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Archive: May 2014 (Page 2)

  • Two-Faced Randi Fights, Spends Political Cash

    Posted on May 06, 2014 by Team

    If cognitive dissonance were a disease, Randi Weingarten had better hope her health insurance covers it as a preexisting condition. Last week, Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), led a protest against a pro-charter school conference in Lake Placid, New York. Her chief complaint: well-funded special interest groups are corrupting New York’s education system. […]

  • SEIU’s Michigan Racket Implodes

    Posted on May 05, 2014 by Team

    SEIU Healthcare Michigan has a problem: Its membership tanked from 55,265 members in 2012 to 10,918 in 2013—a decline of 44,347 members. The cause? Pro-employee legislation passed in 2012 that gave employees the option of refraining from paying the SEIU dues without losing their jobs, and a separate measure that abolished Healthcare Michigan’s “dues skim” […]

  • SEIU Fronts Find New Federal Ally

    Posted on May 02, 2014 by Team

    From the moment President Obama was elected, labor unions have demanded what former AFSCME boss Gerald McEntee memorably called “payback” for putting millions of dollars behind his election efforts. This week, “payback” came in the form of a new director of the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), David Weil. Weil is a former […]

  • Randi’s New ‘Dead Body in the Classroom’: The Status Quo

    Posted on May 01, 2014 by Team

    For all of Randi Weingarten’s “reformist” posturing, the president of the American Federation of Teachers doesn’t seem to find many examples of actual reforms she can support. A New York City school principal once said Weingarten “would protect a dead body in the classroom.” Killing reforms is just another way to do that. In the past few weeks, we’ve […]