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  • Prison Guard Union Provides Lurid Claims for U-M Anti-Privatization Report

    04/06/2016 7:06:15 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/2/2016 | Tom Gantert
    A study published by the University of Michigan claims that the state's decision to hire a nonunion contractor to run prison cafeterias led to gangs. But the report’s methodology allowed a labor union critical of privatization to hand-pick which prison guards participated in focus groups that the author used as a foundation for his report. According to the report, "The Michigan Corrections Officers recruited participants, arranged interview locations, and reimbursed participants for travel." Roland Zullo wrote the publication for the Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, and the Economy at the University of Michigan. It concluded that the contractor's employees...
  • NY state in tentative deal to raise minimum wage toward $15 an hour

    03/31/2016 7:05:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 31, 2016 | James Odato
    Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislative leaders reached a tentative deal on Thursday to raise New York state's minimum wage towards $15 per hour but fell short of a uniform state-wide increase, lawmakers said. The deal outlines a faster rise in New York City, but carves out a slow lane for small businesses and its surrounding counties. In less prosperous areas north of the city it rises to $12.50 per hour before a state review of the law's impact. The minimum wage has been a sticking point in difficult budget negotiations that threaten to delay a spending plan past the...
  • Stupid in America: Students Are So Bad, Professor Can’t Grade Them

    03/30/2016 2:45:04 PM PDT · by detective · 67 replies
    The New American ^ | 29 March 2016 | Selwyn Duke
    What does it say when in two days a teacher exhausts the ink in his red pen? Since a nation cannot be “ignorant and free," as Thomas Jefferson put it, it perhaps means we face a threat graver than the Red Menace. Apathetic or even hostile students, dumbed-down tests, often incompetent and ideologically driven teachers, Cracker Jack-box degrees, morally toxic curricula, revisionist history, the new math — education has collapsed in America. And one of the sincere educators, wandering amidst the rubble, recently provided a window into this academic apocalypse.
  • Calif. to raise minimum wage to $15: reports

    03/26/2016 9:51:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Hill's Briefing Room ^ | March 26, 2016 | Evelyn Rupert
    California lawmakers and union leaders have reached a tentative deal to raise the state minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next several years, the Los Angeles Times reports. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is expected to make the formal announcement as early as Monday. According to the L.A. Times, the minimum wage will jump from $10 to $10.50 an hour in 2017 and will increase by $1 every year after that until reaching $15 an hour in 2022. Business with fewer than 25 employees will have an extra year to comply. "The governor and stakeholders have all been negotiating...
  • Flashback: Andrew Breitbart Confronts Hateful Protesters At Right Nation 2010

    03/11/2016 10:42:10 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 9 replies
    Andrew Breitbart Confronts Hateful Protesters At Right Nation 2010 In the name of 'ending the hate' Democratic Party Protesters use homosexual slurs against Andrew Breitbart, and engage in name calling, using terms like 'crazy' and 'tea baggers' in their political discourse. These Alinsky trained Progressives were organized and delivered by President Obama's and the DNC's Organizing For America, and the SEIU.
  • Exclusive: U.S. labor powerhouse to launch anti-Trump ad campaign

    03/11/2016 12:58:48 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 11, 2016 | BY AMANDA BECKER
    The AFL-CIO, the largest U.S. federation of labor unions, will launch digital attack ads targeting Republican front-runner Donald Trump next week as part of a multi-pronged effort to derail the New York billionaire's bid for the White House and dampen union workers' enthusiasm for him. Officials at the AFL-CIO, an umbrella group of 56 unions representing 12.5 million workers, told Reuters the ads will depict Trump as anti-union, and will appear on Facebook and Twitter. "Donald Trump has tapped into the very real and understandable anger of working people. But while he says he's with America's working people, when you...
  • SEIU, top Dem team up to turn 5 million Latino immigrants into voters

    01/29/2016 5:52:53 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01/29/2016 | By Nicole Duran
    U.S. citizens and voters as possible before Election Day. Leading the charge is Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., who said Thursday that he believes the "stand up to hate" push can get 1 million of those Latinos naturalized by May, which would see them become citizens in time to register for the presidential election. The campaign's mantra is "Naturalize. Register. Vote." Gutierrez advised Latinos to "get angry" over the anti-immigrant rhetoric emanating from Republican presidential candidates "then naturalize, register and vote." "Can you believe calling all Mexicans rapists?" he asked during a conference call announcing the New American Democracy Campaign, referring...
  • Questionable Charity in Puerto Rico Has One Employee— the Governor’s Brother

    01/21/2016 3:33:20 PM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    NLPC ^ | January 21, 2016 | Peter Flaherty
    A nonprofit group founded by ex-New York SEIU boss Dennis Rivera has received big contributions from corporations that do business with the Puerto Rican government, while employing the governor's brother as its only employee. This arrangement was reported today by Alana Goodman of the Washington Free Beacon, based on information provided by NLPC. The charity, now known as "Sociedad EconĂłmica De Amigos del Pais," was founded in New York in 1996 by Rivera and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson as the Hispanic Education and Legal Fund (HELF). Its name change, relocation to Puerto Rico and change of mission...
  • BLM’s ‘Anti-Police Terror Project’ Celebrates MLK By Shutting Down San Francisco Bridge

    01/19/2016 7:51:33 AM PST · by rktman · 11 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/19/2016 | Christian Datoc
    For the second year in a row, the Anti-Police Terror Project (APTP) put out a call for 96 Hours of Direct Action to reclaim Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's radical legacy and take a stand against anti-Black racism and terrorism. In a courageous display of solidarity and the spirit of MLK, Black.Seed, a Black, queer liberation collective, has shut down the Bay Bridge as a show of resistance to a system that continues to oppress Black, Queer, Brown, Indigenous and other marginalized people throughout the Bay Area.
  • SEIU: Dozens arrested at airport workers' MLK Day national civil disobedience

    01/18/2016 7:41:18 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies
    PRNewswire-USNewswire ^ | January 18, 2016
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dozens of contracted airport workers and allies were arrested today at demonstrations in cities including New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Newark, NJ, Washington, DC, Portland, Ore., Seattle, Chicago and Miami as part of a national airport workers' civil disobedience against the injustices and inequality that persist at airports across the country. The men and women who keep our airports running took action to commemorate MLK Day and to reclaim the dignity that should come with a hard day's work, a central tenet of Dr. King's vision for a just society.
  • Airport workers plan disruptions in nine U.S. cities on MLK Day

    01/18/2016 1:10:52 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | January 17, 2016 | Luz Lazo, Washington Post
    Workers from nine U.S. airports are planning to block bridges, march through terminals and protest at airline headquarters during a day of civil disobedience on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The workers - a mix of cleaners, baggage handlers, fuelers and wheelchair attendants - will risk arrest at airports and other locations including the Mall, to bring attention to their campaign for better wages, the Service Employees International Union said. The actions are the latest in the airport workers' campaign for a $15-per-hour minimum wage, a benefits package and job protections. They're also protesting threats against their efforts to unionize....
  • Supreme Court Seems Poised to Deal Unions a Major Setback

    01/11/2016 11:24:41 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 11, 2016 | ADAM LIPTAK
    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court seemed poised on Monday to deliver a severe blow to organized labor. The justices appeared divided along familiar lines during an extended argument over whether government workers who choose not to join unions may nonetheless be required to help pay for collective bargaining. The court's conservative majority appeared ready to say that such compelled financial support violates the First Amendment Collective bargaining, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy said, is inherently political when the government is the employer, and issues like merit pay, promotions and classroom size are subject to negotiation. The best hope for a victory...
  • Working-Class Hero: Trump Expands To 20-Point Lead Among White Blue-Collars Vs. Hillary Clinton

    01/10/2016 9:28:57 PM PST · by Jane Long · 121 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/10/16 | IKE FLYNN
    New polling data from Reuters finds a nationwide toss-up 2016 contest between GOP frontrunner Donald Trump and Democrat frontrunner Hillary Clinton - but he's beating her by 20 points, 46 percent to 26 percent, among white working-class voters.
  • SEIU Union Leader: My Blue-Collar Members Support Trump’s Message

    01/09/2016 7:43:56 AM PST · by GonzoII · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8 Jan 2016 | Neil Munro
    The far-left progressive leader of the huge SEIU union admits that many or most of her blue-collar members are sympathetic to Donald Trump's pro-American populist message. "I am deeply concerned about what is stirring, even in our membership... where our members are responding to Trump's message," she told David Axelrod, the chief campaign strategist for President Barack Obama's election in 2008.Can you see Trump winning the election? Axelrod asked. "Yea, I could, I could," said Mary Kay Henry, the international president of the Service Employees International Union."Sixty-four percent of our public members identify as conservative, and are much more...
  • AWESOME: Liberal Unions in FULL Panic Mode After What Just Happened to Trump’s Campaign

    01/08/2016 5:18:38 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 32 replies
    Mary Kay Henry, the head of the Service Employees International Union is very nervous about the amount of popularity GOP front-runner Donald Trump has garnered. She recently said her organization is going into "hyperdrive" to stand up against Trump, because she saw him as a real threat. Henry was interviewed by David Axelrod for his podcast, "The Axe Files" on Thursday, when she admitted that her organization was worried about what Donald Trump was stirring up in the SEIU's 2.1 million members. She was worried because she believed Trump has the ability to win the White House in November. During...
  • Mandatory Union Fees Getting Hard Look by Supreme Court

    01/08/2016 10:34:09 AM PST · by Zakeet · 8 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 8, 2016 | Adam Liptak
    Harlan Elrich is a high school teacher in California, and that means he must pay about $970 a year to a labor union. He teaches math, and he said the system did not add up. "I get to choose what movie I want to go see," Mr. Elrich said. "I get to choose what church I want to go to. I get to choose what gym I want to join." He should have the same choice, he said, about whether to support a union. Mr. Elrich and nine other California teachers have sued the union, saying that they are being...
  • N.Y. Restaurant Owners Plead for Mercy as Gov. Cuomo Tightens Screws on Wages [Min. $15/hr.]

    01/07/2016 8:49:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 01/07/2016 | Rod Kackley
    More than 100 restaurant owners in the state of New York are begging Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) not to force them to pay their waiters and waitresses $15 an hour. But it's doubtful he heard them over the roar of union workers at rallies Jan. 4 supporting Cuomo's call for a statewide $15 an hour minimum wage. Melissa Fleischut, president and CEO of the New York State Restaurant Association, can see the $15 an hour wage coming, but she's hoping for a five-year moratorium for people who make their livings on tips. She said her organization's members would be crushed...
  • Chicago Airport Police Told To "Run And Hide" During Active Shooter Situation

    01/03/2016 11:24:09 AM PST · by The All Knowing All Seeing Oz · 66 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Christian Datoc
    The nearly 300 unarmed police officers patrolling Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway airports have been told to “run and hide” during active shootings. Internal aviation department documents obtained by CNN instruct officers not “to become part of the response” to an attack. “If evacuation is not possible, you should find a place to hide where the active shooter is less likely to find you. Block entry to your hiding place and lock the door,” but Matt Brandon, secretary-treasurer of the airport officers union, told CNN they have serious issues with the protocol. “These men and women are sent to the Chicago...
  • Chicago airport police told to "run and hide" in event of active shooter

    01/03/2016 2:52:25 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | January 3, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    <p>Matt Brandon, secretary-treasurer of the Service Employees International Union Local 73, which represents the aviation police officers, said he doesn’t understand why the officers are prohibited from carrying guns.</p> <p>He said the union has been unable to get the aviation department to change the no gun policy, which dates to the early 1990s.</p>
  • Union goes to court over longevity pay for future Clark County workers

    Clark County's largest employee union is taking the county to court in effort to overturn an arbitrator's ruling that eliminates hundreds of millions of dollars in longevity pay for future hires. The Service Employees International Union Local 1107 filed a motion to vacate the arbitrator's contract award this week in Clark County District Court. To prevail, the union would need a judge to find that the arbitrator disregarded state law when issuing his final, binding decision. The arbitrator, Ross Runkel, also gave county employees 4.5 percent in retroactive pay increases in his Aug. 25 award. The key sticking point, however,...
  • Largest L.A. County employee union votes to approve contract including 10% raise

    11/25/2015 5:42:55 AM PST · by smartyaz · 22 replies
    LA Times ^ | 11/20/15 | Abby Sewell
    Workers represented by Los Angeles County's largest employee union voted to approve a tentative agreement with county management that would give them a 10% raise over three years. Service Employees International Union Local 721, which represents more than 57,000 county employees, including nurses, social workers and clerical workers, tallied ballots Thursday after a month long voting process. Apart from the pay increase, the new contract would make Cesar Chavez Day an official county holiday starting in 2017, provide as much as an additional week of annual vacation every year and put some temporary workers on a path to full-time jobs....
  • Fresno County Public Safety Association Appeals For Election Re-run

    10/20/2015 9:16:47 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 1 replies
    kmjnow.com ^ | October 20, 2015 | Unknown
    From correctional, child support and security officers to program techs – about 900 members are trying to leave the Service Employees Union, but voter packets were inadvertently mailed out early two days early. (snip) We want to bring back the old way of representation which would just be for members wages and benefits, and get out of the Obama-care fight, the immigration fight, the Black Lives matter fight, the 15 fight – all these fights that are not associated with public sector employees.” – Eulalio Gomez, Fresno Sheriffs Correction Officer.
  • Labor unions awarded millions from federal agencies

    10/01/2015 10:06:26 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 1 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 1, 2015 | Kelly Riddell
    Under President Obama, federal agencies are doling out tens of millions of dollars to one of the Democratic Party’s most essential constituencies: big labor. The grants range from safety training to union membership recruitment to whipping up support for the president’s signature program called Obamacare, a Washington Times review of federal contracting records shows. Last week, for example, the Department of Energy awarded a $900,000-plus grant for the development of a safety regimen for workers facing hazardous duties in energy and waste jobs. It didn’t go to a safety firm or training school but rather to a labor union: Akron...
  • The Scheming Marxist Architect of Obamacare, Robert Creamer, Helped Sell the Iran Deal

    09/20/2015 5:11:44 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 11 replies
    NoisyRoom.net ^ | 2015 September 14 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton (h/t Judy Weddle)
    [picture of Robert Creamer] Looks like the Marxist architect of Obamacare also had a major say in putting forth the Iran Deal. Robert Creamer was convicted in 2005 for tax violations and bank fraud. He served time and was under house arrest. While in prison, he crafted the core underpinnings of Obamacare. Creamer is a political consultant who is very close to Barack Obama and is married to Jan Schakowsky, the Marxist Congresswoman from Illinois. While on the inside, he wrote, Listen to Your Mother: Stand Up Straight! How Progressives Can Win. Obamacare was only the first major step in...
  • Union Activist Urges: ‘Punch and Kick’ Donald Trump Photo at GOP Debate [Video]

    09/17/2015 1:35:55 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 Sep 2015 | Lee Stranahan
    Exclusive video from Brietbart News outside the GOP debate Wednesday shows a candid moment as union official Alejandra Valles, Secretary-Treasurer of the SEIU chapter United Service Workers West, directed a group of young protesters to “punch and kick” a photo of GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump. “This is awesome! Awesome!” exclaimed the woman taking the photo, before jumping into the photo herself and saying, “I’m going to kick!” She then urged the group to make fists.
  • The Union That Rules New York ( SEIU )

    08/31/2015 6:38:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    City Journal ^ | Summer 2015 | DANIEL DISALVO AND STEPHEN EIDE
    Powerful and well funded, 1199 SEIU has unprecedented reach into city and state government. ... Medicaid is one of the primary sources of funding for the hospitals employing workers from 1199 SEIU, the powerful hospital and nursing-home employees’ union. ... The union’s clout can be assessed by several measures: the sheer size of its membership, its spending on campaigns and lobbying, and the depth and breadth of its connections with New York’s ruling elite. With well over 300,000 members in Massachusetts, Maryland, Florida, Washington, D.C., and New York (where over half of that total resides), 1199SEIU is the largest union...
  • Sick Irony: Shouting ‘Black Lives Matter’ in a Planned Parenthood Shirt

    08/15/2015 6:30:44 PM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    Breitbart 2016 ^ | 8/15/15 | Lee Stranahan
    Black Lives Matter protestors wearing pink Planned Parenthood shirts shut down a recent rally by Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, providing further evidence that the #BlackLivesMatter movement is not a marginal political group, but an increasing vital part of the institutional left’s community organized shock troop coalition.WATCH:(video at link)The YouTube video’s description makes it clear that the angry free speech haters came from a cross section of the left’s current flavors of special interest groups: illegal aliens, union members and the sexually confused. The description says: #BlackLivesMatter shut down a Jeb Bush presidential town hall in Las Vegas. Standing alongside...
  • Union Support of Planned Parenthood Goes Far Beyond Donations

    08/04/2015 3:47:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    MRC TV ^ | August 3, 2015 4:08pm ET | Jeff Dunetz
    People who pay union dues may be donating to Planned Parenthood whether they like it or not. The Free Beacon reported on Monday that three of the biggest unions in America donated a total of $435,000 to Planned Parenthood during 2014. The three unions were the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), and Service Employees International Union (SEIU). AFSCME and SEIU both represent public sector employees.​ But the ties between Planned Parenthood and some of America’s biggest unions go far beyond donations. Almost all of the 2014 union-donated money was spent...
  • Independent Union Shows Unions Can Prosper Under Right-To-Work

    07/13/2015 10:01:36 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/11/2015 | Tom Gantert
    In 2012, teachers in the Roscommon area school district became the first in decades to "decertify" the Michigan Education Association — fire it — and start their own independent union. Now, three years later, the president of the startup local, called the Roscommon Teachers Association, said 64 of 65 eligible teachers have voluntarily paid dues as of the recently completed school year. It probably didn't hurt that the union's $500 dues are about half the amount charged by the MEA, the state's largest teachers union. “Roscommon teachers show that voluntary unionism can thrive if the union is proving its worth...
  • SEIU Revenue Cut in Half After 'Dues Skim' Ended

    06/24/2015 1:06:20 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/22/2015 | Jack Spencer
    The union that exploited Michigan’s home-based caregivers for the best part of a decade has seen its revenue tumble since the scheme that enabled the exploitation ended. SEIU Healthcare Michigan reported $5,398,383 in dues and fees in 2014. That's just 48 percent of the $11,307,314 it reported for 2012, the last full year during which the union's dues skim was in place. The information was contained in a financial disclosure report the union submitted to the federal government 57 days after the March 31 deadline it is apparently required to meet. The disclosure finally took place shortly after Michigan Capitol...
  • Before big speech, Clinton steps to left—but not too far

    06/12/2015 11:12:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 12, 2015 1:33 PM EDT | Lisa Lerer and Ken Thomas
    Union members broke into cheers when Hillary Rodham Clinton said she supported a $15-an-hour national minimum wage. “Thank you for giving me this chance to tell you all how much I support your movement,” she told a conference organized by the Service Employees International Union. “I want to fight with you every day.” Clinton’s words last weekend weren’t quite the endorsement they may have seemed. The next day, her campaign clarified her remarks, saying while Clinton supported the general push for higher wages, she wasn’t backing the more contentious $15 hourly minimum. In the eight weeks since she announced her...
  • Hack affected every single federal employee, union says

    06/11/2015 7:02:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    CNET ^ | June 11, 2015 | Laura Hautala
    A hack announced last week affected all current and retired federal employees, and hackers got their hands on much more personal information than previously announced, the American Federation of Government Employees said Thursday.A December breach of government systems containing personal information of millions of federal employees was worse than originally thought. A union of federal workers said Thursday that the attack, announced last week, had stolen confidential information of every single federal employee, past or present -- far more than was previously revealed. The government disputes those claims. It's the latest in a spree of damaging hacks against the government,...
  • Clark County stops pay increases for SEIU members

    06/11/2015 7:12:04 AM PDT · by redreno · 4 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 06/10/2015 | By BEN BOTKIN
    Clark County management has informed its largest union that employees won’t receive salary or benefit increases anytime soon, citing a new state law and contending that the contract between the county and Service Employees International Union Local 1107 has expired. The freeze is expected to end in August or early September, when the county expects to have a new contract in place with the union. The county and union go to arbitration on July 1. Both sides had already planned to go to arbitration before a new state law was passed, after two years of fruitless negotiations for a new...
  • County orders union boss to work, citing new law

    06/09/2015 12:05:01 PM PDT · by redreno · 21 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | June 8, 2015 - 3:02pmUpdated June 8, 2015 - 6:30pm | By BEN BOTKIN
    Clark County management has ordered Martin Bassick, president of the Service Employees International Union Local 1107, to report for work at a county job in a move that reflects the county’s interpretation of a new state law concerning paid leave for union representatives. The county’s human resources department notified Bassick in a letter Thursday to report at his county public works job at 8 a.m. Monday, according to correspondence obtained by the Review-Journal. The letter cites a bill that the Legislature passed this session and Gov. Brian Sandoval signed into law. An attorney for the SEIU, the county’s largest union,...
  • Ballot initiative threatens state worker retirement security

    06/05/2015 4:16:52 PM PDT · by MeganC · 8 replies
    SEIU Local 1000 (via email) ^ | 6/5/2015 15:48 PST | SEIU Local 1000
    Ballot initiative threatens state worker retirement security A coalition of anti-union, anti-public employee groups, including the National Right to Work Committee, launched their latest attack against public employee pensions and the hard-earned retirement security of state workers. Their misleading campaign, called the “Voter Empowerment Act of 2016,” would undermine collective bargaining and require voter approval for changes to pensions and other retirement benefits, including medical insurance. “This dangerous initiative is a real threat to the financial security of our members and all public employees,” said Yvonne R. Walker, Local 1000 president. “It is more important than ever to become a...
  • Trouble in Dem-land as unions freeze cash contributions

    06/05/2015 9:36:59 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 6/5/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    The AFL-CIO, along with some public sector unions, announced a campaign finance freeze in March. Unions hoped the threat of withholding contributions would scare Democratic lawmakers out of supporting President Barack Obama’s Trade Promotion Authority, or “fast track,” to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership — a trade agreement labor groups say would hurt manufacturing jobs in the U.S.
  • Indians and ‘Idiots’: DOJ Attacks State Power Over Elections

    06/04/2015 12:45:49 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 4, 2015 | J. Christian Adams
    Loretta Lynch's DOJ looks to further federal control of elections in ways that benefit the Democrats. The Obama Justice Department has quietly launched an effort to erode traditional state powers over elections. In the first instance, Attorney General Loretta Lynch has drafted and sent a bill to Congress which would force state election officials to turn over power to tribal governments to determine the location and number of polling places on Indian reservations in state-run elections. In the second instance, the DOJ is seeking to erode the power of states to prohibit the mentally incompetent from voting, as long as...
  • Would You Like Fries With That Demonstration?

    05/21/2015 1:22:43 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 13 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | May 21, 2015 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Reflections on the "minimum wage hike" protests today at McDonald's Oak Brook headquarters... On a cool May morning, as McDonalds’ shareholders met to determine the fast food giant’s future course, some 2000 protesters, hailing from as far as Kansas City and New York, descended upon them to present a list of demands. Raise the starting wage to $15/hour, they threatened, lest the company be forever branded with such monikers as Exploiter, Villain, Robber Baron and Tyrant! The Chicago Tribune, newspaper of record in the blighted metro area that McDonald’s calls home, was happy to give front page coverage to these...
  • Dancing on a hero's grave

    11/02/2006 2:28:19 PM PST · by knighthawk · 7 replies · 498+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | November 02 2006
    Let all decent human beings this day remember Werner Foerster, a New Jersey state trooper slain in 1973 - for tonight there will be a nauseating gathering to celebrate (yes, celebrate) the armed prison break that freed one of Foerster's convicted killers. An organization that should know better, the big public employee union SEIU Local 1199, has opened an auditorium at its headquarters to a group that lionizes fugitive Joanne Chesimard, aka Assata Shakur, as a heroine whose "liberation" from prison 27 years ago it considers a bright moment in American history. Sponsors of the Hands Off Assata Campaign include...
  • Magnet Schools Drawing More Attention

    04/24/2015 2:12:58 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 4 replies
    American Legislator ^ | Lindsay Russell
    While the term “school choice” is often perceived as a decision between public and private institutions, magnet schools offer an opportunity to introduce another option for parents and families within their public school district. With almost 3,000 magnet schools nationwide in 2012, the trend embracing more public school choice continues to rise. Originally conceived as an approach to decrease segregation in school districts, today magnet schools encourage more hands-on learning by tailoring instruction around a central theme. Various magnet schools focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); arts; business; culinary studies; medicine; languages and more. Magnet schools increase parental...
  • ‘Can’t make this stuff up': Jonathan Hoenig catches ‘McHypocrites’ red-handed [photos]

    04/17/2015 6:24:18 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 30 replies
    twitchy.com ^ | April 15, 2015
    Jonathan Hoenig @JonathanHoenig Several folks protesting McDonalds pick up dinner from McDonalds. pic.twitter.com/iEWoZDh4c1
  • Protests for $15-an-hour wages set to expand Wednesday

    04/15/2015 4:59:07 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 15, 2015 | by CANDICE CHOI, AP FOOD INDUSTRY WRITER
    The fight to redefine a McJob is heating up. Protests for pay of $15 an hour and a union for fast-food and other low-wage workers are set to take place around the country Wednesday, marking the biggest effort yet in an ongoing campaign by labor organizers. The Fight for $15 campaign is being spearheaded by the Service Employees International Union and began in late 2012 with fast-food workers. Since then, organizers have used the spotlight to rally a variety of low-wage workers, including airport workers and home care workers. On Wednesday, adjunct professors will be the latest to join in...
  • Unions fight to preserve Obama’s immigration actions, their members

    04/11/2015 10:50:25 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 12, 2015
    Two of the country’s most powerful and politically influential labor unions are backing President Obama in the recent court challenge to his 2014 executive action on illegal immigration, saying they support the president’s effort because "undocumented workers" need more workplace protection and their participation helps the U.S. economy. The AFL-CIO and the National Education Association on Monday each filed so-called amicus briefs in a federal appeals court case in which Texas and 26 other states are challenges the president’s 2014 memorandum on illegal immigration. The memorandum essentially expands work authorization and delayed-deportation programs for illegal immigrants. And it provides similar...
  • One Out of Three SEIU Dollars Goes to Overhead, Politics

    04/01/2015 11:32:30 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 6 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 1, 2015 | Bill McMorris
    Labor giant SEIU spent more than $100 million on union overhead and political activities in 2014, according to federal labor filings released Tuesday evening. The union collected about $320 million from its 1.8 million members, who are primarily government employees and health care workers. For every $3 that a union member contributed to its coffers, $1 went to functions outside of membership services. The union spent about $55 million paying union administrators and covering overhead costs, including more than $276,000 to president Mary Kay Henry.
  • Movement to Increase McDonald’s Minimum Wage Broadens Its Tactics

    03/30/2015 4:25:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 30, 2015 | By STEVEN GREENHOUSE
    On a recent Friday, Kwanza Brooks, a $7.25-an-hour McDonald’s worker, climbed into a 14-person van to take a four-hour ride from Charlotte, N.C., to Atlanta. As she and other workers headed south, Ms. Brooks, a short, fiery woman, swapped stories with her companions about unsafe conditions and unfair managers. Upon arriving, they joined more than 400 other people — including home care aides, Walmart workers, child care workers and adjunct professors. The gathering was a strategy session to plan for the fast-food movement’s next big wave of protests, which is now scheduled for April 15. But the meeting was also...
  • Billionaires Ken Griffin, Pritzkers part of $1.3M cash dump to Emanuel campaign ( Chicago politics )

    03/09/2015 5:47:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 03/09/2015 | Natasha Korecki
    Over three days, some of the wealthiest people in Chicago, if not the nation, dumped more than $1.3 million into the political re-election campaign of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.. Among the donors was Citadel founder and billionaire Ken Griffin, who donated $250,000 to Emanuel. The mayor is battling to keep his seat against a surging Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. Others who donated from March 3 to March 6 include: Groupon co-founder Eric Lefkofsky, $200,000; Richard Melman, $100,000; and Jay B. Pritzker and M.K. Pritzker, who tossed in $50,000 each. Garcia recently took in a a $250,000 contribution from...
  • Warren dings Walker over comments on unions and ISIS

    03/01/2015 7:27:45 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/28/2015 | Kevin Cirilli
    Warren, who is closely aligned with progressive union groups, ripped Walker in a tweet Saturday for what some saw as a comparison between union members and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria: "If Scott Walker sees 100,000 teachers & firefighters as his enemies, maybe it's time we take a closer look at his friends.” In a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, Walker said, “If I can take on 100,000 protestors, I can do the same across the world.” Walker, a possible 2016 presidential candidate for the GOP, tried to walk back his comments after his...
  • Walker got it exactly right- unions are like terrorists

    02/28/2015 7:23:08 AM PST · by Starman417 · 23 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-27-15 | DrJohn
    At CPAC, Scott Walker made a remark that caught the attention of many of the left, and some on the right: OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Thursday that his experience taking on thousands of protesters in his state helped prepare him to take on terrorists across the world. The likely Republican presidential contender sparked pointed criticism from labor union leaders across the country after remarks delivered on the first day of the Conservative Political Action Conference in suburban Washington. The annual conference features more than a dozen potential Republican presidential contenders over three days hoping...
  • Communists Thank SEIU for Help in Releasing Cuban Mass Murderer

    02/19/2015 1:52:11 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 19 Feb 2015 | Spyridon Mitsotakis
    Gerardo Hernandez, a spy for Communist Cuba and the man responsible for the murder of four humanitarian workers (three of whom were American citizens) over international waters, was freed from prison last year by the Obama administration, due in part to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). This was revealed at a February 6, 2015, celebration of Hernandez’s release, along with two of his fellow Cuban agents (collectively known as the “Cuban 5.. At the beginning of the event, an IPS official thanked all who who took part in the 17-year campaign and singled out a number of organizations that...
  • Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner Strikes Blow Against Unions

    02/11/2015 10:25:37 AM PST · by raptor22 · 23 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 11, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    tates: Illinois entrepreneur turned governor Bruce Rauner ends the practice of forced union dues for government workers who don't want to join a union as he pursues right-to-work zones to promote growth. In Illinois, they're called "fair share" dues collected from workers said to benefit from the collective bargaining of the unions they're in thrall to, whether they want to join or not, moneys collected by force to pay for that representation. "Fair share" is a favorite mantra to liberals, but not to newly elected Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner. He believes that there's nothing fair about extorting money from people...