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  • UAW withdraws Volkswagen election objections

    04/21/2014 3:24:58 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 8 replies
    United Automobile Workers (UAW) ^ | 4/21/14 | United Automobile Workers (UAW)
    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The UAW announced today it is withdrawing objections filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regarding February's vote at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, effectively terminating the NLRB review process. UAW President Bob King said the decision was made in the best interests of Volkswagen employees, the automaker, and economic development in Chattanooga. King said the UAW based its decision on the belief that the NLRB’s historically dysfunctional and complex process potentially could drag on for months or even years. Additionally, the UAW cited refusals by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker to...
  • Labor Fascism in Chattanooga: UAW refuses to take the Volkswagen workers' "no" for an answer.

    04/18/2014 6:28:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/18/2014 | Matthew Vadum
    As the labor movement tells the story, two months ago, the silly, ungrateful Volkswagen factory workers in Tennessee foolishly rejected the generous invitation of the company and the United Auto Workers to welcome the Detroit-killing union with open arms. In an election supervised by the federal National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the workers in VW's Chattanooga plant rejected UAW representation by a vote of 712 to 626. Amazingly, the UAW and the automaker both refuse to take the workers' "no" for an answer. The two sides are acting in unison to overturn the democratically expressed will of the workers. Nullifying...
  • There is Nothing New Under the Sun. Know Your History. (Similarities between FDR and Obama)

    04/14/2014 5:50:19 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 8 replies ^ | April 13, 2014 | Ann Barnhardt
    Here’s your history lesson of the day, and it’s a duzy. Do you all remember the department store chain Montgomery Ward? It was in the same class as JC Penney and Sears, and like Penney’s and Sears had a robust catalog business in the 20th century. The catalog ended in 1985 and the stores closed in 2000. The incident we are going to talk about happened during World War 2, in 1944. When I read this it initially put my jaw on the floor, but when I thought about it for a moment, I realized that it put all...
  • Frozen Four: Union beats Minnesota for NCAA hockey title

    04/13/2014 7:11:02 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    LA Slimes ^ | 4-13-14 | ap
    PHILADELPHIA -- Union College won its first NCAA hockey title Saturday night at the Frozen Four, scoring three times in a 1:54 span in the first period in a 7-4 victory over Minnesota on Saturday night. Mike Vecchione tied the score at 2 with 4:01 left in the first, Eli Lichtenwald gave the Dutchman the lead 57 seconds later, and Daniel Ciampini capped the spree with 2:57 to go. “I don't think anyone will call us Cinderella anymore,” said Shayne Gostisbehere, who had a goal and two assists. “These guys, my brothers, they do everything. I don't care about anything...
  • GOP Rep: Obama Administration's OSHA Targeting Non-Union Plants with Inspectors Accompanied by..

    04/10/2014 4:03:08 AM PDT · by blueyon · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/09/14 | Breitbart TV
    "GOP Rep: Obama Administration's OSHA Targeting Non-Union Plants with Inspectors Accompanied by Union Reps" On Wednesday’s “On the Record” on the Fox News Channel, Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) laid out an argument that this administration is using the inspection powers of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to target non-union plants in South at far more disproportionate rate than anywhere else in the country. She added that also these OSHA inspectors were being accompanied by union representatives to non-union shops.
  • NBC leans forward toward union-busting, NLRB says

    04/08/2014 3:20:15 PM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/08/14 | Sean Higgins
    National Labor Relations Board members ruled Monday that NBC Universal, the parent company of the namesake TV network and the cable news channel MSNBC, was illegally refusing to deal with its employees' union, the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians. It ordered the company to "cease and desist" avoiding the union. "[T]he Respondent has been failing and refusing to bargain collectively and in good faith with the exclusive collective-bargaining representative of its unit employees and has engaged in unfair labor practices," ruled a three-member NLRB majority. The announcement is ironic given that MSNBC has remade itself as a liberal...
  • More Problems with Teacher Contract

    04/07/2014 1:01:10 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/4/2014 | Audrey Spalding
    The Ferndale school district's collective bargaining agreement made headlines recently because it gives preference to applicants of "the non-Christian faith." Under media scrutiny, Ferndale officials said they "somehow missed" the discriminatory language. Fortunately, they have now removed it. But large portions of Ferndale's contract still appear to be in violation of other state laws. Ferndale is one of an estimated 60 percent of Michigan districts that have worked to preserve collective bargaining language that is prohibited by state law. A series of recent reforms were passed in an attempt to make it easier for district officials to retain and reward...
  • Video Report: Teachers Hope Their Win Against Union Emboldens Others

    04/04/2014 10:51:01 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/3/2014 | Anne Schieber
    Teachers Miriam Chanski and Ray Arthur say they hope their victory in getting out of the Michigan Education Association will embolden the 8,000 other teachers who have chosen not to pay union dues this year. Chanski and Arthur filed unfair labor practice complaints against the MEA when the union failed to honor their right not to pay dues or fees under Michigan's right-to-work law. The union claimed the teachers failed to give notice in August as required by union bylaws and because of forms they signed when they were hired as teachers. The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation represented Arthur and...
  • College Athletes may Regret Unionization

    03/29/2014 11:02:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    American Thinker ^ | 03/29/2014 | By Michael Bargo Jr.
    Going forward, every NATO member state must step up and carry its share of the burden. — President Barack Obama, March 26, 2014 On Wednesday, addressing an assembly of young Europeans, President Obama issued a challenge. Faced with a resurgent Russia, he said, and in view of the shaky global economy, Europeans must spend more on defense. His sentiment is well founded. Let’s be clear: EU defense spending is woefully inadequate. Excluding Britain, France, Germany, and perhaps Italy, the EU states are fundamentally incapable of full-spectrum operations. And the military of America’s greatest ally, the British, is being forced...
  • Teacher Speaks Out on Union Bullying

    03/28/2014 11:17:04 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/24/2014 | Ted O'Neil
    A Coopersville kindergarten teacher who resigned from the Michigan Education Association under the state's worker freedom law says she is glad her ordeal is over, but is concerned for her colleagues, according to a story in The Grand Rapids Press. "I am very thankful that the MEA has finally recognized my right to opt out, but my settlement doesn't bring justice to the thousands of other teachers in my position in West Michigan and across the state of Michigan," Miriam Chanski, who along with Petoskey teacher Ray Arthur is now free from the MEA, told The Press. "This is not...
  • What a Union Looks Like in a RTW State

    03/27/2014 1:34:04 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/23/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    As auto manufacturing has shifted to the South, the UAW has made a push to begin unionizing workers in right-to-work states. The words and actions of union officials are interesting compared to states where workers are still forced to pay money to the union. On the website for a UAW chapter in Alabama, which is trying to organize workers at a Mercedes-Benz plant, the union writes the following in its FAQ section: Q: Do I have to join the union? A: First of all remember Alabama is a Right to Work state; therefore, it is totally voluntary whether or not...
  • St. Paul School Records Show Light Punishment for Serious Violations

    03/25/2014 8:37:56 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 1 replies
    KSTP ^ | 3-25-14 | Jay Kolls
    After a check of the last two years of disciplinary records at St. Paul Schools KSTP found dozens of records that show employees got off with relatively light punishments for serious violations. One employee, who worked on a bus route, missed 18 days of unexcused work, and only received a written reprimand. A teacher at a high school sent out dozens of Tweets with sexual references that students had access to and only received a one-day, unpaid suspension. Another employee showed up to school "under the influence of alcohol" and received a one-day, unpaid suspension. And yet another teacher called...
  • Union Intimidation List Back Up

    03/24/2014 10:19:04 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    CapCon ^ | 3/22/2014 | Tom Gantert
    A list of workers that was posted at Hurley Medical Center and named people who opted out of their union has been reposted at the hospital less than three weeks after it had been taken down. And it has a fifth name on it now. The list, which was posted by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1603 on a bulletin board in a public location near the cafeteria, was up for a day or two in February before being taken down after one of the workers whose name was on it complained. The workers whose...
  • Union rep join federal government safety inspectors on site visits to non-union businesses

    03/22/2014 1:08:22 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 13 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/21/2014 | Patrick Howley
    SEIU and other labor unions can accompany the government inspectors on site visits due to a quiet and contested Obama administration rule clarification issued last year in response to a request from a union representative. Maurice Baskin, an attorney representing the Associated Builders and Contractors and the National Association of Manufacturers, said in testimony before the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections that OSHA’s clarification letter violates the OSH Act and the National Labor Relations Act. Section 9 of the National Labor Relations Act holds that an “authorized representative” must be an agent from a union that a majority of the...
  • SEIU Fined Almost $200,000 Over Actions Tied To 2012 Ballot Proposal Campaign

    03/21/2014 11:27:35 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/18/2014 | Jack Spencer
    The Service Employees International Union, the labor group behind the home health care dues skim, has been fined $199,000 for concealing that it bankrolled Proposal 4 in 2012, which would have locked a forced unionization scheme into the state constitution. The fine for campaign finance violations is the second-largest ever levied in Michigan, according to a press release from the secretary of state's office. Between 2006 and when the dues skim finally ended in early 2013, the SEIU took more than $34 million from home-based caregivers, most of whom were taking care of family and friends. Secretary of State Ruth...
  • SEIU Hit With Second-Biggest Campaign Finance Fine in Michigan History

    03/18/2014 5:01:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 3/18/2014 | Bill McMorris
    The Service Employees International Union will have to pay the second-highest fine in Michigan history for its failed 2012 campaign to preserve forced union dues among home care workers. Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson said that the politically powerful union agreed to pay the state nearly $200,000 for failing to properly disclose donors and file timely campaign reports. The union funneled more than $9 million into two 501(c)(4) non-profit groups, Home Care First Inc. and Citizens for Affordable Quality Home Care, which served as the public face of a ballot initiative. “These organizations cannot be used as a means...
  • Unions Says 8,000 Haven't Paid Dues; Some Teachers Say Union Intentionally Misled Members

    03/18/2014 5:37:34 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 18 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/15/2014 | Jack Spencer
    Less than six months after the Michigan Education Association boasted of how it retained 99 percent of its membership after the state's right-to-work law went into effect, a union executive testified under oath that about 8,000 members have not filled out paperwork to have dues automatically taken from their paycheck. Eight thousand people not paying dues is a far greater number than the 1,500 the union claimed were not paying because they exercised their rights and opted out of the union. In testimony before the Michigan Employment Relations Commission, MEA Executive Director Gretchen Dziadosz said some teachers had not been...
  • Teachers Victorious In Their Quest To Get Out of Union

    03/14/2014 1:21:40 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/12/2014 | Manny Lopez
    Two Michigan teachers who filed unfair labor practice complaints against the Michigan Education Association have won their freedom from the union. The MEA is no longer contesting complaints from Coopersville kindergarten teacher Miriam Chanski and hall of fame wrestling coach William "Ray" Arthur, said Patrick Wright, director of the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation, which represents the teachers. Last year, Chanski and Arthur, as well as a group of other teachers from across the state, asked the Mackinac Center to help them get out of their union. The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation filed complaints on their behalf with the Michigan Employment...
  • 'Super Seniority' For Union Officials In Contracts

    03/14/2014 10:39:08 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/12/2014 | Tom Gantert
    The president of the teachers union in the Woodhaven-Brownstown School District can't be laid off, according to the union contract, but a 2011 state law prohibits that kind of protection. The "Super Seniority" clause in the contract states: "The Association president and the Union chief negotiator shall not be subject to layoff." Inserting, or keeping that kind of clause in the union contract, is part of a larger problem happening across the state where school districts and unions have negotiated provisions that are prohibited from bargaining. The Mackinac Center for Public Policy surveyed 130 school district collective bargaining agreements that...
  • Union Touts Liability Insurance As Perk; Costs $4.35 A Year Per Member

    03/14/2014 6:14:33 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/12/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Under pressure because of the state's right-to-work law, the Michigan Education Association is working to better inform its members of some of the things they get for the money they pay in dues. MEA members pay about $635 a year for the state portion of their dues and an additional amount for local and national dues, which amounts to an average of about $900 to $1,000 a year for most members. The MEA recently highlighted one benefit, the $1 million in liability insurance it provides its teachers. The union pays $4.35 a year per member to offer that benefit. The...
  • Union Website Warns About Bullying, But Members Who Opted Out Report Being Bullied

    03/13/2014 10:43:18 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/12/2014 | Tom Gantert
    At first blush, one could assume the Michigan Education Association would be against humiliating and intimidating school employees, especially the ones it represented for years. The MEA says all the right things. In the Sept. 2013 edition of its magazine, "Voice," it warned about a survey that showed how cyberbullies were targeting school employees with the "obvious psychological harm" it causes. And earlier this year, MEA Spokesman Doug Pratt told a Senate committee that the MEA doesn't divulge information on the standing of union members "due to privacy considerations." Yet, the MEA has remained silent as one of its own...
  • Lawsuit Filed Against Union Over Dues Policies, 'Fair Representation'

    03/12/2014 9:18:39 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/10/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Susan Bank has spent 39 years working in education and paid thousands of dollars to the Michigan Education Association over the years. But when the middle school special education teacher expressed an interest in getting out of the union and was told a collection agency would come after her if she didn’t pay her dues, she said she’d had enough. The Novi teacher now is suing to get out of the union. The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation today filed a lawsuit in Oakland County Circuit Court on her behalf. Bank is suing the MEA because the union has a "duty...
  • Union Aggressive With Dues Collection Information; Silent On How To Opt Out

    03/11/2014 5:46:26 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/2/2014 | Jack Spencer
    LANSING — The Michigan Education Association sent out multiple emails informing its members on how to pay dues, but the union didn't see fit to use its resources to inform members of their right to leave the union. According to MEA officials, its members can only leave the union if they say they are doing so in writing during the month of August. "Does MEA have the capacity of telling people about deadlines before deadlines pass?" Mackinac Center Legal Foundation Director Patrick Wright asked Michigan Education Association Executive Director Gretchen Dziadosz at a hearing Wednesday before Administrative Law Judge Julia...
  • Bill Clinton cashes in on struggling nonprofit hospital

    03/07/2014 6:52:19 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 6, 2014 | Jim McElhatton
    Bill Clinton accepted a $225,000 speaking fee from the nonprofit Washington Hospital Center smack in the middle of two big rounds of layoffs in 2012 — one of a number of tax-exempt organizations that have paid big money to hear the former president talk. The $225,000 payment wasn’t made public by the hospital on its annual Internal Revenue Service forms, but rather appeared among dozens of lucrative speeches by Mr. Clinton reported on his wife’s final ethics filing as secretary of state. “No disrespect to Bill Clinton, but that money could’ve gone a long way and been put to better...
  • VW Vote Shows 'Card Check' Still a Fraud

    03/04/2014 12:43:49 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/1/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    The recent defeat of a unionization effort by the UAW at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee was not only a major setback for the union, but also for those pushing "card check" legislation. Card check legislation, officially known as the "Employee Free Choice Act," was introduced in Congress in 2009 and would "authorize the National Labor Relations Board to certify a union . . . when a majority of employees voluntarily sign authorizations designating that union to represent them." In other words, employees would "vote" by signing a card in the presence of a union representative, rather than voting in...
  • Public Service Union Posts Names of Employees Who Opted Out of Union

    03/03/2014 7:52:02 AM PST · by servo1969 · 21 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 3-3-2014 | Jim Hoft
    AFSCME union officials posted the names of employees who opted out of the union at a Michigan hospital. EAG News reported: A top labor official told MLive recently that the public posting of names of union members who opted out of the union serves as a membership renewal reminder to other union members. Lawrence Roehrig, international vice president of AFSCME and secretary treasurer of Michigan AFSCME Council 25, made his comments in an MLive story that appeared after Michigan Capitol Confidential broke the news that AFSCME Hurley Medical Center Employees Local 1603 posted the names of workers who exercised their...
  • Hospital Union Resorts to Intimidation Tactics Against Workers Who Opt Out

    03/03/2014 6:38:45 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/27/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    Kollin VanDenHeuvel is a college student in a 90-day temporary position that offers no benefits at Flint's Hurley Medical Center. So he said he saw little advantage to joining the union. In response, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1603 union posted his name on a list at the hospital to serve "notice" that he exercised his rights under state law and opted out of the union. VanDenHeuvel and three other workers names were posted on a bulletin board in a public area near the hospital cafeteria. Michigan's right-to-work law no longer requires workers to pay...
  • Huron Valley (MI) Ambulance paramedics and EMTs overwhelmingly shoot down attempt to unionize

    02/26/2014 3:02:09 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 4 replies ^ | February 25, 2014 | Jeremy Allen
    Paramedics and emergency medical technicians made it clear that they do not want to form a union at Huron Valley Ambulance. According to information obtained from the National Labor Relations Board in a Freedom of Information Act request, votes tallied by the NLRB showed that 221 EMS workers voted against forming a union while just 138 voted in favor of the petition to unionize. There were about 430 eligible voters, but only 359 votes counted and 10 others were listed as “changed ballots” and not counted in the total vote. In January, workers from HVA Workers – with the help...
  • Teens defend ‘fail factory’ high school in error-filled letters

    02/23/2014 5:18:26 AM PST · by Libloather · 83 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/23/14 | Susan Edelman
    These kids should learn write from wrong. Earlier this month, The Post exposed a scheme at Manhattan’s Murry Bergtraum HS for Business Careers in which failing students could get full credit without attending class, but instead watch video lessons and take tests online. One social-studies teacher had a roster of 475 students in all grades and subjects. Red-faced administrators encouraged a student letter-writing campaign to attack The Post and defend its “blended learning” program. Eighteen kids e-mailed to argue that their alma mater got a bad rap. Almost every letter was filled with spelling, grammar and punctuation errors.
  • Detroit automakers worry about UAW money struggles

    02/22/2014 5:08:58 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 25 replies
    WSBTV ^ | 2-22-14 | TOM KRISHER
    DETROIT — The United Auto Workers' membership and dues are down sharply from just six years ago. In another sign of weakness, the union suffered a stunning defeat this month when it tried to organize a Tennessee factory run by labor-friendly Volkswagen. The rejection, by a close vote, was a major setback in the union's effort to expand in the South, where non-union, foreign companies such as VW, Nissan and Hyundai are rapidly growing. But instead of relief, Detroit's three automakers — Ford, Chrysler and General Motors — are increasingly anxious about the 78-year old union's future. For them, it's...
  • My time at the ‘School of No’ (union allowed abuse, million$ still missing?)

    02/22/2014 2:31:47 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/22/14 | Patricia Walsh
    **SNIP** As a teacher who worked there for many years, I can tell you that it wasn’t because the city wasn’t warned. The children of PS 106 were failed by administrators, government lawmakers and union officials — a host of top people who couldn’t be bothered to care. **SNIP** To show just how clueless and uncaring the administration was — in December 2013, PS 106 received a glowing report. At the time, there was no mandated gym, no special-education teacher (I had left and wasn’t replaced), no books, no art and no extended-day services! PS 106 received millions in extra...
  • Goodbye Shirley Temple “The Littlest Rebel”

    02/22/2014 11:52:37 AM PST · by BigReb555 · 18 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | February 22, 2014 | Calvin Johnson
    Shirley Temple was an actor, a diplomat, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and wife for fifty-five years to the late Charles Alden Black.
  • UAW Challenges Tennessee VW Election

    02/21/2014 1:23:56 PM PST · by MacNaughton · 45 replies
    Thomson/Reuters ^ | 2/21/2014
    The United Auto Workers said on Friday it filed an appeal with the government over "interference by politicians and outside special interest groups" in an election last week in Tennessee where Volkswagen workers rejected the union. The union said in a statement that its appeal to the U.S. National Labor Relations Board details "a coordinated and widely publicized coercive campaign conducted by politicians and outside organizations to deprive Volkswagen workers of their federally protected right to join a union."
  • Union Members Indicted for Burning Down Quaker Church

    02/20/2014 11:01:13 AM PST · by aimhigh · 48 replies ^ | 02/19/2014 | Bill McMorris
    The federal government on Tuesday indicted multiple union members for burning down a Quaker church in 2012. Ten members of a Philadelphia ironworkers union face charges of arson and racketeering in connection with a fire against the church, which was employing non-union workers. . . . . . The group of self-described THUGS—an acronym for “Those Helpful Union Guys”—allegedly burned down the meetinghouse as part of a wider campaign of violence against non-union work sites across the city.
  • Heroin found in faculty restroom at Fallsburg elementary school

    02/19/2014 7:54:25 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 11 replies
    recordonline ^ | 02/18/2014 | Leonard Sparks
    7 elementary school staff hire lawyers Fallsburg police investigating the reported discovery of heroin and drug paraphernalia in a faculty bathroom at Benjamin Cosor Elementary School say the refusal by a group of teachers to cooperate is hampering their probe. No one has been charged, but six teachers and an aide were identified as having used the men's room before a school staff member reportedly found a heroin baggie on Feb. 11. Just before the winter break in December, heroin and needles were reportedly found in the same bathroom. Each of the seven faculty members initially agreed to give urine...
  • Health Care Workers Having Trouble Finding Union That Plays Fair

    02/19/2014 5:38:33 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/16/2014 | Jack Spencer
    The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation has gone to the National Labor Relations Board alleging unfair labor practices on behalf of employees at Mercy Health Partners Hackley Campus in Muskegon and the Luther Manor skilled nursing facility in Saginaw. Two years ago, following a long battle, the health care workers at the Muskegon and Saginaw facilities got out of the Service Employees International Union. Employees said union officials had been unresponsive to their requests, had a track record of nepotism and generally were operating in a questionable manner. The specific SEIU affiliate involved was SEIU Healthcare Michigan, the...
  • Feds raid Ironworkers Union headquarters; 10 arrested

    02/18/2014 3:10:31 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 28 replies
    PHILADELPHIA - February 18, 2014 (WPVI) -- Federal authorities have arrested ten members of the Ironworkers Union for what is being called violent intimidation. The United States Attorney in Philadelphia released a sweeping indictment Tuesday of Ironworkers Local Union 401, which is based in Northeast Philadelphia. Ten members, including the union's top leadership, have been arrested. Only Action News was there Tuesday morning as FBI agents raided the union headquarters, carting off boxes of documents linked to the investigation.
  • VW Workers Escape from Detroit: Rejects UAW bid to subsume them into their union

    02/18/2014 6:54:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/18/2014 | The Editors
    Workers at Volkswagen’s sedan factory in Chattanooga, Tenn., soundly rejected a bid by the United Automobile Workers (UAW) to subsume them. In this the workers were considerably wiser than VW management, which took an officially neutral stance on the unionization effort but is in general kindly disposed to efforts to transplant the “workers’ council” model, with which it has enjoyed success at home, from Germany to its American operations. German automakers maintain a largely cooperative relationship with IG Metall, the main autoworkers’ union. But the UAW is a very different sort of beast, a fact not lost on the Chattanooga...
  • Teachers Union Opposes $40 Mil Grant’s New Evaluation System

    02/18/2014 5:04:42 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 8 replies
    KDKA ^ | February 17, 2014
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A group of community leaders expressed their support today, for a teacher evaluation system within the Pittsburgh Schools. The evaluation system is being funded by a $40 million grant by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. But the money is in jeopardy because of opposition by the teachers union. Gathering in the cold, community leaders and parents called on the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers to adopt high standards of evaluation — saying lower standards hurt teachers, parents. “And most especially, lowering the bar isn’t good for our children who deserve the highest quality education we can provide...
  • Why the Tennessee Volkswagen Workers Voted Against the UAW

    02/16/2014 7:01:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 02/15/2013 | Ron Radosh
    “The United Auto Workers union suffered a crushing defeat Friday, falling short in an election in which it seemed to have a clear path to organizing workers at Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.,” the [1] Wall Street Journal [1] reported Saturday. “The setback is a bitter defeat because the union had the cooperation of Volkswagen management and the aid of Germany’s powerful IG Metall union, yet it failed to win a majority among the plants 1,550 hourly workers.”One cannot emphasize the magnitude of this loss. What it clearly spells out is the irrelevance of the old industrial unions in today’s...
  • Union official blames Remington Arms expansion in Alabama on NY Safe Act

    02/15/2014 10:15:48 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 184 replies
    Post Standard Syracuse NY ^ | 2/15/14 | Rick Moriarty
    Ilion, N.Y. — A union official said Saturday the Remington Arms Co.'s decision to open a manufacturing plant in Alabama does not bode well for Ilion, and he's blaming New York's Safe Act restrictions on assault weapons. "It can't be good," said Fran Madore, president of United Mine Workers Local 717, which represents 1,180 of the 1,300 Remington employees in Ilion. "How can it be good?" Madore said plant officials told him they wanted to meet with him on Monday. They did not say what they wanted to talk about, but Madore said he assumes it will be about the...
  • Ithaca School Union President Arrested for Grand Larceny

    02/12/2014 3:36:46 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 8 replies
    Ithaca, N.Y. — The former President of the Ithaca Education Support Professionals Union has been arrested for allegedly stealing money from members. Laureen F. Hamilton, 52, admitted to Ithaca police she took around $7,000 without authorization from the union coffers in 2013. According to the City of Ithaca Police Department, Hamilton, a resident of Cayuta, NY, was charged with third-degree grand larceny. In a statement, police said they were first alerted to the matter on January 17. Investigators later interviewed Hamilton, who admitted she took the money while president of the union. When the crime happened, Hamilton was President of...
  • St. Paul teachers union sets Feb. 24 strike vote

    02/11/2014 5:20:02 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 2-10-14 | Mila Koumpilova
    St. Paul public school teachers will decide this month whether to go on strike for the first time in more than six decades. After almost nine months of negotiations that have yet to yield a contract, union leadership Monday called for a strike authorization vote. The St. Paul Public Schools district has balked at St. Paul Federation of Teachers proposals to cap class sizes and set staffing levels for counselors and other support professionals in a two-year contract. The two sides have also not agreed on a compensation package. The union's 3,200 members will weigh in on a possible walkout...
  • Exclusive: Labor Secy Hilda Solis Failed to Report Trips on Union's Pvt Jet-'09 Confmtn Hrgs

    02/10/2014 9:30:09 PM PST · by joinedafterattack · 38 replies
    Hews Media via Los Cerritos News ^ | February 10, 2014 | By Randy Economy and Brian Hews
    <p>Hews Media Group-Community News has obtained a lawsuit filed in the California Central US District Court claiming that former US Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, a current candidate for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, was provided thousands of dollars worth of free private jet travel without declaring the trips on the federal government required forms, paid for by the powerful International Union of Operating Engineers based in Pasadena during the same period she was undergoing confirmation hearings to become part of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet.....</p>
  • Tenn. lawmakers: VW incentives threatened by UAW

    02/10/2014 1:22:43 PM PST · by don-o · 88 replies
    AP via Kingsport TN Times News ^ | February 10, 2014 | ERIK SCHELZIG
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Tennessee are threatening that the state could turn off the spigot of incentives for Volkswagen if workers at the German automaker's plant decide this week to approve union representation.
  • [Boeing] 787 assembly problems in Charleston drag on Everett

    02/04/2014 5:25:25 PM PST · by steve86 · 25 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 2/4/2014 | Dominic gates
    Boeing is struggling to complete 787 fuselage sections in South Carolina since a production rate increase, and sections are arriving in Everett more unfinished and problematic than before. Since late last year, Boeing 787 Dreamliner fuselage sections from North Charleston, S.C., have arrived at the Everett final assembly line seriously incomplete with wiring and hydraulics lines missing, according to multiple sources in the factory. The poorly done work out of Charleston threatens to undermine the company’s plans to deliver 10 Dreamliners a month and fulfill the much-delayed jet program’s original promise. “It’s snowballing. The planes are getting worse out of...
  • Jimmy Kimmel & Lie Witness News - State of the Union Edition (before it happened)

    01/31/2014 4:56:21 PM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1/29/14
    Lie Witness News - State of the Union Edition
  • Firefighters Refuse to Help Man, He Dies

    01/30/2014 10:40:58 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 63 replies
    Newser ^ | 01/30/2014 | Evann Gastaldo
    77-year-old collapsed across street from DC firehouse (Newser) – Marie Mills' father collapsed Saturday afternoon in a shopping center parking lot across the street from a Washington, DC, firehouse—but firefighters didn't rush to his aid, despite repeated pleas for help, and Medric "Cecil" Mills, 77, died of a heart attack. Marie Mills tells WTTG that bystanders were "screaming and hollering" at a firefighter across the street, and three people even ran over to Engine 26, but they were told rescuers could not respond until 911 was called, the Washington Post reports. Sources say that when 911 was called, an...
  • Northwestern University football players want to join union

    01/30/2014 3:34:47 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    WPTV.COM ^ | 1/28/14 | Chris Isidore
    Football players at Northwestern University are seeking to join a labor union, according to the National College Players Association, which wants to be the first union to represent college athletes. Ramogi Huma, president of the National College Players Association (NCPA), told CNN Tuesday that he has filed a petition with the regional office of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). With the backing of the United Steelworkers union, Huma says he has gotten signatures of support from an undisclosed number of Northwestern football players.
  • Allen West | His View of the State of the Union

    01/28/2014 9:15:22 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1/28/14 | ewsmaxTV
    Former Congressman Lt. Col. Allen West talks about his view of the State of the Union.