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  • Sweetheart deal? Unions allowed to cut retiree benefits rather than fix underfunded pensions

    12/30/2014 7:16:07 PM PST · by grundle · 40 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 29, 2014 | Jeffrey Scott Shapiro
    The United Food and Commercial Workers Union is a heavyweight on the labor scene. It pays its president $350,000 a year. It’s holding its next executive board meeting in February at a swanky beachfront resort in Hollywood, Florida. And it just doled out nearly $8 million to influence the last election and lobby Washington. But when it comes to standing by the obligation unions made to provide pensions to retirees, UFCW pleaded poverty in persuading Congress to let chronically underfunded union pension plans cut the benefits of workers, including those already retired.“Declining participation and factors like the Great Recession have...
  • Liberals outline stimulus agenda in 'Contract for the American Dream'

    08/09/2011 9:22:06 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 55 replies
    Liberals outline stimulus agenda in 'Contract for the American Dream' By Erik Wasson - 08/09/11 10:57 AM ET Liberal organizations and unions are frustrated that President Obama has not aggressively pushed a new jobs stimulus agenda and they are offering up a consolidated fall agenda for Democrats to embrace as an alternative to austerity. Representatives of MoveOn, Rebuild the Dream and the Center for Economic Policy and Research will join Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) on Tuesday to launch a progressive “Contract for the American Dream” to urge the administration and Congress to turn away from budget cutting and focus on...
  • Did Democrats exempt unions from DISCLOSE Act?

    06/24/2010 10:49:49 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | June 24, 2010 | Kenneth P. Vogel & John Bresnahan
      A Democratic amendment tucked into campaign finance legislation Wednesday night appears to exempt big labor unions from proposed disclosure requirements.The change, inserted by Rep. Bob Brady (D-Pa.), chairman of the committee charged with handling the bill and a key union ally, would also affect other groups funded by members who pay dues of less than $50,000. While the move may satiate liberal Democrats who had become uneasy with an exemption for the National Rifle Association, a union loophole will certainly cause big business to cry foul. The bill could come up for a vote Thursday on the House floor....
  • Blagojevich wanted ‘good gig’ for Senate appointment, court filing shows [Rezko]

    04/16/2010 1:00:59 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 8 replies · 491+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 14, 2010 | Jeff Coen, John Chase and David Kidwell
    Months after winning the state's highest office, Rod Blagojevich and some of his closest advisers met to discuss how they could turn their political fortune into personal riches, with the new governor listening as Antoin "Tony" Rezko stood at a board and outlined the ideas, prosecutors alleged in a new court filing Wednesday. Rezko, one of the governor's top fundraisers, was the alleged mastermind of some of the plans. Chris Kelly, the Blagojevich confidant who took his own life last fall, sometimes hopped up to add his two cents, prosecutors alleged. Also there was Alonzo "Lon" Monk, then Blagojevich's chief...
  • Labor Leaders Push Obama for Second Stimulus Package

    07/13/2009 4:38:33 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies · 691+ views
    ABC News ^ | July 13, 2009 | Karen Travers
    In a meeting with President Obama today at the White House, top labor leaders pushed for a second stimulus package to create more jobs. “Since the onset of the recession, this country has lost an astounding 6.5 million jobs and $14 trillion in wealth. We support the President's recovery and reinvestment program, and we believe it should be substantially reinforced with more stimulus, creating millions of good jobs that cannot be outsourced,” the National Labor Coordinating Committee (NLCC) said in a statement after the meeting. A labor official said Obama did not commit to any future stimulus package. The president...
  • Advice from "beyond the echo chamber"

    02/06/2009 3:56:41 PM PST · by Cindy · 14 replies · 337+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.gov - blog ^ | Friday, February 6th, 2009 at 12:55 pm | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog_post/beyond_the_echo_chamber/ Friday, February 6th, 2009 at 12:55 pm Advice from "beyond the echo chamber" We just learned the economy lost another 600,000 jobs last month. It's a staggering number, and it underscores just how deep this crisis is – and, as the President pointed out this morning, it’s accelerating. That's why he created the Economic Recovery Advisory Board -- to solicit ideas from "beyond the echo chamber of Washington, DC." "I’m not interested in groupthink, which is why the Board reflects a broad cross-section of experience, expertise, and ideology," he said. "We’ve recruited...
  • The Blagojevich Scandal: Who Is Advisor B?

    12/12/2008 5:49:29 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 18 replies · 1,530+ views
    NRO ^ | December 11th | Byron York
    If you read the complaint, Advisor B, who is said to be based in Washington, is in the middle of just about everything. He — the complaint refers to Advisor B as "he" — is on the phone when Blagojevich discusses a variety of options, all of them corrupt, through which Blagojevich might profit from filling the Senate seat. The complaint says Advisor B was partial to the "three way option" involving the Service Employees International Union and its group Change to Win because such a deal would involve fewer Obama "fingerprints" than some of the other options being discussed.
  • Details Of Complaint Against Blagojevich

    12/09/2008 7:10:49 AM PST · by iowamark · 195 replies · 10,039+ views
    CBS2Chicago ^ | 12/09/2008 | U.S. Attorney's Office
    CHICAGO (CBS) ― Full release from U.S. Attorney's Office: Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich and his Chief of Staff, John Harris, were arrested today by FBI agents on federal corruption charges alleging that they and others are engaging in ongoing criminal activity: conspiring to obtain personal financial benefits for Blagojevich by leveraging his sole authority to appoint a United States Senator; threatening to withhold substantial state assistance to the Tribune Company in connection with the sale of Wrigley Field to induce the firing of Chicago Tribune editorial board members sharply critical of Blagojevich; and to obtain campaign contributions in exchange...
  • Liberals to spend $150 million on '08

    03/17/2008 4:20:39 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 338+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/17/08 | Jim Kuhnhenn - ap
    WASHINGTON - A loose coalition of liberal and labor organizations expects to spend about $150 million this fall to push its causes and help Democrats win the White House and strengthen their grip on Congress. Participants include the two main labor coalitions — the AFL-CIO and Change to Win — as well as MoveOn.org and voter mobilization groups for minorities and young people. Organizers were announcing the effort Tuesday during conference sponsored by the liberal Campaign for America's Future. Liberal and labor strategists say an animated Democratic electorate and a dispirited Republican base have created a political environment tailor-made to...
  • Caption John Edwards at the 'Change To Win' Labor Convention

    09/26/2007 10:03:33 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 26 replies · 40+ views
    Democratic presidential hopeful, former Sen. John Edwards D-NC., acknowledges the crowd's applause after addressing the 'Change To Win' labor convention Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2007 in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
  • Labor tries to heal their differences (for the greater good, don'tcha know..)

    08/16/2006 10:45:39 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 286+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/16/06 | Will Lester - ap
    WASHINGTON - A year after their breakup, former partners in organized labor are trying to heal some differences by joining forces politically for the November midterm elections. They're cooperating now for the sake of those who depend on them — about 15 million union members. Both the AFL-CIO and the breakaway Change to Win alliance are negotiating an agreement that would allow them to coordinate their massive effort to educate and mobilize workers. Some hard feelings remain after organized labor splintered last year in a dispute about priorities, organizing strategies and personalities. Earlier efforts to pull the labor movement together...
  • United Farm Workers Leave AFL-CIO

    01/12/2006 6:34:30 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 533+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/12/06 | Will Lester - ap
    WASHINGTON - The United Farm Workers union has left the AFL-CIO and will join a group of breakaway unions known as the Change to Win Coalition, in a move the UFW hopes will boost recruiting efforts, officials said Thursday. The UFW, with about 27,000 members, joins the Service Employees International Union, the Teamsters, the United Food and Commercial Workers, UNITE HERE and the Carpenters in forming the dissident Change To Win Coalition. The Laborers International Union of North America also is part of the new federation, but has not left the AFL-CIO. "We view this as a positive step in...