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  • Biden Nabs AFL-CIO Endorsement... Just like Hillary, Obama, Kerry, Gore, Clinton and every Democrat has since the AFL-CIO was formed.

    05/27/2020 5:04:21 AM PDT · by jerod · 20 replies
    Courthouse News ^ | May 26, 2020 | THOMAS F. HARRISON
    BOSTON (CN) — Former Vice President Joe Biden won the endorsement of the AFL-CIO, the country’s largest coalition of labor unions, on Tuesday, in a development that could help him in union-heavy swing states such as Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Biden is “the embodiment of goodness and decency,” said Richard Trumka, president of the 12.5 million-member organization, in a video. The endorsement was not unexpected....
  • J.B. Pritzker is a Horse's... Friend

    05/26/2020 5:54:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    American ^ | May 26, 2020 | Daniel John Sobieski
    A horse is a horse, of course, of course, unless that horse resides on the Pritzer horse farm in Wisconsin As he requests the power to seize private business property if owners open too early or not in concert with his wishes, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says it’s not safe yet to hold indoor church services, but it’s totally okay that construction workers travel to his Wisconsin horse farm to build his new house. Construction workers have been deemed essential, especially union construction workers who have dues taken out to fund the campaigns of politicians like Pritzker and who get...
  • Report: Pension costs eat up education funding, and teacher pay stagnates

    05/24/2020 8:47:00 AM PDT · by edwinland · 16 replies
    Michigan Public Radio ^ | Spet 11, 2019 | Sarah Cwiek
    Any growth in state education spending over the past five years is being eaten up by greater teacher retiree system costs, according to a new report from the Citizens Research Council of Michigan. Since 2012, school districts have had to return per-pupil funds to the state to cover unfunded liabilities in the Michigan Public School Employee Retirement System (MPSERS). According to current projections, those liabilities won’t be paid off until 2038. According to the Citizens Research Council, that required contribution has eaten up the modest 12% increase in state per-pupil spending since 2013. And that’s reflected in average teacher pay,...
  • Behind The Scenes, Teachers Unions Attempt To Make Online Crisis Schooling Worse

    05/19/2020 8:51:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 19, 2020 | Charissa Damon and Cherie Gensel
    In a crisis, flexibility is king, especially for those in the classroom. But union bureaucracy makes it impossible to innovate. As public school teachers with a combined 33 years of experience, we know we’re supposed to be “union strong” and never air unions’ dirty laundry. But the coronavirus crisis has pitted unions against teachers, students, and administrators who just want to teach and learn.Our fellow teachers have gone above and beyond to ensure students don’t slip through the cracks during quarantine. We’ve seen teachers furiously posting to message boards and offering one-on-one assistance to students via videoconferencing.From unions, however, we’ve...
  • Coronavirus: Unions and government told to 'stop squabbling' over reopening schools

    05/16/2020 6:52:29 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    SKY News ^ | May 16, 2020 | By Isobel Frodsham
    The children's commissioner for England intervenes after clashes between unions and scientific advisers about schools reopening. The government and teaching unions must "stop squabbling" and agree a plan to get children back to school in "a safe, phased return", the children's commissioner for England has said. Anne Longfield also called for "rigorous" coronavirus testing of teachers, children and families to ease safety fears among parents. "I am disappointed that the debate about when some primary school kids can return has descended into a squabble between government and the teaching unions," she said. "All sides need to show a greater will...
  • Government Unions Should Bear Their Share

    04/29/2020 2:54:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | April 29, 2019 | John and Andy Schlafly
    Government unions should not be shifting the costs of the shutdowns to the laid-off employees of private businesses. Yet that is the approach sought by Democratic governors of large states as they demand massive bailouts of their government workers who have sat idly by. Public schools are closed throughout the country. Although some teachers are still teaching via the internet, administrators and higher-ups have enjoyed an extended vacation at home. Those higher-ups should not be receiving full paychecks, at the public’s expense, which are being denied to waitresses, manicurists, and hairstylists. The sooner everyone is allowed to get back to...
  • Teachers union: 'Scream bloody murder' if schools reopen against medical advice

    04/28/2020 3:34:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 67 replies
    Politico via Yahoo ^ | 4/28/20 | Nicole Gaudiano
    The nation's two biggest teachers unions say they would consider strikes or major protests if schools reopen without the proper safety measures in place or against the advice of medical experts — raising the possibility of yet more school disruptions. American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, previewing a reopening plan first with POLITICO, said funding is needed for a host of public health measures for schools, including personal protective equipment. Collective bargaining, strong enforcement of safety standards and protections from retaliation will be important for teachers and staff so they feel safe to speak up as schools try new...
  • Unions denounce Las Vegas mayor's call to re-open casinos

    04/25/2020 2:42:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 24, 2020 | by Sharon Bernstein
    The powerful United Auto Workers union on Friday criticized Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman’s call to re-open casinos despite the continued risk of coronavirus, the latest labor organization to weigh in on her remarks. UAW president Rory Gamble, whose union represents casino workers in Las Vegas along with automobile workers across the United States, called on Nevada politicians to denounce Goodman at a time when states are looking at how to re-open businesses in ways that keep workers safe. “UAW Casino employees, their families and the community are not test subjects for her irresponsible theories on public health and the...
  • Another Dishonest Smear by Washington Post Against South Dakota's Governor

    04/23/2020 9:34:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Powerline ^ | 04/23/2020 | John Hinderaker, Paul Mirengoff
    Yesterday’s Washington Post carried an attack on South Dakota and its governor, Kristi Noem, under the headline South Dakota’s Governor resisted ordering people to stay home. Now it has one of the nation’s largest coronavirus hot spots. The Post’s article is popular on Twitter, as liberal “blue checks” use it to express their hope that lots of South Dakotans die as punishment for their temerity in electing a Republican governor. As governors across the country fell into line in recent weeks, South Dakota’s top elected leader stood firm: There would be no statewide order to stay home.Such edicts to...
  • W.Va. Supreme Court upholds long-argued right to work law

    04/21/2020 12:42:12 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 4 replies
    WV MetroNews ^ | April 21, 2020 | Brad McElhinny
    A majority of West Virginia’s Supreme Court has upheld the right to work law that has been argued in the court system for years after it first passed the state’s Republican majority Legislature. Justices reversed a Kanawha Circuit Judge’s earlier ruling that overturned key aspects of the law. The case was remanded back to the lower court, but only to enter summary judgment on behalf of the state. “Because we have found the Act does not infringe upon association, property, or liberty rights protected by the West Virginia Constitution, we reverse the February 27, 2019 order of the Circuit Court...
  • Experts call for new national public health workforce to trace spread of COVID-19 cases

    04/15/2020 5:08:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    ABC "News" / Disney ^ | April 14, 2020 | By Nadine Shubailat , James Hill and Benjamin Siegel
    It starts with a phone call from a public health worker: You’ve been in contact with someone who has COVID-19. How do you feel? If you’re feeling sick, you may be asked to self-isolate, get a coronavirus test, and share the contact information for everyone you’ve recently interacted with. The practice, known as contact tracing, is a tried-and-true public health technique used to trace everything from food poisoning to sexually transmitted diseases to Ebola. Now, public health officials across several states believe it could be used on a far greater scale to help track the spread of COVID-19, stamp out...
  • 'Social Action' as a Bogus Alternative to True Education

    04/14/2020 6:35:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    American ^ | April 14, 2020 | Jeffrey Ludwig
    While sitting at home with my bottle of hand sanitizer, I received an email from the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) asking me which topics from a list of pressing concerns I would like to receive emails about. The UFT has 200,000 members in New York City alone and is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, which has 1.6 million members nationwide. Following is a list of some of the sixteen topics being advocated by the UFT: Environmentalism/Sustainability, Immigrant Rights, LGBTQ Rights and Issues; Literacy; Political Activism; Racial Justice; Restorative Justice; Student Debt Relief; Women's Rights and Issues. In...
  • FBI: SEIU Duped as 39 Million Masks ‘Found’ by Union Was Elaborate Fraud Scheme

    04/12/2020 12:05:38 PM PDT · by rktman · 69 replies ^ | 4/12/2020 | Kyle Olson
    The 39 million N95 masks the Service Employees International Union announced it had discovered turned out to be an elaborate scheme, according to the FBI. In late March, the union rushed out a press release: The union launched an exhaustive search for masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) five days ago in response to pleas from frontline healthcare workers that they need more protection and feel unsafe on the job as they treat the growing number of COVID-19 patients. SEIU-UHW has 97,000 members who work in hospitals across California. Within 48 hours of painstakingly calling leads and potential suppliers,...
  • 39 million masks for California hospitals that never materialized spark federal investigation

    04/04/2020 10:04:13 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 41 replies
    ktla ^ | 04/04/2020
    The union that represents healthcare workers in California announced it had arranged the purchase of 39 million N95 masks for hospitals and government agencies that badly need the protective equipment. Among the intended recipients was Kaiser Permanente, which placed orders for 6 million masks. A week later, none of those masks have materialized, and Kaiser is cooperating with a federal fraud investigation into the deal, a spokesman for the health plan confirmed.
  • NY Unions to Amazon: It Sure Would Be a Shame If Anything Happened to Your Company, Jeff Bezos.

    04/02/2020 8:47:33 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 48 replies
    PJMedia ^ | 04/01/2020 | Victoria Taft
    And the middle of a national emergency, in the middle of a pandemic, in the middle of a time when everyone is making sacrifices, union members are threatening Amazon: Do what I say. Or Else.
  • Ford halts plans to reopen U.S. plants after union's safety concerns

    03/31/2020 6:46:25 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    UPI ^ | March 31, 2020 | By Don Jacobson
    U.S. carmaker Ford backtracked Tuesday on its plans to reopen multiple key automotive plants in the United States in two weeks -- a move that drew concern from union workers over the ongoing coronavirus emergency. The automaker said last week it planned to reopen plants in Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Kansas City, Mo., on April 14, and a plant in Mexico a week earlier. The United Auto Workers union responded with alarm, saying it had "great concern" about the plan due to the ongoing coronavirus threat. Tuesday, Ford said it's postponed the plans. "The health and safety of our workforce,...
  • Union sues state, saying it has failed to protect workers from coronavirus

    03/27/2020 10:32:33 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 20 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | 3/26/2020 | James Brooks
    JUNEAU — Alaska’s largest public-employee union has sued the state in Superior Court, alleging it has failed to properly protect workers from the coronavirus pandemic. State workers have grown increasingly vocal in the past week, saying the administration of Gov. Mike Dunleavy is putting them in danger by keeping offices open while ordering private businesses to close. The governor has said he views the work of government employees as vital to society and civilization. The Alaska State Employees Association’s lawsuit, filed on behalf of 7,900 members, states in part that “the state is failing to provide a safe environment for...
  • Hmm… SEIU Union in California Suddenly Finds Mysterious Stash of 39 Million Face Masks — 3 Days After AG Bill Barr Announces They’re Going After Hoarders

    03/26/2020 1:54:32 PM PDT · by bitt · 66 replies
    GATEWAY PUNDIT ^ | 3/26/2020 | Jim Hoft
    President Trump lead another Coronavirus task force briefing from the White House on Monday evening. The President was joined by Vice President Mike Pence, US Attorney General Bill Barr and others. Trump signed a second executive order to providing authority to address hoarding and price gouging that threatens the supply of medical supplies. Attorney General Bill Barr put hoarders on notice and said they will get a knock on the door if they are sitting on a large amount of supplies. “We have started to see some evidence of potential hoarding and price gouging,” said Barr. “So, earlier today the...
  • UAW presses companies to close US factories

    03/17/2020 12:29:32 PM PDT · by John W · 41 replies
    AP via Fort Wayne Journal Gazette ^ | March 17, 2020 | Tom Krisher
    DETROIT -- The United Auto Workers union wants Detroit's three automakers to shut down their factories for two weeks to keep its members safe from the spreading novel coronavirus. But union President Rory Gamble says in an email to members obtained by the Associated Press that the companies were not willing to stop production. Gamble says the union gave Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler two days to put together plans to safeguard workers. That period ends Tuesday afternoon. The companies and union will meet this evening to discuss the safety measures. But Gamble says if the union isn't satisfied...
  • California Wedding Industry Turned ‘On Top of Its Head’ by Freelancing Law [AB-5 hurts women. Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez says, "I’m sorry you feel that way. This is not a bad bill."]

    03/17/2020 10:44:34 AM PDT · by grundle · 27 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | January 31, 2020 | Jamie Joseph
    TEMECULA, Calif.—Temecula-based destination wedding and event planner Michelle Garibay has run her business for the past 14 years without employees. Garibay has appeared in some of the nation’s most prestigious bridal magazines, including Style Me Pretty, The Knot, and Southern California Bride. However, Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) has impeded her latest business operations, along with many others in her industry who use independent contractors. AB5 essentially prohibits freelance work, with a few exceptions; it mandates that businesses hire employees instead of paying contractors. “This industry isn’t well suited to having employees, because the work isn’t steady,” Garibay said. “And the...