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  • ‘Take to the streets’: Obama Labor Dept. glorifies Sharpton, Jackson in protest-preaching poster

    04/03/2012 3:39:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4/3/12 | Matthew Boyle
    President Barack Obama’s labor secretary, Hilda Solis, has authorized new posters in elevators throughout the Department of Labor’s Washington, D.C. headquarters building. The posters feature a photo of her marching in protest alongside the Rev. Jesse Jackson and MSNBC television host Rev. Al Sharpton, among others. The photo depicts Solis acting as an emissary of the Obama administration protesting against Alabama’s strict new law combating illegal immigration. Solis has her arms locked with Sharpton, and Jackson is a few feet away. The poster also carries a message for federal government employees — who are traditionally expected to be apolitical in...
  • Dane County ballots will ask voters to voice support for collective bargaining (WI)

    04/02/2012 3:14:54 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | 3-31-12 | George Hesselberg
    Voters in Dane County will be asked to endorse collective bargaining rights of workers in the general election Tuesday. The Dane County Board passed Sup. Dianne Hesselbein's referendum proposal last November. The advisory referendum question reads: "Should all Wisconsin workers have the right to seek safe working conditions and fair pay through collective bargaining?" The referendum comes after the state in 2011 severely limited the collective bargaining rights of public employees. Dane County Executive Joe Parisi, in signing and endorsing the measure last November, said "Collective bargaining has been essential to the prosperity of Wisconsin families for decades. Our workers...
  • Barrett proposes recall primary free of attack ads (WI)

    04/02/2012 4:50:52 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    JS ONLINE ^ | 4-2-12 | Patrick Marley
    Madison - Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett offered a pledge Sunday not to attack his fellow Democrats in the recall race for governor, and he asked his opponents to do the same. His chief rival, former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, declined to sign the proposal, but her spokesman said she agreed Democrats should be focused on defeating Republican Gov. Scott Walker. The proposal Barrett sent to Falk and the other candidates would impose financial penalties on candidates if they mentioned their opponents in ads - or if outside groups attacked Democrats on their behalf. "As Democrats, we must be united...
  • More Obama Regulations….This Time Attacking American Farmers

    03/22/2012 9:14:07 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 30 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-22-12 | Curt
    “If the federal government can regulate the relationshipbetween parents and their children on their own family’sfarm there is virtually nothing off limits” - Senator Jerry Moran Just when I thought Obama's big government couldn't get more intrusive we have this: (h/t Gateway Pundit and Allen Wall) The U.S. Department of Labor is proposing revisions to child labor regulations that will strengthen the safety requirements for young workers employed in agriculture and related fields. The agricultural hazardous occupations orders under the Fair Labor Standards Act that bar young workers from certain tasks have not been updated since they were promulgated in...
  • Can the US Tolerate More Help from the Labor Department?

    03/22/2012 9:13:49 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 1 replies
    The Aspen Times ^ | March 22, 2012 | Charlie Leonard
    Given the fact that the U.S. Department of Labor is responsible for reporting unemployment statistics each week, and those numbers remain pretty dismal despite some recent gains, you would think the folks running that agency would be bending over backward to help promote and create new employment opportunities. Instead, it's U.S. businesses that the Labor Department has bent over — and it's not to help them get some exercise or stretch their job-creating muscles. Let's review just a few of the major Labor Department announcements during the past three years of the Obama administration. When the president took office, his...
  • Report: Public-sector unions using dues to fight political assaults

    03/22/2012 8:12:06 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 3-22-12 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON — While organized labor’s strength may be waning overall, public-sector unions are retaining their numbers and pumping up their power to push public policy at the taxpayers’ expense, according to a new report by a conservative, free-market think tank. The Manhattan Institute’s pointed report, “Dues and Deep Pockets: Public-Sector Unions’ Money Machine,” released Wednesday, doesn’t mince words. Public-sector unions, unlike other advocacy organizations in the political process, have used mandatory revenue and membership streams through “dues checkoff” rules and “agency shop” laws to build their political base and push policies that sustain themselves and government benefits at ballooning public...
  • Farm safety expert: Know what's in proposed child labor law

    03/15/2012 7:20:03 PM PDT · by dickmc · 1 replies
    Purdue University News Service ^ | February 21, 2012 | Jennifer Stewart
    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Parents of children who work on the family farm or are in agriculture education programs should thoroughly review proposed changes to child labor laws so they fully understand how the new rules could affect them, a Purdue farm safety specialist advises. "Because the proposed rule changes are 51 pages long, I don't know that many people understand exactly what's being presented," Bill Field said. "The changes not only hold the potential for positive but also significant negative effects to youth less than 16 years old who seek employment or are currently employed in agriculture."
  • Labor Dept. documents: MSNBC’s Ed Schultz on labor union payrolls since 2005

    03/13/2012 11:28:20 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/12/12 | Adam Jablonowski
    U.S. labor unions paid MSNBC “Ed Show” host Ed Schultz roughly $200,000 in 2011, and roughly $337,000 over the last seven years, according to Department of Labor documents. Newsbusters first reported that the liberal TV talker received $190,000 from the Communications Workers of America for “representational activities” in 2011. CWA president Larry Cohen is a regular guest on Schultz’s radio program. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers also paid Schultz $9,900 last year. In 2010 his union salaries totaled a comparatively small $37,350. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME); the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW);...
  • Labor Leaders Plan to Apply New Clout in Effort for Obama (A.F.L-C.I.O planning huge GOTV effort)

    03/12/2012 10:38:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | 03/12/2012 | STEVEN GREENHOUSE
    As the A.F.L.-C.I.O. prepares to endorse President Obama on Tuesday, labor leaders say they will mount their biggest campaign effort, with far more union members than ever before — at least 400,000, they say — knocking on voters’ doors to counter the well-endowed “super PACs” backing Republicans. The same Supreme Court ruling in 2010 that set the stage for these political action committees to accept unlimited donations also allowed unions to send their foot soldiers to visit not just union members at home, but also voters who do not belong to unions — a move expected to increase labor’s political...
  • Union Boss 'Repulsed by Some of Our Supposed Brothers and Sisters Lining Up With Job Killers

    03/10/2012 11:24:48 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 17 replies
    cns news ^ | March 10, 2012 | SAM HANANEL
    Unions may be united in working to re-elect President Barack Obama, but their leaders also are trying to repair bitter divisions over his rejection of an oil pipeline from Canada to Texas. Trade unions representing workers who stand to benefit from thousands of new construction jobs from the Keystone XL pipeline are furious at other unions that joined environmentalists in opposing the project. The issue reflects a decades-old conflict between union leaders who believe creating jobs is paramount and others who are more strongly aligned with progressive groups on environmental and social causes. After the White House blocked the pipeline...
  • BLS 8.3%- Gallup 9.1%- Obama 0%

    03/10/2012 5:28:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | March 10, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    Quick Notes About the Unemployment Rate In the last year, the civilian population rose by 3,584,000. Yet the labor force only rose by 1,569,000. Those not in the labor force rose by 2,014,000.   In February, the Civilian Labor Force rose by 476,000.   In February, those "Not in Labor Force" decreased by 310,000. If you are not in the labor force, you are not counted as unemployed.  Participation Rate rose .2 to 63.9%  Were it not for people dropping out of the labor force, the unemployment rate would be well over 11%. Over the past several years people have...
  • Ed Schultz Paid Nearly$200,000 By Unions in 2011,According to Labor Dept.

    03/09/2012 10:59:09 AM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 3/9/12 | Jack Coleman
    What a shock -- labor unions paying one of their biggest cheerleaders in the media. Perhaps Ed Schultz could explain what he does for unions to warrant such largesse. I don't recall hearing anything along these lines on his radio program or MSNBC show. (graphic after page break) In fiscal 2011, Schultz received $190,000 from the Communications Workers of America for what the U.S. Department of Labor categorized as "representational activities." For swag like that, you'd think Schultz could at least get it right about the CWA name. Instead, he invariably refers to it as the "Communication"
  • Would Michigan Have Been Better Off if the Sit-Down Strike had Failed?

    02/22/2012 5:31:48 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/19/2012 | Paul Kersey
    On Feb. 11, 1937, the United Auto Workers and General Motors signed a one-page contract that recognized the UAW as the representative of those workers who had joined the union. That minimalist contract was the fruit of a titanic struggle in which UAW supporters physically occupied GM’s Fisher #1 plant in Flint, preventing the company from bringing in replacement workers and crippling the automaker. This was the famous “sit-down strike,” the turning point that made the UAW an industry-wide force. The sit-down strike was the stuff of legend. The workers’ commitment to the union cannot be denied and the boldness...
  • Mitt Romney: Labor unions play an important role in our society

    02/21/2012 11:24:58 PM PST · by cdchik123 · 29 replies
    hotair ^ | 2/21/12 | tina korbe
    Just as Rick Santorum has pointedly and repeatedly reminded voters that Mitt Romney supported an individual health care mandate and the Wall Street bailouts, so Mitt Romney has sought to remind voters that Rick Santorum has been cozy with Big Labor in the past. In his attacks on Santorum, Romney has sounded unequivocally anti-labor, which no doubt has not helped him much in Michigan. Today, though, the former Massachusetts governor displayed a nuanced perspective on labor unions, characterizing himself as pro-union-worker but anti-union-bosses. His first line — “Labor unions play an important role in our society” — might seem to...
  • The True Unemployment Rate: 36%

    02/21/2012 10:09:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    Human Events ^ | February 20, 2012 | John Hayward
    How would you define “unemployment?”  Statistics on unemployment are bandied around in the media all the time.  Changes in these statistics are hailed as good or bad news for the President, with varying degrees of emphasis from the news networks, depending on which party the President belongs to.  But what do these statistics truly measure?Would you define “unemployment” as measuring “people who want a job, but can’t get one?”  This is, broadly speaking, the definition embraced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The trick to making those numbers dance lies in measuring “people who want a job.”  The widely reported...
  • Harass rap vs. union

    02/18/2012 10:54:31 AM PST · by jmcenanly · 3 replies
    New York Post ^ | Posted: 12:58 AM, January 24, 2012 | By LIZ SADLER and JEANE MACINTOSH
    Workers at a downtown hotel charge that union goons resorted to outrageous tactics to browbeat them into joining their ranks — going so far as to photograph a female staffer as she changed clothes in an employee locker room, apparently to blackmail her. “I was wearing my uniform pants and my bra and holding my shirt to put it on when they started snapping pictures,” front-desk worker Gisel Rodriguez, 28, recalled of the alleged sneak attack at the SoHo Courtyard Marriott in December. “I was furious, really didn’t know what to do,’’ she said. “They said, ‘We’re allowed to be...
  • ‘Go Build Georgia’ tours to talk skilled worker shortage

    02/09/2012 10:31:52 PM PST · by barmag25 · 4 replies
    Dalton Daily Citizen ^ | February 9, 2012 | Rachel Brown
    16,500. That’s the number of skilled craft job opportunities expected to open in Georgia over the next year. The number of people trained to fill them? Not nearly enough, according to officials with the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development promoting the Go Build Georgia program. The program, designed to encourage more people to learn skilled trades, made the first of 13 stops across the state this week at the Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy, formerly the Whitfield Career Academy. Educators, business representatives and others from 14 Northwest Georgia counties attended. “We know by 2016 we will be in a...
  • Freeing Workers from Union Bosses The Employee Rights Act.

    02/06/2012 3:03:16 PM PST · by rhema · 8 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 2/6/12 | Fred Barnes
    For the first time in decades, union power is under serious threat. Indiana is on the verge of becoming the 23rd state to enact a right-to-work law, liberating workers from being forced to join a union. New Hampshire may also adopt some form of right-to-work. Murmurs about a national right-to-work law are growing. Public sector unions continue to face efforts to curb their power and trim their lavish contracts. And now there’s a shrewd new challenge to organized labor: the Employee Rights Act. It would take labor law in a new direction. Unlike right-to-work statutes, which help businesses escape unionization,...
  • Indiana Is A Right-to-Work State

    02/02/2012 8:30:40 AM PST · by BfloGuy · 46 replies · 1+ views
    CapCon: MIchigan Capitol Confidential ^ | February 1, 2012 | Jack Spencer
    Michigan now has a right-to-work state as a neighbor, as Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed legislation Wednesday afternoon making his state the 23rd right-to-work state in the nation and the first in the Manufacturing Belt. Under the legislation, unions and companies cannot negotiate contracts that force employees to financially support a union as a condition of employment. Gov. Daniels put his signature on the measure shortly after the Indiana state Senate passed it Wednesday morning on a 28-22 vote. A similar measure in 2011 failed when Democratic lawmakers prevented the state House from holding session by leaving the state. Subsequent...
  • Governor Daniels signs Right to Work bill into law (INDIANA)

    02/01/2012 2:08:09 PM PST · by TMA62 · 63 replies
    WIBC Radio ^ | 2/1/12 | Ted Andrews
    I remember Daniels getting a lot of heat for not pushing RTW legislation last year. He and the Indiana House and Senate had a lot on their plates legislatively last year. Daniels wanted hearings on it last year and to look at RTW for this session. In December, Daniels came out in full support of RTW. Today he signed the bill into law making Indiana the 23rd RTW state in the nation. You gotta give Daniels credit. He is a man of his word. Great job Mitch!!!