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  • AFL-CIO to help Hispanics take advantage of immigration relief measures

    03/31/2015 4:14:07 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    FOX News Latino ^ | March 31, 2015
    The largest labor organization in the United States on Tuesday launched a national immigration training plan called "We Rise!" to help Hispanics take advantage of the immigration relief measures announced by President Barack Obama last November. The effort is designed to reach, mobilize and organize immigrant workers in their workplaces and in their communities. The AFL-CIO on Tuesday in Washington began preparing representatives who have arrived from all over the country to support and teach undocumented workers how to request protection under Deferred Action, or DACA, for children born in the United States and under DAPA for parents of permanent...
  • War over non-union labor on 'Billionaires' Row' heats up

    03/30/2015 9:14:00 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 6 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 3-30-2015 | KATHERINE CLARKE
    The tower, at 111 W. 57th St., would be one of the tallest buildings ever constructed with non-union labor. It's always smart to follow the money. That's why New York City’s labor unions, long opposed to to a plan to use non-union labor to build one of the city’s tallest towers on W. 57th St., are trying a new tack to dissuade developers from going the non-union route — going straight to the source of their capital. The Laborer’s International Union and the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York are planning an organized discussion on “responsible” real...
  • U.S. signed agreement with Mexico to teach immigrants to unionize

    03/30/2015 5:43:27 PM PDT · by Libloather · 43 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/30/15 | Sean Higgins
    The federal government has signed agreements with three foreign countries — Mexico, Ecuador and the Philippines — to establish outreach programs to teach immigrants their rights to engage in labor organizing in the U.S. The agreements do not distinguish between those who entered legally or illegally. They are part of a broader effort by the National Labor Relations Board to get immigrants involved in union activism. The five-member board is the agency that enforces the National Labor Relations Act, the main federal law covering unions. In 2013, Lafe Solomon, the board's then-acting general counsel, signed a "memorandum of understanding" with...
  • AFSCME pulls national conference out of Indianapolis over RFRA

    03/30/2015 12:20:52 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 51 replies
    WTHR ^ | 03/30/2015 | WTHR Channel 13
    An October conference has become the first to pull out of Indianapolis due to controversy over the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) announced Monday they are pulling their 2015 Women's Conference from the city in response to the legislation Governor Mike Pence signed into law last week. The conference was scheduled from October 9-11 at the JW Marriott. "The 1.6 million members of AFSCME cannot in good conscience make such a sizable financial investment in Indiana knowing that women and men in that state are deliberately being targeted for discrimination," the...
  • Steel Valley elementary teachers, union violate 'humanity' contract

    03/30/2015 9:31:04 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    Triblive.com ^ | 3-29-2015 | Eric Heyl
    UNITED FEDERATION OF HUMANITY LOCAL 15120 OFFICIAL GRIEVANCE FORM Grievance filed against: Steel Valley Education Association Grievance alleged: The union representing Park Elementary School teachers filed a cruel, insensitive, unnecessary and ultimately impotent grievance against Steel Valley School District. Said grievance involving a special needs student violates the compassion, decency and concern for others clauses of its collective bargaining agreement with the UFH, hereafter referred to as “humanity.” The grievance was incalculably unintelligent and an enormous public relations gaffe that casts Park teachers as complete cads. Those aren't explicit violations of the CBA but should be noted for the record....
  • Taxpayers Foot Bill for Private Union Interests

    03/27/2015 1:06:27 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 2 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 3-27-15 | Paige Lafortune
    Prior to a court case ruling otherwise, taxpayers in the city of Phoenix paid $950,000 a year in salaries and benefits to send six city police officers to work as full-time union managers, 35 officers to work as part time union representatives and one to work as a union lobbyist. Including Phoenix, the state of Arizona was giving approximately $3.7 million in taxpayer dollars to public employees doing union work on “release time.” Wednesday, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) released a new report, “A Remedy for Taxpayer Giveaway to Unions.” The report explains how public employees receive subsidies from the...
  • We must submit collective bargaining for government worker unions to public scrutiny

    03/27/2015 6:55:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/27/2015 | Noel S. Williams
    There are several egregious exhibits that clamor for more scrutiny of union contract negotiations with governments: vacant jails awaiting unionized staffing; ill-timed, even illegal teacher strikes; funding for salaries of union officers and bogus bonuses, to name a few. Here’s another: illusionary job inequities that elicit extra pay for some state workers and extra taxes for everyone else. In Washington State, collective bargaining between the Governor’s office and public unions is exempt from the state’s Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA). When public unions enter the breach of accountability they conjure secret covenants, secretly arrived at, and this is true in...
  • Taxpayers foot bill for union work, lawmakers seek changes

    03/26/2015 9:44:40 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 26, 2015 | John Roberts
    When he arrived on Capitol Hill in January, freshman Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., discovered something he had no clue was going on. Hundreds of federal employees spend their entire workday -- not doing the business of the government, but working for their unions. Hice told Fox News he was shocked by what he found. "Waste on an egregious level by federal employees who are taking taxpayer monies and using it for purposes other than the reason they were hired," Hice said. It's called "official time," and it was sanctioned into law by Congress in 1978. Lawmakers voted to allow federal...
  • The Cairo-Madison Connection [Noam Chomsky's take on Scott Walker and the WI protests]

    03/26/2015 8:50:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Web Citation ^ | March 11, 2011 | Noam Chomsky
    On Feb. 20, Kamal Abbas, Egyptian union leader and prominent figure in the Jan. 25 movement, sent a message to the “workers of Wisconsin”: “We stand with you as you stood with us.” Egyptian workers have long fought for fundamental rights denied by the U.S.-backed Hosni Mubarak regime. Kamal is right to invoke the solidarity that has long been the driving force of the labor movement worldwide, and to compare their struggles for labor rights and democracy. The two are closely intertwined. Labor movements have been in the forefront of protecting democracy and human rights and expanding their domains, a...
  • Why Unions Care About Paid Sick Time

    03/24/2015 10:31:19 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/15/2015 | Dr. Antony Davies
    Labor unions negotiate higher wages and better benefits for union members. That’s fine – that’s their purpose and it’s why some people choose to join unions and pay union dues. The unions have to perform a delicate balancing act. If they don’t push for better wages and benefits for their members, then workers will have less of an incentive to join unions. But, as unions attain better wages and benefits for their workers, non-union labor starts to look much more attractive to employers and so employers will tend to prefer to hire non-union labor. If union labor is more productive...
  • Power from the People:The decline in unionization in recent decades has fed the rise in incomes at t

    Power from the People FINANCE & DEVELOPMENT, March 2015, Vol. 52, No. 1 Florence Jaumotte and Carolina Osorio Buitron The decline in unionization in recent decades has fed the rise in incomes at the topInequality has risen in many advanced economies since the 1980s, largely because of the concentration of incomes at the top of the distribution. Measures of inequality have increased substantially, but the most striking development is the large and continuous increase in the share of total income garnered by the 10 percent of the population that earns the most—which is only partially captured by the more traditional...
  • Communists Thank SEIU for Help in Releasing Cuban Mass Murderer

    02/19/2015 1:52:11 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 19 Feb 2015 | Spyridon Mitsotakis
    Gerardo Hernandez, a spy for Communist Cuba and the man responsible for the murder of four humanitarian workers (three of whom were American citizens) over international waters, was freed from prison last year by the Obama administration, due in part to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). This was revealed at a February 6, 2015, celebration of Hernandez’s release, along with two of his fellow Cuban agents (collectively known as the “Cuban 5.. At the beginning of the event, an IPS official thanked all who who took part in the 17-year campaign and singled out a number of organizations that...
  • Dismembering the Sabbath in Wisconsin

    03/21/2015 2:27:34 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    Washington Monthly ^ | March 20, 2015 2:50 PM | Ed Kilgore
    You’d think Wisconsin Republicans would reward themselves with some rest after pulling off—via a great deal of misdirection from Scott Walker—the enactment of a southern-style “right to work” law banning union shop agreements reached via voluntary free-market contract negotiations. But no: as The Nation’s Moshe Marvit explains, Badger State GOPers are back with a bill to revoke the right to a day off after seven days of labor. The new bill, which is being sponsored by Republican Van Wanggaard in the State Senate alongside [Rep. Mark] Born in the Assembly, would add a provision to the “day of rest” law...
  • Union lobbyist who worked one day as a teacher suing Illinois over $30,000 pension

    03/20/2015 11:58:30 AM PDT · by WonkyTonky · 15 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | March 19, 2015 | Eric Boehm
    By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org After working one day as a substitute teacher in Illinois, David Piccioli could be entitled to an annual pension of more than $30,000. And he’s suing the state to make sure he gets paid. Piccioli is a retired union political activist who’s already pulling down a pair of state pensions from Illinois’ beleaguered public retirement system. But he’s taking the Teachers Retirement System to court to squeeze more money out of the state. The Chicago Tribune reported Thursday that Piccioli is already collecting $31,000 annually from the Teacher Retirement System, but he could get an...
  • The 'Astroturf' Campaign to Force Employers to Give Paid Sick Time

    03/20/2015 6:27:49 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/18/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Even its own website makes unclear who runs a Grand Rapids entity calling itself “Our Kitchen Table,” but the statewide news conglomerate MLive elevated the obscure nonprofit into part of a “statewide coalition” in a story about a campaign to mandate that job providers give employees paid leave for sickness and other reasons. Our Kitchen Table has no financial or organizational paperwork on record, according to Guidestar.org, a website that tracks forms filed with the IRS by 1.8 million nonprofit groups. The address the organization filed with the IRS is a single-family residence. Its website doesn’t list the names of...
  • California teachers are mad their pension fund still owns gun maker

    03/19/2015 3:46:01 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 23 replies
    The California teachers' pension fund still hasn't shaken off its investment in gun maker Bushmaster, more than two years after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. And now the teachers are mad. California teachers are planning a protest at the fund's annual meeting on April 2.
  • Jay Ambrose commentary: Right-to-work movement is very much pro-worker

    03/20/2015 1:55:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | March 11, 2015 | Jay Ambrose
    Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin has signed a measure freeing workers in his state from having to pay union dues if they want to keep their jobs, naturally enough upsetting labor honchos wanting to grab every worker nickel they can. Not the least of them: Randi Weingarten, chief of the American Federation of Teachers. “Scott Walker fails the test of common decency and common sense,” said Weingarten, who represents teacher unions that commonly abet youths in failing standardized tests. Her comments came after Walker signed a bill making his state the 25th to enact a right-to-work law that does exactly...
  • $23K School Employee Upset that MEA President’s Pension Spiked by $200K Union Salary

    03/19/2015 9:00:32 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/12/2015 | Anne Schieber
    LaKiesha Allen is a 35-year old Lansing school secretary who pays the Michigan Education Association $38 a month in union dues from her $23,000 annual salary. Local union officials have threatened to get her fired if she stops paying those dues. So Allen was stunned to learn that MEA President Steve Cook, a man she has never met, swung a deal with her employer to parlay his six-figure union salary into a richer pension payout. Cook's payout will come from the same pension fund that Allen is counting on for her own retirement – a fund that is currently underfunded...
  • Union that fought Boeing plant in SC now wants it to unionize

    03/19/2015 8:44:09 AM PDT · by PROCON · 5 replies
    onenewsnow.com ^ | March 17, 2015 | Chris Woodward
    A machinists union is seeking an election at a Boeing plant in South Carolina. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers is asking a federal agency to set an election so more than 2,400 Boeing production workers in South Carolina can vote on whether to form a union. Fred Wszolek, spokesman for the Workforce Fairness Institute, says the move is surprising. "It's interesting that it's a much smaller number than the actual number of Boeing employees in Charleston. It's only about a third," he observes. "They must have defined some sort of micro-union that they think they can win...
  • Wage disparities getting bigger in Germany

    03/19/2015 1:27:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 18.03.2015 | [hg/ng (dpa, epd, Reuters)]
    Real German incomes, or gross wages adjusted for inflation, had not developed evenly in recent years across different wage sectors, a study by the Bertelsmann Foundation and the Munich-based IFO economic research institute showed Wednesday. […] The authors of the study said one of the reasons for the increasing wage disparity had been a creeping decline of collective bargaining deals with binding wages. […] “We need to redouble our efforts to scale back wage disparities again without losing too many jobs,” Bertelsmann Foundation chief Aart De Geus said in a statement, pointing out that the recent introduction of a minimum...
  • To Ensure School Compliance with the Law, Include Financial Incentives

    03/18/2015 7:04:50 PM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/11/2015 | Audrey Spalding
    For most people who follow government, nothing is more meaningful or more dramatic than the struggle to pass a law. In this romanticized view, the passage of a law means that change was required, and that those who break the new law will be punished. In 2011, the Michigan Legislature passed a series of education reforms, designed to retain and reward Michigan’s best teachers. According to these new laws, districts would have to pay high-achieving teachers a premium, and could not make teacher hiring and firing decisions on the basis of seniority alone. For those who celebrate new laws, this...
  • SC Union Battle Helps Scott Walker’s 2016 Bid

    03/17/2015 7:01:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    Fits News ^ | March 17, 2015
    || By FITSNEWS || Wisconsin governor Scott Walker scored a big win in early-voting South Carolina this week … No, it wasn’t a major endorsement … or a smart staffing move … or another solid early polling performance in the Palmetto State. Walker – whose national profile was built by battling Big Labor – won thanks to the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers’ petition to unionize Boeing’s North Charleston, S.C. plant. All of a sudden South Carolina – which boasts one of the nation’s lowest unionization rates – finds itself in the thick of a major organized labor...
  • Walker's budget forcing schools to trim further [it's not an "expense" it's an "investment"]

    03/17/2015 12:28:01 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Pioneer Press - Twin Cities ^ | March 16, 2015 | Patrick Leary, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
    "......."What I really hope for at the end of all this is that people understand that education is not an expense, it's an investment," MPS Superintendent Darienne Driver said in a telephone interview from Washington, D.C., Monday after she and other education leaders met with President Barack Obama to discuss urban education issues. [Governor Walker's] budget has a far-reaching impact on all school districts. Beyond urban and suburban areas, rural school leaders say the extra aid the governor proposed for their districts is trumped by the loss in per-pupil aid. In general, the governor's budget proposes keeping school revenue flat....
  • EXCLUSIVE: UNION OFFICIAL SAYS ‘CORPORATE GREED’ BEHIND PUSH FOR H-1B VISAS

    03/16/2015 2:18:10 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 68 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 16, 2015 | by ADELLE NAZARIAN
    A so-called “war on the American worker” has intensified in the Golden State. Massive layoffs are being spearheaded by the multi-billion dollar Southern California Edison utilities company, which is terminating scores of American IT workers and replacing them with immigrant IT workers, from a slew of foreign counties, who are willing to work for far less compensation. These immigrants are in the U.S. on an H-1B visa program. “We don’t need foreign workers. We have plenty of Americans who are fully capable and equipped to carry out these jobs. It’s an absolute issue of corporate greed; nothing more nothing less,”...
  • Do unions have the oomph to stop Obama's trade agenda?

    03/14/2015 3:42:19 PM PDT · by Theoria · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 14 March 2015 | Brian Mahoney and Doug Palmer
    The AFL-CIO’s bold announcement that it would withhold contributions to congressional Democrats in advance of votes on fast-track trade protection authority thrilled labor supporters and annoyed many Democrats. But it remains to be seen whether the move will impede the Obama administration’s trade agenda — or merely become the latest illustration of unions’ declining clout. The AFL-CIO has tried such moves in the past — including during the 1993 fight over the North American Free Trade Agreement — only to be defeated and then resume funding Democrats again. Now, with a wide margin of pro-trade Republicans in the House and...
  • Businesses Still Feeling Pressure From Port Dispute

    03/14/2015 9:38:58 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 3/14/2015 | Connor D. Wolf
    Despite port owners and union officials reaching a deal last month, businesses are still suffering from the aftereffects of a nine month long labor dispute that devastated the west coast. The dispute began in May when the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) were unable to agree on a new labor contract. The inability to come to a deal and the resulting port congestion prompted economic problems in many industries. It wasn’t until pressure from the president and a visit from Labor Secretary Tom Perez on Feb. 20 that the two sides were able...
  • More Jobs, Higher Pay Since Right-to-Work Passed in Michigan

    03/13/2015 11:08:15 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/12/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Since its right-to-work law took effect, Michigan has experienced the nation's sixth-largest growth in the number of people working, adding 141,990 jobs from March 2013 through December 2014, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. California saw the largest increase during that span, adding 603,174 jobs. On a percentage basis, Michigan employment grew 3.3 percent, ranking 15th overall in the nation. North Dakota held the top spot, growing its workforce by 5.4 percent. Michigan had 4,294,532 jobs in March of 2013, a number that increased to 4,436,522 in December of 2014. The data on jobs comes from the monthly...
  • Right to Work Isn't the Only Option

    03/13/2015 9:17:28 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/8/2015 | Vinnie Vernuccio
    Even with Michigan’s right-to-work law, workers do not have full freedom. In bringing true fairness to both unions and workers, Michigan has the power to give public workers a complete choice when it comes to associating with a union, while at the same time lifting government unions’ burden of representing nonmembers. In Michigan, unlike non-right-to-work states, workers do not need to pay a union to keep their jobs. However, in both types of states, employees in a unionized job must accept union representation whether they want it or not. But right-to-work isn’t the only option available for bringing real fairness...
  • Mackinac Center Files Brief with U.S. Supreme Court to End Union Agency Fees

    03/13/2015 7:19:16 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Mackinac Center for Public Policy ^ | 3/13/2015 | Anne Schieber
    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy has submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that could extend virtual “right-to-work” status to government employees in every state. Under such a ruling, those workers would no longer be required to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment. The case is Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, brought by teachers in a forced unionism state who object to so-called “agency fees” that workers must pay to the union even if they elect not to be a “member.” First, however, the justices must decide whether to place...
  • [Wal-Mart board member Hillary] Clinton Remained Silent As Wal-Mart Fought Unions [flashback]

    03/13/2015 3:34:42 AM PDT · by grundle · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 31, 2008 | BRIAN ROSS, MADDY SAUER and RHONDA SCHWARTZ
    In six years as a member of the Wal-Mart board of directors, between 1986 and 1992, Hillary Clinton remained silent as the world's largest retailer waged a major campaign against labor unions seeking to represent store workers. Wal-Mart's anti-union efforts were headed by one of Clinton's fellow board members, John Tate, a Wal-Mart executive vice president who also served on the board with Clinton for four of her six years. Tate was fond of repeating, as he did at a managers meeting in 2004 after his retirement, what he said was his favorite phrase, "Labor unions are nothing but blood-sucking...
  • 'If It's Not Illegal, It Should Be'

    03/12/2015 8:49:04 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/9/2015 | Tom Gantert
    State Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, was on the Senate floor Thursday when he learned of a “sweetheart” deal between the Lansing School District and the president of the state’s largest teachers union. The district has for several years allowed Michigan Education Association President Steve Cook to be considered a “school employee.” This lets Cook remain a member of the public school pension system, despite the fact that he actually works full time for a private organization. Moreover, Cook is accruing pension benefits based on his $201,613 union salary, setting him up for a much higher post-retirement payout from the...
  • Union President Inflating Public Pension with $200K Salary While Working for Private Union

    03/11/2015 8:27:09 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/10/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Steve Cook, the president of the state's largest teachers union, is also listed as the highest-paid employee of the Lansing School District. His annual salary is $20,000 more than that of the district’s superintendent. The deal between the Lansing School District and the Michigan Education Association allows Cook to remain a member of the state’s pension system for school employees while working full-time as president of the private union. This lets him accrue pension benefits based on his $201,613 MEA salary, setting Cook up for a much higher post-retirement payout from the underfunded public school employees pension system. The Lansing...
  • Indiana, Michigan, Now Wisconsin: What The Right-To-Work Momentum Means

    03/11/2015 1:13:50 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 11, 2015 | George Leef
    For quite a few years, the number of states with Right-to-Work statutes was stuck at 22. Oklahoma adopted RTW in 2001, but then no more did so (despite serious legislative battles) until Indiana in 2012 and Michigan in 2013. Wisconsin has now become the 25th RTW state. What is going on? I think the momentum toward RTW – or more accurately, the declining appeal of compulsory unionism – is explained by two things. First, it is becoming clear that RTW status helps attract business, while compulsory unionism repels it. Second, more and more workers who once regarded labor unions as...
  • Wis. Business Owner Upset Over ‘Right-To-Work’ Expanding in Minn.

    03/11/2015 4:55:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    AP via CBS Minnesota ^ | March 10, 2015 9:31 AM
    A Wisconsin business owner upset over enactment of a right-to-work law and other policies says he is expanding in Minnesota because the economic policies there are more conducive for his operation. James Hoffman, president of Hoffman Construction in Black River Falls, said Monday that he was accelerating plans to expand an office in Lakeville, Minnesota, that currently has two full-time employees. […] Hoffman says the decision is based on business, not politics. …
  • Denver schools have four times the administrators as other districts

    03/11/2015 9:49:03 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Watchdog ^ | March 11, 2015 | Arthur Kane
    Denver Public Schools had four times the number of administrators as any other large metro area districts last year, and salaries and benefits for those staffers are $22 million more than the next largest metro district, Colorado Department of Education figures show. The teachers’ union president reviewed the data Watchdog.org obtained and said the nearly $68 million paid to DPS administrators would be better spent on students. “We need to be talking about keeping dollars closer to classroom when it comes to public education,” said Henry Roman, president of the Denver Classroom Teachers Association. “Should they be putting the money...
  • Right to Work Initiative in Washington State

    03/11/2015 9:27:07 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 11, 2015 | James Simpson
    On Tuesday, March 10, Washington State’s Employee Rights Political Action Committee (erpac.org), announced a grassroots initiative to replace restrictive employee laws with personal choice that both allows employees to keep their hard earned money in their pockets, and assists business in growing jobs. Called the “Employee Rights Act,” (I-1395) this new ballot initiative, if passed, will end compulsory union membership, ensuring an employee’s ability to find and keep gainful employment regardless of membership status and allow employers to hire without regard to a prospective employee's union participation. It will also allow employees to opt out of automatic union dues deduction....
  • Scott Walker Punches Back Twice As Hard At Obama (Good read)

    03/10/2015 4:31:55 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 57 replies
    Investors.com ^ | March 10, 2015 | IBD Editorial
    Principles: If Republicans want to know how to respond to President Obama's barbs and attacks, they should pay close attention to what Gov. Scott Walker said after Obama smacked him for signing a right-to-work bill. Obama, who believes that he should comment on anything and everything under the sun, issued a written statement condemning the law. "I'm deeply disappointed," he said, "that a new anti-worker law in Wisconsin will weaken, rather than strengthen, workers in the new economy."
  • The Right-to-Work Fight You Aren't Hearing About [in New Mexico]

    03/10/2015 2:38:55 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 10, 2015 | Eric Garcia
    ..Tamara Kay, a professor in the sociology department at the University of New Mexico, criticized right-to-work laws as "kindergarten math."Much of the focus on fights over right-to-work laws has been on Rust Belt states like Michigan, Indiana, and now Wisconsin, as its governor and likely presidential candidate Scott Walker signed a right-to-work bill Monday. But there's also a high stakes showdown underway in New Mexico. Late last month, the state's House of Representatives passed a right-to-work bill, setting up a face-off with the Senate, which could raise the profile of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, positioning her as a Walker-esque rising...
  • Obama slams Walker's right-to-work law [Has Walker moved Wisconsin into the Red column?]

    03/10/2015 12:56:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 46 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 9, 2015 | Rebecca Berg
    In a sharp jab at Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, President Obama on Monday criticized Wisconsin's newly-signed law to prevent workers from being obliged to pay union dues as a "sustained, coordinated assault on unions, led by powerful interests and their allies in government." "I'm deeply disappointed that a new anti-worker law in Wisconsin will WEAKEN, rather than strengthen workers in the new economy," Obama said. "Wisconsin is a state built by labor, with a proud pro-worker past. So even as its governor claims victory over working Americans, I'd encourage him to try and score a victory for working Americans —...
  • Wisconsin Becomes 25th Right-to-Work State

    03/09/2015 1:59:12 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 17 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 3-9-15 | Cara Sullivan
    Earlier today, following rigorous debate in the legislature, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed into law SB 44, a right-to-work bill that makes union dues and participation optional for workers. SB 44 will further expand employee rights in Wisconsin and help create an atmosphere hospitable to economic growth. Right-to-work laws grant employees the freedom of choosing whether to financially support a union by prohibiting the payment of dues as a condition of employment. The implementation of voluntary union dues maximizes individual freedom in the pursuit of employment while holding unions more accountable to their members. Under a non-right-to-work state’s system of...
  • Freedom not to choose

    03/09/2015 10:56:27 AM PDT · by rktman · 3 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 3/8/2014 | Stephen Moore
    My first job as a teenager back in 1976 was working as a blue-suited Andy Frain usher at sporting events at places like Wrigley Field in Chicago. When I took the job, I was required to join the local union and pay dues. My co-workers and I used to endlessly complain that the union was snatching money from our paychecks even though we were only paid the minimum wage. “What has this union ever done for us?” we all raged. I think about that unpleasant experience a lot in the context of the debate raging in a handful of states...
  • Scott Walker signs right-to-work bill (Wisconsin)

    03/09/2015 8:51:02 AM PDT · by UB355 · 56 replies
    Mikwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 3/9/2015 | Jason Stein
    Overhauling more than a half century of labor law in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker on Monday signed so-called right-to-work legislation banning labor contracts that require private sector workers to pay labor fees. In a matter of weeks, Republicans pushed through the measure making Wisconsin the 25th state with such a law, giving a victory to manufacturers in the state and a blow to organized labor and some construction firms, which had opposed the measure. The passage marks a shift in the GOP governor's position that comes as he pursues an all but certain presidential run. Walker said repeatedly during the...
  • Scott Walker to sign right-to-work bill Monday at Badger Meter

    03/08/2015 8:04:38 PM PDT · by Monitor · 51 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | March 8, 2015 | Lee Bergquist
    Gov. Scott Walker will sign so-called right-to-work legislation on Monday morning at Badger Meter in Brown Deer after the Assembly passed the measure Friday morning following almost 24 hours of debate. The measure bans labor contracts that would make it mandatory for workers to pay union fees. The legislation zoomed into play this year, pushed by GOP legislators, after Walker brushed aside the issue as a distraction during his re-election campaign last year.
  • Three Cheers for Scott Walker's Union Busting! [Who could be against the right to work?]

    03/07/2015 11:45:25 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 64 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | March 7, 2015 | Matt Lewis
    In America, you have the right to remain silent, the right to rise—and soon the right to work. At least that is if you live in Wisconsin, or one of the other right-to-work states that allow private sector workers to opt out of union membership. Next week, it is expected that Gov. Scott Walker will sign legislation making Wisconsin the 25th state to pass right-to-work legislation. Interestingly, Walker didn't actively push for this legislation, but his signature will nonetheless guarantee one more feather in the cap of a Republican governor who has helped transform his state in recent years. You...
  • The Weekend Interview: Blue State Turnaround Artist

    03/07/2015 10:37:00 AM PST · by fifedom · 8 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 6 2015 | Collin Levy
    Welcome to government in Illinois, the worst-managed state in the country. The Land of Lincoln is buried under staggering debts, including a projected $6.7 billion operating gap for the next fiscal year and an $111 billion unfunded pension liability. Government unions and politicians engage in legal collusion that fleeces taxpayers. Between 2002 and 2014, 86% of Illinois state lawmakers received union contributions, according to the Illinois Policy Institute.
  • Moody's downgrades CPS credit rating [ Chicago Public Schools ]

    03/07/2015 5:45:37 AM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 03/06/2015 | Maudlyne Ihejirika
    Moody’s Investors Service on Friday announced it had reduced its rating on Chicago Board of Education debt to one level above junk bond status. Moody’s downgraded the rating to Baa3 from Baa1 on the board’s general obligation debt. That rating applies to a total of $6.3 billion in outstanding debt held by Chicago Public Schools. That lowered rating, according to Moody’s, “reflects CPS’s continued reliance” on its reserves to cover ongoing operating expenditures, “particularly pension contributions, which will steadily increase in the coming years.” ... the lowered CPS rating also takes into account the city’s own credit rating, which also...
  • A Wisconsin Whimper [Right to Work Cheer!]

    03/06/2015 10:39:29 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    Slate ^ | March 6, 2015 | Betsy Woodruff
    "...Regardless of whether you’d characterize the right-to-work law as fanatical or not, it’s remarkable the extent to which Madison kept mum about its passage. Besides a few dozen Democratic legislators and a few hundred labor protesters the day before, the famously liberal city was placid as the conservative legislation rolled along. The liberals who have faced Walker have lost, and lost,and lost again,and progressive Wisconsinites’ stores of outrage seem,at least for the moment,to be exhausted.That’s not to suggest the left has given up. But Walker and the Republicans in the Legislature have more ideas they plan to advance,including cutting funding...
  • Wisconsin: Protests Fall Flat During Final Day of Right to Work Debate [w/video hey-hey, ho-ho]

    03/06/2015 1:05:48 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | Staff Trackers
    On the final day of legislative debate over a proposed Right to Work law in Wisconsin, union protesters proved once again they are unable to replicate the massive crowds generated during Wisconsin’s historic 2011 Act 10 debate. While unions attempted to hold an outside rally during the midday, which mustered about 300 people, the hour long outside rally completely failed to move inside the statehouse and support Wisconsin Assembly Democrats as they debated against the bill. While Assembly Democrats were able to draw debate out to 24 hours by using poetry, claims of racism, and references to Moses delivering the...
  • Restoring West Coast Ocean Cargo Service May Be Costly Proposition

    03/06/2015 11:41:00 AM PST · by Vigilanteman · 7 replies
    Logistics Management ^ | 3 March 2015 | Patrick Burnson
    Expected post-Lunar New Year cargo growth will accelerate equipment, cargo handling and other costs going forward, maintain ocean carrier executives. While the full impact on ocean carrier deployments to U.S. West Coat ports has yet to be measured, major players comprising the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) are standing firm on raising rates. According to TSA spokesman, Niels Erich, container shipping lines have begun the slow work of repairing their networks as U.S. West Coast congestion difficulties ease. “At the same time, forward bookings suggest that post-Lunar New Year cargo demand will resume after the week-long Asia holidays and continue to...
  • PHOTOS: Union protest signs show what Scott Walker’s lived with for four years

    03/06/2015 9:47:36 AM PST · by Kyle Olson · 17 replies
    EAGnews.org ^ | 3/6/15 | Media Trackers
    MADISON, Wis. – With Wisconsin almost certain to become the nation’s 25th Right to Work state within the next week, union attempts to protest the legislation have fallen flat in comparison to Wisconsin’s 2011 Act 10. With 62% of Wisconsinites supporting Right to Work — a number that increases to 77% when Right to Work is further explained — and 71% supporting the policy nationwide, unions have attempted to play the victim card to stop the legislation from becoming law.