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  • 159 Wisconsin Union Bosses Make Six-Figure Salaries

    03/11/2014 6:03:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | February 27, 2014 | Brian Sikma
    Gov. Scott Walker’s public sector collective bargaining reforms of 2011 have not prevented union officials from making hefty six-figure salaries even as some of their organizations struggle to retain members. A review of U.S. Department of Labor filings shows that at least 159 union officials in Wisconsin made six-figure salaries in fiscal year 2012. ... The SEIU has used its political clout to recently push for a minimum wage hike for some Milwaukee County employees and government contractors. While decrying the current minimum wage, the SEIU conveniently lobbied for a carve-out that exempted employers from the requirement if they joined...
  • Crooked Unions Try to Take Out Bravest City Councilman in the U.S.

    08/19/2013 6:07:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 19, 2013 | Rachel Alexander
    Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio, one of the most aggressively pro-freedom city councilmen, is under siege from the unions in one of the most corrupt local elections in the country. Along with a few other government officials around the country, which include Wisconsin’s Republican governor Scott Walker, he tried to reign in the out-of-control and unsustainable increasing costs of government employees, particularly their pensions. Up for reelection this year, DiCiccio is being challenged by union-backed Democrat insurance executive Karlene Keogh Parks. The unions unsuccessfully attempted to recall him in 2011. DiCiccio wants to cut $79 million in government waste from...
  • Walmart: The Big Labor White Whale

    07/10/2013 10:30:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 10, 2013 | Barbara Comstock
    Imagine you’ve finished a long, trying day at work. You’ve picked up your two toddlers from childcare, and stop at your local Walmart store on the way home to pick up some groceries. After successfully managing your shopping cart and two squirming little ones you finally reach the checkout aisle, sighing with relief as you realize that your day is almost done. But once there, you find that Big Labor protesters, most of whom don’t even work at Walmart, have taken over the store. They are chanting loudly and yelling directly at cashiers because they are not currently union members...
  • SEC Nominee Mary Jo White Protected Corrupt Union Bosses in Teamsters Prosecution

    01/26/2013 2:22:57 PM PST · by Eva · 13 replies
    National Legal Policy Center ^ | 9/25/13 | Peter Flaherty
    Mary Jo White is a poor choice to head the SEC. As a U.S. attorney, she demonstrated a lack of political independence and competence. In the late 90's prosecution of the Teamsters money landering scandal, White won several guilty pleas from low-level has-beens, but gave a pass to prominent union figures who played a key role in the Democratic political campaign of 2000, and every one since. The magnitude of White's dereliction of duty can be seen in who was not prosecuted- Richard Trumka, Andrew Stern and Gerald McEntee. In the 1996 Teamster election, incumbent President Ron Carey narrowly defeated...
  • Union Boss: What’s the Rush on Increasing Teacher Quality?

    12/29/2012 11:33:35 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    When American Federation of Teachers President Rhonda “Randi” Weingarten proposed a “bar exam” of sorts for teacher prospects, it was hailed as a step forward in improving teacher quality, EAGnews.org reported. But some of Weingarten’s underlings don’t know what all the fuss is about. She either didn’t run the idea past her deputies, or they didn’t approve and she trotted it out anyway. Norwalk Federation of Teachers President Bruce Mellion said if teachers would be subjected to such a test, they better get a pay raise. "What we're doing is testing, testing, testing, testing. At some point we need to...
  • Central Falls Has One More Weekend To Avoid Municipal Bankruptcy ( RI )

    07/31/2011 9:06:36 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | |Jul. 29, 2011 | Grace Wyler
    The tiny, cash-strapped town of Central Falls, Rhode Island, is expected to know Monday whether it is officially bankrupt. Robert Flanders, the town's state appointed receiver, will work through the weekend to decide whether he will file for bankruptcy on behalf of Central Falls... ... Central Falls faces a $4.9 million budget shortfall. The real financial problem, however, is the city's $80 million public pension debt and it's public safety worker pension fund is on track to run out by October. A Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy filing would give Central Falls the opportunity to change it's union agreements. But it...
  • Radical Suits and Their Suckers

    02/23/2011 3:25:52 AM PST · by Scanian · 6 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | February 23, 2011 | Christopher Chantrill
    Back in the 1970s my daughters used to say: "Let's play princesses!" and a grand old time they had. I imagine that in progressive families, the cry was different. "Let's play community organizers!" No doubt a grand old time was had by the baby radicals too. The trouble is that some people don't grow up. It's one thing to play community organizers in the back yard when you are a kid. It's another thing when real lives are at stake, as in Wisconsin. A better name for "community organizer" is "radical suit," because community organizers are really the lefty version...
  • Why labor needs a Tea Party

    09/29/2010 3:24:22 AM PDT · by Scanian · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 28, 2010 | Michelle Malkin
    The Service Employees International Union plans to send 25,000 rank-and-file workers on 500 buses to Washington this weekend to protest the Tea Party movement, Republicans and Fox News. If SEIU members had any sense, they'd be demonstrating at their own bosses' DC headquarters. It's the Big Labor left, not the Tea Party right, that is flushing union workers' hard-earned dues down the collective toilet in these hard times. The co-organizer of the so-called "One Nation" protest by a coalition of progressive groups is George Gresham, president of the behemoth SEIU Local 1199 based in New York. Perhaps Gresham should pay...
  • Colorado's Big Labor Establishment Continues Anti-Worker Push

    04/02/2008 2:03:14 PM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies · 70+ views
    Face The State ^ | April 2, 2008
    As Gov. Bill Ritter continues his efforts to make his coalition with Big Labor look reasonable, one Colorado union is showing just how out of touch with reality union bosses really are. United Food and Commercial Workers union Local 7 had introduced five statewide ballot initiatives that if approved for the November ballot and passed by voters, would collectively and significantly raise the cost of hiring new workers. At a time when the U.S. economy continues to shed thousands of low-skilled jobs each quarter, the timing of the Local 7’s proposal is extremely questionable. One of the initiatives would require...
  • GOP irate at union access ( Another Back Door Deal )

    08/11/2007 6:44:02 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies · 760+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | August 11, 2007 | Chris Barge
    Colorado will be turned into a union paradise under a proposed policy formalizing union access to state employees, angry Republicans say. The new guidelines, put forth by Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration Director Bill Gonzales, would require the state to provide employee organizations with space to hold meetings, e-mail addresses of all employees and use of state mailrooms. Gonzales, an appointee of Gov. Bill Ritter... Republicans, who read the draft rules obtained by the Rocky Mountain News, said Friday that they amounted to a back-room administrative fiat by a Democratic administration trying to pay back the public employee unions...
  • Why is a Union Like A Roach Motel?

    05/24/2006 8:18:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies · 460+ views
    Labor officials try to lure employees into unionization with a simple (but unfair) process of signing a card, but then turn around and demand a formal election for employees to get rid of bad unions. True secret ballot elections overseen by the National Labor Relations Board are clearly recognized as the most democratic means of choosing unionization. The D.C. Court of Appeals said in 1991 that "Freedom of choice is a matter at the very center of our national labor relations policy, and a secret election is the preferred method of gauging choice." And the Miami Herald recently editorialized that...
  • No Happy Ending for U.S. Auto Industry

    05/07/2006 8:14:11 AM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 118 replies · 1,971+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | April 9, 2006 | Jack Markowitz
    It's like watching a tragedy unfold, what's happening at the top of the auto industry. A happy ending, in any true sense, isn't in the cards. At best, after thousands are off the scene, survivors still may be standing on U.S. soil. But forget happy. The scene: bankruptcy court. No, General Motors and Ford aren't there yet, although their share prices seem to discount it, at about $20 and $8 respectively. But how grim it was for Delphi Corp, the nation's largest auto parts supplier, to ask a bankruptcy judge in Detroit to throw out its labor contracts and approve...
  • States help schools hide minority scores

    04/17/2006 12:56:47 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 40 replies · 1,186+ views
    AP ^ | April 17, 2006 | By FRANK BASS, NICOLE ZIEGLER DIZON AND BEN FELLER
    States are helping public schools escape potential penalties by skirting the No Child Left Behind law's requirement that students of all races must show annual academic progress. With the federal government's permission, schools aren't counting the test scores of nearly 2 million students when they report progress by racial groups, an Associated Press computer analysis found.
  • Democrats Trap Black Children In Failing Schools (Nat'l Black Republican Association)

    01/07/2006 8:16:07 PM PST · by JulieRNR21 · 51 replies · 1,879+ views
    National Black Republican Association ^ | January 7, 2006 | Frances Rice
    DEMOCRATS TRAP BLACK CHILDREN IN FAILING SCHOOLS For Immediate Release Contact: Frances Rice National Black Republican Association 601 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 900-S Washington, DC 20004 (202) 638-6940 (202) 639-8238 Fax NBRA websiteDEMOCRATS TRAP BLACK CHILDREN IN FAILING SCHOOLS Washington, D.C. - January 7, 2006 - On the heels of a protest rally by Democrats in Florida to shut down a privately funded program that gives school choice vouchers or "opportunity scholarships" to black parents, the liberal Florida Supreme Court ended the state-sponsored opportunity scholarship program, slamming the door in the face of black parents. The National Black Republican Association...
  • Voter fraud in St. Joseph Countyindiana (the dead register to vote)

    10/28/2004 4:31:05 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 17 replies · 1,286+ views
    wndu.com ^ | 10 28 04 | wndu.com
    The U.S. attorney for the northern district of Indiana is being asked to investigate an alleged incident of voter fraud. The name of a man who died more than three years ago has shown up on paperwork requesting a mailed absentee ballot.The man's name is Stanley Grygiel. He was a staunch democrat, a UAW member and somewhat politically active. Up until now, it appeared that activity ended when he died in June of 2001.Mail from the Democratic Party still occasionally shows up at the home of the late Grygiel, according to a son who still lives there. The son expressed...
  • Free Republic "Bump List" Register

    09/30/2001 4:46:44 AM PDT · by John Robinson · 191 replies · 12,118+ views
    I have created a public register of "bump lists" here on Free Republic. I define a bump list as a name listed in the "To" field used to index articles. Free Republic Bump List Register
  • GREAT NEWS: AFL-CIO Facing Major Financial Woes

    11/28/2003 1:12:54 PM PST · by nwrep · 31 replies · 282+ views
    AP ^ | November 28, 2003 | LEIGH STROPE
    WASHINGTON - The AFL-CIO is enduring a budget shortfall so severe that its own workers are taking two days of unpaid leave to avoid layoffs, even as the labor federation attempts to mobilize its largest-ever political campaign. Dubbed "solidarity days," the days off were agreed to this past summer in contract negotiations between managers and the union representing about 200 workers at the AFL-CIO, an umbrella organization of 64 international unions. Managers also have agreed to take the unpaid time. AFL-CIO spokeswoman Lane Windham said employees covered by the Newspaper Guild Local 32035 decided they would rather lose pay for...
  • Supermarkets slam Wal-Mart--Lower labor costs at heart of strikes by grocery workers

    10/21/2003 12:35:40 AM PDT · by ChemistCat · 129 replies · 1,015+ views
    AP via Deseretnews ^ | October 21, 2003 | Gavin McCormick
    CROSS LANES, W.Va. — To find the cause of the nation's three supermarket strikes, just follow Judy Ranson's shopping cart. An inveterate bargain hunter, Ranson used to chase down the best grocery deals at three stores: her local Kroger in Cross Lanes or down the road at a Fas Check in Dunbar and at a Poca Supermarket in Poca. Now she makes one trip a week, to the Wal-Mart Supercenter, which opened five years ago a mile and a half down the road and across Interstate 64 from Kroger. Ranson, who is 57, spends about $90 for herself and her...
  • TSA Laptop Stolen in Philadelphia (Contains Sensitive Info. on Nation's 429 Airports)

    10/15/2003 8:09:23 AM PDT · by all4one · 46 replies · 2,639+ views
    WPVI Action News - Philadelphia ^ | 10/14/03 | WPVI Action News - Philadelphia
    Stolen Computer Search October 14, 2003 — The search goes on for a stolen laptop computer, a computer that contains sensitive information about security at all the commercial airports in the U.S. It happened during an airport security training seminar at the Embassy Suites near Philadelphia International. Police and the FBI have not located that computer nor have they made any arrests. I am told it contains sensitive information about security at the nation's 429 airports. A source tells Action News they do not believe this was the job of a professional who knew what was on the computer, but...
  • Special Metals contract rejected (Union Votes Down Contract, Co. Likely To File Ch 7 Within Days)

    08/25/2003 7:25:02 PM PDT · by Timesink · 75 replies · 728+ views
    The Herald-Dispatch ^ | August 25, 2003 | Jim Ross
    <p>HUNTINGTON -- Workers at the Special Metals Corp. nickel alloy plant in Huntington rejected a proposed contract offer Monday that their union leadership and company executives said was necessary to keep the plant open.</p> <p>The vote, announced at 8:30 p.m. after a full day of voting, was 236 workers for the new contract and 303 against it.</p>
  • Builder, unions clash on Cherry Hill Apartments

    08/03/2003 7:13:31 PM PDT · by sjersey · 12 replies · 289+ views
    Courier-Post ^ | 8/3/2003 | BILL DUHART
    <p>He said it was $7 million more than nonunion bids for his $46 million makeover of the Cherry Hill Apartments, a rundown landmark on the vital Route 38 corridor.</p> <p>He decided to go nonunion.</p> <p>Now Healey, 74, the son of a former union leader, said unions and their powerful allies in Camden County government are showing him what they think of his decision.</p>
  • Woman Tells Judge the Nearly $1 Million Stolen from CSEA Union Fed a Gambling Habit

    08/03/2003 6:35:19 AM PDT · by Saundra Duffy · 64 replies · 496+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | August 2, 2003 | Denny Walsh
    <p>A former accounts manager for the California State Employees Association admitted to a judge Friday that she stole nearly $1 million from the labor union to feed her gambling addiction. Gail S. Jones of Citrus Heights, who has no previous criminal record, pleaded guilty in Sacramento federal court to six felony counts of computer fraud.</p>
  • AP: Teamsters to Endorse Gephardt for president

    07/31/2003 1:13:10 PM PDT · by Timesink · 63 replies · 634+ views
    Associated Press | July 31, 2003
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Teamsters union plans to endorse Democrat Dick Gephardt for president, union sources say.
  • The Union Double Standard

    07/29/2003 2:48:09 AM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 2 replies · 200+ views
    National Review Online ^ | July 28, 2003 | Alison Fraser
    Here we go again. Accounting shenanigans, lack of disclosure, misidentification of expenses, off-the-books enterprises, and embezzlement. Who's the corporate villain this time? It's not big business, but big labor. These examples of union financial misconduct investigated by the Department of Labor sound suspiciously like the accounting scandals plaguing corporate America. Last summer, fed up with such scandals, Congress passed the Sarbanes-Oxley Act to reform corporate-accounting practices. Its goals received wide support. As AFL-CIO President John Sweeney has said, "transparency, accountability, and full and accurate disclosure should be central goals of financial regulation." He's right. Businesses should make regular, full disclosure...
  • Former Ullico exec refuses to testify to lawmakers (GLOBAL CROSSING,TERRY MCAULIFFE)

    06/22/2003 10:11:13 PM PDT · by Bayou City · 12 replies · 653+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 17, 2003
    Former Ullico exec refuses to testify to lawmakers (GLOBAL CROSSING, TERRY MCAULIFFE) Tue June 17, 2003 05:08 PM ET WASHINGTON, June 17 (Reuters) - The former top executive of union-owned insurer Ullico Inc. refused to testify to lawmakers on Tuesday about a sweetheart stock deal that netted board members some $5.6 million and caused his replacement last month. Former Ullico Chairman and Chief Executive Robert Georgine invoked his constitutional right not to testify at a hearing by the House Education and Workforce Committee on the scandal, which is also being probed by regulators and prosecutors. Rep John Boehner, the Ohio...
  • The Lessons of Ullico -- How union bosses put one over on the rank and file.

    06/17/2003 3:37:40 AM PDT · by TroutStalker · 7 replies · 275+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Tuesday, June 17, 2003
    <p>One of the more important hearings of this Congress will be held today, when House Education and the Workforce Chairman John Boehner airs some of the ugly details of the Ullico scandal. More than just another corporate scam, Ullico is an example of how today's union leadership fails its rank and file.</p>
  • Ex-labor leader to testify about stock-selling deals

    06/16/2003 11:02:02 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 1 replies · 200+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, June 17, 2003 | By James G. Lakely
    <p>House Republicans are expected to confront a scandal-plagued former labor leader today in a hearing that will highlight a stock-selling scheme that lawmakers have compared to the collapse of Enron Corp.</p> <p>Robert A. Georgine, former chief executive officer of ULLICO Inc., will be forced to publicly explain for the first time how he and a handful of board members, mostly various union presidents, made roughly $6 million in profit at the expense of other shareholders in the pension fund.</p>
  • Union paid private bills for Tornillo (Incredible Corruption In The Teachers Union)

    05/11/2003 3:02:33 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 20 replies · 412+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | May 11, 2003 | JOE MOZINGO AND MANNY GARCIA
    Murray Sisselman, 73 and dying of cancer, walked into the Rascal House deli near his home on Feb. 25 to meet with James Angleton Jr., the chief financial officer of United Teachers of Dade. Sisselman, who served as UTD president for 27 years, wanted to come clean in his final days. He directed Angleton to a file cabinet packed with records showing that longtime union chief Pat Tornillo and his wife were apparently reimbursed for at least $155,000 in personal expenses in less than three years, including: • More than $10,200 during the couple's short stay in St. Bart's and...
  • Teachers' union raided in Miami-Dade - Investigators seek to prove money siphoned off for perks

    04/30/2003 11:15:40 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies · 334+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | April 30, 2003 | JOE MOZINGO AND LARRY LEBOWITZ jmozingo@herald.com
    Federal and local investigators raided the powerful United Teachers of Dade headquarters Tuesday morning, hauling off boxes of financial records in a quest to prove that the union's autocratic leader of four decades, Pat Tornillo, had siphoned money to pay for homes, hotel bills and other perks, sources familiar with the criminal probe said. Investigators from the FBI and Miami-Dade's Public Corruption Task Force served a search warrant to UTD headquarters, on Northeast 22nd Street and Biscayne Boulevard, around 9:30 a.m. ''The search warrant is sealed,'' said Judy Orihuela, an FBI spokeswoman. ``No one was arrested.'' The search for evidence...
  • House panel to probe labor union stock deals

    04/24/2003 11:34:14 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 5 replies · 250+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, April 25, 2003 | By James G. Lakely
    <p>The House of Representatives will hold hearings in the coming weeks to investigate a stock-selling scheme Republicans are calling Big Labor's Enron scandal.</p> <p>Rep. John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican and chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, will lead the hearings on accusations that members of ULLICO, a labor-owned insurance company and pension fund, took part in an illegal scheme in which shares in ULLICO were bought and sold based on inside information gleaned by the board's chief executive officer, Robert A. Georgine.</p>
  • NEA's political outlays spark challenge to its tax status

    04/14/2003 5:22:17 AM PDT · by Remedy · 6 replies · 201+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | April 14-20, 2003 | George Archibald
    As much as one-third of the tax-exempt National Education Association's yearly $271 million income goes toward politically related activities, according to union documents filed with the Internal Revenue Service. The documents show that the 2.7 million-member teacher's union spends millions annually to field what one critic calls an "army of campaign workers," while maintaining that it spends nothing on politics. The NEA has avoided millions of dollars in federal and Washington, D.C. income taxes every year for political activities that are not tax-exempt, says the Landmark Legal Foundation, a Herndon-based public-interest group that has asked the IRS to investigate and...
  • Statewide Union Ordered to Fully Disclose How Teachers’ Compulsory Dues Are Spent

    04/11/2003 1:49:19 PM PDT · by bedolido · 6 replies · 192+ views
    Court affirms teachers’ right to an independent audit of the union’s financial records FOR RELEASE: April 4, 2003 HARRISBURG, Penn. (April 4, 2003) — In a long-running civil rights suit brought by Pennsylvania teachers, the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that local affiliates of the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) union must have their books independently audited to justify how they spend teachers’ compulsory union fees. The ruling came in a case brought by Marsha Otto and six other non-union Pennsylvania teachers who challenged how PSEA union officials were spending their compulsory dues. The teachers, who were...
  • NEA challenged on political outlays - Teacher's union fields "army of campaign workers"

    04/07/2003 2:32:29 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies · 2,298+ views
    Washington Times ^ | April 7, 2003 | George Archibald
    <p>As much as one-third of the tax-exempt National Education Association's yearly $271 million income goes toward politically related activities, according to union documents filed with the Internal Revenue Service.</p> <p>The documents show that the 2.7 million-member teacher's union spends millions annually to field what one critic calls an "army of campaign workers," while maintaining that it spends nothing on politics.</p>
  • Vanity:where the left scores, why we need "join" the protest "party"

    03/28/2003 6:02:45 AM PST · by JudgemAll · 22 replies · 573+ views
    self ^ | 03 28 03 | self
    As you all know, as conservatives, we believe it is good sometimes to spank our kids and our wife (ahem), as well as make love to the wife and tickle the children. Why? Because emotions of pleasure and pain etc, have a tendency to hard wire a learned fact. It is called the law of effect, and it is the enemy's strategy that aims at bypassing reason. The left is crude because the left is in a long range process of rewiring what people were taught at birth. They do not go beyond that, yet the scary thing is they...
  • Union reveals major theft; Teachers' official under investigation

    03/27/2003 11:20:28 AM PST · by hsmomx3 · 14 replies · 204+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | By Anand Vaishnav, Globe Staff
    The Massachusetts Teachers Association's former finance director is under investigation after the theft of $802,000 from the prominent labor union, in what association leaders described as a ''sophisticated embezzlement scheme.'' Union executives learned of the theft in September and fired the employee, who allegedly gave MTA officials a description of how he had concealed his actions for almost seven years through accounting methods, according to a letter sent to union members this week. State Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly's office is expected to announce charges against Richard Anzivino of Needham this week, according to two sources involved with the case....
  • UNION CORRUPTION UPDATE

    03/03/2003 10:37:22 AM PST · by Elle Bee · 9 replies · 1,829+ views
    National Legal and Policy Center -- Organized Labor Accountability Project ^ | March 3, 2003 -- Vol. 6, Issue 5 | National Legal and Policy Center -- Organized Labor Accountability Project
    National Legal and Policy Center -- Organized Labor Accountability Project   UNION CORRUPTION UPDATE   March 3, 2003 -- Vol. 6, Issue 5 For Influential Leaders & Important Decision Makers: Information on America's most corrupt & aggressive unions   AFL-CIO / PLUMBERS / ULLICOExec. Council Meets in Hotel Boondoggle Fed with Union PensionsWhat a tangled web they weave -- the AFL-CIO's Executive Council met the last week of Feb. in a Florida hotel that has become a boondoggle funded with union pensions.  And this boondoggle was made possible by the union-pension-owned insurance company now under criminal investigation for insider stock...
  • Mobsters and Union Thugs face of with F.B.I. over "No-Show Jobs at Ground Zero in Manhattan

    02/26/2003 10:17:57 AM PST · by Perseverando · 8 replies · 316+ views
    The New York Post ^ | February 26, 2003 | AL GUART and JOHN LEHMANN
    <p>As many as 40 mobsters and members of a union being probed for taking no-show jobs in the Ground Zero cleanup will be busted today for similar schemes at other city construction sites, sources told The Post yesterday.</p> <p>After a long-running organized-crime probe, FBI agents are planning to arrest members of the International Union of Operating Engineers Locals 14 and 15 in a series of early-morning raids.</p>
  • Massive Fraud Alleged in DC Teacher Union

    02/20/2003 4:11:04 PM PST · by Remedy · 31 replies · 634+ views
    The Heartland Institute ^ | 03/01/2003 Edition | Mike Antonucci
    Officials charged with diverting $5 million in member dues Just before Christmas last year, federal officials raided the homes and offices of former officials of the Washington Teachers' Union (WTU) in search of goods allegedly purchased with more than $5 million in union funds.The items listed in an FBI affidavit include $500,000 in custom-made clothing, a 288-piece antique Tiffany sterling silver set, a $6,800 ice bucket, furs, alligator shoes, jewelry, artwork, wine, wigs, a 50" plasma television, and computer equipment. Agents were investigating expenditures on a Bahamas vacation and bar and nightclub tabs.Police also found a double-barrel shotgun in the...
  • Outside View: Brainwashing students?

    01/25/2003 9:13:06 PM PST · by chasio649 · 9 replies · 248+ views
    UPI ^ | 1/25/2003 | Herb London
    NEW YORK, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- The National Education Association, with 2.6 million members, is the nation's largest union and one of the most powerful lobbies in Washington. One of every 12 delegates to the 2000 Democratic National Convention was a member. In fact, the NEA member contingent of 350 was larger than the entire California delegation. Any way one looks at it, that number represents real political clout. In fact, it has so much clout that William McGurn of The Wall Street Journal contends, "Those of us who have long dismissed the National Education Association as a tool of...
  • Education COMMUNIQUÉ

    01/22/2003 10:23:05 AM PST · by hsmomx3 · 5 replies · 177+ views
    1) IRS Auditing California Teachers Association 2) AFT Auditors Say $5 Million Missing from DC Teachers Union 3) Unions to Face Increased Federal Regulation 4) San Francisco Anti-War Resolution Watered Down; "Day of Discussion" May Not Be 5) District Consolidation Picks Up Steam in Arkansas 6) Quotes of the Week 1) IRS Auditing California Teachers Association. Multiple sources within the California Teachers Association and the National Education Association inform EIA that the California Teachers Association is undergoing a comprehensive audit by the Internal Revenue Service. EIA has received no evidence to corroborate rumors that other NEA state affiliates are also...
  • Union Don'ts -- And Dues

    01/21/2003 6:38:05 AM PST · by TroutStalker · 12 replies · 618+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Tuesday, January 21, 2003
    <p>A gaudy little scandal has broken open at the Washington, D.C., teachers union -- just in time to illustrate the virtue of new Department of Labor rules to make union spending more accountable to its dues-paying members.</p> <p>Late last December the FBI raided the homes of officials of the Washington Teachers Union, an affiliate of the politically powerful American Federation of Teachers. The agents seized luxury goods -- mink coats, alligator shoes and a Tiffany's silver service -- that investigators say were all bought with more than $2 million stolen from member dues.</p>
  • Educating the European way (NOOOO!!!)

    01/20/2003 9:49:26 AM PST · by lavaroise · 14 replies · 1,798+ views
    The World and I ^ | By Margarita Assenova
    By Margarita Assenova (Rigor, the fourth R: Curricula in Europeon classrooms, such as this one in Aschaffenburg, Germany, have a far bigger dose of academic subject matter than those in the United States.) Because of their heavy curriculum requirements, European students regularly surpass their American counterparts on international tests. hen English is your second or third language, it's certainly not easy to take the college-admission Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT)--let alone do well on it. Yet many European students score at the highest levels in competition with their American peers for admission to Ivy League schools in the United States. Western...
  • NEA Professional & Support Staff Salaries

    01/16/2003 12:53:19 PM PST · by hsmomx3 · 7 replies · 353+ views
    EIA ^ | 1/16/03 | EIA
    If you follow the link, you will see a breakdown state by state of the National Education Associaiton's professional and support staff salaries.
  • Washington's education establishment

    01/07/2003 9:52:46 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 4 replies · 493+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | Wednesday, January 8, 2003 | by Walter Williams
    QUICK LINKS: HOME | NEWS | OPINION | RIGHTPAGES | CHAT | WHAT'S NEW townhall.comWalter Williams (back to story)January 8, 2003Washington's education establishment "Fiddling Whilst Rome Burns" was my column several weeks ago. It looked at the disastrous state of education in the nation's capitol, where at only one of the city's 19 high schools do as many as 50 percent of its students test as proficient in reading. At no school are 50 percent of the students proficient in math. At 12 of 19 high schools, more than 50 percent of the students test below basic in reading,...
  • 40 years of corruption

    12/31/2002 11:27:57 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 15 replies · 643+ views
    Washington Times ^ | January 1, 2003 (Happy New Year!) | House Editorial
    <p>Last month the Labor Department proposed new rules that will require the largest labor unions to more thoroughly disclose how members' dues are spent. The reporting changes thus far have gone virtually unremarked upon, but the proposal promises to be one of the biggest shake-ups to organized labor since the governing legislation, the Landrum-Griffin Act, was first passed in 1959.</p>
  • What teachers' union dues paid for

    12/29/2002 7:15:01 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 24 replies · 341+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Sunday, December 29, 2002 | House Editorial
    <p>The Teamsters, National Education Association and other unions often are criticized for misusing their tax-exempt status and their members' union dues to lobby federal and state authorities. There also is the occasional union embezzlement story. Nothing, though, has hit as close to home as the fraud and embezzlement charges that have engulfed the Washington Teachers' Union (WTU).</p>
  • A scandalous union scandal

    12/20/2002 9:50:10 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 24 replies · 240+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Saturday, December 21, 2002 | House Editorial
    <p>Several months ago, auditors with the Washington Teachers' Union (WTU) and its parent organization, the American Federation of Teachers, made startling discoveries: The WTU was overcharging its members, and some of its officers were apparently lavishing themselves with furs, Tiffany silver and expensive goods from Saks and other upscale shops. Teachers and city officials are shocked and appalled at the allegations, the scope of which goes beyond the initial suspicions reported this fall.</p>
  • Proposed regulations would require unions to open books, report more financial detail

    12/20/2002 3:02:21 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies · 277+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 12-20-02 | LEIGH STROPE, AP Labor Writer
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration is trying to pry open the books of labor unions to get much more detailed financial information in the annual reports they have to file with the government.</p> <p>Labor Department officials said Friday they are revamping reporting requirements for the first time in more than 40 years to force the largest unions to specify how much they spend on contract negotiations and administration, organization, strike benefits, general overhead, political activities and lobbying, and to identify those expenses.</p>
  • Transit Talks Continue Past Midnight Deadline (MTA Strike Averted ... For Now)

    12/15/2002 9:42:53 PM PST · by Timesink · 16 replies · 954+ views
    NY1 ^ | December 16, 2002
    Transit Talks Continue Past Midnight Deadline DECEMBER 16TH, 2002 There will be no transit strike - at least not yet. With the morning plans of millions of commuters hanging in the balance, the MTA and New York City's transit workers are negotiating past the midnight hour in a last-ditch effort to avert a mass transit strike that could cripple the city at the height of the holiday season. Ed Watt, the secretary/treasurer of Transit Workers Union Local 100, announced at midnight that negotiators had made sufficient progess to continue their efforts past the midnight deadline. The progress, said Watt, had...
  • MAYOR BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES CONTINGENCY PLAN FOR ILLEGAL STRIKE BY TRANSPORT WORKERS UNION

    12/09/2002 11:58:47 AM PST · by Timesink · 62 replies · 1,314+ views
    NYC.gov ^ | December 9, 2002
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 9, 2002 PR 323-02 www.nyc.gov MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES CONTINGENCY PLAN FOR ILLEGAL STRIKE BY TRANSPORT WORKERS UNION Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg joined by Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Commissioner John T. Odermatt, New York Police Commissioner (NYPD) Raymond W. Kelly, Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Iris Weinshall, New York Fire Department (FDNY) Chief of Department Frank Cruthers, Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) Chair Matthew Daus and Department of Education (DOE) Chancellor Joel Klein outlined the City strike contingency plan in response to a potential illegal work stoppage by the Transport Workers Union (TWU)."A...