Michigan fast food strike protests ‘slave wages’

By   /  September 5, 2014  /  Jobs + Growth, Michigan, unions, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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Michigan fast food workers took to the streets and social media in search of a higher wage and a union. One reverend compared their wages to slave wages.

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Gallup poll shows support for right-to-work laws — even from Democrats

By   /  September 3, 2014  /  Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, News, State Government, unions  /  No Comments

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Vice President Joe Biden may have delivered a fiery speech in support of unions at a Labor Day appearance in Detroit, but a Gallup poll released just days before painted a sobering picture for union backers.

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End of some fair-share fees drains millions from union coffers

By   /  August 8, 2014  /  Abuse of power, California, Connecticut, Health Care, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, News, Oregon, State Government, Supreme Court, unions, Washington  /  No Comments

THE FAIR THING TO DO: Unions in several states are notifying home and child care providers they will no longer charge fair-share fees for non-members.

A weeks-old Supreme Court decision freeing home-based care providers from paying union fair-share fees could cost two major unions tens of millions of dollars annually.

Notices going out in several affected states paint a grim picture for the coffers of Service Employees International Union and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

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Michigan union tricks teachers into prolonging membership

By   /  July 29, 2014  /  Education, Michigan, News  /  No Comments

IS IT STRONG ENOUGH?: the California Legislature on last week passed a bill purporting to streamline the teacher dismissal process in cases of abuse.

Rob Wiersema teaches high school economics, and he knows the merit of a simple cost-benfit analysis.

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Will donors punish GOP outliers on election law?

By   /  July 17, 2014  /  Alabama, Elections, Indiana, Michigan, National, New Jersey, News, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Supreme Court, Vermont, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

DUE DILIGENCE: Rep. Charles Dent took "great pains to make certain that nothing would penalize states."

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than two-thirds of the Republican co-sponsors of a controversial voter bill have gone silent.
They have good reason to lay low, says one election-law attorney.
U.S. Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., author of the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014, said he’s proud to work with the American Civil Liberties Union and [...]

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Southern border immigration crisis comes to tiny Michigan town

By   /  July 8, 2014  /  Michigan, National, News  /  No Comments

STOP: Protesters in Vassar, Mich., aren't excited about plans to relocate some of the illegal immigrants crossing the nation's  southern border their tiny town.

By Izzy Lyman | WatchdogWire.com
The immigration crisis on the southern border, involving tens of thousands of minors from El Salvador, Honduras,and Guatemala, has become a concern for Michiganders who live in a rural community with fewer than 3,000 people.
Wolverine Human Services, a social services agency that typically helps needy Michigan children, is in the process of securing [...]

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