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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.