American Federation of State

AFSCME wages war on Scott Walker, Public Union Enemy No. 1

By   /  September 11, 2014  /  News, Politics & Elections, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. – Big labor’s got payback on its mind in Wisconsin, and they’re waging an all-out war on their Public Union Enemy No. 1.

“We have a score to settle with (Gov.) Scott Walker,” Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees told the Washington Post Thursday in his first interview about the union’s midterm strategy.

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Child care businesses challenge union drive in federal appeal

By   /  May 16, 2014  /  Free Speech, Labor, Minnesota, News, State Government, Supreme Court  /  No Comments

Small Businesses, Big Case: MN child care provider business owners are challenging the constitutionality of a state law authorizing a union drive focused on a $211 million state subsidy program.

It may be National Small Business Week, but a group of Minnesota women small business owners were defending, more than promoting, their home-based enterprises in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Paul.

After temporarily blocking a union drive for child-care providers in September, a three-judge appellate panel heard oral arguments in Parrish v. Dayton, in which 12 licensed family child-care providers squared off against Gov. Mark Dayton and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union.

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Landslide: MN’s licensed providers oppose child care union

By   /  March 26, 2013  /  Minnesota  /  2 Comments

UNIONIZE THIS: The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees want to organize child care workers in Minnesota.

By Tom Steward | Watchdog Minnesota
ST. PAUL — If American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees organizers get their way at the State Capitol, this won’t be the last time licensed family child care providers and small business owners vote on whether to authorize union representation.
Yet the results of the first publicly released survey by […]

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NM Senate OKs pension reform

By   /  March 7, 2013  /  New Mexico  /  No Comments


SANTA FE — While other states like Illinois have ignored reforming its state pension plans that are hemorrhaging taxpayer money, New Mexico on Thursday took a step toward trying to fix at least half of the $12 billion hole in its pension system.

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MT: Unions ask court to reverse unfair labor practices decision on raises

By   /  August 31, 2012  /  Health Care, Judiciary, Labor, Montana, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  2 Comments


By Phil Drake | Montana Watchdog
HELENA — Three state employee unions have petitioned a District Court judge to reverse a personnel board decision on unfair labor practices regarding raises denied to state employees.
The action comes after several appeals to the state by the MEA-MFT, the state’s teachers union; the Montana Public Employees’ Association and the American […]

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Employee unions vote in favor of pay raise proposal; Legislature must OK

By   /  June 27, 2012  /  Montana, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

Members of three public employee unions have reportedly OK’d a proposal negotiated with Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s administration to raise their base pay by 5 percent in 2013 and 2014.
The proposal, which must be approved by the state Legislature in the 2013 session, would give employees a 5 percent raise starting July 1, and 5 percent a […]

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