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  • Harry Reid's Seat in Nevada Up for Grabs

    08/14/2016 10:46:01 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies ^ | 8/14/2016 | George Will
    On election night 2016, the nationís attention might be focused on Nevada, where Republicans have their most promising, and probably their only realistic, chance to capture a Democratic Senate seat. Harry Reid, Senate minority leader, is retiring, and Republicansí hopes of retaining their majority might depend on Joe Heck replacing Reid. He is a strong candidate for his party, as his opponent is for hers. Catherine Cortez Masto is a former two-term state attorney general who won reelection even against the 2010 anti-Democratic wave. She would be the Senateís first Latina. Heck, an emergency room physician and a brigadier general...
  • The union vote: Trump wants to make it Republican

    07/28/2016 4:36:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    CNN's GANT News ^ | July 28, 2016 | CNN
    Donald Trump likes to tout his ďtremendous supportĒ among union members. ďWorkers love me,Ē he says. Union leaders are clearly worried. They have been out in force at the Democratic National Convention, rallying around Hillary Clinton. On Monday, AFL-CIO head Richard Trumka declared Clinton is a ďchampion of working peopleĒ and cast Trump as a rich guy who ďoutsourced Americaís jobs to line his own pockets.Ē Most of the large unions ó AFL-CIO, AFSCME, SEIU, UAW and teachers groups ó are supporting Clinton and donating big to her campaign. Unions are among her top donors, according to In contrast,...
  • Big Labor Makes The Case For Hillary Over Trump

    07/26/2016 7:35:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 32 replies ^ | 7/26/2016 | Connor D. Wolf
    National union leaders made the case Monday for why Democratic presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton is a better choice over Republican nominee Donald Trump. National unions have overwhelmingly endorsed Clinton with many warning Trump would be disastrous for worker rights. The AFL-CIO, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the National Education Association, AFSCME, among others within the labor movement voiced their support for her at the the Democratic National Convention. ďWe need a president that wants to raise wages instead of one that thinks wages are too high and doesnít even think there should be a federal minimum wage,Ē SEIU International...
  • Largest federal employee union applauds Clinton pick of Senator Tim Kaine as running mate

    07/23/2016 1:58:12 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 20 replies
    The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) ^ | July 22, 2016 | The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
    IMPORTANT:This information should not be downloaded using government equipment, read during duty time, sent to others using government equipment, or sent to anyone while in a government building because it involves election related activity.WASHINGTON Ė In response to the announcement that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has selected U.S. Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate, American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. today issued the following statement:ďWhile representing Virginia in the U.S. Senate, Tim Kaine has been a vocal advocate for government workers and the programs we deliver to the American public. Like Hillary...
  • Philadelphia police union slams Hillary Clinton over choice of speakers at convention

    07/21/2016 7:51:26 AM PDT · by rktman · 39 replies ^ | 7/21/2016 | Dave Boyer
    Philadelphiaís police union is blasting Hillary Clinton for inviting relatives of victims of police shootings to speak at the Democratic National Convention next week, but failing to include relatives of slain police officers. John McNesby, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, said the union was ďshocked and saddenedĒ by the planned choice of speakers at the convention, which opens Monday in Philadelphia.
  • Clinton wins endorsement of the AFL-CIO

    06/16/2016 2:28:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 52 replies ^ | 6/16/16 | Ken Thomas and Jill Colvin, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) ó Hillary Clinton on Thursday won the endorsement of the AFL-CIO, the nation's largest labor federation, giving her a powerful voter turnout engine against Donald Trump. The Republican businessman swiftly accused labor leaders of selling out its membership to a candidate he said was aligned with Wall Street.
  • UAW endorses Hillary Clinton for president

    05/26/2016 11:58:32 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 33 replies
    UAW.ORG ^ | 5-25-2016 | UAW
    The UAW today endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, citing her support for UAW members, her lifelong commitment to the job security of American families, and her ability to unify and win in November. ďHillary Clinton understands our issues on trade, understands the complexities of multinational economies and supports American workers, their families and communities,Ē said UAW President Dennis Williams. Now is a time for unity, a time to focus on what lies ahead in November. Bernie Sanders has brought to this campaign a dialogue that has been needed for far too long. He has been, and remains, a great friend...
  • CNN Ventures Into A Majority Democratic West Virginia County, Theyíre Supporting Trump(T)

    05/09/2016 6:02:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies ^ | 5/7/2016 | Matt Vespa
    Itís no shocker that Hillary Clinton isnít popular in West Virginia. In fact, no one from national Democratic circles, like President Obama, Nancy Pelosi etc., is popular here. Obama didnít win a single county in the Mountain State in 2012, and the last time West Virginia went Democratic was 1996. Clintonís remarks that she was going to put coal miners out of business did not sit well with the residents of Logan County, where Democrats outnumber Republicans. In fact, CNN was hard pressed to find really any Democrat who supported Clintonótheyíre all voting for Trump.
  • Trump reaches out to Teamsters union

    05/07/2016 10:31:06 AM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/7/2016 | Harper Neidig
    Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump on Saturday took to Twitter to praise workers in the Teamster union and attack Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. The union has not made an endorsement in the election so far, but typically backs Democratic candidates. Trump appeared to be referring to a series of "Teamsters for Trump" groups on Facebook, several of which has members numbering in the thousands. NPR reported this week on Teamsters member who normally back Democrats but prefer Trump this election.
  • US unions plan attack on Donald Trump in attempt to derail presidential bid

    04/26/2016 2:25:04 PM PDT · by Nacho Bidnith · 75 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Tuesday 26 April 2016 07.00 EDT | Lauren Gambino and Jana Kasperkevic
    US unions plan attack on Donald Trump in attempt to derail presidential bid Concerned labor group leaders are organizing ad campaigns and phone banks as Trumpís populist message on trade and jobs draws in union voters The prospect of a Donald Trump nomination has labor leaders scrambling to hold the line as the Republican frontrunnerís appeal to disaffected working-class voters threatens to upset the traditional political calculus. The majority of Americaís almost 15 million unionized workers can be usually be relied upon to back the Democratic candidate in a presidential year, but leaders are concerned by Trumpís populist message on...
  • Donald Trump is no Ďblue-collar billionaireí

    03/21/2016 6:34:44 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 49 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | March 21, 2016 | Foon Rhee
    The angry white men filling Donald Trumpís rallies are getting plenty of attention, most of it unflattering.
  • Donald Trump's type of voter found in big numbers in Pennsylvania

    03/21/2016 12:26:56 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 30 replies
    The Morning Call ^ | 03/21/16 | Laura Olson and Scott Kraus
    A lifelong Democrat, Ed Toth describes himself politically as an independent. The 60-year-old health-food store owner voted twice for Barack Obama, but he also voted in 1984 for Ronald Reagan. This year, fed up with both parties, the North Whitehall Township resident is all in for Donald Trump, switching his registration from Democrat to Republican so he could vote in the primary. "He's been successful," Toth said. "He says he wants to make America great again. I'm all for that." If Trump is the Republican nominee, he could benefit in Pennsylvania from a sizable contingent of independent-minded, white, working-class voters....
  • Donald Trumpís Working-Class Appeal Is Starting To Freak Out Labor Unions

    03/17/2016 1:31:33 PM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 50 replies
    Over the course of five weeks, Working America, the non-union affiliate of the AFL-CIO labor federation, did extensive canvassing in union-dense, blue-collar areas of Pittsburgh and Cleveland. They called it a ďfront porch focus group.Ē The idea was simply to listen ó to let likely 2016 voters sound off about their thoughts and concerns headed into the presidential election. What they discovered, among other things, was a lot of support for Donald Trump, the GOP front-runner. For months, this enthusiastic backing of the obnoxious billionaire had generally baffled the chattering class ó not to mention the GOP and Democratic establishment....
  • Trump Gains Support From Teamsters, Who Normally Vote For Democrats

    03/07/2016 8:01:13 AM PST · by King of Florida · 144 replies
    NPR ^ | March 7, 2016 | Steve Inskeep
    Antonio Caracciolo is a member of the Teamsters local 282 in New York. He supports Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and tells Steve Inskeep why.
  • Clinton‚Äôs Campaign Just Got Busted Impersonating Union Nurses in Nevada

    02/20/2016 7:26:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    US Uncut ^ | February 20, 2016 | Amanda Girard
    Hillary Clinton's campaign is attempting to trick Bernie Sanders supporters in Nevada into voting for Clinton by disguising themselves as nurses affiliated with the National Nurses United union (NNU), which has thrown its support behind Sanders. NNU executive director RoseAnn DeMoro caught Clinton staffers red-handed changing from blue Hillary Clinton campaign shirts into red shirts of the same shade as the red shirts NNU members are wearing, in an apparent attempt to confuse voters....
  • Bernie Sanders Tells Volunteers in Reno to Expect Victory in Nevada

    02/15/2016 7:17:04 PM PST · by drewh · 17 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2.14.16 GMT 12:21 | By Yamiche Alcindor
    Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont told hundreds of volunteers gathered here on Saturday that his strong showings in Iowa and New Hampshire were not flukes. ‚ÄúWe surprised them in Iowa,‚ÄĚ Mr. Sanders said to cheers. ‚ÄúWe surprised them in New Hampshire. We are going to surprise them here in Nevada.‚ÄĚ While Mr. Sanders was expected to beat Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, his 22-percentage point margin was still a resounding victory and one he hoped gives him a tailwind heading into next Saturday‚Äôs Democratic caucuses in Nevada. He is hoping a win here will convince voters nationwide that he has...
  • SEIU Leader: My ‚ÄėBlue Collar‚Äô Members Support Trump‚Äôs Message

    01/09/2016 4:27:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Downtrend ^ | January 9, 2016 | Brian Carey
    This wasn't supposed to happen. The union goons have always been squarely in the camp of the Democratic party totalitarians, haven't they? After all, the economic pig-ignorance that characterizes of a large swath of unionized workers fits perfectly in line with the Democratic party platform. It might surprise you to learn, then, that members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) support the message of GOP presidential candidate Donald J. Trump. "I am deeply concerned about what is stirring, even in our membership... where our members are responding to Trump's message," said Mary Kay Henry, the international president of the...
  • SEIU Union Leader: My Blue-Collar Members Support Trump‚Äôs Message

    01/09/2016 7:43:56 AM PST · by GonzoII · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8 Jan 2016 | Neil Munro
    The far-left progressive leader of the huge SEIU union admits that many or most of her blue-collar members are sympathetic to Donald Trump's pro-American populist message. "I am deeply concerned about what is stirring, even in our membership... where our members are responding to Trump's message," she told David Axelrod, the chief campaign strategist for President Barack Obama's election in 2008.Can you see Trump winning the election? Axelrod asked. "Yea, I could, I could," said Mary Kay Henry, the international president of the Service Employees International Union."Sixty-four percent of our public members identify as conservative, and are much more...
  • CWA Backs Bernie Sanders - Union Signals Members Will Campaign for Democrat

    12/21/2015 7:20:04 AM PST · by AT7Saluki · 15 replies
    Multichannel ^ | 12/18/15 | John Eggerton
    The Communications Workers of America (CWA) union has endorsed Bernie Sanders for president. The union said the Vermont senator, running to be the Democratic candidate for president against former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley, would be a candidate who would "break with politics-as-usual and fight for America’s working people..." CWA's 700,000 members include broadcast and cable journalists."When CWA endorses a candidate it is just the beginning. Our 700,000 members are fired up, and we are going to work overtime to elect Bernie Sanders as the next President of the United States," said CWA President...
  • Bernie Snags Another HUGE Union Endorsement

    11/12/2015 3:54:45 PM PST · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/12/15 | Connor D. Wolf
    Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders got his biggest union endorsement thus far Thursday as the¬†American Postal Workers Union (APWU) announced its support for his candidacy.Unions aren‚Äôt just major financial contributors, they also rally hoards supporters. As a result, Bernie and his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton have competed for their support. The latest endorsement represents a huge victory for the Vermont socialist. The union represents 200,000 employees and is affiliated with the AFL-CIO.‚ÄúPolitics as usual has not worked,‚ÄĚ APWU President Mark Dimondstein said in a statement. ‚ÄúWe should judge candidates not by their political party, not by what they say, not...
  • Trump Leading by 27% in Union Stronghold as Teamsters Want Meeting and Unions Abandon Hillary

    10/03/2015 6:30:57 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 56 replies
    Conservative Intel ^ | Oct 1, 2015
    Reports say that the influential Teamsters union may snub Hillary Clinton in favor of endorsing a Republican candidate such as Donald Trump for the White House in 2016.Such a move would likely be a notable boost for Republicans with Independents and ¬ďReagan Democrats,¬Ē a critical segment of swing-voters that candidates spend millions trying to woo. These ‚Äúmiddle of the road‚ÄĚ type voters are crucial to winning bellwether regions like Michigan‚Äôs Macomb County.Clinton also faces snubs from other powerful unions like the AFL-CIO and AFSCME, refusing to back Hillary as they try to push Vice President Joe Biden into the race.According...
  • Scott Walker: Make federal employee unions illegal

    09/15/2015 4:54:17 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 21 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/15/15 | Dan Calabrese
    As FDR believed they should be, and as they were before 1962. I know that some of you are going to call this an attention-getting stunt because Walker is struggling in the polls. Hereís my response to that: A guy whoís running for president should seek success in the polls by making solid, serious policy proposals. Thatís what this is. And if anyone thinks heís not serious, they donít know Walkerís governing history. He understands like few governors how the cycle of corruption works between public-employee unions and Democrats: Unions fund Democrat candidates, who, once elected, offer generous compensation packages...
  • Obama Job Approval Down to 52% Among U.S. Union Workers [Happy Labor Day]

    09/02/2015 10:11:56 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Gallup ^ | 9/2/15
    Leading into this year's Labor Day holiday, 52% of U.S. union members approve of President Barack Obama's job performance, down slightly from 56% in the first quarter of 2015 and one percentage point above his personal low among this group. At the same time, the average rating of the president among those who are not union members has been flat at 46%. .....Results for this Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted July 1-Aug. 30, 2015, on the Gallup U.S. Daily survey, with a random sample of 25,795 working adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S....
  • Emails show Clinton's close ties to teachers union

    09/01/2015 6:46:46 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/1/15 | Sean Higgins
    Emails released by the State Department Monday night show that the leader of the American Federation of Teachers, one of the nation's top unions, had direct access to the office of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Several emails show that requests from Tina Flournoy, union President Randi Weingarten's assistant at the time, for private meetings or phone calls were given priority by Clinton. For example, in a July 20, 2010, message to Clinton's private account "," Flournoy, using her American Federation of Teachers address, said: "Have a little issue I would like to discuss with you over the phone. Not...
  • National Nurses Union Endorses Bernie Sanders over Clinton

    08/11/2015 2:55:18 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 10, 2015 | Daniel Chaitin
    Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders received the endorsement of a major union Monday. National Nurses United, the nation's largest organization of nurses, picked the Vermont senator over Hillary Clinton as its preferred presidential candidate. The union cited Sanders' "proven track record of uncompromised activism and advocacy for working people, and a message that resonates with nurses, and, as we have all seen, tens of thousands of people across the country." The union announced its choice at a conference in Oakland, Calif., where the independent senator was speaking. The nearly 185,000 member-strong union held an internal poll, by which its members expressed...
  • Could labor be getting ready to bail on Hillary in favor of Bernie Sanders?

    07/30/2015 10:26:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/30/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    I’m still not at the point where I’m willing to raise the possibility of Hillary losing the nomination to some number greater than 0% but there are some interesting smoke signals coming up on the horizon lately which might have me questioning the collective wisdom on the subject. Bernie Sanders is in Maryland this week attending the AFL-CIO’s executive council meeting and making his pitch for why he’s a better candidate to support big labor than Hillary. (Clinton will be there after him.) Obviously he would like to have the support of the unions because, let’s face it, no...
  • Teacherís union members want Hillary endorsement withdrawn

    07/17/2015 6:26:35 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 21 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 16, 2015 | By Marisa Schultz
    WASHINGTON ó Furious American Federation of Teachers members are demanding the union withdraw its endorsement of Hillary Rodham Clinton, calling it premature and undemocratic. ďThere was no internal discussion. Zero. Zip,Ē said Steve Conn, president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers. ďThis is wrong and something needs to be done.Ē The 45-member AFT executive board voted Saturday to back Clinton despite an AFL-CIO request to wait until July when the presidential field is more set.
  • America's Top Union Leader Just Destroyed Scott Walker in Six Words (deluded)

    07/13/2015 2:11:10 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 82 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | July 13, 2015 | By Simon Vozick-Levinson
    "Scott Walker is a national disgrace," reads the entirety of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka's statement. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is one of the most hardcore right-wing extremists in America. His slash-and-burn policies have gutted Wisconsin workers' collective bargaining rights, defunded Planned Parenthood and more Ė all of which has made him a prime punching bag for progressives around the country. For some reason, the Republican zealot is hell-bent on conducting a doomed campaign for president in 2016, a painfully obvious fact which he "revealed" Monday morning after months of tedious teasing, including one recent public appearance in which he bizarrely...
  • Major teachers union endorses Hillary Clinton

    07/12/2015 8:00:59 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | 07/10/2015 | Cassie Spodak,
    Hillary Clinton scored a major union endorsement on Saturday when the American Federation of Teachers announced its support for the Democratic frontrunner. The endorsement is not a surprise, as the AFT also backed Clinton in 2007 in her primary battle against then-Sen. Barack Obama, but it is the first national union to endorse a candidate in the 2016 Democratic primary
  • One Of The Nationís Most Influential Labor Leaders Has Endorsed Bernie Sanders

    07/04/2015 2:59:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Politicus USA - Real liberal politics ^ | July 3, 2015 | Jason Easley
    Bernie Sanders has picked up a key endorsement as one of the nationís most influential labor leaders has announced his support for the Democratic presidential candidate. The Sanders campaign made the announcement in a statement: In another show of union support for Bernie Sanders, one of the nationís most influential labor leaders on Friday endorsed the Democratic Party presidential candidate. Larry Cohen, the past president of the Communications Workers of America, gave his backing to Sanders at a news conference held here in a local union hall. ďThis is not a close call,Ē Cohen said at the news conference. ďThis...
  • Jake Tapper Lists 45 Times Hillary Pushed Trade Bill She Now Appears to Oppose

    06/16/2015 11:18:59 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 8 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | May 16, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    Peter denied Jesus three times but Hillary Clinton appears to have a much more difficult task; she is going to have to deny herself at least 45 times. Last Friday, Hillary Clinton's spokesperson, Karen Finney, appeared on CNN's The Lead and exasperated Jake Tapper by continuing to avoid avoid answering the important question as to whether her boss still supports or opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade bill in Congress. Not a smart†move in the long run because yesterday Tapper struck back by listing in detail, with her own quotes, 45 times that Hillary pushed the trade bill over the years....
  • Is the Democratic Party Becoming Anti-Labor?

    05/16/2015 5:18:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies ^ | May 16, 2015 | John C. Goodman
    Studies show there are three things you can do that will almost guarantee you will never live in poverty: (1) finish high school, (2) get a full time job and (3) get married, but wait until you are 21 and donít have children until you are married. Do these three things and itís very unlikely you will be poor. If you are, you wonít be poor for very long.So how does public policy affect these choices? Inner city schools dominated by powerful teacher unions are not meeting the needs of poor minority students. The welfare state (185 federal/state means test...
  • Pat Buchanan: 'Civil war' in Democratic Party

    01/05/2015 9:18:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | January 5, 2015 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    For the third time, the cops of the NYPD have turned their backs on the mayor of New York. The first time was when Mayor Bill de Blasio arrived at Woodhull Hospital where mortally wounded officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu had been taken on Dec. 20. The second was when the mayor spoke at Ramosí funeral. The third was at Liuís service on Sunday. Detestation of de Blasio among the NYPD and the cops who came from across the country to stand in solidarity with their slain brothers is broad and deep. And, in a way, de Blasio served...
  • 2014 Election Aftermath: Unions' bark worse than their bite

    11/17/2014 11:19:13 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/16/2014 | Vinnie Vernuccio
    Yesterdayís election was not so much a referendum on labor reform as yet another reminder that when elected officials protect freedom and taxpayers they do not need to fear the wrath of the union political juggernaut. These reformers winning and opponents losing cannot be easily dismissed as ďit was a Republican wave which protected the politicians who took on labor reform.Ē Almost more striking than what was in the Republican wins was what was not in the Democrat losses. In Michigan for example, the birthplace of the UAW, the state with the 5th highest union membership rate in the country...
  • AFL-CIO Chief Trumka: ĎLot of Work to Doí on 2014 Turnout

    10/07/2014 4:47:22 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 19 replies
    Washington Wire ^ | 10/7/2014 | Melanie Trottma
    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has spent the last month crisscrossing the nation to mobilize voters on behalf of union-endorsed candidates, largely Democrats.His takeaway 28†days before the November midterm elections:† ďI feel a sense of urgency that we still have a lot of work to do,Ē he said.† ďVoter turnout is going to be the deciding factorĒ in this election, Mr. Trumka told reporters at a meeting at the labor federationís Washington headquarters Tuesday.The challenge labor faces is apathy from prospective voters who are wondering why they should care about this election, Mr. Trumka said. Heís been asked that question many...
  • The Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy Explained in One Chart

    09/11/2014 8:54:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 10, 2014 | Brent Scher
    Koch Brothers go on offensive to expose dark money in politics. The Koch brothersótaking a break from such nefarious endeavors as spending money in support of their political positions and, worse, donating to hospitalsóare going on the offensive with a campaign to expose the vast web of dark money spun by the Democracy Alliance. The Democracy Alliance is a secretive left-wing organization which connects big-money progressive donors to a long list of progressive organizations. A chart mapping out all the groups financed by the Democracy Alliance was distributed by Republicans on the Senate floor on Monday, and it makes clear...
  • Pelosi works to rally Democrats at United Steelworkers conference

    08/11/2014 4:28:05 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 13 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Aug. 11, 2014 | Kyle Roerink
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi led a rallying cry for the Democratic Party during a United Steelworkers conference today in Las Vegas. The California Democratís speech to the union comes as her party desperately tries to garner support in the run-up to the Nov. 4 general election. Republicans are likely to make gains in both chambers of Congress, but the partyís leaders are showing no signs of surrender. Unions are a historic voting bloc for Democrats and Pelosiís speech was a clear pitch to organized labor, asking them to mobilize on Election Day.
  • 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 Ė The nationís 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 Peopleís 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-CIOís plan. President Randi Weingarten said: ďIn many ways it...
  • On Virginia trail, Scott Walker hits Terry McAuliffe on unions

    11/02/2013 8:21:24 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 5 replies ^ | 11/2/13 5:04 PM EDT | By JAMES HOHMANN
    WOODBRIDGE, Va.óScott Walker warned Republicans at a rally here Saturday that Democrat Terry McAuliffe will be in the pocket of ďbig government union bossesĒ if he wins the Virginia governorís race. The Wisconsin governor, a conservative icon for breaking the back of the public-employee unions in his blue state and then beating back their effort to recall him, said Republican Ken Cuccinelli also ďknows how to take on the special interests.Ē ďDo you want someone who is going to side with the big government labor unions,Ē he said at one of two stops ahead of Tuesdayís off-year election, ďor do...
  • Unions poised to win delay of ObamaCare tax in budget deal

    10/14/2013 6:07:39 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/14/13 05:25 PM ET | Elise Viebeck -
    Labor unions are poised to score the delay of an ObamaCare tax in the bipartisan budget deal emerging in the Senate. The bargain under negotiation would make small adjustments to the healthcare law, including delaying the law's reinsurance fee for one year. The three-year tax is meant to generate revenue that will stabilize premiums on the individual market as sick patients enter the risk pool. The tax applies to all group health plans, but unions argue it will raise their healthcare costs while providing them no benefit.† The reinsurance tax figured prominently in discussions at a recent AFL-CIO convention, where...
  • McAuliffe on New Coal Regulations: Um, I'll Get Back to You, Virginia

    09/23/2013 4:18:41 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies ^ | September 23, 2013 | Guy Benson
    Does this guy have a cogent position on anything, aside from "Ken Cuccinelli is a dangerous extremist"? Within the last two weeks, he's shown himself to be utterly unprepared for a sit-down with Northern Virginia techies -- which touched off the damning endorsement firestorm -- then had nothing of substance to offer at a forum on higher education. Now he's hit the trifecta (via Washington Post reporter Ben Pershing):
  • Terry McAuliffe needs a little more time to think about the EPAís new coal regs, if you donít mind

    09/20/2013 4:34:24 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 20, 2013 | Erika Johnsen
    The Obama administration moved forward with much-anticipated emissions regulations on Friday, requiring any new coal plants to cut down on their emissions levels to a degree that will necessitate expensive carbon capture and storage technology ó which just so happens to be so prohibitively costly that there are no commercial coal-fired plants actually using it right now. (This round of regulations is really just the warmup act, by the way, for the regulations the Obama administration hopes to introduce next year requiring new and existing coal plants to meet their selected standards ó meaning current plants will either need to...

    09/02/2013 8:34:31 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 32 replies ^ | Sep 2, 2013 | clyde
    Breitbart is reporting that in what is being reported as a surprise move, the 40,000 members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) announced that they have formally ended their association with the AFL-CIO, one of the nationís largest private sector unions. The Longshoremen citied Obamacare and immigration reform as two important causes of their disaffiliation. In an August 29 letter to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, ILWU President Robert McEllrath cited quite a list of grievances as reasons for the disillusion of their affiliation, but prominent among them was the AFL-CIOís support of Obamare. ďWe feel the Federation has...
  • The Importance of Virginia

    08/15/2013 1:39:03 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 24 replies
    Redstate ^ | 8/15/2013 | Erick Erickson
    Yesterday, the AFL-CIO declared it was going all in in Virginia to get Terry McAuliffe elected. The AFL-CIO has massive amounts of money and, should McAuliffe win, as Jim Geraghty, I, and others have noted, the media and liberal Republicans will claim conservatives cannot get elected. Ken Cuccinelli, as the Attorney General of Virginia, was the first State AG to go to court opposing Obamacare. Ken has also been at the forefront in the fight against Obamaís war on fossil fuels. Ken is the Republican candidate for Governor of Virginia in this yearís November election and if he loses, it...
  • L.A. Unified, 7 others get waivers from No Child Left Behind

    08/06/2013 5:16:20 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 6, 2013 | By Howard Blume
    L.A. Unified and seven other California school districts on Tuesday won relief from some strict and costly provisions of federal education law. Besides Los Angeles, the school districts are Long Beach, Santa Ana, Fresno, Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco and Sanger.
  • Senate votes to end debate on NLRB nominee

    07/30/2013 9:48:02 AM PDT · by yoe · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 7, 2013 | Ramsey Cox
    The Senate voted 64-34 Tuesday to end debate on the nomination of Kent Hirozawa to serve on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). That vote sets up eight hours of debate time, which could be waived to allow a quick vote on the nomination. After Hirozawa, the nominations of Nancy Schiffer and Mark Pearce to join the NLRB will follow. More than 10 Republicans voted with Democrats to advance Hirozawa's nomination. Republicans agreed to hold up-or-down votes on President Obamaís NLRB nominations as part of a deal to avoid Senate rule changes limiting the minority's right to filibuster executive branch...
  • McAuliffeís dilemma [VA Dem Gov Candidate & Unions]

    06/21/2013 9:45:03 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 4 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 21 June 2013 | WashingtonTimes
    "Yes, it's true, My ethics fit neatly between my fingernails..." Itís not easy being Terry McAuliffe. The Democratic candidate for governor of Virginia has a union problem in a state thatís not enthusiastic about unions and their bosses. Since 1947, for example, the commonwealth has protected Virginians from forced membership in a union, however cleverly forced unionism is portrayed, with a tough right-to-work law that protects everyoneís right to hold a job without having to share a paycheck with strangers. Virginiaís stance on right-to-work is rooted in the principle expressed by Thomas Jefferson: ďTo compel a man to furnish funds...
  • Labor unions break ranks with White House on ObamaCare

    05/21/2013 6:46:59 AM PDT · by Sopater · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/21/13 05:00 AM ET | Kevin Bogardus
    Labor unions are breaking with President Obama on ObamaCare. Months after the presidentís reelection, a variety of unions are publicly balking at how the administration plans to implement the landmark law. They warn that unless there are changes, the results could be catastrophic. The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) ó a 1.3 million-member labor group that twice endorsed Obama for president ó is very worried about how the reform law will affect its membersí healthcare plans. Last month, the president of the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers released a statement calling ďfor repeal or...
  • VEA teacher's union says we ALL should vote in the June 11 VA Dem primary

    05/19/2013 7:59:26 PM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 4 replies
    From an email
    May 16, 2013 Dear : The VEA Fund for Children and Public Education Executive Committee (VEA Fund) and The VEA Fund Directors, your elected representatives from across Virginia, have offered recommendations for the June 11 Democratic primaries. The Democratic Party is choosing Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General candidates in an open primary on that day. Republican Candidates are being chosen by a convention this Saturday in Richmond. Regrettably, none of the Republican candidates chose to complete the candidate questionnaire required to gain a recommendation. In Virginia voters do not register by party, so our primaries are open. Any voter can...
  • Union halting power repair crews is top Democratic donor

    11/03/2012 2:45:14 AM PDT · by Libloather · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/02/12 | Paul Bedard
    Union halting power repair crews is top Democratic donorPaul Bedard - Washington Secrets November 2, 2012 | 12:36 pm The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, cited in news reports for halting nonunion repair crews from helping to restore power in superstorm Sandy's New Jersey-New York path, is one of nation's top union donors to Democrats, a group President Obama last year praised in a visit to an IBEW training Center. The Center for Responsive Politics, a public political spending watchdog, said IBEW has the nation's fifth highest spending political action committee, doling out nearly $2.3 million, 97 percent of which...