Labor

Senior Chicago City Official: Chicago Teachers’ Union has asked for a 35% salary increase over three years

September 11, 2012

“The senior city official and other sources with knowledge of the negotiations say the union demanded raises that would amount to at least a 35% salary increase over three years as well as guaranteed jobs for any teachers who get laid off as Chicago’s schools downsize.”

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Fleeting Fox News Narrative: Megyn Kelly criticizes President Obama for not intervening in Chicago’s Teachers Union Strike

September 11, 2012

What Fox News doesn’t want you to think about is the semantics: Federal Air Traffic Controllers are, not surprisingly, under the jurisdiction of the Federal Government, whereas the Chicago Teachers’ Union is under the jurisdiction of state and local governments.

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White House urges Chicago Teachers and Mayor Rahm Emanuel to settle the Teachers’ Strike “quickly”

September 11, 2012

“”Our principal concern is for the students, and [the president's] principal concern is for the students and families who are affected by the situation,” Carney told reporters at a briefing.”

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Liberal Interest Groups set to protest the Democratic National Convention this week

September 1, 2012

“On Sunday, protesters will take part in the March on Wall Street South — a demonstration that will focus on economic inequality, social injustice and other issues.”

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South African Justice Minister questions the murder charges levied against striking South African Miners

August 31, 2012

“The justice ministry says it may overrule the decision by prosecutors to use an apartheid-era law to charge the miners, who were striking at the Lonmin platinum mine near Johannesburg.”

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California Governor Jerry Brown (D) announces a compromised plan of systemic reforms to save California’s underfunded pension system billions

August 29, 2012

“Pension reform advocates said the Democratic proposal fails to address the long-term costs of the state’s pension liabilities, largely by leaving benefits for the state’s more than 200,000 employees unchanged without contract changes negotiated with unions.”

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Analyzing and Simplifying the 2012 Republican Party Platform: Economic Policy

August 28, 2012

“Republicans will pursue free market policies that are the surest way to boost employment and create job growth and economic prosperity for all.”

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Labor Unrest in South Africa raises questions about the country’s economic viability

August 17, 2012

“Prolonged strikes in platinum and other mining industries would devastate economic output and weigh on South Africa’s growth, already projected by the central bank to reach just 2.7% this year.”

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South African President Jacob Zuma orders an official inquiry into the killing of 34 striking Miners

August 17, 2012

“Mr. Zuma stopped short of saying who was responsible for the killings and urged unions to work with the government to address the situation.”

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South African Police open fire on machete-wielding Miners striking at a Platinum Mine

August 16, 2012

“In a scene replayed endlessly on television that reminded some South Africans of the days when the police of the apartheid government opened fire on protesters, heavily armed officers shot into a charging crowd of workers who walked off the job last Friday, demanding higher wages.”

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Union Leader Richard Trumka campaigns for President Obama to help him win over white male voters

August 1, 2012

“Obama is on course to become the candidate with the lowest support from white male working class voters to win a U.S. election if he triumphs over Republican Mitt Romney on November 6.”

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Polish Solidarity, the trade union movement that helped free Poland from Communism, distances itself from Romney

July 30, 2012

“”Regretfully, we were informed by our friends from the American headquarters of (trade union federation) AFL-CIO, which represents more than 12 million employees … that Mitt Romney supported attacks on trade unions and employees’ rights,” Solidarity said in a statement.”

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United Teachers Los Angeles approves a one-year labor contract that would shorten the school year and reduce salaries to save over 4,000 jobs

June 18, 2012

“The vote tally was 58% in favor of the contract and 42% opposed. Roughly two-thirds of all union members cast ballots. UTLA represents nurses, librarians, counselors, psychologists and psychiatric social workers in addition to classroom instructors.”

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Political Activists converge on Wisconsin as the historic recall election for Governor Scott Walker (R) approaches

June 4, 2012

“Walker enraged the labor movement last year when he eliminated most collective bargaining rights for public sector unions as part of a push to limit government and slash spending in the politically divided state.”

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South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley calls video of a union leader bashing a piñata with her face on it “bullying”

May 24, 2012

“”Stand with me and help fight back now against the bullying of Liberal unions. Donate here,” Haley tweeted along with a link to a fundraising page featuring the video.”

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