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  • PAC backing Johnston for governor gets another $1M from Bloomberg ( enemy action in Colorado )

    06/20/2018 6:56:03 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Colorado Politics ^ | June 19, 2018 | Marianne Goodland
    A political action committee backing former state Sen. Michael Johnston of Denver for the Democratic nod for governor has received another $1 million dollars from Michael Bloomberg, bringing the wealthy former New York mayor’s total donations to the committee to $2 million. ... The $1 million contribution was the largest that any campaign committee received in the most recent reporting period from May 31 to June 13, according to the secretary of state’s office’s TRACER campaign finance system. Second on the list: another $750,000 from fellow Democrat U.S. Rep. Jared Polis of Boulder to his gubernatorial campaign, bringing his total...
  • Broward Teachers Union pressuring state officials to end gun manufacturer contributions (Florida)

    06/15/2018 3:10:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    WSVN-TV ^ | June 15, 2018 | Joel Franco
    TAMARAC. FLA. (WSVN) - - The Broward Teachers Union, state representatives and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School parents and students held a joint press conference, Thursday afternoon. The union called for Florida Gov. Rick Scott to force the state pension board to stop investing teacher retirement fund contributions in three firearm manufacturing companies. “You have turned our teachers retirement fund into blood money,” said Meiling Hoshing, Marjory Stoneman Douglas student. “No teacher wants your unhealthy decisions on their soul.” One of the firearm companies receiving a bulk of the funds manufactures the AR-15 rifle, the weapon used in the Marjory...
  • Teachers’ union urges Democrats to run harder against the 2017 tax cut

    06/15/2018 7:02:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 15, 2018 | by David Weigel
    The American Federation of Teachers is urging Democratic candidates to step up their attacks on last year’s Republican-passed tax cuts, armed with voter surveys that find the legislation useful as a way to argue for more public spending. “We’ve found support for an increase in health-care spending, and for an argument that the increase is going to come from tax cuts for the rich,” said Stan Greenberg, a pollster at Democracy Corps who conducted the voter survey for AFT. “They created the vehicle for expanding investment by passing this tax cut.” The survey, conducted with 1,000 voter phone interviews and...
  • Connecticut unions brace for Supreme Court decision with protests, membership changes

    06/13/2018 10:46:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Yankee Institute ^ | Jun 13, 2018 | Marc E. Fitch
    With a U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Janus v. AFCSME case expected any day, Connecticut’s public sector unions are trying to convince members not to opt-out of membership if the Supreme Court decides in favor of Mark Janus. The Connecticut State Employees Association and the American Federation of Teachers informed their members of a Freedom of Information request for union members’ contact information that originated out of Illinois. Leaders say this information could be used for an opt-out campaign in the wake of a positive Janus decision. ... A decision in favor of Janus would essentially make Connecticut a...
  • Elon Musk's Tesla says new state rule punishes it for doing business in California

    06/11/2018 6:15:28 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 35 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | June 11, 2018 | Adam Ashton
    The only large-scale car manufacturer in California argues that doing business in the state is hard enough without a fast-developing labor regulation backed by organizations that want to unionize its Fremont plant. Elon Musk's Tesla is fighting a rule under development by two state agencies that would require it be certified as a "fair and responsible workplace" for its customers to be eligible for taxpayer-backed state electric vehicle rebates.
  • Trump aims to limit government unions from working on taxpayers' dime.....

    06/08/2018 6:26:46 PM PDT · by caww · 3 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 6/8/2018 | Sean Higgins
    The administration's goal is to weed out union officials who work exclusively on "official time" and do no work for the taxpayers, according to a source with knowledge of the administration's plans. The overhaul is intended to ensure that official time is only a part-time activity. Under the changes, no federal employee would be allowed to spend more than one-fourth of their paid time on union work, and they must remain licensed and qualified for their official job. The source noted that a review found instances where people in specialized fields such as nursing spent so much time doing union...
  • Prevailing wage law repealed in Michigan

    06/06/2018 4:05:34 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 23 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | 6/6/18 | Emily Lawle
    LANSING, MI - The Michigan House joined the Senate in voting to repeal prevailing wage Wednesday afternoon, officially unraveling a law that had guaranteed union-level wages on public construction sites for half a century. It's an idea forwarded by Protect Michigan Taxpayers, a group funded largely by the Associated Builders and Contractors. They circulated a petition for the initiative and, having obtained enough signatures, sent it to the legislature for consideration. The legislature could have let the issue go to the ballot, but chose to take it up and approve it on Wednesday. Shortly after the Senate passed it 23-14,...
  • Broward arm of big police union drops Wasserman Schultz, endorses Republican

    06/06/2018 5:47:27 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    Shun Sentinel ^ | 6/5/18 | Anthony Man
    The Fraternal Order of Police district that includes Broward County has dropped U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, from its endorsements. Instead, the big police union said it’s endorsing Carlos Reyes, one of three Republicans seeking his party’s nomination to challenge Wasserman Schultz in the Broward/Miami-Dade County 23rd Congressional District. ...the FOP district said it endorses “people who have supported or will support the FOP and its mission. Both parties have endorsements along with non-partisan” contests. Others use it as a different kind of guide, which one reader posted on the FOP’s Facebook page: “Pretty easy for me. Vote against...
  • Largest federal employee union sues Trump over rollback of union protections

    05/31/2018 10:34:35 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 50 replies
    WaPo ^ | 31 May 2018
    The largest union representing federal workers on Thursday took the Trump administration to court to block a new executive order that severely restricts the time employees may spend on union activity, claiming the president’s action violates the First Amendment and oversteps the president’s constitutional authority. “This president seems to think he is above the law, and we are not going to stand by while he tries to shred workers’ rights,” said the American Federation of Government Employees national president J. David Cox Sr., in a statement that announced the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District. “This is...
  • Trump Moves to Ease the Firing of Federal Workers

    05/25/2018 2:37:19 PM PDT · by Cyclops08 · 56 replies
    NY Times ^ | 05/25/2018 | Noam Scheiber
    President Trump on Friday signed a series of executive orders making it easier to fire federal government workers and rolling back the prerogatives of unions that represent them. Andrew Bremberg, the head of the White House Domestic Policy Council, said the president was “fulfilling his promise to promote more efficient government by reforming our Civil Service rules.” But the push also reflects conservatives’ long-running suspicion of the federal bureaucracy, one that the president’s advisers have been outspoken in channeling. Shortly after Mr. Trump took office, Stephen K. Bannon, then his chief strategist, called for “the deconstruction of the administrative state.”...
  • Trump guts union perks, speeds up civil service firings to save $100 million a year

    05/25/2018 1:39:19 PM PDT · by deplorableindc · 132 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 25, 2018
    President Trump signed three executive orders Friday containing sweeping reforms that weaken protections for federal workers and eliminate perks for the unions that represent them. Under the new executive orders, unions will be charged rent for federal office space and will not be reimbursed for travel expenses or for hours spent appealing worker firings. All federal workers will be ordered to spend 75 percent of their time on government work, and agencies are ordered to publicly post union contracts in an online repository.
  • Op Ed: Public transit is key to tackling global warming

    05/23/2018 10:41:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    Crain's New York Business ^ | May 23, 2018 | By John Samuelsen
    New York has a major opportunity to lead the nation in reducing emissions and to strike a blow against inequality by making significant and bold investments in public transit across the state. Transportation is now the top climate culprit in New York state, responsible for more greenhouse-gas emissions than power plants. While our state is ramping up investments in renewable energy, moving people cleanly and efficiently is absolutely critical too. We must address this need by expanding public transit in ways that will also create family-sustaining employment options, improved public health, safety and mobility. The climate crisis and the transportation...
  • Unions Give $1.3 Billion in Member Dues to Left-Wing Groups(WUT?)

    05/23/2018 8:52:46 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/23/2018 | Susan Berry
    A new study reveals that from 2010 to 2017, labor unions sent some $1.3 billion in member dues to progressive groups aligned with the Democratic Party without obtaining the approval of their members. According to the Center for Union Facts (CUF) groups that received union member dues include the Clinton Foundation, Planned Parenthood, Center for American Progress, Democracy Alliance, and the Democratic Governors Association.
  • Connecticut labeled “untruthful” for hiding $10 billion in retiree healthcare costs

    05/20/2018 10:03:30 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Yankee Institute for Public Policy. ^ | May 18, 2018 | Marc E. Fitch
    Connecticut’s official balance sheets will be noticeably worse next year due to changes in how the state reports its retiree healthcare liabilities... Truth in Accounting issued Connecticut a failing grade based on its 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and said the state is “hiding” $10.4 billion in retiree healthcare debt. “Connecticut’s financial condition is not only concerning, but also misleading as government officials failed to disclose significant amounts of retirement debt on the state’s balance sheet,” the report says. “As a result, residents and taxpayers have been presented with an inaccurate and untruthful accounting of the state government’s finances.” According...
  • Quiz: How much do you know about gun violence in schools?

    05/18/2018 9:17:14 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 22 replies
    National Education Association ^ | March 24, 2018 | National Education Association
    Quiz: How much do you know about gun violence in schools?
  • Teacher union president suspended after allegedly saying 'I'm here to defend even the worst people'

    05/03/2018 6:39:53 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 14 replies
    NJMedia nj.com ^ | May 3, 2018
    A Hamilton Township school employee has been suspended after a hidden camera video appeared to depict him saying he would downplay and not report an incident of a teacher beating a student. The video was published Wednesday on YouTube by Project Veritas -- which the New Jersey Education Association said has used "illegal tactics to "fabricate false stories" -- and identifies the employee as Hamilton Township Education Association President David R. Perry.
  • Hamilton teachers union prez resigns over Project Veritas fallout

    05/13/2018 1:36:37 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 15 replies
    The Trentonian ^ | POSTED: 05/11/18, 8:58 PM EDT | UPDATED: 1 DAY AGO | Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, The Trentonian
    Dave Perry in a screenshot from the Project Veritas video. HAMILTON >> The Hamilton teachers union boss who got suspended for making inappropriate comments to an undercover Project Veritas newswoman has stepped aside. “I can confirm that David Perry resigned as HTEA president effective Thursday, May 3,” a spokesman for the New Jersey Education Association said Friday via email. ... snip ... Some of Perry’s eyebrow-raising quotes during the encounter on March 27 were: “I’m not here to hurt anybody. I’m here to defend. No matter, the worst teachers in the world, I have defended.” “I got people who are...
  • Why the Left Hates Betsy DeVos

    05/12/2018 1:46:11 PM PDT · by huckfillary · 11 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | May 12, 2018 | John Stossel
    People hate Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. When she spoke at the Kennedy School of Government, students held up signs calling her a "white supremacist." When she tried to visit a school, activists physically blocked her way. The haters claim DeVos knows little about education, only got her job because she gave money to Republican politicians, and hates free public education. Of course, education isn't really "free." Taxpayers spend $634 billion a year on it. It's laughable that activists claim conservatives "cut" education spending. Funds per student tripled over the past several decades, while test scores stayed flat. Some of...
  • Sanders, Warren and others move to end right-to-work nationally

    05/11/2018 8:10:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 11, 2018 | Jazz Shaw
    Well, this is certainly interesting. A group of Democrats, led by Bernie Sanders, Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker have filed legislation designed to essentially gut the ability of individual states to pass right-to-work laws and hand back iron-fisted control of the workplace environment to labor unions. The fact that Democrats oppose right-to-work laws is nothing new, nor is the reality that labor unions fund a large part of their election efforts. But do you notice anything that those names I listed have in common? Every one of them has been repeatedly mentioned as a possible 2020 presidential candidate....
  • Thousands of University of California workers start 3-day strike over pay

    05/07/2018 1:16:12 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | May 7, 2018 | by AP
    LOS ANGELES — Thousands of custodians, security guards, gardeners and other service workers at University of California campuses started a three-day strike Monday to address pay inequalities and demand higher wages. Strikers gathered at sunrise on the 10 campuses throughout the state, wearing green T-shirts and carrying signs that call for “equality, fairness, respect.” The strike was called last week by American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299, which represents 25,000 service workers, after the union and the university could not agree on a new contract and mediation efforts failed. Nurses and other medical workers will join...