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  • Dems to Farm Workers: ‘No, No Puedes’

    09/21/2018 6:08:47 AM PDT · by Twotone · 11 replies
    American Spectator ^ | September 20, 2018 | Steven Greenhut
    It’s taken nearly five years of administrative battles, legislative interference, and lawsuits, but the California state government has finally counted farm workers’ votes in a union election at the state’s largest fruit grower, Fresno-based Gerawan Farming. The final verdict, tallied on Tuesday, explains why the Jerry Brown administration and Democratic statehouse leaders did everything in their power to destroy the votes without counting them. The margin: 1,098 workers voted “no” to the United Farm Workers, with only 197 workers voting in favor of UFW representation. There still are 635 disputed ballots, but even the math geniuses in Sacramento can see...
  • California Farm Workers Voted By Massive Margin To Leave Union (But Nobody Told Them)

    09/20/2018 1:04:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/20/2018 | Jazz Shaw
    Fasten your seatbelts for one of the strangest union stories to come over the transom in a while. Back in 2013 (which is five years ago, for those who skipped math class), out in Fresno, California, the workers at farming corporation Gerawan Farming held a vote to determine whether or not they would decertify their membership in United Farm Workers (UFW), the union which had been representing them. The vote was held, and then… nothing. The union refused to release the results and even convinced a court arbiter that they could do so. They went on acting as the...
  • IL union president: 'Vote early, vote often, whatever you can get away with…'

    09/20/2018 2:29:39 AM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    KMOV ^ | 9/18/18 | Eric Sykes
    **SNIP** In the video, Totsy Bailey, Local 439 Steamfitters/Pipefitters Union president, can be heard saying, "Vote early, vote often, whatever you can get away with... I shouldn't say that, but, I don't care." When reached for comment, Bailey said he didn't have a comment about his words and hung up the phone abruptly. The video shows Bailey introducing a speaker at the Labor Rally in Caseyville.
  • Trump Rolls Back Anti-Franchising Regs (More winning)

    09/16/2018 8:59:20 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 4 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | Bill McMorris
    Franchise businesses received a significant boost from the Trump administration on Friday as labor regulators began to unravel one of the Obama administration's most controversial employment policies. The National Labor Relations Board is considering a proposal to reinstate the long-standing interpretation of the joint-employer standard, which maintains that parent or umbrella companies are not liable for labor violations committed solely by franchisees or subcontractors. The Obama administration had scrapped the traditional standard in an effort to hold parent companies accountable even if they played no direct role in the workplace violation, giving labor unions a foot in the door for...
  • CEO of California's $350B pension fund has no degree (CALPERS Union hackery)

    09/14/2018 3:21:58 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 67 replies
    KRON4 News ^ | 9/14/2018 | KRON4
    https://www.kron4.com/news/california/ceo-of-california-s-350b-pension-fund-has-no-degree/1444506328 KRON4 News - CEO of California's $350B pension fund has no degree Updated: Sep 14, 2018 11:07 AM PDT SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The chief executive of California's $350 billion pension fund does not have a college degree and the revelation has startled some retirees. Marcie Frost leads the California Public Employee Retirement System, the nation's largest retirement system. The Sacramento Bee reports that Frost did not claim to have a college degree when she was hired to lead CalPERS in 2016, but Frost is under fire now after a blogger alleged Frost implied in her application and in a...
  • Burgerville union blasts new button ban amid worker-led 'Abolish ICE' campaign

    09/07/2018 3:28:17 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | September 7, 2018 | Shane Dixon Kavanaugh
    The union representing Burgerville employees in the Portland area on Friday blasted the company's move to ban buttons on their uniforms , a decision handed down as some workers continue to wear pins proclaiming "Abolish ICE" and other political statements. The Burgerville Workers Union in a tersely worded statement called the new policy, announced Thursday and effective Sept. 13, "disgusting" and "deeply disturbing." The group also accused the company of caving to pressure generated by those angered over the buttons, whom the union appeared to uniformly cast as a horde of right-wing bigots. Portland Burgerville workers serve 'Abolish ICE' message,...
  • Trump Hits Back on Union Leader in Labor Day Tweets

    09/03/2018 12:18:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 3, 2018 | Leah Barkoukis
    President Trump on Monday slammed AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka over comments he made over the weekend, saying it’s easy to see why unions are doing so terribly.“Richard Trumka, the head of the AFL-CIO, represented his union poorly on television this weekend,” the president tweeted. “Some of the things he said were so against the working men and women of our country, and the success of the U.S. itself, that it is easy to see why unions are doing so poorly. A Dem!” Richard Trumka, the head of the AFL-CIO, represented his union poorly on television this weekend. Some of the...
  • AFGE Notches Another Win Against Union-Busting Administration

    09/01/2018 4:24:48 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 12 replies
    The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) ^ | August 30,2018 | AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr.
    Arbitrator rules that VA misused Accountability Act in disciplining employees WASHINGTON – This week the Trump administration was delivered another blow against its attempts to undo our apolitical civil service system and dismantle unions across the country. In a recent decision by an independent arbitrator, the Department of Veterans Affairs was found to be in violation of the existing Master Agreement between the VA and the American Federation of Government Employees by improperly implementing the VA Accountability Act.
  • In victory for unions, judge overturns key parts of Trump executive orders

    08/25/2018 4:53:28 PM PDT · by Innovative · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Aug. 25, 2018 | Lisa Rein
    Unions representing federal workers on Saturday declared victory in what they have described as an assault by the Trump administration after a federal judge struck down key provisions of a set of executive orders aimed at making it easier to fire employees and weaken their representation. The ruling, by U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson in Washington, was a setback to the White House’s efforts to rein in federal unions, which have retained significant power over working conditions even as private-sector unions are in decline. “It’s a big win for us,” said David Borer, general counsel for the American Federation...
  • U.S. judge rejects Trump directives easing ability to fire federal workers

    08/25/2018 11:04:50 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 97 replies
    Reuters ^ | 25 Aug 2018
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge on Saturday rejected key elements of President Donald Trump’s May executive orders that would make it easier to fire federal employees and reduce their ability to bargain collectively. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, said in a court order that Trump’s orders, which also would reduce the amount of time low-performing employees had to improve their performance before being fired, “undermine federal employees’ right to bargain collectively.” Trump signed three executive orders in May that administration officials said would give government agencies greater ability to...
  • Pro union, still for Trump

    08/13/2018 8:14:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Politico ^ | August 13, 2018 | Ian Kullgren
    PRO-UNION, STILL FOR TRUMP: As as many as half of Republicans who voted in the Missouri primary last week sided with unions and against the state’s right-to-work law in a ballot measure that overturned it, according to Jack Cardetti, a Democratic strategist and spokesman for the state’s anti-right-to-work campaign. Cardetti is no disinterested party, so that estimate may be high (though the returns show it’s certain plausible). But it’s remarkable any pro-union voters still favor Trump, given Trump’s staunchly anti-union policies. (POLITICO’s Timothy Noah reviewed them in November.) “Pro-union, pro-Trump voters say that even if they consider unions crucial, they...
  • Metro Considers Separate Trains for Opposing Groups for D.C. 'Unite the Right' Rally: Metro Board

    08/04/2018 4:44:52 PM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies
    nbcwashington.com ^ | 8/3/2018 | Mark Segraves
    "We have groups clearly at odds with each other," Chairman Jack Evans said. "We'd like to keep the groups separate. We don't want incidents on Metro." "Unite the Right" demonstrators plan to use Metro from the Vienna, Virginia, station to Foggy Bottom in D.C. Police and Metro are making plans to avoid a deadly confrontation like the one at the Charlottesville, Virginia, rally last year. "Maybe put all of one group on a train or a certain car on a train," Evans said. "We're trying to see how can we keep the groups separate so we don't have any incidents...
  • Janus Ruling Fallout: Washington state employees sue to 'escape' union

    08/03/2018 9:22:02 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 3, 2018 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    Several Washington state employees are suing for the right to break ties with their union, claiming the Supreme Court's landmark Janus decision should allow them to cancel their membership immediately. That June ruling said state government workers could not be forced to pay so-called “fair share” fees to support collective bargaining and other union activities. The decision delivered a blow to public-employee unions. But the lawsuit filed Thursday, if successful, could point to further repercussions. The six plaintiffs have all attempted to leave the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) since the Supreme Court decision, but say they've been told...
  • Want a $175K longshore job? Here’s your chance — if you’re lucky. And patient (Washington State)

    08/02/2018 11:02:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The News Tribune ^ | August 2, 2018 | Kate Martin
    Ever want to be a longshore worker? Now’s your chance. The workers load and unload ships and move cargo around ports. Full-time jobs pay an average of $175,000 a year and include a benefits package costing more than $110,000, according to the Pacific Maritime Association. But to get to that point you have to start somewhere. The Pacific Maritime Association, which represents shipping lines and terminal operators at West Coast ports, is hiring part-time workers in Tacoma — the first time in several years. Shipping traffic, and the associated work, ebbs and flows. During high traffic times, the shipping lines...
  • Trumka blasted by teachers union boss for keeping door open on Trump 2020 endorsement

    08/02/2018 9:20:32 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 2, 2018 | Judson Berger
    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is getting an earful – on Twitter – from teachers union boss Randi Weingarten for reportedly keeping the door open to a possible Trump endorsement in 2020. Newsmax reported Wednesday that Trumka would not rule out a union endorsement for the president. “Every [candidate] will be looked at,” Trumka said. He added, “we will consider every candidate who’s running.” Trumka simply may have been stating union policy, not wanting to get ahead of an endorsement process that is nowhere close to starting, for an election more than two years out. At the same time, he noted...
  • AFL-CIO's Trumka Won't Rule Out Unions Endorsing Trump in 2020

    08/01/2018 11:42:20 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 56 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 1 Aug 2018 | John Gizzi
    Despite strong condemnations of the Trump administration for what he calls the “growing wage inequality” among Americans, AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka on Wednesday refused to rule out his union endorsing President Donald Trump for re-election in 2020. “Well, he will be looked at [for the labor endorsement],” Trumka told Newsmax, “Everyone [of the presidential candidates] will be looked at.” Pressed as to how serious he was about the AFL-CIO considering not endorsing the Democratic nominee for president for the first time since 1972, Trumka insisted “we will consider every candidate who’s running in 2020.” Recalling the last presidential race, the...
  • Jimmy Hoffa investigation: Frank Sheeran and the blood evidence we found in the case

    07/31/2018 10:24:29 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 30, 2018 | Eric Shawn
    It all began, and ended, on this day 43 years ago. It was a hot July afternoon, nearly 92 degrees, when Teamsters president and labor icon Jimmy Hoffa is said to have opened the rear door of a 1975 maroon Mercury in the parking lot of the Machus Red Fox restaurant, in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and climbed in. But I believe, based on my 2004 investigation, that Frank Sheeran did it. "Suspects Outside of Michigan: Francis Joseph "Frank" Sheeran, age 43, president local 326, Wilmington, Delaware. Resides in Philadelphia and is known associate of Russel Bufalino, La Cosa Nostra Chief,...
  • The $36 billion multiemployer pension time bomb is almost ready to go off

    07/25/2018 6:59:45 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 16 replies
    Daily Torch ^ | 07.25.2018 | Robert Romano
    114 out of the nation’s 1,400 multiemployer pension plans covering 1.3 million workers are underfunded to the tune of $36.4 billion, with plans expected to start going insolvent in the next 5 years or so, an Aug. 2017 analysis by Cheiron has found. This is the end result of unsustainable collective bargaining arrangements between unions and employer, creating defined benefit pension plans that promise retirements far in excess of what could be justified by monthly contributions and market returns. If these had been investment products, surely the Securities and Exchange Commission might have investigated for fraud. But because they were...
  • Disneyland Resort workers' tentative contract agreement leaves room for 'living wage' ballot measure

    07/25/2018 3:41:04 PM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 11 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 7/25/18 | Hugo Martin
    Disneyland Resort workers' tentative contract agreement leaves room for Anaheim's 'living wage' ballot measure The ugly battle over workers’ wages at the Happiest Place on Earth isn’t over. Although Walt Disney Co. has reached a tentative contract agreement with four unions at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, the media giant and its workers have plenty of fight left in them when it comes to wages for the resort’s 30,000 staffers. -snip- Now the workers and Disney officials are turning their attention to an initiative that the union qualified for Anaheim’s Nov. 6 ballot. It would require the Disneyland Resort and...
  • After Janus: Vindication and Hope

    07/25/2018 5:21:34 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 2 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | July 25, 2018 | Charles Baird
    Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court took a significant step toward restoring individual liberty for all government employees, including faculty in public universities and colleges, with its decision in Janus v. AFSCME. Faculty members will no longer be forced to pay any labor union any fee for any purpose as a condition of continued government employment. Janus overturned the Court’s 1977 decision in Abood v. Board of Education against which I and thousands of fellow liberty-loving public higher education faculty have long struggled. Abood prohibited unions from charging faculty for their explicit political advocacy but permitted them to charge faculty...