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  • Jewish Man Stabbed in Crown Heights

    12/09/2014 4:36:51 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 96 replies
    INN ^ | 12/9/2014, 12:11 PM | Tova Dvorin
    A 22 year old Israeli Jewish man was stabbed Tuesday morning (roughly 2:00 am EST) in Crown Heights, outside the Chabad-Lubavitch building at 770 Eastern Parkway in New York City. The man’s condition is defined as stable, but serious; he was reportedly stabbed in the neck. The public has been asked to pray for him; his Hebrew name is Levy Yitzhak ben Raizel. Police arrived at the scene and apprehended the perpetrator, now revealed to have been a 40-year old African American man. He may have also been Muslim, but this has yet to be confirmed. The attacker died after...
  • Startled carriage horse goes on Central Park run (De Blasio creating excuse for horse ban?)

    06/09/2014 8:40:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 9, 2014 11:11 PM EDT
    A startled carriage horse took a jaunt around Central Park without any passengers or its driver. The horse became detached from its bridle on Monday evening and ran into the Manhattan park, following its usual route, the union that represents carriage drivers said. It was unclear what startled it. […] Advocacy agency NYCLASS, which is seeking to end the carriage horse industry, released a statement saying carriage horses and city streets don’t mix. “It’s time to retire the carriage horses and replace them with something that doesn’t spook or dart dangerously through traffic and pedestrians,” it said. …
  • Whoa there: NYC carriage horse ban is stalled

    04/22/2014 12:50:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 22, 2014 3:41 PM EDT | Jonathan Lemire
    Mayor Bill de Blasio is pulling back the reins on his plans to quickly get rid of New York City’s horse-drawn carriage industry, stung by a recent outpouring of support for the colorful coaches that have clip-clopped their way through Central Park for more than 150 years. A campaign pledge to take on the horses during his first week as mayor was eclipsed by other issues. […] What changed? For one, a media blitz led by actor Liam Neeson has portrayed the horse-drawn carriage industry as an iconic, romantic part of New York that provides about 400 jobs, many to...
  • Greenfield: The Left's War on Horses

    03/13/2014 11:38:20 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 18 replies
    Sultan Knish blog ^ | Wednesday, March 12, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Wednesday, March 12, 2014 The Left's War on Horses Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog At Grand Army Plaza, beneath the golden equestrian statue of General Sherman, the horses stand, lazily flicking their ears, tasting the grit of 59th street and occasionally glancing about as a yellow taxi driven by an angry Pakistani wheels around past the Plaza Hotel, brakes squealing, an Al Qaeda friendly Nasheed or a little  Atif Aslam, either sounding more unpleasant than the brakes, blaring through the open window. Feathered plumes, scarlet red, sapphire blue, electric purple, matching the colors of the plush...
  • Liam Neeson Blasts Bill de Blasio’s Anti-Horse Campaign

    01/10/2014 6:40:11 AM PST · by Alice in Wonderland · 32 replies
    FRONTPAGEMAG ^ | Daniel Greenfield
    While Bill de Blasio backer Steve Nislick plots to grab the stables once his boy follows through and outlaws carriage horses in Central Park, Liam Neeson visited the actual stables whose “64,000 feet of valuable real estate” Nislick has been drooling over and is plotting to seize under the cover of animal rights. And taught smirking liberal Jon Stewart a thing or two about horses. . .
  • De Blasio’s Horse-Drawn Carriage Ban: Is It Really About Campaign Cash?

    01/06/2014 10:56:41 AM PST · by digger48 · 32 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 1-6-14 | Robert Stacy McCain
    Mayor Bill de Blasio's promise to ban New York City's iconic horse-drawn carriages could backfire, exposing what the newly-elected mayor's critics suggest is a corruption scandal masquerading as an animal-rights crusade. Defenders of the carriage industry point to a real-estate executive who is one of de Blasio's major campaign donors as the driving force behind the effort to abolish the carriages. (snip) The bad guy in this drama, according to the carriage drivers, is Steve Nislick, chief executive officer of a New Jersey-based real-estate development company, Edison Properties. The company "employs legions of lobbyists to influence city decisions on real...
  • Could This Be the Real Reason the New NYC Mayor Vowed to Ban Horse Carriages in NYC?

    01/07/2014 4:24:26 PM PST · by blueyon · 35 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1/07/14 | Becket Adams
    When New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced recently that he’d make banning the city’s horse-drawn carriages his first priority, a lot of people were left asking, “Really?” Could This be the Reason De Blasio Decided to Go After Horse Carriages in NYC? Indeed, for all the problems de Blasio claims the city struggles with, it would seem horse-drawn carriages would take a back seat. But they haven’t and he’s pursuing the ban. And there may be a reason why: A major de Blasio campaign donor and real-estate executive may be tied up in the drive to banish the...
  • Is Bill de Blasio Trading Horses for Money?

    01/07/2014 8:37:19 AM PST · by Paladins Prayer · 15 replies
    The New American ^ | 06 January 2014 | Selwyn Duke
    They used to hang horse thieves — now they elect them mayor. As many know, New York City’s new commandant, Bill de Blasio, has sworn that one of his first acts upon taking office will be to ban Central Park’s iconic horse-drawn carriages. He claims that forcing horses to work in downtown Manhattan is inhumane, but is he really just kowtowing to a big real-estate developer who heavily supported his campaign? Interestingly, there was a time when de Blasio was more blasé about these animal-rights concerns. In fact, when he had the chance as a City Council member to support...
  • Rush Limbaugh to the rescue for Irish horse and carriage drivers in Central Park

    01/04/2014 8:10:25 AM PST · by george76 · 119 replies
    Irish Central ^ | January 4, 2014 | JAMES O'SHEA
    Rush Limbaugh has come out swinging in defence of the heavily Irish horse and carriage industry in New York’s Central Park after new mayor Bill de Blasio promised to put them off the streets. Over half the drivers of the 200 horses are Irish, but they are fighting a rearguard action against de Blasio, who had major support from animal rights groups. De Blasio stated that one of his first acts would be to end the horse and carriage trade and replace it with electric car tours. "We are going to quickly and aggressively move to make horse carriages no...
  • Bill de Blasio On Horse-Drawn Carriage Industry: "It's Over"

    12/31/2013 7:05:50 AM PST · by george76 · 181 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | December 30, 2013 | Erin Durkin
    Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio vowed to act quickly to abolish horse-drawn carriages in the city. "We are going to get rid of the horse carriages. Period,” de Blasio said in response to a question at his press conference announcing his schools chancellor pick Monday. “It’s over,” he said.
  • NYC Mayor: Horse-Drawn Carriages in Central Park “Inhumane,” Abortions Okay

    01/01/2014 6:41:17 AM PST · by NYer · 52 replies
    Life News ^ | December 31, 2013 | Steven Ertelt
    Bill de Blasio, New York’s incoming mayor, apparently loves animals more than people. He thinks horse-drawn carriages in Central Park are “inhumane.” But abortions in New York City, which is the abortion capital of America given its ridiculously high abortion rates? No problem.Fox News reports on de Blasio’s concern about horse-drawn carriages: New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has vowed to move quickly to outlaw the horse-drawn carriages that pull tourists around the city’s famous Central Park.“We are going to get rid of the horse carriages. Period,” de Blasio, who takes office New Year’s Day, said at a news...
  • ‘Horses count; babies don’t’ in de Blasio’s New York City

    01/03/2014 6:42:52 AM PST · by mandaladon · 45 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3 Jan 2014 | Eric Owens
    New York City’s brand-new mayor Bill de Blasio has an ambitious progressive agenda that includes tax increases, much talk about somehow crushing inequality and punishing “the elite.” Two issues high on de Blasio’s agenda are the creation of more abortion clinics across the five boroughs and an outright ban on horse-drawn carriage rides in Central Park. De Blasio’s animosity to the horse-drawn carriages runs deep, apparently. “We are going to get rid of horse carriages, period,” he said at a news conference Monday, according to CNN. He added that he believes the tourist attraction — popular since 1858 — is...
  • Socialist NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio is Really Good at Tax Avoidance

    04/17/2014 8:51:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/17/2014 | Mike Schauss
    Suffering from a clear lack of intellectual honesty, the morally bankrupt progressive socialist mayor of New York City seems to have a knack for tax avoidance. (And remember: despite what Harry Reid would have you believe, tax avoidance is not a crime.) According to public records, Bill “punish the rich” de Blasio paid a mere 8 percent of his income in federal taxes. Just to put that in context for any liberal that has accidently stumbled across this paragraph: That’s less than that capitalist pig, Mitt Romney paid in prior years. Of course, to be fair, it is possible...
  • New York City Council Will Weigh Ban On Horse-Drawn Carriages ( Follow the money )

    12/08/2014 5:16:53 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    npr ^ | December 08, 2014 | Bill Chappell
    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's bill to ban horse-drawn carriages reached the City Council on Monday, in a move to phase out the carriages that often give tours around Central Park. The legislation says that as of June 1, 2016, "it shall be unlawful to operate a horse-drawn vehicle in the city of New York or offer rides to the public on a vehicle drawn or pulled by a carriage horse." ... It also boosts the penalty for breaking horse-carriage rules to a maximum of $25,000 instead of the current $500. The proposed ban was introduced one day after...
  • Teamsters Drop Case Requiring Non-Members Pay Unfair Fee

    05/13/2014 7:59:59 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/11/2014 | Jack Spencer
    The Teamsters Union on Friday agreed to dismiss all of its claims against three city of Dearborn employees in a case that involved union representation obligations under Michigan’s right-to-work law. The Teamsters and the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation agreed to end the lawsuit with the union also agreeing to pay attorney’s fees to MCLF. Last year, after the state's right-to-work law went into effect and it became illegal for unions to have an employee fired for not paying dues or fees, the Teamsters instituted a fee for non-members who wanted to file a grievance. "We're glad that we could settle...
  • Teamsters Union Backs Away From Discriminatory Practice

    12/13/2013 3:46:48 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/9/2013 | Jack Spencer
    A Teamsters union that represents city of Dearborn workers is backing down from a policy of charging non-union employees a fee for filing a grievance. The reversal comes after the Teamsters initially tried to punish and intimidate employees who exercised their rights to leave the union as part of the state's right-to-work law. After being taken to court over its actions, the Teamsters Local 214 ended its policy of charging non-union employees $150 for filing a grievance. The union filed paperwork with the court on Friday. It is unlikely the Teamsters would have been successful defending the policy in court....
  • 1 Million Truckers to Protest Obama by Shutting America Down for 3 Days in October

    09/19/2013 8:14:15 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 11 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 9/19/13 | Suzanne Hamner
    As someone whose family operates a trucking company, there was no surprise when the announcement to organize a one million trucker march in October appeared online at reagancoalition.com and on a Facebook page. According to reagancoalition.com: There is a Facebook page called "Truckers to Shutdown America." This is one of the messages they posted: My fellow patriot this effort is to support the truckers in a major shut down of America ion [sic] a 3 day strike October 11th thru 13th. Obamacare will be in effect and most people will be ready to take action. No commerce on those days...
  • Union Executive Calls Most Member Grievances 'Frivolous'

    09/10/2013 7:53:04 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    CapCon ^ | 9/5/2013 | Tom Gantert
    Teamsters Local 214 President Joseph Valenti said in a story reported by the MIRS news service that most grievances filed by the workers his union represents are "frivolous." Valenti was responding to a lawsuit filed by the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation over the Teamsters union charging $150 to file a grievance for former members who left the union by exercising the right-to-work law rights. The workers no longer pay dues or fees, but are still forced to be represented by the union in collective bargaining because unions asked for, and received, exclusive representation of all workers in a business that...
  • Lawsuit Filed Against Teamsters For Extra Fee Imposed On Right-to-Work Employees

    08/30/2013 8:53:29 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Capcon ^ | 8/28/2013 | Tom Gantert
    The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation filed a lawsuit Thursday on behalf of four former Teamsters union workers who say charging them a fee to file a grievance because they opted out of paying dues is in violation of the right-to-work law passed in December. Teamsters Local 214 in the city of Dearborn said effective July 1, it would charge $150 to employees who opted out of paying union dues to file a grievance, according to the lawsuit. The four workers being represented by the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation are city of Dearborn employees. "I was waiting for [right-to-work] for a...
  • Teamsters Ordered to Stop Picketing Funeral Homes

    08/02/2013 7:27:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 2, 2013 | Bill McMorris
    Union members had disrupted funeral of a child, harassed mournersA judge ordered one of Chicago’s most politically powerful labor unions to suspend picketing against 16 funeral homes last week after receiving reports that striking Teamsters had, among other things, disturbed a child’s funeral.SCI Illinois Services, Inc., one of the nation’s largest funeral home chains, asked a district court to intervene after striking funeral directors and drivers with Teamsters Local 727 allegedly harassed grieving families.“We are grateful that the court agreed to issue this temporary restraining order, and we are hopeful that it will help protect grieving families who are experiencing...
  • Pure Evil: Obama’s Union Goons Picket Child’s Funeral, Harass Mourners, Unleash Dog on Family...

    08/01/2013 9:07:01 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 18 replies
    Jammie Wearing Fools ^ | 08/01/2013 | Jammie
    A judge ordered one of Chicago’s most politically powerful labor unions to suspend picketing against 16 funeral homes last week after receiving reports that striking Teamsters had, among other things, disturbed a child’s funeral. SCI Illinois Services, Inc., one of the nation’s largest funeral home chains, asked a district court to intervene after striking funeral directors and drivers with Teamsters Local 727 allegedly harassed grieving families. The funeral home was eventually forced to call the police when picketers allegedly disrupted a child’s funeral with laughter. The officer asked the Teamsters to leave, but protesters returned when he drove away.
  • Unions, Obamacare, and the Goal of Single Payer

    07/21/2013 6:40:08 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 21 replies
    Townhall.Com ^ | July 21, 2013 | Morgan Brittany
    I’m not buying it.  The big news that came out last week about the labor unions unhappy with Obamacare just doesn’t strike true.  On July 12, James Hoffa of the Teamsters, Joseph Hansen of the Food and Commercial Workers, and D. Taylor of UNITE-HERE wrote a harsh letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.  The letter stated that unless Mr. Obama enacts an “equitable fix”, the Affordable Care Act “will shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week.” Ok, let’s just back up a minute.  Aren’t...
  • Union leaders: ObamaCare will “destroy the very health and wellbeing” of America’s working class

    07/15/2013 9:33:04 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 35 replies
    HotAir.com ^ | July 15, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Bear in mind that Big Labor went to bat for ObamaCare in a big way throughout the months-long debate over its passage. When Tea Party activists demonstrated to raise opposition to the legislation, unions like the Teamsters counterprotested, sometimes violently, in an attempt to intimidate conservatives into acquiescence. Unions spent big money in the 2010 election hoping to protect Democrats from the consequences of their votes on ObamaCare, arguing that the bill would help the working class by sticking it to insurers and fat cats. Now that the law is about to be implemented, though, it suddenly looks awful to...
  • Teamsters et al.: Obamacare Will ‘Destroy the Very Health And Wellbeing of Our Members’

    07/16/2013 8:56:59 AM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 15, 2013 | Avik Roy
    Last Thursday, in remarkably blunt language, the heads of three major labor unions – James Hoffa of the Teamsters, Joseph Hansen of UFCW, and Donald “D.” Taylor of UNITE-HERE — wrote a letter to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid denouncing Obamacare’s impact on employer-sponsored health insurance. Some of the highlights: “The ACA will shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.” “This vision [of universal health care] has come back to haunt us.” “Our persuasive arguments have been disregarded and met with...
  • Unions: Obamacare Will Shatter Backbone of Middle Class [hypocrisy at its finest]

    07/17/2013 11:31:05 AM PDT · by grundle · 18 replies
    wallstcheatsheet.com ^ | July 17, 2013 | Meghan Foley
    The Affordable Care Act now has a formidable opponent in U.S. labor unions. The unions were a key ally in the law’s passage: They spent a large sum of money on the congressional campaigns of Democrats in 2006 and 2008, and union leaders lobbied in favor of health care reform in 2009 and 2010. But with growing worries that the legislation will disrupt the health benefits of its members, America’s largest unions are asking Congress to step in. Save Time Make Money! A new stock idea each week for less than the cost of a trade. CLICK HERE for your...
  • Now They Tell Us… Union Leaders Now Say Obamacare Will Destroy ‘Health & Well-Being’ of US Workers

    07/15/2013 2:33:54 PM PDT · by grundle · 25 replies
    Getaway Pundit ^ | July 15, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Please click here if you are not redirected within a few seconds. Now They Tell Us… Union Leaders Now Say Obamacare Will Destroy ‘Health & Well-Being’ of US Workers Posted by Jim Hoft on Monday, July 15, 2013, 2:09 PM     It wasn’t that long ago that union leaders were rallying for Barack Obama and threatening to take those “sons-a-bitches” (conservatives) out. But that was before the election. Now, leaders of three major U.S. unions, including the highly influential Teamsters, sent a letter today to Democrats warning that Obamacare will “destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week...
  • Hostess Brands Returns to Snack Cake Market, Will Not Hire the Professional Bakers

    07/13/2013 4:55:38 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 130 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 7/12/2013 | Jackie Tortora
    Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) President David B. Durkee issued the following statement in response to the impending re-entry by Hostess Brands, LLC, into the snack cake market:“This coming week, Hostess Brands, LLC, is expected to re-enter the wholesale snack cake market.  Despite the fanfare, the long-term viability of this effort is highly uncertain. Rather than hire professional, experienced bakers who have produced quality snack cakes in the company’s bakeries for decades, Hostess management has chosen instead to hire primarily workers with little or no experience in the demanding wholesale snack cake baking industry.“The BCTGM...
  • UFCW becomes third union to break with AFL-CIO

    07/29/2005 4:32:24 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 15 replies · 525+ views
    Reuters ^ | 07/29/05 | Reuters
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - The 1.4-million-member United Food and Commercial Workers broke away from the AFL-CIO on Friday, the third major union to leave the labor organization this week because of differences over how to address declining membership. The 1.8-million-member Service Workers International Union and the 1.4-million-member International Teamsters Union left the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations, or AFL-CIO, at the start of its convention in Chicago on Monday. The leaders of those unions said they favored more aggressive organizing efforts than the AFL-CIO, arguing the parent organization devoted too many resources to political campaigns and lobbying, and that...
  • AFL-CIO Boss's Politicking Now Threatens His Job

    05/06/2005 5:51:13 AM PDT · by bigsoxfan · 3 replies · 320+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | 05/06/2005 | Randy Hall
    (CNSNews.com) - While most organizations celebrate anniversaries with great fanfare, the AFL-CIO may mark its 50th birthday in Chicago this July with an internal leadership struggle that threatens the job of the coalition's president, an avowed socialist who spent tens of millions of dollars in union dues in a failed ten-year quest to re-take the U.S. House from Republicans. That leader, John Sweeney, who turned 71 Thursday, also saw George W. Bush beat his favored Democratic candidates in 2000 and 2004. It would mark only the second time in its half-century history that the American Federation of Labor and Congress...
  • Division of Labor

    07/29/2005 3:13:11 AM PDT · by rdb3 · 245+ views
    FPM ^ | July 29, 2005 | Lowell Ponte
    Division of LaborBy Lowell PonteFrontPageMagazine.com | July 29, 2005 The convention was supposed to have been a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), the umbrella group that overarches most major North American labor unions.But on the eve of this week’s AFL-CIO convention in Chicago, long-building pressures began to tear the labor organization to shreds. Two unions of the newly-formed dissident group of seven unions called the Change To Win Coalition announced that they were leaving the AFL-CIO. One was the leftwing Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the largest union in the...
  • The Creepy Left's Civil War And Our Big Opportunity

    05/20/2012 7:33:50 PM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 17 replies
    The Voices In My Head That Keep Shouting | 5/20/12 | Alan Levy
    For the last couple of months, many of the pointy-headed talking heads who inhabit The Fox Neocon Channel (FNC), PMSNBC, and the Communist Newspeak Network (CNN) have been babbling about the in-fighting on the Right. Many have wondered if the GOP Establishment's Golden Boy Mitt Romney has been damaged by the lukewarm rececption of him by the GOP's Conservative base. (As of this writing, it is unknown if the Bellvue staff has allowed Tokyo Rove to have shoe laces yet.) Night after night, we've had nothing but on air hand-wringing from the likes of Ann Coulter and the rest of...
  • Fat Cat Union Salaries Exposed!

    03/03/2011 10:58:53 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    fox news ^ | 3/3/11 | The Center for Public Integrity's John C. Henry Read more: http://nation.foxnews.com/politics/2011/
    These are the 10 largest unions, noting the number of employees who earn more than $200,000, leadership salaries and campaign contributions to federal candidates in 2009-2010. Union: National Education Association Membership: 3.2 million Assets: $216 million The NEA, representing most of the nation’s teachers, has 31 headquarters officers and employees who earn over $200,000. The president, Dennis Van Roekel, received $397,721 in salary and benefits. Of the $3.7 million NEA spent on political activities in the last election cycle, 98 percent went to Democratic candidates. The NEA has 98,000 members in Wisconsin. Before taking the helm in 2008, Van Roekel...
  • The Insiders: Obamacare is falling apart (Washington Post editorial)

    07/21/2013 5:34:11 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 53 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 19, 2013 | Ed Rogers
    As the reality of Obamacare emerges, a disastrous calamity imposed on the American people, even the most compliant members of the Obama fan club are beginning to panic. Three union presidents have sent Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi a scathing letter decrying Obamacare, showing just how out-of-control this law has become. This astonishing reversal has been underreported so far, except by the ever-vigilant Tom Gara in the Wall Street Journal. The fact is that the crater of Obamacare is getting deeper, with sharper edges. The unions are first-tier political allies of President Obama and...
  • Labor Unions Turn on Obamacare

    07/19/2013 2:08:57 PM PDT · by swampthang77 · 9 replies
    USBC News ^ | 13,07,19 | USBC News Wire
    Despite traditionally being one of the biggest supporters of the Obama administration, labor unions are beginning to question the regulatory overhaul of the healthcare industry, as detrimental implications and effects of the law are becoming more clear... Several unions have become vocal about their dissatisfaction over Obamacare, including reported dissatisfaction coming from the International Union of North America, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and others...
  • Labor Unions in Panic over Obamacare

    07/17/2013 4:09:57 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 21 replies
    Union bosses are not happy about Obamacare. Last week, the leaders of three major U.S. unions, including James P. Hoffa of the Teamsters, sent a scathing open letter to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, Democratic leaders in Congress. They warn that if the law does not change, Obamacare will "destroy the very health and wellbeing of our members along with millions of other hardworking Americans." Clearly they feel betrayed. Here is the first paragraph of their letter: "When you and the President sought our support for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you pledged that if we liked the health plans...
  • Unions: Obamacare will “shatter our hard-earned health benefits” and “destroy the 40 hour work week”

    07/16/2013 2:20:16 AM PDT · by grundle · 26 replies
    wordpress ^ | July 16, 2013 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Unions that helped pass Obamacare now say it will “shatter our hard-earned health benefits” and “destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week” Three unions that supported the passage of Obamacare in 2010 (Teamsters, UFCW, and UNITE-HERE) have just sent a letter to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi which is very heavily critical of Obamacare. Among other things, the letter states:The ACA will shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.The law creates an incentive for employers...
  • Union Letter: Obamacare Will ‘Destroy The Very Health and Wellbeing’ of Workers

    07/13/2013 9:23:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 65 replies
    WSJ ^ | July 12, 2013 | Tom Gara
    the Affordable Care Act has a new, high profile set of dissenters: Unions. The leaders of three major U.S. unions, including the highly influential Teamsters, have sent a scathing open letter to Democratic leaders in Congress, warning that unless changes are made, President Obama’s health care reform plan will “destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.” If that’s not bad enough, the Affordable Care Act, if not modified, will “destroy the very health and wellbeing of our members along with millions of other hardworking Americans,”
  • “You can keep your healthcare.” Lie to Me: a continuing series.

    07/13/2013 9:04:20 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 10 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 7-13-2013 | MOTUS
    “I won’t lie to you. I expect to be judged by results” – President Barack Obama, February 10, 2009 Who do you think said the following? Unlike most previous social-policy milestones, this law was jammed through Congress over the opposition of all Republicans, some Democrats and most of the public. The financial crisis had delivered the Democrats such large majorities in 2008 that they could accomplish longstanding ideological goals that had nothing to do with that crisis. Nor did Obama himself have a mandate for the law, having campaigned against some of its most controversial features — for instance,...
  • Searching For Hoffa: Investigators Find Suspicious Concrete Slab

    06/18/2013 10:17:57 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 67 replies
    http://detroit.cbslocal.com ^ | June 18, 2013 6:34 AM | Staff
    OAKLAND TWP. (WWJ) - Federal agents searching for the body of former Teamsters chief Jimmy Hoffa believe they are about to crack one of America’s biggest unsolved mysteries. CBS News has confirmed a suspicious concrete slab was retrieved by investigators from the Oakland Township field where they have been digging for any sign of Hoffa. It’s too soon, however, to know whether the slab is anything more than part of an old foundation for a barn. The dig — the latest in what’s been nearly a 40-year search — is reportedly the result of extensive FBI interviews with former mobster...
  • Reputed Mafioso tip triggers new Hoffa body search

    06/18/2013 3:44:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 18, 2013 3:12 AM EDT | Corey Williams
    The FBI saw enough merit in a reputed Mafia captain’s tip to once again break out the digging equipment in search of the elusive remains of former Teamsters union leader Jimmy Hoffa, last seen alive when he left for lunch with two mobsters 38 years ago. Federal agents brought excavation equipment Monday to a field in suburban Detroit where Tony Zerilli said Hoffa’s remains were buried. Zerilli, 85, told Detroit television station WDIV in February that he knew the location of the remains. …
  • Feds to search for Jimmy Hoffa's remains in Oakland Twp. field

    06/17/2013 5:40:48 AM PDT · by equaviator · 45 replies
    Fox 4 DFW ^ | June 17, 2013 | By myFOXDetroit.com Staff
    <p>Investigators plan to dig up an Oakland County field Monday in hopes of discovering the remains of Jimmy Hoffa, an FBI spokesperson confirms to FOX 2.</p> <p>Monday's dig comes after aging mobster Tony Zerilli said earlier this year that Hoffa's body was buried in the northern Oakland Township field, about 20 miles north of the restaurant where he was last seen in July 1975.</p>
  • Michigan Company Billed $465,774 For Teamsters Pension After Laying Off Its Last Unionized Trucker

    05/02/2013 10:41:44 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 27 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/2/2013 | Jack Spencer
    Think loan sharks charge predatory rates? Compared with what it costs to get out of union pension funds, those guys are cheap. When he was forced to downsize his last, part-time unionized trucker, George Kerver said he was charged nearly half a million dollars to help bail out the Teamsters union pension fund. "We got the bill and it was for $465,774," said Kerver, president of Fastdecks Inc., a concrete forming company in Walled Lake. "We have made three payments so far. The first one was due five days after our receipt of their demand. Three sets of lawyers have...
  • Detroit Man Says He Can Reveal Where Jimmy Hoffa Is Buried

    01/14/2013 10:18:22 AM PST · by Zakeet · 39 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 14, 2013 | Marc Santia
    Tony Zerilli, alleged to be the underboss of Detroit's biggest crime family, is breaking his silence on one of the greatest unsolved crimes in American historyA man who federal agents say is a main character in the infamous unsolved mystery about the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa is breaking his silence after decades of refusing to answer questions. The reputed gangster says the union leader was buried in a field in suburban Detroit -- about 20 miles north of the restaurant where he was last seen. Eighty-five years old and barely able to walk, Tony Zerilli never thought this day would...
  • Why Does the Teamsters Union Appear to Be Flying Its Union Flag Above the U.S. One Outside the

    12/18/2012 6:41:46 PM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12/18/12 | Tiffany Gabbay
    A photo depicting what appears to be the Teamsters Union flag improperly flying above the American flag outside the union’s D.C. headquarters on Tuesday was sent to TheBlaze, and the story of how a Marine veteran who tried to bring it to the group’s attention was treated is sure to raise eyebrows. The photo was taken by the Marine at approximately 2:10 pm ET and sent to TheBlaze by his brother. Both have requested anonymity for fear of retaliation by the union. This is the picture:
  • Labor Unions: A History of Murder and Sabotage

    12/12/2012 5:21:40 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 20 replies
    The New American ^ | 28 February 2011 | Daniel Sayani
    This article analyzes the history of labor union violence, and how Rep. Capuano's comments are a perfect continuation of this historical truth. Labor Unions: A History of Murder and Sabotage The New American 28 February 2011 The raging union-led protests in Wisconsin have resulted in many Americans taking a closer, more critical look at labor unions and their political clout and influence in shaping policy. With the ubiquitous announcement from AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka that he is granted an audience at the White House “nearly every day,” the American people have become more skeptical of unions and the role...
  • Alinsky 101: Left Accuses Conservatives of Being Violent Against Themselves in Michigan

    12/12/2012 12:48:07 PM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 12, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    Yesterday we brought you news of union members in Michigan becoming violent against conservatives. First, there was the tearing down of a large Americans for Prosperity tent while women and elderly people were inside and then conservative activist Steven Crowder was punched in the face four times and threatened with murder. Now, straight out the Saul Alinsky playbook, the Left, the Teamsters Union and MSNBC's Ed Schultz are accusing AFP of tearing down their own tent down and are accusing Crowder of provoking union workers to attack him. The Teamsters have gone so far as saying the protest in Michigan...
  • Michigan Republicans draw union ire with sudden votes on right-to-work legislation

    12/07/2012 6:33:49 AM PST · by Red Badger · 50 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 7, 2012 at 1:00 am | By Karen Bouffard and Chad Livengood
    Michigan Republicans touched off a firestorm Thursday with an abrupt push to pass right-to-work legislation, in what would be a blow to organized labor in the home of the U.S. auto industry. Right-to-work legislation prohibits unions from forcing workers to pay union dues. Unions and their Democratic allies adamantly oppose these laws -- but with little warning, Michigan Republicans on Thursday laid the groundwork to, in a matter of days, make their state the 24th with right-to-work legislation. "This is all about taking care of the hard-working workers in Michigan, being pro-worker and giving them freedom to make choices," Michigan...
  • Complaint filed against Minneapolis union

    11/28/2012 7:55:31 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 11-27-12 | Sarah Horner
    The National Labor Relations Board regional office issued a complaint against Minneapolis-based Teamsters Local 974 after the union reportedly failed to follow proper procedures regarding an employee's request to refrain from paying a portion of his union dues. A former employee with New Brighton Ford recently requested to stop paying union dues that supported nonrepresentational activities, according to Marlin Osthus, regional director for the Minneapolis National Labor Relations Board office. His request is protected under union members' "Beck rights," a term coined from a 1988 Supreme Court decision that ruled unions could not require members to pay for their political...
  • Hostess Plans to Liquidate After Mediation Fails

    11/20/2012 4:46:44 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 81 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/20/12 | JULIE JARGON And RACHEL FEINTZEIG
    Hostess Brands Inc. said Tuesday night that mediation talks with its bakers union failed and the company will proceed with plans to close down and sell its assets.
  • Teamsters find irregularities, take over Blaine's Local 120

    11/14/2012 12:17:00 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    mpls star tribune ^ | 11-14-12 | MIKE HUGHLETT
    Teamsters Local 120 -- a large and prominent Minnesota local -- was taken over Tuesday by its parent union after an investigation found evidence of financial irregularities by top leaders. The union and its president, James P. Hoffa, put Local 120 into emergency trusteeship after a "determination that there has been a violation of fiduciary responsibility," said Bret Caldwell, a spokesman for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The top two executives of Blaine-based Local 120, Brad Slawson Sr. and Brad Slawson Jr., have been put on a leave of absence, and the local's executive leadership board has been dissolved, Caldwell...