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  • Official AFL-CIO #OccupyPortland Protester: ‘I Don’t Really Care About The Economy, I Couldn’t Care

    11/13/2011 2:15:05 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/13/11 | staff
    <p>"I don't really care about the economy. I couldn't care two f*cks about what happens if, you know, we have another Great Depression."</p>
  • Ohio Results Show Voters Say Focus on Jobs, Not Partisan Attacks

    11/09/2011 3:22:25 PM PST · by mdittmar · 27 replies · 2+ views
    AFL-CIO ^ | Nov 9, 2011 | Mike Hall
    Cincinnati Fire Fighters (IAFF) member Doug Stern says yesterday’s overwhelming rejection of Gov. John Kasich’s (R) attempt to eliminate collective bargaining rights of workers like firefighters, nurses, teachers, bridge inspectors and others shows: [T]he citizens of Ohio spoke and they made it loud and clear that the focus of government should be on creating sustainable middle class jobs, rather than  pushing a partisan political agenda. Stern, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Louise Foresman, a member of Working America from Cleveland, took part in a telephone press conference this afternoon about the stunning victory for working families that sent Issue 2 down to...
  • Tell Attorney General Holder to Fight Koch Brothers’ Voter Suppression

    11/08/2011 12:56:49 PM PST · by mdittmar · 13 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | Nov 8, 2011 | Mike Hall,
    The AFL-CIO, NAACP, the Brave New Foundation and several other groups are urging U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to enforce the Voting Rights Act to stop the discriminatory voter suppression laws the right-wing billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) have pushed and financed in dozens of states. The Koch Brothers are major funders of ALEC. You can join in the fight to protect voting rights by clicking here and signing a petition to Holder urging him to use his authority under the Voting Rights Act to protect voters’ rights.In this video from Brave New...
  • DDOT Drivers Refuse To Work: ‘They’re Scared For Their Lives’ (DETROIT, MI)

    11/05/2011 1:05:25 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 36 replies
    detroit.cbslocal.com ^ | November 4, 2011 | n/a
    People who catch the bus in Detroit may be waiting awhile Friday. About 100 Detroit Department of Transportation bus drivers are at work, but are refusing to drive their buses. WWJ Newsradio 950′s Scott Ryan spoke with Henry Gaffney, spokesman for the D-DOT bus drivers union AFL-CIO Local 26, who said this was not an organized maneuver by the union. Gaffney said it’s a matter of bus drivers fearing for their safety, citing an incident that happened Thursday afternoon. “Our drivers are scared, they’re scared for their lives. This has been an ongoing situation about security. I think yesterday kind...
  • DDOT Drivers Refuse To Work: ‘They’re Scared For Their Lives’

    11/04/2011 6:11:58 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 48 replies · 2+ views
    CBS Detroit ^ | November 4,2011
    WWJ’s Scott Ryan spoke with Henry Gaffney, spokesman for the D-DOT bus drivers union AFL-CIO Local 26, who said this was not an organized maneuver by the union. Gaffney said it’s a matter of bus drivers fearing for their safety, citing an incident that happened Thursday afternoon. “Our drivers are scared, they’re scared for their lives. This has been an ongoing situation about security. I think yesterday kind of just topped it off, when one of my drivers was beat up by some teenagers down in the middle of Rosa Parks and it took the police almost 30 minutes to...
  • SEIU joins Occupy LA in downtown march (In support of Obama's jobs act)

    10/19/2011 8:29:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 1+ views
    KABC-TV ^ | October 19, 2011 | Elex Michaelson
    DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The Occupy LA movement grew by the thousands Wednesday as unionized workers, caregivers and their patients joined the call for an end to corporate greed and Congress to put Americans back to work. The demonstrators held large signs, chanted loudly and blew whistles as they marched through the streets of downtown Los Angeles to the steps of City Hall. Organized by the Service Employees International Union, the demonstration was in support of President Barack Obama's American Jobs Act....
  • Frances Fox Piven:Occupy Everything, Because It Belongs To Us

    10/13/2011 11:30:38 AM PDT · by invaderzim · 52 replies
    Hear Us Now ^ | 10.13.11 | Hear Us Now
    "Last night an AFL-CIO sponsored National Teach In was held on line."
  • AFL-CIO Union Endorses Occupy Indiana

    10/10/2011 2:17:03 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 13 replies
    Indiana Public Media ^ | October 10, 2011 | Brandon Smith
    The AFL-CIO has endorsed the Occupy Indiana protests, saying they and the protestors have many of the same goals.The Occupy Indiana movement, based on the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York City, picked up an endorsement over the weekend from the AFL-CIO.  Union spokesman Jeff Harris says the labor movement has no intention of taking over the Occupy protests. But he says the two groups share many common goals in speaking out against the corporate takeover of American society. “You know, we’re just excited and encouraging people who feel this way and if there’s things we can do to...
  • Video AFL-CIO Promoting Anti-Corporate Wall Street Anarchy

    10/09/2011 7:33:38 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 4 replies
    Video AFL-CIO Promoting Anti-Corporate Wall Street Anarchy
  • Position Open: Community Organizers at Working America / AFL-CIO(For the protesters;)

    10/08/2011 12:46:03 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 9 replies
    The Milwaukee Courier ^ | October 8,2011 | The Milwaukee Courier
    Organizers Wanted!!! Working America / AFL-CIO is hiring full time staff to take our country back from the political forces that favor the wealthy and corporate special interests over your well-being! Diversity is highly valued at Working America: Women, people of color, and LGBT applicants strongly encouraged to apply. $11.44/ Hour $457.60 week base pay – Entry Level. Fun work environment. EOE. Rapid advancement opportunities. Call Jared Or Nate 414.257.9433, www.workingamerica.org
  • Huge NYC Union March Set to Spotlight Occupy Wall Street Protest

    10/04/2011 4:39:47 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 54 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | Oct 4, 2011 | Mike Hall
    New York area union members will join an expected several thousand labor activists and supporters tomorrow in a Wall Street march and rally in support of the Occupy Wall Street protesters.The grassroots-grown protest is now in its third week, with a diverse array of people from across the country camping out in the heart of the financial district to demand Wall Street is held accountable for the schemes and reckless games that led to the nation’s economic collapse.The mostly young Occupy Wall Street protesters are “speaking for the vast majority of Americans who are frustrated by the bankers and brokers who have...
  • More Pay for Play… Obama Gifted MO AFL-CIO With Half a Million in Stimulus Cash

    10/04/2011 9:34:21 AM PDT · by opentalk · 9 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | October 4, 2011 | Jim Hoft
    You scratch my back – I’ll scratch your back.Barack Obama’s special guest at his speech to Congress in September was AFL-CIO President Thug Richard Trumka. Obama is counting on the AFL-CIO to get him re-elected. The AFL-CIO is counting on more taxpayer stimulus cash. Barack Obama gifted the Missouri AFL-CIO Foundation with $527,529 in stimulus cash.And, here we thought the Obama Stimulus was a jobs bill. Boy were we duped.
  • Obama’s Labor Secretary To Headline AFL-CIO Union Organizing Summit Targeting Young Workers

    09/27/2011 8:53:11 AM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Big Government ^ | 9/27/11 | LaborUnionReport
    In yet another example the Obama Administration’s pandering to its union cronies while thumbing its nose at the other 88% of America that is union free, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis will be headlining (at taxpayer expense) to an AFL-CIO “summit” later this week in Minneapolis. The subject of the conference? How to unionize young people (and others). Targeting younger workers has been part of the AFL-CIO’s strategy since Richard Trumka took over the reins of the AFL-CIO in 2009. Elizabeth Shuler, the AFL-CIO’s Secretary Treasurer, has been spearheading the effort and is hosting the “Next Up: Young Workers Summit” in...
  • Does the AFL-CIO support union violence? Trumka spokesman deflects question, blames Breitbart

    09/26/2011 10:26:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/26/11 | Matthew Boyle
    The AFL-CIO labor union appears, at least theoretically, to support violence and vandalism when union members use those tactics in the interest of furthering ''legitimate union activity.'' Last week, top AFL-CIO lawyer Jonathan D. Newman attempted to file an amicus brief in federal court after local union officials in Buffalo, N.Y. were charged with several acts of violence. The Buffalo News reports that members of Operating Engineers Local 17 are charged with pouring sand into construction vehicles’ engines, stabbing a company executive in the neck, tossing hot coffee at non-union workers and threatening to sexually assault the wife of a
  • AFL-CIO Announces Infrastructure Investments

    09/20/2011 5:28:40 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 3 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | Sep 20, 2011 | James Parks
    he AFL-CIO announced it has invested  more than $150 million in job-creating infrastructure projects and registered 8,000 more apprenticeships in clean energy training. During the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) meeting in Chicago last June, the AFL-CIO outlined plans to work with member unions, pension funds, investment professionals and the government to invest at least $10 billion in job-creating infrastructure projects. The federation also committed to invest at least $20 million in specific energy retrofits over the next year, to retrofit our headquarters building, and to train tens of thousands of workers in the skills necessary to work on 21st century infrastructure.Here’s what has been...
  • Unions spent $6.3 million to Lobby Against Walker Bill (WI)

    09/17/2011 9:43:27 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 16 replies
    JS Online ^ | September 15, 2011 | Scott Bauer
    Madison - The top four spenders on lobbying the Legislature during the first half of 2011 were labor unions fighting against Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to curb collective bargaining, a report released Thursday showed. The four unions spent $6.3 million in the first six months of the year, the Government Accountability Board reported. Walker introduced his plan in February and the Republican-controlled Legislature passed it in March. The unions helped organize rallies at the Capitol in protest over the bill that grew as large as 100,000 people. The debate, which captured the nation's attention, also spurred Democratic senators to leave...
  • Obama changes rhetoric to try to sell Congress on transportation spending (new bank)

    09/11/2011 8:30:40 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 11, 2011 | Keith Laing
    President Obama is changing his rhetoric in trying to get Congress to approve $50 billion in new spending on roads, bridges and railways. Out are the words “stimulus” and even “infrastructure,” a term seemingly tied to the $787 billion economic stimulus package approved in 2009. In is the word “jobs,” which is what the president says will be created if Congress approves his $447 billion package. That Obama would ditch the word “stimulus” is hardly a surprise considering the political bruises he’s taken from Republicans, who say the stimulus failed to create the millions of jobs promised by the administration....
  • VIGILANTE UNIONS IN WA STATE "JUST GETTING STARTED"

    09/10/2011 7:51:08 PM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    Soda Head ^ | September 10, 2011
    Top AFL-CIO union chief Richard Trumka -- President Barack Obama's guest of honor at his speech to Congress Thursday night -- urged Obama to "go to the mat" for Big Labor. Of course, Obama hasn't been shy about doing just that for the last three years. Trumka just wants more, more, more. Obama's "jobs" proposal appears to be full of it -- more special deals and bailouts for the union hierarchy. And unsurprisingly, Obama made no mention of the Boeing jobs in South Carolina the Acting General Counsel of his National Labor Relations Board is trying to destroy. Meanwhile, Big...
  • Repulsive: Richard Trumka's Hyper-Political 9/11 Essay

    09/10/2011 12:29:29 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 9/9/11 | Guy Benson
    As you read this 9/11 "memorial" missive to rank-and-file union members, bear in mind that its author -- AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka -- was an honored presidential guest at last night's campaign rally disguised as a "jobs speech." This is much, much more offensive than Jimmy Hoffa, Jr.'s juvenile "SOB's" slur on Monday. Without further ado, I present top White House ally Richard Trumka's reflections on the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001 (emphasis mine): All of us will remember the horror and anguish we experienced 10 years ago. Whether we lost loved ones ourselves—family members, union brothers and sisters—or...
  • "You Want Your F---ing Camera Broken?"

    09/10/2011 12:35:19 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 35 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 9/9/11 | Guy Benson
    Between Richard Trumka's special invitation to the president's "jobs speech," his despicable AFL-CIO 9/11 "tribute" essay, and the AFL-CIO affiliated ILWU's riot and hostage-taking in Washington State, we've been discussing organized labor quite a lot this week. Luckily for the embattled unions, a reporter from Portland, Oregon-based KGW-TV ventured over to the local ILWU headquarters to cover their side of the story. A friendly, staid, and eloquent employee greeted the news crew and calmly explained the situation. Just kidding. He went ballistic, screeching every profane slur in the book, and threatening to commit physical assault and destroy their equipment. *Extreme*...
  • Sept. 11, 2011: A Day to Commit to Activism [Tear this to shreds!]

    09/09/2011 10:12:27 AM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 23 replies
    AFL-CIO website | Richard Trumka, Union Mafioso
    A Message from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka All of us will remember the horror and anguish we experienced 10 years ago. Whether we lost loved ones ourselves—family members, union brothers and sisters—or felt the shock of a society that lost nearly 3,000 people and was forever changed, we need no reminding. Instead, I would like to reflect on doors that were opened on Sept. 11, 2001, and what has come of them in the 10 years since. Working men and women rushed through doors to danger and became America’s everyday heroes. Firefighters, construction workers, nurses and EMTs—all kinds of professionals...
  • Union vs. Union Fight [International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU -Vs- OE, Local 701)

    09/08/2011 12:28:18 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 11 replies
    openmarket.org ^ | Sept 8 2011 | by Ivan Osorio
    A band I was in years ago had a song titled, “Sheet Rockers vs. Aluminum Siders,” about a fight our singer saw at work on a construction site. I was reminded of it earlier today, when members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) stormed the Port of Longview, Washington, where they held security guards hostage, blocked a train, and destroyed property, damaging railroad cars and dumping grain. They were protesting the hiring at a grain terminal by the employer, EGT, of a contractor employing workers belonging to a different union, the Operating Engineers. Such union turf battles are...
  • Obama's Guest List Offers Clues To His Themes [jobs speech]

    09/08/2011 12:01:03 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 21 replies
    NPR.org ^ | 8 Sept 2011 | Mark Memmot
    The White House just put out the list for President Obama's jobs-focused address this evening. Those who will be in the gallery with first lady Michelle Obama include: — Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric. He's chairman of the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. So look for Obama to again stress the importance of technology, research and development. — Steve Case, who co-founded America Online and is, the White House says, "one of America's most accomplished entrepreneurs and philanthropists." He fills the "American can-do/entrepreneurial spirit" slot. — Darline Miller, CEO of Permac Industries, a Minnesota company that makes "precision...
  • AFL-CIO's Trumka, SEIU's Henry and UAW's King all got free ride to Detroit with Obama on AF1.

    09/06/2011 9:47:03 AM PDT · by sunmars · 21 replies
    Reuters correspondent Bohan confirms the Presidents of all 3 Unions flew free on AF1 on the taxpayer dime with Obama to his detroit speech. He doesnt even hide his backers now. I'm just disgusted that he gets to use our money this way. Its obvious he has done a deal with unions and this jobs plan is going to be so pro-union its unbelievable.
  • Hoffa: “No Regrets” Over Speech Calling For Violence Against Conservatives, This Is a “War”…

    09/05/2011 6:51:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 299 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | 9/5/11 | Zip
    Thug. (TPM) — Teamsters union president James Hoffa would say it all again if he could, he told TPM Monday. Hoffa riled up Fox News and the right wing Monday with a Labor Day speech in Detroit in which he called Republican members of Congress “sons of bitches” and said union workers are ready to “go to war” with the tea party next year and “take out” Republicans at the ballot box. Hoffa said he’d say the exact same words all over again. “I would because I believe it,” he said. “They’ve declared war on us. We didn’t declare war...
  • Don’t fear the Hoffa

    09/06/2011 3:25:11 AM PDT · by opentalk · 40 replies
    Daily mail, WV ^ | September 5, 2011 | Don Surber
    Jimmy Hoffa got his job as Teamster president the old-fashioned way: He inherited from his father who had the misfortune of being offed by mobsters. On Labor Day, the AFL-CIO and the Teamsters decided for irony’s sake to rally in Detroit, a town ruined by the UAW, and the SEIU loaned them President Obama to serve as their main speaker. Hoffa huffed and puffed and actually threatened violence against members of the Tea Party. But while conservatives should be concerned, this is not the pants-wetter it might have been 30 years ago. This is what Jimmy Hoffa said: “We got...
  • Biden At AFL-CIO Rally: "You Are The Only Folks Keeping The Barbarians From the Gates"

    09/05/2011 2:15:39 PM PDT · by DFG · 74 replies · 2+ views
    hapblog.com ^ | 09/05/11 | HotAirPundit
    The opposition is called "son of a bitches" at one Labor rally and "barbarians" at another rally. Here's an angry Joe Biden at the AFL-CIO rally in Cincinnati just a short time ago.
  • Obama to spend Labor Day at Detroit AFL-CIO rally (Despite reports, Obama and Unions still married)

    09/05/2011 3:49:26 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 37 replies
    google ^ | 9/4/2011 | By DARLENE SUPERVILLE
    President Barack Obama is celebrating Labor Day in Detroit, previewing his ideas for job creation and economic growth at a rally with thousands of supportive labor union members. Obama's speech at an annual event sponsored by the Metropolitan Detroit AFL-CIO was serving as a dress rehearsal for the jobs address he'll deliver to a joint session of Congress on Thursday night.
  • AFL-CIO Head Sees No Short-Term Debt Crisis, Calls for More Jobs Spending

    09/01/2011 2:58:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 31, 2011 | Matt Cover
    The United States does not have a short-term debt problem, just a “jobs crisis” that can be solved with greater government stimulus spending, according to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Speaking at a press conference on jobs Wednesday, Trumka called for greater government spending in areas like education and jobs. Asked whether such spending was responsible in an era of record federal debt and deficits, he replied that “the United States doesn’t have a short-term debt crisis, it has a short-term jobs crisis.” The head of the nation’s largest labor union organization then compared increased federal deficit spending to mortgages or...
  • Bank of Political Works- A Fannie Mae for 'infrastructure.'

    08/31/2011 6:06:57 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 8-31-11 | WSJ
    Here's a novel idea: Have Congress create a "bank" that could borrow huge sums with only a small federal outlay and would be independent of any political interference. If you believe in this miracle, you probably thought Fannie Mae was a private company that wouldn't cost taxpayers a dime. We're referring to Washington's latest marketing tool to sell spending to a skeptical public, a new federal "infrastructure bank." For the low, low price of $30 billion or so, President Obama says Congress can conjure hundreds of billions in new "grants and loans" to rebuild "roads, bridges, and ports and broadband...
  • Will the Democrats Trump Trumka

    08/28/2011 11:47:04 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 28, 2011 | Clarice Feldman
    Things rarely turn out the way I would have imagined them to, and President Obama and the Democrats might soon find that to be true of AFL-CIO head Richard Trumka. I sure did. As a young lawyer with a few years experience working for the Appellate division of the NLRB, I was asked to join with Joe Rauh and Joseph A ("Chip") Yablonski in representing Chip's dad, "Jock" Yablonski, who was engaged in a rare and difficult fight for leadership of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), then under the leadership of a corrupt man named Tony Boyle. After...
  • NLRB chairwoman departs; Uncertainty and political fights loom for labor panel

    08/27/2011 1:47:57 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 27, 2011 | Ben Geman
    The departing chairwoman of the National Labor Relations Board won praise from the nation’s biggest labor group Saturday as she leaves a panel that’s facing key vacancies and an uncertain future. NLRB Chairwoman Wilma B. Liebman’s leaves the board after her term ends at midnight Saturday. She has served on the body for nearly 14 years after an initial appointment under President Bill Clinton. The White House has designated NLRB member Mark Gaston Pearce to replace Liebman as chairman. In addition to Liebman’s tenure ending, NLRB member Craig Becker’s term expires at the end of the year. Without new people...
  • Obama's Labor Pains

    08/27/2011 7:05:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 26, 2011 | Staff
    Politics: Having seen its agenda falter, the AFL-CIO announces that in 2012 unions will scale back working in tandem with the Democratic Party and instead set up its own structures to support candidates. In politics, hell hath no fury like a union scorned, and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is not amused by the performance, or the lack of it, by the Democratic leadership in Washington in general and President Obama in particular in crossing items off labor's wish list. On Thursday, Trumka told reporters at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor that organized labor is preparing to go...
  • Unions splitting from Democrats in 2012, Trumka says

    08/25/2011 2:07:07 PM PDT · by Uncledave · 33 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8/25/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Unions splitting from Democrats in 2012, Trumka says Share Tweet posted at 4:05 pm on August 25, 2011 by Ed Morrissey printer-friendly The media likes to push the notion that the Republican Party will split in two because of the Tea Party, but they may have missed a real split on the other side of the aisle. AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka announced the creation of a union super-PAC that will “build our own structure” rather than “build structures for others.” And by “others,” Trumka means the Democratic Party: The growing rift between labor and their Democratic allies was on full...
  • AFL-CIO president slams Obama for weak, ‘little nibbly’ labor policies

    08/25/2011 10:48:19 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/25/11 | Neil Munro
    The AFL-CIO is distancing itself from the Democratic Party, redirecting its funds to build its own permanent political organization, and pressuring President Barack Obama to embrace a big-spending program for job creation, Richard Trumka, the union’s president, said today. The storied labor federation’s level of support for Obama in 2012 will be decided early next year, and will partly depend on whether Obama abandons his current strategy of promoting “little nibbly things,” such as a patent-update law, Trumka told a press breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. “That’s not going to get the job done,” he said. “Everybody knows...
  • AFL-CIO Readies New 'Super PAC'

    08/22/2011 5:40:53 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 22, 2011 | unattributed
    WASHINGTON -- The AFL-CIO hopes to boost its clout by launching a new political action committee that could raise unlimited amounts of money, part of the federation's goal of building a year-round political organizing structure. Forming a so-called "super labor PAC" would allow the labor federation to raise money from sympathetic donors both inside and outside union membership and mobilize support beyond its traditional base, instead of ramping up political activities each election cycle. The move would also help steer more of labor's money to state legislative battles, where unions have been battling efforts to curb union rights in states...
  • AFLCIO leads last-ditch effort to counter opposition to new pro-union quickie election rules

    08/22/2011 1:04:15 PM PDT · by matthewreporter · 3 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 08/22/2011 | Matthew Boyle
    The AFL-CIO submitted more than 21,000 comments on behalf of people in favor of a new National Labor Relations Board proposed “quickie election” rule change on Monday. If the NLRB finalizes its proposed rule, the time between when union organizers file a petition and when an election takes place would be shortened to just 7–10 days. Traditionally, unionizing elections are held up to six weeks after organizers meet the petition requirements. Union spokesman Josh Goldstein told The Daily Caller that the 21,000 comments submitted right before Monday’s deadline “were organized by the AFL-CIO, primarily through our online tools that allow...
  • Voter ID Equals ‘Jim Crow’? Nonsense!

    08/11/2011 5:21:23 AM PDT · by scottfactor · 23 replies
    scottfactor.com ^ | 08/11/2011 | Gina Miller
    On Tuesday’s broadcast I featured the deranged thinking of the communist Left that was displayed in a column from the Communist Party USA’s website written by someone calling himself Gus Hall (although I doubt it was the Gus Hall, since the column was supposedly written in 2001, and Mr. Hall died in 2000). During my visit to the CPUSA website I also noticed another column in the People’s World section that reported union leadership has declared state attempts to get voter identification laws passed are equivalent to Jim Crow tactics. The term “Jim Crow” refers to a system of laws...
  • Obama holds another secret mtg with AFLCIO's Trumka

    08/03/2011 10:40:43 AM PDT · by matthewboyledailycaller · 19 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 3, 2011 | Matthew Boyle
    President Barack Obama met behind closed doors with labor union bosses from the AFL-CIO on Tuesday morning. It’s unclear what happened in the closed-door meeting, which Obama fit into his schedule before the smoke began settling after the debt ceiling deal. Spokespeople for the Obama administration have not responded to The Daily Caller’s requests comment on what specifically was talked about with the union bosses, including AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka. Read full story: http://thedc.com/nSIL7N
  • After Bruising Debt Battle, Obama Holds Meeting with Unions

    08/02/2011 4:06:11 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 32 replies
    IndustryWeek ^ | Aug. 2, 2011 | Michael Mathes, Agence France-Presse
    Obama held a closed-door meeting with leaders of the AFL-CIO, the country's main labor union umbrella organization, and was expected to hear complaints for shrinking from his demand to include tax revenues as part of the debt deal.Stung by a bitter battle over the U.S. debt, President Barack Obama shifted his focus towards putting Americans back to work Tuesday, holding an "urgent" meeting with unions frustrated over the slow pace of job creation. Obama held a closed-door meeting with leaders of the AFL-CIO, the country's main labor union umbrella organization, and was expected to hear complaints for shrinking from his...
  • On Heels of Debt Deal, Obama Meets with Union Leaders at White House

    08/02/2011 10:19:17 AM PDT · by blueyon · 19 replies
    CNS News ^ | 8/02/2011 | Fred Lucas
    Barack Obama was meeting with union leaders at the White House Tuesday morning, part of an effort to retain organized labor’s support going into the 2012 election. A meeting with the AFL-CIO Executive Committee at 9:15 a.m. was the first item listed on Obama’s public schedule for Tuesday. The meeting is closed to the press.
  • Labor, liberal groups mobilizing against White House on debt deal

    07/22/2011 4:54:51 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    WaPo ^ | 7/22/11 | Felicia Sonmez
    Incensed at reports that President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) may be nearing agreement on a debt-ceiling deal that would involve cuts to federal entitlement programs but no immediate provisions to raise taxes, labor and liberal groups are urging their members to rally against such a plan. On Friday, a coalition of national groups including MoveOn.org, Democracy for America, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and the AFL-CIO organized an “emergency call-in day,” urging members in an e-mail to contact Democratic members of Congress and tell them to “keep their promises to reject any debt deal that slashes programs...
  • Unions Smack Obama On Debt Talks, Walmart

    WASHINGTON -- President Obama's rocky relationship with unions took a few more lumps Wednesday as labor groups pounded both a deficit-cutting proposal he embraced as well as the White House's praise of Walmart. AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka started by hammering the Gang of Six proposal released Tuesday that would cut the deficit by $3.7 trillion over 10 years, in part by limiting popular middle class deductions for home mortgages, health insurance and retirement savings -- a plan Obama hailed Tuesday. "Both parties keep telling us that deficit reduction requires 'tough choices' and 'shared sacrifice' and 'taking on sacred cows,'" Trumka...
  • Jobs Crisis Forum: The Time for Excuses Is Over. Create Jobs Now

    07/11/2011 12:26:24 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 27 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | Jul 11, 2011 | James Parks
    Shonda Sheen of Yellow Springs, Ohio, was laid off in December 2009 and is about to run out of unemployment benefits. Because of state budget cuts, she also could soon lose the health care nurse who helps care for her mother who has dementia. At the last job she applied for, she was told 450 others had also applied for the same position.Sheen and Bob Stein, a 60-year-old former salesman who has been out of work since May 2010, are two of the 14 million Americans who are unemployed—and their story is not being told in the midst of the debate...
  • Bank plan would help build bridges, boost jobs

    07/07/2011 5:49:14 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 8 replies
    pmsNBC ^ | 7-6-11 | Anika Anand
    The idea of such a bank has been around since the 1990s but has never gained significant attention until now. In March a bipartisan bill was introduced in the Senate that gained the support of the US Chamber of Commerce, America’s leading business lobby, and the AFL-CIO, the country’s largest labor federation — two groups on opposite sides of most debates. The BUILD Act, proposed by Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., Kay Hutchinson, R-Texas, and Mark Warner, D-Va., would create a national infrastructure bank that would provide loans and loan guarantees to encourage private investment in upgrading America’s infrastructure. There are...
  • Public employee unions push bargaining bills (How not to run a state.)

    07/05/2011 6:34:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies
    CalPensions.com ^ | 7/5/11 | Ed Mendel
    Bills strengthening the hand of public employee unions in bargaining for pay, pensions and working conditions are moving through the Legislature, usually on party-line votes with Democrats in support and Republicans opposed. The new governor, Jerry Brown, dismayed fellow Democrats last week by vetoing a bill making it easier for farm workers to unionize in the private sector. Now he is likely to receive a number of bills pushed by powerful public employee unions. Having a Democrat in the governor’s office, who relied on union contributions as he defeated a self-funded Republican who set a spending record, gives labor leaders...
  • AFL-CIO Union Chief Pledges 12 Million Workers to Van Jones Progressive Tea Party

    06/24/2011 5:56:23 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 62 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 24 Jun 2011 | Tiffany Gabbay
    Well, according to AFL-CIO president Rich Trumka, only the American “labor movement” is all about the “real” American Dream. I guess that means the rest of us haven’t got a clue. Opening with Van Jones’ “American Dream” mantra, Trumka announced his pledge of 12 million union laborers and their families to support Van Jones’ “Rebuild the Dream” movement. Trumka then goes on to explain that the real American Dream is not about a few of us having a lot, but about all of us having a “fair portion.” “The American Dream is not that a few of us will get...
  • AFL-CIO Branch to Represent TSA

    06/23/2011 8:46:55 AM PDT · by Freemarkets101 · 15 replies
    Brian Koenig ^ | 6/23/11 | Brian Koenig
    Well, the vote is in, and the TSA has chosen the AFL-CIO, the largest federal employee union in the country, to represent them in collective bargaining negotiations with the government. The union will represent a total of 44,000 workers at the Transportation Security Administration. The Blaze/AP reports: Federal officials tallying the votes say AFGE, [a branch of the AFL-CIO], received 8,903 votes, while National Treasury Employees Union got 8,447 votes. The runoff was held after neither union received more than 50 percent of votes during the first election earlier this year. The vote came after TSA head John Pistole agreed...
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Collective Bargaining Curbs (Covers entire RAT debaucle)

    06/22/2011 11:10:15 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | June 21, 2011 | Carl Horowitz
    Public-sector unions in Wisconsin are having a hard time hiding their rage over the most recent round in the state's fiscal war. Last Tuesday, June 14, by a 4-3 margin, the Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld a new law curbing collective bargaining rights for most state and local employees, part of a larger budget bill. The decision overturns a permanent injunction issued May 26 by Dane County (Madison) Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi blocking the law on grounds that Senate Republicans violated the state Open Meetings Law. Wisconsin Secretary of State Doug LaFollette announced he will publish the measure on June 28,...
  • NLRB top lawyer, Democrats arrive at airport for Boeing hearing (in Charleston)

    06/17/2011 8:20:52 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Today’s Republican-led congressional field hearing in North Charleston could feature some high-powered spectators from the other side of the aisle. U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina and at least two other well-known Democratic lawmakers were spotted this morning arriving at Charleston International Airport around 10 a.m. from Washington, D.C. Lafe Solomon, the chief attorney for the NLRB who has been summoned to testify in today’s proceedings, also was seen getting off the same plane by a reporter from The Post and Courier who was boarding a flight. Solomon has filed lawsuit against Boeing Co. over union discrimination, which is...