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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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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!!!
  • Will Unions Occupy Super Bowl Over Right To Work?

    01/23/2012 12:48:30 PM PST · by raptor22 · 16 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 23, 2012 | IBD staff
    Big Labor: Indiana unions, opposed to becoming the first right-to-work state in the Rust Belt, may disrupt Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis. Their unnecessary roughness will cost the Hoosiers needed jobs. On Friday, as the Indiana Senate was scheduled to take up legislation supported by Gov. Mitch Daniels to make Indiana the 23rd right-to-work state, Indiana unions considered copying the disruptive and coercive tactics of Occupy Wall Street to disrupt arguably America's premier sporting event, the Super Bowl, to be held in Indianapolis on Feb. 5. As in Wisconsin, where embattled GOP Gov. Scott Walker faces a recall election over...
  • Labor union quits alliance with greens over Keystone pipeline

    01/22/2012 9:59:15 AM PST · by TennesseeGirl · 18 replies
    E2 Wire ^ | 1/20/2012 | Andrew Restuccia
    The Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) left the BlueGreen Alliance on Friday, citing a disagreement with the group’s members over the Keystone XL pipeline. LIUNA, a vocal Keystone supporter, took aim at other unions for opposing the project. “We’re repulsed by some of our supposed brothers and sisters lining up with job killers like the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council to destroy the lives of working men and women,” LIUNA General President Terry O’Sullivan said in a statement. The BlueGreen Alliance, a coalition of environmental groups and labor unions, confirmed LIUNA’s exit Friday afternoon. “The...
  • Obama admin taken to court for recess appointments

    01/13/2012 7:44:45 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1-13-12 | Neil Munro
    A right-to-work organization is taking the White House to court over the president’s controversial decision to install three new members on the National Board Relations board without Senate approval. The legal challenge came after the three new members approved a legal response in an existing lawsuit. The plaintiffs asked the judge on Friday to rule that their participation is invalid because President Barack Obama did not have the authority to appoint them. “We asked [the judge] to consider the question of whether they are constitutionally seated,” said Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Foundation. Without legitimate appointments,...
  • Michigan Treasurer says Detroit to run out of money by May

    01/10/2012 6:25:40 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 39 replies
    Insight News ^ | January 10, 2011 | John Stoll
    The struggling U.S. city of Detroit is on track to run out of money in May instead of April after spending changes made by city officials, Michigan Treasurer Andy Dillon said on Tuesday. Dillon addressed media following a two-and-a-half-hour meeting with a team that is looking at Detroit's financial picture and trying to assess whether the city needs an emergency manager to take over operations. It was the first time the 10-member team met since it was appointed last month. He said Detroit's most urgent issue is figuring out how to arrest escalating retiree health care costs, and clean up...
  • Indiana House Dems end chamber boycott, GOP plans initial vote on divisive labor bill

    01/10/2012 1:42:38 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Indiana House Dems end chamber boycott, GOP plans initial vote on divisive labor billBy Associated Press, Published: January 9 INDIANAPOLIS — A divisive labor bill is back in Republican hands after Indiana House Democrats on Monday ended a three-day boycott of the chamber to stall the measure. Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma said the right-to-work bill will get a committee vote Tuesday morning and could make it out of his chamber by the end of the week if Democrats continue to attend House sessions. **SNIP** Republicans want to make Indiana the first state in more than a decade to enact...
  • On Those New Jobless Numbers . . .

    01/07/2012 4:57:11 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    Break out the party hats! Unemployment is all the way down to 8.5 percent! Whoo-hoo! Zero Hedge spotlights the steady increase in the number of Americans not in the labor force; he points out, “the labor force itself declined by 50K from 153,937 to 153,887. In fact, persons not in the labor force have increased by 7.5 million since January 2007.” The Bureau of Labor Statistics offers this chart: (see below) The recession may have ended in mid-2009 according to the economists, but the normal rate of growth in the size of the labor force stopped in 2008 and has...
  • Fines pending for Indiana House Dems in labor battle (RATS bracing for major financial pain)

    01/06/2012 9:04:36 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/06/12 | TOM LoBIANCO
    Fines pending for Ind. House Dems in labor battleBy TOM LoBIANCO | AP – 13 hrs ago INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's House Democrats are bracing for major financial pain as they begin a third day blocking a bill that would make Indiana the first state in more than a decade to enact right-to-work legislation. Fines of $1,000 daily for each Democrat could hit Friday, depending on what Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma decides to do with lawmakers who deny him the numbers needed to push through the Republican priority. But Rep. Vanessa Summers, D-Indianapolis, said that if she can stand...
  • Republican State Senate Sits on Union Reform Bills

    01/04/2012 6:23:03 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/30/2011 | Jack McHugh
    In 2011, Michigan public school employee unions took more than $630 from the paychecks of each school employee on average, according to government disclosures they must file. The state’s largest school employee union, the Michigan Education Association, collected $62.8 million from these union dues and nonvoluntary fees. Combined with other revenues, this sum amounted to more than $93 for every student in the state. Every dollar collected by school and government employee unions is provided by taxpayers, who also contribute through two other questionable practices that the Republican-controlled Michigan Senate has allowed to continue after the state House voted to...
  • 580 Morgan Stanley Soon To Be Former-Employees Learn They're Redundant Courtesy Of The Dept Of Labor

    12/28/2011 9:14:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/28/2011 | Tyler Durden
    Previously it was Credit Suisse and Citigroup. Now it is Morgan Stanley's turn, as 580 employees in the firm's three New York office learn they are about to get the boot courtesy not of the HR department but the DOL's WARN website, which just happens to be the best real-time indicator for observing the transition of the soon to be former 1% into the 99%.From WARN: Date of Notice:  12/27/2011 Control Number: 2011-0193 Rapid Response Specialist:  Linda Foehr Reason Stated for Filing:  Plant Layoffs Company:  Morgan Stanley (Various NYC sites)1221 Avenue of AmericasNew York, NY  10020 County:  New York | WIB Name: NEW YORK...
  • I was Gaga's Slave (Lawsuit filed against member of 1%, Hussein supporter)

    12/26/2011 4:05:19 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 25 replies
    NY POST ^ | 12.25.11 | KATHIANNE BONIELLO
    Lady Gaga is a monster —to work for. Long Islander Jennifer O’Neill endured 13 long months as the domineering diva’s personal assistant —and claims she’s owned hundreds of thousands of dollars...
  • Employment Laws and the Price of Labor

    12/22/2011 4:26:51 PM PST · by bthockey
    The Band Of Patriots ^ | 12/21/11 | Bryan Thomas
    Many people in America believe that wages of employees are as low as they are merely because of “corporate greed” and that companies want to take advantage of their employees. However, most people that think rationally and for themselves don’t believe this. If the leaders of America would let free markets work, companies and corporations would have to offer competitive pay for their workers to beat out competition. Government regulations and minimum wage laws are the reason why unemployment is so high in America, these problems don’t occur because people on Wall Street are greedy. The first and most important...
  • Company's departure a sign state's business climate is in the trash

    12/19/2011 5:55:40 PM PST · by SmithL · 58 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/19/11 | Ted Gaines
    An ugly scene in the California economy played out in our own backyard this week, as Waste Connections, Sacramento's most valuable company, announced that it is moving its corporate headquarters – and the 100 jobs that go with it – to a Houston suburb. Waste Connections was a shining star in local business, starting here 15 years ago as a one-man shop and growing into a 6,500-employee behemoth operating in 30 states. But CEO and founder Ron Mittelstaedt has finally had enough of California's hostile, complex, expensive business environment and decided to pull up his stakes and head to greener...
  • NLRB withdraws Boeing complaint

    12/09/2011 10:35:20 AM PST · by Sopater · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/09/11 12:06 PM ET | Keith Laing
    The National Labor Relations Board has dropped its controversial case against airline manufacturer Boeing, which had become a lightning rod for conservatives. The labor board argued for much of the past year that Boeing decided to locate a new plant to build its new 787 Dreamliner jets in South Carolina, a right-to-work state, in retaliation for strikes by unionized workers at its existing facilities in Washington state. But the panel appeared to bow to political pressure Friday, saying that a deal the company reached this month with the International Association of Machinists to build a different type of airline, the...
  • Federal pay gap widens, report says

    11/30/2011 12:05:43 PM PST · by Retro Llama · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 11/4/11 | Eric Yoder
    The federal government reported Friday that on average, its employees are underpaid by 26.3 percent compared with similar non-federal jobs, a "pay gap" that increased by about 2 percentage points over last year while federal salary rates were frozen.... The pay gap in the Washington-Baltimore area was calculated at 36.9 percent, slightly below the 38.1 percent reported last year. Officials said a variety of factors could have caused that result, including changes in the mix of jobs and switching thousands of Defense Department employees into the general schedule and out of a separate pay system that is being phased out....
  • Labor Board Rushing to Put New Election Rules In Place

    11/30/2011 11:06:31 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/28/2011 | Paul Kersey
    The National Labor Relations Board is determined to pass new election rules that will cut the time before a vote on union representation is held down to a matter of a couple of weeks. In their rush to put the new rules into effect, the board is cutting procedural corners and quite possibly violating the law. The labor board ordinarily has five members, but due to difficulties in getting members appointed and confirmed the board has only three members now. One appointment, the controversial Craig Becker, was made during a recess, without Senate approval, and his term ends at the...
  • NLRB 'Ignores' Rules To Rush Union Elections

    11/30/2011 8:19:12 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/30/2011 | Jack Spencer
    With a 2-1 labor-friendly advantage, the National Labor Relations Board is poised to speed up the union election process, but to do so it would have to bend its own rules. According to precedent, the NLRB requires at least three “yes” votes to make changes, such as those proposed for the elections. But it plans to adopt the regulations with just two “yes” votes, anyway in a meeting scheduled for Nov. 30. At full force, the NLRB is comprised of five members. Due to wrangling between President Barack Obama and Congress, it currently has only three members. They are: Craig...
  • NLRB Votes On Pro-Union Rule Wed.; Will Hayes Resign?

    11/30/2011 6:04:53 AM PST · by Slyscribe · 6 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/30/11 | Sean Higgins
    Business and labor groups are anxiously awaiting a vote set for Wednesday at the National Labor Relations Board. The sole Republican member, Brian Hayes, has threatened to quit to prevent a proposed rule change that would boost workplace organizing. Will Hayes follow through? He's not talking, even to others on the board.
  • Marine Who Received Medal of Honor Fights Allegations He is Mentally Unstable (Dakota Meyer)

    11/29/2011 5:00:34 PM PST · by presidio9 · 35 replies
    ABC ^ | November 29, 2011 | OLIVIA KATRANDJIAN
    In September, President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation's most prestigious military award, to Sgt. Dakota Meyer, the marine who saved 36 of his comrades during an ambush in Afghanistan. Obama called Meyer one of the most "down-to-earth guys that you will ever meet." But today Meyer, 23, is having trouble getting a job because of allegations by defense contractor BAE Systems that he has a drinking problem and is mentally unstable. Meyer filed legal papers Monday claiming the allegations were in retaliation for objections he raised about BAE's alleged decision to sell high-tech sniper scopes to the...
  • Republican Threatens to Quit Labor Board (Would paralyze NLRB's Rule Making Powers)

    11/24/2011 9:05:39 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 20 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | 11.23.11 | S Greenhouse
    The National Labor Relations Board, the subject of particularly intense partisan sniping this year, could soon be completely paralyzed. The labor board's sole Republican member, Brian E. Hayes, has threatened to resign to deny the N.L.R.B. the three-person quorum it needs to make any decisions, according to board officials. Mr. Hayes has made his threat expressly to block the Democratic-dominated board from adopting new rules to speed up unionization elections, which the board's other current members, both Democrats, intend to pass Nov. 30.
  • What happened to wages of native-born workers after Arizona passed E-Verify?

    11/18/2011 2:15:49 PM PST · by South40 · 38 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11/18/2011 | Liz Goodwin
    Lawmakers in several states have vowed to pass undocumented employer sanction laws after the Supreme Court upheld Arizona's this year. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) has drummed up some support to pass a federal version in Congress that would require all employers to use the government's E-Verify database to ensure their employees are authorized to work--or risk losing their business license. Arizona provides a case study for the effects of a tough E-Verify law on the labor market. According to a study released this year by the Public Policy Institute of California, about 92,000 or 17 percent of the Hispanic non-citizen...
  • Why Americans Won't Do Dirty Jobs

    11/15/2011 10:19:20 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 153 replies · 1+ views
    MSNBC ^ | November 09, 2011 | Elizabeth Dwoskin
    Skinning, gutting, and cutting up catfish is not easy or pleasant work. No one knows this better than Randy Rhodes, president of Harvest Select, which has a processing plant in impoverished Uniontown, Ala. For years, Rhodes has had trouble finding Americans willing to grab a knife and stand 10 or more hours a day in a cold, wet room for minimum wage and skimpy benefits. Most of his employees are Guatemalan. Or they were, until Alabama enacted an immigration law in September that requires police to question people they suspect might be in the U.S. illegally and punish businesses -
  • Boeing: Union Reneged On Deal; NLRB Emails Shed Light

    11/11/2011 7:14:17 AM PST · by Slyscribe · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/10/11 | Sean Higgins
    Newly released documents regarding the National Labor Relations Board complaint vs. Boeing reveal that extensive, though ultimately futile, efforts were made to avoid litigation. Boeing (BA) officials say the documents relate to a settlement that they thought they had made with the International Association of Machinists, the union that brought the complaint. The aerospace giant claims IAM revoked the offer after Boeing had accepted it. If true, that would suggest that IAM was interested in pursuing the case as a test of the NLRB's power under the Obama administration.
  • Right-to-work amendment may be headed to Ohio ballot

    11/10/2011 5:19:16 PM PST · by SteelToe · 9 replies · 1+ views
    The Plain Dealer (Cleveland.com) ^ | November 10, 2011 | Aaron Marshall
    COLUMBUS, Ohio - The group of conservatives and Tea Party activists that won a landslide victory on Tuesday with Ohio's "healthcare freedom" amendment wants to come back to voters with a new proposal -- a "right-to-work" initiative. Dubbed the "Ohio Workplace Freedom Amendment," the issue would place into the Ohio Constitution a ban on requiring Ohioans to join a union as a condition of employment. The proposal also follows the decisive defeat in Tuesday's election of another measure aimed at unions, Issue 2, which was a referendum on Senate Bill 5, the law that aimed to sharply restrict collective bargaining...
  • U.S. productivity rises 3.1% in third quarter

    11/03/2011 7:08:14 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 9 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 11.3.11 | Jeffry Bartash
    The productivity of U.S. businesses climbed 3.1% in the third quarter...Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had expected productivity to increase by 3.7% in the third quarter... ...real output, grew at an annual rate of 3.8%...Hours worked, however, rose a much smaller 0.6%, according to Labor Department data released Thursday. As a result, unit-labor costs fell 2.4%...
  • (Australian Prime Minister) Labor leader has lost public's faith

    10/10/2011 12:50:42 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies
    The Australian ^ | 11th October 2011 | Dennis Shanahan
    LABOR may have finally bounced off rock bottom but Australia's oldest political party and its leader are still facing a historic loss of public confidence and electoral failure. A three-point rise in the Newspoll primary vote for the ALP has avoided the unthinkable for the Gillard government of going to 25 per cent or below to have less support than the combined vote for the Greens and various odds and sods, but the broader view of this survey of public opinion about Labor - as well as the personal standing of Julia Gillard - is devastating. The electorate has not...
  • Photo finish: Woman gives birth after running (and walking) marathon

    10/10/2011 11:33:51 AM PDT · by greatdefender · 19 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 10, 2011
    CHICAGO -- A pregnant suburban Chicago woman felt contractions a few minutes after finishing the Chicago Marathon and gave birth hours later to a baby girl. mber Miller was nearly 39 weeks pregnant -- expecting her second child any day -- when she set off from the starting line of the Chicago Marathon Sunday. She ran and walked even as contractions started kicking in regularly toward the end of the race. But she managed to cross the finish line -- and grab a bite to eat -- before giving birth to baby girl June Sunday night. "I got the OK...
  • Verizon employee alleges union illegally seized dues

    10/09/2011 12:27:45 PM PDT · by Miami Vice · 6 replies
    Legal News Line ^ | 10-4-11 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (Legal Newsline) - A Verizon employee has filed unfair labor practice charges against Communications Workers of America Local 2205 for actions the union allegedly took during a recent strike. Monika Cassell claims the union ignored her right ...
  • Farmers Encouraged to Comment on DOL Proposed Rules (prohibits most farm employment nder 16)

    10/07/2011 11:44:25 AM PDT · by prairiebreeze · 35 replies
    Drovers Cattle Network ^ | October 5, 2011 | Greg Henderson
    --snip-- .. Labor Dept. announced proposal that would help ensure the safety of youth on farms. But,...as farm advocates claim (they) are far too restrictive. “Here’s what the government thinks is common sense,” says Craig Anderson, Agriculture Labor and Safety Services division manager at the Michigan Farm Bureau. “Eliminate work to protect workers. If you don’t work, you can’t be hurt on the job. Who can argue with that?” --snip-- “The DOL assumes that youth under age 16 lack the ‘cognitive ability’ to herd animals on horseback, use battery-powered drills, put hay bales on a bale elevator or use any...
  • Obama’s Labor Secretary To Headline AFL-CIO Union Organizing Summit Targeting Young Workers

    09/27/2011 8:53:11 AM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Big Government ^ | 9/27/11 | LaborUnionReport
    In yet another example the Obama Administration’s pandering to its union cronies while thumbing its nose at the other 88% of America that is union free, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis will be headlining (at taxpayer expense) to an AFL-CIO “summit” later this week in Minneapolis. The subject of the conference? How to unionize young people (and others). Targeting younger workers has been part of the AFL-CIO’s strategy since Richard Trumka took over the reins of the AFL-CIO in 2009. Elizabeth Shuler, the AFL-CIO’s Secretary Treasurer, has been spearheading the effort and is hosting the “Next Up: Young Workers Summit” in...
  • Report: Ex-labor chief works 1 day, nets $158,000 city pension (Chicago)

    09/22/2011 10:25:17 AM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 9/22/11
    Report: Ex-labor chief works 1 day, nets $158,000 city pensionFormer president of Chicago Federation of Labor, city officials defend payout as legal msnbc.com news services updated 48 minutes ago A retired Chicago labor leader has secured a $158,000 public pension — roughly five times greater than what a typical retired public-service worker in the Windy City receives — after spending just one day on the city payroll, local news reports said. According to The Chicago Tribune, Dennis Gannon stands to collect approximately $5 million in city pension funds during his lifetime. He now draws the pension while working for a...