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  • Student ‘molested’ by TSA agent in LaGuardia bathroom

    08/28/2015 7:07:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 28, 2015 | Philip Messing
    A college student was sexually molested at LaGuardia Airport by a uniformed TSA agent who demanded she go into a bathroom with him after she got off a flight so she could be searched for a weapon, sources told The Post. The 22-year-old victim, who is Korean, had gotten off a Southwest Airlines flight from Salt Lake City around 8 p.m. Tuesday when the agent, identified as Maxie Oquendo, 40, approached her near the B4 gate of Terminal B. Ogendo then asked her to follow him so she could be searched to see if she was carrying a knife or...
  • Enraging industry, labor board asserts its power under Obama

    08/29/2015 11:27:35 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 29, 2015 | Tim Devaney
    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has become a lightning rod for controversy under President Obama, with its aggressive actions fueling sustained warfare between business and labor. From the labor board’s bitter fight with Boeing, to the creation of new union election rules, the NLRB has repeatedly moved to the forefront of political debate, drawing in Congress, the White House and even the Supreme Court. The NLRB’s latest bombshell was dropped on Thursday, when the board determined the waste management agency Browning-Ferris should be considered a “joint employer” of temporary workers. The decision expands the definition of what it means...
  • Union power: NJ teacher, tardy 111 times in 2 years, gets to keep job [Good work if you can get it]

    08/29/2015 5:04:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/29/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    America! It’s the land where anyone can pull themselves up by their bootstraps and make their mark if they’re willing to put in the elbow grease, ingenuity and drive to carve a path to success. Or, you could just join a union. An elementary school teacher has been allowed to keep his job even though he was late for work 111 times over a two-year period.In a decision filed Aug. 19, an arbitrator rejected an attempt by the Roosevelt Elementary School to fire 15-year veteran Arnold Anderson from his $90,000-a-year job, saying he was entitled to progressive discipline.Anderson was...
  • Owned by Union, Amalgamated Bank Gives Lift to the Left

    08/29/2015 12:01:34 PM PDT · by Theoria · 2 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 29 Aug 2015 | Nicholas Confessore
    When Ready for Hillary, a pro-Hillary Rodham Clinton “super PAC,” wanted to take out a million-dollar loan five months before it planned to go out of business, it turned to a bank that was founded to guard the savings of New York City garment workers.When the Democracy Alliance, an influential club of liberal donors, sought to recruit members in advance of the 2016 elections, the bank’s president helped to make introductions.And when workers-rights groups wanted to embarrass Walmart and the Gap for unsafe working conditions at factories supplying their stores, Amalgamated Bank, which manages $40 billion in pension fund assets,...
  • Teacher Union Has Lost 34,000 Members in Last 10 Years

    08/26/2015 7:11:04 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/23/2015 | Tom Gantert
    In 2005, the Michigan Education Association had 130,882 voting (active) members that were teachers and support professionals. According to recent disclosure documents, in 2015 the state's largest teachers union has 96,561 members, a decline of about 34,000 since 2005, or 26 percent. The numbers on the most recent MEA membership came from the Portage Education Association’s website which cites MEA Secretary Treasurer Rick Trainor as its source. The numbers significantly differ from the MEA’s federal report from the previous year. The MEA didn’t respond to an email seeking comment on its overall decline in membership. There are four main reasons...
  • Teacher Union Toys with Members Wanting Out, Demands Requests Go to 'Stealth' P.O. Box

    08/25/2015 1:20:40 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/22/2015 | Tom Gantert
    In an apparent effort to make it even more difficult or even stop school employees from exercising their right under right-to-work to not pay union dues or fees, the state’s largest teachers union has quietly set up an obscure post office box address to which members must send the required opt-out paperwork. It's P.O. Box 51 East Lansing, MI 48826. Based on a letter the Michigan Education Association sent to members who had tried to get out, and discussions with some of them, resignation requests sent to the regular union headquarters address will not be honored. An extensive search of...
  • Ruling to allow college athletes to unionize is thrown out (by NLRB)

    08/17/2015 1:35:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 17, 2015 4:14 PM EDT | Michael Tarm
    The National Labor Relations Board on Monday blocked a historic bid by Northwestern University football players to form the nation’s first college athletes’ union, dealing a blow to a labor movement that could have transformed amateur sports. In a unanimous decision, the board said the prospect of having both union and nonunion teams could lead to different standards at different schools—from the amount of money players receive to the amount of time they can practice—and create competitive imbalances on the field. The ruling dismissed a stunning decision in March 2014 by a regional NLRB director in Chicago who said football...
  • State's Largest Teachers Union Fails to Disclose 30 Percent of Its Income

    08/13/2015 1:53:22 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/12/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The Michigan Education Association, the state's largest teachers union, routinely submits financial reports to the federal government, as it is legally required to do. But the reports can leave outsiders wondering about the source of the roughly 30 percent of its income that is categorized under the heading of “All Other Receipts.” That’s the only description the Michigan Education Association provides to account for more than $30 million of its annual income. Specifically, on its 2014 LM-2 disclosure form, the MEA reported over $38 million in receipts from unspecified sources under the "All Other Receipts” heading. “This is something that...
  • CPS budget relies on state cash that isn't there [ Chicago Public Schools]

    08/11/2015 4:27:44 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Sun-Times ^ | 08/10/2015 | Chris Fusco, Natasha Korecki and Jordyn Holman
    Chicago Public Schools officials on Monday proposed a $5.7 billion operating budget for the upcoming school year that relies on $480 million in new funding from state government that might never come. School leaders conceded the spending plan contains a mix of “unsustainable” borrowing and limited classroom cuts that they say they must begrudgingly make because of a $676 million payment for teacher pensions that’s due at the end of the school year. There also are numerous fiscal wild cards in the mix, including budget adjustments that might ensue should CPS reach an agreement with the Chicago Teachers Union on...
  • Former Broward Teachers Union President Pat Santeramo facing new federal charges

    08/10/2015 12:33:26 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    WPLG-TV ^ | 8/10/15 | Neki Mohan
    Former Broward Teachers Union President Pat Santeramo appeared in court Monday to face new federal fraud charges. According to court records filed Friday, Santeramo, 67, was indicted on two mail fraud charges and is accused of misappropriating more than $35,000 from the Broward school district's accountability program from 2006 to 2011. The program was set up to provide training and teachers programs.
  • Labor Reform Not a Death Knell for Legislators After All

    08/04/2015 7:16:41 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/2/2015 | Vincent Vernuccio
    "There will be blood. There will be repercussions." Such is the common threat made against those who dare take on the union juggernaut. Michigan’s State Rep. Shenelle Jackson (D-Detroit) made the threat clear in 2012 during the passage of that state’s law on worker freedom. "What you're doing today will only serve to empower [Democrats]. We will win back this chamber, possibly take the Senate back and certainly win the governorship.” Unfortunately for Rep. Jackson and her allies, the exact opposite happened. Not a single state representative or senator who voted for right-to-work lost in the general election and the...
  • With Right-to-Work, Employees No Longer Have to Put Up With Unions Opposed to Their Values

    07/28/2015 8:11:42 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/21/2015 | Tom Gantert
    At the National Education Association annual convention, the nationwide teachers union passed an action item warning its members about right-to-work laws that “undermine high-quality education for every child.” But critics of the NEA say what right-to-work laws really undermine is the union's ability to promote a far-left ideology that violates the values of conservative members the union boasts of representing. In Michigan, teachers pay $183 a year to the NEA as part of membership in the Michigan Education Association. The NEA's Michigan affiliate also tries to make it hard for members of any political persuasion to leave, notwithstanding Michigan's right-to-work...
  • Principal commits suicide amid Common Core test scandal [ New York ]

    07/26/2015 8:45:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 26, 2015 | Susan Edelman,
    The principal of an innovative West Harlem public school killed herself the day after her students took the state Common Core exams — which were later tossed out because she cheated ... Jeanene Worrell-Breeden, 49, of Teachers College Community School, jumped in front of a B train in the 135th Street station ... She was pulled out from under the train and taken to Harlem Hospital, where she died eight days later. The city Medical Examiner’s Office ruled it a suicide. The leap came at 9:20 a.m., less than 24 hours after her 47 third-graders wrapped up three days sweating...
  • Labor Reform Not a Death Knell for Legislators After All

    07/24/2015 6:07:56 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies
    Mackinac Center ^ | July 23, 2015 | Vincent Vernuccio
    "There will be blood. There will be repercussions." Such is the common threat made against those who dare take on the union juggernaut. Michigan’s State Rep. Shenelle Jackson (D-Detroit) made the threat clear in 2012 during the passage of that state’s law on worker freedom. "What you're doing today will only serve to empower [Democrats]. We will win back this chamber, possibly take the Senate back and certainly win the governorship.” Unfortunately for Rep. Jackson and her allies, the exact opposite happened. Not a single state representative or senator who voted for right-to-work lost in the general election and the...
  • Scott Walker’s Reforms Have Benefited Wisconsin Workers

    07/20/2015 12:17:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/20/2015 | Deroy Murdock
    Hillary Rodham Clinton shed her usual sunny demeanor last week and snarled at Republicans in general and one presidential candidate in particular. “Republican governors like Scott Walker have made their names stomping on workers’ rights, and practically all Republican candidates would do the same as president,” Clinton growled at Manhattan’s New School. “I will fight back against these mean-spirited, misguided attacks. Evidence shows that the decline of unions may be responsible for a third of the increase of inequality among men. So, if we want to get serious about raising income, we have to get serious about supporting union...
  • Growing tax burden will push people out of Cook County and Chicago

    07/17/2015 8:53:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | July 15, 2015 | Ted Dabrowski
    City officials are pushing property-tax hikes, sales-tax hikes, and even a commuter tax and financial-transaction tax. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s wish for a $474 million sales-tax increase to help pay for the county’s growing pension debt has been granted. The hike pushes the sales-tax rate back up to 10.25 percent in Chicago – the same as it was when Preckwinkle took office in 2010. And that’s not the only new tax residents have to face. Preckwinkle is just the latest local leader to usher in a tax increase. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel created a new tax earlier this...
  • Union President Attacks School Board While They Pay Her Not to Teach

    07/16/2015 2:10:59 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/14/2015 | Tom Gantert
    While Ann Arbor Public Schools teachers union president Linda Carter has claimed the superintendent and school board were trying to "destroy" the school district, that same school board has spent $250,000-plus allowing union officials to work on union activities during school hours instead of teaching. Called "release time," this special arrangement allows union president Carter to teach no classes yet collect a full-time teacher's salary of $77,502, for which the district pays half and the union pays half. However, the school district covers the entire cost of Carter's health care and pension benefits, at an annual cost estimated to be...
  • Wisconsin court ends probe of presidential hopeful Scott Walker

    07/16/2015 6:32:06 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 75 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 16, 2015
    The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday ended a secret investigation into whether Republican Gov. Scott Walker's campaign illegally coordinated with conservative groups in winning his 2012 recall election. The court's action is a major victory for Walker as he pursues the presidency, though one expert said prosecutors could appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. No one has been charged in the so-called John Doe probe, Wisconsin's version of a grand jury investigation where information is tightly controlled, but questions about the investigation have dogged Walker for months. The case centers on political activity conducted by Wisconsin Club for Growth and...
  • Quotes of the day

    07/13/2015 7:30:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | July 13, 2015 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Scott Walker, the political phenomenon who rose to national fame by taking on unions in one of the most blue-collar states, announced Monday that he’ll seek the Republican nomination for president, using his kick-off rally to throw red meat to his conservative supporters. “Americans want to vote for something and for someone,” Walker told the roaring crowd in Waukesha, Wisconsin. “So tonight, let me tell you what I’m for. I’m for reform, growth, safety. I’m for transferring power from Washington into the hands of hard working tax payers in all states across the country, that’s real reform.”…“I realize unlike some...
  • The Real-World Costs of Union Release Time

    07/07/2015 5:18:03 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/4/2015 | Anna Pfaff
    The Michigan Senate is considering a bill that would prevent taxpayer-funded union “release time” in most settings. There is a real-world cost to this practice, which allows union stewards to spend time working for a private entity when they are supposed to be working for the public. Senate Bill 280, introduced by Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy, would prevent collective bargaining agreements from offering paid release time used by teachers or other school district employees to conduct union business. While still allowing employees to spend time working on union negotiations, this would be paid for by the union rather than taxpayers....
  • Labor Watch July 2015: Scott Walker vs. the Unions, Part 2: Unintended consequences: [How you win]

    07/07/2015 1:19:20 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Capital Research ^ | July 7, 2015 | Steven J. Allen
    <p>There’s an old expression in politics, “If you shoot at a king, don’t miss.” In the matter of the unions vs. Scott Walker, unions paid the price for their failed at tempts to stop Walker and his reforms. Amazingly, Wisconsin became a Right to Work state.</p>
  • Lethargic Politico Labor Reporter Demands Union Shop

    07/06/2015 7:22:41 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 9 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 6, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    To the barricades! Or rather, to the virtual barricades since that requires much less effort. And in the case of lethargic Politico labor reporter the less real effort the better since according to his "work" schedule, Elk has produced only five Politico stories in fourteen weeks with absolutely no work performed by him in over five months.Ironically, Elk is now the one demanding that Politico be unionized. Um, before you advocate for "workers' rights" don't you have to at least do a little work? The most work that Elk has actually done in over five months was producing a semi-literate...
  • Free rides for Milwaukee bus riders after union apologizes for stoppage

    07/06/2015 5:20:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    WKOW ^ | July 6, 2015 | Kathryn Larson
    (MILWAUKEE) -- Milwaukee union leaders say they're sorry for a work stoppage last week, but cannot promise there won't be another strike. The county says everyone will be able to ride free today because of the inconvenience of last week's strike. Leaders of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998 held a news conference overnight to apologize to riders. They say they did not walk off the job last week to punish the public. The union says they are willing to have an arbitrator settle their differences, and accuse MCTS of refusing to allow that to happen. However union leaders gave no...
  • Greece votes No: The European Union is dying before our eyes

    Despite the scaremongering and bullying from those in Brussels, we are waking today with Greece having delivered a resounding No. That comes despite EU bosses saying that it would mean a Greek exit from the Euro, not to mention the heavy economic pressure placed on the Greek people to go along with the wishes of Brussels. It is a crushing defeat for those Eurocrats who believe that you can simply bulldoze public opinion. Chief bully-boy Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, and other supposed leaders of the European Union did their best to terrify the Greek people into submitting...
  • Teachers union treasurer in New Jersey pleads guilty to theft

    07/05/2015 7:56:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    Education Action Group Foundation ^ | July 3, 2015 | Carl Horowitz
    BARNEGAT, N.J. – Teachers unions during the past decade have known their share of scandal. Add the case of Wayne Wedderman Jr. to the list. This Monday, June 29, Wedderman, treasurer of the Barnegat Education Association, pleaded guilty in Ocean County, New Jersey Superior Court to theft from the union. He had been arrested last November for stealing roughly a combined $23,000 from two union accounts in the wake of a county probe begun the previous month. A grand jury in February subsequently indicted Wedderman on two counts of thefts and one count of computer theft. Sentencing is scheduled for...
  • Obama's La Crosse visit comes as Walker prepares campaign

    06/30/2015 2:52:01 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    WEAU 13 News ^ | June 30, 2015
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- President Barack Obama brings his push to raise salaries for low-income workers to Wisconsin, the state where Gov. Scott Walker built his expected run for the White House around curtailing collective bargaining powers and enacting a right-to-work law.
  • Teachers Union Promotes Website Telling Dissident Member 'Go to Hell'

    06/26/2015 6:27:32 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/22/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The Michigan Education Association is directing people to a website that insults and vilifies a 37-year member who authored a widely distributed letter explaining why she wants to leave the state’s largest teachers union. Lansing School District teacher Mary Davenport wrote a letter that was sent to thousands of teachers to alert them that if they want to quit the union it would only allow them to do so in the month of August. Many teachers have complained about this so-called August window. Since Davenport’s letter was distributed, the website MEAMatters.com has invited union members to respond online. The website...
  • Union Lauches Personal Attack Against Dissident Teacher, Releases Confidential Information

    06/25/2015 5:11:44 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/21/2015 | Tom Gantert
    After being compelled to pay thousands of dollars in union dues over 37 years as a teacher, Mary Davenport thought the least it could do was create a harmonious workplace. Davenport says she got the opposite, which has taken a toll personally and professionally. The veteran teacher still has five years before retirement, and says she just wants to survive it. “I believe the union and management work together to target certain employees for dismissal, and that has been the case with me,” said Davenport. Davenport claims she is being cited for vague and trivial offenses, like using her computer...
  • California teachers want Supreme Court to take up union-dues dispute

    06/24/2015 2:18:30 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | June 24, 2015 | By Sam Hananel
    Powerful public-sector unions are facing another high-profile legal challenge that they say could wipe away millions from their bank accounts and make it tougher for them to survive. A group of California schoolteachers, backed by a conservative group, has asked the Supreme Court to rule that unions representing government workers can’t collect fees from those who choose not to join. Half the states currently require state workers represented by a union to pay “fair share” fees that cover bargaining costs, even if they are not members. The justices could decide as early as next week whether to take up the...
  • 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...
  • Union Boss on Pipeline Making 'Temporary' Jobs: A 'Moronic' View from Administration and Politicians

    06/23/2015 4:44:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    CNSNews ^ | June 23, 2015 | Penny Starr
    LiUNA General President Terry O'Sullivan. (Photo: Penny Starr/CNSNews.com) (CNSNews.com) – When asked at an American Petroleum Institute (API) event on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. about the claim that the Keystone XL Pipeline and other oil and natural gas infrastructure projects only provide temporary jobs during the construction phase, union President Terry O’Sullivan, said the claim was “moronic." “I think it’s one of the most moronic things that I’ve heard come out of the administration and every politician,” said O’Sullivan, whose Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) represents workers in both the U.S. and Canada. Canada has been seeking...
  • Scott Walker’s latest target: College professors

    06/18/2015 4:50:19 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    Politico ^ | June 18, 2015 | Kimberly Hefling with Allie Grasgreen
    Labor leaders and the higher education community are closely watching to see if other politicians follow Walker’s lead.“I don’t think it’s an immediate threat elsewhere, but it’s still a big concern,” said Mark F. Smith, senior policy analyst at the National Education Association, which has slightly less than 200,000 higher education members.David Bergeron, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, said he expects more such fights in upcoming years.“I think that this is just part of the evolution of attacks on … public benefits and on public sector employees of all sorts,” Bergeron said.------------ As Republican Gov. Scott...
  • Jeff Sessions on Obamatrade’s ‘New Pacific Union’ Like the EU: Something America Has ‘Never Seen’

    06/17/2015 6:03:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/17/15
    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) 80% has issued yet another clarion call to House Republicans urging them to abandon GOP leadership’s desperate ploys to bring Obamatrade back to life and instead vote against Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and stop President Obama from getting even more power in his final years in office. “The House is preparing to vote again tomorrow on providing fast-track executive authority to the President. If adopted, it will be sent immediately to the Senate for final consideration,” Sessions said, before correcting misconceptions peddled far and wide by House Ways and Means Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)...
  • Union Skips Testifying on Bill Ending Its Pension Spiking Arrangements

    06/17/2015 8:13:01 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/13/2015 | Jack Spencer
    When the opportunity came to give testimony on a “Steve Cook” bill prohibiting public school pension spiking scheme benefiting its current and past two presidents, the Michigan Education Association remained silent. The state's largest teachers union chose not to testify during a legislative hearing on a bill forestalling such schemes in the future. The hearing also considered a second bill closing the door on the practice of paying school and government employees for time spent doing union business. At the same hearing, however, the state’s other major teachers union, a branch of the American Federation of Teachers, talked and talked...
  • Ruling Upholds the Right of Public Employees to Resign From Union Whenever They Want

    06/15/2015 1:47:12 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/13/2015 | Jack Spencer
    Government and public school employees in Michigan have the legal right to resign from a union whenever they choose to do so. That ruling, handed down by Administrative Law Judge Julia C. Stern in September of 2014, is now poised to be unanimously upheld by the Michigan Employment Relations Commission, the agency responsible for labor law administration and dispute resolution in this state. On Tuesday, MERC voted to pursue adoption of Stern’s finding that the Michigan Education Association’s so-called August window, which limits when school employees can withdraw from the union to one month each year, violates the state’s right-to-work...
  • Union Approves Contract Freezing Members’ Salaries to Keep the Dues Flowing

    06/15/2015 7:13:02 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/13/2015 | Jarrett Skorup
    Based on his employee evaluations, Bob Mroczek is the type of person you want in the classroom with students. As a paraprofessional, Mroczek’s evaluation includes the following comments from teachers: “Wonderful with the students! Willing to do whatever asked! Shows a positive attitude and is very helpful!” “I don’t care where you schedule Bob. Just don’t take him from my class.” “Can you clone Bob?” His supervisor concluded an evaluation: “Clearly, Mr. Mroczek’s contributions to H.H. Dow [High School] are recognized by students and colleagues. We hope he is able to return to the role of paraprofessional next year even...
  • 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...
  • Chicago Teachers Union marches in Loop, slams CPS as 'broke on purpose'

    06/10/2015 5:57:19 PM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 6/09/15 | Juan Perez Jr.
    Thousands of Chicago Teachers Union members and their supporters blocked a downtown stretch of LaSalle Street early Tuesday evening, staging a show of force amid an intensifying contract battle.. "You have to remember that what you're fighting for is not just a fair contract, it is the history of fair contracts," CTU President Karen Lewis told supporters gathered outside the Thompson Center. "And if we have a chance, this is it. This is the time where you have to stand up and tell 'em all, 'No, we're not going to take that.' " **SNIP** Chicago Public Schools says it is...
  • What is driving Scott Walker's war on Wisconsin universities

    06/10/2015 1:25:23 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 42 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Purple Wisconsin ^ | June 10, 2015 | By Saul Newton, UW student
    Scott Walker’s war on Wisconsin’s public colleges will result in lower quality and higher debt for students and families, which is precisely what his right wing political patrons at the Bradley Foundation have been planning for decades. Wisconsin students have experienced first hand Scott Walker’s assault on public higher education over the last four years. Double-digit tuition increases and historic, unprecedented budget cuts have resulted in declining enrollment, rising costs, and exploding student loan debt for millions of Wisconsin families. The groundwork for Walker’s crusade against public higher education in Wisconsin was first being laid as Walker began his political...
  • RED HANDED: Jeffco Union Caught Using School Resources to Campaign for Tax Increases ( Colorado )

    06/10/2015 12:15:35 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    A couple of weeks ago, we reported that the war waged by the Jeffco teachers union against school district staff, particularly those in the communications office, was the most vitriolic in history. We couldn’t figure out why the union would be such abusive bullies to staff members – not even elected officials. And, now, the reason is clear. Documents recently uncovered show that the teachers union and other school staff were using the Jeffco Schools communications department as a de facto campaign headquarters – and had been since at least 2003 (see last picture of memo). With a contentious election...
  • Scott Walker Strikes Again and Again

    06/10/2015 7:32:55 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 10, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    “Bad news always seems to drop on Fridays,” Dave Vanness, an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, wrote on a blog which appeared on the blogroll that the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) maintains. “Friday May 29, 2015 was a particularly bad news day for Wisconsin and for all of us who believe in academic freedom,” he avers. “On that day, Joint Finance Committee of the State of Wisconsin passed Omnibus Motion #521 on a 12-4 party-line vote, including a $250 million biennium budget cut to UW System, major changes to shared governance (a huge topic...
  • What You Need to Know About the Initiative to Repeal Prevailing Wage in Michigan

    06/09/2015 8:05:54 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/5/2015 | Jack McHugh
    As part of the negotiations to get Proposal 1 on the May 5 ballot, Gov. Rick Snyder reportedly promised to veto a potential repeal of the state's “prevailing wage” law. This law prohibits awarding government construction contracts to the lowest bidder, unless the contractor pays the equivalent of union wages that often exceed market rates. Studies have shown that this adds hundreds of millions of dollars annually to the cost of government infrastructure projects, including school construction and road repairs. Snyder has not denied those reports, and even though voters turned down the proposed sales tax hike in May, there...
  • Hillary Clinton makes a promise to union leaders: I’ll listen to teachers

    06/09/2015 1:21:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 8, 2015 | Lyndsey Layton
    Hillary Rodham Clinton told the president of the National Education Association that she would listen to teachers if elected president, a simple promise Monday that impressed the president of the nation’s largest labor union. “She used the most important word that I was personally looking for, the word ‘listen’,” said Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the NEA, which represents mostly K-12 teachers and paraprofessionals and has 3 million members. Garcia met privately with Clinton, a Democrat who is running for president, at NEA headquarters as part of the union’s endorsement process for the 2016 campaign. The NEA has invited both...
  • OP-ED: Illegal union dues ‘rebate’ scam exposed

    06/06/2015 10:46:36 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 9 replies
    The Mercury Columns ^ | 06/05/2015 | The Mercury Columns
    Here’s how the scam works: Near the end of each academic year, APSCUF informs their members that it miraculously found an extra $25 per person in dues that it doesn’t need. The union then portrays itself as an honest broker and offers the money back as a “rebate.” The rebate form gives members three options for their $25: 1. Let the union keep it; 2. Donate it to APSCUF’s political action committee; or 3. Have it sent back to them. Presenting this “found” money with these options and urging members to donate to APSCUF’s PAC has proven extraordinarily effective —...
  • 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...
  • Labor Union Caught in Dues Skim Fails to File Annual Report with Federal Government

    06/04/2015 10:21:42 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/1/2015 | Jack Spencer
    Last year when SEIU Healthcare Michigan reported losing more than 80 percent of its members, the story garnered headlines nationally. This year, the union known principally for Michigan’s health care “dues skim,” has failed to file the annual financial disclosure report required by the federal government. “All labor organizations are required to file an LM report, if their receipts are $250,000 or more, within 90 days of the end of their fiscal year,” said Matthew Perry, an investigator with the regional field office of the Office of Labor-Management Standards, a part of the U.S. Department of Labor. “For SEIU Healthcare...
  • Teachers Union Rails at For-Profit Charters While its Leaders Spike Own School Pensions

    06/03/2015 12:17:20 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/1/2015 | Tom Gantert
    A Dec. 16, 2014 headline on the Michigan Education Association website reads: "MI taxpayers helping charter school management companies make big profits." It was one of a series of posts by the state's largest teachers union attacking the mostly non-union charter schools — which are competing against unionized conventional public schools, and so reducing the number of dues-paying MEA members. In this case the line of attack was that no Michigan laws prevent “for-profit” charter school operators “from using public money to grow their profits.” The MEA has consistently criticized charter schools, insinuating that profits and making money in public...
  • Is State's Prevailing Wage Law at Risk of Being Tossed?

    06/03/2015 8:06:48 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/31/2015 | Jack Spencer
    The deck could soon be stacked in favor of repealing Michigan’s prevailing wage law. On Tuesday, the Board of State Canvassers approved language for a citizen initiative to repeal the law, which the Anderson Economic Group notes costs taxpayers more than $224 million annually extra for schools and more for local governments and roads. Gov. Rick Snyder reportedly pledged not to sign a prevailing wage repeal as part of the bargain he made to garner enough legislative votes to put the now-defunct Proposal 1 on the May ballot. A citizen initiative to repeal the prevailing wage would take the governor...
  • State Workers Use 4x as Many Sick Days as Private Sector

    06/02/2015 10:15:43 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/30/2015 | Tom Gantert
    State of Michigan employees took an average of 10.7 days of sick leave during the 2014 fiscal year, according to an annual report. Those 10.7 sick days are in addition to 18 days of vacation time the average state employee used. ForTheRecord says: According to the most recent available U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics figures, private sector workers took on average 2 to 5 sick days a year in 2009. Leisure and hospitality and construction workers took 2 sick days a year on average while education and health services workers took up to 5 sick days a year on average.
  • Exclusive: Cash for Slackers

    06/02/2015 6:11:05 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 3 replies
    Fox Business ^ | June 1, 2015 | Elizabeth MacDonald
    First of a Three-Part Series Wouldn’t you like to have a job where you get paid to slack off, and no matter what, have a powerful authority to back you up, winning battles to preserve your salary, benefits, and your every demand if your boss tries to fire you? It’s a fact of life for many government workers. A dive into government labor fights at the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) reveals a nasty secret—the great lengths federal unions go to protect government slackers, at your expense. Cases at the FLRA, a quasi-judicial body that oversees disputes between federal agencies...