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  • Secretive nationwide network gives SEIU new organizing muscle

    03/05/2012 7:19:25 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 14 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/05/2012 | Richard Pollock
    This is the first in a Daily Caller investigative series.The politically aggressive Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has quietly created a national network of at least eight community-organizing groups, some of which function alongside the Occupy Wall Street movement, a Daily Caller investigation shows.Incorporated by the SEIU as local non-profits, the groups are waging concerted local political campaigns to publicly attack conservative political figures, banks, energy companies and other corporations.Each local group has portrayed itself as an independent community organization not tied to any special interest. But they were founded, incorporated, and led by SEIU personnel.The individual activist groups use...
  • Mitt Romney: Labor unions play an important role in our society

    02/21/2012 11:24:58 PM PST · by cdchik123 · 29 replies
    hotair ^ | 2/21/12 | tina korbe
    Just as Rick Santorum has pointedly and repeatedly reminded voters that Mitt Romney supported an individual health care mandate and the Wall Street bailouts, so Mitt Romney has sought to remind voters that Rick Santorum has been cozy with Big Labor in the past. In his attacks on Santorum, Romney has sounded unequivocally anti-labor, which no doubt has not helped him much in Michigan. Today, though, the former Massachusetts governor displayed a nuanced perspective on labor unions, characterizing himself as pro-union-worker but anti-union-bosses. His first line — “Labor unions play an important role in our society” — might seem to...
  • RECALL ALERT: Judge denies Gov. Walker time to verify signatures (Action Alert!)

    02/19/2012 11:01:13 AM PST · by Syncro · 68 replies · 2+ views
    Tea Party Express ^ | February 19, 2012 | Staff
    Dear Loyal Supporters of Gov. Scott Walker, . You are not going to believe this one! . A Democratic appointed judge that was supported by AFL-CIO South Federation of Labor and the Madison Teachers Union has denied Gov. Scott Walker the time to verify the recall petitions submitted by the unions and liberal left that are trying to oust him. He essentially ruled that the Recall was inevitable and that we should not waste time actually verifying signatures. . . .. . We have been telling you that we are worried that this will not be a fair fight...
  • Doctors in Union Sick Note Scam Contend Street Corner Exams Better Than Office Visits

    02/09/2012 12:00:18 PM PST · by bigbob · 27 replies
    MacIver Institute ^ | 2-9-12 | MacIver News Service
    Doctors who handed out sick notes to protesters while on the corner of Mifflin and Hamilton streets last year claim protestors received more thorough examinations on the street in public than they would have at an office visit. This revelation was discoverd in an examination of documents obtained by the MacIver News Service through an open records request. The Medical Examining Board issued reprimands to seven doctors in October, who had given hundreds of sick notes to protesters last February so they wouldn’t get in trouble for skipping work. The MacIver News Service was the first to report on the...
  • WI: Unions ask Democrats in Walker recall to make veto pledge (Falk signs)

    02/08/2012 1:04:16 PM PST · by MNlurker · 31 replies
    JS Online ^ | 2/8/2012 | Jason Stein
    Union leaders are asking Democratic candidates for governor to veto the next state budget if it doesn't restore collective bargaining for public workers and at least one leading candidate - Kathleen Falk - has agreed, participants in the private meetings say.
  • What is the role of the modern progressive teacher? Use children effectively in any crisis

    01/24/2012 6:29:02 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 15 replies · 3+ views
    Hat Tip to Michigan Capitol Confidential: Teachers' Union Manual Shows How to Organize Illegal Strikes, Use Children During Bargaining This is evil, evil stuff. You want to know just how deep down the rathole that the school systems have gone? Take a look inside this crisis manual. On page 17 of the manual(searchable alternative link here) it says "Pick a target - personalize - and polarize the opposition" which is right out of Saul Alinsky. It was Horace Mann who said it best: We, then, who are engaged in the sacred cause of education, are entitled to look upon all...
  • Union chief: Congress controlled by 'climate change deniers'

    01/12/2012 12:29:33 PM PST · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 12, 2012 | Ben Geman
    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Thursday that climate change deniers call the shots in Congress. “[I]t is clear that as long as Congress is effectively controlled by climate change deniers, all of us — investors, companies, workers and the broader public — must take action ourselves,” Trumka said. In a wide-ranging speech in New York at the Investor Summit on Climate Risk & Energy Solutions, Trumka made the case for creating jobs with the build-out of low-carbon infrastructure. He said the collapse of global warming legislation has prompted the labor federation to seek other means to spur investments in...
  • (Indiana House RAT leader Patrick) Bauer Hints At New Walkout Over Right To Work

    01/04/2012 10:33:24 AM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Bauer Hints At New Walkout Over Right To WorkRepublicans Adamant To Push Bill Through UPDATED: 1:07 pm EST January 4, 2012 INDIANAPOLIS -- The leader of Indiana's House Democrats hinted Wednesday that party lawmakers may walk out for the second year in a row to oppose the same Republican "right-to-work" bill blocked last year by their five-week boycott. But some lawmakers seemed split on whether to make such a move. House Democratic Leader Patrick Bauer told The Associated Press that his caucus planned to meet Wednesday to debate how to handle the GOP proposal that would make Indiana the 23rd...
  • Breaking: Obama also set to make recess appointments to the NLRB

    01/04/2012 12:38:37 PM PST · by Nachum · 132 replies · 1+ views
    WaPo ^ | 1/4/12 | Greg Sargent
    It isn’t just Richard Cordray. Obama is also set to use recess appointments to install his picks to the National Labor Relations Board, according to White House officials and others familiar with ongoing discussions. The move, which is arguably as impotant as the Cordray appointment, will ratchet up opposition from Republicans and make this an even bigger fight, since they have been attacking the NLRB regularly for its moves to streamline union elections and inform workers of their rights. Obama is set to appoint Sharon Block, Terence Flynn, and Richard Griffin to the board — something unions have made a...
  • Unions harass teacher who dared to speak up in support of Scott Walker

    12/15/2011 10:30:08 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 9 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 15,2011 | TINA KORBE
    The obnoxiousness continues. Not content to picket the Capitol and petition for the recall of any and every state leader who had a hand in the passage of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill, union leaders are now harassing a teacher who appeared in an ad in support of Walker. In a basic black-back-dropped ad, Kristi Lacroix said she wasn’t in favor of a recall. “I’m not big on recalls and I think, at this point, in my opinion, and I’m only speaking from the ‘I,’ it feels a little like sour grapes,” she says in the spot. “It’s...
  • 'Forced Unionization' Brings In $28 Million For SEIU ... And Climbing

    12/09/2011 11:52:02 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/8/2011 | Jack Spencer
    The “take” so far from Michigan's forced unionization of supposed home health care workers for the Service Employees International Union is $28 million. That tally is going up on a monthly basis. The overwhelming majority of these dollars can be used for almost anything the SEIU desires, including advertising, issue advocacy, lobbying, get out the vote efforts and other political purposes. According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, the amount of "dues" taken out of subsidy checks that go to "home health care workers'” checks and passed on to the SEIU so far is as follows: 2007: $5,040,263 2008:...
  • SEIU Sends #OccupyCongress to Invade the Hill

    12/07/2011 9:51:56 AM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Big Government ^ | 12/7/11 | Scott Shapiro
    Sources on Capitol Hill tell Big Government that SEIU has organized a major effort to ‘Take Back the Capitol’ this week with a collective of community, labor and Occupy groups that are dedicated to “show Congress what democracy looks like, shine a light on corporate greed and the human suffering it has caused, and demand justice for the 99%.” According to Congressional sources, Occupy protestors have been visiting one Congressional office after another and demanding to speak with representatives while loitering in their waiting rooms and chanting. ‘Trackers’ are also being spotted roaming the hills of various Congressional buildings.
  • Union Bosses Win, Ohio Workers Get Fired

    12/06/2011 9:55:24 AM PST · by Sopater · 13 replies
    Big Government ^ | Jason Hart
    One month ago Ohio voted with its heart against reforms portrayed as an attack on public workers. Ohio, DC, and New York union bosses spent more than $30 million drenching the airwaves in images of sad firefighters, sad police officers, and evil Republicans, convincing voters to overlook a broken status quo.A month later, how are local governments celebrating the union victory on Issue 2?Middletown is laying off 9 firefighters, despite the city’s police and fire budgets both increasing by nearly 1/3 in the past decade. In Hamilton, a $5.9 million death tax haul will delay the inevitable: Inflation coupled with...
  • Ready for OWS to end, NYC residents protest the protesters (Sick and Tired. Enough!!)

    11/14/2011 11:33:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/14/2011 | Tina Korbe
    While I can't imagine why, some New York City residents are just sick and tired of the Wall Street Occupiers -- and would prefer they pack up their Zuccotti Park tent city and head on home, wherever home might be. NBC New York reports: Downtown residents and business owners are organizing a protest of the protest after two months of Lower Manhattan being occupied by the Wall Street demonstration.Angry over all-day drumming, people urinating and defecating on the streets and verbal attacks from protesters, organizers say they will rally at City Hall Monday to send officials a message. …Businesses have...
  • 'Occupy' Movement's Favorability Rating Plummets, For Some Reason

    11/03/2011 11:50:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 3, 2011 | Guy Benson
    How very curious:   A sign that the Occupy Wall Street movement isn’t the best long-term vehicle for Democrats to connect themselves with: A new Quinnipiac poll, showing a plurality of voters viewing the group unfavorably.  The poll, released today, show 30 percent of voters surveyed view the movement favorably, 39 percent unfavorably, with an additional 30 percent not hearing enough to have an opinion.  It’s one of the first national polls to suggest voters are growing skeptical of Occupy Wall Street- and it comes as police have clashed with protesters in several cities.  Previous national polls have shown a plurality of...
  • Union Chief Leo Gerard: 'Resistance Movement' Needed to Seize Bridges, Banks in Case OWS Fails

    United Steelworkers international president Leo Gerard has a message to the flea party whiny-whiners still camping out instead of sleeping in their parents' basements -- playtime is over. Just in case the Occupy movement fails -- in other words, when it fails -- Gerard is urging union members to fill that gaping void with "more militancy." "And no wonder people are occupying. We oughta be doing more than occupying parks. We oughta start occupying bridges. We start oughta occupying the banks places themselves."
  • Hundreds of Oakland teachers skip work for protest

    11/02/2011 1:06:16 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 24 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | Nov. 2, 2011 | The Associated Press
    OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland school officials say about 360 teachers didn't show up for work, as thousands of people joined anti-Wall Street protests throughout the city.Oakland Unified School District spokesman Troy Flint says roughly 18 percent of the district's 2,000 teachers were absent, as compared to the 1-percent rate on a typical Wednesday.Several teachers' unions have expressed support for the Occupy Oakland movement, which made international headlines after an Iraq War veteran participating in the demonstrations was injured in last week's clashes between protestors and police.
  • Unions Stand with Occupy Movement in Oakland and Nationwide

    11/01/2011 10:29:55 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 12 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | Oct 31, 2011 | Mike Hall
    The Alameda Labor Council and California Labor Federation are standing in solidarity with Occupy Oakland’s Nov. 2 Day of Action. In a message to activists, council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Josie Camacho says working families are “inspired by the spirit of the fight against Wall Street.” This Day of Action will be a public demonstration of support for the right to peaceably assembly without interference, and against the growing wealth and income inequality created by Wall Street and the actions of the richest 1 percent. Along with encouraging noontime worksite actions and joining the 5 p.m. PDT mobilization at Oakland City hall,...
  • Pelosi: NLRB Should Shut Boeing Plant Down Or Force It to Unionize

    11/01/2011 8:09:12 AM PDT · by markomalley · 43 replies · 1+ views
    Human Events ^ | November 1, 2011 | John Hayward
    Writing at RedState, blogger LaborUnionReport highlights this amazing interview with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi from last week, in which she declares that Boeing should be forced by the government to close down its non-union South Carolina plant, although she mercifully adds, “I would hope that they would make it union” to avoid this fate. LaborUnionReport is willing to cut Pelosi a little slack and allow that she might just be an uninformed boob spouting off about something she doesn’t understand at all: In fairness, Pelosi’s advisers may have neglected to tell the former speaker that the South Carolina plant...
  • URGENT! THE OHIO SHOWDOWN

    10/25/2011 2:28:58 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 13 replies
    Dick Morris.Com ^ | October 25,2011 | Dick Morris
    Dear Friends, On Tuesday, November 8th, the public employee unions in Ohio are hoping to pass a ballot measure repealing the labor reforms Governor John Kasich has passed this year. They want to kill reforms to teacher tenure, stop merit pay for teachers, eliminate school choice, stop union members from paying more for pensions and health insurance, and keep mandatory collection of union dues. Conservatives – everyone – needs to give money to stop the unions from winning this fight. If they repeal Senate Bill 5 – Kasich’s reform legislation – it will reassert union power and block reforms all...
  • 2 teachers union lobbyists teach for a day to qualify for hefty pensions

    10/24/2011 7:28:55 AM PDT · by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage · 11 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10-24-2011 | Ray Long and Jason Grotto
    SPRINGFIELD — — Two lobbyists with no prior teaching experience were allowed to count their years as union employees toward a state teacher pension once they served a single day of subbing in 2007, a Tribune/WGN-TV investigation has found. Steven Preckwinkle, the political director for the Illinois Federation of Teachers, and fellow union lobbyist David Piccioli were the only people who took advantage of a small window opened by lawmakers a few months earlier. ---snip--- His paycheck fluctuates as a union lobbyist, but pension records show his earnings in the last school year were at least $245,000. Based on his...
  • Cheering Economic Terrorism- SEIU Getting Ready To Terrify DC: Steven Lerner

    10/05/2011 7:59:03 AM PDT · by Beckett08 · 87 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 10/05/2011
    Cheering Economic Terrorism – SEIU Getting Ready to ‘Terrify’ DC: Stephen Lerner at SIEU Meeting Outlines Rules for Creating a Crisis — We Want Their Kids to Hate Them, Name Enemies Like Glenn Beck, Shut Down Bridges, Long Occupations, Recruit Tea Party
  • Union Thugs force Boeing of South Carolina to become unionized

    09/27/2011 6:34:46 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 32 replies
    National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation - Email | Mark Mix
    Last week, the U.S. House Workforce Committee held a hearing on the Obama Labor Board's recent onslaught of Big Labor power grabs that undermine worker freedom. National Labor Relations Board Chairman and former union lawyer Mark Pearce offered his spin after the hearing, calling the Board's decisions "fair and even-handed." The outrageous complaint against Boeing hardly seems fair to the thousands of South Carolina workers who could be forced out of their jobs all because they can't be required to pay union dues or "fees" as a condition of employment. But don't just take my word for it. At the...
  • Connecticut Governor Enacts Card Check Through Executive Order

    09/22/2011 12:34:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies · 1+ views
    Big Government ^ | 9/22/11 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Continuing a fiat governance style that is right out of the Obama playbook, Democratic and Working Families Party Governor Dannel Malloy issued two executive orders yesterday that will force daycare providers and home healthcare workers in Connecticut to join unions. The orders, his ninth and tenth since taking office in January, will force the state’s 4,000 daycare providers to add over $1 million in dues to union coffers, and remove the right to secret ballot election for these workers by instituting a card check process.
  • Money for Nothing: City taxpayers foot the bill for union work

    09/22/2011 11:06:28 AM PDT · by inkling · 6 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | September 21, 2011 | Mark Flatten
    Phoenix taxpayers spend millions of dollars to pay full salary and benefits for city employees to work exclusively for labor unions, a Goldwater Institute investigation found. Collective bargaining agreements with seven labor organizations require the city to pay union officers and provide members with thousands of additional hours to conduct union business instead of doing their government jobs. The total cost to Phoenix taxpayers is about $3.7 million per year, based on payroll records supplied by the city. In all, more than 73,000 hours of annual release time for city workers to conduct union business at taxpayers’ expense are permitted...
  • One-day rehiring nets former Chicago labor leader $158,000 pension

    09/22/2011 7:27:57 AM PDT · by listenhillary · 19 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9/21/2011 | Jason Grotto
    Most city workers spend decades in public service to build up modest pensions. But for former labor leader Dennis Gannon, the keys to securing a public pension were one day on the city payroll and some help from the Daley administration. And his city pension is more than modest. It's the highest of any retired union leader: $158,000. That's roughly five times greater than what the typical retired city worker receives. In fact, his pension is so high that it exceeds federal limits and required the city pension fund to file special paperwork with the Internal Revenue Service to give...
  • Unions Butter Bread With Obama Tools

    09/15/2011 8:41:27 AM PDT · by 92nina · 2 replies
    ATR ^ | 2011-09-14 | Christopher Prandoni
    Unions have good reason to thank President Obama, who has gone to unprecedented lengths to reverse demographic trends and public sentiment to help unions cling to power. In the past 100 years, Americans have never thought less of organized labor. This disenchantment didn’t happen overnight - Gallup polls show that Americans increasingly disapprove of labor unions and think they should have less power. Given this negative perception of unions, it is not surprising that union membership has dropped dramatically: Twenty-four percent of America’s workforce was unionized in 1979 while only 12 percent are unionized today. Trying their best to buck...
  • Letters: Hoffa's call to polls, not to arms

    09/13/2011 3:59:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    New York Newsday ^ | September 13, 2011 | Various
    Editor's note: Monday's letters about a Labor Day vow by Teamsters general president James Hoffa to "take . . . out" his political opponents continue to generate a lot of interest from Newsday readers. Hoffa stood by his comments during a radio interview on Friday with KIRO-FM in Seattle. Here's an excerpt:"I'm talking about the tea party Republicans who are trying to take away everything that labor has fought for, who frustrate the president when we try and put America back to work, who are out there trying to pass right-to-work, and who are trying to take away collective bargaining...
  • A Union Goes Too FarViolence by unionized longshoreman is noticed by the NLRB.

    09/09/2011 9:38:42 AM PDT · by Eva · 75 replies
    WAll Street Journal ^ | 9/9/11 | editorial board
    It turns out a union can go so far that even the current National Labor Relations Board can't turn a blind eye. A grain operator at the Port of Longview in Washington state was hit with a violent strike yesterday by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). Longshoreman walked out at nearby ports in Tacoma and Seattle. According to police reports, some 500 longshoreman broke in at about 4:30 a.m. Thursday morning and held six security guards hostage for two hours while the protesters rampaged through the facility. They cut brake lines on railroad cars and spilled grain from...
  • John Galt's Advice to Obama

    09/09/2011 8:47:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 8, 2011 | J. D. Thorpe
    “Get out of the way.” With this statement, John Galt articulated the simple and necessary policy solution to the disastrous centrally-planned economy in Atlas Shrugged. It’s also sage advice that President Obama should consider before he unveils his latest jobs plan before the Joint Session of Congress tonight. This advice is strikingly prescient as our nation’s economy moves ever-closer to mirroring the calamitous state of affairs that befell society in Rand’s novel. During his two and half years in office, Obama has crushed the labor market with a pro-statist agenda, which includes ObamaCare, the stimulus package, coziness to Big Labor,...
  • White House Touts Hoffa’s Endorsement of Obama’s Jobs Plan

    09/09/2011 9:39:39 AM PDT · by Justaham · 23 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 9-9-11 | Fred Lucas
    Just days after Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa urged a union crowd to “take out” tea party “sons-a-bitches,” the White House is touting the union leader’s endorsement President Obama’s $447 billion jobs plan. The White House on Thursday forwarded a news release from the Teamsters saying that Hoffa applauded Obama’s measures. “Congress must pass President Obama’s plan now,” Hoffa said. “The jobs crisis is an American problem. It isn’t President Obama’s problem, and it isn’t a Republican or Democratic problem. All Americans need to come together to create good jobs for the good of our economy and the good of our...
  • Longshoremen storm Wash. state port, damage RR

    09/08/2011 11:28:18 AM PDT · by slickdain · 64 replies
    ap ^ | 9/8/2011 | ap
    LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — Hundreds of Longshoremen stormed the Port of Longview early Thursday, overpowered and held security guards, damaged railroad cars, and dumped grain that is the center of a labor dispute, said Longview Police Chief Jim Duscha.
  • Unpatriotic Teamsters Hoarding Mounds of Cash

    09/08/2011 11:25:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 8, 2011 | Kyle Olson
    The Left’s working motto consistently turns out to be “do as I say, not as I do.”  How else could they possibly make bold pronouncements to the media but live the exact opposite? The day before his declaration of war on the Tea Party movement, Teamsters President James Hoffa appeared on CNN and deemed American companies as “unpatriotic,” according to the Political Ticker. “I think the president should challenge the patriotism of these American corporations that are sitting on the sidelines,” Hoffa said. “The problem in America isn’t that we don’t have enough money. We’ve got more money than any...
  • White House Declines Comment On Union Leader’s Anti-Tea Party Rhetoric At Labor Day Rally

    09/05/2011 4:08:50 PM PDT · by penelopesire · 223 replies
    ABC NEWS ^ | Sep 5, 2011 6:59pm | Mary Bruce
    Despite President Obama’s repeated claims to change the tone in Washington, the White House has no comment this afternoon on incendiary statements made by a union leader who spoke before the president at today’s Labor Day rally. Warming up the crowd before President Obama’s speech in Detroit this afternoon, Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. warned the largely-union crowd that the Tea Party was waging a “war on workers” and said that, come November, they should “take these sons of bitches out.” “We got to keep an eye on the battle that we face: The war on workers. And you see...
  • Krauthammer condemns 'cosmic hypocrisy' of Democrats after Hoffa remarks (Video)

    09/06/2011 6:16:23 PM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 12 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | September 6, 2011 | Jeff Poor
    Teamsters President James Hoffa isn’t backing down from his Labor Day remarks, and there are very few on his side calling on him to do so. Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer says there is something to be learned from the episode. On Tuesday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel, Krauthammer said the lack of a backlash was the latest evidence of hypocrisy from President Barack Obama’s party. “The real story is [the] cosmic hypocrisy of the Democrats,” Krauthammer said. “We had the shooting in Tucson all of a sudden that was obviously the act of a psychotic mad man…...
  • Hoffa on tea party, congressional conservatives: ‘Let’s take these sons of bitches out!’

    09/05/2011 10:57:27 AM PDT · by martosko · 180 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 09/05/2011 | Matthew Boyle
    While warming up a Detroit crowd for President Barack Obama’s Labor Day speech, Teamsters union president Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. said unions need to fight a “war” against tea partiers and congressional Republicans. “President Obama, this is your army,” Hoffa said. “We are ready to march. Let’s take these sons of bitches out and take America back to where America we belong.”
  • Hoffa: “No Regrets” Over Speech Calling For Violence Against Conservatives, This Is a “War”…

    09/05/2011 6:51:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 299 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | 9/5/11 | Zip
    Thug. (TPM) — Teamsters union president James Hoffa would say it all again if he could, he told TPM Monday. Hoffa riled up Fox News and the right wing Monday with a Labor Day speech in Detroit in which he called Republican members of Congress “sons of bitches” and said union workers are ready to “go to war” with the tea party next year and “take out” Republicans at the ballot box. Hoffa said he’d say the exact same words all over again. “I would because I believe it,” he said. “They’ve declared war on us. We didn’t declare war...
  • Union leader draws lucrative pension perk based on false information (CHICAGO)

    09/02/2011 2:39:40 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 1,2011 | Jason Grotto,
    Every month, Thomas Villanova gets a $9,000 reminder of how lucrative it can be to serve as a union leader in Chicago. The sum is part of a city pension that comes on top of the $198,000 annual salary he is paid to represent the interests of thousands of city workers .Villanova last worked for the city in 1989 as an electrical mechanic with the Department of Streets and Sanitation, making about $40,000 a year. Yet in 2008 he was allowed to retire at age 56 with a $108,000 city pension. That's because, under a little-known state law, his pension...
  • Mark Belling exposes union scam in Wisconsin

    09/01/2011 3:18:44 PM PDT · by ADSUM · 100 replies
    Mark Belling Conservative Radio Talk Host (Also Guest Host for Rush Limbaugh) on WISN Radio 1130 in Milwaukee exposes a Wisconsin union scam. Teachers retired and started collecting pension and health benefits have been rehired again as teachers for this year in same school district. This is double dipping and certainly is costing the taxpayers and also new teacher applicants that didn't get hired at a lower new teacher salary.
  • AFL-CIO Head Sees No Short-Term Debt Crisis, Calls for More Jobs Spending

    09/01/2011 2:58:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 31, 2011 | Matt Cover
    The United States does not have a short-term debt problem, just a “jobs crisis” that can be solved with greater government stimulus spending, according to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Speaking at a press conference on jobs Wednesday, Trumka called for greater government spending in areas like education and jobs. Asked whether such spending was responsible in an era of record federal debt and deficits, he replied that “the United States doesn’t have a short-term debt crisis, it has a short-term jobs crisis.” The head of the nation’s largest labor union organization then compared increased federal deficit spending to mortgages or...
  • Chicago Union Leaders Grab Millions in Pension Loophole

    08/23/2011 8:30:41 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 11 replies
    FOX Chicago News ^ | Aug 23, 2011 | Dane Placko
    Chicago Union Leaders Grab Millions in Pension Loophole Updated: Tuesday, 23 Aug 2011, 6:42 AM CDT Published : Monday, 22 Aug 2011, 8:38 PM CDT By Dane Placko, FOX Chicago News Chicago - How would you like to get a 25 percent annual return on your retirement investment? It's a great deal, and it's not available to regular folks. But it is -- legally -- available to union officials who started their careers working for the City of Chicago. Take Tim Foley, who's the head of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 134. Under a little-known provision of the...
  • VIDEO: Michigan Business Owner Shot For Being Non-Union

    08/17/2011 8:39:19 AM PDT · by blog.Eyeblast.tv · 21 replies
    John King, a Michigan business owner, was shot after he surprised a man trying to slash the tires on the truck outside of his Lambertville, MI home. The word 'scab' was written on the side of his truck. King is the owner of the largest non-union electrical contracting company in the area. The police are currently investigating the occurrence.
  • Miami Declares Emergency, Mulls Union Cuts

    08/17/2011 7:37:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 17, 2011 | Mike Shedlock
    The "good news" keeps right on rolling. As such, I keep wondering which major US city will be the first to declare bankruptcy. Please consider candidate Miami. Miami Declares Financial State of EmergencyBloomberg reports Miami Declares ‘Financial Urgency’ as It Moves to Cut Worker Pay, Benefits
  • Ohio Business Owner Shot For Being Non-Union, Police Investigating

    08/16/2011 6:52:44 PM PDT · by Minus_The_Bear · 95 replies
    With around 25 employees, John King owns one of the largest non-union electrical contracting businesses in the Toledo, Ohio area. As a non-union contractor, his business happens to be doing well at a time when unions in the construction industry are suffering. This, it seems, has made the usual animosity unions have for him even greater, making him a prime target of union thugs. So much so, that one of them tried to kill him last week at his home. John King didn’t plan on being an enemy of unions. In fact, he says all he’s ever wanted to...
  • Big Labor Watch: “Open season” on Verizon

    08/16/2011 12:20:45 PM PDT · by matt04 · 6 replies
    Union thugs are up to their old tricks — sabotage, deceit, intimidation, feces-hurling, you name it — as a labor dispute between the Communications Workers of America and Verizon festers. As usual, the left-wing civility police have gone AWOL. Last week, the company reported destroyed cable lines and theft across several states: ... The CWA has declared “open season” on managers and “scabs,” Syracuse NY-based News Channel 9 reports: ... “It is open season. Follow them safely, but when you get to a location, torture them, torture them with chants and noise. Be so loud that they can’t concentrate and...
  • N.J. Teachers Union Denies Democrats Endorsements

    08/15/2011 12:45:58 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies
    Human Events ^ | 08/15/2011 | Mark Impomeni
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie scored a big win for his agenda in June when he persuaded the state legislature to pass a public employee pension and benefits overhaul. The bill, which the governor’s office said would save New Jersey taxpayers $120 billion over 30 years, was the product of a yearlong negotiation between Christie and the Democratic leaders of the state senate and assembly, though it did not receive the backing of most Democrats in either chamber. Those that did support the bill are now paying a political price, with the state’s most powerful union, the New Jersey Education...
  • Wisconsin Holds The Line

    08/13/2011 5:24:33 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 38 replies
    The Foundry ^ | August 10, 2011 | Mike Brownfield
    The liberal political machine was in full throttle. Millions of dollars in campaign ads streamed on TV. An army of union workers descended on the state in a massive grassroots voter mobilization effort. But when the dust settled, the smoke cleared, and the votes were counted, the conservative majority that swept into Wisconsin last November remained intact last night despite an unprecedented recall effort designed to bring an end to Governor Scott Walker’s reforms. Yesterday in Wisconsin, Democrats tried to recall six GOP senators in an attempt to gain a foothold in the state’s legislature—they lost in four of the...
  • Voter ID Equals ‘Jim Crow’? Nonsense!

    08/11/2011 5:21:23 AM PDT · by scottfactor · 23 replies
    scottfactor.com ^ | 08/11/2011 | Gina Miller
    On Tuesday’s broadcast I featured the deranged thinking of the communist Left that was displayed in a column from the Communist Party USA’s website written by someone calling himself Gus Hall (although I doubt it was the Gus Hall, since the column was supposedly written in 2001, and Mr. Hall died in 2000). During my visit to the CPUSA website I also noticed another column in the People’s World section that reported union leadership has declared state attempts to get voter identification laws passed are equivalent to Jim Crow tactics. The term “Jim Crow” refers to a system of laws...
  • Walker recall expected to proceed

    08/10/2011 1:45:45 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 62 replies
    Walker recall expected to proceed By: David Catanese August 10, 2011 11:53 AM EDT MADISON, Wis. — Democrats are forging ahead with efforts to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker next year, one day after losing four of six recall elections to oust GOP state senators. The Tuesday night losses left Democrats a single seat short of overturning GOP control of the state’s upper chamber, though Democratic officials and operatives on the ground insisted Wednesday that their two wins in Republican-leaning areas exposed Walker’s weaknesses. “If we can do all of this against entrenched Republicans on their own turf, imagine our...
  • Liberals outline stimulus agenda in 'Contract for the American Dream'

    08/09/2011 9:22:06 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 55 replies
    Liberals outline stimulus agenda in 'Contract for the American Dream' By Erik Wasson - 08/09/11 10:57 AM ET Liberal organizations and unions are frustrated that President Obama has not aggressively pushed a new jobs stimulus agenda and they are offering up a consolidated fall agenda for Democrats to embrace as an alternative to austerity. Representatives of MoveOn, Rebuild the Dream and the Center for Economic Policy and Research will join Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) on Tuesday to launch a progressive “Contract for the American Dream” to urge the administration and Congress to turn away from budget cutting and focus on...