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  • Dozens of Republicans Vote for Handouts to Big Labor

    06/14/2011 1:25:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    RedState ^ | June 14, 2011 | Daniel Horowitz
    Yesterday, the House passed the largely non-controversial Military Construction/Veterans Affairs Appropriations (MilCon) bill for FY 2012. Unfortunately, it is these non-controversial bills which provide a safe haven for meretricious policy initiatives through the rapid fire amendment process. While everyone was focused on presidential politics, the House passed an amendment forcing government contractors to use labor unions on federal construction projects. Oh, and like most bad legislation, this amendment passed by one vote, with the help of 27 Republicans. In 2009, Obama used his signature power grab tool; an Executive Order, forcing all private companies to sign a project labor agreement...
  • Even In California ...

    04/25/2011 6:07:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 25, 2011 | Staff
    Labor: Have California's voters finally said "enough" to the lavish pensions and perks its public-employee unions draw? A new poll says yes. The only remaining question is why they keep voting for politicians who disagree. There's no bigger mockery from the term "public servant" than the outsized taxpayer-paid pensions that go to those who spend a lifetime abusing us at the tax office, saddling us with looney environmental regulations, losing our permit paperwork, working with casual sloth, shoveling taxpayer goodies to illegal aliens, and drawing full pay for years even after molesting schoolchildren. A new L.A. Times/University of South California...
  • Clarity In Chile

    04/15/2011 5:41:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 15, 2011 | Staff
    Politics: What does one call a state whose Senate says "no" to its public employee unions for strikes and collective bargaining? Perhaps Wisconsin, but in fact Chile. Seems it still likes being tops in economic freedom and growth. After two days of debate, a proposed change to Chile's constitution allowing collective bargaining privileges and a "right" to strike for public unions was voted down. The change got just 21 votes, four short of a two-thirds needed. Even many of the left-leaning opposition abstained. But you can't say they didn't try. "Chile is the only country in the world whose constitution...
  • The Real Battle: Makers v. Takers

    03/14/2011 8:15:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | March 14, 2011 | Lurita Doan
    Ideological budget battles between GOP and Dems in congress mask the real battle erupting across America-- the battle between the makers and the takers. Entrepreneurs and other working Americans, the makers, are growing tired of government's rapacious hand in their financial pocket and they are becoming more aggressive and more outspoken in their protests. Dems should expect this trend to continue. The recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report citing systemic high unemployment for the past two years shows that of the approximately 300 million Americans, only 47% of adults have full-time jobs. It's a mind-boggling statistic: 53%-- or a majority...
  • Victory: Scott Walker signs collective bargaining bill

    03/11/2011 7:02:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/11/2011 | Allahpundit
    He already signed it this morning, actually, but they went ahead with a special public ceremony in the afternoon so that he could sign it again. Just because. Reminds me of Pelosi talking that long walk to the Capitol before the ObamaCare vote in the House, waving that giant gavel around that looked bigger than she is, chuckling all the way. The left keeps promising that Walker and the Senate GOP will pay for this, which may or may not be true. But if and when it does, let these three words comfort you: “Minority Leader Pelosi.”Meanwhile, the newest tactic...
  • Bi-Winning? GOP, Big Labor Both Think Theyll End Up On Top

    03/11/2011 7:18:55 AM PST · by Slyscribe · 17 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 3/10/2011 | Ed Carson
    The Wisconsin State Assembly today approved collective bargaining rules changes this afternoon, assuring that Republican Gov. Scott Walker will be able to sign it into law soon. So as far as that particular battle goes, Walker and the Republicans have won. But who exactly is winning the war? Big Labor and liberal groups think they are, thanks to various polls showing the public leaning their way on the issue. They are convinced that the Republicans will suffer a backlash for their actions, much as Democrats suffered a backlash over ObamaCare. But that assumes that all of those polled are as...
  • Dem. Wis. senators fear Republicans plan to pass collective bargaining bill without them (Good)

    03/09/2011 3:36:59 PM PST · by tobyhill · 84 replies
    Fox 6 ^ | 3/9/2011 | ap
    Two Democratic state senators say they think Republicans plan to pass parts of Gov. Scott Walker's proposal that take away collective bargaining rights from public workers without them. Senate Republican leaders weren't saying why they hastily created a conference committee that's meeting later Wednesday night.
  • What the Unions Fear

    03/09/2011 4:23:24 AM PST · by Scanian · 9 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | March 9, 2011 | Peter Hannaford
    Demonstrators at the Wisconsin capitol, union representatives and absent Democratic state senators concede in interviews that they don't object to a bill requiring teachers and other public employees to pay 12.5 percent of their health insurance (up from five percent), or up to half of their pension deposits. It is the curbing of collective bargaining that has brought on near hysteria and a fierce campaign to discredit Governor Scott Walker's legislation. For the union leaders the consequences of passage of the legislation could be devastating to their sinecures. Amid all the shouting, placards and banging on pots and pans in...
  • The union racket: Not all teachers want to buy it

    03/02/2011 3:35:40 AM PST · by Scanian · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 1, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
    If public-school teachers spent more time teaching in classrooms and less time community-organizing in political war rooms, maybe taxpayers wouldn't feel as ripped off as they do. Before the Big Labor bosses start complaining about "teacher-bashing," let's be clear: An increasing number of rank-and-file teachers feel exactly the same way. Retired New York teacher Vinne Cusimano, who was required to pay forced union dues in order to work, wrote me this week after receiving the March 2011 edition of his union's monthly publication. The cover of the New York State United Teachers magazine reads: "Defend What Matters! Educate. Collaborate. AGITATE."...
  • So much for civility: Bam mum as Left gets vile

    02/26/2011 2:46:35 AM PST · by Scanian · 53 replies
    NY Post ^ | February 25, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
    President Obama's new era of civility was over be fore it began. America has been overrun by foul-mouthed, fist-clenching wildebeests. Yes, the Tea-Party movement is responsible -- for sending these liberal goons into an insane rage, that is. It is Obama's rank-and-file "community organizers" on the streets fomenting the hate against their political enemies. Not the other way around. The trendy new epithet among Big Labor organizers who've been camping out at the Madison, Wis., Capitol building for more than a week to block GOP Gov. Scott Walker's budget reform bill: "Koch whore." Classy, huh? It's a reference to the...
  • SEIU's Message To Colorado

    02/25/2011 10:19:33 AM PST · by invaderzim · 21 replies
    Hear Us Now ^ | 02.25.11 | Hear Us Now
    SEIU has a message for Colorado, "...well turn Colorado into Wisconsin".
  • AFL CIO Chief: Raising Taxes Will Create Jobs

    02/25/2011 7:40:44 AM PST · by econjack · 58 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | Feb. 25, 2011 | Peter Gorenstein
    What's the best way to get Americans back to work? Raise taxes, according to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Specifically, he wants to raise the federal gas tax as a means to fund infrastructure spending. "We need a dedicated source of revenue to create infrastructure in this country," he tells Aaron Task in the accompanying clip. "We need to create jobs. The best way to do that is through infrastructure development." Simply maintaining the existing infrastructure in this country will cost $2.2 trillion over five years, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers. That doesn't include Obama's objective of high-speed...
  • Joe Biden update: He meets with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka to talk about secret stuf

    02/24/2011 10:15:25 AM PST · by opentalk · 17 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 24. 2011 | ANDREW MALCOLM
    Public schedule of Vice President Joe Biden for Thursday, Feb. 24: At 10:45 AM, the Vice President and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis will meet with President of the AFL-CIO Richard Trumka and with presidents of AFL-CIO labor organizations. Whatever do you suppose they're plotting inside this transparent Obama administration White House? Well, we'll never know. Because this meeting of an elected federal official with top labor union officers is closed to press. Then there are the meetings with lobbyists held just off the executive office grounds to avoid reporting them in White House logs. You are dismissed.
  • Another reminder that the SEIU, Obamas pet union stinks of hatred for America

    02/24/2011 6:51:57 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 3 replies ^ | FEBRUARY 24TH, 2011 | Kevin Coach Collins
    . the events in Wisconsin, and other states, unfold it is instructive to consider who is orchestrating the actions of the unions as they fight to keep their stranglehold on our economy. Investigated for terror ties Although you might not have gotten it from the old media, last September the FBI raided the homes of several people in the Midwest including those of two current or former Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73 Executive Board members. The FBI is investigating the SEIUs Chicago local (a Barack Obama favored union), for its ties to terror organizations bent on the destruction...
  • 16 States Going to War on Unions

    02/24/2011 5:56:03 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 44 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 02/23/11
    16 States Going to War on Unions The Daily Beast Wed Feb 23, 11:52 pm ET NEW YORK With Wisconsin locked in a union battle, The Daily Beast looks at the 15 states that could blow up next and crunches the numbers to find whether they're really on shaky financial footingor playing politics. Revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt have toppled despotic governments, while Libyans are on the verge of doing the same. The stakes are not as high in Wisconsin and the 15 other states that have proposed or are expected to propose various levels of de-engagement from both...
  • GAY BLACK TEA PARTYER Attacked By Racist SEIU Activists at Denver Tea Party

    02/23/2011 11:05:56 AM PST · by Jenny Hatch · 27 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Feb 22, 2011 | Jim Hoft
    A pro-public union SEIU rally turned ugly today outside the Colorado Capitol in Denver. The Colorado union supporters started out the day chanting, Tax the rich! But later the unhinged SEIU thugs accosted a gay black tea partyer. This verbal assault lasted for several minutes. In this segment the pro-union leftists asks this black tea partyer, I just want to know how you can vote against your own best interest. Unbelievable.
  • Walker on Fake Sick Leave: State Employees Will be Terminated, Doctors Will Be Investigated

    02/23/2011 9:11:18 AM PST · by Islander7 · 134 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | Feb 23, 2011 | Audio
    Walker on Fake Sick Leave: State Employees Will be Terminated, Doctors Will Be Investigated 53 second audio of Walker on fake doctor excuses. Gov. Walker talks with Sean Hannity about the repercussions of teachers and state employees faking their sick leave with fraudulent doctor's notes. He stressed that the teachers are employees of each individual district and the superintendents can determine what action to take. But state employees are under the governor's jurisdiction. Direct link:
  • "Family physician Lou Sanner, 59, of Madison, said he had given out hundreds of notes."

    02/20/2011 12:15:02 AM PST · by GreaterSwiss · 54 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/20/2011 | ODD RICHMOND and JASON SMATHERS
    Doctors from numerous hospitals set up a station near the Capitol to provide notes to explain public employees' absences from work. Family physician Lou Sanner, 59, of Madison, said he had given out hundreds of notes. Many of the people he spoke with seemed to be suffering from stress, he said. "What employers have a right to know is if the patient was assessed by a duly licensed physician about time off of work," Sanner said. "Employers don't have a right to know the nature of that conversation or the nature of that illness. So it's as valid as every...
  • Haridopolos flip-flops, sides with Gov. Rick Scott on rejecting rail dollars

    02/19/2011 6:53:53 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | February 19, 2011 | Marc Caputo and Alex Leary
    In a nod to tea party power, Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos reversed course on a majority of state senators and his own voting record Friday by saying he supports Gov. Rick Scott's decision to refuse $2.4 billion in federal high-speed rail money. "Florida is leading by example in keeping its fiscal house in order. We must demand the same from Washington," Haridopolos, who voted for high-speed rail in December 2009, said in a letter. [snip] Haridopolos' new stance was widely interpreted in the state Capitol as an election-season play for votes in his bid for U.S. Senate a...
  • Dem Seeks To End Taft-Hartley Protections

    10/06/2010 7:24:35 PM PDT · by Tribune7 · 15 replies
    A bill submitted to congress, Sept. 29, would abolish the right to work laws that exist in 22 states, at least according to its sponsor Brad Sherman (D-CA27) as the text of the bill, H.R 6384, is not yet available at Right to work laws came about from the Taft-Hartley Amendments to the National Labor Relations Act in 1947. These laws allow a person to refrain from joining a union and still be able to work at a company.