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Union thuggery, post-Janus.

Union Time, Taxpayer Dime: an Update

Extracting coerced payments from workers as a condition of employment, public-employee unions have enjoyed explosive growth and exerted enormous political influence, even as their private-sector counterparts decline in size and power. They faced a setback this year, though, when the Supreme Court ruled in Janus v. AFSCME that collecting mandatory “agency fees” from non-members is unconstitutional. Stung by the Janus decision, unions representing government employees are desperate to discourage legal challenges to taxpayer subsidies, such as the little-known but widespread practice of putting union bosses on the government payroll.
 

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Colour me surprised...

Look who is getting protected from single-payer health insurance

Public-sector unions are definitely off the bandwagon for single-payer health insurance in New York, because it’s a bad deal for them. Of course, that’s true for most New Yorkers.

The Municipal Labor Committee, an umbrella group representing city unions, met last week with Assemblyman Richard Gottfried and state Sen. Gustavo Rivera, the sponsors of the single-payer bill, Politico reports. Their demand: a carve-out so they can keep their current health-insurance arrangements.
...not.
 

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Wrong thread!
 

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Further progressive thinking.

The True Heart of CUPE’s Leadership

You may have heard about the widespread oppression of the Venezuelan people the last few years. If not, watch this.

One would logically assume that CUPE members have access to such information. It’s thus quite puzzling to understand how the CUPE leadership vehemently supports the dictator of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro:

“The Canadian government was one of the first governments in the world to declare support for Juan Guaidó. In doing so, they have chosen to side with a self-declared leader over President Nicolas Maduro, who was duly elected by the people of Venezuela,” the Canadian Union of Public Employees said in a recent statement. “They have also chosen to side with Donald Trump and U.S. foreign policy.”

It’s most fascinating to see how CUPE members are willing to so callously let poor Venezuelans suffer, and perhaps die, on the bonfire of a failed socialist experiment. Didn’t being on the Left once mean that you actually CARED about people?
Only the political correct gender/sex/colour/religion/whatever du jour. Unfortunately for Venezuelan citizens suffering, starving & dying under Maduro, today is not their day.

However, it is the correct day for supporting progressive totalitarian socialist communist dictators (BIRM).
 

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The cost of unions in BC.

CBAs on just three public projects in B.C. will boost costs by tens of millions

VICTORIA — The New Democrats are continuing to drive up the cost of taxpayer-financed construction in the province, with more than $4 billion worth of projects already covered by union-friendly community benefit agreements.

The CBAs require workers on designated projects to join one of 19 NDP-favoured unions within 30 days. They also include pay, benefits and other conditions that can add as much as seven per cent to the cost of construction, by the government’s own admission.

Three recent announcements from the ministry of transportation and infrastructure should give a sense of the size and scope of the NDP’s intentions on the file.
More at the link.

https://vancouversun.com/opinion/co...Social&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1551235714
 

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West Virginia Teachers, Parents: We’re Scared To Disagree With Striking Teachers Unions

Last week, teachers in West Virginia staged a statewide strike for the second time in as many years. The 2018 walkout, which forced students to miss nine days of school and inspired copycat strikes across the nation, primarily focused on teachers’ salaries and benefits.

For the most part, the strong-arm tactics worked. Not only did teachers get a 5 percent raise last year, they were also promised an additional 5 percent raise in this year’s bill, along with other financial perks and amendments to their health plans.

It all fell apart this year, though, when legislators had the gall to couple the promised pay raises with education choice and other reforms in an education omnibus. The central sticking point: Senate Bill 451 tried to authorize a handful of public charter schools (the number would have been capped at seven schools — for the entire state), as well as $3,300 in Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) for a very limited number of special-needs students.
 

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The local Canada Post unionistas are demonstrating the value of unions once again. I get a mail delivery early in the afternoon. Around 5:30 pm. I get a second mail delivery from a different postal worker who rewalks the entire route carrying the "excess mail" that the previous postal worker was "too busy" to carry. Overtime prevented--job well done!
 

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The local Canada Post unionistas are demonstrating the value of unions once again. I get a mail delivery early in the afternoon. Around 5:30 pm. I get a second mail delivery from a different postal worker who rewalks the entire route carrying the "excess mail" that the previous postal worker was "too busy" to carry. Overtime prevented--job well done!
Only in a gov't bureaucracy.

<shaking my head>...
 

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Only in a gov't bureaucracy.

<shaking my head>...
It's worse than that. Each mail delivery person first walks the length of the street between two major intersections without dropping a letter. They then walk back down the same side of the street and start delivering. Then it's the same on the other side of the street. Not all of the postal workers embarrass themselves this way, but I have seen it happening well before the strike.
 

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Janus, anyone?

Ohio Union Faces Class Action Suit

An Ohio woman is suing one of the state's most powerful unions for its continued collection of dues payments over her objections.

Connie Pennington has been forced to pay dues to the Communication Workers of America Local 4502 as part of her job with the city of Columbus, but attempted to sever ties after the Supreme Court declared mandatory dues payments unconstitutional in the 2018 Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees ruling. The union has maintained that workers should not be allowed to leave the union until its contract with the city expires in 2020. The lawsuit filed by Pennington seeks to overturn that policy and allow the union's 1,400 government workers to exercise their rights immediately, rather than waiting for the 30-day withdrawal window specified in the city's union contract.
 

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America's highest paid union at existential risk from widened Panama Canal

West Coast Longshore and Warehouse Union, whose members earn average wages and benefits of $285,000 by raising labor hell, is facing existential risk from the widened Panama Canal.

The San Francisco Chronicle described the 42,000 card-carrying International Longshore and Warehouse Union members that since 1934 has maintained iron-fisted control of all 29 West Coast commercial ports, "the aristocrats of the working class."

ILWU full-time workers receive an average of $175,000 in annual wages, along with a non-wage benefits package costing more than $110,000 per active worker per year. Benefits include fully paid health care, employer 401(k) matching, 13 paid holidays, six weeks of paid vacation, and eligibility for $95,000 pensions with lifetime health care.
Bold mine.

That's some plum job...
 

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UAW Scandal Hits Chattanooga

A labor watchdog is making the United Auto Workers' bribery scandal the centerpiece of its campaign urging workers to reject unionization.

The UAW is attempting to gain a foothold in right-to-work Tennessee, pushing to organize a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga that rejected a previous union vote. The election will take place just weeks after a top union official pleaded guilty for his role in a bribery scandal at Chrysler. The Center for Union Facts has made it a priority to inform workers of corruption ahead of the vote, taking out full-page ads in the Chattanooga Times Free Press on Wednesday.

"Think the UAW has workers' best interests in mind?" the ad says. "Multiple union officials pleaded guilty in a scheme to enrich themselves with worker training funds. The union has paid more than $1.5 million of members' dues to defend itself in the investigation."
 

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If the UCP does nothing else this term, they have done one thing very right by restoring the secret ballot to any employee vote to certify a union in the province.

This removes the threats and intimidation unions use to bully employees into forming a union. Best thing ever against forced unionism, an all too common tactic used by union thugs.

Alberta's Bill 2 will restore mandatory secret ballot for all union certification votes, and return to a 90-day period (down from six months) for unions to provide evidence of employee support for certification.

The government will also establish a program by Oct. 1 to provide “support and assistance” to unionized employees for them to better understand and exercise their rights under the labour relations code.

Changes affecting unions would take effect when the bill receives royal assent or when regulations are completed.
 

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If the UCP does nothing else this term, they have done one thing very right by restoring the secret ballot to any employee vote to certify a union in the province.

This removes the threats and intimidation unions use to bully employees into forming a union. Best thing ever against forced unionism, an all too common tactic used by union thugs.
I'm not always in a agreement with King Con, but this one does get a check mark from me.
 

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After Trump Rule Change, Minnesota Home Care Workers Can Decide for Themselves Whether to Pay Union Dues

Minnesota Personal Care Attendants (PCAs) are speaking out about the Trump administration's decision to prevent unions from taking hundreds of millions of dollars from their paychecks.

The Obama-era rule allowed Medicaid payments to be diverted to government unions, which the Trump administration found violates the Social Security Act.

"The rule change means family members and friends who stay home to care for loved ones will keep all of the Medicaid payments intended for them, rather than paying hundreds of dollars to the SEIU," the state's fiscal conservative think tank, the Center of the American Experiment, said in a statement.
Good.
 

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Shocka...

FBI Raids United Automobile Workers Chief’s House, Finds ‘Wads’ Of Cash

The FBI and IRS raided the home of the United Automobile Workers (UAW) Chief President Gary Jones Wednesday and discovered wads of cash.

As many as 12 agents enacted a “knock and announce” protocol as they raided Jones’s Detroit home, according to the Detroit Free Press. Authorities also raided the former UAW chief’s California home, Dennis Williams, the UAW Michigan conference center, and several other UAW spots in Wisconsin and Missouri.

47-year-old neighbor J. Kevin Telepo watched the raid through the window using binoculars and saw FBI agents counting “wads” of money in Jones’ garage, the Detroit Free Press reports.
 

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Shhh! They're eating their own...

The Big Split

The Far Left “brain trust” that now seems to control the Democrat Party believes that their route to electoral success is to go further & further left. Many in the media and academia are 100% behind them.

Regular, working class people in American – many of them union members – may very well have a very different idea. The 2020 election is going to be interesting.

Vice President of the United Mine Workers of America in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, Chuck Knissel said based on the current 2020 Democrats running for president, it will be difficult to get union workers to vote for anyone other than Trump.

“It’s going to be tough to get our members to vote for a Democrat,” Knissel told the Journal.​
When you're so far left even the unions are disassociating from you...

:clap::clap::clap:
 

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Hold Your Breath And Stamp Your Feet And Pass Laws All You Want: The Price-Demand Curve Will Never Change

Unionizing Uber

Uber lost $5.2 billion in the second quarter of 2019. New York City already imposed a minimum wage of $27.86 for Uber and Lyft. Taking an Uber in New York is now more expensive than calling for a car service. And customers voted with their wallets by looking for other options for going from A to B.

Uber trips dropped by well over a million in one month.

That million rides represented fewer passengers using Uber, fewer drivers finding a niche in the market, and less viability for the ridesharing market and the entire gig economy.​

But a bunch of ignorant, elitist assholes who don't even take Uber and Lyft because they have cars and drivers paid for by the city of New York will feel oh-so-virtuous, because they have protected the common man, the ignorant laborer who doesn't know any better. You know, by destroying an easy entry-level job he could do in his spare time.
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