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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 ^ | August 21, 2012 | 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...
  • Karen Ackerman: Unholy Union Mover and shaker in union circles affiliated with the Soros-organized

    08/21/2012 8:05:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 1 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 8/21/12 | Bill McMorris
    The most influential money-mover of the modern labor movement is also affiliated with the secretive Democracy Alliance. Karen Ackerman launched two of the most expensive political operations of the 2004 and 2008 elections as political director of union giant American Federation of Labor-Congress Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). The union spent $150 million to defeat President George W. Bush in 2004 and pledged $200 million—more than 40 percent of the $450 million spent by labor groups that year—to elect Barack Obama in 2008. Ackerman’s ability to generate massive political capital made her a star of the left, leading to a $143,000 payday...
  • For some reason, the city of Detroit still employs a horseshoer

    08/21/2012 7:21:36 AM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 40 replies
    MSNBC ^ | August 21, 2012 | Unkown
    Here's a riddle for you: What do you call a horseshoer that doesn't shoe any horses? An employee of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. No, you're not supposed to laugh, but the perpetually cash-strapped city somehow still employs a horseshoer, even though the department does not own horses, nor does the former employee of the Police Department work with any of the city's four-legged equines. The horseshoer's position was revealed as part of an independent report that concluded that the DWSD could "trim more than 80% of its workforce," a suggestion that union leaders say isn't possible. In case...
  • Detroit water dept pays $56,245 every year for a horseshoer, even though it doesn’t own any horses

    08/20/2012 8:31:16 AM PDT · by grundle · 25 replies
    wordpress ^ | August 20, 2012 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    The Michigan Capitol Confidential reports: Despite having no horses, the water and sewerage department for the city of Detroit employs a horseshoer. Yet even with a department so bloated that it has a horseshoer and no horses, the local union president said it is “not possible” to eliminate positions. The city pays $29,245 in salary and about $27,000 in benefits for the horseshoer position.This is why some people are always saying that we need to raise taxes, and why they also want the federal government to give more funding to the cities. Instead of getting rid of government waste such...
  • Book: Obamacare law designed to unionize 21 million health care workers

    08/20/2012 9:07:57 AM PDT · by ruralvoter · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/19/12 | David Martosko
    In a book set for publication Tuesday, a politics and government professor at The Citadel claims President Obama’s 2009 health care reform law was, in part, a union-driven effort to organize 21 million health care workers. In ”Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind,” Mallory Factor describes a December 9, 2008 memo from Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare president Dennis Rivera to the Obama-Biden transition team. That memo outlined a legislative proposal calling for “increasing the capacity of the health care workforce” as part of a larger health care reform initiative.
  • Union Rules: Despite No Horses, Detroit Water Department Employs 'Horseshoer'

    08/20/2012 5:44:39 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 35 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/20/2012 | Jarrett Skorup
    Despite having no horses, the water and sewerage department for the city of Detroit employs a horseshoer. Yet even with a department so bloated that it has a horseshoer and no horses, the local union president said it is "not possible" to eliminate positions. Union rules have turned the department into a government jobs program, some critics say...
  • South Africa police say they killed 34 platinum miners

    08/18/2012 3:08:10 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    <p>JOHANNESBURG — Frantic wives searched for missing loved ones, President Jacob Zuma rushed home from a regional summit and some miners vowed a fight to the death Friday as police finally announced the toll from the previous day's shooting by officers of striking platinum miners: 34 dead and 78 wounded.</p>
  • 'Dues Skim' Proponents, State Department Struggle to Explain Health Care Scheme

    08/17/2012 2:52:54 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/17/2012 | 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...
  • General Motors Is Headed For Bankruptcy -- Again

    08/16/2012 7:28:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Forbes ^ | 08/16/2012 | Louis Woodhill
    President Obama is proud of his bailout of General Motors. That’s good, because, if he wins a second term, he is probably going to have to bail GM out again. The company is once again losing market share, and it seems unable to develop products that are truly competitive in the U.S. market. Right now, the federal government owns 500,000,000 shares of GM, or about 26% of the company. It would need to get about $53.00/share for these to break even on the bailout, but the stock closed at only $20.21/share on Tuesday. This left the government holding $10.1 billion...
  • SEIU has taken more than $31M from workers; union 'shellgame' hurts disabled

    08/15/2012 5:44:47 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/13/2012 | Jack Spencer
    A majority of people netted in the 2005 unionization of home health care workers are relatives or friends taking care of loved ones, according to a study being used by supporters of a potential ballot proposal that could lock the scheme into the state constitution. This is significant because one of the main reasons unions use to explain their existence is the protection of workers who are members. In this case, those workers are being protected by the Service Employees International Union against the people for whom they work — mainly their own family and friends. In 2005, the SEIU...
  • As Caterpillar strike drags on, donations mount for union workers

    08/08/2012 1:06:41 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 7, 2012 | Cindy Wojdyla Cain
    .......One day after U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin visited the picket line, members of the SEIU Health Care Illinois and Indiana presented Local Lodge 851 Machinists Union officials with a check for $25,000 Tuesday. The donation by SEIU, which represents 91,000 health care and child care providers, boosts the strike fund to more than $90,000, machinists union president Timothy O’Brien said. “Our core membership is still holding strong,” O’Brien said. “And things like this (donation) really help.” Flora Johnson, chairwoman of the SEIU executive board, addressed machinists on the picket line. “Solidarity is the golden rule of the labor movement,” she...
  • Emails: Geithner, Treasury drove cutoff of non-union Delphi workers’ pensions

    08/07/2012 5:10:44 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 58 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | August 6, 2012 | Matthew Boyle
    Emails obtained by The Daily Caller show that the U.S. Treasury Department, led by Timothy Geithner, was the driving force behind terminating the pensions of 20,000 salaried retirees at the Delphi auto parts manufacturing company. The move, made in 2009 while the Obama administration implemented its auto bailout plan, appears to have been made solely because those retirees were not members of labor unions. The internal government emails contradict sworn testimony, in federal court and before Congress, given by several Obama administration figures. They also indicate that the administration misled lawmakers and the courts about the sequence of events surrounding...
  • Great news: TSA to unionize

    08/06/2012 2:18:49 PM PDT · by Crazieman · 98 replies ^ | 8/6/2012 | Dustin Siggins
    From The Right Scoop, initially blogged by PJ Media: As of Thursday, August 2, 2012, the Transportation Security Administration has agreed to unionize. The agency, best known for groping and offending Americans as we attempt to fly from one part of the country to the other, has agreed to allow the American Federation of Government Employees to unionize its workers. From the Facebook page of the American Federation of Government Employees, the official announcement: “For 10 long years AFGE has fought hard so that Transportation Security Officers would have collective bargaining rights. We have often looked back and wondered why...
  • Kerala shutdown: Muslim union members kill CPM worker

    08/03/2012 12:44:42 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 9 replies ^ | Thursday, August 2, 2012 | IANS; Reuters
    Thiruvananthapuram: A CPI-M worker was killed during a scuffle with suspected Muslim League workers on Thursday as Kerala observed a shutdown on a call of the Marxist party to protest the arrest of its leader in a murder case. Manoj Kumar, 24, an office-bearer of the youth organisation of the Communist Party of India-Marxist, was kicked to death by Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) workers in Kasargode district, CPI-M’s Lok Sabha member P. Karunakaran said. A CPM worker was killed during the Kerala shutdown. Reuters. “Our party had organised a peaceful march in Kasargode to protest the arrest of party’s...
  • Airport screeners, gov't agree on labor contract

    08/02/2012 9:22:44 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    Pioneer Press/AP ^ | 8-2-12 | SAM HANANEL
    WASHINGTON—The union representing nearly 45,000 airport screeners has reached a first-ever collective bargaining agreement with the Transportation Security Administration. The agreement, reached Thursday, comes more than a year after TSA head John Pistole agreed to grant screeners limited union rights for the first time since the agency was formed in 2001. It includes a new process for resolving disciplinary matters and a better system for increasing pay based on performance, said John Gage, president of the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents TSA workers. "What this contract will do is provide for increased uniformity on fair treatment and the...
  • Ex-leader of major California union faces theft, tax charges

    08/01/2012 10:19:13 AM PDT · by ruralvoter · 5 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 8/1/12 | Paul Pringle and Richard Winton
    Not long ago, Tyrone Freeman was a rising star in the national labor movement, already the head of California's biggest union local and a force in Democratic politics from Los Angeles toWashington, D.C. Freeman's quick climb up the ranks of the powerful Service Employees International Union burnished his reputation as an advocate for the disadvantaged, a man who helped improve the lot of some 190,000 workers paid about $9 an hour to care for the infirm. On Tuesday, though, Freeman was indicted on federal charges of stealing from those workers to enrich himself — even billing the union for costs...
  • Fight Over [Illegal] Immigrant Firings

    07/28/2012 2:27:51 PM PDT · by bjorn14 · 29 replies
    NY Times ^ | 27 July 2012 | STEVEN GREENHOUSE and STEVEN YACCINO
    MILWAUKEE — On May 27, about 150 workers from Palermo’s Pizza factory here, representing three-fourths of its production workers, met to sign a petition saying they wanted to unionize. They say they gave the petition to management two days later. Around the same time, Palermo’s delivered letters to 89 immigrant workers, asking them to provide documentation verifying that they had the right to work in the United States. Ten days later, almost all of them were fired. Labor organizers assert that Palermo’s, one of the nation’s largest producers of frozen pizza, was trying to snuff out a unionization drive in...
  • Obama Crosses Picket Line - Hotel Mogul Pritzker Gets Ride on Air Force One as Unions Launch

    07/24/2012 4:03:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 7/24/12 | staff
    Penny Pritzker, the billionaire heiress whose family owns the Hyatt hotel chain, took a ride on Air Force One this afternoon from San Francisco to Portland, Ore., where President Obama was making a series of fundraising stops. The ride came hours after the announcement of a global boycott of Hyatt Hotels by Unite Here, the nation’s largest hospitality workers union. That boycott has been joined by the National Organization for Women, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Black Justice Center, and the National Football League Players Association. Pritzker was the national finance chair of Obama’s 2008 campaign....
  • Survey Says ... School Union Contracts Contribute to Deficits

    07/24/2012 12:04:38 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/24/2012 | Tom Gantert
    When a public school district ends the year in red ink, the Michigan Department of Education sends an 18-question form as part of the mandatory deficit-elimination plan the district has to complete. The first seven questions on the form all have to do with union contracts and the status of negotiations, and if there were any projected savings from negotiations. The eighth question? "What factors caused the school district's deficit?" Perhaps it's a subtle hint from the state to try and get the school districts to see what needs to be addressed. “It appears that the state is subtly recognizing...
  • Global Corruption- New global federation of industrial unions: IndustriALL

    07/24/2012 9:36:15 AM PDT · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 7 replies
    Straightgoods ^ | 07/23/2012 | Harry Kelber
    With 50 million members, IndustriALL is set for action A newly-formed global federation of industrial unions will be a force with the muscle to take on giant international corporations on behalf of workers, the president of the United Steelworkers (USW), Leo Gerard, said on June 19. The coalition, known as IndustriALL Global Union, is being formed by a group of 1,200 trade union representatives, meeting this week in Copenhagen, Denmark. It joins together three former global labor groups: the International Metalworkers' Federation (IMF), the International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions ((ICEM) and the International Textiles, Garment...
  • 'Dues Skim' Ballot Proposal Proponents Cloud Issue With Mistruths

    07/23/2012 9:27:54 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/22/2012 | Jack Spencer
    Embedding the unionization of Michigan's so-called home health care workers into the state constitution is the goal of a prospective ballot proposal called “Keep Home Care Safe.” Those who support the proposal have made it clear how they plan to get it passed. First and foremost, they are counting on well-meaning voters who don't know that the federal Home Help Program exists. Under that program, elderly patients and others suffering from various dysfunctions can be cared for at home instead of being placed in nursing homes or other institutions. In roughly 75 percent of the cases, those providing the care...
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Opens First-Ever Satellite Office in Detroit, Michigan

    07/19/2012 5:39:02 PM PDT · by fishtank · 17 replies
    US Patent Office ^ | July 13, 2012 | US Patent Office
    U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Opens First-Ever Satellite Office in Detroit, Michigan Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Blank and Patent Office Director Kappos Participated in Ribbon-Cutting for Facility to Help Speed Up Patent Process and Create Local Jobs DETROIT – Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank and Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos, along with elected officials, today participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the Elijah J. McCoy USPTO in Detroit, Michigan – the first-ever Patent and Trademark Office outside of Washington, DC. The new office...
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Opens First-Ever Satellite Office in Detroit, Michigan

    07/19/2012 5:38:48 PM PDT · by fishtank · 1 replies
    US Patent Office ^ | July 13, 2012 | US Patent Office
    U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Opens First-Ever Satellite Office in Detroit, Michigan Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Blank and Patent Office Director Kappos Participated in Ribbon-Cutting for Facility to Help Speed Up Patent Process and Create Local Jobs DETROIT – Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank and Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos, along with elected officials, today participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the Elijah J. McCoy USPTO in Detroit, Michigan – the first-ever Patent and Trademark Office outside of Washington, DC. The new office...
  • Local Police Union Uses Pay Raise to Help Pay Pension Costs

    07/18/2012 5:49:57 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/14/2012 | Tom Gantert
    The East Lansing Police Department’s Command Officers Association of Michigan voluntarily donated their 2 percent pay raises to help pay for their retirement costs, a police official confirmed. "The East Lansing commanders should be commended for thinking of taxpayers and realizing the city does not have an unending supply of cash,” said Vincent Vernuccio, director of labor policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. "Compromises like the ones the commanders are suggesting keep governments from becoming fiscally insolvent or driving off business and citizens with higher taxes. Keeping salaries and benefits to realistic levels prevents drastic, last resort, recovery...
  • Ballot Proposal to Exploit Disabled Medicaid Recipients

    07/17/2012 12:11:14 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/13/2012 | Michael Jahr
    With boxes of signatures submitted to the Secretary of State over the last few days, it appears there could be as many as seven different proposals on the ballot this fall. Many of them would benefit narrow constituencies at the expense of taxpayers; perhaps the most egregious is a self-serving measure that would embed a one-sided government union scheme into the state constitution. The arrangement came about when the Service Employees International Union and the Granholm administration created a shell "employer" for tens of thousands of home-based caregivers. Most are family members caring for developmentally disabled loved ones who receive...
  • Attorney General Appeals Ruling That Allows SEIU to Keep Taking Dues From Medicaid Checks

    07/17/2012 5:27:04 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/12/2012 | Jack Spencer
    Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette will appeal the federal court ruling that brought back to life the Service Employees International Union's "Home Health Care Dues Skim.” On June 20, U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Edmunds ruled that the state had to keep withdrawing dues money from the Medicaid checks of disabled residents to pay to the SEIU, which had challenged in court the state law that banned the practice. "Private individuals do not transform into government employees simply by participating in taxpayer-funded programs like Medicaid," Schuette said in a statement. "We will fight to defend state law prohibiting the withholding...
  • Miami seeks $40 million in union concessions - “financial urgency” needed to balance budget

    07/14/2012 3:34:46 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | July 13, 2012 | KATHLEEN McGRORY
    Miami city administrators say they can balance the city’s $485 million operating budget without raising taxes, but it involves winning $40 million in union concessions. That may be easier said than done. Negotiations with the police union are stalling, Fraternal Order of Police President Armando Aguilar said. “I didn’t close the door, but I told them my ultimatum: I’m not willing to give up what we gave last year, and not what they want this year,” Aguilar said. Mayor Tomás Regalado said the city will likely have to declare financial urgency, a provision in state law that allows municipal leaders...
  • Union Health Care Ballot Supporters Say They Have Enough Signatures for a Vote

    07/12/2012 11:05:01 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/11/2012 | Jack Spencer
    The union and its supporters behind the scheme to collect dues money from so-called home health care workers said Thursday that they had collected enough signatures to force a vote in November that could lock the dues scheme in the state constitution. The group collecting signatures said it plans to turn in about 550,000 signatures to the Secretary of State, more than the roughly 322,000 it needs to qualify to get the issue on the ballot. If the Secretary of State verifies enough signatures and the issue were to pass, it would permanently lock what is known as the home...
  • Ex-Broward teachers union chief charged with theft, fraud

    07/10/2012 8:45:44 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | July 10, 2012
    Pat Santeramo ....The Broward State Attorney’s Office has charged former Broward Teachers Union President Pat Santeramo with racketeering, theft and campaign fraud. ....Among the charges: that Santeramo diverted about $165,500 in union funds to himself between 2001 and January 2012 through an "invoice-kickback" scheme with a construction company.... In one instance, Santeramo had the construction company bill BTU $89,295 for repairing the BTU building elevators. The company gave $20,000 of the union’s payment back to Santeramo in cash.... Santeramo is also accused of making a series of illegal campaign contributions by having 25 individuals, including BTU members, make donations to...
  • Incredible 3D Stereoscopic Civil War Photos

    07/07/2012 1:11:19 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 29 replies
    Wild Ammo ^ | Eric S
    Incredible 3D Stereoscopic Civil War Photos Stereoscopic images basically involve taking 2 or more static images, from slightly different angles, to create a 3D effect that tricks the eye into noticing the depth of field, angles and perspective of the image. Thus, it’s possible to take a flat image and create 3D depth to it. When applied to older photographs, it’s an amazing technique, because it brings life to history. Take for example, these Civil War photographs that use a stereoscopic effect!
  • Remembering the Gettysburg Reunion of 1913

    07/03/2012 3:28:07 PM PDT · by BigReb555 · 53 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | July 3, 2012 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    Do you know who Gen. Robert Edward Lee, Major Gen. George Edward Pickett and Major Gen. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain were?