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  • AFSCME Stands in Solidarity with Ferguson Community

    08/20/2014 4:36:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement in regards to the situation in Ferguson, Missouri: “The thoughts and prayers of our union, AFSCME, are with the family of Michael Brown. As parents, as community members, and as members of a union that works each day for economic and social justice, our hearts go out to them. “Our union stands in solidarity with the entire Ferguson community. And we stand with our labor and faith allies to urge a peaceful resolution to this tragic situation.”
  • Supreme Court upholds Scott Walker Act 10 union law

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

    03/24/2014 10:19:04 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    CapCon ^ | 3/22/2014 | Tom Gantert
    A list of workers that was posted at Hurley Medical Center and named people who opted out of their union has been reposted at the hospital less than three weeks after it had been taken down. And it has a fifth name on it now. The list, which was posted by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1603 on a bulletin board in a public location near the cafeteria, was up for a day or two in February before being taken down after one of the workers whose name was on it complained. The workers whose...
  • Unions, Left-Leaning Groups Dominate List of Largest Political Donors

    03/24/2014 6:16:37 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/19/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Democrats and many in the media routinely complain about money spent in politics, and they regularly lash out at conservatives and big business. Turns out, unions are the top spenders in politics. Twelve of the top 20 political donors from 1989 to 2014 have been unions, which overwhelmingly support Democratic causes, according to an analysis done by OpenSecrets.org's Center for Responsive Politics. Seven of the top 10 donors overall give almost exclusively to politicians or groups on the left. ActBlue, a political action committee that raises money for Democrats and progressive causes and features Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer...
  • 159 Wisconsin Union Bosses Make Six-Figure Salaries

    03/11/2014 6:03:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | February 27, 2014 | Brian Sikma
    Gov. Scott Walker’s public sector collective bargaining reforms of 2011 have not prevented union officials from making hefty six-figure salaries even as some of their organizations struggle to retain members. A review of U.S. Department of Labor filings shows that at least 159 union officials in Wisconsin made six-figure salaries in fiscal year 2012. ... The SEIU has used its political clout to recently push for a minimum wage hike for some Milwaukee County employees and government contractors. While decrying the current minimum wage, the SEIU conveniently lobbied for a carve-out that exempted employers from the requirement if they joined...
  • Public Service Union Posts Names of Employees Who Opted Out of Union

    03/03/2014 7:52:02 AM PST · by servo1969 · 21 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 3-3-2014 | Jim Hoft
    AFSCME union officials posted the names of employees who opted out of the union at a Michigan hospital. EAG News reported: A top labor official told MLive recently that the public posting of names of union members who opted out of the union serves as a membership renewal reminder to other union members. Lawrence Roehrig, international vice president of AFSCME and secretary treasurer of Michigan AFSCME Council 25, made his comments in an MLive story that appeared after Michigan Capitol Confidential broke the news that AFSCME Hurley Medical Center Employees Local 1603 posted the names of workers who exercised their...
  • Huron Valley (MI) Ambulance paramedics and EMTs overwhelmingly shoot down attempt to unionize

    02/26/2014 3:02:09 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 4 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | February 25, 2014 | Jeremy Allen
    Paramedics and emergency medical technicians made it clear that they do not want to form a union at Huron Valley Ambulance. According to information obtained from the National Labor Relations Board in a Freedom of Information Act request, votes tallied by the NLRB showed that 221 EMS workers voted against forming a union while just 138 voted in favor of the petition to unionize. There were about 430 eligible voters, but only 359 votes counted and 10 others were listed as “changed ballots” and not counted in the total vote. In January, workers from HVA Workers – with the help...
  • Gov. Dayton unveils $986 million in construction project wishes

    01/16/2014 5:13:41 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 1 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 1-15-14 | Billy Salisbury
    Gov. Mark Dayton wants Minnesota to embark on one of the state's most ambitious and expensive public works construction programs ever. Dayton called Wednesday for borrowing nearly $1 billion this year to modernize state college and university buildings, revitalize downtown business centers and upgrade parks, prisons and other facilities while leaving enough money to complete the renovation of the deteriorating state Capitol building. He predicted his bonding bill would create more than 27,000 jobs in the state. "This jobs bill would address many of our critical infrastructure needs while strengthening Minnesota's economy and getting people back to work," the Democratic-Farmer-Labor...
  • [Wisconsin Gov Scott] Walker 2, Unions 0

    12/20/2013 12:17:24 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 20, 2013 | J.R. Dunn
    It seems that the unions had good reason to fear Scott Walker. In news that is unlikely to receive wide play in the legacy media, it appears that a number of Wisconsin unions failed to achieve recertification as a result of year-end member votes. The recertification votes were a consequence of Act 10, the epoch-making collective-bargain reforms pushed through by Walker in the face of mass demonstrations, vandalism, death threats, and all but open rebellion by unions in 2011. One of act's provisions was that public-sector unions must be annually recertified by a positive vote of at least half their...
  • Pennsylvania Taxpayers Stuck With $4.2 Million Parking Tab for State Employees

    08/08/2013 3:26:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Harrisburg Patriot-News ^ | August 07, 2013 | Jim Panyard
    Like many northeastern cities, Harrisburg has a severe parking problem — unless you are one of about 3,200 state employees whose parking costs are picked up by state taxpayers. The little-known benefit was picked up by the Harrisburg Patriot-News in an article concerning the capital city’s manifest financial woes and its attempt to get out of state receivership. The Department of General Services rents 3,200 parking spaces at garages near the Capitol Building for some state employees. There are also 885 parking spots on two levels under the East Wing of the Capitol that are free to 253 state lawmakers,...
  • Buono blasts Christie for staying silent on Voting Rights Act, Trayvon Martin

    08/01/2013 2:06:42 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    nj.com ^ | August 01, 2013 | Jarrett Renshaw
    ATLANTIC CITY — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono issued a blistering attack on Gov. Chris Christie today, saying he lacks the political courage to address national issues of race and has failed to lift the state's economy from the recession. Buono chose a friendly crowd to deliver one of her most forceful challenges to the incumbent Christie: a ballroom full of members of AFSCME, which represents 30,000 public workers across the state and that has already endorsed her candidacy. Christie has yet to offer an opinion on the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to strike down key portions of the...
  • Scott Walker's actions left unions reeling

    07/23/2013 5:07:35 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 44 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 23 july 2013
    Wisconsin's public employees are leaving their unions in droves, which should be no surprise: With passage of Act 10 in 2011, public unions in the Badger State lost many of their reasons for being. The "budget-repair bill" pushed through the Legislature by Republicans and signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker limited bargaining to wages only, and then only up to the cost of living; it also required unions to recertify each year and barred the automatic collection of union dues. Relying on federal financial records, the Journal Sentinel's Dan Bice found union membership has declined by 50% or more...
  • WI public sector workers earn nearly $12k more than private sector

    07/10/2013 7:31:14 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 7-10-13 | M.D. Kittle
    MADISON – While labor unions grouse about public sector pay, a state government job is a good gig if you can get it, according to the latest income data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In Wisconsin, state employees earned on average $53,552 in 2012, nearly $12,000 more than their fellow workers in the private sector, based on BLS data tracked by Stateline, the news service of The Pew Charitable Trusts. The salary data was drawn from BLS’ Quarterly Census of Employment & Wages, through the fourth quarter of 2012. While Wisconsin state employees are coming off a two-year...
  • Day care union foes taking new law to court (MN)

    05/29/2013 6:12:32 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 13 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 5-28-13 | doug belden
    Opponents of the new Minnesota law that could allow thousands of child care providers and personal care workers to unionize are suing to stop it. The opponents say the legislation allowing the groups to vote on whether to bargain collectively with the state is unconstitutional. "What the suit says is that the Legislature can't set up an election procedure in which employers are represented by unions. It's just not allowed under federal labor law," said Douglas Seaton, attorney for a group of child care providers opposing the union effort. But home-based child care providers are exempt from the National Labor...
  • Good news from Wisconsin: AFSCME is melting like the Wicked Witch of the West

    04/12/2013 8:48:38 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 4 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/12/13 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    There is some very good news from Wisconsin. Republican Governor Scott Walker is winning his war with the state’s public employee unions. When Walker stepped into the political ring to battle his state’s powerful government workers’ unions no one gave him much chance of surviving, let alone winning. Walker’s efforts have been startling. He has succeeded beyond what anyone could have foreseen. Wisconsin’s American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 40 has seen its members steadily jump over its plantation walls since Walker...
  • DNR names ex-employee who breached license data(MN)

    01/25/2013 4:13:53 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    mpls star & sickle ^ | 1-25-13 | eric roper
    The state agency revealed Friday that the employee who improperly accessed thousands of drivers license records, and ignited calls for stiffer laws, was an officer responsible for training his colleagues in proper data usage. The Department of Natural Resources said Captain John Hunt, who was administrative manager of the agency's enforcement division, viewed drivers license data on 5,000 people while off-duty and without a work-related purpose. Altogether, Hunt made about 19,000 queries of the driver and vehicle services (DVS) database over nearly five years -- 11,800 of them while off duty. The DVS database, which contains photographs, addresses and driving...
  • New Book Highlights Dangers of Government Employee Unions (Good article on unions)

    11/15/2012 11:17:14 AM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | November 15, 2012 | Carl Horowitz
    "The unbridled growth of crony unionism and government corruption will destroy the United States as we know it." This statement may strike many as sheer hyperbole. But its author, Mallory Factor, a political scientist at The Citadel, knows whereof he writes. His new book, "Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind" (New York: Center Street), makes a credible case, and a well-sourced one, that our country may be in the early stages of a ruinous dystopia, courtesy of public-sector unions. In pursuing their interests, argues the author, these labor organizations hold taxpaying citizens hostage to unsustainable wage/salary, pension,...
  • (CT)Regents may need union permission to suspend three of the illegal raises

    10/16/2012 12:54:43 PM PDT · by matt04
    While the Board of Regents for Higher Education has pledged to immediately suspend all 21 pay raises granted illegally by its former president over the past 10 months, it won't be that simple for three of those salary increases. That's because three system office staff who received wage hikes are unionized employees, represented by an education professionals bargaining unit within Council 4 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. And changes both in compensation and in working conditions for unionized personnel cannot be made without negotiating with union representation. "Our union was not aware that our members...
  • Mitt Romney Worked As a Garbage Man (AFSCME ad failure)

    10/02/2012 2:16:11 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 35 replies
    © National Review Online 2012. All Rights Reserved. ^ | October 2, 2012 2:09 P.M | By Charles C. W. Cooke
    Yesterday, AFSCME put out a rather silly ad featuring Mitt Romney’s former garbage collector in La Jolla, California. The ad begins: My name is Richard Hayes, and I pick up Mitt Romney’s trash. We’re kind of like the invisible people. He doesn’t realize that the service we provide – if it wasn’t for us, it would be a big health issue, us not picking up trash. Get the sledgehammer message? Mitt Romney doesn’t understand! Romney could have no idea about quotidien things such as trash collection because his wealth and detachment prevent him from having to know what life is like...
  • Mitt Romney’s ‘invisible’ garbage man trashes him in union campaign spot

    10/02/2012 6:18:07 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 60 replies
    twitchy.com ^ | 1 Oct 2012 | Twitchy staff
    At first, the new campaign video from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees seems to be a dialed-back take on Priorities USA’s infamous “Mitt Romney gave my wife cancer” spot. Really, though, aside from the “victim” still being alive, it’s essentially the same line of attack. Mitt Romney’s garbage man, Richard Hayes, knows that his body’s going to break down from hauling Romney’s trash each week, and Romney just doesn’t care.
  • Boss Behind the Scenes: Lee Saunders and AFSCME Lead Union Campaign Funding for Democrats

    09/23/2012 5:50:05 AM PDT · by Fedora · 24 replies
    Original FReeper research | 09/23/2012 | FReeper Fedora
    The tyrant, the bully, the corrupter and the corrupted are figures of shame. The labor leaders who became thieves, who cheated those whose trust they had accepted, brought dishonor on a vital and largely honest labor movement. . .Neither the labor movement nor our economic system can stand this paralyzing corruption. . .--Robert F. Kennedy, The Enemy Within, 1960Acting out the thug's reply to free speech, AFSCME President Lee Saunders slapped a chair representing Clint Eastwood off the stage while rallying the Wisconsin delegation to the Democratic National Convention, shouting "Dirty Harry, make my day!" (A video is online here.)...
  • Michigan’s Emergency Managers Seen as Major Threat by Labor

    09/03/2012 6:44:18 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 5 replies
    Stateline.org ^ | By Melissa Maynard, Staff Writer
    Gerald McEntee had Michigan on his mind in June when he delivered his final address as president of the nation’s largest public employee union. “Our sisters and brothers in Michigan are on the front lines in the next critical battle,” McEntee told the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. He declared that the imperative was “defeating Governor Rick Snyder's anti-worker and anti-American emergency manager’s bill. These managers are local dictators who rip up union contracts.” Focusing on an emergency manager bill in one state might seem an unlikely valedictory for a legendary labor leader who has served his...
  • Pa. School Union Wins 'Right' to Eat Expired Food

    06/11/2012 9:32:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Monday, Jun. 11, 2012
    Unionized cafeteria workers in one western Pennsylvania school district have won the right to eat expired food for free - at their own risk. The Herald of Sharon, Pa., reports Monday (http://bit.ly/LDdM6d ) that the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees filed a grievance against the Sharpsville Area School District last year after school officials "violated established past practice" by no longer allowing workers to eat the expired food for free. SNIP Under the agreement, food items that are past their expiration date or reheated in a way that they can no longer be served to students may...
  • Union, board settle beef over eats ( Let them Eat Expired Food)

    06/11/2012 1:31:53 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 9 replies
    Sharon Herald ^ | June 10, 2012 | By Joy Leiker
    Union workers in the Sharpsville Area School District cafeteria were the victors in a dispute with the school over what they could, and could not eat. ... The grievance was based on the allegation that the school district “violated established past practice” in charging cafeteria workers for food or drinks that couldn’t be sold or consumed by students. These items would include food or drinks with expired dates or foods that had been reheated, none of which can be served to students according to safe food regulations.
  • What Happened in Wisconsin

    06/08/2012 1:44:28 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 26 replies
    This message is from Pres. Gerald W. McEntee and Sec.- Treas. Lee Saunders.By now you’ve probably heard that Scott Walker survived his recall election. To do so, he spent nearly $50 million.But with the recall of Sen. Van Wanggaard, a pro-worker majority now controls the Wisconsin Senate and we have dealt a major blow against Walker’s ability to do more damage to the working families of Wisconsin.We should all be proud of the AFSCME sisters and brothers who came together in Wisconsin and inspired workers across the country to fight back against the orchestrated attacks on the middle class.The Walker...
  • Wisconsin Unions in Decline (AFSCME dropped over 30,000 members in just a year!)

    06/04/2012 5:34:22 PM PDT · by Springfield Reformer · 37 replies
    National Review Online ^ | June 1, 2012 | Robert Costa
    But the biggest drop has been in the Wisconsin chapter of AFSCME, the powerful union that represents state, county, and municipal workers. In the past year, more than 30,000 members have deserted the collective. According to the Journal, when Walker first proposed his fiscal reforms in early 2011, AFSCME’s Wisconsin membership stood at a healthy 62,818. By February 2012, the labor behemoth had shrunk to 28,745. “It’s a profound shift,” says George Lightbourn, the president of the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute and the state’s former secretary of administration. “It’s similar to what Indiana experienced after Governor Mitch Daniels changed the...
  • Probation officers win suit (against unions) over free speech rights

    05/03/2012 10:19:15 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 3 replies
    Copyright © 2012, The Daily Record. ^ | Posted: 5:30 pm Tue, April 24, 2012 | By Daily Record Staff
    ROCHESTER, NY--Four Monroe County probation officers have won relief in their protracted federal legal battle against two government unions for violating their First Amendment rights. The four officers, led by David Scheffer, filed the suit with free legal aid from National Right to Work Foundation attorneys. The probation officers sued the Civil Service Employees Association and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees for seizing forced union dues from their paychecks for illegal union expenditures. The officers charged that union officials were spending their forced dues on union organizing drives, despite the officers’ objections, according to a Right...
  • Taking a shot at their own? Wisconsin union portrays Democratic mayor as Walker ally

    04/09/2012 3:51:25 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 9 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | April 09, 2012 | Mike Tobin
    Wisconsin Democrats, in selecting who will challenge Republican Gov. Scott Walker in the state's upcoming recall election, are engaging in a tough fight of their own -- pitting two top Democrats against each other, with unions' influence looming large. The state’s largest public employee union, AFSCME, directed members to a video blog about recall candidate Tom Barrett, the Milwaukee mayor. The video deceptively paints the picture that Barrett is in synch with Walker, the arch enemy of Wisconsin’s left for his legislation limiting public unions' power. Barrett is shown shaking hands with Walker. The photo was taken when the two...
  • GOP Sen. Pam Galloway issues statement on her resignation [WI state senator]

    03/16/2012 9:18:02 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 14 replies · 1+ views
    MacIver Institute/Facebook ^ | 3/16/2012 | Wisconsin State Senator Pam Galloway
    STATEMENT BY SENATOR PAM GALLOWAY State Senator Pam Galloway (R-Wausau) released the following statement regarding her retirement from the State Senate: “Today I am announcing my retirement from the Wisconsin State Senate. After a great deal of thought and consideration, I’ve decided to put the needs of my family first. My family has experienced multiple, sudden and serious health issues, which require my full attention. Unfortunately this situation is not compatible with fulfilling my obligations as State Senator or running for re-election at this time. It has been a tremendous honor to serve the residents of the 29th Senate District,...
  • State looks at all-electronic toll collection

    03/14/2012 6:40:50 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | March 13, 2012 | Candus Thomson
    Maryland may eventually do away with tollbooths on the state's highways, bridges and tunnels and switch to electronic toll collection. A preliminary report by the Maryland Transportation Authority concluded that converting its seven toll plazas is feasible but would cost as much as $180 million. Transportation officials initiated the study as they look for long-term savings and ways to reduce travel time and increase highway safety. "It's something we're interested in doing. It's something the industry is moving toward. But it's complicated and we're in the earliest stages," said Harold Bartlett, the transportation authority's executive secretary. At least eight states...
  • Should (CT) state government offer a retirement plan for private citizens?

    03/08/2012 7:25:10 AM PST · by matt04 · 12 replies
    The CT Mirror ^ | Keith M. Phaneuf
    State government should offer a retirement plan to the increasing number of people whose companies don't provide a pension or a 401(k) savings program, labor groups and other advocates this week told a legislative panel. The Labor and Public Employees Committee has raised a bill that would create a task force to study that concept and report back when the 2013 General Assembly session convenes next January. "Much of our membership is fortunate enough to have defined-benefit pensions, largely because we were able to fight for them at the bargaining table," Salvatore Luciano, a veteran state employee union leader, told...
  • Unions spend in bid to damage Romney

    03/03/2012 8:00:55 AM PST · by VU4G10 · 18 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 03/03/12 | Kevin Bogardus
    Several unions that back President Obama’s reelection bid are spending big in an effort to damage Mitt Romney in key GOP primary states. Unions including The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) are making ad buys to hit the Republican presidential contenders on issues key to their members, including immigration reform and the bailout of the auto industry.
  • Minn. worker files complaint against AFSCME

    02/14/2012 6:41:31 AM PST · by Miami Vice · 1 replies
    Legal News Line ^ | 2-14-12 | MICHAEL P. TREMOGLIE
    A switchboard operator has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board against the local American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, alleging violations of labor laws. Rebecca Holt, who works for Regions Hospital in St. Paul, filed the complaint filed the charges with the NLRB Region 18 office in Minneapolis claiming that she was threatened ...
  • Thompson the governor touted collegial work with unions

    01/30/2012 9:26:20 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    JSOnline ^ | 1-30-12 | Daniel Bice
    Sometimes it's hard to figure out who the real Tommy Thompson is. There's the Thompson who chided state employee unions this month for complaining about Gov. Scott Walker's proposals to increase the amount workers pay for pensions and health care. "He says to the unions and the bosses, 'We're going to ask you to help.' Oh, isn't that tough? Awwww," Thompson said sarcastically at the Walker rally on Jan. 21. "We're going to say we would like you to pay 5% of your retirement. Now you tell me what's wrong with that. And you tell me, is that a crime?"...
  • State worker severance packages scrutinized

    01/19/2012 5:34:28 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 6 replies · 1+ views
    pioneer press ^ | 1-19-12 | MaryJo Webster
    Minnesota lawmakers today will begin looking into the issue of payments for unused sick and vacation time to retiring state employees. The joint legislative subcommittee hearing follows reports by the Pioneer Press and KSTP-TV in November about $57 million paid out in unused sick time to state employees - a practice largely unheard of in the private sector - and $32 million paid out in unused vacation time between January 2008 and June 30, 2011.
  • U of M Payouts Top $30 Million

    01/18/2012 8:36:31 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 6 replies · 1+ views
    KSTP ^ | 1-18-12 | Mark Albert, Mike Maybay, & Erik Altmann
    In November 2011, 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS reported $86 million in unused vacation pay, sick time, and other severance had been paid to departing state workers and MnSCU employees in the past three years. And the total is growing by the day. Now, the University of Minnesota has released its separate payroll records, showing it paid departing employees $30 million during the same time period. That brings the total to at least $116 million for all departing state workers in the past three years.
  • U of M Payouts Top $30 Million

    01/18/2012 8:36:08 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 1+ views
    KSTP ^ | 1-18-12 | Mark Albert, Mike Maybay, & Erik Altmann
    In November 2011, 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS reported $86 million in unused vacation pay, sick time, and other severance had been paid to departing state workers and MnSCU employees in the past three years. And the total is growing by the day. Now, the University of Minnesota has released its separate payroll records, showing it paid departing employees $30 million during the same time period. That brings the total to at least $116 million for all departing state workers in the past three years.
  • Citing Gableman, Dane County DA might renew case against anti-union law

    12/23/2011 6:12:53 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 11 replies
    Associated Propaganda ^ | 12-22-11 | Scott Bauer
    The district attorney who filed a lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's law passed this year effectively ending collective bargaining rights for most public workers said Thursday he is considering asking the state Supreme Court to rehear the case. Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne told the Associated Press he was looking at making the request after learning that Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman had received free legal services from a firm that defended the law in that case decided in June. Gableman was part of a four-justice majority that upheld the law, which generated massive opposition protests and made Wisconsin the center...
  • (CT) Dispatcher union warns against consolidation

    12/12/2011 11:38:13 AM PST · by matt04 · 2 replies · 1+ views
    The union that represents state police dispatchers is holding a press conference to warn against plans to consolidate operations. The press conference is being held at the Waterbury-Palladino Center on West Main Street to discuss the opposition to plans to centralize dispatch operations starting in 2012 in the northwest corner of the state. The dispatchers are part of the NP-3 Administrative-Clerical Bargaining Unit within Council 4 AFSCME.
  • Minnesota child care providers sue to block unionization election

    11/29/2011 5:32:32 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 11 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 11-29-11 | doug belden
    Dayton, a Democrat, ordered the election two weeks ago so that providers could vote on whether to be represented by a union in "meet and confer" talks with the state. The order allows in-home providers who participate in state-subsidized Child Care Assistance Programs to vote on whether to be represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) or the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), depending on where in the state their business is. Ballots are scheduled to be mailed Dec. 7 to about 4,300 of some 11,000 in-home providers in Minnesota. They would be counted Dec....
  • Joe Soucheray: Dayton rewards unions, at our expense

    11/23/2011 5:35:55 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 2 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 11-23-11 | joe soucheray
    We have been given expensive ringside seats to quite a public backscratching. Unions - AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, and SEIU, Service Employees International Union - have been patting their old pal, Governor Dayton, on the back and saying, "You can do it" and "Atta boy, go get 'em." And lo, Dayton, who is beholden to unions, looked out his window one day and decided he saw some people he could bring into the collective fold. Now, how the governor has the constitutional authority to order anybody to take a vote on joining a union...
  • Public union targets trustee who questioned how taxpayer money is spent

    11/01/2011 9:43:09 AM PDT · by inkling · 19 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | October 27, 2011 | Mark Flatten
    Natasha Nimer had a simple question: As a trustee in a local labor union representing City of Phoenix employees, did she have a duty to check the books of a taxpayer-funded insurance account it managed? So she asked the executive board of AFSCME Local 2960. The response was an emphatic “no.” She dropped the matter and thought it would end there. She was wrong. In the months that followed, union officials tried to strip Nimer of her duties as a trustee and steward. They tried twice to force her out of AFSCME, only to have the international headquarters order her...
  • Minnesota child-care union drive fires up the State Capitol

    09/21/2011 3:57:25 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 5 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | September 20, 2011 - 9:56 PM | JIM RAGSDALE
    A drive to unionize thousands of in-home child-care workers in Minnesota is intensifying into a full-scale political battle between DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP leaders at the Capitol. Dayton on Tuesday sharply criticized legislators for announcing that they will hold a hearing this week on attempts by labor groups to unionize Minnesota's more than 11,000 licensed, in-home child-care providers. Republicans say unionized day-care providers raises concerns among parents and providers and they want a thorough airing. "The parents are unhappy, the owners of day cares are unhappy," House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, said of the possibility of unionization....
  • 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...
  • Labor Department union treasurer accused of stealing thousands from union account

    07/16/2011 9:43:31 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 13 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 7-16-11 | Emily Gurnon
    The treasurer of the AFSCME union at the state Department of Labor and Industry drained the union's bank account of more than $13,000, a criminal complaint filed in Ramsey County District Court alleges. Carrie Christine Rohling, 42, of White Bear Lake told fellow employees in Local 2672 that she had a drinking and prescription drug problem. She was charged with two counts of felony theft. "I know it was wrong for me to do that," Rohling said Friday when contacted by a reporter. "I was still thinking I could pay these guys back before they would even notice it was...
  • 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...
  • Democrat Policies Aim to Shut Down America's Private Sector

    07/05/2011 3:33:52 AM PDT · by Son House · 26 replies
    Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Minnesota state government is closed. The Minnesota state government shut down at midnight last night, the victim "of an ongoing dispute over taxes and spending between Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative majorities. Talks fell apart well before the deadline, leaving state parks closed on the brink of the Fourth of July weekend." Oh, the tears. You see how this works? Evil Republicans, state parks are closed, the little kiddies don't get to have their snow cones and the sleigh rides, oh, no, no Fourth of July, evil Republicans. The AP says that the shutdown in Minnesota puts...
  • (CT) Labor deal rejected; Malloy wants authority to cut budget himself

    06/24/2011 7:55:49 PM PDT · by matt04 · 7 replies
    An AFSCME local representing correction officers rejected the concession deal in voting tallied today, formalizing what has been apparent for days: the unions' tentative agreement with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for $1.6 billion in savings over two years is dead. Malloy said he will ask the legislature in a special session Thursday to authorize him to now make the necessary spending cuts to balance the budget, rather than present detailed revisions for lawmakers to approve. He said granting him that authority would be the quickest and easiest way to amend the budget. "I'm going to do everything in my power...
  • Malloy: Layoffs will be 'large scale' and quick

    06/23/2011 1:27:36 PM PDT · by matt04 · 17 replies
    The CT Mirror ^ | JUne 23, 2011 | Mark Pazniokas
    Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said today he will outline spending reductions and mass layoffs next week in response to the apparent collapse of his $1.6 billion concessions deal with state employees. "We're talking about large-scale position reductions pretty quickly," Malloy said after speaking at an economic development event at the University of Hartford. With notice requirements, most of the affected employees will lose their jobs by Sept. 1, he said. Speaking publicly for the first time since it became clear Wednesday that the concession deal was faltering, Malloy was restrained and even rueful in his response. Voting on the deal...