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Union members in black shirts reportedly intimidated workers at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga during business hours

February 4, 2014 1 comment

“United Auto Workers (UAW) members spent the afternoon pacing the assembly line at the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant wearing goggles and black “UAW” T-shirts in what is perceived to be a case of union intimidation.

The assembly plant’s 1,600 workers are set to vote next week on whether or not to join the UAW. The election is already shaping up to be a divisive battle.

“It’s unclear to me how many of them are actual employees of Volkswagen. I suspect it’s a mix of both,” Center for Worker Freedom executive director Matt Patterson told The Daily Caller, citing multiple on-site sources who observed the scene. “They were all given goggles [to gain entry] and black shirts with big UAW logos on them, so there’s no mistake what’s going on here.””

Via The Daily Caller

In Bad Faith: The Milwaukee Public Schools Protection Racket

Union victory: Porn-watching Wisconsin teacher awarded new job, backpay

“Here’s what Wisconsin’s legal system and its teachers unions have just taught the nation: If you’re a teacher and you get fired for looking at porn at work, you’ll get your job back.

Such is the case of Andrew Harris, former seventh-grade science teacher at Glacier Creek Middle School in the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District.

The district’s school board Monday voted in a special closed session to comply with an arbitrator’s 60-page order that demands Harris be reinstated. He was fired in 2010 after receiving and viewing multiple pornographic and sexually inappropriate images and videos, according to a complaint. “

Via Fox News

Unions Won’t Support Bill to Keep Sex Predators Out of Classrooms

January 17, 2014 2 comments

“Two of the most powerful unions in the country have voiced objections to a bill that would provide better background checks for teachers, Campbell Brown writes in a Thursday Wall Street Journal column.

After the Government Accountability Office found “hundreds of potential cases of registered sex offenders working in schools” across the United States in 2010, the House passed a bill that would streamline the vetting process and close inconsistencies across state lines.

The bill is a common sense measure, according to Campbell, yet powerful teachers unions are opposed to the new standards.”

Via Free Beacon

Another Union Votes to Blow Its Own Head Off

January 10, 2014 2 comments

“Continuing a pattern in the US labor market the Teamsters voted against extending wage and benefit concessions with YRCW, sending the stock down 23% amid expectations that the firm is going under.

The stock appears to have been on a tear, but remember this is a company that underwent a huge reverse split and dilution a while back. They’ve been bleeding red ink for quite some time and are definitely not healthy by any stretch of the imagination.

The Teamsters may wish to consider whether having any job is better than no job, but it appears that they did and decided that Brosurance and Funemployment would be a better choice.

The problem is that neither is going to be there for much longer.

Good job folks. Vote yourself out of work.

By the way, if you’re a union employee working for YRCW and whine about having no job and no income? I’ll be the first to tell you right now to stick a rusty chainsaw up your ass and start it, because that situation is one of your own creation and I will neither empathize with or assist anyone who is willing to intentionally drink a container of gasoline and then start lighting matches.

You deserve what you’re going to get just as have all your “brothers” who have become unemployed before you through the very same act of abject stupidity.”

Via Market Ticker

Three Union Thugs Plead Guilty To Extortion After Waging Campaign Of Violence And Terror Against Non-Union Contractors…

The United States Attorney’s Office announced today that three members of Local 17 of the International Union of Operating Engineers pleaded guilty before United States District Judge William M. Skretny to violations of the federal Hobbs Act Extortion statute and agreed to testify in the upcoming trial of their seven co-defendants.

Pleading guilty were:

Carl A. Larson, 50, of Boston, New York; Larson formerly worked as an organizer for Local 17

Michael Eddy, 44, of Gowanda, New York, a member of Local 17

George DeWald, 50, of Springville, New York; a member of Local 17.

Each defendant faces a sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 when he is sentenced in May 2014.

Via Weasel Zippers

Chicago is tackling the worst pension crisis in the US.

“Since the start of this school year, Annie Stoball has been walking her nine-year-old granddaughter Kayla across four blocks to Gresham Elementary on Chicago’s South Side. The route takes the pair through turf claimed by rival gangs – a far more dangerous journey than to her old school, Morgan Elementary, just across the street from their house. So far this “safe passage” trip – the city has hired monitors to watch over the children – has been uneventful.

“Kayla feels safe because I walk her to school every morning and I pick her up when it’s done. My concern is how long they’ll stay out here,” she says, referring to the safety workers.”

Via Financial Times

Union Leader Tweet: Wishes Disabled Vet Would Have Died, Lost All Limbs

December 29, 2013 1 comment

“Janet Vrotos is a hater with vitriol towards one particular group that is particularly nasty, unseemly and inappropriate.

Three characteristics of Ms. Vrotos should be pointed out, all of which you may not find to be surprising, given the current administration’s apparent war on veterans and retirees.

She is a Democrat, a Union Leader and she lives in the liberal bastion of Massachusetts. While Democrats are the incessant promoters of tolerance in all things diverse or non-traditional, they sometimes fall short when the same considerations they demand of others are placed upon them.

In the case of Ms. Vrotos, the group that she has a particular disdain for is the same people who protect her right to be disgusting and to air such hateful and hurtful comments. Unfortunately, she also benefits from the sacrifice that disabled the veterans she targeted.”

Via Free Patriot

Parents stunned that union is seeking a $10K severance for teacher who molested their son

December 12, 2013 1 comment

“The Michigan Education Association is going to arbitration to try to force the West Branch-Rose City school district to pay a former teacher who was convicted of molesting a student a $10,000 severance buyout.

Neil Erickson coverThe father of the victim is outraged, calling the union’s efforts on behalf of the sex criminal “ludicrous” and saying any school money due to the teacher should go to his son, who is “out there trying to make it in this world all messed up.”

Neal Erickson, a former math teacher at Rose City Middle School, was convicted this summer of raping a young student over three years, from 2006 to 2009, and sentenced to 15-30 years in prison.

The case sparked community outrage when several of the district’s teachers wrote letters of support for Erickson, pleading for a lenient sentence. A school board member, Mike Eagan, also drew the public’s ire when he sat with the Erickson family at the pedophile’s sentencing.”

Via EAG News

Claim: ‘Unions May Get Health Law Tax Relief’

Buried in rules issued last week is the disclosure that the administration will propose exempting “certain self-insured, self-administered plans” from the law’s temporary reinsurance fee in 2015 and 2016.

That’s a description that applies to many Taft-Hartley union plans acting as their own insurance company and claims processor, said Edward Fensholt, a senior vice president at Lockton Cos., a large insurance broker.

Insurance companies and self-insured employers that hire outside claims administrators would still be liable for the fee, which starts at $63 per insurance plan member next year and is projected to raise $25 billion over three years.

Via The Weekly Standard

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