Posts Tagged ‘unions’

California Teachers Association the “worst union in America” — City Journal’s Troy Senik

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Brian Calle, Orange County Register:

The 340,000-member CTA – the state’s largest labor union and an affiliate of the nation’s largest union (the 3.2 million-member National Education Association) – is far more than an advocate for teachers; it is an instrument for political dominance across a spectrum of issues in California and elsewhere. Senik’s characterizes the CTA as “a political behemoth that blocks meaningful education reform, protects failing and even criminal educators and inflates teacher pay and benefits to unsustainable levels.”

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They are “the highest-paid teachers in the nation,” at an average of $68,000 annually, according to Senik. And that doesn’t take into account pension benefits, which typically allow teachers to retire after 30 years with 75 percent of their salary.

Shikha Dalmia on “misguided” progressives – Scott Walker Is No More Anti-Union than FDR

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Dalmia:

He’s no more anti-union and right-wing than the libs’ beloved FDR—and that’s his real problem.

Numerous websites have sprouted up dedicated to “keeping an eye on this radical extremist.” Wisconsin Democratic Party chairman Mike Tate has condemned Walker’s alleged “unprecedented assault on not just the rights of Wisconsin workers, but also our shared values and proud Wisconsin institutions.”

Are Democrats in trouble in Wisconsin? Just as many Republicans vote in non-competitive Scott Walker primary as union-heavy, five-way Democratic primary for governor

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Moe Lane at RedState.

Wisconsin Journal Sentinel:

The Democrats barely drew more votes Tuesday than Walker, in spite of the fact that their party had a competitive primary and Walker did not.

With 95% of the vote counted, Walker had nearly as many votes as all the Democrats combined in their primary.

Unions losing election in Wisconsin Democratic primary for governor

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Daily Beast:

Wisconsin and national unions have donated almost $4.5 million to a super PAC backing Kathleen Falk, the former Dane County executive who has pledged to veto any budget that doesn’t restore collective bargaining.

But with just a few days left before the primary, Falk trails 2010 Democratic nominee Tom Barrett, the mayor of Milwaukee, 38 to 21 percent among primary voters, according to a Marquette University Law School poll (considered the most reliable in the Badger State) released last week. Barrett also supports restoring the collective-bargaining rights unions have lost, but has said he’d do so through a standalone bill, an approach that would provide significantly less leverage with legislators.

Heavily engaged voters in Wisconsin – 1 in 5 has donated to candidates, 1 in 6 goes to a rally

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Wisconsin Journal Sentinel:

Those are far bigger numbers than Americans on the whole have reported in recent election surveys. In 2000, only one in 20 Americans said they attended a political rally. In the historic, high-turnout 2008 election, about one in 11 did.

The Marquette poll also illustrates how political participation in Wisconsin has varied across party, age, gender and other lines.

The most moderate voters have been the least engaged – less likely than liberals or conservatives to make political donations, post political signs, try to influence the way other people vote or discuss politics with their friends and family, according to the survey, taken April 26-29.

Older voters have been much more likely than younger voters to donate to campaigns. Younger voters have been more likely than older voters to attend rallies.

Tim Huelskamp: Kathleen Sebelius Gives Unions Waivers, Ignores Kansas

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

Press release from Congressman Tim Huelskamp:

Since ObamaCare became law in 2010, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius has issued 1,231 compliance waivers to select unions and businesses as well as to politically-connected states. These waivers provide exemptions from having to comply with the burdensome requirements of ObamaCare. When Kansas Congressman Huelskamp gave his first speech on the House floor last January, he decried the favoritism being shown to labor unions and businesses with the resources to receive special “Annual Limit” exemptions from the law that is supposed to apply to everyone. Later in 2011, Congressman Huelskamp led the effort on Capitol Hill to force HHS to reveal the factors that go into the waiver process. (more…)

Just 9% of Non-Union Workers Want to Join Union

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Rasmussen:

Union members tend to believe that most workers want to join a labor union. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 47% of union members hold that view while only 18% disagree.

But those who don’t belong to a union hold a different perspective. By a 56% to 14% margin, they believe that most workers do not want to belong to a union.

As for personal preference, only nine percent (9%) of non-union workers would like to join a union. Eighty-one percent (81%) would not.

Even among those who are worried about losing their jobs in the near future, only nine percent (9%) would like to join a union. There is also no difference in a desire for union membership between those whose firms are hiring and those who are laying people off.

Freedom vs. teachers unions (and the 9th US Circuit). SCOTUS gives freedom the victory.

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

The AP:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a state law banning local governments from letting workers use payroll deductions to fund their union’s political activities, a decision that could strike at organized labor’s ability to raise funds at local levels.

Five labor unions and the Idaho state AFL-CIO successfully argued in lower federal courts that a 2003 Idaho law forcing cities, counties and school districts to eliminate a payroll deduction funding union political action committees violated the First Amendment. (more…)

Unions continue push for pro-workplace-bullying legislation

Monday, February 16th, 2009

CNSNews.com:

(CNSNews.com) – The Employee Free Choice Act may not be the slam dunk for Big Labor that labor union activists want the public to believe.

Known as “card check,” the bill is the centerpiece of Big Labor’s agenda for the Obama administration.

But on Friday, with top union leaders gathered at the White House for the president to sign three executive orders that apply to labor unions – including an order barring federal funds from being used to discourage a union — no mention of the card check bill was made.