Labor Day: Should we say ‘thank you’ or ‘no thank you’ to modern labor movement?

By   /  August 29, 2014  /  Accountability, Power Abuse, unions, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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It’s Labor Day weekend, which means the unofficial end of summer and the official start of football season.

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Home-care workers’ union election prompts new legal challenge

By   /  August 28, 2014  /  Minnesota, State Government, unions  /  No Comments

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After years of organizing home-care workers and waging a divisive 2013 legislative battle, the Service Employees International Union prevailed this week in the largest public-sector union election in Minnesota history.

The victory, certified by the Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services, came with asterisks that will determine the ultimate effect of the outcome.

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Non-union workers written out of $85-million city project

By   /  August 22, 2014  /  Local Government, Minnesota, News, State Government, unions  /  No Comments

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Jim Gander’s local and state taxes will help pay for an $85 million expansion of the Mayo Civic Center. So will the heating and plumbing contractor get a shot at some of the 700 jobs spread over three years of the publicly funded project?

Not a chance, Gander says, blaming a project labor agreement, which city officials signed with organized labor.

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Teacher says union resorting to bully tactics in wake of decertification

By   /  August 20, 2014  /  Education, Kansas, News, unions  /  No Comments

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The doom and gloom predictions of the state’s largest teachers union have not come to pass more than a year after Deerfield USD 216 faculty opted to boot out the Kansas National Education Association, according to teacher Doug Crandall.

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Company accuses labor union of forging signatures for political gain

By   /  August 18, 2014  /  Fraud, News, unions, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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A home health-care company contracted with the Milwaukee County Department of Family Care is accusing a local labor union of forging workers’ signatures to collect more money for political activity.

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Few employees attend SEIU protest near firm unwilling to force staff to join union

By   /  August 15, 2014  /  News, unions, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By Adam Tobias | Wisconsin Reporter
WAUWATOSA, Wis. — Supportive Homecare Options owner Sally Sprenger shook her head Thursday as she watched about 75 Big Labor supporters participate in a Service Employees International Union-organized protest near her firm’s headquarters.
Seeing only two of her company’s nearly 1,200 employees taking part in the rally told her all she needed [...]

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