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  • 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...
  • ILLINOIS WILL SOON OVERTAKE NEW JERSEY AS THE STATE WITH THE HIGHEST PROPERTY TAXES

    04/16/2016 3:20:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    Illinois Policy Institute ^ | April 14, 2016 | Austin Berg
    Illinois' 859 local school districts consume nearly two-thirds of the $27 billion in local property taxes collected across the state each year. Illinois has nearly 7,000 units of local government. That’s the highest count of any state in the nation, and the runner-up is not even close. One of those units of government is the Naperville Township Road District, where seven employees maintain less than 20 miles of road at a cost of $116,000 per mile. City officials have said they could maintain the same distance at half the cost, and have moved to take over the road district’s duties...
  • The Next Phase: All Of These Peaceful Protests Are Soon Going To End

    04/15/2016 10:49:04 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 71 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 15, 2016 | Lee Stranahan
    BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – A frustrated protester told reporters at a union-sponsored Black Lives Matter event that he thinks “It is time for people to really rise up against this injustice that’s been going on for too long” and that “All of these peaceful protests are soon going to end. We are not going to continue these peaceful protests while you murder our children.”
  • Shotgun, nearly 200 rounds of ammunition recovered at Holland Tunnel: police

    04/10/2016 1:48:10 PM PDT · by arl295 · 96 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | 4/10/2016 | Caitlin Mota
    JERSEY CITY -- A traffic stop near the Holland Tunnel yesterday evening lead to the recovery of a shotgun and nearly 200 rounds of ammunition, a police spokesman said. At about 6:30 p.m., a police officer saw a blue plastic drum in the back up a pickup truck that had just passed through the Holland Tunnel toll plaza. The officer stopped the vehicle driven by a Pennsylvanian man to make sure there were no hazardous materials in the drum, Port Authority spokesman Joe Pentangelo said. Police asked the driver Marlon Murphy, 45, of Easton, if there were any weapons in...
  • Unions champion higher minimum wages but support loopholes that exempt their own union workers

    04/10/2016 7:28:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    AEIdeas ^ | April 10, 2016 | Mark J. Perry
    union hypocrisy and betrayal of its membership ... a series of loopholes that cut union workers out of the very pay increases their leaders have championed. ... written into the fine print of wage ordinances in a dozen California cities at labor leaders’ urging. San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland and Santa Monica have all adopted union waivers in their most recent minimum wage laws. L.A. city officials are expected to indicate whether they will include such an exemption in their own $15 minimum wage at a hearing next week. ... Thanks to the “union waivers” agreed to by union leaders,...
  • Hung Supreme Court Delays Freedom for Public Employees

    04/07/2016 5:18:45 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/4/2016 | Vincent Vernuccio
    On March 29, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a one-line ruling on a case that would have brought right-to-work protections for public employees across the country. The court said that a lower court decision would stand, meaning government unions in non-right-to-work states can still get public employees fired for not paying them. However, because the decision was the result of a 4-4 tie rather than a majority ruling, it does not affect the entire country — only the Ninth Circuit, where the case was decided earlier. The case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, was brought by the Center for Individual...
  • Q&A: Chicago teachers to strike over contract, budget

    03/31/2016 2:42:07 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 12 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 3/31/2016 | SARA BURNETT
    CHICAGO — Thousands of Chicago teachers plan to walk off the job for one day on Friday, shutting down schools in the nation's third-largest district in what could be an early glimpse of a more prolonged strike still to come. Some 27,000 Chicago Teachers Union members have been working without a contract since June. They've overwhelmingly authorized an open-ended strike like the one that closed schools for more than a week in 2012, though that would still be weeks away. The union and its allies say Friday's action is an attempt to draw attention to their fight for a new...
  • Federal employee union announces endorsement of … Donald Trump

    03/31/2016 7:33:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/31/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    The usual question surrounding presidential campaign endorsements from labor unions this year is whether they will go the “safe” route and stick with Hillary Clinton or buck the trends and take their chances with Bernie Sanders. One union, however, made a different choice this week, endorsing Manhattan business mogul Donald Trump. (Keeping in mind that this decision was made before the tumultuous events of the past 48 hours.) But it likely won’t come as much of a surprise to learn which specific union it was. (Government Executive) A federal employee union representing more than 16,000 workers on Wednesday became...
  • Teachers Union Spends Little of Its Funds on Bargaining

    03/23/2016 10:55:55 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/22/2016 | Tom Gantert
    In 2015, the state’s largest teachers union spent less on its core mission of negotiating contracts for members than at any time since the U.S. Department of Labor began requiring unions to report that aspect of their spending in 2005. The Michigan Education Association reported costs of $12.6 million for “representational activities” last year, a 12 percent drop from the $14.3 million it spent in 2014. Over the past 10 years, the most the MEA has spent on negotiating and maintaining union contracts was $18.5 million, which happened in 2010. The teachers union’s report comes at a time when Michigan’s...
  • Teachers unions back bill allowing adult males to shower with young girls in Massachusetts

    03/15/2016 10:33:39 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 79 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/14/16 | Ben Johnson
    BOSTON, March 14, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - A bill that would allow adult biological males to shower or change alongside young girls has earned the endorsement of two prominent teachers unions in Massachusetts. State legislators are considering a bill that would specifically open all public restrooms, shower facilities, and locker rooms to transgender people. "An Act Relative to Gender Identity and Non-Discrimination" (H.B. 1577) would add "gender identity" to the state's protected classes able to access all public facilities, such as private changing areas. Lawmakers specifically exempted "lawfully sex-segregated facilities" when it passed a 2011 ordinance granting transgender people protected legal...
  • Big labor is more worried about defections to Trump than supporting Hillary

    03/10/2016 1:38:19 PM PST · by xzins · 41 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 10, 2016 | Jazz Shaw
    The support of big labor is never very much in question when election time rolls around. Labor unions remain the quintessential Super PACs of the Democrats, just as they have for generations. This season has had a few bumps and blemishes along the way as the various unions debated whether they would support Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, but when the dust finally settles there is nobody with any experience in this area who is worried they’ll suddenly be supporting Ted Cruz. Still, the job of union honcho Richard Trumka has become increasingly complicated by the presence of Donald Trump...
  • Friedrichs Case Petitioners: For Want of a Justice

    03/09/2016 5:17:52 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/3/2016 | Jason Hart
    Karen Cuen has more than a casual interest in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, which was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in January. She is one of the parties to a case whose future course became unclear following the Feb. 13 death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Cuen is a music, band, and choir teacher who has taught elementary school students in Chino Valley, California, for over 20 years. She does not feel that the teachers union represents her best interests, and she is not a member. But since California is not a right-to-work state, she is required to pay...
  • Pennsylvania governor raising minimum wage for state workers

    03/07/2016 11:54:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 7, 2016 7:05 PM EST | Marc Levy
    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf raised the minimum wage by nearly $3 an hour, to $10.15, for state government employees and workers on jobs contracted by the state in an executive order he signed Monday. The Democrat’s move establishing the new wage minimum comes a year into his term, as a crippling budget gridlock with Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled Legislature has frozen the Capitol building. Wolf’s action will affect a few hundred state employees, mostly part-time clerical and janitorial workers who make somewhere between $8.77 to $10.06 an hour, according to union officials. It also will affect a narrow set of state contracts...
  • 11 things you need to know about Chicago teacher pensions

    03/05/2016 7:23:14 PM PST · by george76 · 29 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | March 1, 2016 | Ted Dabrowski
    Pension holidays, steep increases in teachers' salaries, and lopsided ratios of teacher contributions to pension payouts have caused the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund’s unfunded liabilities to shoot up to $9 billion in 2015. The Chicago Teachers Union, or CTU, has threatened to strike as early as April 1 over the issue of teacher pension “pickups,” according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Negotiations over a new contract to replace the 2012 contract that expired in June 2015 stalled after CTU rejected the most recent offer from Chicago Public Schools, or CPS, in February. In exchange for pay increases and a moratorium on...
  • New Bills Would Put Teeth Into Ignored Teacher Strike Law

    02/16/2016 11:58:13 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/13/2016 | Jack Spencer
    Recent sickouts that have kept at least 34,000 students in Detroit Public Schools from attending classes may mean that future sickouts could cost school districts some of their state aid. That's because a three-bill package to put more enforcement powers behind Michigan’s nearly 70-year-old law against teacher strikes has started moving in the Legislature. But as they sit in the Michigan Senate, they may have to wait until efforts to rescue the Detroit school system are played out. Senate Bills 713, 714 and 715, were introduced in reaction to organized teacher sickout strikes that have recently been shutting down schools...
  • Scalia's Death Saves Unions From Momentous Ruling Ending Political Power

    02/14/2016 9:57:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 57 replies
    newsmax ^ | 2/14/16 | John Gizzi
    As the nation and official Washington prepared to mourn the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, watchers of the high court began to assess the immediate impact of his death on several pending cases whose decisions might have had momentous political implications. Among these is Friedrichs v. California Teacher’s Association, set to have been a landmark case regarding the mandatory collection of union dues and their use for political purposes. The ruling could have meant the death knell of collective bargaining and the political might of America’s unions. newzf After oral arguments in the case in January, The Washington Post...
  • Federal judge overturns local right-to-work laws in Kentucky

    02/04/2016 9:18:35 AM PST · by aimhigh · 25 replies
    WLKY.com ^ | 02/04/2016 | WLKY
    In a ruling Wednesday, U.S. District Judge David Hale said only state governments have the authority to opt out of a federal law that allows closed shop or agency shop agreements, which require employees to join a labor union or pay union dues regardless if they are a union member.
  • Sanders adviser was convicted of union embezzling

    02/03/2016 11:13:57 AM PST · by aimhigh · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/01/2016 | Brian Mahoney
    A consultant for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign was convicted of embezzling money from a labor union three years ago, after he was caught stealing funds from the United Steelworkers, according to court records. Chuck Rocha, whose firm Solidarity Strategies has brought in $204,000 from the Sanders campaign, was hired to extend the Vermont senator's reach into the Latino community. Court and Labor Department records claim that he used the union's money to buy Stanley Cup Finals tickets and pay for golf trips to Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Florida.
  • Unions Lean Democratic, but Donald Trump Gets Members’ Attention

    01/29/2016 12:54:28 PM PST · by Theoria · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 29 Jan 2016 | Noam Scheiber
    Of all the voters who might be expected to resist the charms of Donald J. Trump, the two million members of the Service Employees International Union would most likely be near the top of the list. The union, which endorsed Hillary Clinton in November, is widely regarded as one of the more progressive in the labor movement. It skews female and racially diverse -- roughly the opposite of a Trump rally, in other words. But the union's president, Mary Kay Henry, acknowledged that Mr. Trump holds appeal even for some of her members. "There is deep economic anxiety among our...
  • Bureaucrat Bosses Pay Bad Workers To Stay Home [$1B annually] - EPA "shines" in this area

    01/20/2016 11:03:39 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | January 21, 2016 | Luke Rosiak
    Federal managers are using illegal secret settlements that pay disruptive, incompetent or dangerous employees not to work for months on end before quitting on an agreed-upon date as an alternative to endless termination paperwork, legal appeals and costly battles with civil service unions. Government employees accused of wrongdoing often spend months on paid leave, while publicly agencies cryptically speak of lengthy "investigations," even when establishing misconduct can be as simple as talking to a few people or reviewing some documents. Eventually, the agencies will say, just as vaguely, that the person is "no longer employed." Evidence obtained by The Daily...
  • Detroit District Teachers Stage Sickout; Charter Teachers Go to Work

    01/20/2016 7:40:11 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/14/2016 | Tom Gantert
    While more than 6,000 children in Detroit Public Schools have recently been shut out of their classrooms because teachers are staging sickout strikes, charter school students can still attend their classes. “It’s a shame that children in Detroit are being used as political pawns by the adults,” said Dan Quisenberry, president of the Michigan Association of Public School Academies, the state's association of public charter schools. “Thousands of students are being kept out of class because of these selfish actions, and parents should be furious. This isn’t happening at charter schools, and it’s no surprise that charter schools are as...
  • Union Officials Spin Lawsuit Doom and Disinformation, Members Don’t Buy It

    01/19/2016 10:31:18 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/14/2016 | Jason Hart
    Union officials haven’t found a very receptive audience for their warnings of a doomsday scenario in a legal case about making teachers pay dues in order to keep their jobs. The case is called Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association and it is pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, which has scheduled oral arguments next week. According to America Works Together — a coalition formed in September by the nation’s largest public sector unions — the case is an “attack from wealthy special interests,” intended to “make it even harder for people to come together, speak up, and get ahead.” But...
  • Airport workers plan disruptions in nine U.S. cities on MLK Day

    01/18/2016 1:10:52 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | January 17, 2016 | Luz Lazo, Washington Post
    Workers from nine U.S. airports are planning to block bridges, march through terminals and protest at airline headquarters during a day of civil disobedience on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The workers - a mix of cleaners, baggage handlers, fuelers and wheelchair attendants - will risk arrest at airports and other locations including the Mall, to bring attention to their campaign for better wages, the Service Employees International Union said. The actions are the latest in the airport workers' campaign for a $15-per-hour minimum wage, a benefits package and job protections. They're also protesting threats against their efforts to unionize....
  • UAW Local Orders Members to Deny Non-Members Tools, Advice

    01/14/2016 2:35:38 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 54 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 14, 2016 | Bill McMorris
    A Michigan union fired back at workers who dropped off the membership rolls by urging its members to isolate them at work. Jeff Hagler, president at UAW Local 412 in Warren, Mich., sent out a newsletter to about 3,000 autoworkers who belong to the union in December. The letter includes a list of 43 mostly female workers who opted out of membership, as well as advice on how they should be treated in the workplace. "They have elected to quit paying union dues, but are still benefitting by continued representation by the union. Whether we feel this is fair or...
  • The State of Our Union Is Not Strong: Our annual exercise in denial and unpersuasive optimism.

    01/13/2016 9:02:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/13/2016 | Jim Geraghty
    A president's eighth State of the Union address is supposed to be his victory lap, a final year in the spotlight, in which he touts his achievements and then rides off into the sunset. Tonight, President Obama may utter the clichéd words, "The state of our union is strong!" If he does, it's just one more lie upon the pile. Obama will probably boast he brought the country back from the financial brink and try to argue that the American economy is doing well. (Avoiding "the brink" only took $8 trillion in new debt.) He will undoubtedly boast of...
  • White House Hosting First Ever Live “Pre-Show” for State of the Union Address, Hosted by Actor

    01/12/2016 4:39:35 PM PST · by Nachum · 48 replies
    showbiz 411 ^ | 1/12/16 | Roger Friedman
    The E! News sensibility has finally permeated the Oval Office. Tonight on the White House website there will be a first ever Station of the Union address pre-show. It begins at 8pm and is hosted by Terrence Jenkins on the White House website. There may be an audience since it’s coming “straight from the theater at the Executive Office Building.” According to a press release, Jenkins, “an acclaimed author,”… has been a “co-host of BET’s hit show 106 & Park and more recently as the co-anchor of E! NEWS with Giuliana Rancic. Up next, Jenkins will STAR opposite Paula Patton...
  • Union Posts Names of Non-Members, Urges Shunning

    01/11/2016 12:38:51 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 32 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/9/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Local 412 of the United Auto Workers has placed a spotlight on employees who have chosen to exercise their right to not support the union financially under Michigan’s right-to-work law. In a recent newsletter, the local urges co-workers not to share “tools, knowledge or support” with individuals who chose not to pay union dues. It then lists the names of the employees to be shunned. “I hope there is one thing we can all take from this,” the newsletter reads. “Please do not share any tools, knowledge or support for any of these employees who choose not to pay their...
  • California Laws: On January 1st, Students Won’t Have to Pass High School (Exit Exams) to Receive

    12/27/2015 5:52:42 PM PST · by george76 · 54 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 27 Dec 2015 | William Bigelow
    On January 1, California residents will have to accustom themselves to a number of new laws that will be implemented in the state. These are some the laws that will likely have the most profound effect: SB 172: High school seniors will receive their diploma whether or not they pass or even take an exit exam; the law also applies retroactively to students who have graduated since 2004; ... SB 707: Bans concealed firearms from college campuses and K-12 school grounds
  • Will Connecticut's High-Tax, Union-Friendly Policies Turn Out GE's Lights?

    12/23/2015 7:48:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    IBD ^ | 12/23/2015 | BY RED JAHNCKE
    In 2011, Democrat Gov. Dan Malloy claimed to have exacted "painful" concessions from state employees. Here's how the employees' lead negotiator, Dan Livingston, described the deal: * On retirement benefits: "Now we have an 11-year pension and health care agreement ... that no other state worker in the country has." * On job security: "Four years' job security. Nowhere else in the country will you find four years' job security." * On wage increases: "Giving up the raise next year (3%) .. . to get three threes in a row in the three out years. ... Arbitrators around the country...
  • CWA Backs Bernie Sanders - Union Signals Members Will Campaign for Democrat

    12/21/2015 7:20:04 AM PST · by AT7Saluki · 15 replies
    Multichannel ^ | 12/18/15 | John Eggerton
    The Communications Workers of America (CWA) union has endorsed Bernie Sanders for president. The union said the Vermont senator, running to be the Democratic candidate for president against former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley, would be a candidate who would "break with politics-as-usual and fight for America’s working people..." CWA's 700,000 members include broadcast and cable journalists."When CWA endorses a candidate it is just the beginning. Our 700,000 members are fired up, and we are going to work overtime to elect Bernie Sanders as the next President of the United States," said CWA President...
  • TRANSPARENCY TESTED: Jeffco Recall Effort Violated Campaign Finance Laws ( Colorado )

    12/18/2015 8:17:08 PM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    ColoradoPeakPolitics ^ | December 18, 2015
    The backers of the Jeffco recall effort (read: Teachers Union) campaigned on the lie that the Jeffco School Board was lacking in transparency. That is why yesterday's ruling that Jeffco United, the nonprofit engaged in the recall effort, violated campaign finance laws is so, so delicious. The organization made a $90,000 donation to the recall effort without disclosing its donors. According to an administrative law judge, that is verboten. Its punishment is not so simple. The organization must pay $1,000, register as a political committee, and (here is the delightful part) disclose its donors. While nonprofits are not typically required...
  • Chicago Teachers Union votes to authorize strike

    12/14/2015 7:47:56 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 8 replies
    ABC 7 (Chicago) ^ | December 14, 2015 | Sarah Schulte
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Chicago Teachers Union has voted to authorize a strike. CTU says 88 percent of its members voted in favor of the action if necessary. State law requires 75 percent approval to authorize a strike. But a strike cannot take place until 105 days after the fact-finding phase begins. The CTU has called for that phase to begin immediately, but CPS does not want to start fact finding until mid-February. The union has filed an unfair labor practice charge with the Illinois Educational Relations Board, which is scheduled dto meet at the end of January. If it...
  • DNC drops debate sponsor over union fight

    12/11/2015 12:54:40 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 11, 2015 | Mark Hensch
    The Democratic National Committee announced Friday that it is ejecting a sponsor from the next Democratic debate over a labor dispute. ABC News's New Hampshire affiliate, WMUR, is no longer participating in the contest Dec. 19 contest in Goffstown, N.H. "Regrettably, as a result of WMUR's unwillingness to move forward on scheduling negotiations between the Hearst Corporation and Production Department employees represented by IBEW Local 1228 prior to the debate, we will no longer include WMUR as a co-sponsor of the debate, and their talent will not be participating in any way," DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said in...
  • Teacher Union Executives Get Double-Digit Raises While Liabilities Skyrocket

    12/11/2015 7:24:09 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/8/2015 | Tom Gantert
    While the teachers they represent have seen very small pay increases or even pay freezes over the past three years, high level executives at the Michigan Education Association union received large raises. The average increase in the salaries paid to the top four union officials was 18.6 percent over three years. At the same time, the MEA's liabilities increased by nearly $100 million, or 50 percent in one year. Vice President Nancy Strachan received a 25 percent salary increase between 2012 and 2015 ($119,520 to $149,433). Secretary-Treasurer Rick Trainor was also up 25 percent during the period ($121,476 to $151,675)....
  • Union Retirement Costs Skyrocket in 2015

    12/09/2015 1:21:28 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/7/2015 | Tom Gantert
    A retirement system created by the state’s largest teachers union for its own employees has become a huge financial drain on its finances. Skyrocketing pension and retiree health benefits were the largest contributors to a $100 million increase in liabilities on the books of the Michigan Education Association in 2015, up almost 50 percent from the previous year. The MEA’s overall liabilities jumped to $304.1 million in 2015, up from $206.2 million in 2014 and $181.5 million in 2013. The increases were disclosed in annual financial documents the union must file with the U.S. Department of Labor. The MEA’s cost...
  • Union Executives Take Raises While Union Debt Skyrockets

    12/09/2015 6:36:49 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/7/2015 | Tom Gantert
    While the teachers they represent have seen very small pay increases or even pay freezes over the past three years, high level executives at the Michigan Education Association union received large raises. The average increase in the salaries paid to the top four union officials was 18.6 percent over three years. At the same time, the MEA's liabilities increased by nearly $100 million, or 50 percent in one year.
  • Union Executives Take Raises While Union Debt Skyrockets

    12/08/2015 10:58:26 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/8/2015 | Tom Gantert
    While the teachers they represent have seen very small pay increases or even pay freezes over the past three years, high level executives at the Michigan Education Association union received large raises. The average increase in the salaries paid to the top four union officials was 18.6 percent over three years. At the same time, the MEA's liabilities increased by nearly $100 million, or 50 percent in one year.
  • Netanyahu orders: 'Break contact' with European Union

    11/29/2015 11:12:49 AM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    inn ^ | 11/29/15 | Nitzan Kider
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has instructed the Foreign Ministry to reassess its involvement with European Union (EU) institutions regarding the political process with the Palestinians. Until the assessment is completed, Prime Minister Netanyahu ordered the suspension of all political contact with EU institutions and representatives on the issue.
  • 'Union Time on Taxpayers' Dime' Bills Fate Uncertain in GOP House

    11/23/2015 6:56:37 AM PST · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/22/2015 | Jarrett Skorup
    Just before recessing for a two-week Thanksgiving break, the Michigan Senate passed a pair of bills to prohibit two particular schemes that require taxpayers to pay for work done on behalf of teacher and government employee unions. The legislation, Senate bills 279 and 280, has been dubbed by some “the Steve Cook bills.” Senate Bill 279 would outlaw pension spiking of the type that allowed Michigan Education Association President Steve Cook to use a $201,613 union salary to pad his taxpayer-funded pension. Earlier this year, Michigan Capitol Confidential broke the story about how Cook took advantage of a special deal...
  • Surgery for Man Beaten by Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputies[Rodney King 2.0?]

    11/20/2015 10:20:51 AM PST · by Theoria · 48 replies
    KQED ^ | 18 Nov 2015 | Alex Emslie
    A man beaten by two Alameda County sheriff’s deputies in a San Francisco alley was scheduled for surgery Wednesday to repair extensive — and perhaps permanently disabling — injuries to his arms and hands.The operation at San Francisco General would be taking place amid indications that federal law enforcement authorities may join the investigation into the incident.Two deputies, still unidentified, were captured on motion-activated security camera video around 2 a.m. last Thursday chasing Stanislav Petrov down a Mission District side street — the end of a high-speed chase that originated in San Leandro.The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office says the deputies chased...
  • Worker Bullied as UAW Publicizes His Opt-out

    11/17/2015 10:21:23 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 15 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/16/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Another Michigan union has used its newsletter to post the names of employees who have chosen to exercise their right to not have to financially support a union as a condition of employment. Workers say the union is bullying them and creating a hostile work environment. This time, it’s UAW Local 600 that’s publishing the names of employees who chose to opt out of belonging and paying dues to the union. Bob Brezovsky, president of the UAW’s Tool & Die Unit, wrote in the union's online publication: “The employees listed below have chosen not to pay union dues any more...
  • Why Aren't Any Republicans Talking About Getting Government Out of the Marriage Business?

    11/04/2015 8:58:46 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 22 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 04 October 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    Look, you can be as close with any consenting adult as you like. I sure don't care what they're doing behind closed doors, either- why let things you cannot possibly control bother you? But 'marriage' exists for the purpose of creating families and providing a stable environment for the raising of children- and deep down, everybody knows it... Government needs to step-away from the moral side of this topic -which is really none of it's concern- and issue ANY and all couples 'civil partnership' arrangements, as is done in -of all places- France.  People can pick whatever church they like...
  • Fresno County Public Safety Association Appeals For Election Re-run

    10/20/2015 9:16:47 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 1 replies
    kmjnow.com ^ | October 20, 2015 | Unknown
    From correctional, child support and security officers to program techs – about 900 members are trying to leave the Service Employees Union, but voter packets were inadvertently mailed out early two days early. (snip) We want to bring back the old way of representation which would just be for members wages and benefits, and get out of the Obama-care fight, the immigration fight, the Black Lives matter fight, the 15 fight – all these fights that are not associated with public sector employees.” – Eulalio Gomez, Fresno Sheriffs Correction Officer.
  • Limbaugh Caller–Teamster Members Support Trump – (Video Trump Event Broadcast in France)

    10/17/2015 2:25:17 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 7 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | Oct 17 2015 | Sundance
    A recent caller to Rush Limbaugh’s radio show highlights the size and scope of Donald Trump’s supportive base: CALLER: I just wanted to let you know, I wanted to talk about the Trumpster. I think he’s tapped into some of the Democratic voters because I’m a Teamster back here, and I was working with 30 Teamsters last night. We put shows in conventions and load trucks up, and these guys, now, mind you, only three of the 30 of us are Republicans, one’s a Libertarian, and the rest voted for Obama. And these guys love the Trumpster, they love him....
  • CPS continues to fiddle while Springfield burns ( Chicago Public Schools )

    10/12/2015 2:47:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    Crain Communication ^ | October 10, 2015 | Greg Hinz
    The indictment of former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett closes a chapter in yet another sad tale of greedy, cheating city officials. Her lawyer says she has agreed to plead guilty when she appears in court, and I hope the judge throws the book at her. But ethical misconduct is only a part of BBB's legacy. The ex-CEO—along with the rest of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's crack team at the Board of Education—has left us with a whopper of a problem that could hit full force as soon as next month. I'm referring to the nearly $500 million hole in...
  • American Federation of Teachers union spends $37 million on politics

    10/06/2015 4:43:36 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Watchdog ^ | October 6, 2015 | Jason Hart
    The 2015 American Federation of Teachers annual report shows a left-wing political machine humming on all cylinders — with teachers buying the gas. For the fiscal year ending June 30, the union reported $37.6 million in political activity and lobbying expenditures, a $12.7 million increase from the previous year. Even more political spending was tucked away elsewhere in AFT’s annual U.S. Department of Labor filing, reported as “Contributions, Gifts and Grants,” “General Overhead” or “Representational Activities.” AFT paid union president Randi Weingarten, one of the nation’s most prominent “progressive” activists, a total of $497,118. The union reported only 2 percent...
  • Leaked Audio: Hillary Clinton Calls at Private Fundraiser for Infrastructure Bank...

    09/30/2015 12:12:30 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 30, 2015 | Alana Goodman and Lachlan Markay
    Leaked Audio: Hillary Clinton Calls at Private Fundraiser for Infrastructure Bank to Resemble Clinton Global Initiative Hillary Clinton told donors at a private fundraiser in New York last Thursday that she plans as president to create a “national infrastructure bank” modeled on the Clinton Global Initiative, according to a recording of her remarks obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. This was the first time that Clinton, who has long supported the formation of a government-controlled bank to invest in national infrastructure projects, cited the Clinton Global Initiative—the flagship arm of her family’s controversial foundation—as an investment model for her proposed...
  • Michigan Taxpayers Pay Union Officials Millions to Do Union Work

    09/23/2015 10:07:23 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/22/2015 | Jarrett Skorup
    The public school district in Taylor, Michigan is in big trouble financially. It is shedding students and has run significant deficits in recent years due to spending more than it takes in, requiring special oversight from the state. But the district still finds the money to pay four union stewards to do union work on the taxpayer’s dime. More than $108,000 is given up so that the union can enjoy this privilege. The practice is called “release time,” and school districts across the state do it. The arrangement allows union officials, typically the president of the union local, to be...