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America’s top labor union bosses raked in millions in 2014

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This is by Jason Hart@ Watchdog.org. 

These union thugs are making hundreds of thousands or dollars and in some cases millions from dues extroted from workers.

Yet they claim the rich are evil and they the union thug bosses represent the little people.

 

Union bosses known for bashing the rich are often millionaires themselves, paid with dues taken from workers’ paychecks.

Laborers’ International Union of North America president Terry O’Sullivan, who was paid $670,403 in 2014, slammed  and other critics of big government in a speech last July.

“Today’s Republican party has been hijacked, poisoned and taken over by a bunch of Tea Party maggots,” O’Sullivan shouted. “These anti-union, anti-worker bastards are not only crazy, they’re mean!”

When it comes to taking a huge paycheck from workers he claims to protect, O’Sullivan is in good company. Leaders of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, the International Association of Machinists and other powerful unions have done the same for years.

America’s union membership rate is in the midst of a decades-long decline, but labor union officials always seem to get paid. In 2013, 472 union officers and employees were paid more than $250,000 each.

Excluding the MLB Players Association and other unions representing professional athletes, 497 union officers and employees were paid more than $250,000 last year — not a bad haul for representatives of teachers, blue-collar workers and government employees.

Outside of the pro sports unions, 19 union bosses were paid more than $500,000 in 2014.

Some of the country’s top union officials work for specialized unions such as the Independent Pilots Association, and they represent predominantly high-income workers. Most do not.

In addition to O’Sullivan, the Laborers’ union paid 42 officers and employees more than $250,000 in 2014. How many officers and employees were paid more than $250,000 by the other construction unions?

  • United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters: 56 union officers and employees paid more than $250,000 in 2014
  • International Union of Operating Engineers: 34
  • United Brotherhood of Carpenters: 28
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers: 15
  • International Association of Machinists: 14
  • International Union of Painters & Allied Trades: 10

Outside of the construction industry, several other major unions paid more than 10 officers and employees more than a quarter-million dollars each in 2014.

United Food & Commercial Workers paid 40 union officials more than $250,000, International Longshoremen’s Association paid 17 officers and employees more than $250,000, and Transportation Communications Union paid 12 officers and employees more than $250,000.

America’s four largest unions — the National Education Association, Service Employees International Union, American Federation of Teachers and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees — take taxpayer money from the paychecks of teachers and other public workers.

AFSCME paid 19 union officers and employees more than $250,000 last year. NEA had 10 officers and employees paid more than $250,000 each, while AFT had seven and SEIU had two.

In some cases, local union officials were paid even more than their national union counterparts.

AFSCME Local 3930 in San Diego paid finance director Gary Voice $680,721. UFCW Local 464 in New Jersey paid president John Niccollai $579,828.

In California, New Jersey and the 23 other states without right-to-work laws, workers can be forced to pay union bosses to have a job.

A list of America’s 100 highest-paid union bosses, filtered to exclude professional athletes’ unions, is included below. Payroll data come from the unions’ 2014 annual reports to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Name Total Pay, 2014 Union
William Trent $1,132,607 Independent Pilot Association
Donald Moak $825,539 Air Line Pilots Assoc. AFL-CIO
Jay Roth $824,475 Directors Guild Of America Inc
Ed Power $697,714 Boilermakers AFL-CIO
Gary Voice $680,721 State County & Muni Empls AFL-CIO Local Union 3930
Terence O’Sullivan $670,403 Laborers
Newton Jones $639,034 Boilermakers AFL-CIO
David P. White $586,079 SAG-AFTRA
John Niccollai $579,828 Food & Commercial Wkrs Local Union 464
Peter Hasho $574,501 Int’l Brotherhood Of Trade Unions
Robert Scardelletti $564,194 Transportation Communications Union/Iam, AFL-CIO
Rhonda Weingarten $557,875 Teachers AFL-CIO
Armand Sabitoni $556,140 Laborers
William Mcdonough $544,137 Food & Commercial Wkrs
Dennis Van Roekel $541,632 National Education Assoc.
William Hite $522,988 Plumbers AFL-CIO
Harold Daggett $515,901 Longshoremens Assoc. AFL-CIO
David Young $512,026 Writers Guild West
Joseph Maloney $501,392 Boilermakers AFL-CIO
Jonathan Cohen $498,255 Air Line Pilots Assoc. AFL-CIO
T Warren Fairley, Jr. $493,007 Boilermakers AFL-CIO
Bruce York $489,852 Air Line Pilots Assoc. AFL-CIO
Kelly Richardson $489,330 Air Traffic Controllers AFL-CIO
James Callahan $488,377 Engineers, Operating, AFL-CIO
J Tom Baca $483,779 Boilermakers AFL-CIO
Joseph Nigro $479,268 Sheet Metal, Air, Rail And Transportation Workers
Lori Ames $467,010 United Service Workers Union, IUJAT
Edward Byrne Sr $462,057 United Service Workers Union, IUJAT
Matthew Loeb $459,616 Stage & Picture Operators AFL-CIO
Joseph Sellers $459,184 Sheet Metal, Air, Rail And Transportation Workers
Douglas J Mccarron $455,102 Carpenters
Stephen Knott $452,565 Longshoremens Assoc. AFL-CIO
Richard Johnson $449,716 Transportation Communications Union/Iam, AFL-CIO
Benny Holland Jr $440,759 Longshoremens Assoc. AFL-CIO
Joseph Mancinelli $439,072 Laborers
Lori Garver $438,167 Air Line Pilots Assoc. AFL-CIO
Jean Bruny $435,845 Food & Commercial Wkrs Local Union 888
William Roberts $435,377 Air Line Pilots Assoc. AFL-CIO
Mark Mcmanus $434,735 Plumbers AFL-CIO
Terrence Healy $432,918 Laborers
Paul Rinaldi $428,408 Air Traffic Controllers AFL-CIO
Lawrence Mcmanamon $420,733 Boilermakers AFL-CIO
Stephen Kelly $420,552 Plumbers AFL-CIO
Frank Bail $420,206 Retail Wholesale, Dc, Ufcw Local Union 1102
Edwin Hill $418,478 Electrical Workers Ibew AFL-CIO
Kenneth Rigmaiden $417,540 Painters AFL-CIO
John Previsich $414,408 Sheet Metal, Air, Rail And Transportation Workers
Betty Ginsburg $413,301 Air Line Pilots Assoc. AFL-CIO
Jon Davis $412,793 Laborers
John Stocks $412,398 National Education Assoc.
Sean Mcgarvey $411,878 Bldg & Constrn Trades Dept AFL-CIO
Jim Johnson $408,313 Air Line Pilots Assoc. AFL-CIO
Walter Wise $408,257 Iron Workers AFL-CIO
James Grogan $406,623 Insulators AFL-CIO
Phil Barbarello $405,532 Air Traffic Controllers AFL-CIO
Ana Mcahron-Schulz $402,568 Air Line Pilots Assoc. AFL-CIO
John Telford $396,371 Plumbers AFL-CIO
Andris J Silins $393,009 Carpenters
Frank Hanley $390,553 Food & Commercial Wkrs Local Union 464
William Creeden $390,259 Boilermakers AFL-CIO
Ron Kutak $387,410 Stage & Picture Operators AFL-CIO Local Union 700
Patrick Finley $386,357 Plasterers & Cement Masons AFL-CIO
Joel Parker $386,184 Transportation Communications Union/Iam, AFL-CIO
Salvatore Chilia $384,120 Electrical Workers Ibew AFL-CIO
Tyler Brown $383,826 Boilermakers AFL-CIO
John Baker $379,569 Longshoremens Assoc. AFL-CIO
James Hoffa $379,411 Teamsters
Liz Koby $377,328 Air Line Pilots Assoc. AFL-CIO
Thomas Bethel $376,671 American Maritime Officers, SIUNA
Thomas Callahan $376,625 Engineers, Operating, AFL-CIO Local Union 15
Keith Hagy $375,542 Air Line Pilots Assoc. AFL-CIO
Michael Robbins $374,425 Air Line Pilots Assoc. AFL-CIO
Theodore Green $373,581 Laborers
Douglas Banes $372,562 Carpenters
Linda Canan Stephens $371,390 State County & Muni Empls AFL-CIO
Larry Cann $371,236 Plumbers AFL-CIO
Gerald Owens $370,212 Longshoremens Assoc. AFL-CIO
Murray Morrissey $367,740 Retail Wholesale, Dc, Ufcw Local Union 338
David Krieger $367,433 Air Line Pilots Assoc. AFL-CIO
Joseph Senese $367,314 National Production Wkrs Union
John Penn $366,266 Laborers
Liberato Naimoli $365,588 Laborers Local Union 76
Randy Sowell $363,409 Carpenters
Russell Hollander $363,192 Directors Guild Of America Inc
Joseph Hansen $362,814 Food & Commercial Wkrs
Patricia Gilbert $362,165 Air Traffic Controllers AFL-CIO
James Mccourt $360,739 Insulators AFL-CIO
Robert Richardson $360,469 Laborers
William Hopkins $359,653 Food & Commercial Wkrs Local Union 455
Jeffrey Small $356,529 Air Line Pilots Assoc. AFL-CIO
Vincent Masino $355,905 Laborers
Ralph Cole $355,722 Laborers District Council
Richard Whalen $354,266 Food & Commercial Wkrs Local Union 464
David Dale Haggerty, Jr. $354,236 Boilermakers AFL-CIO
Lillian Roberts $352,341 State County & Muni Empls AFL-CIO District Council 37
Lorretta Johnson $352,307 Teachers AFL-CIO
Kinsey Robinson $352,302 Roofers AFL-CIO
Raymond Pocino $352,297 Laborers
Dennis Martire $352,122 Laborers
Earl Hurd $351,928 Plasterers & Cement Masons AFL-CIO
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Union objects to disabled student using faculty restroom

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This is from Yahoo News.

The union thugs and 18 female teachers object to this 10 year old handicapped girl using a the teachers’ bathroom.

 This young girls handicap causes problems for her being able to climb stairs to get to the other bathrooms.

Shame on these teachers and the union thugs they claim to be there for the students.

It is quite obvious the union thugs and the teachers are out for themselves and not the students.

MUNHALL, Pa. (AP) — A teachers union says a special needs student at a Pittsburgh-area elementary school shouldn’t be allowed to use a faculty restroom even though school officials say it’s difficult for the girl to climb steps to reach a student restroom on another floor.

 The Steel Valley Education Association filed a grievance last month, accompanied by a petition from 18 female teachers. The grievance says allowing the 10-year-old to use the restroom on the lower level of Park Elementary School in Munhall violates the teachers’ contract. The grievance says the contract requires the district to provide “lavatory facilities exclusively for employees.”

“The bathrooms that have been designated as faculty bathrooms shall be exclusively used by the faculty,” the grievance says.

The Steel Valley School Board planned to take up the issue Thursday night, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1CSgONX ) reported.

District Superintendent Ed Wehrer considered the grievance but said the girl could still use the lower-level restroom. He said federal law requires Steel Valley to meet the needs of students with disabilities. No other alternatives met the girl’s needs, he said, and noted that the student is the only non-faculty member using the restroom.

The student’s mother told the newspaper her daughter has chronic lung disease, pulmonary hypertension and foot problems, and is also autistic.

District official Diane Borges, who oversees pupil personnel and special services, said the restroom on the lower level of the school in Munhall is the only one available. Another one located in a special education room is now taken up by a ventilation unit.

Borges said that two other faculty restrooms are in the school building and that she believes the district accommodations fulfill the teachers’ contract.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com

The Next Big Blow To Illinois Unions

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This is from The Daily Caller News Foundation.

I say Bravo to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner for standing up to the union thugs that have been sucking the life blood out of businesses in the Land of Lincoln.

People and businesses will prosper when the death grip of the unions gets broken.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday attacked unions again by issuing an executive order that makes dues optional for government workers.

“A major reason why government unions are so dominant in Illinois is the decision to institute card check – forced unionizing – in state government, which had the effect of bullying and intimidating many state employees into joining the union,” Rauner told reporters at a press conference according to the local affiliate of NPR.

Since taking office in January, Rauner has already taken numerous opportunities to express his opposition to union power within the state.  Prior to his latest speech, Rauner pointed towards Prevailing Wage Laws and Project Labor Agreements as some of the few examples of how labor unions are hurting the state through unfair laws.

Unions were quick to condemn the executive order. Roberta Lynch, the executive director of the AFSCME Council 31, called the decision illegal, warning it will hurt many workers.

“Child protection workers, caregivers for veterans and the disabled, correctional officers and everyone else employed by state government has a right to a voice at work and in the democratic process through their union,” Lynch declared in a statement.

“Bruce Rauner’s scheme to strip the rights of state workers and weaken their unions by executive order is a blatantly illegal abuse of power,” Lynch argued. “Perhaps as a private equity CEO Rauner was accustomed to ignoring legal and ethical standards, but Illinois is still a democracy and its laws have meaning.”

“It is crystal clear by this action that the governor’s supposed concern for balancing the state budget is a paper-thin excuse that can’t hide his real agenda: Silencing working people and their unions who stand up for the middle class,” Lynch concluded. “Our union and all organized labor will stand together with those who believe in democracy to overturn Bruce Rauner’s illegal action and restore the integrity of the rule of law.”

“This is really a smoke-screen for what the billionaire governor wants to achieve,” Tom Balanoff, the president of Service Employees’ International Union Local 1, told Fox News. “He wants to bring right to work to this state. It’s going to lower peoples’ wages, lower their benefits.”

Fox News reports that Rauner has already put together a legal team which will handle a plan to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to declare “fair share” provisions unconstitutional. The team is headed by a former U.S. attorney and lawyers at the Chicago firm Winston and Strawn.

Rauner hopes that reforming labor policy and unions will allow the state to overcome some major economic obstacles that have hindered progress in recent years. According to The Illinois Policy Institute, the state is struggling in jobs and education, two areas vital to economic growth and stability.

“Illinois’ low standing for total job growth is unusual given that Illinois has the largest population in the Midwest and the fifth largest nationally,” the Institute noted in a report for 2014. “It takes a particularly toxic combination of bad policy and corrupt dealings to hinder such a large and talented workforce from keeping up with the likes of Kentucky and Connecticut.”

“Illinois tracks last of all states for private-sector job creation in 2014, one of only four states to be negative for jobs on the year,” the report added.

Unions wasted millions in Wisconsin, Michigan governor races

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This is by  Jason Hart @ Watchdog.org.

Taxpayers of Wisconsin 3 Union Thugs 0.

Scott Walker gets elected taxpayers 1 union thugs 0.

Scott Walker wins the recall race taxpayers 2 union thugs 0.

Scott Walker gets reelected taxpayers 3 union thugs 0.

Michigan taxpayers 2 Union Thugs 0.

 

Union bosses dumped more than $7.5 million into the Wisconsin and Michigan governor races only to see both states’ labor-reforming incumbents re-elected.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, both Republicans, were two of the five governors publicly targeted by union coalition AFL-CIO in February. Last Tuesday, Walker defeated Democrat Mary Burke 52-47, and Snyder defeated Democrat Mark Schauer 51-47.

Big labor hates — and in 2012 tried to recall — Walker because of 2011’s Act 10, a centerpiece of his agenda limiting the power of public-sector unions. Snyder signed two right-to-work laws in 2012, empowering most Michigan workers to opt out of paying labor union bosses and launching himself near the top of the union enemies list.

Based on campaign finance reports filed with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, Burke’s failed campaign received more than $650,000 of cash and in-kind support from labor unions.Without accounting for union contributions to Democratic Party committees or any of a laundry list of politically active “progressive” nonprofits, unions this year spent at least $4,387,631 against Walker and at least $3,276,973 against Snyder. These figures likely far understate unions’ staff and monetary investments in both races.

The Washington, D.C., headquarters of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, United Food and Commercial Workers, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and International Association of Fire Fighters each sent Burke donations of the maximum $43,128 allowed by state law.

National Education Association headquarters sent Burke $43,000 from D.C., and her campaign received max contributions from Wisconsin Professional Police Association, United Auto Workers Wisconsin and NEA-affiliate Wisconsin Education Association Council. Several WEAC locals gave Burke four- or five-figure donations.

Campaign finance reports submitted to the Michigan secretary of state show union contributions to Schauer exceeding $630,000. International Union of Painters and Allied Trades sent $50,000 from its national headquarters, IBEW headquarters donated $44,500, UFCW headquarters gave $44,300 and AFSCME headquarters gave $34,000.

Schauer received maximum $68,000 contributions from the Michigan affiliates of UAW and Communications Workers of America, and received $60,381 from Michigan Education Association.

Although labor bosses profess opposition to unlimited independent expenditures from “super PACs,” most union spending against Walker and Snyder came from independent expenditures. Union fronts Greater Wisconsin Committee and We Are Wisconsin spent a combined total of more than $3.7 million in big labor’s latest attempt to defeat Walker.

Greater Wisconsin Committee PAC spent $1,218,468 in the governor’s race and received $1,298,000 from WEAC in the latest reporting period. AFSCME headquarters funneled $2,370,000 to We Are Wisconsin Political Fund and WEAC gave $500,000 during the latest reporting period, while the group spent $2,517,443 in the governor’s race.

“Once again, Big Labor failed in its attempt to defeat Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, the author of collective bargaining reform,” Brett Healy, president of the Wisconsin-based, free-market MacIver Institute said in an email to Watchdog.org.

“One union boss even said they had ‘a score to settle’ with Walker,” Healy added.

“Wisconsin taxpayers, on the other hand, are ecstatic that Act 10 has saved them almost $3 billion dollars over the last (four) years which has led Walker to cut taxes by $2 billion dollars, freeze property taxes at 2010 levels statewide and freeze tuition at the University of Wisconsin.

“The popularity of Act 10 with Wisconsinites is exactly the reason why Big Labor’s decision to spend their members’ hard-earned money on this wild-goose chase is so ridiculous and disappointing,” Healy said. “It is clear the unions are more worried about yielding crass political power than the welfare of their members.

“Sounds to me like the taxpayers have settled the score, once and for all, with Big Labor,” Healy said.

In Michigan, union super PACs sank more than $2.6 million into unseating Snyder. NEA Advocacy Fund spent $703,747, Service Employees International Union Community Alliance spent $689,270 and AFL-CIO’s Workers’ Voice spent $632,459.

Michigan For All spent $644,617 in the governor’s race, fueled by donations of $300,000 from SEIU Community Alliance, over $700,000 from AFSCME, and more than $400,000 from NEA Advocacy Fund.

F. Vincent Vernuccio, labor policy director at Michigan’s free-market Mackinac Center, told Watchdog.org the Nov. 4 election “was less a referendum and more a reaffirmation on labor reform.”

“The referendums occurred in May and July, which were the two deadlines for unions to put right-to-work on the ballot in Michigan, either as an initiative or a constitutional amendment,” Vernuccio said. “And it happened throughout the governor’s race, where right-to-work was not even an issue used by Snyder’s opponents against him.”

The ‘Fight for $15’ Suffers A Setback As McDonald’s Flirts With Automation

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This is from The Daily Caller.

While many, including polititcans advocating for a hike in the minimum wage.

The union thugs are demanding $15.00 per hour for fast food workers.

I have copied a comment from a post on this subject that is a great comment.

 

I still want to know where the outcry is for $15/hr for the military personnel… sigh. Old NFO

 

 

The “Fight for $15” movement to increase the hourly pay of fast food workers to $15 per hour has gained a lot of momentum in the past year. Led by unions, who seek to expand into the fast food industry, and progressive activist groups, there have been protests nationwide demanding fast food chains raise the starting pay of employees to more than double the minimum wage. That fight may be on the verge of backfiring.

Conservatives have long warned that raising the minimum wage would harm businesses, cost low-skilled workers jobs and lead to automation to replace many of them. Unions and progressives, on the other hand, swore fast food chains could easily afford the inflated labor cost without much of a price increase.

Now comes word that McDonalds’, the largest player in the fast food industry, revenues are down significantly. A 5 percent decline in quarterly revenues led to a 30 percent decline in profits. A doubling of labor costs would only exacerbate this and lead to massive layoffs.

In addition to demands from labor for a higher starting wage, the National Labor Relations Board in July ruled fast food companies are responsible for the labor practices of their franchisees. That ruling makes the prospect of unionization of the industry a larger possibility and places additional pressure on the future of the industry.

As such, McDonald’s is looking to the future, a future with fewer employees.

The Wall Street Journal reports, “The McDonald’s earnings report on Tuesday gave a hint at how the fast-food chain really plans to respond to its wage and profit pressure—automate.”

Further, the Journals says:

By the third quarter of next year, McDonald’s plans to introduce new technology in some markets “to make it easier for customers to order and pay for food digitally and to give people the ability to customize their orders,” reports the Journal. Mr. Thompson, the CEO, said Tuesday that customers “want to personalize their meals” and “to enjoy eating in a contemporary, inviting atmosphere. And they want choices in how they order, choices in what they order and how they’re served.”

 

Customization and choices are what consumers want, but humans already do offer that. What the machines offer is the additional stability of a known and stable cost.

As the “Fight for $15” gears up for future fights and the NLRB helps it gain steam, economic realities and market forces may be letting the air out of their tires.

 

Airline Union Targets Southern States

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This is from The Daily Caller News Foundation.

The unions are getting desperate for more money and companies to shake down.

The unions in the south are less popular than General William Tecumseh Sherman after his march to the sea.

 

Hoping to gain more support in Southern states, a major aerospace union has announced plans to target airline employees at Delta and Airbus in two massive organizing campaigns.

The International Association of Machinists (IAM) will be pushing to unionize 20,000 flight attendants at Atlanta-based Delta. On the other end they will be pushing to organize the 1,000 employees expected to be working at the Airbus A320 plant in Mobile, Alabama, when it opens up in 2015,according to The Street.

Sito Pantoja, the general vice president of transportation for the IAM, is optimistic of this push and how much these workers want their representation.

“The South is part of the United States, and the IAM has been having success there,” Pantoja told The Street. “We are putting resources in there. We’re not timid.”

“Workers in the South are the same as in the North,” Pantoja continued, according to The Street. “They need to have respect on the job. They need dignity on the job. They need to have contracts where wages and benefits cannot be taken away just because the CEO wants a bigger paycheck.”

IAM says that they will help workers gain defined benefit pension plans as opposed to just contribution plans.

Similar pushes to organize the airlines in this matter have failed in the past. The Association of Flight Attendants tried in 2002, 2008 and 2010 to organize Delta flight attendants but was unsuccessful each time.

Pantoja explained that part of this push comes in response to a group of Delta flight attendants who contacted the IAM in 2012 asking to be organized, adding, “Now we have over 300 organizations.”

However, Delta Airlines says not only have they gone to great lengths to support their workers, neither the management nor employees want representation from the IAM.

“Delta people have received eight companywide pay increases of 3 percent or more each since 2007 – something no other airline, including IAM-represented workgroups, has matched,” Delta spokeswoman Kate Modolo told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Modolo went on to explain, “Delta pay increases aren’t haphazard; they result from a thoughtful process supporting Delta’s long-term commitment to reviewing compensation annually.”

In comparison, “IAM-represented employees go years without increases due to contract limitations. It’s no wonder the IAM and other unions claim responsibility for Delta’s increases since they can’t do the same on an annual basis for their own members.”

Modolo told TheDCNF, “The IAM pension plan is useless to new hires and long-time employees, alike. Unlike Delta’s 401k, the plan doesn’t recognize past service [at current or previous employers], isn’t portable, doesn’t increase with pay increases, and isn’t a guaranteed retirement tool as proven by the IAM through its past actions to arbitrarily reduce this benefit for its members.”

“This isn’t the first time we’ve heard the IAM claim they are close to collecting enough signed cards to file an election, and it likely won’t be the last,” Modolo added.

Modolo then went on to conclude, “The potential dues of 20,000 flight attendants are worth millions of dollars to a union so there seems to be no limit to what they’ll do or say to gain members. No one is holding the IAM accountable to the truth. Where’s the evidence? Its membership has been in steep decline over the last decade, and the IAM has been rejected by all five work groups they tried to represent following the Delta-Northwest merger.”

TheDCNF was unable to reach the IAM for comment.

State, local laws force public employees to pay labor unions

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This is by Jason Hart@ Watchdog.org

Forced payment to union thugs should be stopped everywhere.

 

 

 

Taxpayer money goes to mandatory labor union “fair share” or “agency” fees in Washington, D.C,. and 23 states.

Public employees can be forced to pay a labor union as a condition of employment in the states highlighted on the map below.

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Nearly half of all U.S. states allow public-sector union contracts to require mandatory dues as a condition of employment, based on a review of U.S. Department of Labor records, state labor laws and a National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation study from 2012.

Many of these states and local governments automatically deduct union fees from public employees’ pay, funneling taxpayer money directly to labor bosses.

Although Missouri and Kentucky do not explicitly ban public-sector agency fees, DOL reports indicate no major labor union in either state takes such fees from government workers. Among the states where agency fees are permitted, statutes governing the practice are far from uniform.

Wisconsin’s 2011 Act 10 labor reforms ending forced unionism for most government workers exempted public safety unions. Michigan’s 2012 right-to-work law included similar exceptions for public safety unions.

National Education Association and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees — the nation’s largest and fourth-largest labor unions, respectively — are leading opponents of laws that let workers opt out of both union membership and fees.

AFSCME and NEA have lost thousands of members in Wisconsin and Michigan who were previously required to pay fees through the unions’ local affiliates.

“If they still want to belong to the union and pay dues, government workers are welcome to. But, when given the choice, a vast majority of workers have abandoned their union,” Brett Healy, president of the Wisconsin-based MacIver Institute, said in an email to Watchdog.org.

“Since (Wisconsin) Gov. Scott Walker passed his signature collective bargaining reforms known as Act 10, AFSCME membership alone is down a whopping 70 percent in the state.”

“If unions were truly interested in helping workers — and not raw political power — they would not need forced unionization,” Healy said. “Wisconsin is a clear example of what the unions’ priorities really are. They simply care about filling their own pockets, and the pockets of their close political allies, with other people’s hard earned money.”

Mackinac Center, Michigan’s largest free-market think tank, reported on Sept. 8 that at least 6,500 Michigan Education Association members have left the NEA affiliate. Many MEA contracts with fair-share provisions were rushed through before Michigan’s right-to-work law took effect, locking in tens of thousands of teachers for several more years.

The following states’ labor laws allow public-sector unions to take mandatory fees from public school teachers and other government employees in unionized workplaces:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Washington

Teachers Hope to Erase Union Dues That Deny Free Speech

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This is from The Daily Signal.

One more reason the teachers union needs to have its back broken.

 

 

Fourth-grade teacher Rebecca Friedrichs doesn’t support a new state law allowing self-identifying transgender children in the public school system to choose which bathrooms, locker rooms and shower facilities they will use.

Allowing these students to occupy the same private space with classmates who don’t share their biological traits, Friedrichs believes,  puts the interests of a few ahead of those of the many — and is potentially embarrassing and damaging for other students. She says she feels the same way about permitting transgender children to join all-male or all-female teams as they see fit.

Frankly, she says, “it’s hard for me to protect the modesty of other children.”

Friedrichs, a 27-year teaching veteran who works in Anaheim, Calif., also thinks it is a mistake for the state teachers union to push so hard for tenure to protect bad teachers. She supports school choice for parents because it helps poorer families get more out of the educational system.

And she backed Proposition 8 — the 2008 ballot initiative that upheld marriage in California as the union of a man and a woman — because she believes it is bad for society.

Yet, Friedrichs spent money to advocate the “transgender student” bill. She also spent money to push for more protections for tenured teachers, and to oppose school choice and Prop 8.

 

Rebecca Friedrichs (Photo: Greg Schneider)

CTA, the state affiliate of the National Education Association,  argues the premise of Friedrichs’ case is flawed because union membership is voluntary and the refunds safeguard teachers’ free speech rights.

“Individuals who chose to join pay union dues,” NEA General Counsel Alice O’Brien says. “We are proud that some 3 million educators have chosen to join together to form NEA.”

But Friedrichs — who spoke in August at The Heritage Foundation as part of a panelon Americans who want to leave unions  – isn’t persuaded. Nor do she and the other plaintiffs see merit to the “free rider” argument.

“There’s a big difference between what the union views as a benefit and what I view as a benefit,” Friedrichs says. “It is the unions who are free-riding on me. They are using my money for their agenda.”

Karen Chavez-Cuen, another plaintiff, has taught elementary school music for 20 years in the Chino Valley Unified School District. In an interview with The Daily Signal, she says the opt-out system is flawed because much of the bargaining process itself is “inherently political.”

Take tenure protection, Cuen says:

The union is just relentless in pushing for more protection for ineffective teachers, and it’s impossible to fire them. And the rest of us have to cover for them and undo the damage to our kids. It’s fine that I get a refund, but there’s a make-believe distinction between what’s political and what’s not.

The case has reached the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The complaining teachers have asked the court to expedite the case to the Supreme Court on the basis that only the nation’s highest court has the authority to overturn its own precedent. The Ninth Circuit has yet to rule on that request.

‘Wouldn’t It Be Wonderful?’

Meanwhile, an organization called Privacy for All Students is working to place a referendum on the November ballot that would allow voters to overturn the law providing for transgender students to have their choice of facilities. The law, officially titled the School Success and Opportunity Act, is commonly referred to as “The Bathroom Bill.”

Because of  a dispute over the validity of certain signatures, it isn’t clear the proposed referendum will qualify for the ballot.

“We have options for transgender students such as adult bathrooms that could be available to them whenever needed,” Friedrichs says. “But it’s hard for me to protect the modesty of other children because of a bill that has been pushed with my money.”

If the case is fast-tracked to the Supreme Court next year and the plaintiffs receive a favorable ruling, it would mean the union would have to solicit voluntary contributions for political causes such as transgender rights.

“Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the only people joining the union and making donations were the ones who wanted to do so voluntarily?” Cuen says. “And wouldn’t be wonderful if the people who didn’t want to join and make these contributions had that freedom? What we are asking for is pretty straightforward.”

VP Joe Biden speaks in Detroit on Labor Day

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This is from My Fox Detriot.com.

Slow Joe is full of crap his union thugs have harmed America more than actually helped her.

We need to break the backs of every union from coast to coast..

 

Several hundred people, mostly union workers, crowded the site of the old Tiger Stadium to hear vice president Joe Biden speak Monday morning ahead of the organized labor’s annual parade.

The vice president’s speech helped kick off the start of the Detroit Labor Day parade. This is the second time Biden has been in Detroit on Labor Day in the past three years.

Biden spoke about the power of the union and how the union really is the reason why many of us have rights. He also stressed the importance of all Americans sticking together and, if we do that, how we will succeed. He believes if the middle class does well, so will everyone else.

“The American people have not stopped dreaming. The American people have not walked away from what they believe they are entitled to. Just give them a chance! No hand out – just give them a chance!” Biden said.

VIDEO: Click on the video in the video player above to watch Biden’s address. You can watch the full version from the Fox 2 YouTube page, or a recap in a report from Fox 2’s Robin Murdoch.

Biden left his supporters with the reassurance that America should not give up and that we are coming back.

He was in town the same day Michigan saw its first minimum wage hike in six years. The wage increased by 10 percent and is the kick-off to a 25 percent overall increase before it will be capped at $9.25 in 2018.

Biden was preceded on the stage by labor leaders and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer and Gary Peters, the party’s nominee for U.S. Senate.

Fox 2 was told the vice president will spend at least the rest of the afternoon in Detroit, but his exact plans were not disclosed.

Coal Miners Union In Full Revolt After Supporting Obama In 2008

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This is from the Daily Surge.

You union thugs got what you wished for now suffer along with the rest of the country.

 

It’s unlikely that United Mine Workers of America president Cecil Roberts thought he would be arrested protesting the energy policies of the very politician his union supported in 2008. But things have come full circle for coal miners, who now see President Obama’s climate agenda threatening their livelihoods.

Roberts and other UMWA members were arrested Thursday marching through Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania towards the federal building the Environmental Protection Agency was holding field hearings for a new rule that could very well force more coal mines and plants to shut down.

Roberts was leading about 5,000 coal miners, their families and supporters to show the EPA that coal miners, boilermakers, electric workers and other unions did not support the Obama administration’s new regulations limiting carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants.

“This was an expression by the leadership of the union and the solidarity for our members when our jobs are on the line it’s what it’s all about,” Roberts said while being arrested.

UMWA District 31 vice president Mike Caputo said the Pittsburgh rally was only “the first shot of the battle” against the Obama’s administration’s regulatory agenda.

“We were willing to go to jail to show the government that this is a serious issue within our union and the jobs that it affects,” Caputo told the Register-Herald. “We painted a vivid picture of who this rule is going to affect.”

The fact is, UMWA has come along way since 2008 when they enthusiastically supported Barack Obama in his bid for the presidency.

Hoping For Change In 2008

During the 2008 campaign, UMWA had originally thrown its weight behind former North Carolina Democratic Sen. John Edwards during the primaries. But after he dropped out of the race, the coal miners union heartily endorsed Obama — even though he had lost primaries in the coal-heavy states of Kentucky and West Virginia to Hillary Clinton.

“Senator Obama shares the values of UMWA members and our families,” union president Roberts said in 2008. “He understands and will fight for the needs our members have today and the hopes our members have for a secure future for themselves and their families.”

According to the Associated Press, UMWA was “unanimous in picking Obama for its endorsement.” The union, which at the time represented 105,000 active and retired coal workers in the U.S. and Canada were one of many major unions to throw in with Obama.

“Senator Obama will fight to preserve American jobs, not ship them overseas in greater and greater numbers,” Roberts said in his endorsement. “Senator Obama will make sure that the nation’s mine safety and health enforcement agency actually enforces the law, instead of coddling mine operators who repeatedly and willfully violate the law.”

But while UMWA was enthusiastically supporting Obama, the then-senator was making some very telling statements about his plans for energy policy, in particular what he planned to do with the coal industry.

In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle he stated his energy plan would “bankrupt” coal plant owners, adding that “electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket,” under his cap-and-trade system.

“So, if somebody wants to build a coal plant, they can — it’s just that it will bankrupt them, because they are going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted,” Obama told the SF Chronicle.

“Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket, regardless of what I say about whether coal is good or bad, because I’m capping greenhouse gases,” Obama added. “Coal power plants, natural gas, whatever the industry was, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money onto consumers.”

It wasn’t long after Obama won the 2008 election that Democrats in Congress attempted to push through a cap-and-trade — which was defeated in 2010. But the defeat in Congress was made up for by Obama’s regulatory branch — namely, the Environmental Protection Agency.

In late 2009, the EPA made its “endangerment finding” which classified carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases as harmful to human health because they caused global warming when emitted from power plants.

This finding gave the EPA the power it needed to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants — a major source of carbon dioxide. The agency began to craft regulations aimed at limiting carbon emissions from power plants and vehicles, as well as other regulations which capped other emissions, like mercury, from coal plants.

Coal Miners Reject Hope in 2012, Want Change

As Obama’s first term came to a close, the coal industry began to feel the heat of EPA regulations and was forced to shutter coal mines and power down power plants. This trend was exacerbated by plummeting natural gas prices.

By the 2012 election, the coal industry was blaming President Obama and the EPA for much of their woes as coal mines were shut down and miners laid off. Obama’s so-called “war on coal” had become a major talking point for Republican candidates at all levels.

“Coal is a blessing,” said Josh Mandel, 2012 Republican Senate challenger to Ohio Democratic Sherrod Brown. “There are some who are trying to convince the country that coal is a liability… It’s not a Democratic or Republican issue. It’s an economic issue.”

Republican Mitt Romney, Obama’s 2012 challenger, said during the second presidential debate that people in coal country “grabbed my arms and said, ‘Please save my job.’”

“When the president ran for office, he said if you build a coal plant, you can go ahead, but you’ll go bankrupt,” Romney said.

The EPA’s imposition of onerous regulations on the coal industry caused Obama to lose UMWA’s support. But the union did not wind up backing Romney, despite the Republican’s playing up the “war on coal” issue.

“Governor Romney’s record on coal isn’t any better,” Caputo told the National Journal in 2012, referring to comments made by Romney in 2003 where he said that a coal kills people.

“Mitt Romney has never been a friend of our industry,” Caputo added. “Now he’s out preaching he’s all for coal, but his history sure doesn’t show that.”

Obama Becomes Public Enemy #1 For Coal Miners

Even though EPA regulations had lost Obama UMWA’s support in 2012, the president had still done little to tackle global warming — especially after the 2010 defeat of cap-and-trade in Congress.

But the EPA’s 2009 “endangerment finding” set them up for a huge regulatory once Obama began his second term. When he came into his second term Obama also made promises to issue more regulations to tackle global warming, which would inevitably impact the coal industry.

In June 2013, Obama put the full force of his administration behind fighting global warming. In a speech at Georgetown University he promised to use executive orders to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, including ordering the EPA to slap carbon dioxide emissions limits on power plants.

In September 2013, the EPA proposed a rule that would cap carbon emissions from new power plants, effectively banning the construction of new coal-fired power plants unless they installed unproven carbon capture technology.

UMWA was not pleased by this rule, adding to the list of ways the Obama administration was closing its regulatory grip on the coal industry.

“These regulations lay the groundwork for a future of significantly higher electricity bills for American ratepayers, especially those who live in states where a majority of the electricity is generated from coal,” UMWA’s Roberts said about the rule in 2013. “The current low price of natural gas will not last long, especially in a marketplace where it becomes the dominant fuel.”

It was less than a year later that the EPA proposed its second round of carbon emissions limits for power plants, this time on plants that were already in operation. The EPA predicts the rule to cut emissions from existing power plants 30 percent by 2030 would raise electricity prices up to 6.5 percent by 2020 and shutter 19 percent of the U.S. coal-fired capacity while decreasing coal production by 28 percent.

“Coal miners have been asked for 150 years to provide the means to energize America and make our nation the strongest on earth,” Roberts said in a press release following the existing plant rule’s release. “We have always answered that call. We have done what our nation asked of us. But under this rule, our reward is to be kicked to the curb, hopefully out of sight and soon forgotten.”

In the wake of these new rules and with thousands of coal jobs already being cut, UMWA stepped up its activism and heavily opposed the rules. Their most recent protest at the EPA field hearings in Pittsburgh and coal miner testimonies and field hearings in other cities showed just how determined they are to repeal these regulations.

Thousands of coal miners and their families showed up, along with thousands of coal supporters, to protest the agency’s existing power plants rule that would cause more coal jobs to be cut as coal production is cut and more coal plants are shuttered.

“I think it went extremely well,” Caputo told the Charleston Daily Mail of the Pittsburgh march. “I think we sent a powerful message that these are real people with real jobs. These are folks who are retired with pensions, people who are working, trying to support their families and live a middle-class life and send their kids to college. That’s what’s at stake if this rule goes through as proposed. It could put us all out of work.”

Caputo, Roberts and 13 others were arrested during the march for obstructing the sidewalk.” “We were processed and released,” Caputo told the Daily Mail.

What’s become clear to many coal supporters is that Obama is trying to live up to his 2008 promise and “bankrupt” the coal industry.

“Before he was elected in 2008, President Obama warned he would do this when he told the San Francisco Chronicle, ‘if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them,’” West Virginia attorney general Patrick Morrisey told coal supporters at the Pittsburgh rally.

“Well, my fellow attorneys general and I have a response to that: ‘You can try to ignore the law, shut out Congress, violate the Constitution, and destroy the livelihoods of miners and thousands of families, but we will fight you with every fiber of our being.’”
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