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  • San Francisco Chamber of Commerce ‘outraged’ over minimum wage measure

    04/08/2014 7:55:23 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 7, 2014 | By Julie Balise
    The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce is “outraged” over a ballot measure to raise San Francisco’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, saying in a statement on Monday that it “flies in the face of collaboration and partnership.” The measure would lift base pay about 40 percent from its current $10.74, making San Francisco’s minimum wage the highest in the country. Activists were expected to file papers on Monday for the November ballot. The measure, designed by SEIU Local 1021, the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, and other activist groups, would give companies with fewer than 100 employees until...
  • Fellow Students – Stand Up To Outrageous Bias and Left-Wing Hat

    03/25/2014 7:21:23 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 13 replies
    The College Fix ^ | March 12, 2014 | Kyle Brooks
    Two weeks ago, a video that I filmed of a radical guest lecture in a required sociology course at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater went viral. In it, intolerant SEIU member Eyon Biddle claimed that “politics is fueled by white rage” and that Republican success in 2010 was helped by racism. Appalled by what I was hearing, I took out my phone and began to record. Based off of how quickly the video spread, becoming national news in less than three days, as well as from the reaction I have gotten from people nationwide, it is clear to me that people...
  • Unions, Left-Leaning Groups Dominate List of Largest Political Donors

    03/24/2014 6:16:37 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/19/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Democrats and many in the media routinely complain about money spent in politics, and they regularly lash out at conservatives and big business. Turns out, unions are the top spenders in politics. Twelve of the top 20 political donors from 1989 to 2014 have been unions, which overwhelmingly support Democratic causes, according to an analysis done by OpenSecrets.org's Center for Responsive Politics. Seven of the top 10 donors overall give almost exclusively to politicians or groups on the left. ActBlue, a political action committee that raises money for Democrats and progressive causes and features Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer...
  • Union rep join federal government safety inspectors on site visits to non-union businesses

    03/22/2014 1:08:22 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 13 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/21/2014 | Patrick Howley
    SEIU and other labor unions can accompany the government inspectors on site visits due to a quiet and contested Obama administration rule clarification issued last year in response to a request from a union representative. Maurice Baskin, an attorney representing the Associated Builders and Contractors and the National Association of Manufacturers, said in testimony before the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections that OSHA’s clarification letter violates the OSH Act and the National Labor Relations Act. Section 9 of the National Labor Relations Act holds that an “authorized representative” must be an agent from a union that a majority of the...
  • SEIU Fined Almost $200,000 Over Actions Tied To 2012 Ballot Proposal Campaign

    03/21/2014 11:27:35 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/18/2014 | Jack Spencer
    The Service Employees International Union, the labor group behind the home health care dues skim, has been fined $199,000 for concealing that it bankrolled Proposal 4 in 2012, which would have locked a forced unionization scheme into the state constitution. The fine for campaign finance violations is the second-largest ever levied in Michigan, according to a press release from the secretary of state's office. Between 2006 and when the dues skim finally ended in early 2013, the SEIU took more than $34 million from home-based caregivers, most of whom were taking care of family and friends. Secretary of State Ruth...
  • SEIU Hit With Second-Biggest Campaign Finance Fine in Michigan History

    03/18/2014 5:01:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 3/18/2014 | Bill McMorris
    The Service Employees International Union will have to pay the second-highest fine in Michigan history for its failed 2012 campaign to preserve forced union dues among home care workers. Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson said that the politically powerful union agreed to pay the state nearly $200,000 for failing to properly disclose donors and file timely campaign reports. The union funneled more than $9 million into two 501(c)(4) non-profit groups, Home Care First Inc. and Citizens for Affordable Quality Home Care, which served as the public face of a ballot initiative. “These organizations cannot be used as a means...
  • 159 Wisconsin Union Bosses Make Six-Figure Salaries

    03/11/2014 6:03:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | February 27, 2014 | Brian Sikma
    Gov. Scott Walker’s public sector collective bargaining reforms of 2011 have not prevented union officials from making hefty six-figure salaries even as some of their organizations struggle to retain members. A review of U.S. Department of Labor filings shows that at least 159 union officials in Wisconsin made six-figure salaries in fiscal year 2012. ... The SEIU has used its political clout to recently push for a minimum wage hike for some Milwaukee County employees and government contractors. While decrying the current minimum wage, the SEIU conveniently lobbied for a carve-out that exempted employers from the requirement if they joined...
  • Michigan campaign finance violation draws near-record fine for union's actions in 2012 election

    03/10/2014 5:16:37 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 20 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | March 10, 2014 | Brian Smith
    LANSING -- The Service Employees International Union will pay almost $200,000 to settle alleged campaign finance violations from a failed 2012 ballot proposal seeking collective bargaining rights for home health workers. The settlement was announced Monday by Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, whose office investigated a complaint that the union skirted campaign finance laws. The complaint was filed by political advocacy group Michigan Freedom Fund The complaint accused the principals behind Home Care First and Citizens for Affordable Quality Home Care of intentionally delaying required filings with Johnson's office to conceal that SEIU had made substantial contributions to support the...
  • Bill Clinton cashes in on struggling nonprofit hospital

    03/07/2014 6:52:19 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 6, 2014 | Jim McElhatton
    Bill Clinton accepted a $225,000 speaking fee from the nonprofit Washington Hospital Center smack in the middle of two big rounds of layoffs in 2012 — one of a number of tax-exempt organizations that have paid big money to hear the former president talk. The $225,000 payment wasn’t made public by the hospital on its annual Internal Revenue Service forms, but rather appeared among dozens of lucrative speeches by Mr. Clinton reported on his wife’s final ethics filing as secretary of state. “No disrespect to Bill Clinton, but that money could’ve gone a long way and been put to better...
  • Workers, bused-in activists target UPMC offices

    03/03/2014 8:03:08 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 2 replies
    WPXI ^ | March 3, 2014
    PITTSBURGH--An estimated 300 workers and bused-in labor activists tied up Pittsburgh traffic when they marched downtown to rally outside the corporate offices of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Monday's rally follows demonstrations outside the same building last week when police cited nine demonstrators for trespassing. The activists from the Service Employees International Union, which is trying to organize some of the hospital network's workers, and others were also pressing for higher wages for cooks, custodians and other blue-collar health workers.
  • Connecticut Democrats and the SEIU

    02/27/2014 8:24:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2014 | Carol Platt Liebau
    Connecticut's US senator, Richard Blumenthal, and a congress-person, Rosa DeLauro, have been subpoenaed in a case alleging that the SEIU's pressure tactics on nursing home managements during labor disputes amounted to unlawful extortion. Neither politician has been accused of any wrongdoing, but unless a judge grants a delay, both will be forced to produce any documents in their possession pertaining to the SEIU. Other Connecticut politicians will be subject to depositions, including Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy, state Attorney General George Jepson, andConnecticut state senators John Fonfara and Russ Morin. All are Democrats. Again, none of the politicians has been accused...
  • Two members of Congress subpoenaed in nursing homes' fight with SEIU

    02/26/2014 9:14:53 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | FEBRUARY 26, 2014 | Tim Mak
    U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., have been pulled into a lawsuit between two local chapters of the Service Employees International Union, which represent health care workers, and nursing homes. At issue is whether a campaign to pressure the management of the nursing homes during labor disputes crossed the line into extortion. ... both lawmakers are now in the uncomfortable situation of being deposed by lawyers representing the nursing homes and are forced to provide a wide array of documents relating to their interactions with the SEIU. The subpoenas, obtained by the Washington Examiner, require them...
  • Unions to Spend $300 Million to Unseat Scott Walker, Other Governors

    02/22/2014 8:44:48 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 45 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 2-13-14 | Kyle Maichle
    HOUSTON, TX – The nation’s leading labor union will plan to spend $300 million in 2014 trying to unseat Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and four other Republican Governors. More: AFL-CIO to Target Walker, Other Governors People’s World reported that the AFL-CIO announced on Thursday morning during a press conference in Houston that they would spend money trying to unseat Governor Walker. Other Governors that the labor organization is targeting are John Kasich (R-Ohio), Tom Corbett (R-Pennsylvania), Rick Snyder (R-Michigan), and Rick Scott (R-Florida). The American Federation of Teachers backed the AFL-CIO’s plan. President Randi Weingarten said: “In many ways it...
  • Wisconsin SEIU's message: Nice job you got there, be a shame if you lost it

    02/20/2014 2:50:12 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/19/14 | Mark Tapscott
    Nice job ya got there So the union's leaders have come up with a backdoor way to force employees to fork over the dues money. It's a novel variation on the Living Wage/Minimum Wage campaign. Here's how it works: Milwaukee County officials approved a living wage requirement for local government contractors to pay at least $11.33 per hour. SEIU's Wisconsin Jobs Now campaign was the main backer of the requirement. But the new law includes a convenient way for contractors to avoid having to pay the living wage — they can agree to force their employees to join SEIU.
  • California bill seeks to extend subsidized health care to illegal immigrants

    02/18/2014 6:09:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 18, 2014 | Caroline May
    A California Democrat is looking to extend taxpayer-funded health-care benefits to illegal immigrants. State Sen. Ricardo Lara of Long Beach introduced legislation late last week that would extend health-care coverage to all Californians “irrespective of immigration status.” “The purpose of the Health For All Act is simple — provide health care coverage to California’s remaining uninsured by expanding Medi-Cal and creating a new health exchange where the undocumented can purchase coverage,” Lara said in a statement. Lara added that the fact that Obamacare expressly denies illegal immigrants coverage “hurts the overall health of our communities, and does not reflect California...
  • Are nonprofit hospital execs overpaid? SEIU thinks you should have a vote (Oregon)

    02/15/2014 10:27:47 AM PST · by aimhigh · 7 replies
    Portland Business Journal ^ | 02/12/2014 | Elizabeth Hayes
    (Ballot) Initiative No. 39 seeks to limit nonprofit hospital executive compensation to 15 times the annual wage of the lowest paid employee. Current law sets no cap on compensation, but rather, it is considered reasonable if it is comparable to similarly situated executives, even those at for profit health organizations, according to a summary of the measure. The measure would limit the share the hospital may contribute when the compensation is paid by a parent corporation, health system or combination. It requires annual public reports and authorizes civil penalties for violation.
  • Pres. Obama headed to Milwaukee after State of Union address

    01/28/2014 6:33:41 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 21 replies
    Fox6Now ^ | Jan 26, 2014 | Mike Lowe
    Pres. Obama headed to Milwaukee after State of Union address January 26, 2014, by Mike Lowe, Pres. Obama headed to Milwaukee after State of Union address MILWAUKEE (WITI) — President Barack Obama is set to deliver his State of the Union address this week. According to the White House, the speech will be optimistic and focus on the middle class. After the speech, President Obama will take his message on the road to four places — one of which is Milwaukee. This is not the first time President Obama has used his big speech to put the spotlight on Wisconsin....
  • ‘Fast for Families’ kicks off national tour for immigration reform

    01/27/2014 4:21:27 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 9 replies
    Voxxi ^ | Jan 27, 2014 | Griselda Nevarez
    Image of the "Fast for Families" fasters, who announced their new plans to push for immigration reform on Monday. After going without food and only drinking water for 22 days last, a handful of advocates with the “Fast for Families” campaign ended their fast on December 3, 2013. Now they are continuing their efforts to push for immigration reform with a national tour that kicked off on Monday. Activists with the “Fast for Families” campaign captivated national and international attention last year when they put their bodies on the line to fast in support of immigration reform with a path...
  • Minimum Wage Bills Pushed in at Least 30 States

    01/27/2014 1:26:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 26, 2014 11:36 AM EST | Michael Hill
    Minimum-wage increase proposals are getting the maximum push from Democrats in statehouses in more than half of U.S. states, highlighting the politically potent income inequality issue this year. Lawmakers in at least 30 states are sponsoring or are expected to introduce wage hike measures, according to a national review by The Associated Press. They hope to notch state-level victories as President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats remain stymied in attempts to raise the federal minimum wage above $7.25 an hour. The president is expected to mention the minimum wage in his State of the Union address Tuesday.Even in Republican-dominated capitals...
  • Will Supreme Court Rule Against Unions?

    01/24/2014 11:03:26 PM PST · by rightwingerpatriot · 8 replies
    RightWingPatriot.com ^ | January 24, 2013 | RightWingPatriot
    The Supreme Court has taken on an interesting case and it's decision can have massive ramifications for unions nationwide. The issue is whether unions can coerce workers to pay dues even if the disagree with the union. The case was brought by a group of home health care workers who were forced to join a union in Illinois as they receive money to take care of family members through Medicaid. The SEIU persuaded Illinois that these families who were taking care of family members at their homes who are in need of assistance, say of someone who is developmentally disabled,...
  • SEIU Fights To Force Home Caregivers To Pay Union Dues

    01/23/2014 11:09:30 AM PST · by raptor22 · 35 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 23, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Labor Law: The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case that will determine if a Medicaid recipient caring for her child is a state worker required to turn part of her meager resources over to union bosses. Illinois resident Pam Harris is a 55-year-old mom earning less than the minimum wage who cares for her son Josh Harris, 25. He has Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome, a muscular degenerative disease, compounded by physical disabilities and mental illness. Josh and his family qualify for an Illinois home-based support-services program that lets disabled adults live at home. He gets $721 each month from...
  • Bill Gates: Raising Minimum Wage ‘Does Cause Job Destruction’

    01/21/2014 1:52:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 21, 2014 - 9:34 AM | Susan Jones
    Should the nation’s minimum wage be raised, as Democrats from President Obama on down are insisting? “Well, jobs are a great thing,” Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Tuesday. “So you have to be a bit careful: If you raise the minimum wage, you’re encouraging labor substitution, and you’re going to go buy machines and automate things—or cause jobs to appear outside of that jurisdiction. “And so within certain limits, you know, it does cause job destruction. If you really start pushing it, then you’re just making a huge tradeoff.” …
  • Biggest bullies in the public schools: the Education Establishment

    01/11/2014 7:39:45 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 8 replies
    Rightsidenews.com ^ | Dec. 2, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    We hear a lot about bullying as if it’s as common as cheering at a football game. But who is really the Big Bully in our public schools? Who is throwing their weight around all the time? More specifically, who is insisting on the use of bad methods that never seem to work better this year than 10 years ago? Who is making lame excuses for poor performance so that nothing seems to get better? Who fills the air with propaganda and sophistry so that no one can think clearly about the issues facing us? Consider Whole Word. Rudolf Flesch...
  • Nice Job… SEIU Gets Whole Chicago Restaurant Fired After Minimum Wage Protests

    12/24/2013 5:59:40 AM PST · by george76 · 45 replies
    Gateway ^ | December 23, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Nice work, SEIU. A Chicago sandwich shop closed its doors after several employees rallied for $15 an hour wages. ... The River North Snarf’s shop was closed for four days, from December 5 until December 8, as employees went on striking for higher wages and better benefits. Now they’re out of work
  • Rep. Gary Miller targeted in TV ad pushing for immigration vote

    11/07/2013 8:49:46 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies
    latimes.com ^ | November 07, 2013 | Richard Simon
    WASHINGTON -- For Rep. Gary Miller and voters in his Inland Empire district, this is just the beginning: A television ad began airing Thursday in the Republican’s district seeking to ratchet up pressure on him to support a pathway to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally. Miller is among seven GOP lawmakers nationwide targeted in the roughly $500,000 ad buy by the Service Employees International Union. Many more ads are expected because Miller is regarded as among the most vulnerable House Republicans, a top Democratic target who represents a heavily Latino district won by President Obama. Miller said in...
  • Outlook bleak for quick end to BART strike ( San Francisco )

    10/20/2013 6:07:37 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 20, 2013 | Kristen V. Brown
    At least one BART union agreed Saturday to put the transit agency's contract proposal to a vote, but commuters looking for a quick end to the 2-day-old strike should hold off on the celebrations. Speaking from the entrance of the shuttered Pittsburg BART Station, Antonette Bryant, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555, said she expects that vote to result in a "resounding no." ... A spokeswoman from Service Employees International Union Local 1021, BART's largest union, declined to say whether that union also would allow a vote on the contract. ... With no negotiations scheduled, both sides said Saturday...
  • Shutdown: San Francisco rail workers strike after talks break down

    10/18/2013 1:42:18 AM PDT · by granada · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Oct 18, 2013 | Laila Kearney
    (Reuters) - Commuter rail workers in the San Francisco Bay Area went on strike on Friday after talks with management over a new contract broke down, throwing the morning commute into chaos in the traffic-clogged region. The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) management and employee unions have been at loggerheads for months over pay and benefits for more than 2,000 train drivers and other union workers who are demanding large pay raises in part to offset being asked to contribute to their pensions and other benefits. On Thursday, union officials said both sides had finally agreed on pay and benefits,...
  • BART workers go on strike

    10/18/2013 5:39:34 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 18, 2013 | By John Wildermuth, Michael Cabanatuan
    BART workers went on strike early Friday morning, leaving hundreds of thousands of Bay Area commuters scrambling for ways to get to work. SEIU spokeswoman Cecille Isidro confirmed shortly after midnight that the unions were on strike. "We made concessions, but you can only bend so far before you break," Sanchez said. "This is the way they want to solve the conflict, in a fight, a street fight."
  • Legal Foundation Defends Clients Caught in a Catch-22

    10/16/2013 11:18:02 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/13/2013 | Lindsey Dodge
    In 2005, the Michigan Employment Relations Commission inappropriately allowed and administered a union certification election for home-based caregivers, despite them not being public employees. Unfortunately for those 40,000-some workers, who primarily are family members and friends caring for the state's most vulnerable residents, MERC made the decision in April not to correct its own mistake. For that reason, the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation this month filed an appeal in court, on behalf of people like Patricia Haynes and Steven Glossop, to have even a portion of the dues returned and the union certification declared illegal. "Our clients and tens of...
  • California in Overdrive on Health Care Enrollment

    10/11/2013 4:00:12 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | October 11, 2013 | by Sarah Varney, Kaiser Health News
    Luisa Blue, head of the local Service Employees International Union in San Jose, has five more months to spend a million dollars. The union received a grant from Covered California, the state’s health insurance marketplace and is using some of the money to call people in their homes at night and on the weekend, as part of a massive education effort.
  • Pelosi exults amid cheers from Latino illegals

    10/09/2013 3:27:16 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | October 09, 2013 | Neil Munro
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi cheerfully led Spanish-language chants of “Si se puede” — or “Yes we can” — at a rally Tuesday for amnesty and immigration, but turnout for the event at the National Mall was far below the organizers’ predictions of 100,000 attendees. The barriers at the event were set to accommodate 35,000 people, but less than half the area was occupied. Loudspeakers and a large display screen at the rear of the area were almost devoid of listeners or viewers. The rally was held on public land during a widely hyped government shutdown that has seen the...
  • Former SEIU local leader gets 33 months in prison

    10/08/2013 1:11:56 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    LA Times ^ | October 7, 2013 | Paul Pringle
    .....In arguing for a lighter punishment, Freeman's attorneys said their client had devoted much of his life to helping others and caring for his family. Prosecutors responded to that portrayal by pointing to a slew of wrongdoing Freeman is accused of having committed — including bigamy and having sexual affairs with union staff members — beyond the offenses for which he was convicted in January. ....Until his fall from grace, Freeman represented about 190,000 home-care workers in the SEIU chapter and an affiliated local, whose members made as little as $9 an hour. He wielded significant clout in Los Angeles,...
  • Immigration Reform Protest Hits Irvine x 2

    10/04/2013 11:37:40 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    OC Weekly (California) ^ | October 4, 2013 | By Matt Coker
    The City of Irvine, which likes to boast about being a melting pot, is perhaps a fitting location for an immigration reform rally. First, members of SEIU-United Service Workers West activists will make signs and banners from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday as part of their national day of action for immigration reform. Then, they will meet with their fresh news signs at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at 71 Fortune Drive, Irvine, march to the office of Congressman John Campbell at 20 Pacifica and rally for reform. Organizing for Action (OFA-CA) has also been holding rallies throughout Orange County, particularly...
  • Time Flies When Government Is Shut Down: Day 3...it really doesn’t seem that long

    10/03/2013 6:47:01 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 2 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 10-3-2013 | MOTUS
    Okay everybody: just sit down and shut up! WeÂ’ve got a Government to shut down here, and it WILL hurt! You! ThatÂ’s an order. As you know, the Barrycades at the World War II Memorial went up immediately following the announcement of the the painful government shutdown. The stated reason for the closure was to ensure that none of our cherished WWII Veterans were endangered by government drones - now forced to fly unguided during this painful government shutdown. You can tell that your government was really concerned about this potential hazard as War Memorials have never been closed during...
  • Democrats Pay Union Members to Protest World War II Vets

    10/02/2013 12:55:37 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 39 replies
    PowerLine ^ | October 2, 2013 | John Hinderaker
    It appears that the Obama administration is violating the First Rule of Holes. Yesterday the administration looked awful when it “closed” and barricaded the World War II memorial on the Mall. The memorial is, by its nature, open. There is nothing to close. --SNIP-- ...these protesters were marching towards the press gaggle and I was asking them to show their federal IDs to prove they were in fact federal workers. No one wore their federal ID and none would provide it to prove their claim. Then, remarkably, a guy carrying a sign passed by wearing a McDonald’s employee shirt, which...
  • EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: McDonald’s Employee Admits Being Paid $15 to Protest WW2 Veterans

    10/02/2013 1:01:26 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 37 replies
    http://pjmedia.com ^ | october 2, 2013 | Patrick Poole
    After about an hour, about 20 SEIU protesters arrived on the scene chanting “Boehner, get us back to work” and claiming they were federal employees furloughed because of the shutdown. In the video below these protesters were marching towards the press gaggle and I was asking them to show their federal IDs to prove they were in fact federal workers. No one wore their federal ID and none would provide it to prove their claim. Then, remarkably, a guy carrying a sign passed by wearing a McDonald’s employee shirt, which I noted. I then began asking them how much they...
  • Navigators Warned: Don’t Leave Tax Returns on the Fax Machine

    09/30/2013 6:15:57 PM PDT · by magellan · 46 replies
    Americans for Tax Reform ^ | September 30, 2013 | John Kartch
    As Obamacare enrollment begins, the Department of Health and Human Services has a helpful tip for the program's so-called Navigators: "Do not leave documents that contain PII [Personally Identifiable Information] or tax return information on printers and fax machines." The warning is contained in Section 2.4.3 of the 207-page Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator Standard Operating Procedures Manual. The same section asks navigators to "double-check" the fax number before faxing Obamacare enrollee's tax returns: "When faxing PII or tax return information, double-check that the recipient's fax number is correct and that someone is able to pick up the faxed information immediately."...
  • SEIU Under Investigation: 'Dues Skim' took $35 million from Medicaid recipients

    09/27/2013 1:13:26 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 15 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/24/2013 | Jarrett Skorup
    The Detroit News reported that the State Bureau of Elections began a formal investigation of the Service Employees International Union regarding its financing of a ballot proposal last year. Proposal 4, which would have locked into the state constitution the skimming of millions of dollars each year from the caretakers of disabled people, was defeated by 14 percentage points. Chad Livengood in The News reported: The complaint focuses on a group called Citizens for Affordable Quality Home Care and an East Lansing company called Home Care First Inc. Citizens for Affordable Quality Home Care sponsored the ballot proposal. In campaign...
  • SEIU unionists strike over Obamacare-related cuts

    09/27/2013 7:29:17 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 27, 2013 | Sean Higgins
    Members of the Chicago-based Service Employees International Union Local 1 have gone on strike over recent job cuts by a janitorial company called Professional Maintenance. The reason for the cuts? The employer says it is because of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. This is ironic since SEIU is a major supporter of the law.
  • SEIU vows to help promote Obamacare

    09/11/2013 12:06:17 PM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Service Employees International Union President Mary Kay Henry has announced that her union will work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in a "major national outreach initiative" to sell Obamacare.“Let there be no doubt, the new healthcare law is working for working people,” Henry said in a statement. “We are not seeing the long-predicted ‘rate shock’ but we are seeing ‘Republican shock’ as extremists fail in attempts to repeal or obstruct the Affordable Care Act and its landmark protections and benefits for working Americans.”SEIU will send nurses, doctors and other health care professionals out to promote the...
  • SEIU to help encourage health care enrollment

    09/10/2013 2:33:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Pittsburgh Business Times ^ | September 10, 2013 | by Kris B. Mamula
    The Service Employees International Union is teaming with the Department of Health and Human Services to encourage health care coverage through a new marketplace. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Tuesday welcomed SEIU's help at a news conference at Allegheny General Hospital. The SEIU will focus on Pennsylvania and 13 other states where there are concentrations of people without health care coverage to get them enrolled starting Oct. 1. SEIU members will help convince the uninsured to enroll in the health care marketplace, called an exchange.
  • Bloomberg Rips Mayoral Frontrunner De Blasio's Campaign as 'Racist'

    09/07/2013 8:15:49 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 33 replies
    As of right now, Bill de Blasio is the man to beat in the race to be the next mayor of New York City. The latest polls put him at 43%, which is enough to avoid a run-off in the Democratic primary, and it is widely believed that whoever wins the Democratic primary will sail into office. For the most part, sitting mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has stayed out of the race, but in an extensive interview with New York Magazine the term-limited Independent ripped de Blasio's campaign as "class-warfare and racist":
  • Unionized labor is a failure. What does it mean for Obamacare?

    09/03/2013 9:49:55 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/3/13 | Derrick Hollenbeck
    First came the news that 40,000 Longshoremen have quit the AFL-CIO because they have finally figured out that Richard “Fifth Amendment” Trumpka and his gang has been screwing them. The final wakeup call came with Trumpka’s support of both Obamacare and amnesty disguised as “immigration reform.” The dockworkers have come to recognize this two headed monster will destroy them and they opted to vote for a break from union control with their feet. While the official reasons for the mass pull out sound like these men are leaving because the AFL-CIO isn’t liberal enough, don’t believe it for a minute....
  • 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.
  • HHS announces Obamacare ‘navigators’

    08/15/2013 4:36:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | August 15, 2013 | By JASON MILLMAN
    More than 100 groups will split $67 million to help people “navigate” the new Obamacare health insurance exchanges — more money than the administration initially said would be available but short of what advocates say will be needed to help people sign up, especially in states where the governors are hostile. The grants announced Thursday will go to 105 organizations, including community groups, health care providers, business groups and a handful of Planned Parenthood affiliates. The program, which got an extra $13 million from the health law prevention fund, is for those states that refused to set up their own...
  • Media Exaggerate Bakersfield Immigration Rally; SEIU Inflates Numbers by Factor of 20

    08/15/2013 7:09:15 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    Breitbart Big Journalism ^ | 8-15-13 | Joel Pollack
    Thousands of activists for immigration reform have gone missing after only four hundred turned up at Wednesday's rally in Bakersfield, CA outside the office of Republican Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy. Though the SEIU reported that "more than 5,000 people" had boarded buses to the rally, only a few hundred actually emerged in Bakersfield--potentially one of the greatest human tragedies in American history. The Associated Press offered a figure of 1,500 attendees, citing estimates from Bakersfield police. Those estimates are clearly erroneous, based perhaps on expected rather than actual turnout. A local CBS affiliate reported from Los Angeles on the morning...
  • Union Leaders Prepare for Final Push on Immigration; Ignore Member Concerns

    08/12/2013 9:54:30 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    NLPC ^ | August 12, 2013 | Carl Horowitz
    "Comprehensive immigration reform," like virtually any initiative containing the magic word "comprehensive," looks good on the surface. But the details of the comprehensive immigration bill passed by the Senate in June by a 68-32 margin reveal a lot gone wrong underneath. Oblivious to this, top union leaders are gearing up for an all-out blitz this fall to secure passage of similar legislation in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. Led by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (in photo), they are obsessed with providing 11 million or more persons living illegally in this country with amnesty and eventual citizenship, and with enabling millions...
  • Liberal groups to counter anti-Obama healthcare efforts in August (freeloaders unite)

    08/03/2013 8:17:37 AM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 8/01/13 | Maeve Reston
    With tea party Republicans threatening to shut down the government in an effort to roll back President Obama's healthcare law, several progressive groups are teaming up in a new effort to convince skeptical voters of the benefits of the new law. During the August recess, Americans United for Change and Protect Your Care plan to counter efforts by Republicans to disparage the law. The groups will stage protests at GOP events, organize their own town halls to publicize its perks, and provide “air cover” to the law’s defenders. Republicans “have overplayed their hand and that gives us the opportunity to...
  • Unions get creative to halt decline in membership

    08/02/2013 7:24:29 AM PDT · by kevcol · 2 replies
    The San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | Aug 2, 2013 | SAM HANANEL
    <p>WASHINGTON — With union membership on the decline, labor leaders are getting more creative - and some say more desperate - to boost sagging numbers and rebuild their waning clout.</p> <p>Unions are helping non-union fast food workers around the country hold strikes to protest low wages and poor working conditions. They are trying to organize home day care workers, university graduate students and even newly legalized marijuana dealers. Members of a "shadow union" at Wal-Mart hold regular protests at the giant retailer, which long has been resistant to organizing.</p>
  • Fast Food Workers Target "Modern Day Slavery" in Ballwin

    07/31/2013 7:16:16 AM PDT · by kevcol · 40 replies
    Ballwin-Ellisville patch ^ | July 30, 2013 | Gregg Palermo
    Activists are pushing for an hourly wage of $15 and the ability to organize. Cinnamon Tigner, an employee there who took part in the protest instead of working Tuesday, described the work as "modern day slavery" "I love my job, I love what I do," she told Patch by phone, but Tigner said she felt disrespected by restaurant management who she said act like they have power over employees.