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  • Apollo Milling sues USW local, saying ad made company appear to be racist

    08/25/2016 10:32:29 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 1 replies
    Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh Area) ^ | 25 August 2016 | Jason Bridge
    A Facebook page that made it appear the Apollo Milling Co. promoted racism against blacks shopping at the North Apollo animal supply store has sparked a lawsuit by the owner of the business founded in 1849. “I was dumbfounded,” owner Dennis Reefer said about the page he contends was created in October by a member of the United Steelworkers of America Local 1196 because Reefer refused to publicly support the group during its bitter labor dispute with Allegheny Technologies Inc. The Facebook page showed a doctored photo of the Apollo Milling Co. facade with a placard outside that read: “Coloreds...
  • Teamsters spend big on politics while preparing to cut pensions

    05/21/2015 6:25:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies ^ | 5/20/2015 | Jeffrey Scott Shapiro
    The Teamsters have begun informing retirees and current workers that their pension benefits may soon be cut, the final ironic twist to a lobbying campaign that saw the union spend its own members' dollars to win the right to shrink their retirement pay. The somber notifications began going out from the Teamsters Central States Health and Welfare Pension Fund this spring, a decision that could ultimately affect 410,000 current pension participants and a total of more than 10 million U.S. workers nationwide. Cuts could begin as early as next year.
  • Germany seeks to curb union power over strikes

    04/07/2014 10:35:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies ^ | 06 Apr 2014 09:04 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    A pilots’ strike in Germany last week has highlighted the power comparatively small groups of employees have to lay low key areas of the economy in pursuit of their own interests. And the German government is looking to draw up legislation later this year to prevent this from happening again. “One company, one wage agreement” is the motto behind a proposed “Tarifeinheit” or unified wage-bargaining mechanism masterminded by Labour Minister Andrea Nahles. Over three days last week, the cockpit pilots’ union effectively grounded the country’s biggest airline Lufthansa in a dispute over pay and early retirement entitlements. …
  • Fast-food workers stage largest protests yet

    08/29/2013 5:39:08 PM PDT · by RedStateGuyTrappedinCT · 38 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 8/29/13 | Candice Choi
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Fast-food workers and their supporters beat drums, blew whistles and chanted slogans Thursday on picket lines in dozens of U.S. cities, marking the largest protests yet in their quest for higher wages. The nationwide day of demonstrations came after similar actions organized by unions and community groups over the past several months. Workers are calling for the right to unionize without interference from employers and for pay of $15 an hour. That's more than double the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, or $15,000 a year for full-time employees. Thursday's walkouts and protests reached about...
  • 15 Long Island RR Workers Charged In Alleged Copper Theft Scheme

    01/25/2013 10:46:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    CBS New York ^ | January 25, 2013 12:20 PM | (CBSNewYork/AP)
    A New York grand jury has indicted 15 Long Island Rail Road workers and two others accusing them of participating in the theft of copper wiring. The suspects surrendered Friday and said nothing as they turned themselves in to face charges, 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reported. Eight of the defendants pleaded not guilty on Friday morning. The remainder will be arraigned later in the day. … Some of the workers accused in the scheme are accused of ripping up old copper wire as it was being replaced in Jamaica, West Islip and Babylon yards and instead of handing it over...
  • Unions suffer steep decline in membership

    01/23/2013 8:19:02 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 23, 2013 10:15 AM EST | Sam Hananel
    The nation’s labor unions suffered sharp declines in membership last year, led by losses among public sector workers in cash-strapped states, cities, counties and towns. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the unionization rate fell from 11.8 percent to 11.3 percent of all workers, the lowest level since the 1930s. …
  • Even Liberals Now Are Standing Up to Unions

    01/14/2013 9:35:35 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 14 Jan 2013 12:17 PM | Ira Stoll
    America is approaching the point where the government employee unions are so powerful that even the liberals think they're getting out of control. It used to be that taking on public-sector unions was the job of conservative Republicans like President Reagan, who took on the federal air traffic controllers, or Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin, who passed a law curbing the ability of government employee unions in his state to bargain collectively. But it’s gotten to the point where even New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg—a mayor who favors tightened government restrictions on guns, tobacco, trans fats, and large bottles of...
  • Fox News contributor releases unedited footage of fight at union rally

    12/21/2012 9:15:26 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/21/12
    Conservative comedian Steven Crowder on Thursday released unedited footage from the pro-union rally in Michigan where he was punched in the face. The 9-minute video, posted online, shows a chaotic scene in Michigan's capital earlier this month, before so-called "right-to-work" legislation was approved. Leading up to the incident, Crowder, a Fox News contributor, could be seen in a string of tense encounters and discussions with demonstrators. What actually instigated the physical confrontation is unclear. The protester in question could be seen falling to the ground as Crowder turned to him. He then got up and wailed on Crowder, who pushed...
  • Son of (WI) State Senator Neal Kedzie Attacked

    10/22/2012 3:12:13 PM PDT · by bigbob · 74 replies
    NBC-15.COM ^ | 10-22-12 | WMTV Madison
    State Senator Neal Kedzie says his son was attacked while trying to stop someone from stealing his Romney/Ryan yard sign. Whitewater Police tell NBC15 News this is an active investigation. Here is the statement released by Senator Neal Kedzie: Early on Friday morning, October 19th, my son Sean was awakened by noises outside his residence in Whitewater. As he went to see what the commotion was about, he noticed an individual removing a Romney/Ryan yard sign from his property. He yelled to the person that they were taking something not theirs and to return it immediately. The individual returned the...
  • The Worst May Be Yet To Come From Obama's Labor Board

    10/04/2012 11:47:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | 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...
  • Cash-strapped Stockton (CA) votes to file for bankruptcy

    06/27/2012 9:25:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 03:26 p.m., Wednesday, June 27, 2012 | Kevin Fagan
    After desperately trying everything from huge budget cuts to secret negotiations with creditors, the Stockton City Council finally ran out of options Tuesday night and voted to file for bankruptcy. The 6-1 vote was to authorize a day-to-day operating budget, called a pendency plan, that will go into effect when city officials file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection in federal court in Sacramento. That filing is expected Wednesday. Stockton, a river port with 292,000 residents, will become the biggest city in U.S. history to vote itself into bankruptcy. The previous largest bankrupt city was Vallejo, which filed in 2008 and...
  • GO FIGURE (Barf alert)

    04/26/2012 7:52:35 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 4 replies
    Burris Journal ^ | 4/25/12 | Bill Burris
    To APWU represented employees who consider themselves Republicans, you should watch the Senate Hearings on the legislation to reform the Postal Service. Setting aside the disputes over Congressional culpability in the current USPS deficit through the 2006 PAEA, you should be interested in the McCain substitute amendment that proposes to liquidate the Postal Service and abrogate the collective bargaining agreements covering postal employees. If adopted, postal assets would be sold off to the highest bidders and sections would be closed with an up or down vote of Congress. The no lay off provisions would be nullified and managers would be...
  • ‘Occupy LA’ Protest Expected To Cause Traffic Delays Thursday

    11/16/2011 1:34:51 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    CBS) ^ | November 16, 2011 9:34 AM
    LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A coalition of labor unions and community groups have announced plans for a massive march in support of the “Occupy LA” encampment. More than 1,000 protesters are planning to shut down streets in downtown Los Angeles at 7 a.m. Thursday. They will meet at the Bank of America plaza on Hope Street and march to the corner of Figueroa and Fourth streets, where they plan to shut down the intersection and drop large banners from nearby overpasses. Demonstrators say rush hour drivers should expect serious delays and street closures in downtown Los Angeles near the 110...
  • 'Occupy' Movement's Favorability Rating Plummets, For Some Reason

    11/03/2011 11:50:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | November 3, 2011 | Guy Benson
    How very curious:   A sign that the Occupy Wall Street movement isn’t the best long-term vehicle for Democrats to connect themselves with: A new Quinnipiac poll, showing a plurality of voters viewing the group unfavorably.  The poll, released today, show 30 percent of voters surveyed view the movement favorably, 39 percent unfavorably, with an additional 30 percent not hearing enough to have an opinion.  It’s one of the first national polls to suggest voters are growing skeptical of Occupy Wall Street- and it comes as police have clashed with protesters in several cities.  Previous national polls have shown a plurality of...
  • Cheering Economic Terrorism- SEIU Getting Ready To Terrify DC: Steven Lerner

    10/05/2011 7:59:03 AM PDT · by Beckett08 · 87 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 10/05/2011
    Cheering Economic Terrorism – SEIU Getting Ready to ‘Terrify’ DC: Stephen Lerner at SIEU Meeting Outlines Rules for Creating a Crisis — We Want Their Kids to Hate Them, Name Enemies Like Glenn Beck, Shut Down Bridges, Long Occupations, Recruit Tea Party
  • Huge NYC Union March Set to Spotlight Occupy Wall Street Protest

    10/04/2011 4:39:47 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 54 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | Oct 4, 2011 | Mike Hall
    New York area union members will join an expected several thousand labor activists and supporters tomorrow in a Wall Street march and rally in support of the Occupy Wall Street protesters.The grassroots-grown protest is now in its third week, with a diverse array of people from across the country camping out in the heart of the financial district to demand Wall Street is held accountable for the schemes and reckless games that led to the nation’s economic collapse.The mostly young Occupy Wall Street protesters are “speaking for the vast majority of Americans who are frustrated by the bankers and brokers who have...
  • Probe finds widespread cheating in Atlanta schools

    07/05/2011 5:04:50 PM PDT · by Jean S · 94 replies
    AP ^ | 7/5/11 | Dorie Turner, Associated Press
    ATLANTA — Educators at nearly four dozen Atlanta elementary and middle schools cheated on standardized tests by either helping students or changing the answers once exams were handed in, according to the results of a yearlong state investigation released Tuesday.The report said that 178 teachers and principals cheated, though only 82 educators actually confessed to misconduct dating as far back as 2001 and affecting thousands of school children, according to a synopsis handed out by Gov. Nathan Deal's office. More than half of the district's 100 schools were examined, and 44 of those had cheating, the synopsis said.The investigators also...

    04/25/2011 12:14:05 PM PDT · by massmike · 17 replies ^ | 04/25/2011 | n/a
    Thuggery 101: Union Official, Professor Teach College Course in Violent Union Tactics
  • Picking-Up Where ACORN Left Off: SEIU Targets Banks With Intimidation Tactics in Latest Class

    04/06/2011 8:46:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/6/11 | SEIU
    Why is the SEIU focusing all its energies on intimidating banks? Do you think maybe they have a larger agenda than just representing their members at their place of employment? Given that the SEIU is so closely aligned with the Obama Administration, what do these tactics say about the President's own views?
  • VIDEO: SEIU Mob Arrested After Charging Troopers in Washington

    04/11/2011 7:59:57 AM PDT · by · 52 replies
    There’s seriously nothing more you can say about unions given everything that happened in Wisconsin and Ohio- that speaks for itself, and volumes at that. Now, in Washington, a mob of SEIU protesters were arrested for bringing their thuggish demeanor to the House of Representatives. Notice how they always play the outdated ‘victim’ card time and time again. Committing actions such as these then crying foul is not going to win over sympathy from anyone.
  • Wisconsin: WSEU circulating boycott letters

    03/30/2011 1:59:39 PM PDT · by Jean S · 56 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 3/30/11 | Don Walker
    Members of Wisconsin State Employees Union, AFSCME Council 24, have begun circulating letters to businesses in southeast Wisconsin, asking them to support workers’ rights by putting up a sign in their windows. If businesses fail to comply, the letter says, “Failure to do so will leave us no choice but (to) do a public boycott of your business. And sorry, neutral means 'no' to those who work for the largest employer in the area and are union members."
  • Editorial: Union Thuggery Run Amok

    03/24/2011 5:14:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 24, 2011 | Staff
    Big Labor: Having lost its war on economics, the SEIU has declared war on the economy. Literally. One of its top minds was caught vowing to crash the stock market to redistribute wealth. Is this a union or a subversive group? Six years ago, after breaking from the AFL-CIO, the Service Employees International Union was hailed as a new kind of organization, whose dynamic leader Andy Stern would make labor strong again. His union vowed to increase its "political muscle to pressure entrenched politicians who didn't vote in the interests of their members," wrote Matt Bai in his 2007 book,...
  • The Wisconsin Way

    03/18/2011 3:58:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | Marcg 18, 2011 | Staff
    Labor: Unions' favorite target asks why there are no organized mobs hanging from the rafters of Congress or picketing the White House. Wisconsin will have better benefits, that's why — and a balanced budget. It's a fair question to ask: Why was limiting the collective bargaining rights — some would say collectivist bargaining rights — of public-sector unions so terrible, when Wisconsin workers are still much better off than their federal government counterparts? In a Washington Post op-ed, Gov. Scott Walker noted that most federal workers do not have collective bargaining rights for wages and benefits. He reminded us that...
  • Union Thug History: Top Six Violent Acts Committed by Unions

    03/19/2011 8:08:14 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 7 replies
    Exploiting the battle between the governor and public employees in Wisconsin, frequent White House visitor, AFL-CIO Chief Richard Trumka has been trying to resuscitate a critically ill labor movement by setting up the entire conservative movement as the “enemy.” Trumka argues that the $14+ trillion dollar deficit is no big deal and that the GOP is trying to take money away from the middle class, only give it to those rich Wall Street CEOs. As Trumka’s participation in the public workers’ union protests grew, so did the number of incidents of union violence and thuggery associated with the them. This...
  • (Union) Gangs of Wisconsin

    03/19/2011 7:50:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall. com ^ | March 19, 2011 | Kyle Olsen
    Union leaders can dress it up and use innocuous-sounding phrases like “voluntary consumer activism,” but the bottom line is that Wisconsin’s unions are now resorting to thug-like behavior against political opponents, real or imagined. The state’s largest teachers union, Wisconsin Education Association Council, along with the Green Bay Education Association, Madison Teachers Inc. and a handful of other public employee unions are carrying their fight over collective bargaining to innocent business owners. News accounts reveal that the Fox Valley chapter of WEAC has e-mailed local businesses, asking them to show their support for collective bargaining privileges by putting a poster...
  • 20 Days of Left-Wing Thuggery in Wisconsin: When Will Obama, Democrats, and MSM Call for Civility?

    03/18/2011 7:33:03 AM PDT · by Lakeshark · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Big Government ^ | 3/18/2011 | John Nolte
    Below, you’ll find a compilation of 20 days worth of the death threats, vandalism, and intimidation practiced by pro-union thugs opposed to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s budget repair bill. Wisconsin is my home state. I lived there until I was 27 years-old in 1993 and most of my family, including my parents still live there. For that reason and because the issue of education and teachers unions has been a passion of mine for going on two decades, I’ve been following this story very, very closely. My original intent was to compile all of this earlier in the week, but...
  • VIDEO: Union Thugs Destroy Recall Petitions

    03/16/2011 8:26:30 AM PDT · by · 24 replies
    Armed with a bullhorn, thuggery, and the most annoying chants ever, union thugs continued their streak of ‘solidarity’. The following took place at a recall Jim Holperin Rally in Merill, WI. As you can see, “F*ck you” is written on the ripped up petitions. The video was shot after the incident took place. According to an eyewitness account: This video was shot minutes after a union advocate destroyed several petitions at a recall Jim Holperin Rally in Merill, WI. The event was moved to the court house grounds because the private location originally slated to host the event was threatened...
  • Freep This Pool: Unions, Collective Bargaining

    02/23/2011 2:01:57 PM PST · by Howard Morrison · 23 replies
    Cincinnati WLWT News ^ | 2/23/11 | Howard
    Freep This Poll: Do you agree with efforts by some lawmakers to limit collective bargaining by unions in Ohio? Lower center page...need help freepers.
  • Feds digging into Sanit snow 'conspiracy' (Mail fraud, wire fraud, manslaughter for union thugs?)

    01/05/2011 4:34:17 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 28 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/5/11 | JOSH MARGOLIN
    The feds have launched a criminal probe into allegations — first reported by The Post — that city sanitation workers conspired to paralyze the Big Apple during last week’s blizzard with a potentially deadly job slowdown, authorities confirmed yesterday. -snip- The Brooklyn and Queens district attorneys yesterday confirmed that they, too, are investigating the scandal.
  • Union thuggery

    09/22/2010 7:35:00 AM PDT · by ctpsb · 5 replies ^ | 09/22/10 | Michelle Malkin
    An Economic Horror Story Obama Won't Tell
  • NAACP Posts Twitter Threat to Tea Party

    07/13/2010 10:16:53 AM PDT · by kristinn · 232 replies · 4+ views
    Tuesday, July 13, 2010 | Kristinn
    The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) posted a threatening warning on Twitter yesterday adressed to millions of Tea Party activists as news broke of statements by the NAACP accusing the Tea Party of being a racist group led by "hardcore white supremacists."Msg to Tea Party: We will not allow u to send bigots into the Capitol, call civil rts heroes epithets & act like you didnt send em #NAACP101 about 16 hours ago via twidroidThe NAACP is holding its 101st anniversary convention in Kansas City this week. A resolution falsely accusing the Tea Party of being...
  • Andy Stern, A Member of Obama’s Fiscal Responsibility Commission, Capitolism Has Failed America

    06/09/2010 4:03:29 PM PDT · by yoe · 38 replies · 81+ views
    CNSNEWS ^ | June 8, 2010 | Penny Starr, Senior Staff Writer
    Andy Stern, the former head of the Service Employees International Union who now sits on President Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, said the United States needs an economic plan that does not include “worshipping” the free market. “America needs a 21st century economic plan because we now know the market-worshipping, privatizing, de-regulating, dehumanizing American financial plan has failed and should never be revived, worshipping the market again,” Stern said in remarks at the annual conference of the liberal activist group Campaign for America’s Future in Washington on Monday. “It has failed America and everyone that works here,”...
  • SEIU Storms Private Residence, Terrorizes Teenage Son of Bank of America Exec

    05/20/2010 4:03:51 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 245 replies · 5,406+ views ^ | 5/20/2010 | Liberty Chick
    This was planned for some time by the SEIU as part of a larger national event, their Showdown on K Street, which was shared with National People’s Action and thousands of other activists from and other left-wing groups. Prior to the main event on K Street in Washington DC, SEIU and company made a little pit stop. According to Fortune magazine Washington editor Nina Easton, 14 busloads of riled up protesters unloaded on Baer’s private property and stormed up to his doorstep, while his teenage son was home alone. Easton is a neighbor of Baer’s and had called to...
  • Unions Target Moderate Dems For Defeat In Ideological Purge

    04/20/2010 7:17:29 AM PDT · by Slyscribe · 16 replies · 780+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 4/19/2010 | Sean Higgins
    The 2010 election was already shaping up to be a bloody battle for Democratic incumbents but some now have to worry about friendly fire as well: Big Labor is trying to purge Democrats they don't like. Some unions are backing primary challenges in Colorado and Arkansas. In North Carolina, a union actually is trying to create its own third party. In all cases, unions brush off charges that this would just split the vote. They're fed up with these moderate Democrats.
  • Fox News reports on union attack site against Tea Parties

    02/10/2010 12:26:25 PM PST · by ocr1 · 23 replies · 650+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 2-10-2010 | Ed Morrissey
    Almost two weeks ago, Lee Doren and I reported on the new website and its funding by unions, through a front group calling itself the American Public Policy Committee. Fox News picks up where we left off in a report today that exposes even more shady union funding of the astroturf effort against the Tea Party grassroots movement: A new Web site targeting the tea parties is a part of a complex network of money flowing from the mountainous coffers of the country’s biggest labor unions and trickling slowly into political slush funds for Democratic activists.A seemingly grassroots organization...
  • Brown Files Ethics Complaint-SEIU Used State Resources to Urge Workers to Volunteer for Coakley

    01/16/2010 3:11:35 PM PST · by GQuagmire · 123 replies · 6,964+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 1/16/10 | Jim Hoft
    Dan Winslow, counsel for the Scott Brown for U.S. Senate campaign, will hold a media availability to announce the filing of a criminal complaint against the Massachusetts Democratic Party regarding a recent mailing paid for and sent by the Massachusetts Democratic Party.
  • Beware: SEIU’s Purple Army marches on Massachusetts

    01/15/2010 8:43:20 AM PST · by truthandlife · 69 replies · 2,869+ views ^ | 1-15-10 | Michelle Malkin
    They’ve dumped nearly a $1 million of rank-and-file dues into Martha Antoinette Coakley’s coffers. They “pulled out all the stops” before the primary and they’ll be throwing all their ground troops into the Bay State over the weekend. We know how the SEIU thugs operate. I told you in Culture of Corruption about Andy Stern’s organizational motto: “[W]e prefer to use the power of persuasion, but if that doesn’t work we use the persuasion of power.” They’ll go after Boy Scouts. And baby-sitters. And home health-care providers. They raided their treasury to pour $60-$80 million into Obama and the Democrats’...
  • Michael Meehan, Weekly Standard Assailant, Works For PHRMA as Lobbyist

    01/13/2010 9:15:15 AM PST · by joinedafterattack · 25 replies · 1,756+ views
    Virilion Democratic Political Ad Agency ^ | 1-13-10 | Joinedafterattack
    Michael not only works for Marth Coakley!!! Michael Meehan, Weekly Standard Assailant, Works For PHRMA as Lobbyist for PhRMA, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. PhRMA represents America’s leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. PhRMA member companies spent $44.5 billon in 2007 to discover and develop new medications. And apparently a bit of money for democrate Martha Coakley.
  • Once Again Unions Find a Pliant Judge to do Their Bidding

    01/05/2010 10:24:28 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 5 replies · 343+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 01/05/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    In another example of why unions are antithetical to good government, a pliant, left-wing judge in California has ruled that the Schwarzenegger Administration cannot furlough state workers that belong to three powerful public employees unions. Governor Schwarzenegger has been battling to cut his over spent state budget for several years now and one of the solutions to the problem that he lit upon was the idea that he might furlough his workforce. He would give these workers a few days a month off without pay and this would save the taxpayer's millions. It is a good idea and one that...
  • Gordon Brown accused of bowing to unions by freezing private companies out of NHS [UK]

    11/24/2009 8:20:04 AM PST · by markomalley · 2 replies · 193+ views
    The Times ^ | 11/24/2009 | Sam Coates
    Gordon Brown is facing a damaging rift with his party after slowing the pace of reform in the NHS, The Times has learnt. Private companies and charities are being frozen out of the NHS, prompting accusations that the Government has bowed to pressure from the unions. Andy Burnham, the Health Secretary, is facing a Cabinet backlash, criticism from the former ministers John Hutton and Alan Milburn and attacks from the CBI and charity groups over proposals to limit outside involvement in the NHS. The Department of Health will publish new guidelines shortly that limit private companies and charities to providing...
  • Using Unions As Weapons

    11/11/2009 6:57:20 PM PST · by markomalley · 3 replies · 369+ views
    Reason ^ | Oct 2009 | Veronique de Rugy
    Using Unions As Weapons UPS and FedEx face off in Congress instead of the marketplace. Veronique de Rugy from the October 2009 issue Imagine two competing pizza delivery companies that are identical in every way except their delivery methods. Pizza Company A delivers its pizza by car and Pizza Company B delivers its pizza by bike.Now imagine that the government has completely different labor laws for pizza parlors with cars and pizza parlors with bicycles. The result is much larger labor costs for Company B than Company A. Is that fair? Should the government care?A similar situation underlies a vicious...
  • Flying the Union Skies--Labor tries an end run around the law to organize Delta.

    10/07/2009 10:07:59 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies · 1,516+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | October 7, 2009 | Editorial
    No trucks from Mexico, no new trade agreements, a sweet deal for the United Auto Workers at GM and Chrysler, tariffs on Chinese tires, and now Big Labor has another demand of the Obama Administration: Overturn 75 years of labor policy to sandbag Delta Airlines and unionize transportation workers. Will it get that too? The latest looming political favor features the National Mediation Board, the federal agency established in 1934 under the Railway Labor Act to oversee labor relations in the air and rail industries. A department of the AFL-CIO last month sent a letter demanding that the board tear...
  • EDITORIAL: The public chooses school choice--Charters are popular despite union roadblocks

    09/08/2009 9:39:06 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies · 380+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 8, 2009 | Editorial
    Another respected poll is out that shows the American public overwhelmingly favors school reforms opposed by the union that is misnamed the National Education Association. On two issues in particular, the public is far ahead of the NEA. The annual poll, released late last month by Phi Delta Kappa International, a professional association for educators, in conjunction with Gallup, demonstrated strong majority support for charter schools and merit-pay systems for teachers. But the power-hungry union consistently puts roadblocks or stultifying restrictions on these reforms. The poll found that nearly two out of three Americans favor charter schools. The NEA, however,...
  • EDITORIAL: 'Punish' their enemies

    09/02/2009 7:56:51 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies · 1,008+ views
    The man expected to become the AFL-CIO's next president said Monday that lawmakers will pay a price if they abandon a government-run option in any health care overhaul. "We need to be a labor movement that stands by our friends, punishes its enemies and challenges those who, well, can't seem to decide which side they're on," said Richard Trumka, currently the AFL-CIO's secretary-treasurer. The threats came less than a month after a protester outside an Aug. 6 health care forum meeting organized by Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-Mo., was sent to the hospital after a beating inflicted by goons wearing SEIU...
  • Food and Commercial Workers Join Mexican Consul General ...

    08/31/2009 1:57:39 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies · 1,092+ views
    al Reuters ^ | 8/31/2009
    Local Unions Partner with Mexican Consulate in Thirteen Cities to Offer Innovative Worker Rights Programming CHICAGO--(Business Wire)-- The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) is proud to partner with the Embassy of Mexico, the U.S. Department of Labor and allied organizations to promote the first "Semana de Derechos Laborales", or Labor Rights Week, UFCW International President Joe Hansen joined the Mexican Consul General of Chicago, Manuel Rodríguez Arriaga, to launch the national outreach and education program that is taking place in thirteen cities across the country. As Labor Day 2009 approaches, Semana de Derechos Laborales, which continues through...
  • Obama to address AFL-CIO convention (Sep 15)

    08/31/2009 1:47:00 PM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies · 1,219+ views
    See BS ^ | 8/31/2009
    President Barack Obama will speak at the AFL-CIO convention in Pittsburgh next month. Obama will address the labor convention on Sept. 15. The organization endorsed Obama during last year's presidential election. Labor unions have been vocal supporters of Obama's proposed health care overhaul. However, the incoming AFL-CIO president has expressed frustration with the president's wavering support of a government-run public option to cover those without health care insurance. Obama will also travel to Pittsburgh later in the month for the economic summit of the world's top 20 industrial and developing economies.
  • New bizarre twists in Clayton bombing (Bomber was Democratic strategist)

    A federal search warrant obtained by the Post-Dispatch connects a former Democratic campaign strategist to a Clayton bombing last year that seriously injured an attorney. About two months after the October bombing, federal law enforcement officials searched the downtown loft of Milton H. "Skip" Ohlsen III, seeking "evidence related to the planning, execution, and/or cover-up of the bombing in Clayton, Missouri, on October 16, 2008." Ohlsen in recent weeks has been at the center of a swirling political scandal that is threatening the political careers of at least two Missouri Democratic legislators. The Clayton bombing injured attorney John L. Gillis...
  • Whole Foods CEO’s Efforts to Undermine Obama Health Care...(Union in front of Cinci store tonight)

    08/25/2009 12:43:52 PM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies · 1,612+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 8/25/2009
    In response to a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed by Whole Foods’ Chief Executive Officer John Mackey, activists, consumers and labor groups around the country have been organizing in opposition to his efforts to undermine meaningful health care reform. Over the course of the next few weeks, members and staff from the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) will be disseminating educational information to Whole Foods shoppers. The purpose of these efforts will be to set the record straight about health care reform and to raise serious concerns about Whole Foods CEO’s position on this critical issue. These events...
  • Union Boss Takeover of American Government Continues: AFL-CIO Official ... NY Fed

    08/25/2009 10:59:11 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies · 539+ views
    Freedom at Work ^ | 8/25/2009 | Will Collins
    Fresh on the heels of rumors that former union hatchet man Ron Bloom may become "czar" of US manufacturing policy, the AFL-CIO is crowing about the appointment of one of their own to run the most powerful regional Federal Reserve bank. Former electricians union boss Denis Hughes, top dog in a state where a forced unionism stanglehold has crushed the economy and employee freedom, has just been named chairman of New York's powerful financial oversight board: Denis Hughes, president of the New York State AFL-CIO, was named chairman of the powerful Federal Reserve Bank of New York today. -- Hughes,...
  • Disabled son's mom wants GOP to pull 'union bully' ad

    06/19/2009 10:40:49 AM PDT · by radar101 · 162 replies · 4,608+ views
    SacBee ^ | June 18, 2009 | not identified
    The California Republican Party seemed to hit political paydirt in a YouTube ad that pilloried the Service Employees International Union for "bullying state leaders in the budget process." The ad featured footage of an angry woman telling lawmakers that union members would work to defeat lawmakers who didn't vote their way. It turns out that the woman portrayed as an SEIU union leader in the commercial is a home health care worker from Fresno named Lisa Brown, who works for the state by caring for her son who has Down syndrome. Now Brown is calling on Republicans to pull the...