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  • One Union Too Many

    09/06/2017 12:01:38 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 12 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 5, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    In the wake of Labor Day, there might be at least one union we want to bid farewell to. The California Teachers Association (CTA) does little to protect its most vulnerable members, former CTA member Rebecca Friedrichs averred in an appearance at the Heritage Foundation last month. Friedrichs is currently a fellow at the State Policy Network. When novice teachers get laid off under the "last in, first out" rules that the unions pressed for, the CTA does nothing more than show these unemployed teachers how to file for unemployment benefits. Moreover, the smallest portion of the union dues that...
  • CTA Riders Complained Of Dropped Calls Before Arrest Of Alleged Cell Phone Jammer

    03/10/2016 11:53:05 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 23 replies
    chicagocbs ^ | March 9, 2016 | Audrina Bigos
    CHICAGO (CBS) –A 63-year-old Chicago man was charged Tuesday with using an illegal device to get some peace and quiet on the CTA. CBS 2’s Audrina Bigos reports it isn’t the first time the man has been accused of jamming cell phones and lots of complaints about dropped calls raised some eyebrows. With a ball cap and business casual attire, the certified public accountant Dennis Nicholl walked out of jail after being charged with a felony for use of a signal jamming device. Keegan Goudie says the device, “stuck out like a sore thumb” so much so that he and...
  • THE WATCHDOGS: Chicago's new transit chief got sweet pension deal

    06/22/2015 5:37:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 06/20/2015 | Chris Fusco, Patrick Rehkamp and Robert Herguth
    When Dorval R. Carter Jr. returned to the CTA last month as the transit agency’s president, he had to temporarily give up a sweet pension deal that had paid him three-quarters of a million dollars in just five and a half years. Taking advantage of a little-known early-retirement incentive offered by the CTA, Carter left his second stint with the agency in 2009 and started collecting a $137,229-a-year pension the same month he turned 52, records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times .. Carter didn’t retire, though. He moved to Washington, D.C., to take a post as a top lawyer in...
  • Judge to rule on free-speech question in Chicago mayor race

    04/01/2015 12:49:12 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 3 replies
    Pantagraph ^ | 4-1-2015
    A federal judge says he'll decide soon on whether the Chicago Transit Authority must let employees distribute campaign leaflets in break rooms that oppose Mayor Rahm Emanuel's re-election bid. U.S. District Judge Robert Dow began hearing testimony Wednesday on a temporary restraining order that would force the transportation agency to allow the materials in advance of the April 7 runoff election. Dow told attorneys he hopes to rule by noon Thursday. The Amalgamated Transit Union filed a lawsuit in Chicago federal court Tuesday accusing the CTA of violating its members' free-speech rights. It claims the CTA allowed the distribution of...
  • California’s teachers union hears the footsteps of workers’ freedom

    08/18/2014 10:16:18 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/18/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    he California Teachers Association (CTA) has quietly started to prepare its members for life after extortion. It has put together a report titled “Not if, but when: Living in a world without Fair Share,” in which it acknowledges that the days of being able to extort teachers to bribe Democrats may be fast coming to an end. Automatic, compulsory union membership for teachers is being challenged in court and the thugs that run the state’s biggest teachers union can see the outcome will lead to an end of their cushy lives. They have prepared a slideshow outlining the “terrible consequences”...
  • Teacher on Unions: ‘Felt Like Little Children Being Bullied on a Playground’

    08/13/2014 2:26:17 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    CNSNews ^ | August 13, 2014 | Penny Starr
    Rebecca Friedrichs, a teacher and former member of the California Teachers Association, spoke at the event at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 12, 2014. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr) (CNSNews.com) – Teachers who left labor unions connected with their jobs said on Tuesday that they felt “bullied” for their opposition to compulsory membership and payment of dues that funded political activities. “We literally felt like little children being bullied on a playground,” Rebecca Friedrichs, a teacher and former member of the California Teachers Association, said at the event at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. Friedrichs, who is also...
  • Government Employee Unions Tee Up California's Bankruptcy

    05/17/2014 10:15:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | 05/17/2014 | Bill Frezza
    Half a Billion Dollars. That’s how much the California Teachers Association and the powerful Service Employees International Union have spent on California politics since 2000. The unions’ return on that “investment”? A legislature totally beholden to them for political support and campaign contributions. Here’s another mind-boggling number: Half a Trillion Dollars. That’s an estimate of the unfunded public pension liabilities racked up by California’s state and municipal governments due to overly generous pay and defined benefit pension plans lavished on unionized government employees. If you thought the bankruptcies of Stockton, San Bernardino, and Vallejo were entertaining, break out the popcorn...
  • Chalkboard Rebellion in the Golden State

    05/12/2013 6:28:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 12, 2013 | Neil McCabe
    Ten California teachers are suing to break one of the strongest iron triangles in American politics, where the taxpayers pay the teachers; the teachers’ union supports candidates and referenda, and that leads eventually to the teachers getting better pay, benefits and working conditions. A civil rights law firm filed a federal law suit April 30 on behalf of 10 California teachers and the Christian Educators Association International challenging the state’s closed shop law that has them contributing to support political activity they opposed. "Individual teachers have a constitutional right to decide for themselves whether to join a union and financially...
  • ANTI-WHITE RACISM FOUND IN CHICAGO TRANSIT HIRING

    03/24/2013 1:53:18 PM PDT · by white trash redneck · 67 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 23 March 2013 | John Bennett
    The Chicago Transit Authority, one of the largest employers in Chicago, has a dramatic racial imbalance in its workforce, records show. Data obtained by WND through a Freedom of Information Act request reveals that whites and Hispanics are vastly underrepresented in the Chicago Transit Authority workforce.
  • Hey, Fat Cat Unions: Pay Your “Fair Share”

    12/06/2012 1:30:31 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 7, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    Message for wealth-bashing millionaire actor Ed Asner: Man up and take responsibility for lying to America's schoolchildren. Confronted by a producer for Fox News Channel's "The Sean Hannity Show" this week, the left-wing celebrity claimed he couldn't remember "a thing (he) said" on a vile propaganda video produced and published by the California Federation of Teachers. Asner narrated the unforgettable eight-minute anti-capitalist screed geared toward children. Think Occupy Wall Street meets Sesame Street. "Things go downhill in a happy and prosperous land after the rich decide they don't want to pay taxes anymore," Asner warbles in a folksy grandpa voice....
  • Landmark California school law wins key court ruling

    10/19/2012 10:28:17 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 10/19/12 | Dan Walters
    Gloria Romero grew up in Barstow, the daughter of a railroad worker, and like many of the desert community's young, left for the big city – in her case Los Angeles, where she earned advanced degrees, and became a college professor and later a Democratic state legislator. By happenstance, however, Romero's most important legislation – empowering parents to take control of failing public schools – is making its first impact in Adelanto, just a few miles from Barstow. This week, a San Bernardino County judge ordered Adelanto's school board to stop stalling and grant the charter school petition of parents...
  • Gloria Romero: The Trials of a Democratic Reformer

    09/05/2012 1:19:27 PM PDT · by Osage Orange · 8 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | ALLYSIA FINLEY
    Former Los Angeles Lakers Coach Phil Jackson once referred to Sacramento as a "cowtown," but Gloria Romero, a pro-labor Democrat who served as California's Senate majority leader from 2001 to 2008, takes exception to the belittling description. The capitol building in Sacramento, she says, has "the eighth most powerful economy in the world under that dome," and it operates not unlike other wealthy kleptocracies. "There's no other way to say it politely. It's owned."
  • Prop. 32: What really scares California's big unions

    08/28/2012 10:32:37 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 6 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 8/24/2012 | Larry Sand
    Michael Hiltzik infers in his column Sunday that Proposition 32 is a big lie -- because it prohibits both corporations and labor unions such as the California Teachers Assn. from extracting involuntary political contributions from the paychecks of workers. Hiltzik argues that its prohibition of corporate deductions is of minor impact, but that union political fund-raising will be crippled. He is amazingly untroubled by the fact that taking such payroll deductions for political purposes without consent is patently immoral. Why should a worker have some of his forced union dues spent on candidates or causes that he doesn't agree with?...
  • California Teachers Declare Independence from State and National Teachers Unions

    06/06/2012 8:04:26 AM PDT · by rhema · 17 replies
    In a bold move for teacher independence in Fresno, California, a group of local teachers, led by veteran educator Mike Cerrillo, recently voted to disaffiliate from the California Teacher Association (CTA) and the National Education Association (NEA) in favor of local representation. The newly formed Washington Unified Faculty Association (WUFA) will now bargain independently and rely on the non-union Association of American Educators for nonbargaining member benefits and services such as liability insurance and legal counsel. The process to sever ties with the CTA/ NEA was lengthy and often dramatic for this tight-knit group of hardworking teachers. In the diverse...
  • The Worst Union in America

    05/23/2012 4:43:56 PM PDT · by rhema · 3 replies
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2012 | TROY SENIK
    In 1962, as tensions ran high between school districts and unions across the country, members of the National Education Association gathered in Denver for the organization’s 100th annual convention. Among the speakers was Arthur F. Corey, executive director of the California Teachers Association (CTA). “The strike as a weapon for teachers is inappropriate, unprofessional, illegal, outmoded, and ineffective,” Corey told the crowd. “You can’t go out on an illegal strike one day and expect to go back to your classroom and teach good citizenship the next.” Fast-forward nearly 50 years to May 2011, when the CTA—now the single most powerful...
  • And the Red Ink Flows Freely on the Red Line

    04/28/2012 7:10:24 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 11 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | April 28, 2012 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    What Chicagoans now call The Red Line is a century-old commuter train, part of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). It runs all the way from Howard Street on the north to 95th Street on the south. As Aliotta-Haynes-Jeremiah famously said of nearby Lake Shore Drive, it’ll take you “from rags on up to riches” in just fifteen minutes. But unlike the scenic LSD, this train line can also give you a close-up view of some pretty rough neighborhoods, making some stations very dangerous. And the more dangerous a place is, the more you put off repairing it, until the cost...
  • Judge tentatively rules for California in school funding suit

    03/27/2012 5:32:33 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 3/27/12 | Kevin Yamamura
    In a court battle that could shape how schools are funded, a judge tentatively ruled Tuesday that California lawmakers can reduce education funding by diverting state revenues into new pots of money. School boards and administrators sued the state last fall alleging that Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers had shortchanged schools by shifting about $5 billion in sales tax revenues to counties in a new realignment fund. Under voter-approved Proposition 98, the state is required to devote a specified share of overall general fund revenues to K-12 schools and community colleges. School officials said that by diverting $5 billion in...
  • CALIFORNIA: Two-thirds vote still has a role in the Legislature

    07/13/2011 10:42:05 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 7/13/11 | Dan Walters
    When voters passed a union-backed measure last year to reduce the legislative vote on the state budget from two-thirds to a simple majority – thereby eliminating Republican leverage – skeptics said it could foster legislative mischief. Proposition 25 applied not only to the budget but "trailer bills" that the Legislature deemed necessary to implement the budget. And all budget bills would take effect immediately with a governor's signature, making any challenge via referendum legally doubtful. That legislative loophole, this column and other analysts pointed out, would make it easy to push major pieces of policy legislation through the Capitol with...
  • Brown's Countdown, Day 172: California teachers win big in state budget deal

    06/30/2011 10:53:35 AM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 6/30/11 | Kevin Yamamura and Diana Lambert
    Teachers win layoff protection while school finance officials see their powers curtailed in the state budget package Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign today. The last-minute school legislation, Assembly Bill 114, emerged publicly less than an hour before lawmakers approved it in a late-evening Tuesday session. It reflects the negotiating muscle of teachers as Democratic lawmakers crafted their majority-vote budget with a governor of their own party.
  • Protesters decry Calif budget cuts' effects on students [If we don't get extension,public ed dies]

    05/13/2011 8:16:34 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 22 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 13 2011 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
    Hundreds rally in downtown Pershing Square, urging legislators for ballot measures to fund schools. A teachers' union leader is released after his arrest in Sacramento with 25 others. By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times May 14, 2011 Hundreds of teachers, parents and students rallied in Pershing Square on Friday to protest budget cuts and urge legislators for ballot measures to help fund education. The protest was part of a weeklong series of events around the state intended to draw attention to education funding. Over the past three years, state lawmakers have approved nearly $20 billion in cuts to K-12 schools...