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  • California unions crush bid to open their books

    05/05/2016 1:17:32 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    FOX News ^ | May 5, 2016 | By William La Jeunesse
    California's public employee unions used their muscle this week to fight back a legislative bid to open their books, killing in committee a bill that would force them to post online how dues are spent -- and a second bill requiring a union vote every two years. "These members want to belong to a union. They want to be represented by a union. They just want to know where their money's at," said bill sponsor Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, a Republican. The two bills went down Wednesday on a party-line vote, after dozens of union members came out against the legislation....
  • 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,...
  • SEIU, Fresno County’s largest employee union, rejects 5% raise

    10/31/2014 4:10:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | October 30, 2014 | BY MARC BENJAMIN
    A raise negotiated by Fresno County supervisors for its largest union was rejected after voting came to a close Thursday afternoon. The vote was an “overwhelming no,” said Riley Talford, a senior shop steward for SEIU’s supervisory employees. He did not disclose the final results. He said the vote showed that the county has to do “a better job and show respect to the employees who are serving this county.”
  • 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...
  • Judge rules loss could be imposed on Calpers in Stockton bankruptcy

    10/01/2014 3:47:22 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 1, 2014 | BY ROBIN RESPAUT
    The U.S. bankruptcy judge overseeing Stockton, California's municipal bankruptcy trial on Wednesday ruled that the state's public employee retirement system, known as Calpers, could be forced to absorb losses along with other creditors. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein said the city's contract with the California Public Employees' Retirement System could be rejected. While the judge ruled the city may impose losses on Calpers, he has not yet ruled that it must do so as part of its financial restructuring.
  • With Labor Day close, unions don’t have much to celebrate

    08/29/2014 3:37:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | August 29, 2014 | By Evan Horowitz
    Labor Day used to be more than a summer-closing holiday; it was a celebration of labor unions and the American labor movement. That’s easy to forget these days because labor unions don’t have much to celebrate. At the height of their influence in the 1950s, labor unions could claim to represent about 1 of every 3 American workers. Today, it’s 1 in 9 — and falling. Some have seen the shrinking size and waning influence of labor unions as a sign that the US economy is growing more flexible and dynamic, but there’s mounting evidence that it is also contributing...
  • Supreme Court holds public sector unions in the balance

    06/29/2014 8:41:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    MSNBC ^ | June 29, 2014 | By Ned Resnikoff
    The future of public sector unions is in the hands of the Supreme Court, which is expected to rule Monday on a key case that could send shockwaves throughout organized labor. The Supreme Court has the power to make that happen. Depending how the nine justices rule in the Harris v. Quinn case, it is possible that automatic dues deduction could become a thing of the past for public sector unions. The head plaintiff in the case is Pam Harris, an Illinois-based home care worker who says automatic dues deduction violates her First Amendment rights. For the purposes of collective...
  • California lawmakers consider expanding teacher tenure despite court ruling

    06/18/2014 4:47:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 18, 2014 | By Sharon Bernstein
    A union-backed bill in the California legislature to expand tenure protections for public school teachers to other employees stalled on Wednesday amid concern about a court ruling last week that said the practice is unconstitutional and hurts students. The measure, which could come up again next week, comes as officials in the most populous U.S. state continue to wrestle with whether to appeal the ruling by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge, which overturned five laws meant to protect teachers' jobs. The ruling said the protections make it too hard to fire ineffective teachers and inadvertently lead to placing the...
  • Reaction to California teacher tenure ruling

    06/10/2014 4:09:05 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 10, 2014 | Various
    Reaction from policy makers, lawmakers, and education activists to a Los Angeles judge's ruling Tuesday that five California laws governing teacher tenure, layoffs and dismissals are unconstitutional because they infringe on the right of all students to a quality public education: "It's surprising that the court, which used its bully pulpit when it came to criticizing teacher protections, did not spend one second discussing funding inequities, school segregation, high poverty or any other out-of-school or in-school factors that are proven to affect student achievement and our children." — American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten. "Let's be clear: This lawsuit...
  • IRS workers spent 521,725 hours on union activities; cost taxpayers $23.5m

    05/21/2014 2:38:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 21, 2014 | BY PAUL BEDARD
    The Treasury Department has revealed to the House Ways and Means Committee that Internal Revenue Service employees spent over 500,000 hours on union activities last year. They estimated the cost to taxpayers at $23.5 million in salary and benefits. “Many Americans would be shocked to learn that IRS employees are unionized,” House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany, R-La., told Secrets. “The IRS has wasted tens of millions of taxpayer dollars and over a half a million employee hours for union activities. It is absurd the IRS has the audacity to habitually come to this committee asking for...
  • Unusual arrangement? Honda’s campaign offices are right at home — in SEIU headquarters

    04/19/2014 7:40:06 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 18, 2014 | By Carla Marinucci
    Democratic Congressman Mike Honda, now engaged in a contentious fight for re-election in a Silicon Valley House race, has made the unusual move of locating his 2014 campaign office inside the headquarters of a major South Bay labor organization — the Service Employees International Union Local 521. The details about Honda’s campaign office emerged after the Chronicle reported last week that Honda can’t vote for himself in the 2014 election because his home is located outside the 17th Congressional District he represents.
  • Detroit still needs $350M from state lawmakers

    04/16/2014 2:38:24 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 16, 2014 | By DAVID EGGERT and ED WHITE
    DETROIT (AP) — Pressure was building Wednesday for Michigan lawmakers to commit $350 million to Detroit pensions, a day after the city reached tentative agreements with pension funds and a retiree group to reduce payouts. Retired police officers and firefighters would see smaller cost-of-living payments but no cut in pension benefits. Retirees and city employees who qualify for a pension will get a ballot in a few weeks.
  • Some California state employees now eligible to cash out leave

    04/08/2014 8:04:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | April 7, 2014 | By Jon Ortiz
    Tens of thousands of state workers stand to get extra money in the next couple months by cashing out some of their unused leave time – assuming the state can find money to cover it. California owes billions of dollars to state employees for unused paid time off, a largely unseen burden that isn’t regularly tracked or reported statewide. Last year the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office said the state’s leave liability totaled $3.9 billion as of June 2012 – and it’s growing.
  • Gaza public workers say Hamas not paying salaries

    03/03/2014 6:18:55 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 3, 2014 9:12 AM EST | Ibrahim Barzak
    Palestinian civil servants called on the Gaza Strip’s Hamas government Monday to pay them full salaries, the clearest sign yet that Egypt’s blockade of the territory is making it increasingly difficult for the Islamic militants to govern. The civil servants are considered Hamas sympathizers and their public complaints about not getting paid in full over the past four months reflect growing discontent in Gaza. Still, there were no signs of open revolt against Hamas, which has kept a tight grip on Gaza and its 1.7 million people since the group overran the territory in 2007. …
  • In Steering Detroit Bankruptcy, Lawyer Takes on Job He Didn’t Ask For (Kevin Orr, "Uncle Tom")

    12/10/2013 4:57:33 AM PST · by canuck_conservative · 12 replies
    Financial Post [Canada] / The NY Times ^ | December 9, 2013 | Monica Davey and Bill Vlasic
    “Anytime somebody says it can’t happen, I whip those pictures out and say, ’Oh, don’t you bet against it,’” Orr said the other day, not long after a federal judge allowed Detroit to become the nation’s largest city ever to enter bankruptcy. “Let me show you what can happen.” Orr, 55, who has never run for political office, finds himself in an extraordinary role. He holds power even more concentrated than that of the emergency control board that intervened when New York City was teetering near bankruptcy: an unelected lawyer chiefly responsible for the reinvention of a major American city...
  • Illinois Legislature Approves Benefit Cuts in Troubled Pension System

    12/03/2013 3:51:53 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 3, 2013 | By RICK LYMAN
    The Illinois legislature on Tuesday ended a day of emotional debate and fierce back-room arm-twisting by passing a deal to shore up the state’s debt-engulfed pension system by trimming retiree benefits and increasing state contributions. With the most-broken state employee pension system in the nation – some $100 billion in arrears – Illinois has been the focus of intense attention across the country as states and municipalities struggle to come to grips with their own public pension problems. The compromise reached in Illinois, a staunchly blue state with a strong labor movement that had successfully resisted previous efforts to trim...
  • 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.
  • Teachers, civil servants kick off week of strikes in Greece

    09/16/2013 3:54:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    AFP News ^ | September 16, 2016
    At least 17,000 teachers and civil servants took to the streets of Greece Monday to protest government plans for massive public sector redeployments and layoffs as the debt-stricken country was hit with a new wave of strikes. In the capital, isolated clashes broke out early in front of the ministry of administrative reform, the department coordinating many of the changes, with tear gas fired by police. A mass strike of the entire public sector by its main general union is expected Wednesday.
  • Pension criticism=racism. Aaauugghh! Aaauugghh! Aaauugghh!

    08/19/2013 9:06:29 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 10 replies
    Cal Watchdog ^ | 08/14/2013 | Chris Reed
    when it comes to public employee benefits and the damage they wreak on local governments, scoundrels have another refuge: blaming racism for concerns about lavish, unaffordable benefits and broken governments. ”Public-sector workers are disproportionately black. In 2011, about 19 percent of black workers were employed by the government, compared with 14 percent of whites and 10 percent of Hispanics. The upshot is pretty clear: Reducing the value of public pensions and other benefits wouldn’t just hurt blacks disproportionately; it would do so at a time when other economic trends have already hurt them more than most. So the question isn’t...
  • San Francisco, Los Angeles transit agencies risk credit downgrades: Moody’s

    08/15/2013 5:14:24 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | August 15, 2013 | by – Tom Bemis
    Moody’s has put 15 California transit agencies on credit watch for a possible downgrade because of a decision by the Department of Labor to hold up federal transportation grants. The Department of Labor, under its newly confirmed secretary, Thomas Perez, says pension reforms enacted by the state last year are in conflict with federal rules because they provide less generous pension formulas for new hires. State agencies fear that if exemptions from the reforms are carved out for transit employees, other government workers will also demand exemptions, gutting California’s efforts to contain its growing pension obligations.
  • Michigan Court of Appeals rules pension issue unconstitutional

    08/15/2013 4:42:54 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    WHTC Radio ^ | August 15, 2013
    LANSING -- The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled a law requiring state employees to contribute four-percent of their pay to the pension system is unconstitutional. An Ingham County Judge said the entire law known as Public Act 264 violated the constitution, but the Appeals Court disagreed sent the issue back to the lower court. They asked the judge to define what parts of the law were valid. The Appeals Court did agree with the lower court over payment to the pension system saying the state's Civil Service Commission makes those decisions and not the legislature. The law passed in...
  • U.S. schools face tough decisions on Obamacare benefits

    08/14/2013 5:20:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 14, 2013 | By Yasmeen Abutaleb
    Hit by years of budget cuts, some U.S. public school boards are looking to avoid providing health benefits to substitute teachers and supporting staff under President Barack Obama's reform law, education officials say. According to the law, employers will have to offer health coverage to all full-time employees, defined as those who work an average of 30 or more hours per week each month, or else pay a fine starting in 2015. In Indiana's Fort Wayne Community Schools district, one of the state's largest, administrators reduced hours for 610 of its 4,050 employees, including substitute teachers and support staff, who...
  • What California state workers earn: SEIU Local 1000, part 1

    06/24/2013 6:39:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | June 21, 2013 | By Amy Gebert and Jon Ortiz
    <p>The State Worker is taking a first-ever look at what unionized workers earned over the last two years by bargaining unit.</p>
  • Chicago Public Schools to lay off nearly 850 workers

    06/14/2013 4:35:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 14, 2013
    Chicago Public Schools says its plan to close 50 schools and programs means that it will have to lay off nearly 850 workers. The number released Friday includes about 550 teachers along with teacher assistants, bus aides, clerks, custodians and security officers. CPS says some of those workers will be eligible to reapply for other jobs. They will be notified in mid-July.
  • More California cities at risk of bankruptcy, Moody's says

    08/17/2012 5:05:51 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 17, 2012
    One of the nation's top credit rating agencies said Friday that it would begin a wide-ranging review of municipal finances in California because of what it sees is a growing threat of increased city bankruptcies and bond defaults. The report also noted the potential for ratings downgrades to fiscally distressed cities, counties, school districts and special districts throughout the state. Moody's Investors Service issued a report saying that the growing fiscal distress in many cities in the nation's most populous state was putting bondholders at risk.
  • Scranton, Pa. Mayor Slashes All Public Worker Wages to $7.25 per Hour, City Effectively Bankrupt

    07/10/2012 7:28:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    MISH'S Global Economic Trend Analysis ^ | 07/10/2012 | MIKE SHEDLOCK
    Scranton, Pennsylvania's, the state's sixth-most-populous city (population of 76,089 in 2010 census), is down to its last $5,000 and has no way to pay salaries. The mayor wants an immediate tax hike of 29% and 78% over three years. In every sense of the word, Scranton is bankrupt. NPR reports Scranton's Public Workers Now Paid Minimum Wage. The city of Scranton, Pa., sent out paychecks to its employees Friday, like it does every two weeks. But this time the checks were much smaller than usual. Mayor Chris Doherty has reduced everyone's pay — including his own — to the...
  • 10 postal workers launch hunger strike

    06/25/2012 10:33:33 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 43 replies
    CNN Money ^ | June 25, 2012 | By Jennifer Liberto
    Ten current and former postal workers launched a more than 3-day hunger strike Monday to protest looming cuts and closures at the U.S. Postal Service. Drastic? Yes. But organizers say desperate times call for desperate measures. The hunger strikers want the Postal Service to shelve its July plans to start closing or consolidating 48 mail processing plants. By the end of 2014, when the plan to shrink the postal network is completed, 229 plants will be consolidated or closed and 28,000 jobs will be gone. They also want Congress to eliminate a mandate that has been a major financial drag...
  • Republicans Are Missing the Talking Points That Would Resonate With Voters!

    06/13/2012 7:20:41 AM PDT · by REPANDPROUDOFIT · 16 replies | Feb. 11, 2011 | ABC News
    Have you ever heard anyone analyze how many private sector workers it takes to support the cost of one public sector worker? That is what Republicans should be emphasizing when Obama calls for growth in the public sector! Stop letting him pretend that only the rich will be affected by the increased tax needs. When Obama says we need to grow the public sector, people yawn, complain and move on. Republicans need to emphasize how it affects them specifically.
  • San Jose pension fight could have nationwide implications

    05/29/2012 3:51:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | May 29, 2012 | By John Woolfolk
    The eyes of the nation are on San Jose as a landmark June 5 measure to trim soaring pension costs puts residents of the 10th largest U.S. city at the center of a $1 million-plus battle for their votes. Should San Jose's Measure B pass, as Mayor Chuck Reed and the business and taxpayer groups behind it expect, it would be a key test of a city's authority to reduce future pension costs that exceed expectations and revenues, despite earlier promises to employees. Government employee unions maintain that the measure is illegal, unfair and unnecessary. "It will have nationwide implications...
  • Cost of public retiree health care soars in Calif.

    04/22/2012 9:15:14 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    San Francisco Chronicls ^ | April 21, 2012 | By JUDY LIN
    As Stockton stands on the brink of insolvency, cities, counties and school districts throughout California are grappling with the same problem of paying the health insurance of its retired workforce. San Francisco, which once allowed its public employees to qualify for full retiree medical benefits after working just five years, is projected to pay $153 million in retiree health care costs this year. Cities like Thousand Oaks and school districts like the Los Angeles Unified School District are also facing long-term unfunded liabilities. The looming crisis is similar to the one involving public employee pensions. The difference is that retiree...
  • Assets of major public pension funds slid 8.5% in third quarter

    12/28/2011 1:42:14 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 28, 2011 | Jim Puzzanghera
    The stock market's summer slide took a toll on public pension funds, with the assets of the 100 largest ones down 8.5% in the third quarter of 2011, the Census Bureau reported Wednesday. The quarterly decline was the first since early 2010, and the steepest since the fourth quarter of 2008, when the asset total plummeted 13.5% at the height of the global financial crisis. The latest drop brought the value of investments and cash held by the biggest pension funds -- including the California Public Employees' Retirement System, the California State Teachers' Retirement System and the Los Angeles City...
  • Anti-union law puts Milwaukee teachers union in spotlight

    05/18/2011 4:34:19 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 18, 2011 | By Nicholas Riccardi
    Milwaukee — Last year, Milwaukee's struggling public school system fired the woman named Wisconsin's outstanding first-year teacher because of union rules that protect senior teachers and require newer ones to be laid off first. As it cuts 560 more teaching jobs this year, the district faces a bill more than double its entire $1-billion budget to pay for retired teachers' health benefits. For decades, critics have railed against the union. "Teachers unions do what they're supposed to do, which is protect teachers," said Howard Fuller, a former Milwaukee Public Schools superintendent who has fought the union over the district's voucher...
  • Union goes to court to halt Costa Mesa layoffs

    05/17/2011 7:31:58 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Orange County Register (CA) ^ | May 17, 2011 | BY CINDY CARCAMO
    The Costa Mesa Employees Association has filed a complaint with an Orange County Superior Court judge in an attempt to stop the possible layoffs of more than 100 city employees, according to a statement released by the union Monday afternoon. The association contends that the city's action to lay off their employees and outsource their jobs is against state law and violates an agreement between the city and the employee association. In a prepared statement, Nick Berardino, the association's general manager, said the city does not have legal authority to do a mass outsourcing. "The council majority has had a...
  • Gov. Jerry Brown not giving up on tax hikes to help California budget

    05/16/2011 4:33:45 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 16, 2011 | By Shane Goldmacher
    Having failed to win enough Republican votes to put the taxes on the ballot in June, the governor is expected to ask lawmakers to impose at least some of the levies first and seek Californians' blessing after the fact. Even Democratic leaders and the governor's union backers, doubting the odds of a tax measure passing at the ballot box, are pushing Brown to break his pledge and forgo voter input. "Go get a deal done," said David Kieffer, executive director of the state council of the influential SEIU. Californians "would vote the taxes down," he said, and "they don't actually...
  • Teachers end week of protests

    05/14/2011 5:51:25 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 43 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 14, 2011 | by Bob Egelko,Wyatt Buchanan
    Teachers who rallied Friday to protest looming state budget cuts had a message that was sometimes plaintive. "Teachers are paying for basic supplies. ...They're taking away money every year," said Lisa Gemma, who teaches 27 multilingual students at Belle Air School in San Bruno - where, she added, "we're out of pencils and eraser tops." "They cut the school year five days. They laid off the librarian. We're fighting for our lives," said Deborah Waggoner, a third-grade teacher at Cinnabar School in Petaluma. The demonstrators also included students like 7-year-old Tai Min, a first-grader at Olinda Elementary School in Richmond....
  • Union protests: Do they help or hurt?

    05/14/2011 5:39:15 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | May 13, 2011 | by Jon Ortiz
    Today wraps up a week of Capitol protests by the California Teachers Association and other groups that oppose cuts to the state's budget. Mark Paul, a former Bee editorial writer suggests that it refocus its efforts: Don't tell me that failure to extend the temporary taxes will result in big cuts in schools, including a shorter school year. Show me. Announce that, beginning Monday, every teacher in every school in the district of every Republican legislator who has failed to vote for the Governor's budget plan will be out sick. So will every other school employee. There will be no...
  • Dems rally public workers to push Brown's agenda

    05/02/2011 8:17:52 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | 5/2/11 | Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Political Writer
    The sign fourth-grade teacher Julie Timmerman held declared in large bold letters "I am a public service worker." It was a tribute to the civil rights slogan "I am a man," and it was an iconic image at the California Democratic Party convention in Sacramento over the weekend. While Democrats dominate California's political landscape and hold all its major offices, both political leaders and the labor unions that put them in power are sounding the alarm about anti-union initiatives that are creeping into the state and efforts to "demonize" union workers as the source of the California's knee-buckling economic problems....
  • LA Times: California Democrats rally around unions

    05/01/2011 5:01:19 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 1, 2011 | By Seema Mehta
    Framing the union battles taking place across the nation as a fundamental attack on working Americans, Democratic leaders on Saturday accused Republicans of scapegoating public employees for political gain. "They are intent on dismantling the very economic ladder that lifted our middle class and made California the richest and greatest state in the greatest nation in the world," Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris told thousands of delegates and supporters gathered at the Democrats' annual convention in Sacramento. Unions were also the focus of a protest at the convention, but not by Democrats. Dozens of Republican college students marched through the gathering...
  • Costa Mesa Will Fire 43% Of Workers, Outsource Services

    03/05/2011 7:09:48 AM PST · by freespirited · 33 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/04/11 | Mike Shedlock
      The City of Costa Mesa, with a population over 100,000, is about to become 43% closer to the idealized goal of no city workers. In a massive step in the right direction, Costa Mesa to lay off nearly half of city workforce, outsource services. The city of Costa Mesa plans to lay off more than 200 employees and outsource 18 city services by the fall.The layoffs would cut the city's municipal workforce by 43%. The City Council approved the layoffs in a 4-1 vote late Tuesday night, despite nearly unanimous opposition from the audience.City officials said pink slips will...

    03/01/2011 1:26:29 PM PST · by TheConservativeCitizen · 8 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 03-01-11 | The Region Rat
    President Worries About “Rights” of Union Workers We’ve seen the video of Barrack Obama declaring he would “put on comfortable shoes and walk on that picket line” with striking union members. There was also the clip of then Senator Obama extolling Service Employees International Union members as he led them in chant: “SEIU! SEIU!” I’m not completely sure where I expect any president of the United States to come down on charged-up, polarizing issues such as the pro-union protests spreading throughout the country, but I do know what I don’t expect: HYPOCRISY. Naturally, a socialist, pro-labor president is going to...
  • Public sector strikes hit Germany

    02/13/2006 4:15:56 PM PST · by george76 · 19 replies · 654+ views
    BBC News ^ | 13 February 2006
    German public sector workers fighting plans to extend their working hours have widened their strike action to cover most of the country. An estimated 20,000 local and regional authority staff including nurses, cooks and cleaners have joined the largest public sector strike in 14 years. They are protesting against plans to extend weekly working hours by 90 minutes, from 38.5 to 40 hours a week. The industrial action...has now spread to 10 of Germany's 16 states... Leaders at Verdi - Germany's biggest union with 2.4 million members - have warned that the strikes could last for up to six weeks.