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  • AFL-CIO cutting staff as union membership declines

    02/24/2017 4:52:48 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 10 replies
    hotair ^ | FEBRUARY 23, 2017 | JOHN SEXTON
    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics union membership hit an all-time low in 2016 of just 10.7 percent. That decline has consequences for unions like the AFL-CIO, which Bloomberg reports is dismissing dozens of staff members: The AFL-CIO is dismissing dozens of staff members as part of a restructuring amid continuing declines in union membership and fresh political threats to labor rights. “We will have to end support for some programs that don’t go to our core priorities,” said AFL-CIO spokesman Josh Goldstein, who declined to discuss the number of staff affected. “This is about reimagining and realigning our...
  • EPA Union Responds to Pruitt’s Introductory Press Conference

    02/22/2017 7:48:41 PM PST · by mdittmar · 14 replies
    The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) ^ | February 22, 2017 | AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 22, 2017AFGE says they hope to have an open dialogue with the agency’s new administratorWASHINGTON – AFGE commended newly-confirmed Administrator Scott Pruitt for opening a dialogue with frontline workers on his first day at the Environmental Protection Agency.“I am eager to see if Administrator Pruitt stands by his commitment to seek out guidance from the people who have dedicated their life’s work to protecting America’s air and water,” said AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. “EPA workers have been made a scapegoat for many of our country’s problems, when in fact, they have only been...
  • Federal Official Again Declares That College Football Players Can Unionize

    02/22/2017 10:02:30 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 34 replies
    Forbes ^ | February 22, 2017 | George Leef
    A hallmark of the federal bureaucracy under Obama was that it pushed the boundaries of government power at every step, especially when doing so helped groups allied to the Democratic Party. Labor unions are one of those groups. Even though many individual workers don’t favor the Democrats, the union hierarchy has hitched its fortunes to them. They’re always looking for any advantage that politicians or bureaucrats can give them. Back in 2014, Big Labor got excited over the possibility of unionizing college football players when the National Labor Relations Board’s regional director in Chicago ruled that members of Northwestern University’s...
  • Trump’s Inroads in Union Ranks Have Labor Leaders Scrambling

    02/17/2017 6:07:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 17, 2017 | Noam Scheiber, Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush
    Donald J. Trump redrew the electoral map with his rousing economic nationalism and evocation of a lost industrial age. It was a message that drew many union members to his cause. And now it is upending the alliances and tactics of the labor movement itself. In early November, workers at the Momentive chemical plant in upstate New York went on strike to beat back pension and health care concessions. By January, the workers were invoking some of Mr. Trump’s populist campaign themes — but with a twist. They planned to picket outside the Manhattan home of the billionaire Stephen A....
  • Iowa GOP passes bill opponents say will gut public unions

    02/16/2017 8:18:39 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 16, 2017 | By BARBARA RODRIGUEZ AND LINLEY SANDERS
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Public sector unions in Iowa will have less authority to negotiate working conditions for teachers, nurses and correctional officers under a bill passed Thursday in the new Republican-controlled Legislature that critics say is aimed at crippling organized labor in the state. The legislation, expected to be signed into law by Iowa's conservative governor, will prohibit workers from collectively negotiating over health insurance, extra pay and several other items currently covered by law. It's expected to be one of the most significant bills of the legislative session, in part because of loud opposition from Democrats and...
  • Boeing workers in South Carolina reject move to unionize

    02/15/2017 6:10:31 PM PST · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 15, 2017 | Meg Kinnard & Emery P. Dalesio - AP
    NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – Nearly 3,000 production workers at Boeing’s South Carolina plant have voted not to join the Machinists, maintaining southern reluctance toward unionization. “We’re disappointed the workers at Boeing South Carolina will not yet have the opportunity to see all the benefits that come with union representation” said IAM lead organizer Mike Evans said in a statement. “But more than anything, we are disheartened they will have to continue to work under a system that suppresses wages, fosters inconsistency and awards only a chosen few.” The first round of voting began early Wednesday. A second round was set...
  • Big Labor Wanted Andrew Puzder Gone; Republicans Obliged

    02/15/2017 2:26:29 PM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 2/15/2017 | Staff
    Corruption: Is it a coincidence that the two Trump Cabinet picks Democrats mounted their fiercest campaigns against happen to be the two that labor unions most wanted to go down in flames? Hardly. Senate Democrats were so determined to do the bidding of the teachers unions and block Betsy DeVos as Education secretary that they held an all-night session in which they railed against her, in the hopes that this would convince one more Republican to oppose her nomination. Having failed to achieve that goal, Democrats immediately turned their ire to the other Big Union target, President Trump's pick to...
  • Closing This One Loophole Could End The Road Toll Debate Right Now

    02/15/2017 8:34:39 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 1 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | February 10, 2017 | Paul de Jong
    As cities across Ontario finalize their budgets and try to squeeze out savings to expand public transit, something doesn't add up. Too many cities, including Toronto, are missing out on hundreds of millions in savings. That's because Ontario has a labour law loophole that's putting cities, companies and taxpayers at a huge disadvantage. The heated debate over road tolls in Toronto has distracted from a far simpler way of saving for public transit expansion. Here it is: Change the way construction projects are tendered. Right now, Toronto and too many other municipalities including Hamilton, Sault Ste. Marie and the Region...
  • Analysis: Was Hillary's Union Support Limited to (Some of) the Public Sector?

    02/14/2017 4:52:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The 74 Million ^ | February 14, 2017 | Mike Antonucci
    xit polls from the 2016 presidential election indicate that Hillary Clinton won the union household vote by only nine points, a much smaller margin than is traditional for Democratic candidates and a contributing factor in Donald Trump’s win, particularly in the battleground states of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. Harold Meyerson of The American Prospect thinks Trump’s strength in union households may have been racial in nature. “Whites from union households preferred Trump over Clinton, 52 percent to 40 percent,” he wrote, citing an unidentified network exit poll. If accurate, race must have played a big part, but we lack enough...
  • D.C. region braces for shock from Trump effect on spending, federal workforce

    02/12/2017 6:56:39 PM PST · by markomalley · 45 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/12/17 | Robert McCartney
    The Washington region’s prospects aren’t all bad under the Trump administration. A top local economist joked at a recent business conference that demonstrators flocking to rallies in the District will drop bundles of cash, spurring growth from “protest tourism.” But the area is bracing for shock at the hands of a reinvent-the-rules president who routinely insults the city and a Republican-led Congress that for years has sought to shrink the federal government that is the area’s principal employer. Officials and analysts expect sharp cuts in federal nondefense spending, which would strain local budgets nationwide and pose a particular threat to...
  • Defiant Ed Sec. Slips Past Angry Mob: ‘No School Door in America Will Be Blocked’

    02/10/2017 7:41:27 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 10, 2017 | 5:41 PM EST | Craig Bannister
    With the aid of D.C. School and U.S. Education Department staff, Education Sec. Betsy DeVos eluded screaming protesters blocking the door of a D.C. public school where she was scheduled to meet with education advocates on Friday. […] After the meeting, DeVos issued a defiant statement, saying she won’t let protesters keep her from doing her job of improving the U.S. educational system: “I will not be deterred in executing the vital mission of the Department of Education. No school door in America will be blocked from those seeking to help our nation’s school children.” …
  • Chicago Public Schools send 381K kids home with letter blasting Trump, GOP governor

    02/08/2017 2:10:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 8, 2017 | Douglas Ernst
    Roughly 381,000 kids were sent home this week from Chicago Public Schools with a partisan letter blasting President Trump and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. Chicago’s WGN reported Tuesday that officials with CPS angered parents by handing out letters that excoriate Republicans — and Republicans only — for budget problems. A letter distributed on Monday begins by saying that Mr. Trump and Gov. Rauner “attack those who need the most help” as a segue into the state’s financial woes. “CPS cannot run the school system that your children deserve with the funds we have,” the letter says. “Under the law, CPS...
  • Union Honcho’s Salary Enough to Pay 10 Teachers [AFT Thug Weingarten]

    02/07/2017 1:45:59 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 10/2/14 | Bill McMorris
    American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten is paid 10 times as much money as the average teacher, according to new federal labor filings. Weingarten earned nearly $560,000 in total compensation during the 2013-2014 school year, according to Department of Labor filings.That figure includes a total salary of $375,174 for the year, as well as more than $180,000 in additional benefits and expenses. The $50,300 she collected in “allowances disbursed,” which cover unnamed perks indirectly related to business, was just $6,000 less than the average teacher earned for the 2012-2013...
  • AFT President Randi Weingarten on the Confirmation of Betsy DeVos

    02/07/2017 1:05:29 PM PST · by billorites · 54 replies
    Statement of AFT President Randi Weingarten on the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education. “DeVos’ confirmation battle has a major silver lining: The public in public education has never been more visible or more vocal, and it is not going back in the shadows. This same public—from rural towns to urban centers, from liberals to conservatives—will now serve as a check and balance, and they will be fierce fighters on behalf of children. I am honored to be a soldier in that movement for children. “It’s telling that even when Trump had full control of the legislative and...
  • Colorado Senate GOP push anti-union 'right to work' bill [YES!!!]

    02/07/2017 12:24:03 PM PST · by 198ml · 30 replies
    The Gazette ^ | 2/7/16 | Peter Marcus
    Senate Republicans on Monday advanced a measure that would add Colorado to the list of so-called "right to work" states, prohibiting mandatory union membership. Despite opposition from throngs of union members and leaders, as well as many in the business world, Republicans on the Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee pushed the bill along on a party-line vote. Senate Bill 55, sponsored by Sen. Tim Neville of Littleton, would prohibit an employer from requiring someone to join an organized labor group or pay dues as a condition of employment. It also would create civil and criminal penalties for violations.
  • The Resistance to the Trump-DeVos agenda is here to stay

    02/07/2017 10:27:17 AM PST · by mdittmar · 16 replies
    youtube ^ | Feb 7, 2017 | NEA President Lily Eskelsen García
    NEA President Lily Eskelsen García thanks parents, students, and education activists for their relentless efforts to stop the hostile takeover of our public schools by Betsy DeVos and the Trump administration.
  • The Unions Betraying the Left (Smell their fear)

    02/06/2017 12:07:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The New Republic ^ | February 6, 2017 | Erik Loomis
    By embracing Donald Trump, the building trades are selling out the movement for greater equality for all working people. Days after the inauguration, the leaders of several building trade unions met with President Donald Trump at the White House, outraging those on the left who want organized labor to lead the resistance to the president’s anti-worker policies. The building trades cited Trump’s call for infrastructure investment and their warm personal relationship with him as reasons to be optimistic about his presidency. As reported in The New York Times, Sean McGarvey, president of North America’s Building Trade Unions, stated, “We have...
  • The VA has no idea how much time employees spend “working” on union business

    02/06/2017 7:57:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/06/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    The public employee unions have a pretty sweet deal with the government which is very similar to the benefits enjoyed by their civilian counterparts. Some of their workers are authorized to spend a certain amount of what’s known as “official time” conducting union business while they’re on the clock and supposedly doing the business of the taxpayers. There are supposed to be limits on this benefit, but in agencies such as the Veterans Affairs Department, just how much of this is going on? Don’t ask the agency’s administrators because it turns out that they have no way of tracking...
  • Washington Republicans Take Aim At Union Influence

    02/05/2017 7:10:32 PM PST · by mdittmar · 5 replies
    KLCC ^ | 2/5/2017 | Austin Jenkins
    Washington Senate Republicans are taking aim at organized labor. They’ve scheduled a series of public hearings beginning Monday on measures designed to reduce the influence of labor unions. One of the proposed bills would prohibit unions that collectively bargain with the governor’s office from making political contributions to gubernatorial candidates. The sponsor, state Sen. Dino Rossi, said it’s about eliminating any “appearance of corruption.” On Wednesday, Republicans will hold a public hearing on a so-called right-to-work bill to make union membership and dues not compulsory.
  • Right to Work Is Wrong for Your Family—Whether You Are Union or Not. Here’s Why

    02/05/2017 2:00:12 PM PST · by mdittmar · 48 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 2/04/2017 | Jesse Isbell
    I spent 36 years working at the Bridgestone Tire plant in Oklahoma City. The work was hard but rewarding. It afforded me the opportunity to provide for my family, always ensure there was enough food at the table and that my kids were afforded every modest opportunity to grow up in a household that was stable, secure and free from worry. That all changed suddenly in 2006, five years after Oklahoma passed a so-called "right to work" law that was billed by politicians as a job creator. For the 1,400 men and women who worked at the plant, right to...
  • Bill de Blasio’s only successful because he pays off the unions

    02/03/2017 11:04:36 AM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 10 replies
    New York Post ^ | Feb. 3, 2017 | Bob McManus
    Mayor Bill de Blasio, persistently beset by legal problems and entering his re-election year, just did what any New Yorker in trouble might do. He called the cops. That is, he laid a bundle of cash on the NYPD’s principal labor union, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, settling the city’s last major outstanding labor contract.
  • IBEW on board with Trump (Electrician's union)

    02/02/2017 1:35:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | February 1, 2017 | Dom Giordano
    WHEN I COVERED the protests of President Trump and the Republicans on retreat in Philadelphia last week, I was struck by the sheer number of signs that were carried by protesters. Many were straightforward about stopping the repeal of Obamacare. Many beat to death the meme of Trump as Hitler. Some were very crude, and others were really clever. Signs like "We want a leader not a creepy tweeter" were interesting. As a Sixers fan, I think "Trust the protest" was probably my favorite. They mostly reflected anger and desperation. However, I noticed two signs hanging from a construction site...
  • GOP Defectors Have Received Thousands From Teachers Union [Murkowski, Collins]

    02/01/2017 5:24:05 PM PST · by markomalley · 60 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 2/1/17 | Bill McMorris
    The two Republicans who broke ranks with their party and announced they would vote against education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos have received thousands of dollars from the nation's largest teachers union.Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska) and Susan Collins (R., Maine) have each benefited from contributions from the National Education Association. Collins received $2,000 from the union in 2002 and 2008, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Murkowski, meanwhile, has received $23,500.The NEA represents 3 million members, making it the wealthiest and most influential union in the country. The NEA, along with other labor groups like the American Federation of Teachers, has waged a fierce campaign against...
  • Stars Line Up to Bash Trump's Immigration Ban as SAG Awards Turn Political

    01/30/2017 6:17:17 AM PST · by C19fan · 31 replies
    PJ Media ^ | January 29, 2017 | Christian Toto
    Hollywood award shows teem with Trump Derangement Syndrome: It's the new normal. We saw it loud and proud at the Golden Globes earlier this month. We'll likely see it again, on steroids, next month when the Academy Awards are handed out.
  • A large portion of protesters who show up suddenly in given cities are government workers.

    01/29/2017 12:54:23 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 23 replies
    Can't tell you | 29 January 2017 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Government workers who have leave time are a large portion of the protesters. If the media would do its job, we would have documentation.
  • Union membership down nearly 40 percent in Wisconsin

    01/27/2017 7:32:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 27, 2017 3:38 PM EST
    Union membership in Wisconsin has declined nearly 40 percent since legislation was passed that gutted collective bargaining for public workers, according to federal data. The percentage of public and private workers who were union members was about 8 percent, or 219,000 people, in 2016, down by 136,000 members from 2010 levels, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The agency’s report shows the percentage of Wisconsin workers in unions is below the national average of 10.7 percent, The State Journal reported. …
  • SEIU’s Henry: Trump executive actions prove his agenda panders to extremists

    01/26/2017 7:08:31 PM PST · by mdittmar · 38 replies
    Service Employees International Union ^ | 1/26/2017 | SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to President Trump’s executive actions on building a border wall, immigration enforcement and restoring the “Secure Communities Program” today, SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement: “For a president who claims to represent and lead from a posture that is not partisan and of the people, Donald Trump’s executive actions have proven that his agenda is anything but that. It is clear our president is choosing to pander to extremists and act as a puppet for their agenda aimed at dividing and weakening our nation rather than honoring the commitment he made in...
  • The secret meaning of Donald Trump's revolutionary first 100 hours

    01/26/2017 6:31:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Fox News Opinion ^ | January 26, 2017 | Richard Manning
    Donald Trump walked into the Oval Office on the first Monday of his presidency less than 100 hours ago, and what has ensued is a frenzy of focused activity aimed at national and job security. Through a series of executive actions, the president has been checking off his campaign promises like a Friday to-do list before a three-day weekend. Authorize building the wall, check. Streamline federal regulations on building pipelines, check. Order a regulatory streamlining plan from the Commerce Department to ease burdens on manufacturers increasing the number of jobs, check. Implement “extreme vetting” of asylum seekers from certain Middle...
  • California schools may face cuts amid skyrocketing pension costs

    01/24/2017 7:03:17 AM PST · by george76 · 57 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 23, 2017 | Jill Tucker
    Public schools around California are bracing for a crisis driven by skyrocketing worker pension costs that are expected to force districts to divert billions of dollars from classrooms into retirement accounts, education officials said. The depth of the funding gap became clear to district leaders when they returned from the holiday break: What they contribute to the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, known as CalPERS, will likely double within six years, according to state estimates. CalPERS, a public pension fund with $300 billion in assets that is the country’s largest, manages retirement benefits for 1.8 million current and former city,...
  • Trump Wins The Unions.... Labor Chiefs Describe "Incredible" Meeting With Trump

    01/23/2017 3:14:53 PM PST · by blam · 87 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 1-23-2017 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler DurdenJanuary 23, 2017Zero HedgeShortly after Donald Trump made good on one of his core campaign promises on Monday morning by signing an executive order formally withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade deal, Trump told labor union leaders that he would renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement "at the appropriate time." The remarks came at the start of a meeting at the White House with leaders of construction, carpenters, plumbers and sheet metal unions, during which Trump pledged to stop trade deals that harmed American workers. According to the White House, participants included North America's Building Trades...
  • Trump meets with leaders of building, sheet metal unions

    01/23/2017 2:00:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 23, 2017 | David Shepardson
    President Donald Trump met Monday at the White House with leaders of construction, carpenters, plumbers and sheet metal unions, the White House said. According to the White House, participants included North America's Building Trades Unions President Sean McGarvey, Laborers' International Union of North America President Terry O'Sullivan, SMART sheet metal workers' union President Joseph Sellers, United Brotherhood of Carpenters President Doug McCarron and Mark McManus, president of the United Association that represents plumbers, pipefitters, welders and others. The union meeting also included several local union officials and follows a gathering of 12 chief executives of large companies at the White...
  • Betsy DeVos is scarier than the KKK, says DC teachers union head

    01/19/2017 6:17:41 PM PST · by 198ml · 63 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 1/19/17 | Multiple authors
    Speaking at an event organized to oppose President-elect Donald Trump’s agenda in Washington, D.C. Thursday, American Federation of Teachers President Elizabeth “Liz” Davis said that Betsy DeVos, Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, is more frightening than the Ku Klux Klan. “Of course, you know that there are some scarier things that are coming up … one of them is Betsy DeVos,” Davis said. “That frightens me more than the Klan, because Betsy DeVos is a multi-mega millionaire who has managed to buy her way to a position of influence that could actually change the face of what we know...
  • Kentucky Becomes Nation’s 27th Right-to-Work State

    01/19/2017 10:37:54 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/17/2017 | Vincent Vernuccio
    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy congratulates the commonwealth of Kentucky, which became the nation’s 27th right-to-work state over the weekend. Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, a Republican, signed the legislation Saturday after it sailed through the legislature during the week. Once the law takes effect, unions will no longer be able to have workers in the Bluegrass State fired for not paying them dues. In addition to enjoying more freedom, Kentuckians should expect an improved economy, higher wages and more jobs as a result of right-to-work. Jim Waters, president of the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, wrote an article...
  • Democrats Ready to Grill DeVos on School Choice

    01/17/2017 5:16:46 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 31 replies
    Real Clear Poliyics ^ | 17 Jan, 2017 | Christopher Beach
    Betsy DeVos, the billionaire conservative activist and nominee for secretary of education, will likely face one of the most contentious confirmation hearings in the history of the department on Tuesday. Since being tapped by President-elect Donald Trump, DeVos has been a lightning rod in the media and on Capitol Hill. Her supporters praise her outspoken commitment to school choice and her efforts to expand charter schools around the nation. On the other hand, critics believe that her agenda will undermine public education and drain resources from traditional public schools. DeVos will face rigorous questioning regarding her school choice advocacy, her...
  • Congress Should Follow Kentucky's Lead: Pass Right To Work, Repeal Prevailing Wage

    01/18/2017 8:12:16 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | January 18, 2017 | George Leef
    Kentucky just became the 27th state to enact a Right to Work (RTW) statute – the law that prevents workers from being fired just because they decline to pay dues to a government-certified union. In recent years, the RTW bill had been bottled up in the state House, but after the Democrats lost their majority in last November’s elections, the bill sailed through and was promptly signed by Governor Matt Bevin. At the same time, Kentucky made another good move by repealing its “prevailing wage” statute. Such laws are meant to shield construction unions from competition by preventing bidders for...
  • Holman Rule will help improve civil service

    01/14/2017 7:20:09 AM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    As part of its broader package of rules for the 115th Congress, the House of Representatives revived the Holman Rule, a provision that allows House members to propose amendments to spending bills that closely manage federal agencies. These "retrenchment" amendments can affect details down to individual federal salaries and the number of staff in an office. ... The restoration of the Holman Rule means merely that when it comes to firing a federal employee, the president's signature on an act of Congress can do it. It doesn't seem extraordinary that the heads of the federal government should be able to...
  • Missouri senators push for law to get Delta Queen steamboat cruising

    01/11/2017 8:10:56 PM PST · by iowamark · 22 replies
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 1/11/2017 | Leah Thorsen
    The newest push to get the Delta Queen steamboat approved to carry overnight passengers is a Missouri Senate bill sponsored by Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo.An exemption to the Safety of Life at Sea Act, a federal law that prohibits overnight excursions on wooden vessels, is needed before the Delta Queen can carry passengers. The 285-foot-long vessel, with 88 cabins, had the exemption for roughly 40 years before losing it in 2008.The bill introduced late Tuesday would restore that exemption and require the Delta Queen, which is compliant with all other Coast Guard safety regulations, to each...
  • Teachers union spent millions on baseball, retreats and food

    01/09/2017 8:15:16 AM PST · by EinNYC · 8 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 9, 2017 | Carl Campanile
    It takes more than just a shiny apple to satisfy the city’s teachers union, which is spending member dues at a furious pace. The United Federation of Teachers has blown through millions of dollars on fancy catered meals, tens of thousands of dollars on Yankees and Mets tickets, and big bucks on trips to destinations like Orlando, New Orleans and Las Vegas, records show. And the big salaries are bolstered by pricy perks. Its membership increased last year from 180,145 to 187,157, thanks in part to new teachers hired under de Blasio’s universal pre-K program. That membership increase led to...
  • (New York) City Schools Could Lose $500M in Funding Under Trump, Teachers Union Fears

    01/09/2017 5:36:57 AM PST · by Zakeet · 30 replies
    dnainfo.com ^ | January 9, 2017 | Amy Zimmer
    President-elect Donald Trump's vision for a voucher-based education system for low-income students could cost city schools half a billion dollars in lost federal support, according to an analysis from the city’s teachers union released Monday. More than 700,000 students in more than 1,200 city schools could see bigger class sizes, fewer teachers and less enrichment and after-school programs if Trump pulls federal dollars now used for Title 1 funding at public schools with low-income students, the analysis from the United Federation of Teachers found. Many fear that the Trump administration will enlist congressional support to redirect Title 1 funding from...
  • Servitude Ends In Kentucky: State Kills Prevailing Wages, Passes Right-To-Work

    01/08/2017 2:58:05 PM PST · by blam · 44 replies
    Mish Talk ^ | 1-7-2017 | Mish Shedlock
    Mish ShedlockJanuary 7, 2017 In a major setback for organized labor, Kentucky passed right-to-work legislation and repealed the state’s prevailing wage law. “Organized labor suffered its first major legislative setback due to the 2016 elections on Saturday, when Kentucky Republicans gave final approval to right-to-work legislation and repealed the state’s prevailing wage law. Both bills are expected to be signed into law by the governor, and will take effect immediately. Labor leaders were equally troubled by the legislature’s move to gut the state’s prevailing wage law. Such laws require that employers pay certain minimum wages on work funded by public...
  • Live Stream: Kentucky Senate Right to Work debate, vote (union members screaming)

    01/07/2017 8:01:27 AM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 24 replies
    KET - Live Stream of Kentucky Senate ^ | 1/7/2017 | Kentucky Senate
    Live Stream of debate / upcoming vote on bill to enact Right to Work and repeal of "prevailing wage" law. Union members can be heard screaming in protest in the background.
  • In Massive Blow To California Unions, A Second Court Rules That Pension Benefits Can Be Reduced

    01/05/2017 10:03:08 AM PST · by OregonRancher · 19 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 1/5/17 | Tyler Durden
    Back in September, we noted that, in a surprisingly logical decision particularly for a state like California which is typically devoid of all reason, a court upheld the rights of Marin County (and it's taxpayers) to reduce final year salary levels utilized to calculate pension payments. The ruling was meant to protect taxpayers against "salary spiking," a practice whereby union employees artificially drive up their final year salary, by taking cash vacation payouts or 1x bonus payments for example, in an effort to game the annual pension payment they'll then receive in perpetuity. Now, according to Pension & Investments, a...
  • Bevin, GOP lawmakers push anti-union bills as angry workers chant in hallways

    01/04/2017 7:59:48 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 22 replies
    Lexington Herald Leader ^ | JANUARY 4, 2017 | DANIEL DESROCHERS
    FRANKFORT Angry union workers packed the hallways of Kentucky’s Capitol Annex on Wednesday as Republican lawmakers pushed ahead with bills that would ban mandatory union dues and repeal a law that requires regional prevailing wages for workers on public construction projects. The chants of union workers were little deterrent to Gov. Matt Bevin and his GOP colleagues in the Kentucky House and Senate, who have made approving the bills their top priority of the 2017 General Assembly. Shouts and banging could be heard from the hallway, but the meeting room itself was packed with supporters as the House Committee on...
  • The Worth of Public Employee Unions

    01/04/2017 3:59:13 PM PST · by Twotone · 4 replies
    Oregon Catalyst ^ | Jan. 4, 2017 | Larry Huss
    What is the worth of a public employees union? Well not much these days according to the actions of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). SEIU announced last week that its members must be prepared for a thirty percent (30%) budget reduction including an immediate ten- percent (10%) reduction in 2017. Of course the SEIU union bosses blamed it all on President-elect Donald Trump but there is really more to it than that. Private sector union membership has been on the decline for decades. It is the result of a combination of things – mechanization, international trade agreements, and a...
  • Largest Federal Employee Union Opposes Reinstatement of ‘Holman Rule’

    01/04/2017 2:38:45 PM PST · by mdittmar · 9 replies
    The American Federation of Government Employees ^ | January 03, 2017 | AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr.
    House proposal lets lawmakers slash federal workers’ pay, jobs without due process WASHINGTON – The American Federation of Government Employees strongly opposes a rule change being considered by the House of Representatives that would allow lawmakers to reduce the salary of any federal government employee, or eliminate a federal worker's job, without appropriate planning or scrutiny, AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. said today.“The so-called Holman Rule undermines civil service protections for the millions of working people who process our Social Security checks, safeguard our borders, support our military, research cures for deadly diseases, and carry out programs and services...
  • New Year, New Congress

    01/03/2017 12:41:29 PM PST · by mdittmar · 5 replies
    NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION ^ | January 3, 2017 | Lily Eskelsen García
    We Urge Members to Hear Our Voices. However painful 2016 was, a new year offers a fresh start.  This year, we will take nothing for granted.  The challenges we will inevitably face may mean that we can see new strategies and new solutions that would have eluded us in the past.  2017 marks the start of the 115th Congress, and we’re reaching out to members of Congress to encourage them to approach the unfolding year with a different perspective, too. We’re asking them to put families ahead of partisan politics and renew America’s commitment to public education so that all students, regardless...
  • Citing Threats Of Trump, SEIU To Slash Budget 30 Percent

    12/30/2016 8:23:57 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    WBUR-FM ^ | December 30, 2016 | Simón Rios
    The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) — the second largest union operating in Massachusetts, with some 87,000 members in the state — is slashing its roughly $300 million national operating budget by 30 percent, citing the "threats" posed to organized labor by President-elect Trump. SEIU's international president told staff earlier this month that because the far right will control all three branches of the federal government, workers will face serious threats to their ability to join unions. SEIU local 32BJ is fighting for a $15 minimum wage and to unionize 1,500 workers at Logan Airport. 32BJ's Roxana Rivera said it’s...
  • Republicans to target unions, expand school choice in states

    12/24/2016 1:47:50 PM PST · by ColdOne · 24 replies
    ap.org ^ | 12/24/16 | ap
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Republicans are poised to use their newly attained capitol dominance to make Missouri the 27th right-to-work state prohibiting mandatory union fees. That is unless Kentucky's recently crowned GOP majorities can beat them to it. The race to expand right-to-work laws is just one of several ways that Republicans, who strengthened their grip on power in the November elections, are preparing to reshape state laws affecting workplaces, classrooms, courtrooms and more during 2017.
  • Happy Holidays from America's Unions

    12/24/2016 11:22:50 AM PST · by mdittmar · 16 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 12/24/2016 | AFL-CIO
    Working people in America's unions, the AFL-CIO, wish you a safe and happy holiday season with your friends, family and loved ones.
  • The Unblinking Eye: Employee Monitoring in the IoT Era

    12/24/2016 7:15:06 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    The sensors do not need to be carried by the employees to raise potential privacy concerns. In a connected workplace, data about employees can be captured in any number of ways. Sensors connected to equipment -- forklifts, for instance -- could provide detailed information about an employee’s movements. Again, harvesting and using this data could open up a Pandora’s box. Unfortunately, a myth persists that an employee’s privacy rights end the moment he or she walks through an employer’s door. The reality is more nuanced in the United States, where employees can and do bring claims against their employers alleging...