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  • Book: Mafia Hit-Man & Teamster Boss Helped Joe Biden Become U.S. Senator

    09/07/2012 7:37:56 PM PDT · by eglman · 28 replies
    Redstate ^ | September 7th, 2012 at 12:30 PM | | By: LaborUnionReport (Diary)
    The book I Heard You Paint Houses came out in 2003, so it’s been gathering some dust on a number of bookshelves around the country for quite some time. The book’s title, according to Amazon, comes from the first words infamous Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa ever spoke to Frank “the Irishman” Sheeran. To paint a house is to kill a man. The paint is the blood that splatters on the walls and floors. The book is essentially the deathbed biography of one-time Delaware Teamster boss and mob hit-man Frank Sheeran and truly is a fascinating read.
  • Pinellas County commissioners consider bonus for workers [it's "fair"]

    09/07/2012 4:40:02 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    St. Petersburg - Tampa Bay Times ^ | September 7, 2012 | Anna M. Phillips
    Under pressure to match a bonus the Pinellas sheriff plans to award his staff, the County Commission is leaning toward offering its employees a similar deal. At the board's Thursday meeting, a majority of the commissioners said they would support a $1,200 one-time bonus for employees next fiscal year, as well as three additional days off. This payment would come at the same time that the board plans to raise property taxes to help absorb a $25 million budget gap. Careful to describe the money as a one-time payment rather than a raise, commissioners said that Sheriff Bob Gualtieri's surprise...
  • Steelworker Featured at DNC Didn't Work for Bain (Unions and Dems Caught Lying)

    09/06/2012 3:37:46 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 10 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 9/6/2012 | Yahoo News
    The Democratic National Convention on Wednesday featured three speakers billed as "former employees of companies controlled by Bain Capital." They each told compelling stories about jobs lost, allegedly because of the actions of Bain under Romney's leadership. But it turns out one of those employees never actually worked for a company controlled by Bain Capital. David Foster was supposedly one of those former employees on the convention schedule. He told the story about 750 steelworkers who lost their jobs when the Bain-controlled company GST steel filed for bankruptcy in the early 1990s. "In 2001, with GST bankrupt and Romney still...
  • Teachers Union Perpetual Motion Machine

    09/05/2012 8:19:00 AM PDT · by eagleye85 · 11 replies
    Eagleyeblog ^ | September 5, 2012 | Bethany Stotts
    In this interesting video, Reason.TV explains the iron triangle that exists between teachers, the government, and teachers’ unions, and how this growing perpetual motion machine sucks up additional tax dollars each year. “And that’s because the machine isn’t designed to produce better schools, it’s designed to produce more money for unions and more donations for politicians,” asserts the video. “It’s a political perpetual motion machine and the only way to stop it is to break the chain of automatic money transfers for taxpayers to the government, to the unions and then back to politicians.” To learn more about how some...
  • Law Firm Advises Police Unions How to Harass City Council Members

    09/04/2012 8:56:32 AM PDT · by notaliberal · 4 replies
    CA News and Views ^ | 09/04/2012 | Steve Franks
    If you thought lawyers are sworn to uphold the law and tell clients NOT to do wrong, YOU are wrong. “The allegations come just days after Righeimer accused unions of orchestrating a botched attempt to have him arrested for drunk driving. The common thread, the council members said, was controversial law firm Lackie, Dammeier & McGill, which does labor contract negotiations consulting work for police unions. The law firm had posted on its website a slew of bullying strategies to secure lucrative labor contracts, the Orange County Register reported earlier this month.”
  • Bankruptcy judge set to hear pilots, American Airlines arguments Tuesday

    09/04/2012 4:42:17 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    WPLG-TV ^ | 9/4/12 | Glenna Milberg
    Allied Pilots Assoc. wants judge to turn down American Airlines' cost-cutting plan The American Airlines management will attend a hearing in New York on Tuesday and ask a judge for permission to end its pilots' union contract, impose pay cuts and alter working conditions. The airline’s actions and expenditures must be approved by a judge while the company is in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. The Allied Pilots Association hopes to persuade a bankruptcy judge to turn down American Airlines' plan to throw out the union's contract. The union hopes the judge will require the airline to give fresh reasoning...
  • Gloria Romero: The Trials of a Democratic Reformer

    09/01/2012 11:48:18 AM PDT · by I still care · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal / The Weekend Interview ^ | August 31, 2012 | ALLYSIA FINLEY
    Former Los Angeles Lakers Coach Phil Jackson once referred to Sacramento as a "cowtown," but Gloria Romero, a pro-labor Democrat who served as California's Senate majority leader from 2001 to 2008, takes exception to the belittling description. The capitol building in Sacramento, she says, has "the eighth most powerful economy in the world under that dome," and it operates not unlike other wealthy kleptocracies. "There's no other way to say it politely. It's owned." Topping the list of proprietors is the California Teachers Association, which she calls the most muscular union and political player in the state. Then there are...
  • Did politics bounce GOP candidate from parade?

    09/01/2012 7:59:36 AM PDT · by Military family member · 4 replies
    The Tribune-Star ^ | 9/1/2012 | Brian Boyce
    A Republican candidate for Vigo County office claims he was booted from Terre Haute’s Labor Day Parade because of his party affiliation. Caleb Fleschner, a Republican candidate running for Vigo County commissioner, said Friday afternoon politics are to blame for his removal from the parade line-up. But Charles Toth, head of the Wabash Valley Central Labor Council AFL-CIO’s parade committee, said political affiliation had nothing to do with the rejection. Toth did say, however, that the organization does reserve the right to determine who participates in its event.
  • Forced Unionization Campaign Pretending 31-Year-Old Program Doesn't Exist

    08/31/2012 10:14:36 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/30/2012 | Jack Spencer
    Proponents of the "Keep Home Care Safe" proposal are trying to sell it to voters by claiming it would create a program that's been in existence for more than 30 years. In reality, the measure would lock the forced unionization of home health care workers in the State Constitution if Michigan voters approve it on Nov. 6. Of course the real reason doesn't sell as well with voters so the Service Employees International Union and its supporters are pushing the idea of safety instead. Only the protections they're talking about have existed in a federal program since 1981. To get...
  • Happy Birthday for Fire Department Union Members - Tax dollars paying for day off plus $110 bonus

    08/31/2012 8:18:16 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/30/2012 | Tom Gantert
    It took nearly 200 years after Thomas Jefferson died before the former President of the United States had his birthday officially recognized as a holiday. But for every city of Saginaw Fire Department government union member, it comes with the job — as well as a $110 bonus. According to the Saginaw Fire Fighters Association contract that ran from July 1, 2006, through June 30, 2012, a government union employee's birthday is recognized as one of 12 holidays that triggers a $110 a day premium. The other 11 holidays include, New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. day, Good Friday,...
  • Court of Appeals Says Union Power Grab Should Be on Ballot

    08/31/2012 7:22:42 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/23/2012 | Jack Spencer
    The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the so-called “Protect Our Jobs” ballot proposal should be put on the Nov. 6 statewide ballot. A motion will be filed immediately asking the State Supreme Court to overrule the lower court, said Gary Gordon, the attorney for Citizens Protecting Michigan's Constitution, the coalition of business groups opposing the proposal. The State Supreme Court can be expected to do one of three things. It could refuse to address the issue, which would result in the proposal being put on the ballot; It could address the issue and uphold the Court of Appeals,...
  • SEIU Ballot Language Disconnected From Reality

    08/31/2012 6:00:25 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/31/2012 | Jarrett Skorup
    The director of elections for the state of Michigan has released the wording for most of the proposals expected to be on the ballot in November. The proposed constitutional amendment relating to home-based caregivers shows how groups can push innocuous-sounding language to do something extremely damaging. Let’s go through it line-by-line. A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO ESTABLISH THE MICHIGAN QUALITY HOME CARE COUNCIL AND PROVIDE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FOR IN-HOME CARE WORKERS This proposal would: Allow in-home care workers to bargain collectively with the Michigan Quality Home Care Council (MQHCC). Continue the current exclusive representative of in-home care...
  • Why the Left freaked out about Paul Ryan telling the truth about the Janesville closing

    08/30/2012 8:12:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    RedState ^ | August 30, 2012 | Moe Lane
    From Paul Ryan’s convention speech yesterday: >>>President Barack Obama came to office during an economic crisis, as he has reminded us a time or two. Those were very tough days, and any fair measure of his record has to take that into account. My home state voted for President Obama. When he talked about change, many people liked the sound of it, especially in Janesville, where we were about to lose a major factory. A lot of guys I went to high school with worked at that GM plant. Right there at that plant, candidate Obama said: “I believe that...
  • St. Paul: Arrested man says cop kicked him as he choked on Mace (w/ video)

    08/30/2012 5:11:51 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 26 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 8-29-12 | Mara H. Gottfried
    Warning: This video, posted on YouTube, contains graphic language. The police actions in question happen from the 1 minute mark through to 2:05. Eric Hightower was lying on the ground, coughing and choking because a St. Paul police officer had just squirted him with a chemical spray, when he said the officer suddenly kicked him. "It was like he was kicking a football or something," the 30-year-old man said Wednesday, Aug. 29, the day after his arrest, after a video of the officer's use of force was posted on YouTube. "He kicked me so hard, he knocked the wind completely...
  • If Chicago public school teachers strike, public education could be undermined

    08/30/2012 5:35:41 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 61 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 30, 2012 | Mary Mitchell
    Maybe CTU President Karen Lewis is just rattling her saber by announcing the teachers union has filed a 10-day notice of intent to strike. ....Parents with children in Chicago Public Schools should definitely be putting together an alternative plan given the rhetoric from the union. “CPS seems determined to have a toxic relationship with its employees,” Lewis said at the news conference. “[T]hey attempted to ram a poorly-thought-out longer school day down our throats . . . It has been insult after insult after insult.” Now that Lewis has taken the next step toward a showdown, I’m betting there will...
  • Brazil Allows Three-Person Civil Union

    08/29/2012 2:18:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    National Review ^ | August 28, 2012 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    In Brazil, the BBC reports: A notary in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo has sparked controversy by accepting a civil union between three people.Public Notary Claudia do Nascimento Domingues has said the man and two women should be entitled to family rights. She says there is nothing in law to prevent such an arrangement.But the move has angered some religious groups, while one lawyer described it as “absurd and totally illegal”.The three individuals, who have declined to speak to the press, have lived in Rio de Janeiro together for three years and share bills and other expenses. Ms Domingues...
  • Obama's Labor Problem: Charlotte Union Chief Shuns Democratic Convention

    08/26/2012 4:09:20 AM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    The Street ^ | 8/21/12 | Ted Reed
    Obama's Labor Problem: Charlotte Union Chief Shuns Democratic ConventionBy Ted Reed 08/21/12 - 06:31 AM EDT CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- (TheStreet) -- Bill Wise is an influential labor leader in the Carolinas, president of a Charlotte local that represents 2,000 US Airways (LCC_) workers, and a committed Barack Obama voter in the coming presidential election. Yet Wise wants nothing at all to do with the Democratic National Convention that begins Sept. 3 in Charlotte. In fact, Wise is so committed to avoiding the convention that he has not returned recent calls from two Democratic National Committee members. "I don't have anything...
  • Not exactly the 99%: Top union leaders’ salaries

    08/25/2012 8:16:00 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Not exactly the 99%: Top union leaders’ salariesAugust 23, 2012 | 11:51 am Advocating for the working man doesn’t pay too poorly, it seems. Here’s a list of the annual salaries and benefits earned by the nation’s top labor officials, according to the Labor Department. This data is based on 2011 filings: AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka – $293,750. National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel – $460,060
  • 'Skim' Proponents, State Department Struggle to Explain Health Care Scheme

    08/24/2012 1:18:40 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/20/2012 | Jack Spencer
    Those promoting the "Keep Home Care Safe" ballot proposal want people to believe the constitution changing plan would create a benefit to allow disabled people to be taken care of in their homes. The thing is, that protection and a program to ensure it continues already exists. The federal Home Help Program would continue to exist in Michigan regardless of the constitutional amendment change that's being proposed. However, passing the proposed amendment in November would lock the forced unionization of home health care workers into the state constitution and ensure that the Service Employees International Union continues to get about...
  • The Book That Government Unions Hope You Won’t Read

    08/21/2012 1:24:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 21, 2012 | Townhall.com Staff
    Mallory Factor blows the lid off of government union corruption in his scathing new book, Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind. Government unions have for years scammed taxpayers out of billions of dollars, engaged in thuggish behavior, undermined public education, and forced workers to pay union dues without their consent. Even after high-profile skirmishes in Wisconsin and Ohio, the depth of government union corruption has never been fully appreciated. The arrival of Mr. Factor’s devastating new expose ensures that this will no longer be the case. Shadowbosses is chock full of stunning revelations that illustrate the toxicity...