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  • EMAIL: IRS planned secret new rules to justify targeting tea party groups two years ago

    02/05/2014 1:55:22 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | February 5, 2014 | By David Martosko
    Republicans clashed with the Internal Revenue Service's new commissioner Wednesday in a Capitol Hill hearing that featured the unveiling a document indicating that the agency planned as early as 2012 to change its rules in a way that justified singling out tea party groups for special scrutiny. The document, an email from Treasury Department tax policy attorney Ruth Madrigal to a group of IRS officials including the disgraced Lois Lerner. 'Don’t know who in your organizations is keeping tabs on c4s,' Madrigal wrote, quoting an election law blog and referring to the 501(c)(4) tax-exempt groups that were the subject of...
  • EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: McDonald’s Employee Admits Being Paid $15 to Protest WW2 Veterans

    10/02/2013 1:01:26 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 37 replies
    http://pjmedia.com ^ | october 2, 2013 | Patrick Poole
    After about an hour, about 20 SEIU protesters arrived on the scene chanting “Boehner, get us back to work” and claiming they were federal employees furloughed because of the shutdown. In the video below these protesters were marching towards the press gaggle and I was asking them to show their federal IDs to prove they were in fact federal workers. No one wore their federal ID and none would provide it to prove their claim. Then, remarkably, a guy carrying a sign passed by wearing a McDonald’s employee shirt, which I noted. I then began asking them how much they...
  • SEIU Under Investigation: 'Dues Skim' took $35 million from Medicaid recipients

    09/27/2013 1:13:26 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 15 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/24/2013 | Jarrett Skorup
    The Detroit News reported that the State Bureau of Elections began a formal investigation of the Service Employees International Union regarding its financing of a ballot proposal last year. Proposal 4, which would have locked into the state constitution the skimming of millions of dollars each year from the caretakers of disabled people, was defeated by 14 percentage points. Chad Livengood in The News reported: The complaint focuses on a group called Citizens for Affordable Quality Home Care and an East Lansing company called Home Care First Inc. Citizens for Affordable Quality Home Care sponsored the ballot proposal. In campaign...
  • Union Leaders Prepare for Final Push on Immigration; Ignore Member Concerns

    08/12/2013 9:54:30 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    NLPC ^ | August 12, 2013 | Carl Horowitz
    "Comprehensive immigration reform," like virtually any initiative containing the magic word "comprehensive," looks good on the surface. But the details of the comprehensive immigration bill passed by the Senate in June by a 68-32 margin reveal a lot gone wrong underneath. Oblivious to this, top union leaders are gearing up for an all-out blitz this fall to secure passage of similar legislation in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. Led by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (in photo), they are obsessed with providing 11 million or more persons living illegally in this country with amnesty and eventual citizenship, and with enabling millions...
  • Pure Evil: Obama’s Union Goons Picket Child’s Funeral, Harass Mourners, Unleash Dog on Family...

    08/01/2013 9:07:01 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 18 replies
    Jammie Wearing Fools ^ | 08/01/2013 | Jammie
    A judge ordered one of Chicago’s most politically powerful labor unions to suspend picketing against 16 funeral homes last week after receiving reports that striking Teamsters had, among other things, disturbed a child’s funeral. SCI Illinois Services, Inc., one of the nation’s largest funeral home chains, asked a district court to intervene after striking funeral directors and drivers with Teamsters Local 727 allegedly harassed grieving families. The funeral home was eventually forced to call the police when picketers allegedly disrupted a child’s funeral with laughter. The officer asked the Teamsters to leave, but protesters returned when he drove away.
  • IRS employee union: We don’t want Obamacare

    07/26/2013 8:38:03 AM PDT · by Velveeta · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 25, 2013 | Joel Gehrke
    IRS employees have a prominent role in Obamacare, but their union wants no part of the law. National Treasury Employees Union officials are urging members to write their congressional representatives in opposition to receiving coverage through President Obama’s health care law. The union leaders are providing members with a form letter to send to the congressmen that says “I am very concerned about legislation that has been introduced by Congressman Dave Camp to push federal employees out of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and into the insurance exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act.”
  • Did IRS Target Homebuliders on Behalf of Mobbed-Up Union?

    06/04/2013 5:14:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 4, 2013 | John Ransom
    In the fall of 2011 the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) submitted Freedom of Information requests to the Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service following an announcement that the administration was investigating homebuilders in an attempt to bolster union membership at the expense of housing sector jobs. “In a letter [from the Labor Department] cited by The [Wall Street] Journal,” wrote Crain’s Detroit at the time “homebuilders were asked to immediately turn over the names, addresses, Social Security numbers, pay rates and hours worked for all employees over the past two years. The letter from the Labor...
  • Labor big a real heavy sleeper

    05/28/2013 6:46:29 AM PDT · by virgil283 · 6 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 8:55 AM, May 28, 2013 | RICH CALDER
    "IT'S A DREAM JOB: Mark Rosenthal, who pulls in $156,000 a year as head of Local 983 of District Council 37, nods off at his desk during one of a series of postlunch naps that have outraged members of the union’s executive board. “He eats lunch when he arrives at work at 2 p.m. Then, like clockwork, he goes to sleep with a cup of soda on the table and the straw in it,” said Marvin Robbins, a union vice president. “Then he wakes up, looks at his watch and says, ‘I have to get out before the traffic gets...
  • How a high school band triumphed over a bureaucracy and union that tried to kill it

    05/25/2013 2:51:31 PM PDT · by TexasBarak · 16 replies
    Backwoods Home Magazine ^ | May 2013 | Dave Duffy
    There are few victories sweeter in life than that of young teenagers triumphing over organized mean-spirited adults in positions of seemingly absolute power. This is a story that comes out of my own home town of Gold Beach, Oregon. It pits the high school band, consisting of 15 teenagers ranging in age from 15 to 18, against the powerful local teacher's union that tried to shut the band down because their unpaid volunteer band director, who everybody agreed was doing a good job, did not possess an Oregon teaching credential. http://www.backwoodshome.com/articles2/duffy141.html
  • IRS Union Chief Stonewalls

    05/21/2013 5:06:39 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 6 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 5/21/2013 | Jeffrey Lord
    Yesterday I asked in this space, among other questions about the IRS scandal, this: What was the subject of the Obama-Kelley March 31, 2010 meeting? I received the following response to my question from the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) — the union for IRS employees headed by ex-14 year agent Colleen Kelley. The response came from union spokesperson Dina Long. It reads, in its entirety, this: Statement of NTEU On March 31, 2010, NTEU President Colleen M. Kelley attended the White House Forum on Workplace Flexibility at the Old Executive Office Building. The forum was attended by approximately 200...
  • The Liberal Union Behind the IRS

    05/16/2013 4:46:52 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 116 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 5/16/2013 | Jeffrey Lord
    The IRS? It’s about a union: the National Treasury Employees Union. The NTEU. A left-wing union representing 150,000 employees in 31 separate government agencies, including the IRS. A union that not only endorsed President Obama for election and re-election, but a union whose current president, Colleen Kelly, was a 14-year IRS agent and now is both union president and Obama administration appointee (of which more in a moment). It’s about 94% of NTEU union contributions going to Democrats in the Senate and House in 2012 — candidates who campaigned as vociferous opponents of the Tea Party. And the recently released...
  • Unions mobilize as labor board faces paralysis in Obama’s second term

    05/14/2013 1:34:38 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 14, 2013 | Kevin Bogardus
    Labor is mounting an all-out push to fill the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) as the agency faces the prospect of being sidelined for the rest of President Obama’s second term. Unions of all stripes have told Senate Democrats that they need to move on all five of Obama's nominees to the labor board, even if it takes a controversial change to filibuster rules to make it happen. “Without this, there's nothing [to protect workers],” said Larry Cohen, the president of the Communications Workers of America. (CWA) “It's a floor and now the floor is caving in as well.” The...
  • SEIU Tries to Continue Dues Scheme

    05/14/2013 10:28:47 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/13/2013 | Jarrett Skorup
    The Michigan Capitol Confidential article about a leaked document from the Service Employees International Union on how the union hopes to continue its "dues skim" against home-based caregivers is interesting, but more significant is how the union explains the whole unionization scheme. The crux of the debate is over the unionization of more than 45,000 home-based caregivers. The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation, which is representing some of those forced to be in the union, maintains that the skim was illegal because the caregivers are not state employees — they work for private individuals who happen to receive public money. If...
  • Democrats Plan To Pay Second Amendment Protesters Gets Shot Down

    02/25/2013 7:29:53 AM PST · by rustyweiss74 · 13 replies
    Mental Recession ^ | 02/25/2013
    A ‘Second Amendment Rally’ is being held in Albany this Thursday the 28th, and will feature National Rifle Association President David Keene, and various other speakers opposed to new gun legislation passed last month in New York state. The Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act of 2013 currently hails as the single most restrictive assault on Second Amendment rights in the country, and was forced through the legislative process without public review – a tactic that even Governor Cuomo admits was the only way to enact the law. As a counter to the massive Second Amendment support being demonstrated...
  • Ex-SEIU Local Exec Convicted of Stealing From Low-Income Members [Headed CA's Biggest Local!]

    01/29/2013 6:08:41 PM PST · by Steelfish · 9 replies
    LATimes ^ | January 28, 2013 | Paul Pringle and Hailey Branson-Potts
    Ex-SEIU Local Exec Convicted of Stealing From Low-Income Members Paul Pringle and Hailey Branson-Potts January 28 A onetime rising star in national labor circles who headed California's biggest union local was convicted Monday on federal charges that he stole tens of thousands of dollars from his low-income members. Tyrone Freeman, who represented about 190,000 homecare workers as a leader of the Service Employees International Union, was found guilty on 14 counts after a 10-day trial... Jurors deliberated two and a half days before returning their verdict. The trial followed a nearly four-year investigation triggered by a series of Times reports...
  • Chicago Teachers Union President: ‘Off With Their Heads!’

    01/09/2013 9:45:54 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 17 replies
    Chicago Teachers Union President: ‘Off With Their Heads!’ By Elizabeth Harrington January 9, 2013 (CNSNews.com) – Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said union opponents “think nothing about killing us” and that “wealth disparity” in America today mirrors the 19th century when labor leaders then used to be “ready to kill,” to chop people’s heads off. “We are at a moment when the wealth disparity in this country is very reminiscent of the robber-baron ages,” Lewis said at the Illinois Labor History Society on Jan. 5. “The labor leaders of that time, though, were ready to kill — just really,...
  • Quakers learn $500,000 lesson about how unions make their world a dangerous place

    01/09/2013 7:17:25 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 20 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | JANUARY 9TH, 2013 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    A group of Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania Quakers has discovered they have no “friends” in the union movement. The gentile folk that are called Friends or Quakers wanted to have a new meetinghouse built and foolishly thought they should engage the cheapest construction company to get the job done. Their problems arose when the word got out that the company they hired used non-union workers. This “insult” enraged the members of several unions that lost out on the work involved. The Friends Community could not afford to build their new meetinghouse if they had to knuckle under and pay union extortionist...
  • Crowd Laughs as Chicago Teachers Union President Talks about Killing the Rich

    01/08/2013 10:45:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 66 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | Kyle Olson
    The Chicago Teachers Union is not just about looking out for its members’ interests. The union wants to fundamentally change America, too. That shift occurred when the radical Karen Lewis was elected as its president two years ago. She’s best known for mocking U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s lisp and for taking on - and defeating - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the district’s first teachers’ strike in a generation. CTU leaders have been on a victory lap of sorts since the September strike, with union activists seeing themselves as protectors of union power during a time of membership...
  • More Proof Unions Are The Actual Violent Thugs Democrats Accused The Tea Party Of Being

    12/11/2012 4:26:42 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 11 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 12-11-12 | The Looking Spoon
    Steven Crowder attempted to start a dialogue at a protest against the Right To Work bill in Michigan (which prohibits coercion to join a union, as you can imagine the Bolsheviks running them don't like that).As we've come to expect from the left, every "fear" and accusation of violence they have coming from conservatives is proven to be pure projection of their on proclivities whenever they get the chance to show it.See the video of Crowder getting attacked here. If you're on Twitter retweet it here.
  • Union Assault on Camera (Steven Crowder, conservative comedian, assaulted in Lansing - VIDEO)

    12/11/2012 12:12:45 PM PST · by HawkHogan · 76 replies
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_F3oev06i0&list=SP85933DBA7E52B5B6 Check out the latest video from Lansing. Steven Crowd punched in the face multiple times.
  • Union Protester Threatens to Kill Conservative Steven Crowder (punches Steven!!!)

    12/11/2012 2:20:03 PM PST · by autumnraine · 10 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/11/2012 | Katie Pavlich
    As reported earlier, conservative comedian Steven Crowder was physically assaulted by union protesters today in Lansing, Michigan. Video has surfaced of Crowder being punched repeatedly in the face and one man is heard yelling, "I'll kill a motherf*cker with a gun!"
  • Violent Mob Destroys AFP Tent in Lansing, Michigan Protest

    12/11/2012 12:01:54 PM PST · by lowbridge · 85 replies
    youtube ^ | december 11, 2012
    A violent mob destroys the Americans For Prosperity tent on the lawn of the state capital during protest against right to work legislation. While destruction happened, there were people inside the tent and some in the crowd were armed with knives.
  • UPDATED: Unions Furious: Michigan to Become Right-to-Work State Today

    12/11/2012 9:41:12 AM PST · by jazusamo · 174 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    UPDATE 12:15 pm EST: The Republican controlled legislature has passed the right-to-work legislation 58-51. Michigan Governor Snyder is expected to sign the bill into law later today. The vote to turn Michigan into a right-to-work state will take place today after days of protests in Lansing about the pro-worker legislation that prevents having to pay dues to a union. Not surprisingly, local police are bracing for possible violence today as more protests are planned. Even with the outcome considered a foregone conclusion, the heated battle over right-to-work legislation in the traditional union bastion of Michigan shows no sign of cooling....
  • Democrats threaten violence on Michigan House floor

    12/11/2012 9:26:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 76 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 11 | Conn Carroll
    “There will be blood,” State Representative Douglas Geiss threatened from the floor of the Michigan House of Representatives today as the body debated legislation that would make Michigan the nation’s 24th right to work state. “I really wish we had not gone here,” Geiss continued. “It is the leadership in this house that has led us here. The same leadership that tried to throw a bomb right on election day, leading to a member switching parties, and came in at the 11th hour with a gotcha bill. For that, I do not see solace, I do not see peace.”Michigan Gov....
  • Report: Kellogg Foundation, SEIU funded attacks on Voter ID laws

    12/04/2012 8:26:30 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12-4-12 | David Martosko
    A progressive foundation and a labor union have combined to pour millions of dollars into a “racial justice” group that was hostile to voter ID laws during the 2012 campaign season, according to a conservative watchdog group in Wisconsin. While True the Vote and other right-leaning campaigns were promoting ID requirements for voters and monitoring the implementation of ID laws at the state level, the Applied Research Center (ARC) was pushing back with claims that photo ID requirements at polling places were thinly veiled expressions of racism. Media Trackers, the conservative Wisconsin group, reported Monday that the W.K. Kellogg Foundation,...
  • The Demise Of The Twinkie: Hostess Files Motion To Liquidate

    11/16/2012 5:13:37 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 300 replies
    The Demise Of The Twinkie: Hostess Files Motion To Liquidate By Tom Gara And that’s that: Hostess Brands, maker of Twinkies, Wonder Bread and more, announced this morning it has filed a motion with bankruptcy court to start liquidating the company immediately. A huge number of jobs are soon to be lost. “Hostess Brands will move promptly to lay off most of its 18,500-member workforce,” said CEO Gregory F. Rayburn in the statement, “and focus on selling its assets to the highest bidders.” In a letter posted on a new site set up to communicate with employees and suppliers through...
  • Labor to press Obama on tax hike for wealthy

    11/13/2012 8:47:04 AM PST · by tobyhill · 19 replies
    cnn money ^ | 11/13/2012 | Jennifer Liberto and Adam Aigner-Treworgy
    A cadre of top labor leaders is headed to the White House on Tuesday to press their concerns about the fiscal cliff. Topmost on their list: Tax hikes for the wealthiest Americans, and protection from cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and other programs for low income families. Attending the meeting are leaders representing teachers, municipal employees, nurses, truck drivers, grocery store clerks, and factory floor workers, among others. The fiscal cliff is the most pressing issue facing the President, who won reelection last week. If Congress doesn't act in the next seven weeks, it will deliver a one-two punch...
  • Red Tape? Non-Union FEMA Crews, Water and Other Supplies Sit Idle Thanks To Unions & Red Tape

    11/12/2012 12:07:33 PM PST · by dirtboy · 26 replies
    Red State ^ | 11/12/2012 | LaborUnionReport
    It’s been two weeks since Hurricane Sandy killed 113 people, wiped out portions of towns, and knocked out power to millions. It has also been two weeks since Barack Obama pledged, “No bureaucracy. No red tape.” However, according to multiple public and private sources, unions and union-related red tape are causing workers from out of state to be turned back, as well as workers contracted by FEMA, as well as tons of supplies, already in New York and New Jersey to sit idle—at a cost of millions to taxpayers. It has already been well publicized though the Daily Caller how...
  • Sandy: Long Island union sent written demand to Florida utilities: Pay dues or stay home

    11/04/2012 2:44:25 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 78 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 3, 2012 | David Martosko
    In a two-page Oct. 29 contract, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) local 1049 demanded union dues, pay hikes and benefit contributions from Florida electric utilities before its workers would be permitted to help reconnect power to Long Island communities. The demand came as Hurricane Sandy was bearing down on the Northeastern United States, stranding tens of millions without electricity. The “Letter of Assent,” which The Daily Caller obtained from the Florida Municipal Electric Association, demanded 11 separate financial commitments from municipal power companies and electrical cooperatives in the Sunshine State. The agreement, for any utility that decided to...
  • There’s more: Georgia power crew turned away from Sandy-stricken New York for refusing to join union

    11/03/2012 10:48:58 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 37 replies
    the daily caller ^ | november 2, 2012 | David Martosko
    A business coordinator at a power company in western Georgia told The Daily Caller Friday afternoon that workers from his electric-utility employer were not permitted to help restore power to New York consumers because they would not join the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). The revelation comes on the heels of similar stories TheDC has reported about power crews from Alabama and Florida who volunteered to fix downed power lines after Hurricane Sandy left millions in the Northeastern United States in the dark this week. “We’re not a large utility, so we were only able to send up two...
  • Union halting power repair crews is top Democratic donor

    11/03/2012 2:45:14 AM PDT · by Libloather · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/02/12 | Paul Bedard
    Union halting power repair crews is top Democratic donorPaul Bedard - Washington Secrets November 2, 2012 | 12:36 pm The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, cited in news reports for halting nonunion repair crews from helping to restore power in superstorm Sandy's New Jersey-New York path, is one of nation's top union donors to Democrats, a group President Obama last year praised in a visit to an IBEW training Center. The Center for Responsive Politics, a public political spending watchdog, said IBEW has the nation's fifth highest spending political action committee, doling out nearly $2.3 million, 97 percent of which...
  • 'NO RED TAPE'? NEW JERSEY TURNS AWAY NON-UNION RELIEF CREWS

    11/01/2012 10:30:28 PM PDT · by KansasGirl · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/2/12 | Joel Pollack
    How desperate is hurricane-ravaged New Jersey? Not desperate enough to suspend a union monopoly that keeps the state in the bottom ten states for economic competitiveness (and #48 for business friendliness). Relief crews from Alabama who were specifically called to New Jersey found themselves diverted to Long Island, NY after they arrived because they use non-union labor. Alabama is a right to work state. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- WAFF-TV of Hunstville, AL reports: Crews from Huntsville, as well as Decatur Utilities and Joe Wheeler out of Trinity headed up there this week, but Derrick Moore, one of the Decatur workers, said they were...
  • Big Labor first, victims last: Non-union utility crews from Ala. spurned by N.J.

    11/02/2012 3:52:47 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 11/1/12
    @michellemalkin @viewofadam Im from Alabama. We have great utility crews in our state. Too bad politics keeps them from showing NewJersey— Harley Webb (@hwebb54) November 02, 2012 Unions first, hurricane victims later. This blood-boiling report from Alabama’s WAFF 48 News will come as no surprise to those familiar with the Big Labor protection racket.The hurricane-ravaged east coast has been receiving north Alabama help, but crews from Huntsville Utilities learned they’ll be doing work in Long Island, New York instead of in New Jersey. Crews from Huntsville, as well as Decatur Utilities and Joe Wheeler out of Trinity headed up there...
  • The Worst May Be Yet To Come From Obama's Labor Board

    10/04/2012 11:47:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 4, 2012 | Fred Wszolek
    Under the Obama Administration, Big Labor has seized control of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) to drive its self-interested agenda – a truly unprecedented development in the history of the NLRB. In the past, Board law has changed when control moved from one political party to another. But never before has a Board majority conducted itself in such unprincipled partisan manner, ramming through an extremist agenda and dissembling about it. Three examples demonstrate the point: The NLRB stripped workers of their right to a secret ballot election to challenge their employer’s recognition of a union by card...
  • Judge strikes down Wis. law limiting union rights

    09/14/2012 3:05:15 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 107 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 14, 2012, 5:51 PM EDT | SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press
    A Wisconsin judge has struck down the state law championed by Gov. Scott Walker that effectively ended collective bargaining rights for most public workers. Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas ruled Friday that the law violates both the state and U.S. Constitution and is null... *** It was not clear if the ruling means the law is immediately suspended.
  • Beware of Backfire - Striking Chicago teachers may turn Illinois into Wisconsin.

    09/12/2012 12:59:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 66 replies
    City Journal ^ | 11 September 2012 | Christian Schneider
    If Wisconsin governor Scott Walker has spent the last 18 months painting a portrait of public-employee unions as intransigent and selfish, the Chicago Teachers Union this week provided him with confirmation. On Monday, 25,000 Chicago teachers (average salary: $76,000 before benefits) walked out of their classrooms, leaving nearly 350,000 schoolchildren and their parents in the lurch. The teachers are fighting to protect their lavish pay and benefit packages and also trying to stave off a new accountability plan that would evaluate their effectiveness using studentsÂ’ test scores. The Chicago strike serves as a counterpoint to events in Wisconsin after WalkerÂ’s...
  • "A" Is for Agitation: Radical Chicago Teachers on Parade

    09/12/2012 1:10:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 12, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis walks, talks and barks like a rootsy Occupy Wall Street activist. But this Big Labor loudmouth who's leading the abandonment of nearly 400,000 schoolchildren in the Windy City is just another power-grabbing union fat cat. Instead of academic excellence, she rails about "social justice." Instead of accountability, she fumes about "profits" and curses merit pay. Lewis has marched with the Occu-clowns denouncing capitalism and promoting "socialism (as) the alternative." She raves: "Occupy Wall Street and the whole concept of the 99 percent is an extraordinarily important movement." And she earned praise as a "fist-in-the-air,...
  • Busted: Chicago Teacher’s Union Caught Using Kids at Strike Protest (Video)

    09/11/2012 11:32:44 AM PDT · by grundle · 30 replies
    The Getaway Pundit ^ | September 22, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    Chicago teachers went on strike today for the first time in 25 years. 400,000 students and their families were affected. Teachers in Chicago are the highest paid in the nation and make an average $74,839 a year. It took less than 24 hours for the Chicago Teacher’s Union to start using kids in their strike protests. EAG News reported: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=p71oypj6hHM&list=UUZXyXlMroleiWYnkIgaqD-Q
  • $4 Billion in 4 Years: Federal Subsidies to Chicago Schools

    09/11/2012 8:25:07 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 16 replies
    CNSNews
    $4 Billion in 4 Years: Federal Subsidies to Chicago Schools By Terence P. Jeffrey September 11, 2012 (CNSNews.com) - Taxpayers in places as divergent as Florida and Montana, Nevada and New Hampshire, Arizona and Maine--as well as their children who will eventually need to pay the interest on the federal government's growing debt--may not think they have a stake in the Chicago teachers strike, but in fact the budgets of the Chicago Public Schools show that American taxpayers everywhere have literally billions at stake in what goes on in this one city's public school system. Over the past four years,...
  • U.S. Department of Education: 79% of Chicago 8th Graders Not Proficient in Reading

    09/10/2012 11:45:48 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 65 replies
    U.S. Department of Education: 79% of Chicago 8th Graders Not Proficient in Reading By Terence P. Jeffrey September 10, 2012 (CNSNews.com) - Seventy-nine percent of the 8th graders in the Chicago Public Schools are not grade-level proficient in reading, according to the U.S. Department of Education, and 80 percent are not grade-level proficient in math. Chicago public school teachers went on strike on Monday and one of the major issues behind the strike is a new system Chicago plans to use for evaluating public school teachers in which student improvement on standardized tests will count for 40 percent of a...
  • School's out in Chicago as teachers strike, parents scramble (Obama Union Supporters)

    09/10/2012 3:40:49 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 53 replies
    chicago tribune ^ | 9/10/2012 | Greg McCune
    School was out in Chicago on Monday and parents scrambled for child care after public school teachers staged the first strike in a quarter century over reforms sought by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and endorsed by President Barack Obama's administration. Some 29,000 teachers and support staff in the nation's third largest school district were involved, leaving parents of 350,000 students between kindergarten and high school age to find alternative supervision.
  • Trumka leaving Charlotte ahead of Obama's acceptance speech

    09/06/2012 10:16:30 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 6, 20012 | Kevin Bogardus
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is leaving Charlotte on Thursday and will not attend President Obama's acceptance speech. Trumka is leaving early in order to avoid the travel crush at the Charlotte airport on Friday, according to a spokesman for Workers’ Voice, the AFL-CIO’s super-PAC. But there have been tensions between the Obama administration and organized labor for some time. Spokesman Eddie Vale said Trumka and others union officials' absence was not related to labor’s frustrations with Democrats. “Nope, this has nothing to do with that,” he said in an email. “We're looking forward to Obama accepting the...
  • Gloria Romero: The Trials of a Democratic Reformer

    09/01/2012 11:48:18 AM PDT · by I still care · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal / The Weekend Interview ^ | August 31, 2012 | ALLYSIA FINLEY
    Former Los Angeles Lakers Coach Phil Jackson once referred to Sacramento as a "cowtown," but Gloria Romero, a pro-labor Democrat who served as California's Senate majority leader from 2001 to 2008, takes exception to the belittling description. The capitol building in Sacramento, she says, has "the eighth most powerful economy in the world under that dome," and it operates not unlike other wealthy kleptocracies. "There's no other way to say it politely. It's owned." Topping the list of proprietors is the California Teachers Association, which she calls the most muscular union and political player in the state. Then there are...
  • Union Rules: Despite No Horses, Detroit Water Department Employs 'Horseshoer'

    08/20/2012 5:44:39 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 35 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/20/2012 | Jarrett Skorup
    Despite having no horses, the water and sewerage department for the city of Detroit employs a horseshoer. Yet even with a department so bloated that it has a horseshoer and no horses, the local union president said it is "not possible" to eliminate positions. Union rules have turned the department into a government jobs program, some critics say...
  • SEIU has taken more than $31M from workers; union 'shellgame' hurts disabled

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

    08/02/2012 12:26:57 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/2/2012 | wsj
    A former rising star within the Service Employees International Union has been charged with bilking his ex-employer, one of the nation's most powerful labor groups. Tyrone Freeman, 42 years old, who once led a large Los Angeles-based local representing low-wage health-care workers, was indicted Tuesday on 15 criminal counts, including mail fraud and the embezzlement of $100,000.
  • New Video from James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas (Dig a hole, fill a hole!)

    07/19/2012 3:00:01 PM PDT · by Da Bilge Troll · 1 replies
    Project Veritas ^ | July 18, 2012 | James O’Keefe
    WASHINGTON, DC - Project Veritas, the group headed by James O'Keefe and known for their undercover video operations on ACORN, NPR and voter fraud, has released a new video that exposes waste and corruption behind stimulus-funded "Green jobs." "The purpose of our investigation is to illustrate that many of the jobs being championed -- and funded -- by the Obama administration are merely paper positions that come at great expense to the American taxpayer," says O'Keefe. "Digging holes just to fill them up again is not meaningful work, nor does it produce economic output for a recovery. Giving people jobs...
  • Trumka: Big Labor to Push Dems and GOP to Adopt ‘Second Bill of Rights’

    07/17/2012 12:25:18 PM PDT · by listenhillary · 77 replies
    CNS news ^ | July 17, 2012 | Gabriella Hoffman
    Americans have a “right” to full employment, housing, health care, collective bargaining and protection against old age, sickness and unemployment, according to AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka. Trumka says Big Labor intends to push both the Democratic Party and the GOP to adopt what he called “The Second Bill of Rights” at presidential nominating conventions this summer. “America’s Second Bill of Rights is a broad-based statement of what the American people need and what they deserve. If some of it sounds redundant, it is because we once took many of these rights for granted,” Trumka said last Thursday at the National...
  • HIGH COURT DEALS 7-2 BLOW AGAINST SEIU

    06/21/2012 8:37:57 AM PDT · by KansasGirl · 59 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 6/21/2012 | Breitbart News
    Press release from the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation (AP story below): Washington, DC (June 21, 2012) - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 today, siding with nonmember California state employees challenging a Service Employees International Union (SEIU) political fee charged to them without notice and opportunity to opt out.   The case concludes a prolonged legal challenge affecting some 36,000 California government employees initiated by eight California civil servants who filed a class-action lawsuit with free legal assistance from the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.   In 2005, SEIU officials imposed a “special assessment” to...
  • Wisconsin Recall Vote Exposes Vulnerability of Public-Sector Unions (long but good review)

    06/14/2012 1:34:17 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | June 14, 2012 | Carl Horowitz
    To his sworn enemies, Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker's victory last Tuesday over Democratic challenger Tom Barrett by 53 to 46 percent has been as hard to spin as it has been to accept. There's no getting around it: The unions lost. It was public-sector unions who led the effort to recall Walker following passage by the legislature last spring of a fiscal reform plan that included tough limitations on union bargaining power. Unions and allied groups by this January had gathered nearly a million signatures to put the recall on the ballot. During the entire campaign, some 50,000 volunteers...