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  • Video: Unions Fine Members Who Don't Show Support for Elizabeth Warren

    10/11/2012 10:05:51 AM PDT · by Snuph · 3 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | OCT 11, 2012 | MICHAEL WARREN
    A GOP source sends along this video, shot by a Republican tracker, of a union member supporting Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren outside of a debate Wednesday night in Springfield, Massachusetts. The cameraman asks the union member if he was at an earlier debate between Warren and her Republican opponent, Senator Scott Brown. "Uh-huh," the union member says, nodding. "Did you guys get fined if you weren't there?" the cameraman asks. "Yeah," the union member replies. "How much did you get fined?" the cameraman asks. "A hundred and fifty," the man says, although he later adds, "It's two-fifty if you...
  • Michigan unions fight to enshrine bargaining rights in constitution

    10/08/2012 7:10:12 PM PDT · by markomalley · 56 replies
    The Washington TImes ^ | 10/8/2012 | Andrea Billups
    They have been playing defense elsewhere across the Midwest, but labor unions in Michigan have gone on the attack with a proposed first-in-the-nation amendment to the state constitution that would enshrine a right to collective bargaining for public — and private-sector workers — and invalidate any past or future laws to the contrary. Proposal 2, backed by Michigan’s teachers and other public-employee unions, is being closely watched by labor and management groups across the country after a string of setbacks for the union movement in states such as Wisconsin and Indiana. Other states are likely to follow Michigan’s lead if...
  • Your Kid Needs Indoctrination, Not Education

    10/08/2012 6:47:46 PM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 4 replies
    Alan Levy, Sales Rep By Day, Rightwing Avenger By Night | 10/08/12 | Alan Levy
    There are many things one can expect from a Barack Hussein Obama diatribe. The first thing you'll notice is a whole lot of mumbling and stuttering, much like a poor soul suffering a mini-stroke. The second is the occasional phoney-baloney "Malcolm X voice" (H/T Ann Coulter) if he's PO'ed about something. (You know, things like FOX News, no more chicken poodle soup, Benjamin Netanyahu, a lousy day at the links, that sort of thing.) The third thing you'll notice is his incessant cheerleading for federal interference in education, Constitution be damned. This cheerleading happens in almost every one of his...
  • Police union now warning people that Detroit is too dangerous to enter

    10/08/2012 9:41:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/08/2012 | Rick Moran
    Welcome to the post-apocalypse cityscape of Detroit - before the apocalypse happens.CBS Detroit: The men and women of the Detroit Police Department believe the city is too dangerous to enter, and they want citizens to know it. Detroit Police Officer Association (DPOA) Attorney Donato Iorio said officers are holding the "Enter At Your Own Risk" rally at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in front of Comerica Park to remind the public that the officers are overworked, understaffed, and at times, fearful for their lives."Detroit is America's most violent city, its homicide rate is the highest in the country and yet the Detroit...
  • Enter At Your Own Risk: Police Union Says ‘War-Like’ Detroit Is Unsafe For Visitors

    10/06/2012 9:42:58 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 60 replies
    WWJ) ^ | October 6, 2012 10:57 AM
    DETROIT (WWJ) – The men and women of the Detroit Police Department believe the city is too dangerous to enter, and they want citizens to know it. Detroit Police Officer Association (DPOA) Attorney Donato Iorio said officers are holding the “Enter At Your Own Risk” rally at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in front of Comerica Park to remind the public that the officers are overworked, understaffed, and at times, fearful for their lives. “Detroit is America’s most violent city, its homicide rate is the highest in the country and yet the Detroit Police Department is grossly understaffed,” Iorio told WWJ’s Kathryn...
  • Baystate Franklin Nurses Go Out on 24-Hour Strike

    10/05/2012 3:19:25 PM PDT · by matt04 · 4 replies
    Nurses at Baystate Franklin Medical Center have hit the picket line. The strike is scheduled to run 24 hours, from 7:00 a.m. Friday to 7:00 a.m. Saturday. Friday’s job action, which the union says is the first in the hospital’s history, comes after months of negotiations over a new contract. The Mass. Nurses Association says that they have been bargained 28 times over the last year where “Baystate Management has committed a number of unfair labor practices and has refused to make the necessary compromises to settle an equitable contract.” However, Baystate Franklin says that they have come with proposals,...
  • The Worst May Be Yet To Come From Obama's Labor Board

    10/04/2012 11:47:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 4, 2012 | Fred Wszolek
    Under the Obama Administration, Big Labor has seized control of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) to drive its self-interested agenda – a truly unprecedented development in the history of the NLRB. In the past, Board law has changed when control moved from one political party to another. But never before has a Board majority conducted itself in such unprincipled partisan manner, ramming through an extremist agenda and dissembling about it. Three examples demonstrate the point: The NLRB stripped workers of their right to a secret ballot election to challenge their employer’s recognition of a union by card...
  • Union Ballot Proposal Would Protect Teachers Who Are Drunk, Dealing Drugs In the Classroom

    10/04/2012 7:13:56 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/2/2012 | Jarrett Skorup
    A union labor contract agreed to by the Bay City Public Schools school board and local teachers' union permits educators to to sell drugs to students two times before being fired. In fact, as Michigan Capitol Confidential first reported last week, teachers are able to come to school drunk up to five times before they can be fired. It lets them teach while high on drugs up the three times before dismissal. The contract states on page 93 (see image nearby) that the first offense of a misdemeanor sale of tobacco, alcohol or illegal drugs results in three day unpaid...
  • Baystate Franklin Medical Center nurses take to the picket line in Springfield(MA)

    10/03/2012 5:25:56 PM PDT · by matt04 · 1 replies
    More than 125 unionized nurses and their supporters picketed Baystate Medical Center on Wednesday afternoon, hours before heading into the last scheduled bargaining session before a one-day strike at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield. "We hope to get it settled, we really do," said Donna L. Stern of Greenfield, a registered nurse and co-chairwoman of the bargaining committee. "I can't wait to get back to taking care of patients. I love being a nurse." If an agreement is not reached, the nurses will strike for 24 hours from 7 a.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday. But Stern and her...
  • Forty percent of union members voted Republican in 2008.

    10/03/2012 12:10:43 PM PDT · by GilGil · 20 replies
    politifact.com ^ | 7-3-2011 | Bill Kristol
    Since 1952, only one other Republican candidate did as well among union voters -- Ronald Reagan in 1980, who also had a gap of just 7 points between overall support and union support. But Reagan wasn’t able to repeat his magic in 1984 -- his union vote trailed his national vote by 13 points. And that pattern continued until McCain in 2008, with the gap bouncing between 11 and 13 points from 1984 to 2004. So there’s some support for the notion that Republicans are doing pretty well among union voters these days.
  • Union Contract: Teachers Can Be Caught Drunk 5 Times and On Drugs 3 Times Before Being Fired

    10/03/2012 9:05:18 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/1/2012 | Tom Gantert
    Forget zero tolerance. Bay City Public School teachers for years could be caught repeatedly under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol without being fired. Teachers in possession or under the influence of illegal drugs could be caught three times before they lost their job, and they got five strikes if they were drunk on school grounds before being fired. A school district official said the language in the union contract that protects teachers for those instances "was incorporated into the teacher Master Agreement in 1997." Those protections also were included in the Bay City Education Association teacher’s contract that...
  • How Public Unions Exploit the Ruse of 'Official Time'

    10/03/2012 4:59:49 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    WSJ ^ | 10-3-12 | mallory factor
    Imagine thousands of government employees reporting to work each morning at their government offices and then doing no government work. They use government workspace, government telephones and government computers, all while working on projects unknown and unidentified to their government employers. They receive hefty taxpayer-funded salaries, promotions, bonuses and benefits, plus generous government pensions when they retire—all without doing any work on behalf of the taxpayer. Instead, they work as paid political operatives for powerful government unions. Welcome to the common practice of "official time." Sometimes called "release time," it's a mechanism by which the government pays union officials to...
  • Dystopia U.S.A. - Camden, New Jersey is ready for a Robocop police force

    10/01/2012 7:07:34 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 17 replies
    IO9 ^ | October 1, 2012 | Annalee Newitz
    Looks like Camden, New Jersey is ready for a Robocop police force I have seen the future of law enforcement, and recent news suggests that it could be coming to New Jersey. First of all, we are closer to having Robocops than ever. Over at C|Net, Tim Hornyak reports on a new project to deploy remote-controlled robotic police: Researchers at Florida International University's Discovery Lab are working with a member of the U.S. Navy Reserves to build telepresence robots that could patrol while being controlled by disabled police officers and military vets. In a sense, they would be hybrid man-machine...
  • DAILY DOOM ANTIDOTE: Who out there is really voting for Obama? — October 1st, 2012

    10/01/2012 5:54:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    HillBuzz ^ | October 1, 2012 | Kevin DuJan
    To counter the gloom and doom spread by the corrupt, vintage media (which has definitely become a Ministry of Truth pumping out nonstop Democrat propaganda) let’s today examine who out there is really voting for Barack Obama in 2012. From where I sit, things shake out like this: Those Voting for Obama No Matter What: * Blacks — who will vote out of race-pride like they did in 2008. Black voters are the most racist in the country, supporting Obama with 95% of their numbers. Once again, blacks will prove that the job a person does in office is not...
  • Teachers Can Be Caught In School Drunk Five Times and On Drugs Three Times Before Being Fired

    09/28/2012 8:36:31 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 22 replies
    MichCapCon ^ | 9-28-12 | Tom Gantert
    Forget zero tolerance. Bay City Public School teachers for years could be caught repeatedly under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol without being fired. Teachers in possession or under the influence of illegal drugs could be caught three times before they lost their job, and they got five strikes if they were drunk on school grounds before being fired. A school district official said the language in the union contract that protects teachers for those instances "was incorporated into the teacher Master Agreement in 1997." Those protections also were included in the Bay City Education Association teacher’s contract that...
  • ‘Won’t Back Down’ has teachers unions running scared

    09/27/2012 1:47:09 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 27, 2012 | Sonny Bunch
    For more than half a century, in Hollywood message movies from “The Blackboard Jungle” to “Lean on Me,” Stand and Deliver” and “Dangerous Minds,” academic failure and juvenile crime have haunted the corridors of failing inner-city schools that were little better than war zones. Docilely reflecting liberal conventional wisdom, such Hollywood films typically let the public school system itself off easy, instead tracing the “root causes” of inner-city school failure to American social injustice — poverty, inequality and underfunded schools. But times have changed: The faceless bureaucrat and parochial union executive have replaced social injustice and neglect as the enemies...
  • San Diego Case Asks: Can Unions Boot Pension Reform from the Ballot?

    09/26/2012 7:42:56 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 4 replies
    Fox and Hounds Daily ^ | Sept 26 2012 | Pacific Legal Foundation
    If taxpayers want to curb pension costs with a ballot measure, do they need an OK from unions before they start collecting signatures? San Diego’s Municipal Employees Association seems to think so. The MEA, which represents 6,000 workers on the city payroll, wants government unions to have a gatekeeper role in the initiative process — a right to advance review of certain ballot proposals that would affect employee benefits. Disturbingly, the courts have declined, so far, to set the union straight.
 
 Triggering the controversy is Proposition B, the pension-reform plan that San Diego voters overwhelmingly approved on June 5....
  • Police to dig for Jimmy Hoffa at Roseville home

    09/26/2012 2:13:40 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 32 replies
    Click-On Detroit ^ | September 26, 2012 | ClickOnDetroit.com
    Based on a tip Roseville police received recently from a man dying from cancer, the Local 4 Defenders have learned forensic anthropologists will help the Roseville Police Department dig for former union leader Jimmy Hoffa at a house in Roseville. Hoffa went missing July 30, 1975 and was declared dead seven years later on July 30, 1982. The Defenders have learned a man who is seriously ill and dying from cancer told Roseville police he saw men moving a black bag at the house's garage hours after Hoffa went missing more than 35 years ago.
  • COMMENTARY: GOP lawmaker vows to punish Dane County for lucrative union deals

    09/26/2012 6:59:24 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 9-26-12 | Kevin Binversie
    Who says government can’t get anything done? Union-backed lawmakers in Dane County and the city of Madison didn’t waste any time, using a judge’s suspension of Act 10 to hustle through extensions on expensive union contracts. One state lawmaker has reacted with equal dispatch. State Rep. Steve Nass, R-Whitewater, said he’ll do everything to kill state funding to Dane County in next year’s 2013-2015 budget. Nass made the claim in a news release last week within hours of the Dane County Board of Supervisors' 29-8 vote to extend current contracts until 2015. Dane County supervisors climbed through a window opened...
  • Wisc. Gov. Walker calls for return of union refs

    09/25/2012 10:37:53 AM PDT · by Uncle Slayton · 15 replies
    AP and SI ^ | 9/25.12
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) If there's one thing that can unite political foes in Wisconsin, it just may be the Green Bay Packers. Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who made a national name for himself by going after public employee unions last year, posted a message on Twitter calling for the return of the NFL's locked-out unionized officials after a disputed call led to a Seattle Seahawks 14-12 victory over the Packers on Monday night. "After catching a few hours of sleep, the (hash)Packers game is still just as painful. (hash)Returntherealrefs," Walker tweeted early Tuesday.
  • MSNBC: Obama should be meeting with the NFL to resolve replacement refs issue

    09/25/2012 9:52:10 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 22 replies
    Beltway Confidential ^ | September 25, 2012 | Charlie Spiering
    An MSNBC guest this morning suggested that President Obama should meet with the NFL to resolve the issue surrounding the replacement refs, after a weekend of mistakes culminated in a controversial call during a Green Bay Packers game against the Seattle Seahawks. As the news hosts wrapped up a segment discussing Obama’s failure to meet with foreign leaders, they switched subjects to talk about the NFL replacement refs. “Why aren’t we trashing NFL officials?” Chuck Todd asked, as host Joe Scarborough was wrapping up a segment criticizing Obama. “Sorry, I’m like frothing at the mouth, I couldn’t sleep until two...
  • $1.6 Billion in Savings Lost Under Michigan Union Proposal

    09/25/2012 5:12:51 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/22/2012 | Vincent Vernuccio
    Proposal 2, the “Protect Our Jobs” constitutional amendment, would fundamentally change the power structure in Michigan. The amendment would allow government unions to effectively veto laws passed by Michigan’s elected representatives. Little to no attention, however, has been paid to the foreseen financial cost to taxpayers should Prop 2 pass. Prop 2 gives government unions an increased power at the bargaining table, which will cost taxpayers through compensation increases, padded benefits and negotiation on previously prohibited subjects. It is impossible to precisely calculate the taxpayer cost because the amendment would protect collectively bargained winnings without exception — making the cost...
  • Teachers Union 1: Rahm 0

    09/24/2012 8:22:54 AM PDT · by 92nina · 8 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-09-21 | Matt Blumenfeld
    With the Chicago Teachers Union ending their seven school day strike earlier this week, the focus should now turn to the details of the new, tentatively, accepted deal: the CTU must vote to approve the deal on Oct. 2. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel had a chance to truly reform the education system of Chicago and curb the over-indulgent greed of unions, beginning with the CTU. Instead, Mayor Emanuel is going to have to raise taxes to pay for the agreed upon demands of the CTU while trying to balance a city budget that is already $369 million in the red....
  • New Swiss sex trade union targets price cutting

    09/22/2012 10:26:56 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 39 replies
    The Local (Switzerland) ^ | 14 Sep 2012 10:33 GMT+02:00
    Switzerland’s first union for male and female prostitutes launched on Thursday following a founding meeting in Geneva’s red light district. The gathering in the Pâquis, a downtown city neighbourhood known for its active sex trade, attracted 80 people who signed up for the STTS, the only officially recognized labour organization in the country for workers in the sex trade. The union was spearheaded by Angelina, a Colombian woman who has worked as a prostitute in the Pâquis for several years. In addition to defending sex trade workers against unfair room rents and on such issues as security, the STTS also...
  • Pay raise dispute between Washoe County and Sheriff's Deputies resolved

    09/22/2012 9:52:07 AM PDT · by redreno · 1 replies
    KRNV ^ | 09/21/2012 | KRNV
    RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- A pay raise dispute between the Washoe County and its Sheriff's Deputies has come to a close. Sheriff Deputies had requested an increase in pay after the county cut benefits and 51 paid positions last year. Arbitrators Thursday advised in favor of the deputies, saying that their pay was behind national standards. The County was advised to give a three percent pay increase.
  • Come Fly With Me

    09/21/2012 1:38:39 PM PDT · by 92nina · 4 replies
    Alliance for Worker Freedom ^ | 2012-09-20 | Tom Fletcher
    The pilots are at it again. While American Airlines languishes in bankruptcy court, they have taken the difficult steps of instituting cuts to wages, benefits, vacation time and flights. As a result, airline pilots are none-too-pleased, and could create countless problems for the millions of passengers the airline serves each year. According to a Wall Street Journal article: Airlines workers periodically perform badly or walkout to get the attention of management and gain leverage in negotiations. It’s a messy battle that leaves passengers as collateral damage. Late flights means families with small children get stranded at airports when they miss...
  • Budget Chaos: Dane County Rushes New Labor Contracts [Wisconsin government employees' unions]

    09/21/2012 9:18:13 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 24 replies
    MacIver Institute ^ | September 21, 2012 | MacIver News Service
    [Madison, Wisc...] In what were likely the shortest negotiations in their history, the Dane County Board and its employees' unions reached a contract agreement Thursday night less than 48 hours after the negotiations were announced to the public. Ordinarily, contract negotiations, even in Dane County, involve months of wrangling over wages, benefits, and layoffs. Negotiations in 2010 began in the fall, and an agreement was reached in January 2011 only after union leaders saw state reforms on the horizon. Those reforms, called Act 10, limited government unions' bargaining authority to wage increases within the rate of inflation. Last Friday, a...
  • 4 Teamsters face RICO rap

    09/21/2012 3:38:21 AM PDT · by ex91B10 · 4 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | September 20, 2012 | Dave Wedge and Laurel J. Sweet
    A crew of rogue Teamsters shook down major Hub convention organizers, assaulted rivals and rigged union votes in a lucrative “pay-to-play” reign — including once strong-arming the state Democratic Party by threatening to obstruct a fundraiser by Gov. Deval Patrick where President Obama spoke, officials said.
  • Mexican government reviewing union complaint about Alabama crackdown on illegal immigrants

    09/20/2012 1:56:43 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 2 replies
    StarTribune. ^ | : September 20, 2012 | Associated Press
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Mexican government is reviewing a labor union's complaint that Alabama's crackdown on illegal immigrants violates an international trade agreement
  • Unions Ducking the Truth With Proposal 2 Ad - Union contracts have bankrupted cities, schools

    09/20/2012 12:50:10 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/17/2012 | Manny Lopez
    It is telling that backers of a plan to change the state constitution to benefit unions at the expense of taxpayers are focusing on what the amendment won't do — rather than what it will do. In a new television ad, supporters of the so-called "Protect Our Jobs" amendment in essence tell viewers that Proposal 2 is a harmless plan even though it will fundamentally change the state's constitution. Proposal 2 supporters don't want voters to know that if it passes, more than 170 laws in Michigan could be altered or eliminated, including many that have collectively saved taxpayers billions...
  • Judicial Watch takes its eye off the ball

    09/20/2012 9:29:19 AM PDT · by inkling · 7 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | September 20, 2012 | Clint Bolick
    Judicial Watch, the Washington, D.C.-based group that describes itself as a conservative watchdog, has taken on all types of government corruption and waste. Among them is the scandalous practice of union release-time, in which government employees are given paid time to perform union work, including lobbying and campaigning. Judicial Watch condemned Miami-Dade County, Florida Mayor Carlos Alvarez for allowing “public transit workers to be excused from their regular duties while still collecting taxpayer salaries.” Among Judicial Watch’s bill of particulars against the mayor was the “1,300 union police officers who make over $100,000 at the department Alvarez worked in and...
  • Walter Dalton Claims McCrory Would Govern North Carolina Like Scott Walker

    09/20/2012 8:03:31 AM PDT · by 92nina · 13 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-09-17 | Patrick Gleason
    Walter Dalton, North Carolina’s current Lt. Governor and Democratic nominee to be the state’s next governor, has been stepping up his attacks on Republican nominee Pat McCrory lately. On the campaign trail in Raleigh last Thursday, Dalton sought to tie McCrory to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. But a review of Walker’s record makes one wonder why Dalton finds this comparison to be a negative. Chief Executive magazine’s annual survey of CEOs on the best and worst states for business had Wisconsin making the biggest improvement of any state following Walker’s regulatory and labor law reforms in 2011, rising to 24th...
  • Former Teamsters face racketeering, extortion charges

    09/19/2012 6:17:44 PM PDT · by massmike · 7 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 09/19/2012 | Laurel J. Sweet And Dave Wedge
    Four former members of the Teamsters union were in federal court today to answer charges they behaved like common thugs, committing multiple acts of extortion and racketeering while beating up and bullying their own brotherhood who tried to question their methods and leadership, authorities said. John Perry, 60, of Woburn, Joseph “Jo Jo” Burhoe, 44, of Braintree, James “Jimmy the Bull” Deamicis, 49, of Quincy, and Thomas Flaherty, 49, of Braintree, have been charged in a 30-count indictment with racketeering, conspiracy to extort, extortion, attempted extortion, mail fraud, prohibition against certain persons holding office and theft of government money. The...
  • State flags 4 Sacramento-area districts over blacks in special education

    09/19/2012 5:19:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | September 19, 2012 | Diana Lambert and Phillip Reese
    Sacramento County's four largest school districts are among dozens in California that have gotten letters from the state saying they have a disproportionate number of African American students in their special education programs who are designated as emotionally disturbed.... ..."There is a disproportionate number of African American boys. Why that category?" said Diana Blackmon,director of special services for the Washington Unified School District in West Sacramento. "We certainly don't see it with autism,retardation or deafness. That,off the top,leads me to think something more is going on." ....[Diana Blackmon, director of special services for the Washington Unified School District in West...
  • Wisconsin, Chicago teacher protests a sham

    09/18/2012 9:00:45 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    The College Fix ^ | 9-17-12 | Joseph Diedrich
    Amidst chants of “the people united will never be defeated” and “CTU! CTU! CTU, we stand with you,” the steps of the Wisconsin state capitol Friday hosted a congregation of picketing teachers and other “working class” activists who sought to show their support for the striking educators of the Chicago Teachers Union and their demands for a salary hike, class-size reductions and other reforms. Clad in bright red T-shirts and outfitted with various signs, including the ever-popular “Stop the Attack on Wisconsin Families,” the so-called Solidarity Rally was coordinated by the Madison International Socialist Organization, Madison Teachers Inc., the Teaching...
  • Rotherham, Hannaway: 5 myths about teachers unions

    09/18/2012 8:07:21 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 9-18-12 | Andrew J. Rotherham and Jane Hannaway
    The Chicago teachers strike thrust teachers unions into the national spotlight. In Chicago and around the country, some see unions as saving public education and others as driving it into the ground. But the reality of how teachers unions operate is more complicated than the rhetoric about them. 1. Teachers unions are to blame for low test scores and high dropout rates. Where the unions matter most in the education debate is in their influence on how teachers are supervised and evaluated, who is granted tenure, and who is dismissed. These have all been flash points in Chicago. There is...
  • Wisconsin: Employee unions consider seeking new contract talks

    09/17/2012 7:09:42 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Updated: 09/17/2012 06:07:40 PM CDT | Scott Bauer
    Wisconsin school and government employee unions on Monday were considering whether to seek new contract talks after a state court threw out a controversial law that restricts public workers' collective bargaining rights. At least one major union representing about 4,700 teachers in Madison said it will demand new contract negotiations, while others said they were weighing their options. A Dane County judge ruled Friday that the law, passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature in 2011, violates the school and local employees' constitutional rights to free speech, free association and equal representation. Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said he will ask a...
  • National Hockey League locks out its players

    09/15/2012 11:41:43 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 48 replies
    FOX ^ | 16 September 2012 | AP Story
    NEW YORK – The clock struck midnight, and the NHL turned into another sports league closed for business. Unable to reach agreement on a new labor deal, the National Hockey League locked out its players at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, the third major pro sport to impose a work stoppage in the last 18 months, behind the NFL and NBA. The action also marks the fourth shutdown for the NHL since 1992, including a year-long dispute that forced the cancellation of the entire 2004-05 season when the league successfully held out for a salary cap. That fight ended with the latest...
  • No Lesson Plans For Chicago Students This Week

    09/17/2012 8:53:39 AM PDT · by 92nina · 17 replies
    Alliance for Worker Freedom ^ | 2012-09-13 | Tom Fletcher
    As the Chicago Teacher’s strike enters its fourth day, those on the picket line are insisting that they would rather be back in the classroom, and only want a “fair” deal. Chicago teachers are already well compensated, to the tune of $71,000 a year, and were offered a 16% salary raise before they initiated the strike on Monday morning. Teacher’s balked at this counter proposal and proclaimed, “[w]e’re not going back to work unless we have a fair contract.” That’s quite a statement when, according to the Illinois Policy Institute, the average starting pension for Chicago teachers is $77,496. Chicago...
  • Chicago Teachers Vote to Continue Strike

    09/16/2012 5:24:13 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 88 replies
    Chicago Teachers Vote to Continue Strike By STEPHANIE BANCHERO The Chicago public school teachers strike entered its second week after the teachers union declined Sunday to call off a week-long walkout that has catapulted the city into the national debate over teacher evaluations and job security. Only hours earlier, Chicago Teachers Union officials had trumpeted new concessions they said they had extracted from Mayor Rahm Emanuel during talks to settle the strike that started last Monday and has canceled classes for 350,000 students in the nation's third largest district. The vote to continue the strike came Sunday night by the...
  • Controllers Boost Giving to Democrats

    09/16/2012 1:34:04 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 6 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Sep 13, 2012 | BRODY MULLINS and ANDY PASZTOR
    POLITICS Updated September 13, 2012, 9:08 p.m. ET Controllers Boost Giving to Democrats By BRODY MULLINS and ANDY PASZTOR The nation's biggest and most powerful unions are usually among the most generous givers to Democrats. This year there is a newcomer among the top ranks: the low-profile association that represents air-traffic controllers. So far this election, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, with 20,000 members, has emerged as the second-largest union donor to the major pro-Democratic super PACs. It is surpassed only by the Service Employees International Union, which has 2.1 million members. NATCA has donated $1 million to a...
  • Wage freeze bill for teachers passes in Ontario legislature (Canada)

    09/16/2012 5:53:07 AM PDT · by Salman · 6 replies
    CBC News (Canada) ^ | Sep 11, 2012 | The Canadian Press
    Three powerful unions representing Ontario teachers and education workers declared war Tuesday against the governing Liberals after a controversial anti-strike bill passed in the legislature. The two biggest unions representing elementary and secondary school teachers are urging their members to withdraw from any voluntary activities as a show of protest of what they're calling "draconian" legislation. The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation is telling its members not to do any voluntary activities — such as coaching sports teams — on Wednesday. The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) is urging its members not to participate in "any school-based or system...
  • CA State Senate Target Races

    09/15/2012 10:02:43 AM PDT · by fifedom · 9 replies
    Fox&Hounds ^ | September 11th, 2012 | Allan Hoffenblum
    Last week, Darrell Steinberg, the president pro term of the Senate, announced that he would skip the Democratic National Convention to focus on trying to win the two seats needed to give his party a two-thirds, 27-seat Senate majority. Looking at the senate races in play, the odds are in his favor.
  • Che Guevara in Chicago

    09/15/2012 5:30:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 15, 2012 | Humberto Fontova
    You just knew Che Guevara would show up as an icon of the union demonstrators in Chicago. Why? Well, let’s consider the factors in this demonstration by union-educators who were mostly educated by other union-educators. *Che Guevara outlawed trade unions. Then-- at Soviet gun-point-- he herded all recalcitrant Cuban union-members into forced-labor camps and sent their rebellious union-leaders to the firing squad. * The union members clamoring for more union privileges in Chicago while wearing t-shirts hailing this murderous Stalinist union-buster and hailing him as a “role model” are mostly products of America’s public schools-- and keen to continue the...
  • Our House Divided Against Labor

    09/15/2012 3:56:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 15, 2012 | John Ransom
    Their hunger can’t be satisfied. In a country where government spending now makes up 40 percent of our GDP annually and where our national debt is 106 percent of our GDP, public employees are helping out their fellow citizens during tough economic times by demanding a larger slice of the shrinking national pie. In California, the state public pension plan is stiffing private investors- even ones they just recently borrowed from to make up for poor investment performance- in order to make sure that government employees are golden.In another case in California, the Poway Unified School District is borrowing $105...
  • Brussels drops plans for EU law limiting right to strike

    09/14/2012 6:39:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    EurActiv ^ | 14 September 2012 | Marc Hall
    The European Commission has withdrawn proposed legislation limiting workers’ right to strike, amid a furor from trade unions and EU lawmakers in Parliament who waved a "yellow card" to Brussels for stepping over national sovereignty. … Critics had condemned the so-called Monti II regulation over its implications for European social rights and for interfering with national sovereignty. The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) rejected the proposal as it “restricts the right to take collective action.” … Governments claimed the right to strike was an issue to be regulated at the national level, and so the Monti II legislation—named after Italian...
  • Rep. Sherman: 12 million illegals ‘need documents’ to be able to unionize [VIDEO]

    09/14/2012 4:55:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 14, 2012 | Sean Rainey
    WASHINGTON — California Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman said at a press conference on immigration outside the Capitol Friday afternoon that America needs immigration reform to help those here illegally while also allowing them unionize for better wages. “We need a regular process by which the 12 million people who are part of our society can be fully part of our society, and they need documents,” the congressman said. “It’s important for the labor market of this country because as long as there are 12 million people without documents, there are 12 million people who can’t stand up for their rights...
  • It’s never really over in Wisc, is it? Dane County Judge tosses collective bargaining reform law

    09/14/2012 4:27:17 PM PDT · by Kolath · 16 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 9-14-2012 | William A. Jacobson
    And the wheel keeps turning in Wisconsin. The long, strange trip is not over. First it was Dane County Judge Sumi who interjected herself into the legislative process by striking down the collective bargaining reform law, only to be overturned by the State Supreme Court which rejected challenges to the process used to pass it Now a different Dane County judge has struck the law down again, this time on the ground that state employees have a constitutional right to collectively bargain, and has reinstated the law as if the legislature never passed the reforms.
  • Judge strikes down Wis. law limiting union rights

    09/14/2012 3:05:15 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 107 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 14, 2012, 5:51 PM EDT | SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press
    A Wisconsin judge has struck down the state law championed by Gov. Scott Walker that effectively ended collective bargaining rights for most public workers. Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas ruled Friday that the law violates both the state and U.S. Constitution and is null... *** It was not clear if the ruling means the law is immediately suspended.
  • What the Michigan Union Constitutional Amendment Would Do

    09/14/2012 11:33:43 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/13/2012 | Jarrett Skorup
    The union-backed proposal known as “Protect Our Jobs” has mostly been sold as enshrining collective bargaining privileges into the Michigan Constitution and fending off a right-to-work law that could be passed at some point in the future. These points are being debated by both sides, but the main effect of the POJA initiative being passed by voters in November is far less known and would do far more damage than either of the typically discussed positions. Tucked into the middle, part of the union petition reads, “No existing or future law of the state or its political subdivisions shall abridge,...