everybody in America has a chance to become millionaire and we need billionaires. But let me tell you something, man, The tax codeís not fair. Itís simply not fair. The wealthy arenít paying their fair share. It used to be one America everybody was in on...
  • 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 headsóBernie 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 husbandís 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...
  • Ruling to allow college athletes to unionize is thrown out (by NLRB)

    08/17/2015 1:35:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 17, 2015 4:14 PM EDT | Michael Tarm
    The National Labor Relations Board on Monday blocked a historic bid by Northwestern University football players to form the nationís first college athletesí union, dealing a blow to a labor movement that could have transformed amateur sports. In a unanimous decision, the board said the prospect of having both union and nonunion teams could lead to different standards at different schoolsófrom the amount of money players receive to the amount of time they can practiceóand create competitive imbalances on the field. The ruling dismissed a stunning decision in March 2014 by a regional NLRB director in Chicago who said football...
  • 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.‚Äč But the ties between Planned Parenthood and some of America¬ís biggest unions go far beyond donations. Almost all of the 2014 union-donated money was spent...
  • AFL-CIO Controlled Union Intervenes, Cancels Trumpís 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 Trumpís 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).
  • 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 Clintonís parade to the White House into a competitive race for the Democratic nomination, as unions prefer Clintonsí socialist opponent. 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, ďdue 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...
  • State Employees Are Having A Hard Time Explaining Scott Walkerís New Voting Restrictions

    06/29/2015 1:00:51 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    United Steel Workers ^ | June 29, 2015 | Alice Ollstein
    When Hillary Clinton issued a sweeping call for expanding and protecting voting rights, and called out Wisconsin and other states for passing discriminatory laws, Governor Scott Walker responded by blasting her views as ďextremeĒ and ďfar outside the mainstream.Ē He defended his own record of cutting early voting days and implementing a strict voter ID law, saying these changes ďmake it easier to vote and harder to cheat.Ē But at a workshop held in Milwaukee in early June, state government employees struggled to explain the byzantine voting restrictions to a crowd of poll workers and community activists. Under Wisconsinís voter...
  • Before big speech, Clinton steps to leftóbut not too far

    06/12/2015 11:12:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 12, 2015 1:33 PM EDT | Lisa Lerer and Ken Thomas
    Union members broke into cheers when Hillary Rodham Clinton said she supported a $15-an-hour national minimum wage. ďThank you for giving me this chance to tell you all how much I support your movement,Ē she told a conference organized by the Service Employees International Union. ďI want to fight with you every day.Ē Clintonís words last weekend werenít quite the endorsement they may have seemed. The next day, her campaign clarified her remarks, saying while Clinton supported the general push for higher wages, she wasnít backing the more contentious $15 hourly minimum. In the eight weeks since she announced her...
  • Unions urge Amtrak to put 2nd engineer in every locomotive

    05/19/2015 10:28:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 19, 2015 1:23 PM EDT | Michael R. Sisak
    The union for Amtrakís locomotive engineers on Tuesday urged the railroad to put a second engineer at the controls of trains on the busy Northeast Corridor, where a derailment killed eight people and injured more than 200 others. ďThe public would never accept an airline operation with a single person in the cockpit,Ē the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen said in a statement. ďThere is no reason that rail employees and rail passengersí lives should be viewed any differently.Ē Brandon Bostian, 32, was alone in the locomotive of Train 188 when it derailed May 12, about 10 minutes after...
  • HAPPY communist day!

    05/01/2015 8:03:33 AM PDT · by waterhill · 23 replies
    'tis mayday...good grief
  • Union cancels Boeing vote, claiming gun-toting workers told it to take off

    04/24/2015 8:26:04 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 31 replies ^ | April 24, 2015 |
    The union looking to organize workers at Boeing's South Carolina plant has put its plans in a holding pattern, claiming workers are so opposed to signing up that they chased labor leaders off their porches at gunpoint. The North Charleston plant, which opened in the right-to-work state four years ago and builds fuselages for 747s and 787s, employs about 7,500 workers. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers had been trying to build support for a vote this week on unionizing 3,175 production and maintenance workers, but called off the vote days before it was to happen.
  • AFL-CIO, Chamber of Commerce clash over trade before Senate

    04/21/2015 7:38:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 21, 2015 10:31 AM EDT | Charles Babington
    Americaís foremost labor federation is asking Congress to block the ďfast trackĒ authority that President Barack Obama seeks to advance trade deals being negotiated with numerous nations. But the Chamber of Commerce says the authority would significantly expand U.S. exports and jobs. AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka tells a Senate committee the fast-track legislation has pitfalls. The bill would let Congress reject or endorseóbut not amendóproposed trade deals. Ö
  • Auto workers president rejects lower tier of wages

    03/25/2015 8:56:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 25, 2015 11:42 AM EDT | Tom Krisher
    The leader of the United Auto Workers union has rejected a third tier of lower wages for members who make auto parts. Speaking Wednesday at the unionís national bargaining convention in Detroit, President Dennis Williams said the UAW already has too many tiers of lower wages. Williams was responding to reports that General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. may propose a third tier of pay. He already is under pressure from union members to end a second tier of wages thatís about half the $28 per hour made by longtime workers. He told delegates that he heard people talking...
  • Union that fought Boeing plant in SC now wants it to unionize

    03/19/2015 8:44:09 AM PDT · by PROCON · 5 replies ^ | March 17, 2015 | Chris Woodward
    A machinists union is seeking an election at a Boeing plant in South Carolina. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers is asking a federal agency to set an election so more than 2,400 Boeing production workers in South Carolina can vote on whether to form a union. Fred Wszolek, spokesman for the Workforce Fairness Institute, says the move is surprising. "It's interesting that it's a much smaller number than the actual number of Boeing employees in Charleston. It's only about a third," he observes. "They must have defined some sort of micro-union that they think they can win...
  • $23K School Employee Upset that MEA Presidentís Pension Spiked by $200K Union Salary

    03/19/2015 9:00:32 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/12/2015 | Anne Schieber
    LaKiesha Allen is a 35-year old Lansing school secretary who pays the Michigan Education Association $38 a month in union dues from her $23,000 annual salary. Local union officials have threatened to get her fired if she stops paying those dues. So Allen was stunned to learn that MEA President Steve Cook, a man she has never met, swung a deal with her employer to parlay his six-figure union salary into a richer pension payout. Cook's payout will come from the same pension fund that Allen is counting on for her own retirement Ė a fund that is currently underfunded...
  • Nathan B Forrest's Address to the Pole Bearers

    03/07/2015 11:30:33 AM PST · by Repulican Donkey · 117 replies
    Civil War Talk ^ | 2007 | Sears
    Ladies and Gentlemen, I accept the flowers as a memento of reconciliation between the white and colored races of the Southern states. I accept it more particularly as it comes from a colored lady, for if there is any one on God's earth who loves the ladies I believe it is myself. (Immense applause and laughter.) I came here with the jeers of some white people, who think that I am doing wrong. I believe I can exert some influence, and do much to assist the people in strengthening fraternal relations, and shall do all in my power to elevate...
  • Rally against Wisconsin anti-union measure smaller than 2011

    02/28/2015 11:35:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 28, 2015 4:50 PM EST | Dana Ferguson
    Thousands of Wisconsin union workers rallied at the Capitol Saturday to protest a ďright-to-workĒ proposal that would outlaw the mandatory payment of union dues, but the crowd was much smaller than those in 2011 against Gov. Scott Walkerís law stripping public sector unions of much of their power. Speakers at the event jeered Walkerís comment Thursday that fighting against protesters during the 2011 debates prepared him to battle terrorists as president. Walker has not yet announced his presidential campaign, but is expected to do so later this year. ďWhat we are doing here today is the heart and soul of...
  • It's a new day at the Flower Show (When Liberals Get Mugged)

    02/28/2015 8:53:09 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 12 replies
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 02/28/2015 | Ronnie Polaneczky
    I HAVE A FAVOR to ask of the union members who've been picketing the Pennsylvania Convention Center: Leave the Philadelphia Flower Show alone. As in for real, guys. If you're planning to disrupt the show the way some members of the Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters disrupted the Philadelphia Auto Show on Feb. 7 - don't argue they didn't; we're not idiots - please just don't.
  • Walkerís anti-union law has labor reeling in Wisconsin [grab a cup of coffee and curl up with this]

    02/22/2015 11:48:49 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 22, 2015 | Robert Samuels
    KING, Wis. ó At the old union hall here on a recent afternoon, Terry Magnant sat at the head of a table surrounded by 18 empty chairs. A members meeting had been scheduled to start a half-hour earlier, but the small house, with its cracked walls and loose roof shingles, was lonely and desolate. ďThere used to be a lot more people coming,Ē said Magnant, a 51-year-old nursing assistant, sighing. The anti-union law passed here four years ago, which made Gov. Scott Walker a national Republican star and a possible presidential candidate, has turned out to be even more transformative...
  • Refinery workers strike spreads to biggest US location

    02/21/2015 11:58:20 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 21, 2015 1:43 PM EST | Tom Murphy
    The first nationwide oil refinery strike in more than 30 years was expected to grow by four more plants over the weekend, including the largest refinery in the U.S., the Motiva Enterprises refinery in Port Arthur, Texas. The United Steelworkers union said Saturday workers at the Motiva Enterprises refinery started their strike at midnight Friday. Employees at two other refineries and a chemical plant in Louisiana planned to strike at the end of Saturday. The union said in a statement that it expanded the strike that started Feb. 1 at refineries largely in Texas and California because the industry has...
  • National Bargaining: Greedy Oil Industry Forces Work Stoppage

    02/18/2015 5:44:56 PM PST · by mdittmar · 32 replies
    United Steelworkers ^ | Feb 18, 2015 | United Steelworkers
    Arrogant oil refiners concerned more about profits than the safety and workplace concerns of thousands of USW-represented oil workers forced the union to call an unfair labor practice (ULP) strike.The industry, represented by Royal Dutch Shell, gave the USW no other option when it refused to bargain in good faith over a national contract even though the union was prepared to continue talking beyond the midnight deadline.ďShell refused to provide us with a counter-offer and left the bargaining table,Ē International President Leo W. Gerard said. ďWe had no choice but to give notice of a work stoppage.ĒThe negotiations for a...
  • Union protesters target Scott Walkerís private residence Ė where his parents now live

    02/17/2015 7:35:17 AM PST · by Kyle Olson · 14 replies ^ | 2/17/15 | Right Wisconsin
    WAUWATOSA, Wis. Ė Union protesters targeted Gov. Scott Walkerís private residence Monday with a protest over cuts in the Governorís most recent budget proposal. Schools and Communities United, an amalgam of unions and left-wing activist groups, issued a press release Monday that reads: Schools and Communities United is organizing a Presidentsí Day action in opposition to Walkerís proposed budget cuts near Scott Walkerís house on Monday, February 16 at 4:30pm.
  • [Boston] MBTA hiring workers to clear off the tracks [$30/hr pay]

    02/17/2015 7:30:30 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    WFXT, Fox 25, Boston ^ | Feb 17, 2015 5:51 AM EST
    Hundreds of people armed with shovels met at the Old Bayside Expo at 7 a.m. on Tuesday morning to help dig out the cityís subway. The MBTA put out the call to unions over the weekend, saying that they needed people with shovels to dig out parts of the Red and Orange Lines. Three hundred people showed up and were paid about $30 an hour. [Ö] The MBTA hasnít been advertising the temporary shovel jobs or tell us how much they're willing to spend. [Ö] The MBTA is also using prison inmates to help clear the tracks. Ö
  • Ellison: Ferguson Occurred ĎBecause We Have Allowed Collective Bargaining to Weakení

    02/17/2015 6:50:04 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 43 replies
    CNS News ^ | 02/16/2015 | Eric Scheiner
    Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) told a gathering at Georgetown University that Officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown were on ďa collision courseĒ, which ultimately resulted in Brownís fatal shooting, because we have ďnot been invested in our nationís infrastructureĒ and ďbecause we have allowed collective bargaining to weaken.Ē ďDarren Wilson and Mike Brown were on a collision course,Ē Ellison says in a video posted by the Georgetown University Campus Ministry last week. ďWhat brought them into collision was the economic abandonment of their city. It was the fact they have been bleeding jobs, through I believe, unfair trade agreements. It...
  • Missouri takes a step toward becoming Ďright-to-workí state

    02/11/2015 4:22:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 11, 2015 5:42 PM EST | Marie French
    Missouri took a step toward joining 24 other states with right-to-work laws when its House voted to bar the collection of fees from workers who choose not to join a union. The vote of 92 to 66 with two lawmakers voting present, marks an advance for supporters of right-to-work because a similar measure last year had failed to achieve a constitutional majority of 82 lawmakers in favor. [Ö] The measure still faces a second House vote and would have to be approved by the Senate before going to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon, who opposes right-to-work. Ö
  • UAW may have had international help in Chattanooga ( German union )

    01/22/2015 1:14:53 PM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    Tennessee Watchdog ^ | January 22, 2015 | Chris Butler
    Members of the National Right to Work Foundation believe two German labor groups have failed to completely disclose their full level of involvement in the United Auto Workersí attempts to set up shop in Chattanooga. As previously reported, the UAW wants to formally establish itself at Chattanoogaís Volkswagen plant. The UAWís attempts have so far been unsuccessful. VW workers, by a tally of 712-626, for instance, voted in February not to join the UAW. Members of the NRTW represent an unspecified number of VW workers who oppose the union. They say that VWís Global Works Council and IG Metall, a...
  • Yuengling not on tap at Pennsylvania gov-elect inaugural

    01/16/2015 8:12:55 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 81 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 16, 2015 8:11 PM EST
    Yuengling bills its Pottsville, Pennsylvania, brewery as the oldest in the nation, but its beer wonít be served at Democrat Gov.-elect Tom Wolfís inaugural celebration. [Ö] Yuenglingís president Richard Yuengling Jr. is a GOP activist who supports ďright to workĒ laws barring mandatory union dues and membership. Wolf received major support from organized labor in his campaign. Ö
  • Labor board hit with second lawsuit over 'ambush' elections

    01/14/2015 11:37:48 AM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 14, 2015 | Tim Devaney
    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is facing a second lawsuit from business groups upset about a controversial rule they contend will unfairly speed up union elections. The business groups are challenging what they refer to as the NLRB's "ambush election" rule. The Texas chapters of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) filed the lawsuit late Tuesday in federal court seeking to overturn the rule. "We are proud to join the legal fight against the ambush rule, which is designed to deprive employers, particularly small businesses who typically do not employ legal counsel,...