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  • Michigan Forces(home-based and self-employed) Business Owners Into Public Sector Unions

    03/02/2011 5:07:30 PM PST · by sbMKE · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | DECEMBER 25, 2009 | PATRICK J. WRIGHT AND MICHAEL D. JAHR
    After hemorrhaging members for decades, labor unions have hit upon a new way to shore up their annual dues revenue. Michelle Berry runs a private day-care service from her home on the outskirts of this city, the birthplace of General Motors. Her clients are mostly low-income parents who need child care to keep their jobs in a city that now has a 26% unemployment rate. Ms. Berry owns her own business—yet the Michigan Department of Human Services claims she is a government employee and union member. The agency thus withholds union dues from the child-care subsidies it sends to her...
  • Labor Secretary Solis: "Elections do matter" ["public employees are under assault"]

    02/27/2011 6:02:21 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | February 26, 2011 | Steve Brusk
    An impassioned Labor Secretary Hilda Solis rallied Democratic party members Saturday to tell voters "elections do matter" as she gave a detailed – and political – response to the Wisconsin union fight. Solis delivered her remarks before the Democratic National Committee winter meeting, in the same hotel where conservative activists held their annual convention two weeks ago. But the message was decidedly different, as Solis accused Republicans of turning back the clock on workers' rights. The Labor Secretary told the crowd cuts in benefits isn't the issue in the dispute playing out in Wisconsin and other states. "We know, we...
  • Blaze Exclusive: International Socialists Orchestrate Unions‘ Rally to ’Save the American Dream’

    02/26/2011 8:04:35 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Blaze ^ | February 25, 2011 | Meredith Jessup
    Last fall, leftist ideological groups of socialists and communists teamed up with American labor unions to march together for “One Nation.” Now, as labor leaders struggle to maintain a stranglehold on collective bargaining privileges in Wisconsin, the same groups are once again marching together under a banner claiming unions are the heart of the American dream.As we’ve reported, former White House green jobs czar Van Jones this week issued a rallying call for the progressive movement to “renew itself and become again a national force with which to be reckoned.” On Saturday, progressive groups and labor unions are reportedly planning...
  • AFSCME, Socialism and the Battle for America

    02/25/2011 10:40:44 AM PST · by Nachum · 2 replies
    New Zeal ^ | 2/25/11 | trevor loudon
    While several unions and a multitude of Marxist groups are involved in the Wisconsin and other state capitol protests, the lead organization is undoubtedly America's huge public sector union, the  American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). AFCSME website While ostensibly about preserving public sector union collective bargaining 'rights', the protests are really a confrontation of values. AFSCME wants to preserve and expand union power in an increasingly government dominated economy. AFSCME is confronting several, mainly 'Tea Party' backed state governors who want to roll back the power of the unions, in order to save their states from...
  • Obama's Badger State Blues: Union defeat in Wisconsin could hurt the president's re-election bid

    02/24/2011 8:07:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | February 24, 2011. | Karl Rove
    During the past eight days, thousands of Wisconsin teachers walked out of classrooms, shutting down schools. Tens of thousands of public employees staged an apparent wildcat strike, flooding Wisconsin's state capital in a round-the-clock protest. And Democratic legislators engaged in a most undemocratic action, fleeing Wisconsin to deny the state Senate the supermajority required for a quorum. They did this to oppose Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's efforts to require public employees to increase contributions to their retirement and health-insurance plans, and to rein in their collective-bargaining power to negotiate for higher benefits. President Barack Obama has joined labor's attacks, criticizing...
  • States should follow the lead of Virginia and ban collective bargaining in the public sector.

    02/24/2011 11:54:50 AM PST · by LibFreeUSA · 3 replies
    Cato Institute ^ | March 2010 | Chris Edwards
    Labor unions play a diminishing role in the private sector, but they still claim a large share of the public-sector workforce. Public-sector unions are important to examine because they have a major influence on government policies through their vigorous lobbying efforts. They are particularly influential in states that allow monopoly unionization through collective bargaining. Collective bargaining is a misguided labor policy because it violates civil liberties and gives unions excessive power to block needed reforms. To provide policymakers with greater flexibility and to improve government efficiency, states should follow the lead of Virginia and ban collective bargaining in the public...
  • Video: Rhode Island union supporter to cameraman – “I’ll [bleep] in [bleep], you [bleep]"

    02/24/2011 8:46:35 AM PST · by Upstate NY Guy · 33 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | February 24, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
  • Dem Congressman tells unions that they “need to get out on the streets and get a little bloody”

    02/23/2011 3:45:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 23, 2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Gee, I seem to recall when violent rhetoric was the bane of political rhetoric, at least when the Left was shrieking about the latent, seething violence of Tea Party activists and Sarah Palin’s campaign maps. The media did a dog-pile on the Right when a lunatic in Tucson shot Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, spending the better part of a week scrutinizing Palin’s utterances and campaign artwork when the shooter’s schizophrenia was known well enough within hours of the massacre that killed six and wounded 14. Now one of Giffords’ Democratic caucus colleagues tells a union crowd that they need to...
  • Matthews Gives "Free Advertising" To AFSCME To Promote Unions (video)

    02/23/2011 2:40:13 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 10 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | February 23, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    CHRIS MATTHEWS: "I'm going to give you free advertising. Take a minute and speak to the unorganized private sector employees out there making 30, 40k a year, average income, maybe two people are working, making more, why should they organize? Why should they join the labor movement if it is still a movement?"
  • Subtext: The Koch Brothers Are Evil

    02/22/2011 1:44:22 PM PST · by Slyscribe · 14 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 2/22/2011 | David Hogberg
    A well-funded organization contributes money to candidates and then works with those candidates to produce favorable policies, and gets people out to protest. Is that the Kochs or the unions? Answer: It depends. Does the organization also use the government to forcibly collect dues? If so, it’s the latter. To be fair, there is nothing wrong with the Times investigating the money behind the Tea Party protests in Wisconsin and elsewhere. In fact, such information should be transparent so voters can be aware of it and evaluate it. In that sense, the Times is providing a valuable service. But perhaps...
  • Wisconsin-Style Bill Hits Florida

    02/22/2011 11:27:38 AM PST · by FromLori · 55 replies
    Economic Policy Journal ^ | 2/22/2011 | Robert Wenzel
    Politico reports: Sen. John Thrasher, former state GOP chairman, looks like he has filed a bill (SB830) to starve unions like the Florida Education Association, SEIU, AFL-CIO, firefighters, police unions or AFSCME by banning the Democratic-leaning organizations from using salary deductions for political purposes. The legislation also says any "public employer may not deduct or collect" union dues, etc. Lastly, it says that any public employee who didn't specifically authorize the use of his money could be entitled to a partial refund. The Florida Times Union reported last January: The University of North Florida's College of Education and Human Services...
  • AFSCME is a threat to the security and stability of the United States

    02/19/2011 5:08:21 PM PST · by BobNative · 4 replies
    AFSCME Web Site and other research ^ | February 18, 2011 | Self
    ALL Americans should learn about AFSCME and deal with the issue now.
  • About 1,800 descend on Ohio Statehouse to protest collective bargaining changes

    02/17/2011 11:41:12 AM PST · by Jim from C-Town · 19 replies
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer VIA ^ | February 17th, 2011 | Reginald Fields
    COLUMBUS, Ohio - Public workers jammed the Statehouse Thursday as the Ohio Senate continued to hear testimony on a bill that would eliminate collective bargaining rights for state employees and change the rights of local government employees. The workers, many wearing bright red T-shirts, filled the Statehouse atrium and rotunda while others milled about outside. They voiced their opposition loudly, sometimes echoing into the Senate hearing room and competing with the speakers testifying in support of Senate Bill 5. The Highway Patrol estimated the crowd at 1,800.
  • Senate Democrats plan to boycott Thursday vote on Walker's budget plan (hiding)

    02/17/2011 10:17:17 AM PST · by milwguy · 26 replies
    jsonline ^ | 2/17/2011 | jason stein
    Law enforcement are now searching for Democratic senators boycotting a Senate vote on Gov. Scott Walker's budget-repair plan Thursday in an attempt to bring the lawmakers to the floor to allow Republicans to move forward on the bill. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) said that Democrats were "not showing up for work" and that police were searching for them to bring them to the floor. He said the last time such an action had happened was in the 1990s and said he was not sure how much authority law enforcement officials would have to compel Democrats to show up....
  • ...Many (Wisconsin Union Operatives) Who Engage in Class Warfare Rhetoric Earn Six Figure Salaries

    02/17/2011 10:07:14 AM PST · by Qbert · 11 replies · 1+ views
    MacIver News Service ^ | 2/10/2011 | Bill Osmulski
    Government employee unions’ class warfare rhetoric  seems out of place coming from the top union brass. The MacIver News Service has examined hundreds of pages of public records available through the U.S. Department of Labor and via the online search site Guidestar and found that many of the most prominent union advocates in the state make well in excess of $100,000 a year in salary alone. For example, Marty Beil, executive director of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME )Council 24 SEPAC, made $161,847 in 2008 according to the organization’s Form 990. That’s considerably more than the...
  • Public Worker Unions Get Ready For A Showdown Over Wage, Pension Cuts

    02/15/2011 9:42:07 AM PST · by pgkdan · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Business Insider ^ | 02/14/11 | Grace Wyler
    As state governments look for ways to cut spending and curb growing pension costs, unions fighting to turn the tide of public opinion and stop attempts to pare down wages, benefits and collective bargaining rights for public workers, the Wall Street Journal reports. Leaders of the American Federation of Government employees are asking members to increase their contributions to the organization's PAC fund. Meanwhile, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME, is devoting its political heft towards fighting plans to cut public worker compensation in states like New York and Ohio
  • Who Are The Greatest Burden On American Taxpayers - Welfare Bums Or Government Employees?

    01/24/2011 8:17:39 AM PST · by pinochet · 58 replies
    In the 1970s, Ronald Reagan established a nationwide reputation as a friend of the taxpayer, by complaining about the large number of people on welfare. The term "welfare queen" came into popular use. However, Americans have never seriously debated the greatest burden that is on the shoulders of taxpayers. These are the millions of non-productive employees who work for the federal, state, and local governments, many of whom do nothing but sit on their butts all day. Whenever America experiences an economic recession, millions of people in the private sector lose their jobs. But the public sector employees never lose...
  • State Bankruptcy: An Idea That's Ready for Primetime?

    01/19/2011 2:28:35 PM PST · by FromLori · 16 replies
    CNBC ^ | 1/19/2011 | John Carney
    Changing federal bankruptcy law to allow individual states to file is an idea that appears to be gathering momentum—and opposition. Under current US bankruptcy laws, the states are prevented from filing for bankruptcy—as municipalities now are permitted to do in about half the states. But the rhetoric is heating up, according to an article in the LA Times, in the weeks since my colleague Nicole Lapin reported on the topic. On the one hand, many of those who support changing the law say they are just being realistic about the precarious finances of the states. Those who support the idea...
  • Obama admin bullies states over card check rules

    01/17/2011 5:25:06 AM PST · by markomalley · 27 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/16/11 | David Freddoso
    This is pretty bad, even by Obama administration standards. Such blatant help for union political allies certainly makes the administration's intentions clear, and tells us who really owns this White House. From a political perspective, Republicans in these states should welcome the development: The National Labor Relations Board on Friday threatened to sue Arizona, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah over constitutional amendments guaranteeing workers the right to a secret ballot in union elections.The agency's acting general counsel, Lafe Solomon, said the amendments conflict with federal law, which gives employers the option of recognizing a union if a majority of...
  • Tim Pawlenty: Public-sector unions illegitimate

    12/13/2010 9:48:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/13/2010 | Ed Morrissey
    Fat pensions. Big salaries. Civil-service job protections. If any group of workers never needed union representation, it’s public sector employees. Outgoing Governor Tim Pawlenty writes today in the Wall Street Journal that the moral arguments for organizing simply don’t apply to government workers, and unionization ends up putting unelected, unaccountable union bosses in control of public policy: When Americans think of organized labor, they might think of images like I saw growing up in a blue-collar meatpacking town: hard hats, work boots, tough conditions and gritty jobs. While I didn’t work in the slaughterhouses, I did become a union member...