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  • Few Rogue Border Agents Resist Trump Policies

    02/18/2017 7:39:31 AM PST · by Cheerio · 29 replies
    Polizette ^ | 17 Feb 2017 | Brendan Kirby
    Union leader says some stations continue to follow Obama 'catch and release' directives Some border patrol stations have been slow to carry out President Donald Trump’s immigration enforcement executive order and instead have continued former President Barack Obama’s “catch-and-release” policies, according to a union official. Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, told LifeZette that he raised concerns Thursday with U.S. Border Patrol Chief Ronald Vitiello. He said he is confident that issue soon will be corrected. But Judd said as recently as Thursday, some border patrol stations were still releasing border-jumpers, often without even issuing notices to...
  • Teachers union president backs Ellison for DNC chair

    02/17/2017 12:26:10 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 24 replies
    Thje Hill ^ | February 17, 2017 | By Lydia Wheeler
    Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) on Friday picked up the backing of the head of the nation’s largest teachers union in his bid to lead the Democratic National Committee. In a statement announcing her personal endorsement, National Education Association president Lily Eskelsen García said she knows Ellison will be a unifying force for Democrats. “Keith’s emphasis and well-documented commitment to party building and grassroots organizing in every community is exactly what we need as the nation finds itself at a crossroad under the divisive Trump administration,” she said. Eskelsen García’s endorsement comes just hours after the Service Employees International Union called...
  • South Carolina Boeing workers reject unionization bid

    02/16/2017 7:25:57 AM PST · by Cheerio · 8 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 16, 2017 | Jazz Shaw
    It appears that somebody is getting the message, at least in South Carolina. A growing movement around the nation in support of right to work policies has dealt one blow after another to organized labor. The latest edition of the story comes to us out of South Carolina where one of the nation’s larger unions has been attempting to organize workers at the Boeing plant. That proposal came up for a vote this week and the results speak for themselves. Employees rejected the plan and the final vote wasn’t even close. (Fox News) Nearly three-quarters of eligible production workers at...
  • Union Enlists a Mayor to Endorse Fabulist Claims on Teacher Pay

    02/14/2017 1:59:03 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/12/2017 | Tom Gantert
    The Michigan Education Association has for years promoted a claim that public school teachers are so underpaid that many live in poverty. The facts show it would require extraordinary and highly unlikely circumstances for a full-time teacher in the state to meet the official definition of poverty. Michigan’s largest teacher union recently enlisted a new ally in promoting this narrative: Royal Oak Mayor Mike Fournier. The MEA wrote in a press release that Fournier “knows educators who’ve watched their pay drop to poverty levels due to step freezes and state-mandated health care premium increases.” Fournier’s wife teaches at the Waterford...
  • Public School Union Members Protest Their Own Union

    02/09/2017 1:14:20 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/7/2017 | Anne Schieber
    The Taylor Public Schools support staff members went to Lansing to conduct a protest against their own union recently. They are taking steps to separate from the SEIU Local 517M and represent themselves. One Taylor support staff union member explained their complaints (click for video).
  • After Decades of Little Change, Why Are So Many States Going Right-to-Work?

    02/06/2017 8:56:28 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/3/2017 | Tom Gantert
    In the 47 years between 1964 and 2011, just three states adopted a right-to-work law – Louisiana (1976), Idaho (1985) and Oklahoma (2001). But in the last five years, five more states have made it illegal for employers to make workers pay unions as a condition of employment: Indiana (2012), Michigan (2013), Wisconsin (2015), West Virginia (2016) and Kentucky (2017). In the opening days of its 2017 legislative session, Missouri took a step toward becoming the 29th right-to-work state, when its Republican-controlled House approved a bill to adopt the policy. Kentucky, Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana all passed right-to-work laws when...
  • The VA has no idea how much time employees spend “working” on union business

    02/06/2017 7:57:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/06/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    The public employee unions have a pretty sweet deal with the government which is very similar to the benefits enjoyed by their civilian counterparts. Some of their workers are authorized to spend a certain amount of what’s known as “official time” conducting union business while they’re on the clock and supposedly doing the business of the taxpayers. There are supposed to be limits on this benefit, but in agencies such as the Veterans Affairs Department, just how much of this is going on? Don’t ask the agency’s administrators because it turns out that they have no way of tracking...
  • Gov. Walker: White House interested in Wisconsin union law.

    02/01/2017 6:07:12 PM PST · by Nicojones · 14 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/1/17 | AP
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday that he spoke with Vice President Mike Pence about how the White House can implement on a federal level parts of the Republican governor's contentious policy that all-but eliminated collective bargaining for public sector unions in the state. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-4181638/Gov-Walker-White-House-interested-Wisconsin-union-law.html#ixzz4XUPfcvLd
  • GOP Defectors Have Received Thousands From Teachers Union [Murkowski, Collins]

    02/01/2017 5:24:05 PM PST · by markomalley · 60 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 2/1/17 | Bill McMorris
    The two Republicans who broke ranks with their party and announced they would vote against education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos have received thousands of dollars from the nation's largest teachers union.Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska) and Susan Collins (R., Maine) have each benefited from contributions from the National Education Association. Collins received $2,000 from the union in 2002 and 2008, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Murkowski, meanwhile, has received $23,500.The NEA represents 3 million members, making it the wealthiest and most influential union in the country. The NEA, along with other labor groups like the American Federation of Teachers, has waged a fierce campaign against...
  • Betsy DeVos is scarier than the KKK, says DC teachers union head

    01/19/2017 6:17:41 PM PST · by 198ml · 63 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 1/19/17 | Multiple authors
    Speaking at an event organized to oppose President-elect Donald Trump’s agenda in Washington, D.C. Thursday, American Federation of Teachers President Elizabeth “Liz” Davis said that Betsy DeVos, Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, is more frightening than the Ku Klux Klan. “Of course, you know that there are some scarier things that are coming up … one of them is Betsy DeVos,” Davis said. “That frightens me more than the Klan, because Betsy DeVos is a multi-mega millionaire who has managed to buy her way to a position of influence that could actually change the face of what we know...
  • Truth Optional When Teachers Union Defends Its Turf

    01/17/2017 8:11:05 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 11 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/13/2017 | Tom Gantert
    For the past several years, the state’s largest teachers union has engaged in an ongoing public relations campaign that has distorted facts and promoted inaccuracies about Michigan’s public school system. Michigan Capitol Confidential has documented many of the inaccuracies over the past five years. The most dramatic case of the union’s not telling the truth was its claim that Gov. Rick Snyder had cut $1 billion from school budgets. In a 2013 Facebook post, MEA President Steve Cook wrote, “Shortly after taking office, one of Snyder’s bold initiatives to ‘reinvent Michigan’ was to cut over $1 billion from the education...
  • Holman Rule will help improve civil service

    01/14/2017 7:20:09 AM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    As part of its broader package of rules for the 115th Congress, the House of Representatives revived the Holman Rule, a provision that allows House members to propose amendments to spending bills that closely manage federal agencies. These "retrenchment" amendments can affect details down to individual federal salaries and the number of staff in an office. ... The restoration of the Holman Rule means merely that when it comes to firing a federal employee, the president's signature on an act of Congress can do it. It doesn't seem extraordinary that the heads of the federal government should be able to...
  • Servitude Ends In Kentucky: State Kills Prevailing Wages, Passes Right-To-Work

    01/08/2017 2:58:05 PM PST · by blam · 44 replies
    Mish Talk ^ | 1-7-2017 | Mish Shedlock
    Mish ShedlockJanuary 7, 2017 In a major setback for organized labor, Kentucky passed right-to-work legislation and repealed the state’s prevailing wage law. “Organized labor suffered its first major legislative setback due to the 2016 elections on Saturday, when Kentucky Republicans gave final approval to right-to-work legislation and repealed the state’s prevailing wage law. Both bills are expected to be signed into law by the governor, and will take effect immediately. Labor leaders were equally troubled by the legislature’s move to gut the state’s prevailing wage law. Such laws require that employers pay certain minimum wages on work funded by public...
  • Why Are Michigan House Republicans Continuing These Union Scams?

    01/06/2017 1:55:16 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/5/2017 | Jarrett Skorup
    As the latest legislative session came to a close, Michigan House Republicans failed to put a stop to two union schemes that are ripping off taxpayers. It is bizarre that, despite having a huge majority, the GOP continues to allow unions to misspend tax dollars for the sole purpose of enriching their officials. Earlier this year, the state Senate passed two bills ending these special union deals. Senate Bill 279 dealt with union pension spiking schemes, in which the state’s largest union teamed up with school districts to pretend its officials are still working for schools when they really are...
  • Bullying Failed, So Teachers Union May Try Honey To Attract Dues Payments

    01/06/2017 9:54:31 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/3/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Four years after Michigan’s right-to-work law was passed, the state’s largest teachers union appears to be taking a different response to the fact that school employees no longer have to pay union dues or fees. The Michigan Education Association has significantly cut back the amount it spends on collection agencies sent after school employees who didn’t pay dues. It has also created a new high-paying position — a director of membership engagement — according to documents filed with the federal government. Attempts to engage school employees who can no longer be legally compelled to pay dues would make sense considering...
  • Union: Baltimore City Police in ‘Crisis’ Due to Officer Shortage

    01/06/2017 8:42:59 AM PST · by george76 · 60 replies
    WJZ ^ | January 5, 2017 | Mike Hellgren
    Baltimore City’s Police Union is sounding the alarm because they say the department is in crisis due to the fact that it has too few officers. According to a new report, there are more than 100 fewer Baltimore City PD officers than last year, with the union saying this poses a safety concern as officers are being overworked. The police union president calls the situation “dire.” ... You don’t have enough police officers to patrol the streets safely protecting themselves, much less protecting the citizens of Baltimore,” said Lt. Ryan. Baltimore ended last year with the second highest number of...
  • Teachers Union Membership Down 20 Percent, But Executive's Pay up $61,000

    01/05/2017 11:46:45 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/3/2016 | Derek Draplin
    A top official at the state’s largest teachers union has received another substantial raise, his second in three years. Despite plunging membership at the Michigan Education Association, Secretary-Treasurer Rick Trainor was given a nearly $20,000 pay raise in 2016. Trainor’s salary was $171,206 in 2016, up from $151,675 in 2015 — a 12.8 percent raise, according to documents filed with the U.S. Department of Labor. Trainor took a 44 percent raise between 2013 and 2014, from $109,911 to $158,296. MEA Secretary-Treasurer Rick Trainor The union official is now collecting $61,295 more each year than he did in 2013. (The average...
  • Union Gave Teachers Pay Cut To Keep Compulsory Dues Coming

    01/03/2017 11:42:54 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/22/2016 | Derek Draplin
    A recent Michigan Court of Appeals decision held that the Taylor public school district and teachers union colluded to cut employee pay to benefit the union itself, not its members. As Michigan Capitol Confidential previously reported, the court wrote that the Taylor Federation of Teachers “took deliberate action, in entering into the union security agreement to its own financial advantage,” and that in going along, the school district acted with “hostility” toward employees. The agreement required employees to pay union dues for another 10 years, in spite of a new Michigan right-to-work law that bans making union dues a condition...
  • SEIU plans 30 percent budget cut during Trump admin.

    12/28/2016 5:42:38 AM PST · by C19fan · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 27, 2016 | Mallory Shelbourne
    The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is planning to cut 30 percent of its budget by Jan. 1, 2018, the end of President-elect Donald Trump's first year in office. “Because the far right will control all three branches of the federal government, we will face serious threats to the ability of working people to join together in unions,” President Mary Kay Henry wrote in an internal memo obtained by Bloomberg Businessweek.
  • SEIU Sues Its Own Members for Banquet Hall They Paid For

    12/19/2016 5:24:36 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/14/2016 | Derek Draplin
    A group of Service Employees International Union members who work for the Taylor school district is being sued by their union local over the ownership of a banquet hall. The lawsuit comes after the members petitioned to dissolve a decade-old merger between the SEIU’s Taylor and Lansing affiliates. The lawsuit asks for control of a banquet hall the Taylor union local owned before the 2005 merger. Because of the merger, SEIU Local 517M of Lansing is technically suing seven of its own members for ownership of the property. The Taylor hall was built using money collected from fundraisers, not union...
  • Texas judge denies SEIU retrial, orders uinon to turn over documents

    11/18/2016 8:43:20 PM PST · by aimhigh · 10 replies
    SE Texas Record ^ | 11/15/2016 | The Southeast Texas Record
    A Texas district judge recently ruled the Service Employees International Union has no grounds to request a retrial following a court order directing the Chicago-based union to pay Professional Janitorial Services Houston $7.8 million. . . . Harris County District Judge Erin Lunceford also instructed the SEIU to turn over nearly 10 years of financial records and other information before the court determines whether PJS can seize the union’s assets.
  • Election results give momentum to worker freedom

    11/14/2016 11:54:42 PM PST · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 14, 2016 12:02 AM | By Chantal Lovell and Vincent Vernuccio
    Does a Trump presidency mean public employees across the country will be freed from being forced to pay government unions against their will? With one seat on the Supreme Court already vacant and more expected to open up in the next few years as aging justices retire, President-elect Trump — already dubbed the "Nominator-in-Chief" — has great power to shape the future of public sector unionization. If Trump nominates one of the roughly two dozen people he pledged to consider to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, it's likely public employees nationwide would earn freedom from being forced to support...
  • New audio: Ted Strickland jokes that Scalia's death came 'at a good time' ( Ohio )

    11/05/2016 7:31:39 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/10/16 | Al Weaver
    Ohio Senate candidate Ted Strickland joked about the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Monday, saying it came "at a good time" for union workers since he was unable to cast the deciding vote in a March case that ended up in a 4-4 deadlock. ... Strickland made the remarks in Cleveland, telling AFL-CIO members that Scalia's death "saved labor" from a terrible decision in the case, which could have dealt a blow to the ability of public-sector unions to collect fees from those who decide against joining the union and pay for collective bargaining activities. ... the...
  • Philadelphia Transit Workers’ Strike Deadline Is Midnight Tuesday (tonight!)

    10/31/2016 6:18:54 AM PDT · by Dana1960 · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/31/16 | Ted Goodman
    Philadelphia transit employees will meet with city officials to negotiate a new contract as the Nov. 1 strike deadline looms, and the prospects of a full walk-out become a very real possibility. The contract between workers and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transport Authority (SEPTA) expires at midnight Oct. 31 (Halloween). The two sides have been in talks for months in order to work out the details of a deal. A major strike could effect voters on Election Day if the walkout runs past Nov. 8.
  • Union Survey: Michigan Teachers Want Pension Reform

    10/13/2016 10:58:48 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/12/2016 | Jarrett Skorup
    The Michigan Education Association recently released a survey of some of its membership. Much of it isn’t surprising — like other workers, teachers want to make more money and don’t like how they are evaluated. But one key question is about retirement and shows that school employees don’t feel secure with the current teacher pension system. The survey asks: “Do you feel that you’ll be able to comfortably retire?” Only 12.2 percent answered “yes,” while 52.2 percent said “no,” and 35.6 percent were unsure. There is reason to be concerned. The teacher pension system, MPSERS, has nearly $27 billion in...
  • Union Sloppiness Costs Teacher Thousands in Lost Pay, Blames Mythical ‘Funding Cuts’

    10/13/2016 9:14:48 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/11/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Michigan’s largest teachers union claimed an Algonac public school teacher's pay was so low he was eligible for charitable housing assistance, even though he had 16 years of experience. But this teacher’s plight appears to be due to the union’s failure to enforce contract language it negotiated, which could have increased his annual salary as much as $15,000. The Michigan Education Association highlighted Algonac teacher Jeff Smith in a story on its website. The union said that Smith had an “untenable financial situation” after 16 years of teaching and still lived in “cramped one-bedroom duplex” with his sons. MEA President...
  • Labor Secretary: Scalia's Death Makes it Easier to Unionize

    09/30/2016 6:01:37 AM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Townhall ^ | 9/29/2016 | Cortney O'Brien
    It's been months since the passing of conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, but Democrats are still seemingly celebrating his death because it paves the way for their political purposes. At The Atlantic’s Washington Ideas Forum on Thursday, Labor Secretary Tom Perez casually noted that Scalia's death helped pave the way for union membership across the country. ... Unfortunately, Perez's comments are not isolated. In August, Ohio Senate Candidate Ted Strickland actually said “the death of Scalia saved labor” at an AFL-CIO event.
  • Just Born, maker of candy Peeps, sues union over strike

    09/29/2016 7:38:56 AM PDT · by tekrat · 5 replies
    The Pennsylvania company that makes marshmallow Peeps as well as Mike and Ike candies has filed a federal lawsuit claiming a workers' strike is illegal. Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union Local 6 workers walked off the job Sept. 7. The lawsuit filed Wednesday by Just Born Quality Confections says that violates a no-strike provision of a contract that expired June 18. The company says the no-strike clause was still in effect until Sept. 18 under a contract extension.
  • IMMIGRATION OFFICERS UNION GIVES FIRST EVER ENDORSEMENT TO TRUMP (ICE Union Endorses Trump)

    09/26/2016 8:54:09 AM PDT · by xzins · 23 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | September 26, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Obama turned those who should enforce our borders and our laws into coyotes smuggling his illegal alien backers into this country. It hasn't won him and his political ideology any friends. And has not done Hillary any favors. The union representing the nation’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and staff is throwing its support behind GOP nominee Donald Trump. It’s the first time ever that the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council has endorsed a candidate for president, according to a statement posted on Trump’s campaign web site Monday. “Donald Trump reached out to us for a meeting, sat down...
  • Union and School Illegally Take Dues from Teachers' Paychecks

    09/22/2016 5:57:53 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/20/2016 | Derek Draplin
    The Armada Area Schools teachers union contract allows for automatic union dues deductions, which is a violation of state law. The agreement between the Armada Board of Education and the Armada Education Association, which was agreed upon on March 6, 2013, explains how teachers can pay union dues. “The Service Fee shall not exceed the amount of Association dues collected from Association members,” the agreement says. “The bargaining unit member may authorize payroll deduction for such fee.” The contract appears to be a violation of Public Act 53 of 2012, which states: “A public school employer’s use of public school...
  • Miners rally for bill to protect health, pension benefits

    09/09/2016 7:44:46 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 9 replies
    WDAM ^ | 9/8/16 | MATTHEW DALY
    Thousands of unionized mine workers and supporters rallied at the Capitol Thursday to push for a bill that would protect health-care and pension benefits for about 120,000 former coal miners and their families. "We're here today to demand that the right thing be done!" thundered Cecil Roberts, president of the United Mine Workers of America, which organized the rally. "Keep the promise and pass the bill." ...Separately, Democrat Hillary Clinton announced her support for the measure, which would affect retired miners and their families in all 50 states, especially West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Virginia and Alabama. ......
  • Homeschool Advocate: US Gov’t Bullies Parents And Kids Into Common Core [VIDEO]

    08/29/2016 7:09:17 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 14 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | 8-27-2016 | Ginni Thomas
    Daily Caller News Foundation Homeschool Advocate: US Gov’t Bullies Parents And Kids Into Common Core [VIDEO] Ginni Thomas Contributor 10:24 PM 08/27/2016 As parents increasingly notice government schools indoctrinate children with secular or progressive values, more families are exploring homeschooling as “a freedom initiative” to maintain control over values and beliefs. Sam Sorbo is a passionate, dedicated homeschooling mom of three and talk radio host. Often on Fox News, Sorbo is an actress, former model and biomedical engineer from Duke University, who is married to actor Kevin Sorbo of “Hercules” fame. She is also the author of recent book “They’re...
  • (NJ) Union Catholic goes wild watching Sydney McLaughlin advance at the Olympics (VIDEO)

    08/18/2016 7:44:41 PM PDT · by Coleus · 3 replies
    nj.com ^ | August 16, 2016 | Jim Lambert
    After seeing teen star Sydney McLaughlin place 5th in her heat in the opening round of the women's 400-meter hurdles at the Olympic Games, many of the close to 1,000 people that jammed themselves into Union Catholic's gym to watch the race began to head for the exits.  For some, the heat inside the gym was beginning to take its toll, but many others left feeling that the 17 year-old McLaughlin, a rising senior at Union Catholic, had probably come up short in her attempt to advance to the semifinal round at Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. But not brothers...
  • 7 Chicago Officers Face Firing Over Laquan McDonald Cover-Up

    08/18/2016 9:32:34 AM PDT · by Theoria · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 18 Aug 2016 | Mitch Smith
    Chicago’s police superintendent called for the firing of seven officers for their response to a colleague’s fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald in 2014, a case that incited widespread protests here and led to accusations of a cover-up.The decision by Superintendent Eddie Johnson, announced Thursday morning by a Police Department spokesman, comes nearly two years after Officer Jason Van Dyke fired 16 shots at Mr. McDonald, who was 17 and African-American.Mr. McDonald’s death roiled the city, laying bare longstanding tensions between the police and black Chicagoans. The case has led to increased scrutiny and skepticism of the department, including a Justice...
  • Fed and State Raid on Union IBEW & Hillary Campaign Office

    08/07/2016 5:18:14 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 35 replies
    Youtube ^ | 08/06/16 | George Spencer
    Keep an eye on this one.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdYAcsj5Lw0    
  • WARRANTS SERVED IN PHILLY, N.J. INVOLVE UNION BOSS, COUNCILMAN

    08/06/2016 8:52:28 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 8 replies
    6ABC.com ^ | 08/06/2016 | WPVI
    The FBI and other law enforcement officers fanned out across the region on Friday, executing a number of search warrants involving a local union boss and a Philadelphia city councilman. Agents were searching the home of Johnny "Doc" Dougherty, a bar called Doc's Union Pub, the headquarters of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 and Councilman Bobby Henon's offices. Just recently, Action News has learned Local 98 dropped upward of $80,000 on lavish parties and events for honchos and lobbyists at the Democratic National Convention.
  • FBI searches target electricians union, Johnny Doc, Councilman Bobby Henon

    08/05/2016 6:26:11 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 19 replies
    philly.com ^ | 5 Aug 2016 | DAVID SWANSON
    Since 2000, the union funneled about $30 million into political races... The union has a membership of 4,652, and assets of $37 million, records show.... A government filing shows that in 2015 Dougherty received $406,532 from the union, including $226,754 as salary...
  • Philly airport workers vote to strike during the DNC

    07/13/2016 3:11:30 PM PDT · by PROCON · 34 replies
    philly.com ^ | July 13, 2016 | Jane M. Von Bergen
    Baggage handlers, wheelchair attendants, airplane cleaners, and other workers at Philadelphia International Airport voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to walk off their jobs in protest during the Democratic National Convention this month, according to a union that wants to organize them. The workers are seeking better scheduling, clarity on sick pay, a more predictable disciplinary system, and to be able to unionize. The vote, which took place at the airport, was 461-5 in favor of striking out of 500 on shift Tuesday participating. The workers, who number about 1,000, work for subcontractors hired by various airlines.
  • Mayor Hodges blasts 'jackass remarks' by union chief over Lynx police walkout

    07/12/2016 5:33:34 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 29 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 7/12/16 | Randy Furst
    Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges blasted the “jackass remarks” made by the head of the city’s police union on Tuesday, while Police Chief Janeé Harteau issued a more measured response in the wake of four Minneapolis police officers who walked off an off-duty job at a Minnesota Lynx game Saturday. The officers quit the job before the game over the decision by players to criticize racial profiling and wear pregame warm up jerseys, that said “Black Lives Matter,” but also included the Dallas Police logo. Minneapolis Police Federation President Bob Kroll said in an interview with the Star Tribune on Monday...
  • Another School District-Teachers Union Pension Spiking Deal

    06/29/2016 1:12:09 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/26/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Another Michigan school district and a high-level executive from the state’s largest teachers union have entered into a pension spiking arrangement that benefits the union official financially. The deal will let Nancy Strachan, the vice president of the Michigan Education Association, use her six-figure union salary to draw larger benefits from the state-run school pension system. The deal between Strachan and Wayne-Westland Community Schools mirrors those benefiting several other union officials, and will allow her to collect approximately $16,200 extra per year from the underfunded system. The amount of a school employee's pension benefit is based on the person's years...
  • EU BACKLASH: Brexit ‘TSUNAMI’ expected as 34 referendums set to rock union

    06/28/2016 6:44:29 PM PDT · by Petrosius · 49 replies
    Express UK ^ | June 29, 2016 | Joey Millar
    THE EUROPEAN Union (EU) is about to be rocked by a “political tsunami” with right-wing parties across the continent calling for dozens of in-out referendums. A study by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) revealed so-called extreme “insurgent parties” are calling for a total of 34 public votes - with matters ranging from their countries’ membership of the EU to refugee policy. The ECFR report blamed Europe’s fear of Turkey joining the EU and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s “refugees welcome” policy as major reasons behind a rapid rise in support for both right-wing and far-left, anti-EU parties and...
  • California maintenance union pact costliest since at least 2005

    06/14/2016 1:32:44 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    The Bee ^ | JUNE 13, 2016 | JON ORTIZ
    A tentative labor contract for California’s state craft and maintenance workers hikes costs to taxpayers more than any deal bargained by the union in at least 11 years, according to a new report by the non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office. The pact with International Union of Operating Engineers Bargaining Unit 12, adds a total $473 million over four years to the state’s pay and benefits costs, the analyst’s office estimates. The figure includes increased pension, health care and other costs for the roughly 11,000 employees in Bargaining Unit 12 from July 1, 2016 to July 1, 2019. In sum, the analyst...
  • Trump Continues To Win Support From Union Members — Labor Leadership Isn’t Happy [VIDEO]

    06/02/2016 8:48:38 PM PDT · by GilGil · 5 replies
    DailyCaller ^ | 6/2/2016 | Connor D. Wolf |
    National union leaders have adamantly opposed Trump over what they feel are extremist and bigoted views. The business mogul’s views on trade and immigration, alongside his decisive tone, has gained him significant support among workers. Union leaders are now concerned that they have lost their members to the outspoken candidate.
  • Detroit Teachers Under Pay Freeze, But Union President Gets Big Pay Hike

    06/02/2016 1:33:25 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/29/2016 | Tom Gantert
    While teachers at Michigan’s largest school district were living under a wage freeze, and more recently hearing rumors of possible payless paydays, one school employee who is also president of the local teachers union got a huge raise. That district is the insolvent and academically challenged Detroit Public Schools, and the union president is Ivy Bailey of the Detroit Federation of Teachers. Bailey was listed as a teacher in 2013-14 and earned $70,176. Her salary shot up 31 percent to $91,877 in 2014-15. Bailey’s compensation is listed in a state salary database of employees enrolled in the school employee pension...
  • UAW endorses Hillary Clinton for president

    05/26/2016 11:58:32 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 33 replies
    UAW.ORG ^ | 5-25-2016 | UAW
    The UAW today endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, citing her support for UAW members, her lifelong commitment to the job security of American families, and her ability to unify and win in November. “Hillary Clinton understands our issues on trade, understands the complexities of multinational economies and supports American workers, their families and communities,” said UAW President Dennis Williams. Now is a time for unity, a time to focus on what lies ahead in November. Bernie Sanders has brought to this campaign a dialogue that has been needed for far too long. He has been, and remains, a great friend...
  • TSA watchdog spills secret behind long airport lines

    05/18/2016 2:38:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    WND ^ | 5/18/2016 | Greg Corombos
    Truth involves Obama, 'nude pictures of passengers' and fed-up workers. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson warns air travelers to prepare for much longer than usual airport security lines, but a Transportation Security Administration watchdog says this mess is simply a matter of the government failing to manage its resources responsibly. On Monday, Johnson stood at Ronald Reagan National Airport just outside Washington and told passengers to expect longer than expected wait times as the Transportation Security Administration, or TSA, expedites hundreds of new personnel into service to speed up the security process. In Chicago, passengers were told to arrive three...
  • TSA's Union Power Grab: Thousands Slowing Down Airports

    05/19/2016 12:37:26 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 51 replies
    CNS News ^ | May 18, 2016 | Michelle Malkin
    TSA's Union Power Grab: Thousands Slowing Down Airports Michelle Malkin All you travelers stuck in mile-long TSA security lines are pawns. Convenient political pawns. Big Labor bosses want more power and more money. Stranded travelers are just the latest victims in this age-old game of D.C. extortion. Union leaders want you to think the fault lies with a stingy Congress unwilling to fork over enough money to fill screener shortages. White House spokesman Josh Earnest poured more partisan fuel on the fire last week by blaming the nationwide slowdowns on "the inability of Republicans in Congress to govern the country."...
  • Blast From the Past: Obama and the Mau Mau [Explains Baraq's Brexit antics]

    04/22/2016 1:04:48 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
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  • Obama under fire as he threatens to send Britain 'to the back of the queue' if it votes to leave

    04/22/2016 12:57:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 75 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/22/16
    President Barack Obama told Britain today that it would have to 'go to the back of the queue' if it leaves the European Union, then tries to negotiate its own trade deal with the United States. A US-UK trade agreement is not going to happen 'any time soon,' Obama said during a joint news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron. ‘Not because we don’t have a special relationship but because given the heavy lift on any trade agreement, us having access to a big market with a lot of countries rather than trying to do piecemeal trade agreements, which...
  • University of Missouri graduate assistant vote favors union by big margin

    04/20/2016 2:56:35 PM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 22 replies
    Columbia Daily Tribune ^ | 4/20/16 | Rudi Keller
    The Coalition of Graduate Workers claimed an overwhelming victory Tuesday when 84 percent of graduate assistant ballots supported forming a union at the University of Missouri. About 30 percent of the nearly 2,600 eligible graduate students who hold assistantships voted Monday and Tuesday, coalition Co-chairman Connor Lewis said. The next step is to organize union officials and formally ask the university to engage in collective bargaining, he said. “It meets all the requirements by federal and state standards,” he said. “It was an impressive turnout given that there were last-minute attempts at voter intimidation.” Lewis said he was referring to...