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  • Union group runs voter registration drive in West Baltimore

    05/31/2015 4:28:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | May 30, 2015 | by Carrie Wells
    ... f State, County and Municipal Employees in response to the civil unrest in late April and early May after the death of Freddie Gray from injuries suffered in police custody. The organizers targeted the neighborhoods of West Baltimore, where Gray was arrested. AFSCME Maryland has done voter registration efforts before, but the unrest "put it into hyperdrive," said Patrick Moran, president of the union group. On Saturday, the ASFSCME members had more luck elsewhere, registering 22 new voters. One of them was 18-year-old Brandi Womack, who was set to graduate from Carver Vocational-Technical High on Sunday. Womack, whose mother,...
  • Unions pounce on membership bill in Assembly. (Nevada)

    05/28/2015 7:45:09 AM PDT · by redreno · 2 replies ^ | 05/26/2015 | By BEN BOTKIN
    CARSON CITY — Two longstanding pillars of organized labor — union membership and employee seniority — would face changes under a Nevada collective bargaining bill that addresses how local governments and unions do business together. The Assembly Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday heard Assembly Bill 182, which would allow government employees to quit their union membership whenever they wish. AB182, sponsored by Assemblyman Randy Kirner, R-Reno, also would allow local governments to look at employees beyond simply their seniority level when making layoffs. Kirner said the bill’s purpose falls in line with Nevada’s standing as a right-to-work state in...
  • SRC cancels teachers' contract

    10/07/2014 11:08:44 AM PDT · by redreno · 9 replies ^ | 10/06/2014 | Kristen Graham and Martha Woodall
    In a stunning move that could reshape the face of city schools, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission voted Monday to unilaterally cancel its teachers’ contract. The vote was unanimous. The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers was given no advance word of the action — which happened at an early-morning SRC meeting called with minimal notice — and which figures to result in a legal challenge to the takeover law the SRC believes gives it the power to bypass negotiations and impose terms. Jerry Jordan, PFT president, called the move "cowardly" and vowed to fight it strongly. "I am taking nothing off...
  • Opinion: Federal employees spent 3.4 million hours working for their unions

    10/07/2014 8:28:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Market Watch ^ | October 7, 2014 | By Diana Furchtgott-Roth
    Most Americans think federal employees are working for the public. But a new report issued by the Office of Personnel Management on Monday shows that in fiscal 2012, 1.2 million federal workers spent 3.4 million hours reporting to their government unions. Paradoxically, time spent not working for the taxpayer is called “official time.” OPM reports that official time costs taxpayers $157 million in salary and benefits, up from $129 million in 2009 and $102 million in 2006. Taxpayers are subsidizing unions such as the American Federation of Government Employees, the National Treasury Employees Union and the National Federation of Federal...
  • Supreme Court ruling on union dues could cost SEIU millions in payback

    07/01/2014 8:46:23 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 1, 2014 | Perry Chiaramonte
    One of the nation's most powerful labor unions could face a costly onslaught of lawsuits seeking tens of millions of dollars in dues, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the money was collected improperly, legal experts said. In a ruling Monday, the high court held that Service Employees International Union cannot force people who care for loved ones to be union members and deduct dues from the government checks of those they care for. The practice has gone on for several years in a handful of states, creating a lucrative stream of cash for the powerful labor organization, which represents...
  • Budget ax may fall on fed pensions

    11/26/2013 4:28:27 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 26, 2013 | Erik Wasson
    Federal workers look like they could be the big losers if House and Senate budget conferees reach a deal. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) are working behind closed doors to reach a deal that would replace some of the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester with other reductions. They are believed to be looking at hiking federal worker employee retirement contributions, which would effectively lower federal pay. The savings would be used to prevent sequester cuts to the Pentagon and non-defense discretionary spending. Unions representing workers are worried about the cuts already on the table....
  • San Jose mayor files public pension initiative

    10/16/2013 5:50:37 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | October 15, 2013 | By Jon Ortiz
    In a move that portends a labor firestorm, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and four other city leaders filed papers on Tuesday aiming to put a public pension measure on the November 2014 statewide ballot. If approved, the measure would change the California Constitution to give state and local government authority to lower current employees’ pension and retiree health benefits prospectively.
  • What Causes Distrust of Government? Surprise! Mitch McConnell Blames Unions

    06/22/2013 2:16:17 PM PDT · by redreno · 16 replies ^ | June 22, 2013 - 9:23 AM ET | John Nichols
    Declaring that he wants to open up a “serious national debate” about public-sector unions, the Kentucky Republican came out swinging at a Friday event with the American Enterprise Institute. “They are the reason so many state and local municipalities are flat broke,” he said of unions that represent public employees at the local, state and federal levels of government. “They’re behind the unsustainable expansion of public pensions. They’re a major problem.”
  • Vanity--Why are public workers always furloughed instead of having their wages reduced?

    03/23/2013 10:30:46 AM PDT · by Hebrews 11:6 · 39 replies
    Every time a government has a budget shortfall, the remedy is always to furlough or even to lay off workers. But all those workers could be retained and the job get done by simply reducing their pay-rates commensurately. I understand that furloughing and laying off generates publicity and exerts pressure. But why does no one ever offer the pay-cut alternative? Why not, for example, an across-the-board 10% pay-cut? I understand that many governments employees are stupidly permitted to belong to unions that can strike over pay issues, Wisconsin and Indiana notwithstanding, and that public-sector unions have contracts. Isn't it time...
  • States see pension crisis looming despite cuts

    09/23/2012 3:13:20 PM PDT · by redreno · 9 replies
    foxnews ^ | 09/23/2012 | unknown
    Almost every state in the U.S. has made cuts to its public-employee pensions, seeking to dig out from the economic downturn, but so far the measures have fallen well short of bridging a nearly $1 trillion funding gap. Since 2009, 45 states have rolled back pension benefits for teachers, police, firefighters and other public workers, including cuts by Michigan and California this month. Next week, Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich is expected to sign legislation requiring, for example, that certain teachers work longer and pay more toward their pensions.
  • Marshals at courthouse continue to press county to enter into collective bargaining

    09/23/2012 9:13:10 AM PDT · by redreno
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012 | 2 a.m. | By Joe Schoenmann (contact)
    Discussion between court administrators and Clark County commissioners regarding court marshals — formerly known as bailiffs — served as a reminder Tuesday of a union issue simmering for months that is now part of a federal lawsuit.
  • Mitt Romney: Chicago teachers turning backs on students

    09/10/2012 1:19:23 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Newsday ^ | September 10, 2012
    Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Monday said Chicago teachers are turning their backs on thousands of students and that President Barack Obama is rooting for the striking educators. Obama's top spokesman said the president has not taken sides but is urging both the teachers and the city to settle quickly. Chicago's mayor, Obama ally Rahm Emanuel, called Romney's statement "lip service"... .....Romney released a statement that promised to "side with the parents and students depending on public schools to give them the skills to succeed." He said he was "disappointed" with Chicago teachers, who walked off the job in...
  • Chicago teachers strike for first time in 25 years; contingency sites ready, charters remain open

    09/10/2012 6:49:53 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 56 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | September 10, 2012 | ROSALIND ROSSI and LAUREN FITZPATRICK w Fran Spielman, LeeAnn Shelton, Francine Knowles, Jon Seidel
    Chicago teachers began walking the picket line for the first time in 25 years Monday morning, leaving parents to scramble for alternatives for their children. .....Steve Parsons, the lead picket who teaches AP psychology at the high school said Monday: “It’s all up to Mayor Emanuel. We all want to go back to the classrooms. The mayor is not valuing our opinions as educators.” .....Vitale said the contract amounted to a 16 percent raise over four years for the average teacher when factoring other increases. And the raises could not be rescinded for lack of funds — which is what...
  • 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?...
  • Romney-Ryan would target federal workers

    08/13/2012 12:44:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    CNN Money ^ | August 13, 2012 | By Jennifer Liberto (Obama MediaPAC)
    (CNNMoney) -- Federal workers' jobs will be under fire if Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan win November's election. Both Romney and Ryan have made it clear that they think federal workers are one reason the nation's deficit is too high, and have talked about shrinking payrolls and cutting benefits. Unions, in particular, say they're concerned about Ryan, saying he has a record of "undermining" federal workers. Federal workers' pay has been frozen at 2010 levels, a move President Obama supported to save $60 billion from deficits over ten years. If Obama wins in November, the pay freeze is expected to...
  • Police chiefs in California getting huge final paychecks

    07/11/2012 9:27:42 AM PDT · by dragnet2 · 23 replies ^ | 7/11/2012 | Sam Allen
    El Monte Police Chief Thomas Armstrong oversaw a modestly sized department, with 120 officers But when Armstrong stepped down last year, he was paid nearly $430,000 The payday was possible thanks to a clause in Armstrong's contract that allowed him to accrue unlimited sick and vacation hours and sell them back to the city at the end of his career. By the time he retired at age 56, Armstrong cashed out for roughly $200,000. And he's not alone. Similar payouts have been made in city governments across the state. Those employees include Roy Campos, Downey's former police chief, who was...
  • Public unions have become too strong

    06/14/2012 6:12:01 PM PDT · by redreno · 6 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Thursday, June 14, 2012 | 2:02 a.m. | Harold Wasserman, North Las Vegas
    I’ve been a strong union advocate all my life. For many decades, union support has been able to accomplish many wonderful things for working people, including a living wage. But times have changed; in many cases, unions have not, particularly with public service unions.
  • Our View: Democrats bow to labor on bankruptcy (Stockton & other CA cities)

    06/08/2012 12:38:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Merced Sun-Star ^ | Tuesday, Jun. 05, 2012 | (Editorial board)
    Despite objections from the mayors of California's ten largest cities, the Assembly last week approved Assembly Bill 1692 by Fremont Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski. The bill will make it harder for cities to seek bankruptcy protection. It reneges on a carefully crafted compromise measure approved just six months ago that requires financially beleaguered cities to enter into good-faith negotiations with their creditors—including most significantly, public employee unions—before filing for bankruptcy protection. Stockton was in the midst of that mediation when the bill to undo it began moving in the Legislature. Just how bad are things in Stockton? Well how's this for...
  • Public employee unions work against taxpayers' interests (Abolish all public union now!)

    06/06/2012 6:29:44 AM PDT · by CaptainKrunch · 11 replies
    My San Antonio ^ | March 2, 2011 | Mark McKinnon
    The manufactured Madison, Wis., mob is not the movement the White House was hoping for. Both may find themselves at the wrong end of the populist pitchfork.While I generally defend collective bargaining and private-sector unions (lots of airline pilots in my family), it is the abuse by public unions and their bosses that pushes centrists like me to the GOP.It is the right and duty of citizens to petition their government. The Tea Party and Republicans seek to limit government growth to protect their pocketbooks. Public-union bosses want to increase the cost of government to protect their racket.Public unions are big money. Paul...
  • What Motivates Public Unions Anyway?

    06/05/2012 4:20:50 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 6 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 6-5-12 | The Looking Spoon
  • Wisconsin unions see ranks drop ahead of recall vote

    05/31/2012 5:36:47 AM PDT · by sgtyork · 36 replies
    Public-employee unions in Wisconsin have experienced a dramatic drop in membership -- by more than half for the second-biggest union -- since a law championed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker sharply curtailed their ability to bargain over wages and working conditions. Now with Mr. Walker facing a recall vote Tuesday, voters will decide whether his policies in the centrist state should continue -- or whether they have gone too far. The election could mark a pivot point for organized labor. Mr. Walker's ouster would derail the political career of a rising Republican star and send a warning to other elected...
  • Wisconsin: Barrett seeks to restore union power

    05/08/2012 2:35:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Baraboo News Republic ^ | May 8, 2012 | Ellen Bueno
    By the end of today we will know which Democrat will be running against Gov. Scott Walker in the June 5 recall election, and if the polls are right it will be Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Barrett’s campaign will shift into high gear, and for the next month we will be bombarded with campaign ads addressing assorted issues carefully chosen to distract us from the most important issue: Barrett’s promise to “use any vehicle I can” to reinstate collective bargaining privileges to public unions. But Barrett also promises to “reunite” Wisconsin. Now let’s think about that. Do you believe Wisconsinites...
  • Former county manager-turned-author takes on public employee pensions in new book

    04/30/2012 8:41:27 AM PDT · by redreno · 2 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Sunday, April 29, 2012 | 2 a.m. | By Joe Schoenmann (contact)
    Whenever we write about the compensation of county firefighters (the current average is about $175,000), someone chimes in that it’s unfair to add pension contributions to the total. Adding money that firefighters won’t see until they retire is misleading, they contend, making it look like they take home much more than they actually do. The truth is, according to a new book by former Clark County Manager Thom Reilly, too little focus has been put on the hidden costs of pensions. So little, Reilly says, that pension expenses soon may bankrupt many governmental bodies across the country if something isn’t...
  • More taxes for schools? Not exactly…

    04/24/2012 11:18:44 AM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 1 replies
    What’s the old adage? How can you can tell when a politician is lying? His lips move. Gov. Jerry Brown, who in an earlier incarnation insisted he detested the idea of more taxes, now says Californians must tax themselves even more. Why is that? It’s for the children, the governor assures us. What cold-hearted person would be against a few billion more in taxes when it’s for the children? The trouble is, not even that much is true...
  • More ‘rights' for government workers makes a wrong

    02/15/2012 8:26:26 AM PST · by Mark Landsbaum · 9 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 2-15-2012 | The Orange County Register Editorial Board
    Considering the state of this state and the condition of the world, the so-called "Public Employees Bill of Rights Act" might be mistaken for satire. The problem is, Assembly Bill 1655, is serious. It aims to give unionized California government workers "more workplace discipline protections and first dibs on state government work," as the Sacramento Bee put it...
  • One man’s campaign to upend Nevada’s tax structure

    01/15/2012 1:50:59 PM PST · by redreno · 7 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012 | 2:01 a.m. | By Michael Squires
    A Las Vegas attorney will launch a legal and political effort this week aimed at establishing and funding a parallel state budget, beyond the reach of the Legislature and governor. Kermitt Waters seeks to place on the November ballot a proposed constitutional amendment calling for a sweeping overhaul of Nevada’s tax system — abolishing property taxes on single-family homes among other things while identifying and allocating new tax revenue. Waters said last week his proposal is borne of frustration with the status quo in Carson City. The state’s 63 lawmakers represent the powerful interests who fund their campaigns, he said,...
  • 10 Stories Showing Why Mandatory Government Collective Bargaining Is Counterproductive

    12/02/2011 10:02:04 AM PST · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/2/2011 | Jarrett Skorup
    “All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management. The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with Government employee organizations.” - Franklin Delano Roosevelt In an email conversation leaked this past week by the left-leaning advocacy group Progress Michigan, Mackinac Center senior legislative analyst and CapCon commentator Jack McHugh wrote, “Our goal is (to) outlaw government collective bargaining...
  • Are Public Unions Nessasary?

    11/09/2011 6:24:18 PM PST · by Chuckmorse · 10 replies
    A Whig Manifesto ^ | November 9, 2011 | Chuck Morse
    Public unions threaten democracy which is why the left supports public unions. All public unions should lose their collective bargaining status. While public servants should be allowed to form associations and while individual public servants should be allowed to get involved in politics to the degree that such involvement doesn’t pose as a conflict of interest as it relates to their public function, public unions per-se should be disbanded. Such a measure would lead to a better, a more efficient, and a more honest government. The idea that public servants, paid out of taxpayer funds and conducting public functions, should...
  • Are Public Unions Nessasary?

    11/09/2011 4:21:38 PM PST · by Chuckmorse · 10 replies
    A Whig Manifesto ^ | Nov. 9, 2011 | Chuck Morse
    Public unions threaten democracy which is why the left supports public unions. All public unions should lose their collective bargaining status. While public servants should be allowed to form associations and while individual public servants should be allowed to get involved in politics to the degree that such involvement doesn’t pose as a conflict of interest as it relates to their public function, public unions per-se should be disbanded. Such a measure would lead to a better, a more efficient, and a more honest government. The idea that public servants, paid out of taxpayer funds and conducting public functions, should...
  • All the cops at the donut shop, O-Hi-O, Walk like an Egyptian.

    11/09/2011 3:56:39 PM PST · by DallasBiff · 20 replies
    The Bangles(1986) | 11/9/11
    For some reason the 1986 Bangles song "Walk Like an Egyptian" comes to mind, especially the line of "all the cops at the donut shop".
  • Op-Ed: Just rewards for teachers

    10/02/2011 7:07:46 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 2, 2011 | By Marcus A. Winters
    A compensation system based on additional academic credit and experience makes sense only if those factors are actually related to classroom effectiveness. They aren't. Two decades of empirical research in education have confirmed at least one fact that just about everyone already knew: There are good teachers and bad teachers. The wide variation in teacher quality suggests that some teachers deserve higher salaries than others, and indeed today's public school systems have a tiered system of rigid salary ladders in which teachers are given extra compensation for factors commonly thought to be related to effectiveness. In a new study soon...
  • Feds: Public workers paid better than private workers

    09/12/2011 3:45:19 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 23 replies ^ | Sept 10 2011 | Teri Sforza, Register staff writer
    Here’s the latest on who makes what from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (whose workers, we’ll point out here, happen to be public employees): Workers in the private sector made an average of $28.13 per hour in total compensation in June (wages contributed $19.81 to that, and benefits added $8.32)While state and local government workers made an average of $40.40 per hour (wages were $26.41, and benefits, $13.99). Of course, the amount one earns is a function of the skills and education one possesses. Our colleague Jan Norman tells you a bit more about the breakdown by job type here.It is often argued that many state and local government workers...
  • State of the unions: How public opinion turned so sharply and suddenly against worker groups

    09/11/2011 5:12:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The New York Post ^ | September 4, 2011 | Maureen Callahan
    This summer, something remarkable happened: 45,000 Verizon workers went on strike, and no one — save a few customers dealing with service interruptions — much cared. The communications behemoth wanted more than 100 concessions on health care, pensions, sick days and outsourcing. Unions representing the workers said Verizon sought to void 50 years of collective-bargaining gains for middle-class workers, despite posting a 2.8% jump in revenue in the second quarter, up to $27.5 billion. Thirteen days later, those on strike went back to work on good faith, the company guaranteeing nothing other than continued talks. It’s an indictment of how...
  • Public unions should be curbed, says right to work defender

    08/23/2011 4:11:56 PM PDT · by Miami Vice · 8 replies
    Legal Line News ^ | 8-23-11 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    Should public sector unions be curbed? Is it time to end the ability of governmental employees to form unions? Raymond La Jeunesse, Jr., vice president and legal director of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, believes so. La Jeunesse, who has more than 40 years experience helping employees litigate against compulsory unionism - including arguing four cases
  • Facebook rant hits close to home for state employee

    08/06/2011 8:08:16 AM PDT · by redreno · 19 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Friday, Aug. 5, 2011 | 10:26 a.m. | By Anjeanette Damon
    The story is almost old hat these days. Despite constant warnings to be careful what you post on Facebook, a disgruntled employee who is irritated at a boss, a customer or a co-worker, takes to the social networking site to vent some spleen — and ends up getting disciplined or even fired. It’s a fate that has befallen a North Carolina waitress at a pizza restaurant, a Philadelphia Eagles stadium worker and a group of airline workers in recent months. But what if it’s the boss who decides to use Facebook to complain about an employee?
  • County to pay $150,000 to claustrophobic ex-employee who worked in cubicle

    07/05/2011 3:49:20 PM PDT · by redreno · 36 replies · 1+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | July 5, 2011 | 2:24 p.m. | By Joe Schoenmann
    Clark County commissioners approved Tuesday the payment of $150,000 to settle a lawsuit by a former University Medical Center data technician diagnosed with claustrophobia, a condition that arose when she was forced to work in a cubicle. Jayne Feshold was a data technician hired by the county-run hospital in 1999. Her suit says she "worked without incident" until May 2007. Then the hospital's medical records department was moved to a new building and she was assigned to work in an area "consisting of a small cubicle workspace instead of a more open environment."
  • Flash: Arbitrator's ruling keeps UNH professor in job

    06/29/2011 10:31:54 AM PDT · by Article10 · 11 replies
    Union Leader ^ | 06/29/2011 | CLYNTON NAMUO
    DURHAM — A University of New Hampshire professor who exposed himself to a mother and her 17-year-old daughter in Milford nearly two years ago will keep his job, according to an arbitrator’s ruling provided to the New Hampshire Union Leader. UNH has been trying to fire Edward Larkin, a professor of German, since September 2009, about two months after he showed his genitals in a Market Basket parking lot. Larkin contested his termination, arguing it violated the terms of the faculty union contract, and was put on leave, earning his full salary of about $88,000, as the dispute dragged on....
  • Busted… AFL-CIO Official Admits to “Intercepting” Emails of Political Opponents (Video)

    05/17/2011 9:36:04 PM PDT · by joinedafterattack · 35 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 5-17-11 | Ari David
    Enter Nick Berardino, the AFL-CIO’s General Manager of the Orange County Employees Union; the stereotypical “thug” that speaks of his Italian heritage and jokes about showing up at Orange County Republican Party Chairman Scott Baugh’s home’s when upset with him, “and I don’t want to go there to deliver cannoli and a little bit of wine.” Mr. Berardino it seems, not only likes to joke about these physical taunts but apparently likes to “intercept” other people’s email in an effort to know all the covert moves of his opponents. That’s what he told an audience recently - “We have intercepted...
  • Seven Microeconomic Steps to End Public Unions

    04/26/2011 2:36:21 AM PDT · by Daisyjane69 · 4 replies
    Points & Figures ^ | 4/25/11 | Jeff Carter
    One thing about public unions is that they are seemingly immune to the effects of economics. They operate like a monopolist, but are actually a monopsony. Because of the conflicted relationship between the legislators and unions, they are able to continually try and exert their influence as the government grows. We are seeing that phenomena in the recent Boeing versus NLRB kerfuffle. Two of the three Obama appointments were made during a Senate recess, and thus subject to no Senate scrutiny.
  • California ["envious"] voters want public employees to help ease state's financial troubles

    04/25/2011 1:42:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 24, 2011 | Shane Goldmacher
    ...Voter support for rolling back benefits available to few outside the public sector comes as Gov. Jerry Brown and Republicans in the Legislature haggle over changes to the pension system as part of state budget negotiations. Such benefits have been a flashpoint of national debate this year, and the poll shows that Californians are among those who perceive public retirement plans to be too costly. Voters appear ready to embrace changes not just for future hires but also for current employees who have been promised the benefits under contract. Seventy percent of respondents said they supported a cap on pensions...
  • Sick. 1st Graders Taught the “Boycott Big Business” Song for Earth Day

    04/24/2011 5:47:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 4/24/11 | Jim Hoft
    This is some sick stuff. Far left teachers are now teaching first graders the “Boycott Big Business” song for
  • Labor's last stand? Living in a state divided

    04/22/2011 9:22:54 AM PDT · by jdoug666 · 9 replies ^ | 4/22/2011 | Jane Burns
    The problem wasn’t fidelity or commitment — it was Gov. Scott Walker’s collective bargaining law. For some families, friends or even young couples in love, the debate over the bill and its move to curtail public worker union rights has become a dealbreaker that is fraying nerves and relationships all over the state.
  • Public Unions & the Socialist Utopia

    02/27/2011 7:02:57 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 25 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | Feb 27 ,2011 | Robert Tracinski
    But there is something deeper here than just favor-selling and vote-buying. There is something that almost amounts to a twisted idealism in the Democrats' crusade. They are fighting, not just to preserve their special privileges, but to preserve a social ideal. Or rather, they are fighting to maintain the illusion that their ideal system is benevolent and sustainable. Unionized public-sector employment is the distilled essence of the left's moral ideal. No one has to worry about making a profit. Generous health-care and retirement benefits are provided to everyone by the government. Comfortable pay is mandated by legislative fiat. The work...
  • Wisconsin: WSEU circulating boycott letters

    03/30/2011 1:59:39 PM PDT · by Jean S · 56 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 3/30/11 | Don Walker
    Members of Wisconsin State Employees Union, AFSCME Council 24, have begun circulating letters to businesses in southeast Wisconsin, asking them to support workers’ rights by putting up a sign in their windows. If businesses fail to comply, the letter says, “Failure to do so will leave us no choice but (to) do a public boycott of your business. And sorry, neutral means 'no' to those who work for the largest employer in the area and are union members."
  • Greedy Public Union Demands Violate International Law!

    03/19/2011 12:44:16 PM PDT · by DakotaRed · 8 replies
    Clark County Conservative ^ | March 18, 2011 | Lew Waters
    The war declared on struggling middle class taxpayers by greedy Public Union bosses has escalated now to the point that supporters of raping more tax dollars from an impoverished middle class have turned to “International Law,” once again ignoring America’s sovereignty and our constitution, placing United Nations mandates in their place. Ordinarily I’d ignore such efforts to circumvent our sovereignty and rely instead on our own constitution, but since greedy public union bosses and those they have misled wish to take this avenue, I’ll play along. They may not like that too much, though. I first saw this tactic of...
  • Who Are Wisconsin's True "Forces of Evil?"

    03/15/2011 2:37:13 PM PDT · by Walter Scott Hudson · 11 replies
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | March 15, 2011 | Walter Hudson
    Over the weekend, public employee unions held a rally in Madison where the list of speakers included Bill Franks of the American Federation of Teachers. Franks had this to say about rank-and-file Republicans: ... the would-be Republicans, anybody making $30-40,000 who think they can afford to be a Republican is not living in any kind of reality. Real Republicans don't recognize them. Because the real "haves" are them. And these people who think they can afford these [conservative] principles, they can't afford them. That's not in their self interest. That's what we gotta cure as a pathology. This is a...
  • Open Letter to Governor Scott Walker...

    03/15/2011 9:50:34 AM PDT · by FiddlePig · 3 replies
    RedNeckoBlogger ^ | 3/15/2011 | RedNeckoBlogger
    Dear Governor: Here on the Ides of March, as we recall the death of a tyrant, we have learned from your experiences in Wisconsin (and soon all over), that when Democrats lose elections... “democracy has failed"! In their twisted outlook, they have NO obligation to accept the election results! In bizarre irony... While President Obama hosted a seminar on the "crisis" of bullying , his union affiliated supporters trashed the people's capitol in Madison and threatened GOP legislators. All in protest of your attempts to curtail the public union stranglehold on your state, and balance the budget. Now there's news...
  • La Follette confirms he'll publish bill on March 25 (WI games continue)

    03/14/2011 11:47:00 AM PDT · by bigbob · 16 replies
    Wispolitics dot com ^ | 3-14-11 | Greg Bump
    Secretary of State Doug La Follette said after spending much time talking to people this weekend and thinking over when to publish the collective bargaining bill, he'd decided the bill will be published March 25. La Follette, a Democrat, said he wants to give local officials and employees time to sort out the ramifications of the new law. "There literally are hundreds of school boards, municipalities, cities and their employees who are working together -- that's what impressed me, both management and labor working together -- that are tyring to sort out the best way to deal with this," La...
  • Editorial: Wisconsin's lesson for California

    03/11/2011 9:09:57 AM PST · by Mark Landsbaum · 16 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 3-11-2011 | Editorial staff
    The Wisconsin Legislature has abolished nearly all collective bargaining rights for public employees and required them to pay a portion of their retirement benefits. We hope this starts a badly needed nationwide trend. . .
  • Us vs. them unions--Wisconsin standoff brings attention to the Democrats’ dirty bargain

    03/10/2011 4:59:19 PM PST · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 10, 2011 | Editorial
    Republicans in the Wisconsin statehouse had enough of Democratic Party antics designed to insulate its union supporter base from the pains of the economic malaise affecting the rest of us. The state Senate voted Wednesday to ban public-sector employees from entering into collective bargaining arrangements. Union thugs encircling the capitol building made a spectacle of themselves as the Assembly turned to consider the bill yesterday. Meanwhile in Washington, congressional Democrats continue to hold out against the most milquetoast of spending-reduction proposals, despite the dire circumstances of the nation’s finances. The longer the squabbles in the state and national capitals drag...