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  • Troubled Public Schools: What Wisconsin's Labor Reform Can Tell Us

    10/20/2013 11:15:19 AM PDT · by VPARP · 10 replies ^ | 10-20-13 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    The Kenosha, Wis.School District teachers' union was decertified September 12. Depending which people you believe, it was either decertified by a vote of the teachers or it was decertified because the union did not follow procedures and request a recertification vote as required by Wisconsin's labor reform law, popularly known as Act 10.
  • New Contract Earns Chicago Schools 2nd Credit Downgrade – In One Quarter

    09/29/2012 7:29:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | September 29, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    Sound financial management clearly wasn’t a concern to any party involved in the recent contract negotiations in Chicago Public Schools. They were warned that new labor expenses might result in a credit downgrade for the financially-strapped school district, and they chose to ignore it. Now it has comes to pass. The credit rating agency Moody’s has downgraded the school district for the second time in one quarter. Moody’s wrote: “The negative outlook reflects the school district's budgeted depletion of reserves to fund ongoing operations in fiscal 2013; the moderate additional unbudgeted salary costs of labor contract negotiations, which have not...
  • Chicago Teachers Vote to Continue Strike

    09/16/2012 5:24:13 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 88 replies
    Chicago Teachers Vote to Continue Strike By STEPHANIE BANCHERO The Chicago public school teachers strike entered its second week after the teachers union declined Sunday to call off a week-long walkout that has catapulted the city into the national debate over teacher evaluations and job security. Only hours earlier, Chicago Teachers Union officials had trumpeted new concessions they said they had extracted from Mayor Rahm Emanuel during talks to settle the strike that started last Monday and has canceled classes for 350,000 students in the nation's third largest district. The vote to continue the strike came Sunday night by the...
  • Judge strikes down Wis. law limiting union rights

    09/14/2012 3:05:15 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 107 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 14, 2012, 5:51 PM EDT | SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press
    A Wisconsin judge has struck down the state law championed by Gov. Scott Walker that effectively ended collective bargaining rights for most public workers. Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas ruled Friday that the law violates both the state and U.S. Constitution and is null... *** It was not clear if the ruling means the law is immediately suspended.
  • Thanks to collective bargaining, it's impossible to stay fired in Clark County

    06/11/2012 4:29:35 PM PDT · by NevadaPolicyResearchInstitute · 2 replies
    Write on Nevada ^ | June 11, 2012 | Victor Joecks
    (***Not applicable in Clark County***) It's possible to get fired, but after you're fired an arbitrator will reinstate you — with back pay — even while finding you manipulated the system for personal gain. Behold the wonders of binding arbitration and collective bargaining. Another Clark County firefighter fired last year over alleged sick leave abuse will get her job back. An arbitrator ruled Friday that former Battalion Chief Renee Dillingham, who was fired after emails appeared to show her creating a special roster for sick leave, is to be reinstated with full back pay. Arbitrator Frank Silver wrote, "Her...
  • Union boss: Attempts to remove ineffective teachers an attack on 'human rights'

    04/25/2012 12:01:06 PM PDT · by NevadaPolicyResearchInstitute · 12 replies
    Write on Nevada ^ | April 25, 2012 | Victor Joecks
    Lynn Warne is the president of the Nevada State Education Association, and she appeared on Anjeanette Damon's “To the Point” show over the weekend, where she made the following comment about AB 225 and some other minor education reform bills passed by the 2011 Legislature. (7:30 mark) Warne: Provisions in those bills [including AB 225], much of which we supported, really struck at the heart of what we feel are educators' rights, workers' rights, human rights really, and there was no compromise to be had. (Emphasis added)Striking at the heart of "human rights" is a serious charge, so let's consider...
  • Barrett, Falk split on union issues

    04/16/2012 10:21:10 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    JS Online ^ | 4-14-12 | Jason Stein & Patrick Marley
    Madison - How much public workers should pay for benefits is emerging as a new flash point in the Democratic race to see who will take on Scott Walker in the recall election for governor. The two leading contenders part ways significantly, with Kathleen Falk wanting to open the issue back up in union negotiations and Tom Barrett wanting to keep employee contributions at current levels. And although both say they would attempt to re-establish the ability of public-sector unions to engage in negotiations - which was lost under Walker - they differ in how they would go about trying...
  • [WI] Federal court strikes down parts of collective bargaining law

    03/30/2012 1:41:06 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 30 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | Friday, March 30, 2012 2:50 pm | State Journal staff
    A federal court on Friday struck down key parts of Gov. Scott Walker's controversial collective bargaining legislation, ruling that the state cannot prevent public employee unions from collecting dues and cannot require they recertify annually. The collective bargaining bill, also known as Act 10, established a system in which most of the public unions were required to have a majority of their members vote every year to recertify. The law also took away some unions' rights to collect mandatory dues. The court ruled that the state did not have the right to pick and choose which public unions could charge...
  • Walker discusses recall at D.C. think tank

    01/05/2012 5:55:02 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 1-5-12 | Walker discusses recall at D.C. think tank
    Gov. Scott Walker told an audience Thursday in Washington, D.C., that he expected to face a recall election "sometime in early June" and said his Democratic opponent would be "someone handpicked by the unions." Walker said the biggest reason he had been targeted for recall was that union dues can no longer be automatically deducted from the paychecks of public-sector employees. "I think at the end that's what all the focus around here in Washington, in terms of the national unions focused on getting me recalled," Walker said. "What it really comes down to, I took away the gravy train,...
  • Cain Supports Collective Bargaining for Public Unions?

    11/14/2011 6:58:25 PM PST · by C. Edmund Wright · 111 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11-14-2011 | Kate Pavlich
    In an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Herman Cain said he supports the "right" for public employees to bargain collectively. In other words, he is in favor of unions on the taxpayer dime. Cain also said federal workers have unions, meaning the right to collectively bargain, but they do not. On the issue of collective bargaining, Cain said he supported the right of public employees to bargain collectively. "But not collective hijacking. What I mean by that, if they have gotten so much for so many years and it's going to bankrupt the state, I don't think that's good....
  • Costly Collective-Bargaining Campaigns Could Take Toll on Unions Ahead of 2012

    11/10/2011 9:29:33 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 13 replies ^ | November 10, 2011 | unattributed
    Democrats and unions are hailing Tuesday's vote to repeal an Ohio law curbing collective-bargaining protections as the sign of an invigorated movement that could boost Democrats next fall. That is, if they've got enough fight left in them. The campaign to overturn the Republican-approved union law cost unions and their supporters millions of dollars. It followed another costly campaign in Wisconsin to recall state Republicans behind that state's anti-union law. And it precedes a new fight in Wisconsin to recall GOP Gov. Scott Walker. With millions of dollars going from union coffers to preserve union benefits and protections, and punish...
  • Buckeye Collective Bargaining Battle A National Bellwether

    11/03/2011 7:29:13 PM PDT · by billflax · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/03/2011 | Bill Flax
    With few statewide elections and nothing nationally in 2011, several initiatives in Ohio provide bellwethers with broad implications for 2012. Issue 2, if passed, will uphold Senate Bill 5, a Republican attempt to alleviate looming budget problems by decelerating the expansion of employee compensation packages via collective bargaining reform. Thanks to a gargantuan grassroots effort, Issue 3, the Healthcare Freedom Amendment, will test Obamacare’s mettle. It would prevent pretentious governments from forcing citizens to finance their care in fashions fancied by bureaucrats. The attention afforded these contests across the ideological spectrum from Rush Limbaugh to the Huffington Post underscores their...
  • Conservatives slam Mitt Romney for going weak-kneed in war on public employees

    10/26/2011 1:18:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 25, 2011 | Greg Sargent - The Plum Line
    Today, Mitt Romney refused to take a position on the big battle in Ohio over the ballot initiative to repeal Governor John Kasich’s law rolling back the collective bargaining rights of public employees. The fight is a hugely important one to conservatives, with right wing money flowing into the state, and conservative bloggers erupted in fury at Romney, asking how it is that he can be running for president when he isn’t willing to take a firm stand against the scourge of public employees. [snip] Governors who are willing to risk serious unpopularity in order to roll back the bargaining...
  • Malloy orders limited negotiating rights for home care aides, child care workers

    09/21/2011 2:55:34 PM PDT · by matt04 · 1 replies
    The CT Mirror ^ | September 21, 2011 | Arielle Levin Becker
    Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed two executive orders providing a path for child care workers and home care attendants who work in state-funded programs to organize and gain collective bargaining rights. The orders enact scaled-back versions of legislative proposals that did not pass this year and, in the case of home care workers, generated intense opposition. While the proposals would have given collective bargaining rights to family child care providers and personal care attendants, the executive orders establish working groups that would report to the governor by February on how best to establish collective bargaining rights for the two...
  • Stanford Professor Proves Big Labor Is Reason that Billions Fail to Fix Education

    08/22/2011 8:37:05 PM PDT · by TruthHound · 30 replies
    Big Government ^ | 8/22/11 | Don Loos
    ***VIDEO AT LINK*** Dr. Moe: “If you stand up for kids, you have to oppose this [collective bargaining] Schools get organized by the adults on the basis of interests and concerns that have nothing to do with kids. So, why would you expect that system to work?” As students head back to school, it is a good time to reflect on why education is failing and continues to fail. Terry Moe, Chairman of the Political Science Department at Stanford, provides a dispassionate and extensively researched book, Special Interest: Teachers Unions and America’s Public Schools, which should become a useful and...
  • Walker’s Vindication

    07/24/2011 2:09:25 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 24 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Aug 1, 2011 | JOHN MCCORMACK
    Emily Koczela had been anxiously waiting for months for Wisconsin governor Scott Walker’s controversial budget repair bill to take effect. Koczela, the finance director for the Brown Deer school district, had been negotiating with the local union, trying to get it to accept concessions in order to make up for a $1 million budget shortfall. But the union wouldn’t budge. “We laid off 27 [teachers] as a precautionary measure,” Koczela told me. “They were crying. Some of these people are my friends.” On June 29 at 12:01 a.m., Koczela could finally breathe a sigh of relief. The budget repair bill​—​delayed...
  • California Ballot Initiatives filed to end collective bargaining for public employees

    07/14/2011 5:38:44 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 9 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Thursday, July 14, 2011
    A group looking to abolish collective bargaining rights for California's public sector employees filed three proposed ballot initiatives this week. Whether California Center for Public Policy, led by UC Santa Barbara economics lecturer Lanny Ebenstein, can raise enough money to put the proposals before voters is unclear. The center released a report last year concluding that voters need a chance to resolve California's persistent fiscal problems by cutting government workers' compensation rather than raising taxes and eliminating services. "Government does not exist to provide compensation and pensions for government workers," Ebenstein said. "Government exists to provide good public services at...
  • Wisconsin's Controversial Budget Law Begins to Pay Off

    07/12/2011 6:17:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies ^ | July 12, 2011 | Byron York
    "This is a disaster," Mark Miller, the Wisconsin Senate Democratic leader, said in February after Republican Gov. Scott Walker proposed a budget bill that would curtail the collective-bargaining powers of some public employees. Miller predicted catastrophe if the bill were to become law -- a charge repeated thousands of times by his fellow Democrats, union officials and protesters in the streets. Now the bill is law, and we have some early evidence of how it is working. And for one beleaguered Wisconsin school district, it's a godsend, not a disaster. The Kaukauna Area School District, in the Fox River Valley...
  • Some union members pleased with Walker's changes

    07/11/2011 5:59:32 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 8 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | Monday, July 11, 2011 4:30 am | STEVEN VERBURG
    Susan Flood says she will gladly subtract $4,000 in pension and health premiums from her take-home pay next year in exchange for not having to pay roughly $800 in union dues. Few of her fellow teachers at Brookwood Elementary School in the Genoa City District share her view of Wisconsin's new public sector labor law, which soon will affect the paychecks of thousands of public employees, Flood said. But she is a Republican who has been required for 19 years to pay dues to a union she views as promoting mediocrity and high taxes. So when the law stripped public...
  • The right's ideas are winning (Wisconsin)

    07/10/2011 5:29:08 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 15 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 10 july 2011 | Patrick McIleran
    So the state's deficit is fixed, its finances are honest for the first time in about a decade, public services are trimmed but not decimated and no taxpayers were skinned to make it happen. All in all, it's been a good week for Wisconsin, especially its hard-pressed, middle-class taxpayers. And, if I might get political, the first six months of the Age of Walker have left conservatism in a surprisingly solid condition in Wisconsin. You might not know that from the theatrics in Madison - the fringe of tents, the bucket-drummers in the rotunda, the activists telling Progressive magazine it's...