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  • Big Labor Thugs Emboldened by Obama Labor Board

    04/12/2014 8:04:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 12, 2014 | Fred Wszolek
    Racketeering, assault, and extortion -- these are just a few of the crimes that union organizers have been accused or convicted of committing over the past few weeks and months. You would think Big Labor bosses would be concerned with their image and whether or not it affects their ability to maneuver with friends in the Obama Administration. Not so. In fact, they have been emboldened by the actions undertaken by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which is currently seeking to expedite the unionization process so much so that workers and businesses will not be able to make informed...
  • Bird Strike: Backlash Stirs Against Lufthansa Pilots

    04/11/2014 12:16:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | April 11, 2014 – 11:07 AM | Dinah Deckstein
    Last week’s three-day strike at Lufthansa drew attention to structural problems at a company that is critical to Germany’s globalized economy. The flag carrier is losing ground against competitors, but its pilots are remaining firm. […] (Vereinigung Cockpit)’s slogan for the strike, “Stop the profit greed” […] ended up backfiring on the pilots’ union. In the public and the press, on television and in many Internet forums, discussions of the pilots’ strike, instead of triggering debates over greedy fund managers, were focused on the pilots themselves. People across Germany were talking about whether the strike was justified or excessive. The...
  • NLRB Wants to Stop Businesses From Moving

    04/09/2014 11:56:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    RealClearPolicy ^ | April 7, 2014 | Peter Schaumber
    Richard Griffin, the new general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, wants to give unions a veto over a unionized employer's decision to relocate. If Griffin has his way, and he most assuredly will, some unionized businesses will be pinned in place at the discretion of their unions. The change Griffin is contemplating is unnecessary and inconsistent with both the law and the dynamics of our free-enterprise system. It will upset the balance mandated by the Supreme Court and should send a chill up the spine of unionized companies contemplating relocating an operation. Griffin's intent was disclosed in a...
  • Was this man killed by cops because he camped in the wrong spot?

    03/23/2014 8:19:46 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 51 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/23/2014 | Robby Soave
    Questions abound after the Albuquerque Police Department released video footage of cops shooting and killing a homeless man whose alleged crime was camping in an unauthorized area. Police came upon Boyd while he was sleeping outside in the Sandia Foothills. Camping is not allowed in the area. He was instructed to accompany police down the mountain and seemed to agree to the demand. That’s when cops shot a flash grenade at him and sicked a dog on him. Boyd turned away, and was holding a knife, according to police reports. He was then shot. “Please don’t hurt me anymore,” he...
  • Livin’ Large on the Union Payroll

    03/14/2014 8:02:51 AM PDT · by rktman · 3 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 3/13/2014 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    ....Welcome to Doc’s Union Pub, an establishment owned and operated by the top brass of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98, one of the most powerful construction unions in Philadelphia. The bar is reportedly named after John Dougherty — “Johnny Doc,” as he’s known locally — a high-paid union business agent with a reputation for using intimidation tactics to advance the goals of his union, political or otherwise.
  • Liberals protest $100 million donation to hospital because David Koch gave the money

    03/12/2014 6:38:26 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 17 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/10/2014 | Robby Soave
    Hatred for Charles and David Koch is now so pervasive among the far-left that unions are actually protesting a hospital that committed the cardinal sin of accepting a $100 million donation from the infamous billionaires–even though the money will likely create jobs for unionized employees of the hospital. The donation, made by businessman and philanthropist David Koch, is the largest in the New York-Presbyterian Hospital’s history, and will be used to build a new wing at the facility, according to The Washington Free Beacon. The Free Beacon’s Andrew Stiles pointed out that the donation “will presumably create a fair number...
  • Unions to Spend $300 Million to Unseat Scott Walker, Other Governors

    02/22/2014 8:44:48 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 45 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 2-13-14 | Kyle Maichle
    HOUSTON, TX – The nation’s leading labor union will plan to spend $300 million in 2014 trying to unseat Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and four other Republican Governors. More: AFL-CIO to Target Walker, Other Governors People’s World reported that the AFL-CIO announced on Thursday morning during a press conference in Houston that they would spend money trying to unseat Governor Walker. Other Governors that the labor organization is targeting are John Kasich (R-Ohio), Tom Corbett (R-Pennsylvania), Rick Snyder (R-Michigan), and Rick Scott (R-Florida). The American Federation of Teachers backed the AFL-CIO’s plan. President Randi Weingarten said: “In many ways it...
  • Detroit automakers worry about UAW money struggles

    02/22/2014 5:08:58 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 25 replies
    WSBTV ^ | 2-22-14 | TOM KRISHER
    DETROIT — The United Auto Workers' membership and dues are down sharply from just six years ago. In another sign of weakness, the union suffered a stunning defeat this month when it tried to organize a Tennessee factory run by labor-friendly Volkswagen. The rejection, by a close vote, was a major setback in the union's effort to expand in the South, where non-union, foreign companies such as VW, Nissan and Hyundai are rapidly growing. But instead of relief, Detroit's three automakers — Ford, Chrysler and General Motors — are increasingly anxious about the 78-year old union's future. For them, it's...
  • UAW Asks NLRB to Void Union Loss at Tennessee Volkswagen Plant

    02/22/2014 8:40:43 AM PST · by ColdOne · 32 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2/22/14 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    The United Auto Workers (UAW) filed a legal challenge late Friday with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to the certification of the organizing vote it lost last Friday at Volkswagen's auto plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The challenge was submitted just hours before the seven day post-election filing deadline expired. On Tuesday, attorney Joseph Farelli, a nationally recognized labor law expert, told Breitbart News the UAW would have little chance of success if it filed a challenge to NLRB certification of the election. "I don't think the NLRB is willing to break new ground and state the conduct of a...
  • Union 'Thugs' Indicted For Burning Down Quaker Meetinghouse That Employed Non Union Workers

    02/22/2014 5:48:29 AM PST · by mgist · 37 replies
    TownHall ^ | 2/22/14 | Barkoukis
    The federal government indicted several union members on Tuesday for burning down a Quaker meetinghouse in 2012. Why? Because it was employing non-union workers, of course. Ten members of Philadelphia’s Ironworkers Local 401 were charged with “allegedly participating in a conspiracy to commit criminal acts of extortion, arson, destruction of property, and assault in order to force construction contractors to hire union ironworkers,” the FBI statement reads. “Eight of the 10 individuals named in the indictment are charged with conspiring to use Ironworkers Local 401 as an enterprise to commit criminal acts. … The indictment details incidents in which the...
  • Electrical workers’ union protests outside the Trolley Car Diner and Cafe

    02/19/2014 6:28:33 AM PST · by Phillyred · 7 replies
    Chestnut Hill Local ^ | February 8, 201 | Sue Ann Rybak
    Electrical workers’ union posted signs outside the Trolley Car Diner protesting Weinstein’s organization Philly Office Retail’s decision to hire non-union workers. Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) placed signs outside the Trolley Car Diner and handed out fliers charging Ken Weinstein, the president of Philly Office Retail, of “helping to destroy wages and benefits” on Thursday, Feb. 6. The labor union objects to Philly Office Retail hiring McCoubrey/Overholser, a Mt. Airy based general contractor, to convert the former St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, located at the corner of Wayne Avenue and Harvey Street into a private school....
  • Legal challenge to VW union election could be 'uncharted territory'

    02/16/2014 9:05:15 AM PST · by rktman · 39 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 2/14/2014 | Amanda Becker
    A vote by workers in Tennessee that could yield the first labor union victory at a foreign-owned auto plant in the U.S. South will be difficult to challenge, no matter the outcome, despite growing controversy over the election. Volkswagen AG employees at the German company's Chattanooga plant on Friday will complete three days of voting that has seen intense political infighting between anti-union forces and the United Auto Workers (UAW) over unionizing the plant.
  • VW workers at Tennessee plant reject union

    02/14/2014 7:16:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 73 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 14, 2014 10:05 PM EST | Erik Schelzig and Tom Krisher
    <p>Workers at a Volkswagen factory in Tennessee have rejected the United Auto Workers union.</p>
  • Pres. Obama headed to Milwaukee after State of Union address

    01/28/2014 6:33:41 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 21 replies
    Fox6Now ^ | Jan 26, 2014 | Mike Lowe
    Pres. Obama headed to Milwaukee after State of Union address January 26, 2014, by Mike Lowe, Pres. Obama headed to Milwaukee after State of Union address MILWAUKEE (WITI) — President Barack Obama is set to deliver his State of the Union address this week. According to the White House, the speech will be optimistic and focus on the middle class. After the speech, President Obama will take his message on the road to four places — one of which is Milwaukee. This is not the first time President Obama has used his big speech to put the spotlight on Wisconsin....
  • In Wisconsin, you can look at porn at school and get your teaching job back

    01/24/2014 10:36:41 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | January 21, 2014 | Update 4:50 p.m. | M.D. Kittle
    Here’s what Wisconsin’s legal system and its teachers unions have just taught the nation: If you’re a teacher and you get fired for looking at porn at work, you’ll get your job back. Such is the case of Andrew Harris, former seventh-grade science teacher at Glacier Creek Middle School in the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District. The district’s school board Monday voted in a special closed session to comply with an arbitrator’s 60-page order that demands Harris be reinstated. He was fired in 2010 after receiving and viewing multiple pornographic and sexually inappropriate images and videos, according to a complaint....
  • SEIU Fights To Force Home Caregivers To Pay Union Dues

    01/23/2014 11:09:30 AM PST · by raptor22 · 35 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 23, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Labor Law: The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case that will determine if a Medicaid recipient caring for her child is a state worker required to turn part of her meager resources over to union bosses. Illinois resident Pam Harris is a 55-year-old mom earning less than the minimum wage who cares for her son Josh Harris, 25. He has Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome, a muscular degenerative disease, compounded by physical disabilities and mental illness. Josh and his family qualify for an Illinois home-based support-services program that lets disabled adults live at home. He gets $721 each month from...
  • Campbell Brown: Unions Won’t Support Bill to Keep Sex Predators Out of Classrooms

    01/17/2014 8:34:23 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 28 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 1/17/14 | Campbell Brown
    Two of the most powerful unions in the country have voiced objections to a bill that would provide better background checks for teachers, Campbell Brown writes in a Thursday Wall Street Journal column. After the Government Accountability Office found “hundreds of potential cases of registered sex offenders working in schools” across the United States in 2010, the House passed a bill that would streamline the vetting process and close inconsistencies across state lines. The bill is a common sense measure, according to Campbell, yet powerful teachers unions are opposed to the new standards. Anyone with violent or sexual convictions against...
  • Democrat Politicians and Union President Accept Communist Awards At Event Held In Public High School

    01/14/2014 5:24:02 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    The Bell News ^ | January 8, 2014 | Patch W Adams
    A Democrat State Representative, a former Democrat State Senator and a local Union President walked into a public high school in Connecticut to receive a Communist award. Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke right? I only wish it was… According to an article on the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) News, People’s World, in December of 2013 a Communist award ceremony was held in a New Haven Connecticut public high school auditorium where the Democrat State Rep, Former Democrat State Senator and the local Union President all received awards: >snip "Former state Senator Ed Gomes, a steelworker, state representative...
  • Union Thugs Bully CHILDREN In Wisconsin!

    01/03/2014 5:30:24 PM PST · by gooblah · 10 replies
    I really hope this video goes viral. These union goons don't even care that their violence is being caught on camera:
  • Review board to LIRR: Pay union raises (Long Island RR of disability scam infamy)

    12/25/2013 7:42:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Long Island Newsday ^ | December 23, 2013 8:16 PM | Alfonso A. Castillo
    The board of mediators appointed by President Barack Obama to help resolve a 3˝-year contract dispute between the Long Island Rail Road and most of its unions rejected the LIRR’s claim that it can’t afford to give workers raises. […] The presidential board recommended annual raises for workers averaging 2.83 percent over six years, and increased health care contributions for all workers. It did not call for any changes in LIRR pension plans or to any work rules. […] The MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) would agree to raises, but only if they were funded by other concessions. That includes the...
  • DWP union chief refuses to turn over financial records to auditor

    12/17/2013 7:13:59 PM PST · by doug from upland · 9 replies
    laslimes dot com ^ | 12-17-13 | jack dolan
    DWP union chief refuses to turn over financial records to auditor The politically powerful head of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s largest union has refused to cooperate with a city audit of two nonprofit trusts established to improve relations between management and labor at the city-owned utility. City officials began trying to account for more than $40 million in ratepayer money poured into the nonprofits after The Times reported in September that the DWP had only scant information about how the money has been spent. The nonprofits, the Joint Training Institute and the Joint Safety Institute, are...
  • German union plans further strikes at Amazon

    11/26/2013 5:11:15 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Nov 24, 2013 11:17am EST | Maria Sheahan
    Union Verdi is preparing more strikes to step up pressure on Amazon in Germany, its biggest market outside the United States, in a dispute over pay and conditions, German media reported. Workers at Amazon centers in Bad Hersfeld and Leipzig will walk out for at least one day on Monday, Heiner Reimann of Verdi told daily Stuttgarter Nachrichten. The union has organized several short strikes this year in a bid to force the world's biggest Internet retailer to accept a collective agreement on employment conditions similar to deals for the mail order and retail sector, which are more generous than...
  • The 33 Whitest Jobs in America

    11/07/2013 10:51:54 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 136 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 11/06/2013 | Derek Thompson
    The workforce is even more stratified by race than you'd imagine. The differences in unemployment rates, participation rates, and average earnings between whites, blacks, and Hispanics aren't just stark. They're also sturdy, rarely yielding over the last 40 years. The racial gaps are stark at the job level, too. Whites account for about 81 percent of the workforce. But there are 33 occupations counted by the BLS (particularly those on farms, around heavy machines, in doctor's offices, and in C-suites) where whites officially account for nine in ten of all workers, or more. Here they are.
  • Union Tries to Shame Ex-Members

    10/24/2013 11:37:50 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/23/2013 | Tom Gantert
    A Michigan Education Association union in the Upper Peninsula has listed the names of the school employees who left the union as part of the state's right-to-work law, leaving some to question whether the MEA is trying to create a hostile workplace environment. The MEA 17-B/C union newsletter listed the name of 16 employees from four school districts in the U.P. who decided against paying dues or fees to the union and it also listed the services they no longer will get now that they're not part of the union. Kathi Moreau, a counselor at Stephenson Area Public Schools, left...
  • Detroit faces crucial trial in bankruptcy case

    10/22/2013 1:21:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 22, 2013 3:46 PM EDT | Ed White
    Thousands of Detroit streetlights are dark. Many more residents have fled. Donors are replacing ambulances that limped around for 200,000 miles. Millions in debt payments have been skipped. Is there really any doubt the city is broke? A judge starts exploring that question Wednesday in an unusual trial to determine whether Detroit indeed is eligible to scrub its books in the largest public bankruptcy in U.S. history. Unions and pension funds are claiming the city failed to negotiate in good faith before filing for Chapter 9 protection in July. …
  • UFT again shows it doesn’t care about the kids

    10/21/2013 12:59:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 20, 2013 | 7:58pm | (Post Editorial Board)
    The United Federation of Teachers has spent decades pleading for more money for public schools. So eyebrows might have shot up when it turned down federal Race to the Top funds at its UFT Charter School. Well, the mystery’s been solved. While tens of thousands of teachers around the state will be subject to new yearly evaluations, UFT Charter School chief executive Sheila Evans-Tranumn says her teachers won’t have to. That’s because, as a charter, her school is allowed to opt out of the evaluation system, as long as it hasn’t taken Race to the Top money. And it’s chosen...
  • Union protesters on Strip call tourists ‘losers,’ ‘jerks’ (Las Vegas)

    10/12/2013 6:37:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 65 replies
    KVVU-TV, Fox 5, Las Vegas ^ | Oct 10, 2013 11:19 AM | Ashley Conroy
    Protesters shouted names at tourists, calling them “losers” and “jerks” as they walked inside the Cosmopolitan on Saturday, Oct. 5. The Culinary Union Local 226 put on the rally as part of the ongoing negotiations between the hotel and the union to sign a deal. The Alliance to Protect Nevada Jobs posted the video on YouTube and says they wanted to demonstrate that union protesters are compromising potential tourists from coming back to Las Vegas. “You don’t do that by calling tourists those names and berating them when they come here to spend their money in our city,” said Ron...
  • It’s Almost Unbelievable What One Homeowner’s Security Camera Caught a U.S. Postal Worker Doing

    10/05/2013 2:48:03 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 40 replies
    Blaze ^ | 10/3/2013 | Liz Klimas
    One of the benefits of Mark Anderson’s home security camera feed was that he could check to see if a package he had been waiting for was delivered while he was at work. It was delivered all right, but just how it was dropped off had the LaGrange, Ga., man flabbergasted. Anderson told TheBlaze Friday he installed the security cameras more to keep an eye on his disabled mother while the family was away during the day, rather than actual security issues (he has four Great Danes that he said good security assurance for that). Once back at his desk...
  • Sisters question fatal shooting in DC police chase

    10/05/2013 12:42:55 PM PDT · by grundle · 59 replies
    Associated Press ^ | October 5, 2013 | LARRY NEUMEISTER
    EW YORK (AP) — The sisters of a woman who was fatally shot in Washington after trying to ram her car through a White House barrier say she was not a criminal and police should not have shot her. "We're still very confused as a family why she's not still alive," Amy Carey-Jones said late Friday, speaking of her 34-year-old sister, Miriam Carey. "I really feel like it's not justified, not justified." Another sister, retired New York City police officer Valarie Carey, said there was "no need for a gun to be used when there was no gunfire coming from...
  • Shutdown Puts Federal Worker Union Rights in Jeopardy

    10/05/2013 3:10:28 AM PDT · by Fzob · 16 replies
    Labor Notes ^ | October 04, 2013 | Howard Egerman
    Not only are some federal employees working without knowing whether we’ll be paid, we’re also doing it without union representation on the job. -.....(The horror) So we find that Congress, besides possibly creating a new class of involuntary servitude for federal employees, has also acted to attempt to bust our union. (Seriously?)
  • Postmaster: Money woes behind rate hike request

    09/26/2013 9:07:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 26, 2013 11:31 AM EDT | Andrew Miga
    The postmaster general says the Postal Service has no choice but to ask for an emergency rate hike given the agency’s dire finances. … The post office expects to lose $6 billion this year. It wants to raise stamp prices by 3 cents next year. …
  • Laborers’ Union: Fix Obamacare or Repeal It; ‘We’re Getting Our A-- Kicked Here’

    09/25/2013 8:51:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 25, 2013 - 1:02 PM | James Beattie and Michael W. Chapman
    Terry O’Sullivan, president of the 600,000-plus-member Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA), often referred to as the Laborers’ Union, said that if Obamacare is not fixed, then “it needs to be repealed.” At a convention in Las Vegas of the AFL-CIO, with which the Laborers’ Union is affiliated, O’Sullivan took to the podium to endorse a proposition and then launched into a criticism of Obamacare, how it is hurting union members’ health coverage, and demanded it be fixed, adding that if it is not fixed, labor will make the issue a “big fricking deal.” … He continued, “We can’t...
  • Wonder bread returning to shelves

    09/23/2013 11:58:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 23, 2013 3:17 PM EDT
    Wonder bread is back almost a year after it vanished from shelves. Flowers Foods Inc., which bought Wonder from the now-defunct Hostess Brands, said the bread started returning to supermarket shelves Monday. The company, which also makes Tastykake and Nature’s Own bread, snapped up five bread brands after Hostess went out of business late last year. The $355 million deal included Butternut, Home Pride and Merita, which are all returning to shelves along with Wonder. … Flowers said Wonder bread is being made at that company’s existing plants. The 20 Hostess plants the company acquired as part of the deal...
  • Scranton police/fire unions get $21M judgment against city; may seize assets

    09/21/2013 2:20:34 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 20 replies
    Scranton Times Tribune ^ | September 20, 2013 | By Jim Lockwood
    Scranton's police and fire unions have received a judgment against the city for the overdue $21 million that the city owes the unions from a landmark arbitration ruling. The money was due July 2, but the city has not yet paid and is still seeking borrowing or selling an asset to honor the bill, Mayor Chris Doherty said. But the judgment means the unions now can seize city assets and sell them to collect what is owed, said city solicitor Paul Kelly and the unions' attorney, Thomas Jennings. "Whenever a judgment is granted, you can go to the sheriff and...
  • Unions meet with Obama over health care concerns

    09/13/2013 2:20:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 13, 2013 5:17 PM EDT | Sam Hananel
    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says he hopes the White House will act within a week to address the growing concerns that labor unions have over the new health care law. … Unions want members to be eligible for the same federal subsidies available to low-income workers in the new health exchanges. …
  • Advocates turn to Obama for action on immigration

    09/13/2013 1:20:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 13, 2013 4:15 PM EDT | Erica Werner and Alicia Caldwell
    With immigration legislation stalled in Congress, advocates are intensifying pressure on the Obama administration to act unilaterally to stop deportations or grant legal status to some of the 11 million people now living in the U.S. illegally. Activists are stepping up acts of civil disobedience like one last month in Phoenix, where they blocked a bus full of immigrant detainees. And labor leaders plan to press the issue with a top White House official in an upcoming meeting. … “If Congress doesn’t move, the president has a duty to act,” said Ana Avendano, director of immigration and community action at...
  • Right-to-Work Event Marred By Protesters Spitting At Worker Freedom Advocates

    09/13/2013 6:18:45 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    CapCon ^ | 9/11/2013 | Manny Lopez
    Union activists and big labor supporters who were upset that people were gathering in Vancouver, Wash., to talk about worker freedom resorted to violence and intimidation Thursday night, which resulted in a Mackinac Center for Public Policy employee getting spat upon. F. Vincent Vernuccio, labor policy director at the Mackinac Center, was invited by The Freedom Foundation in Washington and the Cascade Policy Institute in Oregon to speak about the benefits of worker freedom. However, he didn't even get out of his car before he was confronted by protesters. A protester with bullhorn disrupts a meeting about the policy implications...
  • Bill would give Calif. among highest minimum wages

    09/12/2013 9:29:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 12, 2013 11:40 PM EDT | Don Thompson
    California’s minimum wage would rise to $10 an hour within three years under a bill passed Thursday by the state Legislature, making it one of the highest rates in the nation. Washington state currently has the top minimum wage at $9.19 an hour, an amount that is pegged to rise with inflation. Some cities, including San Francisco, have slightly higher minimum wages. The state Senate approved AB10 on a 26-11 vote and the Assembly followed hours later on a 51-25 vote, both largely along party lines. Gov. Jerry Brown indicated earlier this week that he would sign the bill, calling...
  • Federal Court Dismisses Second Act 10 Challenge (WI win!)

    09/11/2013 4:56:39 PM PDT · by bigbob · 11 replies
    In a long-awaited opinion, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin today rejected yet another attack on Act 10 brought by public sector labor unions. The case, Laborers Local 236, AFL-CIO v. Walker, was filed shortly after WEAC v. Walker was filed in the same court, raising some claims not brought in the WEAC case. In the WEAC case, the court held Act 10 unconstitutional in March of 2012, but was reversed the following January by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld Act 10 against all of the unions’ challenges. We have been awaiting a...
  • SEIU to help encourage health care enrollment

    09/10/2013 2:33:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Pittsburgh Business Times ^ | September 10, 2013 | by Kris B. Mamula
    The Service Employees International Union is teaming with the Department of Health and Human Services to encourage health care coverage through a new marketplace. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Tuesday welcomed SEIU's help at a news conference at Allegheny General Hospital. The SEIU will focus on Pennsylvania and 13 other states where there are concentrations of people without health care coverage to get them enrolled starting Oct. 1. SEIU members will help convince the uninsured to enroll in the health care marketplace, called an exchange.
  • Leader of 2005 (NYC) bus and subway strike is now a cabbie

    09/09/2013 10:49:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Sunday, September 1, 2013, 10:46 PM | Pete Donohue
    Here’s a bit of Labor Day irony. The man who led the historic 2005 bus and subway strike—which forced millions of commuters to squeeze into packed cabs, pedal bicycles they hadn’t used for years and hike to work like intrepid Boy Scouts—is now a licensed cab driver. Roger Toussaint, the fiery former president of Transport Workers Union Local 100, got his permit in December to drive a taxi in Cobb County, Ga., where he now lives, records show. “Driving a cab is a dignified profession,” Toussaint, 55, said during a telephone interview last week. …
  • Union orchestrating Walmart walkout for Thursday

    09/03/2013 3:02:21 PM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    Walmart associates in 15 cities will walk off the job Thursday in the latest in a series of actions against the nonunion retail giant organized by the United Food and Commercial Workers union through the activist group its backs, OUR Walmart.The group claimed that "thousands" would walk out."Walmart workers and their supporters today announced the largest mobilization since Black Friday, set for Thursday, September 5. The announcement comes as Walmart has failed to meet a Labor Day deadline to reinstate illegally fired and disciplined workers, publicly commit to improve jobs and end the company’s aggressive violations of workers’ rights," OUR...
  • Labor continues to back Filner

    08/03/2013 7:42:37 PM PDT · by South40 · 13 replies
    San Diego Uniuon-Tribune ^ | 8/3/2013 | Mark Walker
    One day before Mayor Bob Filner begins a self-imposed, two-week behavioral rehab, his list of supporters has shrunk to just one major group — organized labor and its allies. Filner was swept into office last year largely thanks to efforts by the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, which contributed more than $2 million as well as shoe leather, phone banks and related efforts to get the city’s first Democratic mayor in two decades into office.
  • Police Biker Clubs Draw Scrutiny

    07/23/2013 11:17:27 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 49 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 07/23/13 | Jacob Gershman
    An increasing number of police officers are forming motorcycle clubs, but gang investigators fear such groups can hurt the credibility of law enforcement.
  • NEA teachers dance to 'N'-word, sex lyrics ('When it's over you ain't gon need ya vibrator')

    07/10/2013 9:09:07 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 23 replies
    WND ^ | July 09, 2013 | Chelsea Schilling
    Educators boogie to 'When it's over you ain't gon need ya vibrator' (WARNING: This story includes a video and rap song lyrics of a sexually explicit nature and may offend some readers.) At its 2013 national convention in Atlanta last week, the National Education Association encouraged teachers to dance to a sexually explicit rap song that featured the “N”-word and declared, “When it’s over you ain’t gon need ya vibrator.” The NEA, a nationwide labor union that represents public school teachers, played the song titled, “Wobble,” by V.I.C. at its “Raise Your Hand” conference – which was publicized as an...
  • Athens [Greece] mayor attacked and hospitalized

    07/07/2013 5:34:51 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies
    ekathimerini.com ^ | Sunday Jul 7, 2013 (23:45)
    Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis was hospitalized on Sunday night after an attack by unknown men, said to be local authority employees, outside the extraordinary conference of the Central Association of Greek Municipalities (KEDE). Kaminis sustained injuries after exiting the building where the conference took place, while outside it there was a rally against the government's mobility scheme for the broader public sector that also concerns local authorities. On his way out he was followed by a number of men, according to reports, who abused him, punched him and inflicted damage on his car. Government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou and Interior Minister...
  • Ousted bus union officials allegedly tried to pad anti-Scott Walker hours

    07/07/2013 3:42:45 PM PDT · by UB355 · 7 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 7/7/2013 | Daniel Bice
    In a remarkable turn, the growing investigation of a powerful local union is turning up evidence of likely financial abuse by the labor group's top staffers during last year's attempted recall of Gov. Scott Walker. The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998 — which represents bus drivers in Milwaukee County and elsewhere — is the subject of a sweeping investigation by the parent union and the U.S. Department of Labor. Already, the Washington, D.C.-based ATU ousted Alan Simonis as president of the local and Patrick Clemens as its secretary-treasurer for "financial malfeasance and nonfeasance while in office." The two can appeal...
  • More Executive Abuse of Power: Obama Stacks the NLRB

    07/02/2013 9:39:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    RedState ^ | 7-3-2013 | Ben Howe
    Cablevision has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in an investigation by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) about complaints involving 22 former workers that were allegedly wrongfully terminated. This battle between the media giant and the Communications Workers of America is hardly new information as they have been fighting for the past year, but this most recent move is telling specifically because of what it implies about the authority of the NLRB. A different case, National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning, a court is considering the idea that the NLRB’s members, or at least 3 of them,...
  • Weakened By Obama’s Union Coddling, Cooper Tires Is Sold To The Indians

    06/12/2013 4:27:51 PM PDT · by jjotto · 26 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | June 12, 2013 | Bertel Schmitt
    Cooper tires is becoming another victim of President Obama’s much too cozy relationship with the union machine. Cooper Tires was bought by an Indian company. After President Obama sent a thank you to the Steelworkers Union and slapped an absolutely brain-dead punitive tariff of tires coming from China, a few things happened: Imports of low-cost tires did not stop. They came from other countries, at tariffs even lower than the old ones on Chinese tires. Not a single new job was created in America, but more than a few jobs at tire importers were destroyed. Americans paid more for tires....
  • Did IRS Target Homebuliders on Behalf of Mobbed-Up Union?

    06/04/2013 5:14:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 4, 2013 | John Ransom
    In the fall of 2011 the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) submitted Freedom of Information requests to the Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service following an announcement that the administration was investigating homebuilders in an attempt to bolster union membership at the expense of housing sector jobs. “In a letter [from the Labor Department] cited by The [Wall Street] Journal,” wrote Crain’s Detroit at the time “homebuilders were asked to immediately turn over the names, addresses, Social Security numbers, pay rates and hours worked for all employees over the past two years. The letter from the Labor...