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  • National Right to Work Foundation Demands SEIU Refund $100 Million to CA State Workers

    07/21/2018 8:19:23 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    Breibart ^ | July 20, 2018
    The National Right to Work Foundation (NRTWF) is demanding the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) refund up to $100 million in union fees to California state workers. The move follows the Supreme Court’s Janus v. AFSCME decision banning unions from automatically deducting fees from non-members’ paychecks. The NRTWF announced that the Janus decision strengthens its class-action suit, titled Hamidi et al. v. Service Employees Union International, Local 1000, filed on behalf of 40,000 California state employees. The lawsuit seeks refunds for non-union workers whose pay was seized by SEIU officials who have claimed since 2012 that only public workers who...
  • Janus Is Only the Beginning

    07/19/2018 6:41:10 AM PDT · by lowbuck · 6 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 19 July 2018 | Steven Greenhut
    The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in the Janus v. AFSCME case has heartened conservatives throughout the nation, especially in non-right-to-work states such as California that require public employees to pay dues to their respective unions. Janus will, over time, reduce the power of these unions as they are forced to spend more time wooing members — and they will have less disposable cash to control state legislatures and city councils.
  • Trumka: True Patriotism in Missouri

    07/18/2018 8:01:05 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 12 replies
    AFL-CIO Staff ^ | July 18, 2018 | AFL‑CIO President Richard Trumka
    AFL‑CIO President Richard Trumka (UMWA) spoke at the Missouri AFL‑CIO’s 29th Biennial Convention yesterday, rallying a packed audience of local union leaders and working Missourians in the fight against Prop. A. He recalled the charge that President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered to Americans in the midst of the Great Depression: “True patriotism urges us to build an even more substantial America where the good things of life may be shared by more of us.” Working people in Missouri are speaking out and mobilizing their neighbors against a corporate-backed attack on our fundamental economic rights. As union leaders gather in St....
  • Hollywood Unions Oppose Bill That Would Slash Arts & Humanities Funding

    07/18/2018 7:13:29 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 16 replies
    Deadline ^ | July 17, 2018 | David Robb
    Hollywood’s unions are “steadfastly” opposing an amendment to a bill pending in Congress that would slash funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities by 15%. The coalition of 12 unions, representing half a million industry workers and artists, includes SAG-AFTRA, the DGA, IATSE, the American Federation of Musicians, Actors’ Equity and the WGA East. The opposition is being spearheaded by the Department of Professional Employees, AFL-CIO, through which many of the unions are affiliated. Congressman Glenn Grothman (R-WI) offered the amendment to next year’s Interior, Environment and Related Agencies appropriations bill. “The...
  • AFGE: SSA Violating Worker Rights to Execute Trump Executive Orders

    07/17/2018 7:02:50 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 41 replies
    The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) ^ | July 17, 2018 | The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
    Unions evicted from federal offices, denied time to meet with employeesWASHINGTON – The American Federation of Government Employees is obligated under the law to represent all employees covered by our negotiated contracts, but the Social Security Administration is deliberately and illegally restricting the union’s ability to uphold this obligation, AFGE leaders say.“The agency is attempting to wipe all traces of our union from SSA offices and deny workers their legal rights to representation,” AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. said.Read President Cox’s Full Statement Here On Monday, July 9, SSA management unilaterally implemented extensive changes to the contract that had...
  • I respectfully disagree

    07/16/2018 10:26:53 PM PDT · by iowamark · 11 replies
    Catholic Times ^ | 7/8/18 | Thomas Paprocki, Bishop of Springfield, Illinois
    My dear brothers and sisters in Christ: The United States Supreme Court on June 27 decided that public sector employees can no longer be required to pay mandatory fees to support unions to which they do not wish to belong. This landmark case, Janus v. AFSCME, involved Mark Janus, a child support specialist at the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services in Springfield, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, a public-sector union. Janus refused to join the union because he opposes many of its positions, including those taken in collective bargaining. Despite his opposition, for...
  • Trump Plans to Undo Obama Rule Letting Unions Skim Dues

    07/16/2018 6:45:14 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 14 replies
    The New American ^ | July 12, 2018 | Michael Tennant
    Trump Plans to Undo Obama Rule Letting Unions Skim Dues From Medicaid Payments The Trump administration is taking steps to prevent labor unions from withholding dues for home healthcare workers from their Medicaid payments, an Obama-era innovation that many observers believe is illegal. On Tuesday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed undoing a 2014 rule allowing states to skim public-sector union dues from Medicaid payments to independent home healthcare providers on the theory that those providers are de facto public employees — a privilege that has netted unions anywhere from $71 million (CMS’ estimate) to $200 million...
  • AFL-CIO Chief (Trumka) Warns Red to Blue Candidates That Being a Democrat Isn’t Enough

    07/13/2018 4:08:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Rollcall ^ | 7/12/18 | Simone Pathé
    House Democratic candidates in town this week for training at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in Washington got a visit from AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka for some tips on how they can win back working-class voters. “I don’t have to tell you that you can’t count on the D next to your name to gain our support,” Trumka told Democratic leadership and a room full of candidates on Red to Blue, the DCCC’s program for its strongest candidates. This is the first time the labor leader has spoken to DCCC candidates this cycle, though he has done so in...
  • Thousands rally in Ohio for solution to pension crisis

    07/12/2018 11:42:41 PM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    AP News ^ | 7/12/18 | JULIE CARR SMYTH
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The house. Food on the table. Survival. Those are some of the ways workers and retirees who demonstrated in Ohio’s capital Thursday described the pension payments they are fighting to protect. “It’s everything, mostly, because you worked all of them years,” said Duane Ross, 61, of Cadiz, who spent 30 years in the mines. Ross was among thousands of unionized coal miners, iron workers, teamsters, bakers, tobacco workers, millers and others who descended on the Ohio Statehouse to rally ahead of a congressional field hearing in Columbus. They brandished signs saying “Save Our Pensions” and wore...
  • Trump admin kicking unions out of free govt. office spaces: Pay rent or get out

    07/12/2018 9:28:35 AM PDT · by tje · 28 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | July 11, 2018 | Tom Tillison
    While organized labor had a friend in former President Barack Obama, who stacked the National Labor Relations Board with career union labor lawyers, unions are now having a harder go at it under the Trump administration. In fact, unions accustomed to be provided free government office space to conduct their business are finding themselves with an option of either paying rent or being kicked to the curb.
  • Trump Is Cutting Off Big Labor From Skimming Americans’ Medicaid Payments And Unions Are Furious

    07/11/2018 12:13:02 PM PDT · by detective · 47 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 07/10/2018 | Tim Pearce
    The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is blistering at a proposed regulation that would prevent the union from siphoning fees from American workers’ Medicaid payments. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced a proposed rule Tuesday that would require Medicaid payments to go directly to healthcare workers, ending a 2014 Obama-era rule that let third parties, such as unions and insurance companies, skim off a share of the paycheck before the worker saw any of it. The SEIU, one of the largest public-sector unions in the U.S., referred to the proposed rule “as part of the [Trump] administration’s broad,...
  • Trump administration to dump Obama-era rule allowing unions to siphon Medicaid money

    07/10/2018 10:05:31 PM PDT · by Innovative · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 10, 2018 | Gregg Re
    The Trump administration announced Tuesday it planned to end what it suggested was an illegal Obama-era rule allowing unions to Federal law generally prohibits states from skimming money from Medicaid payments bound for independent in-home personal care workers. But in 2014, the Obama administration created an exception, saying that states could divert some of that Medicaid money to unions, on the theory that these workers effectively were public-sector employees. Eleven left-leaning states have used that provision to raise more than $200 million a year for unions by taking it from health workers who often didn't even realize it, according to...
  • Supreme Court Fallout: Calif. Teachers Sue Unions to Recoup Unconstitutional 'Agency Fees'

    07/08/2018 5:55:51 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 42 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 7/7/2018 | TYLER O'NEIL
    Justice is coming for unions that forced non-members to pay "non-political" agency fees that went to prop up Democratic candidates. Last month, the Supreme Court ruled that forcing workers who disagree with a union to make these payments anyway violates the workers' First Amendment rights. Less than a week after that ruling, Janus v. Association of Federal, State, City, and Municipal Employees (FSCME), seven California teachers have filed a class-action lawsuit to recoup unjustly forced fees. "This lawsuit will enable teachers like me to recover the agency fees that we were wrongly forced to pay against our will," Scott Wilford,...
  • Teachers, labor organizations sue over Florida ‘union busting’ law

    07/03/2018 10:07:19 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 25 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 07 03 2018 | Jeffrey Solochek
    A group of Florida local teacher organizations and individual teachers — both members and non-members — joined the Florida Education Association on Monday in suing the state over changes in union certification law that took effect over the weekend. 'We're not feeling defeated. We're feeling angry and we're ready to do something about it. We're tired of being the target of legislators," said Melissa Rudd, Wakulla teacher organization president, one of the plaintiffs in the suit. The Wakulla Classroom Teachers Association is among a handful that faces the threat of not getting half of eligible teachers to join, as the...
  • What Happened?

    07/03/2018 9:50:19 AM PDT · by Bigbrown · 44 replies
    Just curious, when I grew up (70’s) I remember one of our neighbors father was a union man. He had bumper stickers all over his vehicles in signs in front of his house to buy American products. What happened to that thought of we should look at American manufacturers before other countries. At that time, it was that everything we were importing was made in Japan. Where is the union out rage about not supporting American companies and buyIng American products?
  • Supreme Court throws out ruling in case protecting unions from class-action lawsuits

    07/03/2018 7:00:04 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 70 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 02, 2018 | Sean Higgins
    Organized labor, already reeling from a potentially major financial hit thanks to a Supreme Court ruling last week that could result in millions of public-sector workers cutting off funding, could be subject to another blow from the justices: class-action suits from those workers seeking to get paid back from the unions. In a little-noticed action, the Supreme Court invalidated a ruling last week by the 7th Circuit Court denying class-action certification in a case called Riffey v. Rauner. The case involved nonunion state-subsidized Illinois home healthcare workers seeking to be repaid the funds that for years they were forced to...
  • You Can’t Go, All the Plants Are Gonna Die!

    06/30/2018 5:33:53 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 47 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 6-30-18 | MOTUS
    There is really no way to parse this:It was a really bad week to be a Democrat. The Left’s outrage meter, which has been in the red zone for quite awhile, has snapped. No surprise, it’s been a rough week to be a Democrat. Sunday: we found out that Sarah Sanders et al were asked to leave a restaurant for the offense of eating while conservative. Monday: Mad Maxie, still smarting from being forced to ramp down from her “Peach foty-fi, peach foty-fi!?” chant, ordered mob-style hits on all Trump regulars, backups and casual fans. Some Dems knew intuitively that...
  • On Harley-Davidson’s Big, Fat Mistake

    06/29/2018 9:34:30 AM PDT · by Thalean · 53 replies
    American Greatness ^ | June 28, 2018 | Spencer P Morrison
    Harley-Davidson on Monday announced that it would move production for its European customers overseas, in order to avoid the European Union’s (EU) new import duties. President Trump slammed the move and accused the company of raising the “white flag” of economic surrender on Twitter. Trump is right. Harley-Davidson’s decision is perhaps the most incompetent public relations blunder since Starbucks said it would replace 10,000 American workers with Syrian refugees—no doubt they will pay a heavy price. In the meantime, Harley’s loss is our gain, as every individual failure makes the whole stronger.
  • Five justices cannot break the solidarity of America’s unions

    06/29/2018 9:28:28 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 53 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/29/18 | Lee Saunders
    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 is a ruthless and brazen attack on the freedom of working people. It caps off a shocking Supreme Court term, which saw the justices threaten the rights of women, LGBTQ people, Muslims, and now public service workers. The 1.6 million members of AFSCME keep American communities safe and strong through their selfless service. We are social workers, EMTs, corrections officers, school custodians and more. We plow the roads, drive the school buses and pick up the trash. But that is apparently not enough to get a fair hearing before...
  • Student Given 'ADD Award' By Teacher, Mother Says

    06/29/2018 7:17:41 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 77 replies
    SMN/Newsweek ^ | 06/28/2018 | Maria Perez
     “We hope the school will learn that they need to be more sensitive to what students are dealing with and not make fun of them in what is supposed to be a safe environment."A mother from Connecticut is shocked after her son was given the "ADD award" by his social studies teacher.Tera Cooper first told NBC Connecticut her 13-year-old son was given a certificate by a teacher at Plainfield Central Middle School titled the #ADD award. The paper reads “Most likely to be distracted by…look something shiny!” with a zombie holding a balloon. The zombie is also holding a gold...