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Unions news: Wisconsin’s Economic Miracle; Big Labor-The Real Hostage Takers; Problem with Public Sector Unions; Malfeasance and Corruption; Government agencies bias; Media bias; Public Education issues and failures; Alerts-Card Check-Teachers protesting Reforms; and more

August 1, 2011

Hey, Who Wants to Talk About Wisconsin’s Economic Miracle?

by Gary Wickert – The reform of collective bargaining saved the state overnight.

ALSO SEE: Smart Girl Summit: Lessons from Wisconsin, Taking on Public Sector Unions And Winning

Big Labor: The Real Hostage Takers

The Problem with Public Sector Unions – A video primer from Encounter Books: More…

Post hoc or propter hoc? Public union malfeasance meets academic pusillanimity
by Roger Kimball

ObamaFundraise

Liberal Fundraising Groups Raise $10 Million for Obama, Democrats

Labor unions AFSCME and SEIU are among the contributors.

Raymond Jefferson resigned from his post as assistant secretary of the Labor Department’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service amid an ethics probe Tuesday.

Obama Labor Dept. Official Quits Over Accusations of Steering Work to Friends 

Thursday, 28 Jul 2011 01:56 PM

Labor Official Resigns Amid Corruption Probe WASHINGTON — An assistant secretary at the Department of Labor has resigned after an internal investigation found that he improperly steered federal contracts to friends and former colleagues.

A report by the agency’s inspector general says Raymond Jefferson used his position as head of the Veterans Employment and Training Service to pressure or intimidate other employees to make the awards.Jefferson left his post on Tuesday. He was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009.The report says Jefferson helped one friend get hired as a subcontractor for about $700,000. That was twice as much as other firms were paid for similar work.The Labor Department says it has taken steps to restrict the contracting authority of officials at the agency. 

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Amazing the unions just don’t get it – we won’t be buying IKEA!

IKEA Workers Vote to Unionize While Union Claims IKEA Working Conditions Like ‘Developing Nation’

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July 2011 issue of The National Right To Work Committee Newsletter now available

On July 27, 2011, By NRTW Committee Staff

The July 2011 issue of The National Right To Work Committee Newsletter is available for download July 2011 Newletter in an Adobe pdf format for your convenience to read and share. It is the Committee’s official newsletter publication that provides an excellent monthly overview of the battle against forced unionism.

July 2011 issue (pdf)

Headlines:

Obama NLRB Unveils New ‘Card-Check’ Scheme — President’s Handpicked Bureaucrats Ignore 2010 Election Results

Boeing Workers Battle Big Labor, Obama NLRB — Right to Work Offers Legislative as Well as Legal Assistance

‘Systematically Biased’ Against Schoolchildren — Stanford Professor Lambastes Monopolistic Teacher Unionism

House Narrowly Okays Union-Only PLAs — Handful of Big Labor-Appeasing Republicans Make the Difference

Right to Work State Economies Grow Faster — Private-Sector Employees and Employers Alike Reap Major Benefits

Forced-Unionism Issue Looms Large For 2012 — Right to Work Committee Begins Lobbying Presidential Hopefuls

The National Right To Work Committee 

Big Labor wants more, damn the taxpayers.

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We do not agree with the US Chamber of Commerce on everything (ie. they’re wrong on some illegal immigration views), BUT they are right on card check and we certainly SUPPORT this effort!

Friends of                                the US Chamber

Dear Friends,

It was only a matter of time.

With the 2012 elections around the corner and Big Labor’s top priority, Card Check, dead on arrival in the 112th Congress, it was only a matter of time before the administration took drastic measures on behalf of the unions.But even we were surprised by how far recent proposals from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and Department of Labor (DOL) went. Meant to appease labor in advance of the 2012 elections — and as a way to boost union membership (at an all time low), these are the largest hand-outs that the administration has pursued to date.The DOL issued a proposed rule that would vastly expand reporting obligations for employers under the so-called “persuader” regulations, making it virtually impossible for companies to obtain the legal advice they need to safely exercise their statutory rights to express their views during union organizing campaigns. Send comments on the DOL proposal now.The NLRB’s new proposal would significantly shorten the time employers have to speak with their employees about union representation, potentially shortening the entire election process to just 10 days from current median of 38 days. Send comments on the NLRB’s proposal rejecting their attempt at shortening the union election process to benefit union bosses

America                                  doesn’t need unelected bureaucracies                                  to play favorites with special                                  interests

Send a                                    comment to the NLRBSend a                                    comment to the DOL

Comments for both of these recent proposals are due on August 22nd. Given the urgent deadline for comments, and extremely important nature of these rule changes, we cannot afford to miss this opportunity for action.Send comments to the NLRB and DOL now.America doesn’t need unelected bureaucracies to play favorites with special interests — especially when it comes at the expense of our job creators. What our employers need is a fair playing field that allows them to grow, prosper and create good-paying American jobs.When Big Labor failed to pass its top priorities through legislation, they turned to the administration to enact their agenda through regulatory fiat.It’s not only bad for American employers and damaging to our economy – it’s bad politics.We will continue to keep you updated on these policies as well as similar regulatory overreach. In the meantime, it’s up to the business community to weigh-in on current proposals and ensure our opinion is counted.Rules to speed up union elections and to prevent employers from seeking advice are more than misguided – they’re unfair. Send your comments now.

Sincerely,
Bill Miller – Senior Vice President and National Political Director
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 

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Related: (and why is it related? because we want to remind you that the rampant voter fraud going on in our country is by those individuals and groups all connected to each other by formal association as well as leftist ideology, ie. NAACP, ACORN, and all the Big Labor such as SEIU, ect ect.):

Mississippi NAACP leader sent to prison for 10 counts of voter fraud

Mississippi NAACP leader sent to prison for 10 counts of voter fraud… 

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6th Graders Try to Explain Debt Debacle…End up Bashing Boehner & Tea Party

Comments: FormerLib (Lefty or just bad parents+Bias Media+Leftist Unions+Leftist politics = misinformed, dumb, bias, one track minded kids and radicals in the making)Anyone who ever doubted that public schools have become leftist indoctrination factories ought to see this. It’s rampant. My wife is a teacher and has to hide the fact that she‘s a conservative Christian because she’s seen what happens to others who have ‘come out’. The public school system is a joke- they graduate with most of them not being able to spell or compose a coherent sentence, perform simple math, or have the slightest clue as to how our government was established to operate. It’s a travesty. .Also- That girl shouldn’t make fun of the way ANYBODY looks….Not meaning to be nasty to the children but she kind of got the ugly gene in that family, and I’m sure she doesn’t want to be made fun of. But that’s the liberal double standard at work though isn’t it? Between the MSM and the Schools, we can here it now (OK for the girls to say what they) but as soon as tables are turned and they are picked on – there will be cries of, and hell to pay for, Bullying!

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Dear Education Reformer:

This weekend, special interest groups will converge on our nation’s capital for a protest against education reform in America.Yes, you read that right: a protest against education reform.It’s a shocking concept…opposing education reform, even as American children are being outpaced by kids in 35 other countries, as big-city schools…called “dropout factories” even by the mainstream media…continue to fail a generation of children, and as three quarters of high school seniors can’t identify the purpose of the U.S. House of Representatives!American education is in crisis.Meanwhile, 50 unions—led by the National Education Association—are lining up to celebrate this unacceptable status quo and to lay the groundwork for a full-scale repeal of the reforms we’ve championed for the last decade. 

Furthermore, the NEA is planning to collect an additional $20—on top of their already-sky-high dues—from each and every public school teacher among their ranks, for the sole purpose of funding political campaigns and lobbying. They’re doing this even as public opinion surveys show that a plurality of teachers support private school choice!

Make no mistake: these special interest groups oppose school vouchers, oppose public charter schools, oppose giving parents more freedom to home school their children, oppose merit pay for teachers, and even oppose allowing state leaders to close schools that fail our children year after year.These special interests file lawsuits to remove children from the private schools of their parents’ choice, and even to overturn vouchers for children with special needs.Now, they’re taking to the streets and promising to say anything, do anything, and spend anything to prevent reform where it’s needed and repeal it where it exists, like in Ohio and Wisconsin.Let’s stand up to these special interests today.

These groups estimate 10,000 protesters at their rally.Let’s get 20,000 Americans to sign our brand-new “Citizen’s Pledge to Support School Choice,” a declaration of parents, students, elected officials, education activists, and teachers who believe that we must put parents back in charge of their children’s education.It’s a pledge to support school vouchers, support education tax credits, support public charter schools and support protecting the rights of parents. 

As a “thank you” for confidentially signing our “Citizen’s Pledge to Support School Choice” today, we’ll send you a “School Choice Works” bumper sticker. It’s completely free.Stand with us and tell the truth about school choice and education reform.

Thank you in advance.

Sincerely,
John Schilling – Chief Operating Officer
American Federation for Children

PS: Please tell your friends about the pledge on Facebook and Twitter. Here’s the direct link: www.FederationForChildren.org/Pledge

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