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  • Occupy Ports: West Coast occupiers unite (Will try to shut down numerous W. Coast ports)

    12/09/2011 10:47:18 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 106 replies · 1+ views
    The Global Post ^ | December 9, 2011 | Stephanie Rice
    OAKLAND — As anti-Wall Street protesters attempt to regroup and settle in for winter after a series of police raids that stripped much of the movement of its signature camps, protesters on the West Coast are staging a comeback. On Dec. 12, Occupy movements from Seattle to San Diego say they will shut down their local ports, temporarily stopping the flow of capital on the West Coast. Organizers say they aim to disrupt the business of the “1 percent” — in this case, the corporations that own shipping terminals and do business at the ports. If successful, shutting down the...
  • 'Forced Unionization' Brings In $28 Million For SEIU ... And Climbing

    12/09/2011 11:52:02 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/8/2011 | Jack Spencer
    The “take” so far from Michigan's forced unionization of supposed home health care workers for the Service Employees International Union is $28 million. That tally is going up on a monthly basis. The overwhelming majority of these dollars can be used for almost anything the SEIU desires, including advertising, issue advocacy, lobbying, get out the vote efforts and other political purposes. According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, the amount of "dues" taken out of subsidy checks that go to "home health care workers'” checks and passed on to the SEIU so far is as follows: 2007: $5,040,263 2008:...
  • 'Take Back the Capitol' protests at lawmakers' offices (All Libs and Union Peasants)

    12/06/2011 2:08:41 PM PST · by tobyhill · 6 replies
    cnn ^ | 12/6/2011 | cnn
    Dozens of protesters staged sit-ins in front of lawmakers' offices Tuesday and several hundred more camped out on the National Mall as part of a new movement calling itself "Take Back the Capitol." U.S. Capitol Police said one person was arrested for unlawful entry at the office of Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Missouri. Borrowing language from the Occupy movement and drawing demonstrators "from Occupy sites from coast to coast," the movement says its goal is to affect congressional legislation. "For far too long, Congress has been catering to the 1% instead of representing the 99%," the movement says on its website,...
  • 'Forced Unionization' Brings In $28 Million For SEIU ... And Climbing

    12/08/2011 8:04:50 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/8/2011 | Jack Spencer
    The “take” so far from Michigan's forced unionization of supposed home health care workers for the Service Employees International Union is $28 million. That tally is going up on a monthly basis. The overwhelming majority of these dollars can be used for almost anything the SEIU desires, including advertising, issue advocacy, lobbying, get out the vote efforts and other political purposes. According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, the amount of "dues" taken out of subsidy checks that go to "home health care workers'” checks and passed on to the SEIU so far is as follows: 2007: $5,040,263 2008:...
  • 'Forced Unionization' Brings In $28 Million For SEIU ... And Climbing

    12/07/2011 9:25:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/7/11 | Jack Spencer
    The “take” so far from Michigan's forced unionization of supposed home health care workers for the Service Employees International Union is $28 million. That tally is going up on a monthly basis. The overwhelming majority of these dollars can be used for almost anything the SEIU desires, including advertising, issue advocacy, lobbying, get out the vote efforts and other political purposes. According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, the amount of "dues" taken out of subsidy checks that go to "home health care workers'” checks and passed on to the SEIU so far is as follows: 2007: $5,040,263 2008:...
  • Tax Playas' Revolt(SEIU parasites invade D.C. video)

    12/07/2011 4:00:53 PM PST · by all the best · 6 replies
    youtube ^ | December 6. 2011
    A colossal mountain (500lbs?) informs us as to why she and her cohorts are trying to see Senator Mario(sic) Rubio. She should be poster child for what Obama and the Dems intend for America. It will make you laugh and/or angry. Wish every American could see this. One question. How does someone so down and out manage to gain and maintain those 100's of extra pounds. Keep in mind that she votes.
  • SEIU Sends #OccupyCongress to Invade the Hill

    12/07/2011 9:51:56 AM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Big Government ^ | 12/7/11 | Scott Shapiro
    Sources on Capitol Hill tell Big Government that SEIU has organized a major effort to ‘Take Back the Capitol’ this week with a collective of community, labor and Occupy groups that are dedicated to “show Congress what democracy looks like, shine a light on corporate greed and the human suffering it has caused, and demand justice for the 99%.” According to Congressional sources, Occupy protestors have been visiting one Congressional office after another and demanding to speak with representatives while loitering in their waiting rooms and chanting. ‘Trackers’ are also being spotted roaming the hills of various Congressional buildings.
  • Tennessee family home burns while firefighters watch

    12/06/2011 4:33:24 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 228 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Dec. 6, 2011
    A Tennessee couple helplessly watched their home burn to the ground, along with all of their possessions, because they did not pay a $75 annual fee to the local fire department. Vicky Bell told the NBC affiliate WPSD-TV that she called 911 when her mobile home in Obion County caught fire. Firefighters arrived on the scene but as the fire raged, they simply stood by and did nothing. "In an emergency, the first thing you think of, 'Call 9-1-1," homeowner Bell said. However, Bell and her husband were forced to walk into the burning home in an attempt to retrieve...
  • Former Union Chief Andy Stern Praises Crony Communism

    12/05/2011 8:00:09 AM PST · by raptor22 · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 5, 2011 | IBD staff
    Economic Systems: The former head of the Service Employees International Union says capitalism is on the ash heap of history and sees China as our role model. We have seen his future, however, and it doesn't work. President Obama once reportedly told aides, according to the New York Times, that things would be easier if he were president of China. Presumably he meant there would be no pesky things like a Congress, free elections and a free press to deal with. Former SEIU chief Andy Stern, who may still hold the record for visits to the White House under this...
  • Judge grants reprieve to 372,000 on cuts in in-home care

    12/01/2011 9:06:59 PM PST · by SmithL · 14 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 12/1/11 | Bob Egelko
    A federal judge has apparently granted at least a temporary reprieve to 372,000 elderly and disabled Californians who faced a 20 percent cut in their in-home care on Jan. 1. U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken of Oakland issued a temporary restraining order Thursday that prohibits the state from taking any immediate steps to carry out the reductions — in particular, from mailing out notices to all recipients, starting next week. Wilken said a lawsuit by disability-rights groups and other advocates raised “serious questions” about whether the cuts would violate federal health and disability laws by forcing recipients into nursing homes....
  • China's Superior Economic Model

    12/01/2011 7:18:48 AM PST · by SueRae · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/1/2011 | Andy Stern
    Andy Grove, the founder and chairman of Intel, provocatively wrote in Businessweek last year that, "Our fundamental economic beliefs, which we have elevated from a conviction based on observation to an unquestioned truism, is that the free market is the best of all economic systems—the freer the better. Our generation has seen the decisive victory of free-market principles over planned economies. So we stick with this belief largely oblivious to emerging evidence that while free markets beat planned economies, there may be room for a modification that is even better." The past few weeks have proven Mr. Grove's point, as...
  • Minnesota child care providers sue to block unionization election

    11/29/2011 5:32:32 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 11 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 11-29-11 | doug belden
    Dayton, a Democrat, ordered the election two weeks ago so that providers could vote on whether to be represented by a union in "meet and confer" talks with the state. The order allows in-home providers who participate in state-subsidized Child Care Assistance Programs to vote on whether to be represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) or the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), depending on where in the state their business is. Ballots are scheduled to be mailed Dec. 7 to about 4,300 of some 11,000 in-home providers in Minnesota. They would be counted Dec....
  • Richmond City Audits Local Tea Party After Standoff with Mayor (preferential treatment of OWS)

    11/29/2011 8:20:26 AM PST · by Mamzelle · 25 replies
    Big Government-Brietbart ^ | 11/29/11 | Colleen Owens
  • U.S. Supreme Cour to hear case of National Right to Work vs SEIU

    11/21/2011 5:12:03 PM PST · by Iam1ru1-2 · 10 replies
    National Right To Work Legal Defense Foundation, Inc - Email | 11/21/2011 | Mark Mix
    Your National Right to Work Foundation is headed back to the United States Supreme Court... and the union bosses are in full panic. The Supreme Court announced last week that it will hear oral arguments on January 10 in Knox v. Service Employees International Union Local 1000, a case brought by Foundation attorneys. Fearing an embarrassing loss, union lawyers have now begged the Supreme Court to toss out the case after offering to pay back all of the money to objecting employees. Simply put, we caught the union bosses red-handed. Big Labor desperately wants to sweep the case under the...
  • Left-wing organizing kingpin: Tea partiers out-organized Occupy Wall Street

    11/25/2011 3:40:30 AM PST · by markomalley · 17 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/24/2011 | Michael Volpe
    In an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller, Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) founder and Service Employees International Union organizer Wade Rathke acknowledged that the tea party movement has been more effective than Occupy Wall Street in influencing American politics. Rathke was unequivocal about the Occupy movement, telling The DC that “in no way has it had the political impact that the tea party movement has.” Yet because Occupy organizing is “still in its embryonic stages” while tea partiers have been organizing for more than two years, he cautions that “comparing the tea party movement to OWS...
  • Malkin: Obama's Half-Billion-Dollar Crony Drug Deal

    11/16/2011 12:10:47 PM PST · by Iam1ru1-2 · 15 replies
    GOPUSA.com ^ | November 16, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
    What do you get when you mix Democratic fat-cat donations, Big Labor favors, pharmaceutical lobbying and Beltway business as usual? Answer: another toxic half-billion-dollar Barack Obama-approved crony deal. Move over, Solyndra. Here comes Siga-Gate. This latest Chicago-style payoff on your dime involves a dubious smallpox drug backed by a liberal billionaire investor, along with a former union boss who was one of the White House's most frequent visitors. They're the "1 percent" with 100 percent immunity from the selectively outraged Occupier mobs that purport to oppose partisan government bailouts and handouts to privileged corporations. Ronald Perelman is the New York...
  • McCaskill asks for investigation into Obama administration’s sole-source vaccine contract

    11/24/2011 3:33:27 PM PST · by ColdOne · 37 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/24/11 | Will Rahn
    Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, has asked The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to review the Obama administration’s award of a $443 million sole-source contract to a company owned by a major Democratic donor. The Los Angeles Times reported earlier this month that the Obama administration has taken unusual steps to procure an experimental smallpox vaccine from a company owned by a major Democratic donor despite concerns from some experts that such a drug was unnecessary and would not be effective. Citing “serious questions” about the contract, the Los Angeles Times reported that McCaskill has asked the...
  • Joe Soucheray: Dayton rewards unions, at our expense

    11/23/2011 5:35:55 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 2 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 11-23-11 | joe soucheray
    We have been given expensive ringside seats to quite a public backscratching. Unions - AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, and SEIU, Service Employees International Union - have been patting their old pal, Governor Dayton, on the back and saying, "You can do it" and "Atta boy, go get 'em." And lo, Dayton, who is beholden to unions, looked out his window one day and decided he saw some people he could bring into the collective fold. Now, how the governor has the constitutional authority to order anybody to take a vote on joining a union...
  • Occupy Oakland keeps fires burning & is joined by UC students, labor and bank protesters in SF

    11/18/2011 6:13:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Freedom Socialist Party ^ | November 18, 2011 | Toni Mendicino
    The second week of November was a week of demonstrations in California’s Bay Area with the Occupy Movement throwing its weight behind student, staff and faculty fighting assaults on public education. Occupy Oakland Resurgent The week began with a wee-hours defense of Occupy Oakland. Three unionists from FSP responded to a call to amass at “Oscar Grant” Plaza where the encampment was threatened with another police raid. There, our trio joined other labor activists to form a picket line in the street in front of the tents—a first line defense. Present were unionists from Oakland Education Association, ILWU, SEIU, AFT,...
  • SEIU Members Continue to Stand With Occupy Protesters

    11/16/2011 8:31:23 PM PST · by Rabin · 12 replies
    Service Employees International Union (SEIU) ^ | Tuesday, November 15, 2011 | Marcus Mrowka
    "The brave students, unemployed Americans, families and others Occupying Wall Street …. There's an economic emergency in America, and it's time for dramatic action to get our leaders to stand with the 99% instead of the 1%. "That's why on November 17th, SEIU members will be marching arm in arm with… the 99% protesting the failure of politicians in Congress to pass a (POTS latest) jobs bill. This movement of the 99% is only beginning. We will not rest..
  • SEIU makes early, expected Obama endorsement (You don't say!!)

    11/16/2011 10:08:20 AM PST · by Driftwood1 · 6 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 11-16-11 | Lynn Sweet
    WASHINGTON--The Service Employees International Union announced Wednesday it will endorse President Barack Obama in 2012--an early, but entirely expected endorsement from a union bankrolling Democratic-allied SuperPacs. The endorsement comes before the Republicans even have a nominee, but at least there is no charade about where they stand. "President Obama shares our vision of a nation that invests in good jobs here at home; where everyone pays their fair share; where access to quality, affordable health care is preserved; and where there is a pathway to citizenship for every immigrant worker," said SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry. "It's a vision...
  • Parents forced to pay union dues

    11/16/2011 5:52:37 AM PST · by Past Your Eyes · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/9/11 | Jack Spencer
    Robert Haynes and his wife, Patricia, take care of their cerebral palsy-stricken son and daughter in their Macomb Township home. Taxpayers help out with monthly checks to the Haynes family. The checks, which are sent by the state, allow them to keep their son and daughter at home instead of having them institutionalized. But some of the taxpayer dollars that are supposed to go to the Haynes family are being siphoned off. The state takes a $30 monthly deduction from the checks and sends it to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). This deduction is the result of the forced...
  • SEIU 1000 email supporting the OWS vermin

    11/15/2011 2:17:16 PM PST · by MeganC · 9 replies
    SEIU 1000 ^ | Tue 11/15/2011 1:28 PM | Adrian Arizmendi
    If you have not yet heard, last night police evicted Occupiers at Occupy Wall St (NY) from the park at which they were peacefully protesting, dumping thousands of dollars worth of donated goods in the trash. It is now time for all people to join solidarity with the movement, stand up against corporate greed and for all of us in the 99%. On November 17 and 19th, Local 1000, in conjunction with Occupy Sacramento, nurses, teachers, students and the faith community will be hosting two events in solidarity—they will be part of National Day of Action, with hundreds of cities...
  • There's Something Fishy About The White House's $433 Million Investment In A Smallpox Vaccine

    11/15/2011 10:18:12 AM PST · by blam · 12 replies
    TBI - The Blaze ^ | 11-15-2011 | Becket Adams
    There's Something Fishy About The White House's $433 Million Investment In A Smallpox Vaccine Becket Adams, The Blaze Nov. 15, 2011, 12:21[Editor's note: smallpox is indeed a horrifying and terrible disease; this cannot be overstated. It is not the intent of this article to mitigate the very real and terrible nature of the disease. The point of this article is to question the White Houses’ intentions in this deal.] Several critics believe that the Obama administration’s $433 million investment in the new ST-246 smallpox vaccine reeks of scandal. How could a multimillion dollar investment in an antiviral pill that could...
  • Loving Parents or Union Workers?

    11/15/2011 8:46:48 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    CapCon ^ | 11/15/2011 | Fox Business Network
    Should people be forced to be part of a union just for receiving checks to look after their own story? Fox Business Network interviews Robert and Patricia Haynes, who discuss the Michigan law that forces them to join a union because they care for their kids with cerebral palsy.
  • Another big Dem donor gets hundreds of millions in no-bid contract (The SEIU link)

    11/14/2011 8:25:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/14/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    The scourge of smallpox has been all but eradicated for decades, with the only live samples of the source bacteria locked away in laboratories in the US and Russia. Nonetheless, the US maintains a large stockpile of proven smallpox vaccines just in case anyone gets access to the disease, and can quickly distribute it to the American population and prevent an epidemic, even after exposure. There is no reason to spend another dollar developing a new smallpox vaccine — and yet that is exactly what the Obama administration did, and in a most peculiar manner: Over the last year, the...
  • Is Bizarre Smallpox Drug Deal Obama Administration's Next Solyndra?

    11/14/2011 6:51:19 AM PST · by Driftwood1 · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11-13-11 | Rick Ungar
    David Williams of The Los Angeles Times has uncovered a $433 million dollar government contract to purchase a smallpox anti-viral drug that may, or may not, be necessary in the case of a bioterrorist attack. For that matter, we are not even sure if the drug will work. ST-246, a pill to be manufactured by Siga Technologies, Inc., would come into play as a second level of defense in the event of a smallpox attack. Currently, the nation has stockpiled some $1 billion in smallpox vaccines, enough to inoculate the entire U.S. population and treat those who have contracted the...
  • Obama administration gives $433m no-bid contract to Democratic donor.

    11/14/2011 5:54:06 AM PST · by IbJensen · 7 replies
    Red State ^ | 11/12/2011 | Moe Lane
    The last time I checked, didn’t the Left call this sort of thing ‘crony capitalism?’ Over the last year, the Obama administration has aggressively pushed a $433-million plan to buy an experimental smallpox drug, despite uncertainty over whether it is needed or will work. Senior officials have taken unusual steps to secure the contract for New York-based Siga Technologies Inc., whose controlling shareholder is billionaire Ronald O. Perelman, one of the world’s richest men and a longtime Democratic Party donor. As you probably know, smallpox was eradicated in the wild decades ago: mostly because it was a genuinely terrifying threat...
  • Special report: The golden age of opposition research

    11/14/2011 2:46:51 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 14, 2011 | Timothy Reid
    .........American Bridge is typical of the new reality. It was founded in November 2010, after the Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United case opened the door to "SuperPACs," political action committees that are able to raise unlimited amounts of anonymous money to craft attack and advocacy ads during campaigns. The fledgling Democratic research organization now has 15 trackers nationwide filming GOP candidates for Congress and the White House and 25 researchers in Washington poring over this footage and pushing it out to the public. "The fastest way to disseminate information is through social media, such as Twitter and Facebook,"...
  • Look who’s behind Occupy Jew-hating. Latest astonishing claim: Protests represent Torah

    11/12/2011 5:18:47 AM PST · by tutstar · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Klein Online ^ | 11 8 2011 | Aaron Klein
    In the face of mounting charges of anti-Semitism at Occupy sites nationwide, several so-called Jewish groups have been attempting to spin the protest movement as Jew-friendly, as even representing Jewish ideals. Most prominent among those groups is the Jewish Funds for Justice, or JFFJ, which is funded by billionaire George Soros. A slew of other Soros-funded progressive groups are also behind the drive to deny Occupy contains significant anti-Semitic elements. KleinOnline found JFFJ is led by individuals associated with communist and socialist groups; the children of Soviet spies; and a U.S. socialist organization that seeks to infiltrate the Democratic Party....
  • SEIU siphons 'dues' from Mich. Medicaid payments

    11/11/2011 3:03:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/11/11 | Joel Gehrke Commentary Staff Writer
    If you're a parent who accepts Medicaid payments from the State of Michigan to help support your mentally-disabled adult children, you qualify as a state employee for the purposes of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). They can now claim and receive a portion of your Medicaid in the form of union dues. Robert and Patricia Haynes live in Michigan with their two adult children, who have cerebral palsy. The state government provides the family with insurance through Medicaid, but also treats them as caregivers. For the SEIU, this makes them public employees and thus members of the union, which...
  • Seniors Rally in Boston Against Cuts to Social Programs (Seniors for Socialism Alert)

    11/10/2011 5:54:35 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 25 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 2011-11-10 | Jennifer Levitz
    BOSTON–Chanting “hands off” and “no cuts,” hundreds of seniors rallied here to warn Congress’s deficit-cutting supercommittee to stay away from Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. “When you get older, you need help, not cuts,” said Steve Ciardi, a former pipe fitter who has multiple sclerosis and was in a wheelchair being pushed by his wife, Patty. “That is what the country is about – helping people,” she said. AARP Massachusetts, the SEIU and AFL-CIO labor unions, and several senior activist groups are organizing the event, which kicked off this morning with a rally at the historic Wang Theatre in downtown...
  • Report: LA Fire Capt. Paid $50K In Vacation, OT Allegedly Falsified Time Card

    11/09/2011 11:20:22 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    CBS) ^ | November 9, 2011 10:16 AM
    A Los Angeles city fire captain is on leave after for allegedly falsifying his timecard after auditors found he was paid $50,000 in vacation time last year, according to a report Wednesday. Capt. Eric Vasquez was paid nearly $77,000 above his base salary of $108,000 — the equivalent of nearly 23 weeks of pay — in vacation, overtime and bonus pay, according to payroll information obtained by the Daily News under the California Public Records Act. The alleged falsification by Vasquez, a 17-year LAFD veteran whose duties involved supervising time sheet data entry — including his own — were discovered...
  • Union Withdrawing Money From Funds For Special Needs Children

    11/09/2011 5:59:37 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/9/2011 | Jack Spencer
    Michigan's “forced unionization” is not only taking money away from home health care workers, it's taking dollars out of the pockets of parents of the afflicted as well. … Robert Haynes and his wife, Patricia, take care of their cerebral palsy-stricken son and daughter in their Macomb Township home. Taxpayers help out with monthly checks to the Haynes family. The checks, which are sent by the state, allow them to keep their son and daughter at home instead of having them institutionalized. But some of the taxpayer dollars that are supposed to go to the Haynes family are being siphoned...
  • Jury convicts ex-Citronelle officer of illegally keeping handguns taken from motorists

    11/03/2011 2:27:23 PM PDT · by marktwain · 60 replies
    blog.al.com ^ | 1 November, 2011 | Brendan Kirby
    MOBILE, Alabama -- A former Citronelle police officer violated the law when he kept a pair of handguns he took from motorists during his 11-year tenure on the force, a federal jury here decided this afternoon. The jury convicted Bill Eugene Newburn guilty of 2 counts of possession of a stolen firearm. Under a preliminary calculation of advisory guidelines in his case, he faces at least a year and 9 months in prison and as much as 2 years and 3 months behind bars. U.S. District Judge Kristi DuBose scheduled his sentencing hearing for Feb. 10. Police Chief Shane Stringer...
  • GOP Senator Tries to Save SEIU Healthcare ‘Employer’

    11/02/2011 7:56:05 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/1/2011 | Kathy Hoekstra
    The MQCCC was created in 2005. The council kept a registry of home care providers, but its main function was to be the so-called government “employer” for some 45,000 private home care aides. Through this arrangement, these independent contractors were compelled to become dues-paying members of SEIU Healthcare Michigan. The union has had a collective bargaining agreement with the MQCCC since 2006, collecting $6 million in annual dues from Medicaid subsidies paid to the home care providers. The council effectively runs the program for SEIU and passes the union dues from the state to the union. The Mackinac Center recently...
  • Pro-Union Is Not Pro-Worker

    11/01/2011 2:47:31 AM PDT · by OwenKellogg · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 20, 2011 | Frank Ryan
    A recurring theme from the current administration is that to be pro-organized labor is to be pro-worker. Concurrently, the administration has consistently refuted that it is using class warfare as a theme. A comment from Vice President Biden in March 2011 summed it up when he stated, "We don't see the value of collective bargaining; we see the absolute positive necessity of collective bargaining. Let's get something straight: the only people who have the capacity -- organizational capacity and muscle -- to keep, as they say, the barbarians from the gate, is organized labor. And make no mistake about it:...
  • GOP Senator Tries to Save SEIU Healthcare ‘Employer’

    11/01/2011 6:08:14 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/31/2011 | Kathy Hoekstra
    The fate of the Michigan Quality Community Care Council, an entity ostensibly tasked with keeping a list of the state’s private home health providers, may have seemed sealed in May when state lawmakers axed its funding from the 2012 budget. Yet even without state funding, this unusual government entity continues to exist past its Sept. 30 expiration date — and collect dues for a government-sector union. “The union dues are still being withheld and are being sent to the MQC3,” according to Angela Minicuci, public information officer for the Michigan Department of Community Health, in an email sent to the...
  • DUI arrest: SPD detective refused breathalyzer

    10/30/2011 9:23:58 PM PDT · by MovementConservative · 23 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | By Steve Miletich
    Seattle police said Friday they were uncertain whether a detective was on duty when he was arrested for drunken driving after a traffic accident Thursday in Mukilteo. John Fox, a 23-year-veteran of the Seattle Police Department, was charged Friday with driving under the influence (DUI). He pleaded not guilty during a brief appearance in Everett District Court on Friday afternoon. Fox, 46, of Everett, refused to take a breathalyzer test to measure his blood-alcohol level, making him subject to a one-year suspension of his driver's license. Mukilteo police punched his license Thursday to make it unusable. Fox, who was convicted...
  • Public Employees Busted in Retirement Scheme

    10/30/2011 10:35:50 AM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | October 28, 2011 | Nathaniel Botwinick
    Employees of the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) have defrauded that organization of over $1 billion over the last seven years. In as many as 500 cases, LIRR employees falsely claimed disability benefits to supplement their pensions, employing a sophisticated scheme involving special “facilitators” and doctors operating “disability mills.” Eleven defendants have been named so far, including a former president of the railroad union; each has been charged with conspiracy to commit health-care fraud and mail fraud. There were three doctors who participated in this scheme, and in return they received cash payments between $800 and $1,200 — along with millions...
  • Hotel owned by union pensions mistreated workers [ Wisconsin State Investment Board etc ]

    10/28/2011 1:55:19 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 4 replies
    ocregister.com ^ | Oct 28 2011 | By BRIAN MARTINEZ
    By BRIAN MARTINEZ / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER IRVINE – An Embassy Suites hotel in Irvine that's owned by a public-employee pension investment pool denied 10-minute rest breaks to low-wage workers and is accused of retaliating against staffers who promote collective bargaining. The investors in the multi-hotel fund are Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association, Wisconsin State Investment Board, San Diego City Employees Retirement System and Teachers' Retirement System of the State of Illinois.
  • Occupy Oakland regroups; injured Iraq war veteran recovering

    10/28/2011 1:40:42 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 11 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Oct 28 2011 | LA now
    Meanwhile, in Oakland’s city center, about three dozen tents had sprung up by Friday morning on the lawn where an Occupy encampment was razed earlier in the week. That mirrored action in San Francisco, where city officials had removed tents only to see them return. “For every action there’s a reaction,” Saiid Shabazz, 35, of Oakland, said of the razing of the camp early Tuesday and the massive protests that followed. "The people are going to continue to use this camp as a training facility, an educational facility, a healing facility and a place to live facility.” Olsen, 24, a...
  • NYPD Union Warns of Lawsuits Against ‘Occupy’ Supporters [Public Employee Unions thwart Democracy! ]

    10/28/2011 11:59:55 AM PDT · by NoLibZone · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Oct 28 2011 | Sean Gardiner
    The head of the police sergeants’ union has issued a warning to Occupy Wall Street: protest-related incidents that result in injuries to his members could be met with civil lawsuits against any group supporting the encampment. Ed Mullins, president of the New York Police Department’s Sergeant’s Benevolent Association, said Thursday that if one of his sergeants is assaulted while policing the protests, his union would file civil lawsuits seeking monetary damages against individual protesters as well as any groups whose support has sustained the demonstrations in lower Manhattan. Any civil suit would be in addition to criminal charges faced by...
  • Sen. Hatch Seeks Answers from NLRB's Becker on SEIU Manual

    10/28/2011 9:42:05 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 2 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | October 27, 2011 | Carl Horowitz
    It's almost given that a Democratic member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has at least some background as a union lawyer. Craig Becker, who long had been associate general counsel for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) before obtaining a recess appointment to the board by President Obama in March 2010 following a Senate GOP filibuster, fits the pattern. But he also may have gone that extra mile, helping to prepare an SEIU manual on how to intimidate employers. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, wants to know more. On September 12, Hatch wrote a letter to Becker asking...
  • NYPD officers charged in corruption probe

    10/27/2011 6:56:14 PM PDT · by quantim · 3 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Oct 27, 9:33 PM EDT | TOM HAYS and COLLEEN LONG
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Prosecutors say 16 New York City police officers and five other people will be charged in a corruption scandal covering a broad spectrum of crimes following a lengthy investigation. A statement by the Bronx district attorney's office says the indictments will be unsealed Friday morning. Two people familiar with the investigation tell The Associated Press the case centers on accusations the officers abused their authority by helping friends and relatives avoid paying traffic tickets. The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the cases weren't public. The charges stem from an internal probe...
  • Walmart-Endorsed Obamacare Can't Save Employees from Skyrocketing Insurance Costs

    10/27/2011 8:08:36 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | October 27, 2011 | Paul Chesser
    We told you so. Last week Walmart announced it will severely cut back health benefits for its employees, proving that the Obamacare law that the company endorsed will not save the day for its many low-income workers. Under the new company policy, new part-time associates will no longer be eligible to receive health insurance. Reuters also reports that the amount Walmart puts in employee healthcare savings accounts will be cut in half. “The current healthcare system is unsustainable for everyone and like other businesses we've had to make choices we wish we didn't have to make," said Walmart spokesman...
  • 3 Out-of-State SEIU Operatives Registered and Voted from Wisconsin Hotel

    10/26/2011 4:52:15 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 10 replies
    BigGovernment MediaTrackers ^ | October 26, 2011 | Collin Roth
    After discovering that Occupy Milwaukee protester and left-wing activist Austin Lee Thompson used a Glendale hotel to register and vote, Media Trackers has discovered that at least two more out-of-state activists employed by the SEIU registered to vote from the Glendale Residence Inn hotel for the April 5, 2011 spring election. SEIU organizer Todd E. Stoner from Freehold, New Jersey, used same-day registration to cast a ballot in the April 5, 2011 spring election in Wisconsin. Stoner, like Thompson, still has an active voter registration in New Jersey. According to Stoner’s Wisconsin voter registration form, he simply listed “Residence Inn...
  • Warren: I 'created foundation' for OWS

    10/25/2011 8:37:46 AM PDT · by opentalk · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | October 24, 2011 | David Cananese
    Republicans who seek to tie Elizabeth Warren to the "Occupy Wall Street" protests are getting an assist from the candidate herself. The Democrat running for Massachusetts Senate tells The Daily Beast she created "much of the intellectual foundation for what they do," -- a clean and clear embrace of the movement that originated in Canada and has spread to cities across the country. It's a striking signal the Harvard professor is not afraid to be aligned with the protests the GOP is eager to portray as unorganized, reckless and outside the mainstream.

    10/21/2011 9:09:20 PM PDT · by Yosemitest · 13 replies
    www.glennbeck.com ^ | Friday, Oct 21, 2011 | Glenn Beck
    Remember that time, when Glenn was called crazy for predicting radical Islam, socialists/communists & anarchists would unite to destabilize and dismantle capitalism? Everyone said that was crazy talk and Glenn was of course mercilessly raked over the coals for saying so. Well, chalk another one up for the old crazy talker Glenn Beck – CAIR has now fallen in line with the Marxists, Communists and anarchists down at Occupy Wall Street. The Blaze reports,“An official invitation issued by CAIR’s New York chapter tells members to show “solidarity” with ‘the 99%” by attending Friday prayers in Zuccotti Park at 1:00pm....
  • Video: SEIU Joins Occupy Movement

    10/20/2011 9:52:27 AM PDT · by csd · 4 replies
    Beforeitsnews.com ^ | Oct 20, 2011 | National Right To Work Committee
    Big Labor continues to fund and support the radical “Occupy” strategy with the announcement that the SEIU union in California has joined the Los Angeles protest. The union bosses are protesting to demand another taxpayer bailout for government workers contained in the Obama “jobs” bill.