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  • Angry UAW Members Lash Out at Southern Senators

    12/12/2008 6:22:32 PM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 105 replies · 2,660+ views
    Yahoo! Finance (via the AP) ^ | December 12, 2008 | Ken Thomas & Ellen Simon
    DETROIT (AP) -- Festering animosity between the United Auto Workers and Southern senators who torpedoed the auto industry bailout bill erupted into full-fledged name calling Friday as union officials accused the lawmakers of trying to break the union on behalf of foreign automakers. The vitriol had been near the surface for weeks as senators from states that house the transplant automakers' factories criticized the Detroit Three for management miscues and bloated UAW labor costs that lawmakers said make them uncompetitive. But the UAW stopped biting its tongue after Republicans sank a House-passed bill Thursday night that would have loaned $14...
  • UAW Wages

    12/12/2008 7:31:36 AM PST · by conservativesister · 80 replies · 4,378+ views
    12-12-08 | conservativesister
    Watching Fox News with the speaker of the UAW, he is stating that the Legislators want to use the Toyota wages as the bench mark which about $28/hr. Fox News scrolled that General Motors average cost for an employee is about $74/hr. (the UAW speaker said the workers make approx. $36/hr) $74/hr. would include houly wage, insurances, sick leave, vacation pay, worker's comp, and unemployment insurance. My questions is where can you find a listing showing wage ranges for UAW workers? PS I would like to find a job making $36/hr or $75,000/yr
  • Labor Wants Obama to Take on Big Fight (Employee Free Choice Act Payback)

    11/05/2008 11:17:24 PM PST · by Fred · 25 replies · 1,593+ views
    WSJ ^ | 110608 | KRIS MAHER
    Organized labor sees a historic opportunity with Tuesday's election and is counting on the incoming Obama administration to back its agenda in what promises to be a landmark battle with business. At the top of labor's wish list is passage of the Employee Free Choice Act, which would make it harder for companies to fight union-organizing drives. "It is the most important issue that we have," said John Sweeney, president of the AFL-CIO. AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer Richard Trumka, left, confers with the union's president, John Sweeney, Wednesday. Unions are counting on President-elect Obama to back their legislative agenda. President-elect Barack...
  • Johnson:Democrats' dream could become national nightmare

    10/25/2008 9:20:14 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies · 994+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 10/26/8 | Greg Johnson
    What a difference four years make. "Rarely have the stars been aligned as they are right now for (President) George W. Bush," Kenneth Walsh wrote in U.S. News and World Report in November 2004. "And he intends to take full advantage of the fact." After Bush beat Democrat John Kerry, some talked of a permanent Republican majority. Democrats were down. Paul Krugman wrote in The New York Times, "Democrats are now, understandably, engaged in self-examination." Krugman concluded, "But Democrats mustn't give up the fight. What's at stake isn't just the fate of their party, but the fate of America as...
  • GM to close Wyoming stamping plant (months after union 'wins' contract)

    10/13/2008 6:05:05 PM PDT · by Mr. Brightside · 76 replies · 2,219+ views
    WOOD TV ^ | http://www.woodtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=9170744
    GM to close Wyoming stamping plant Oct 13, 2008 02:22 PM EDT By 24 Hour News 8 staff WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) -- The Wyoming stamping plant will be closed by General Motors by December 2009, 24 Hour News 8 has learned. Tim Lee, the head of GM's stamping division, made the announcement at 2:15 p.m. Monday to a stunned group of employees. The 36th Street plant has 1,400 workers at this time. Lee told the first-shift employees the work at the plant would be phased out and the plant would be closed in 14 months. Greg Golembiewski, the president of...
  • Labor unions protest in NY against bailout

    09/26/2008 8:00:21 AM PDT · by Iron Munro · 18 replies · 673+ views
    Reuters ^ | September 26, 2008 | Christian Wiessner
    Hard hats, transit workers, machinists, teachers and other labor unionists railed against the U.S. government's proposed bailout of Wall Street on Thursday in a protest steps from the New York Stock Exchange. Several hundred protesters yelled their enthusiastic support as union leaders decried a proposed $700 billion plan aimed at reinvigorating the credit markets by relieving financial institutions of distressed debt. "The Bush administration wants us to pay the freight for a Wall Street bailout that does not even begin to address the roots of our crisis," said AFL-CIO National President John Sweeney. "We want our tax dollars used to...
  • Iran's Brutal Labor Crackdown

    07/19/2008 5:04:58 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies · 147+ views
    New York Post | July 17, 2008 | Amir Taheri
    Iran's Brutal Labor Crackdown New York Post Amir Taheri A year ago last Saturday, Ali Khamenei ordered the abduction of trade-union leader Mansour Osanloo. In so doing, Iran's top ruling mullah hoped to kill in infancy the independent trade-union movement that Osanloo had launched in '05 with the help of colleagues among bus drivers and conductors in Tehran. A year later, Osanloo is still in prison, sentenced to five years on a charge of "undermining the security of the Islamic Republic." Yet the free-union movement that he inspired has spread like wildfire. Transport workers in Tehran and its suburbs have...
  • AFL-CIO slams McCain

    04/30/2008 9:32:19 AM PDT · by redwill · 31 replies · 103+ views
    Hotline Blog ^ | 2/29/08 | Jennifer Skalka
    http://hotlineblog.nationaljournal.com ***** By Jennifer Skalka The AFL-CIO is dropping a tough mailer in PA today noting that while John McCain's war service is admirable, his political views -- on the Bush tax cuts, NAFTA and overtime pay, in particular -- are out of sync with the needs and values of working Americans. "
  • Delta Queen loses House vote, prepares to exit cruise business

    04/26/2008 5:38:41 AM PDT · by iowamark · 23 replies · 152+ views
    Business Courier of Cincinnati ^ | 04/25/2008 | not stated
    U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot, R-OH, blamed labor unions and partisan politics for a U.S. House vote this week rejecting an amendment that could have kept the Delta Queen riverboat from having to phase out its overnight cruise packages. The historic riverboat has been operating with a special Congressional exemption from the federal Safety at Sea Act since 1968, an exemption that has been renewed eight times. The safety act bans the use of wooden vessels for overnight cruises. Backers of the exemption claim the Delta Queen deserves special treatment because of its historical significance and recently upgraded fire-safety systems. With...
  • Pelosi attacks McCain for backing Calif.'s 2005 special election

    03/28/2008 8:39:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies · 656+ views
    KTVN-TV ^ | March 28, 2008
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sidestepped the superdelegate controversy as she opened the California Democratic Party convention tonight in San Jose, instead taking aim at likely Republican presidential nominee, John McCain. Pelosi noted that McCain campaigned alongside Governor Schwarzenegger during the polarizing special election the governor called in 2005. Schwarzenegger tried to pass ballot measures aimed at weakening the power of public employee unions, changing teacher tenure rules and clamping down on state spending. Californians rejected those reforms and she predicted they'd reject McCain as well. The gathering at the San Jose Convention Center continues through...
  • Colorado State Troopers Form Union

    03/28/2008 12:30:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies · 499+ views
    colorado confidential ^ | Mar 28, 2008 | Erin Rosa
    State troopers in Colorado have voted to form a union, according to Colorado WINS, a labor union coalition seeking to organize approximately 32,000 state workers. The state trooper employee organization, known as the Association of Colorado State Patrol Professionals, is the first of its kind to form since Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter issued an executive order in November supporting state worker efforts to unionize and form employee partnerships.
  • CA: Wage suit cost LAX hotel workers millions, group says

    03/19/2008 6:52:05 PM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 1 replies · 247+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 3/18/08 | David Zahniser
    A lawsuit filed by seven hotels seeking to avoid paying a higher minimum wage has cost roughly 2,000 workers a combined $4.7 million in lost income, according to a report to be released today by a pro-union nonprofit group. The Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, which last year persuaded the City Council to pass a $10.64-per-hour minimum wage at hotels near Los Angeles International Airport, said the ongoing legal fight has delayed implementation of the law -- denying each hotel employee anywhere from $350 to $4,400 since the measure was approved in January 2007.
  • The other pay gap

    02/09/2008 9:06:48 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 18 replies · 117+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | February 8, 2008 | Editorial
    America is gap crazy. Legions of policy wonks and social scientists have carved comfortable careers exposing gaps and torturing data and logic to make these gaps seem wider or more sinister. Politicians, meanwhile, have ensured their incumbency by redirecting gobs of other people's money to fund dubious efforts to close these gaps. Connecticut, for example, has gone through several generations of plans and many millions of dollars in a futile effort to close the achievement (education) gap. But there are many other gaps: a justice gap, marriage gap, environmental-health gap, age gap and a bunch more. One thing is certain:...
  • Attorney General Edwards?

    01/25/2008 5:42:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies · 161+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | January 25, 2008 | Robert Novak
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Illinois Democrats close to Sen. Barack Obama are quietly passing the word that John Edwards will be named attorney general in an Obama administration. Installation at the Justice Department of multimillionaire trial lawyer Edwards would please not only the union leaders supporting him for president but organized labor in general. The unions relish the prospect of an unequivocal labor partisan as the nation's top legal officer. In public debates, Obama and Edwards often seem to bond together in alliance against front-running Sen. Hillary Clinton. While running a poor third, Edwards could collect a substantial bag of delegates...
  • Labor Makes Big Comeback In '08 Races Ramping Up Spending, Unions Get Voters to Polls

    01/18/2008 5:29:18 AM PST · by Brilliant · 6 replies · 44+ views
    WSJ ^ | January 18, 2008 | BRODY MULLINS
    Big Labor is growing new political muscles. Even as the number of unionized workers falls nationwide, labor unions are showing increased power in this topsy-turvy election season. By deploying new strategies to use their money, unions have regained their position as the single-strongest force in elections, outside of the presidential candidates and the national parties. That's a boost for Democrats, since labor is a pillar of the party. Many thought campaign-finance reforms enacted in 2002 would diminish the clout of labor along with that of business. The law was meant to stem the influence of big money in politics by...
  • Supreme Court to Rule on Union Law

    11/23/2007 6:59:32 AM PST · by redwill · 7 replies · 120+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 11/21/07 | Associated Press
    The Supreme Court intervened in a dispute between organized labor and management Tuesday, agreeing to decide the validity of a state law that limits employers' ability to weigh in on union organizing. The case accepted by the justices comes from California, where a law passed in 2000 prohibits employers from using money they receive from the state to oppose or support unionization efforts.
  • Where did Reagan go, anyway?

    11/09/2007 12:07:38 PM PST · by redwill · 7 replies · 156+ views
    Congress.org ^ | 11/09/07 | Will Fine
    Where did Reagan go away? Republicans help Labor unions to a major victory How could these Senate Republicans help labor unions to a major victory? Call your Senator now to stop S.2123. The misnamed and egregious "Public Safety Employer-Employee cooperation act of 2007" was introduced by Senator Gregg on October 1 with enough Republicans (11 Republicans) to invoke cloture and pass the Bill.
  • Morgan Liddick: Governor Ritter might as well be resurrecting Hoffa

    11/05/2007 7:30:58 PM PST · by george76 · 18 replies · 137+ views
    Summit Daily ^ | November 5, 2007 | Morgan Liddick
    So, now we know. When he was running for the highest office in the state, we all heard a lot of promises from Bill Ritter: promises about consultation with Colorado’s major constituencies, collaborative government, moderation — all the “new Democrat” codswallop. Maybe you thought we had elected a “moderate.” But at this point, everyone on this side of the sod should know that we elected a weasel. The governor’s plan to unionize government flies in the face of everything he promised during his campaign. At least, everything he promised publicly. Evidently, there were other, more serious, promises made behind closed...
  • A Colorado promise broken

    11/06/2007 6:13:07 AM PST · by redwill · 18 replies · 100+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | 11/04/07 | The Denver Post
    When Coloradans elected Bill Ritter as governor, they thought they were getting a modern-day version of Roy Romer, a pro-business Democrat. Instead, they got Jimmy Hoffa. Ritter campaigned under the guise of a moderate "new Democrat" but now we know he's simply a toady to labor bosses and the old vestiges of his party — a bag man for unions and special interests.
  • How can these Republicans help labor unions to victory?

    10/12/2007 12:27:01 PM PDT · by redwill · 3 replies · 374+ views
    Congress.org ^ | 10/12/07 | Will Fine
    How could these Republicans help Labor Unions to victory? Stop S.2123 now! Call your Senator To all who read this: Copy and paste it and send it along to your family and friends. Call your Senator now to stop S.2123. The misnamed and egregious "Public Safety Employer-Employee cooperation act of 2007" was introduced by Senator Gregg on October 1 with enough Republicans (nine Republicans) to invoke cloture and pass the Bill.