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  • Title: AFSCME | November 20, 2013
    Descriptive info: News / Publications.. Print.. Font Size:.. November 20, 2013.. November 20, 2013.. National/Politics.. GOP Governors' Policies Up for 2014 Review Voters to Decide on Tax-Cut and Union-Limit Moves From 2010's Tea-Party Backed Winners.. NEIL KING JR.. and PATRICK O'CONNOR, Wall Street Journal, Nov.. 19, 2013 8:05 p.. m.. Next year's elections will test the popularity of the Republican Party's push for state-level tax cuts and limits on unions, policies that are central to its argument that GOP governors are the beacon of the party's future.. Many governors who rode the 2010 tea-party wave to office and brought conservative policies to purple and swing states are up for re-election next November, including John Kasich of Ohio, Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Rick Snyder of Michigan and Rick Scott of Florida.. In all, 22 of the 30 Republican governors must defend their seats next year, including seven in states where President Barack Obama won handily in 2012.. Messrs.. Kasich and Walker moved to limit the bargaining rights of public-sector unions, sparking backlashes in both states.. In Ohio, voters overturned the restrictions, while Mr.. Walker survived a recall vote in Wisconsin.. Both could face tough re-election fights in 2014.. Right-wing pension-cutters get humiliated by their own survey data.. DAVID SIROTA, Salon.. com TUESDAY, NOV 19, 2013 11:06 AM EST.. Late last month, the Pew Center on the States began ratcheting up its now-infamous campaign to slash public employee retirement benefits.. Yet, there was one big embarrassing problem: when the organization released its new.. poll.. at the conference in support of its pension-cutting agenda, the survey data showed that the American public is powerfully rejecting the right s anti-public-worker crusade.. The key findings include: - Though the anti-pension coalition has spent millions of dollars on ads and public campaigns to portray public employees as greedy parasites, the pollsters found that voters have generally favorable views of public employees.. CEOs: 'Retirement Security Is Great for Me, but Not for You'.. AFL-CIO Now 11/19/2013 Kenneth Quinnell.. A new.. report.. from the Center for Effective Government and the Institute for Policy Studies shows that two groups of corporate CEOs pushing for cuts to Social Security benefits, such as the "chained" CPI, personally have massive retirement plans.. They also have allowed massive deficits to grow in their employees' pension funds.. While these CEOs members of the Business Roundtable and the Fix the Debt Coalition sit on retirement funds most people couldn't even dream of, they have hurt their own employees' retirement security and are looking to do the same for people who don't even work for them.. Reid s finger on nuclear button.. Alexander Bolton, The Hill, 11/19/13 08:09 PM.. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.. ) announced Tuesday that he is considering changing Senate rules to prevent Republicans from filibustering President Obama s judicial nominees.. I m at the point where we need to do something to allow government to function, Reid said when asked if he would consider using the nuclear option, a controversial procedural tactic for changing Senate rules.. Trade talks spur fears of unchecked drug prices.. Ben Goad, The Hill, November 18, 2013, 04:52 pm.. Patient and worker advocates on Monday warned President Obama that prospective language in a major international trade deal could limit access to healthcare, and lock in high costs for popular biologic medicines.. Incorporating a 12-year exclusivity period into the TPP would essentially cement those high prices, according to a coalition of groups including American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFCME) and AARP, among others.. Tech chief: Up to 40% of Obamacare work left.. Jessica Meyers, Politico, November 19, 2013 12:06 PM.. A key player in the Obamacare website s creation acknowledged Tuesday that up to 40 percent of IT systems supporting the exchange still need to be built.. The revelation from Deputy Chief Information Officer Henry Chao of the Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services occurs as the administration works at its Nov.. 30 deadline to shore up the website.. Baucus Proposes Minimum U.. S.. Tax on Foreign Earnings.. Richard Rubin - Nov 19, 2013 5:08 PM Bloomberg.. U.. companies would face a minimum tax on the income they earn around the world under a plan released today by Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus that marks his most significant proposal to revamp the tax code.. Elizabeth Warren slams WaPo Social Security editorial.. Kevin Cirilli, Politico, November 18, 2013 05:23 PM EST.. Sen.. Elizabeth Warren on Monday said the country is facing a retirement crisis and slammed a Washington Post.. editorial.. that criticized progressives pushing for an expansion of Social Security benefits.. Warren (D-Mass.. ) said that with more retirees depending on Social Security to fund their retirement, budget hawks should drop the idea of cutting benefits.. Social Security works no one runs out of benefits and the payments don t rise and fall with the stock market, Warren said in a floor speech.. Voter suppression the new GOP strategy.. Harold Meyerson, Washington Post: November 19.. Voter suppression has become the linchpin of Republican strategy.. After Mitt Romney s defeat in 2012, the GOP was briefly abuzz with talk of expanding the party s appeal to young and Latino voters.. Instead, the party doubled down on its opposition to immigration reform and its support for cultural conservatism positions tantamount to electoral suicide unless the youth and minority vote can be suppressed.. Republicans have justified this crackdown as a way to keep non- citizens from infiltrating the electorate, not that there s evidence such a thing is happening.. Special Report: The Pentagon's doctored ledgers conceal epic waste.. SCOT J.. PALTROW LETTERKENNY ARMY DEPOT, Mon Nov 18, 2013 9:56am (Reuters).. In its investigation, Reuters has found that the Pentagon is largely incapable of keeping track of its vast stores of weapons, ammunition and other supplies; thus it continues to spend money on new supplies it doesn't need and on storing others long out of date.. It has amassed a backlog of more than half a trillion dollars in unaudited contracts with outside vendors; how much of that money paid for actual goods and services delivered isn't known.. Over the past 10 years, the Defense Department has signed contracts for the provision of more than $3 trillion in goods and services.. How much of that money is wasted in overpayments to contractors, or was never spent and never remitted to the Treasury, is a mystery.. Murphy Says His Bill Would Incentivize Defense Contractors To Keep Jobs In U.. JON LENDER, Courant: November 20, 2013.. Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut, said Tuesday that he s introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would require the Department of Defense for the first time to consider employment of Americans in rewarding manufacturing contracts.. Wal-Mart's Employee Food Drive.. Colbert Report, Tuesday November 19, 2013.. As the greedy underclass continues to demand a living wage, Wal-Mart generously hosts a food drive for its own employees.. State/Local.. AL: A Municipal Bankruptcy May Create a Template.. MARY WILLIAMS WALSH, New York Times, NOVEMBER 19, 2013, 8:56 PM.. Jefferson County, Ala.. , which  ...   city.. Paul, the Kentucky Republican and potential 2016 presidential candidate, will deliver his plan at the Detroit Economic Club on Dec.. 6.. MI: Susan J.. Demas: How the Democrats blew it after Right to Work.. MLive.. com, November 19, 2013 at 7:38 AM.. The Democrats got their butts kicked on Right to Work (RTW) last year.. It's true that once Gov.. Rick Snyder and his Republican allies decided to ram the legislation through without hearings or public debate, there was no stopping it.. But the Democrats had options after Snyder signed the measure allowing workers to get the benefits of working under a union contract without paying dues.. They could have launched a ballot initiative to stop it.. They could have tried to recall those who voted for it, although Republicans did change laws making it harder to do so.. Their leaders could have refused to negotiate with the GOP on anything.. And they could have gone all Saul Alinsky and gotten in Republicans' faces in their districts -- organizing protests and haranguing politicians when they were just picking up tomatoes at the grocery store.. Instead, they filed a couple long-shot lawsuits and essentially decided to give up.. MI: Picketing at Delta County Court House.. Jessica Stevenson, : 11.. 19.. 2013 at 6:55 PM Upper Michigan Source.. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees picketed outside the Delta County Court House Tuesday.. They represent those who work at the court house, jail, service center, and airport in Delta County.. Due to a lack of renters in the Service Center, Delta County can longer afford to employ and provide benefits to six of their eight housekeeping and maintenance staff.. NJ: Toll collector jobs on N.. J.. Turnpike, Parkway likely to be privatized.. Mike Frassinelli/The Star-Ledger November 19, 2013 at 1:50 PM.. But with four of every five motorists on the toll roads using E-ZPass and the New Jersey Turnpike Authority looking to save millions of dollars, toll collector jobs will likely be privatized.. The New Jersey Turnpike Authority is putting out a request for proposal this week seeking bids for toll collection services, including the toll collectors and management of the electronic tolling system.. NY: Herkimer Co.. officials consider closing Country Manor adult home.. AMANDA FRIES Observer-Dispatch Nov 19, 2013 @ 06:25.. A continuing delay in the sale of Herkimer County s adult home has prompted a move to cancel the contract.. More than a year ago, the county Legislature approved the sale of Country Manor to Advanced Healthcare Management LLC after the facility became too much of a financial burden.. But the deal has been at a stalemate due to a lawsuit between the county and Civil Service Employees Association Unit 7100, and a pending assisted living bed application with the state Department of Health.. The county.. OH: JobsOhio tax credits mostly go to Columbus.. Rachel Richardson, MasonBuzz, November 19th, 2013, 12:00 pm.. Companies that do business near Ohio s capital get far more tax breaks for hiring new workers than companies in Southwest Ohio or anywhere else in the state.. Known as job-creation tax credits, the state tax breaks can be worth thousands or even millions of dollars to companies that receive them in exchange for expanding their workforce.. An Enquirer.. analysis.. found that Franklin County, home to Columbus, gets more tax-credit projects, more promised jobs, more potential payroll and more tax-credit value than any county in Ohio.. Oklahoma employees' salary-to-benefit ratio called 'out of whack'.. Randy Ellis NewsOK: November 20, 2013.. The state of Oklahoma's employee compensation system is out of whack with too much money being put into benefits and not enough into salaries, members of a state House committee were told Tuesday.. Our model is heavy on benefits and light on pay, Preston Doerflinger, director of the Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services, told members of the state House Appropriations and Budget Committee.. State employee salaries trail market salaries by an average of more than 20 percent, consultant Neville Kenning said, providing committee members with an early glimpse at some of the findings of a widely anticipated state employee compensation study due to be released early next month.. PA: Staff cuts hurting, county chiefs say.. November 19.. 2013 11:50PM By Jennifer Learn-Andes - civitasmedia.. Council is faced with an estimated 217 layoffs next year if it does not close a $2.. 4 million gap and raise taxes 8 percent.. About 20 representatives of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME, union held an informational picket outside the courthouse before Tuesday s session, and most stayed for the more than three-hour budget discussion.. The picket was meant to raise public awareness about services that will be lost with layoffs and remind people the hundreds of AFSCME union members live in the county and pay taxes.. Union member Robert Bomboy, a 17-year county 911 dispatcher and lifelong county resident, said many county employees are paid less than peers in other counties.. He said county employees are working hard and urged council to avoid layoffs.. TN: Council Approves Crosstown Plans and Water Rate Hike.. Bill Dries, Daily News, Nov 19, 2013 7:41PM.. The council also delayed action Tuesday on third and final reading of an ordinance that would create a retirement supplement for sanitation workers.. The council is now scheduled to vote on the ordinance at its Dec.. 3 meeting.. That is when the council is scheduled to vote on a plan to overhaul city sanitation services.. The plan, agreed to by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.. and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the union that represents sanitation workers, would lead to savings that would fund the supplement.. WI: Targets seek stay of investigation into Scott Walker's recall campaign and other groups.. DEE J.. HALL | Wisconsin State Journal | Nov 20, 2013.. Three unnamed petitioners are asking that a judge be ordered to temporarily halt a secret investigation into campaign activity by Gov.. Scott Walker s recall campaign and more than two dozen conservative political groups.. Madison attorney Dean Strang and Milwaukee attorney Matthew O Neill late last week filed five petitions for supervisory writ in the 4th District Court of Appeals in Madison requesting the appeals judges to weigh in on an unspecified action or actions taken by retired Judge Gregory A.. Peterson and to consider sending the requests up to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.. WI: Protesters file some 15,000 complaints against Capitol police over Solidarity Sing Along arrests.. Judith Davidoff, Daily Page, Tuesday 11/19/2013 3:17 pm.. McDonough, who works in information technology for Dane County, and Syring, a county social worker, say they were able to merge the data relatively easily to generate the individual complaints.. They produced them on a high-volume printer borrowed from AFSCME Council 24, and then complainants signed each form individually.. News /.. Press Room.. Publications.. FEATURED.. AFSCME WORKS, Fall 2013.. Main Street’s New Moment: What Election 2012 Means for America’s Working Families.. “Main Street Moment” by Gerald W.. McEntee and Lee Saunders.. Categories..

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  • Title: AFSCME | November 19, 2013
    Descriptive info: November 19, 2013.. November 19, 2013.. Can Damon Silvers save organized labor?.. Lydia DePillis, Washington Post: November 18, 2013.. Damon Silvers still remembers the pickles.. Silvers, the policy director of the AFL-CIO, concedes that the jobs council was celebrating some wonderful entrepreneurial people.. But the labor movement is as weak as it has ever been, with the percentage of American workers who are union members at an all-time low of 11.. 3, mostly concentrated in the public sector.. Instead of signing up for a long career as an auto worker or a coal miner, more people now work on contract for no benefits, rupturing the relationship between labor and management that unions had evolved to exploit.. After graduating and getting his master s degree in 1987, Silvers returned to take a job with the 3,400-strong Harvard Clerical and Technical Workers, helping win a hard-fought election.. But the glow of triumph wouldn t last long.. In school, he would take trips to visit his future wife, Elissa McBride, also a union organizer, whom he d met at a study group on finance hosted by a mutual friend in Washington s Mount Pleasant neighborhood.. Editorial - Rein in reckless public pensions: Our view.. USA Today, 7:18 p.. EST November 18, 2013.. This month's races for governor sent a widely noted message that Republicans will do much better if they nominate center-right candidates like New Jersey's Chris Christie than far-right candidates like Virginia's Ken Cuccinelli.. Less remarked was the message that the New Jersey race sent to Democrats.. Fueling taxpayers' anger is that they are financing benefits no longer available to most private-sector workers.. Some state and local government workers can retire in their 50s, after 33 years of service, and continue drawing the same income.. Similarly, in Wisconsin, Republican Gov.. Scott Walker faced down public-sector unions and survived a recall election.. Detroit is Exhibit A for municipal irresponsibility.. Don't demonize public pensions: Opposing view.. David Sirota, USA Today, 7:40 p.. November 18, 2013.. Credit where credit is due: Conservative activists, business groups and politicians such as New Jersey Gov.. Chris Christie have successfully sold the idea that public pensions are unsustainable.. The budget problems of state and local governments have more to do with wasteful corporate subsidies than pensions.. While states face an annual $25 billion pension shortfall over 30 years, they give away $120 billion a year in unjustifiable handouts.. Public-sector workers are not leeches.. They are firefighters, police officers and teachers who negotiated agreements to defer some compensation until retirement.. Public Pension Plan Funding Ratios Decline, As Plans Apply Lower Rates, Milliman Finds David B.. Brandolph, BNA GERR, Nov 18, 2013.. The aggregate funding ratio of 100 of the nation's largest public pension plans fell by a percentage point in 2013, to 66.. 8 percent on a market value basis, Milliman Inc.. said in a Nov.. 13 report.. In the.. report.. , the actuarial and consulting firm concluded that, using current market values of assets and current views on investment returns, the plans had aggregate assets of $2.. 58 trillion and accrued liabilities of $3.. 86 trillion, and thus aggregate underfunding of $1.. 28 trillion.. In 2012, the funding ratio was 67.. 8 percent and the underfunding was $1.. 2 trillion, the report said.. GASB Issues Tool Kit on New Pension Standard BNA GERR, Nov 18, 2013.. The Governmental Accounting Standards Board has issued an.. online tool kit.. to help pension plans for state and local government employees comply with a new financial reporting standard.. The requirements of GASB Statement No.. 67, Financial Reporting for Pension Plans, must be reflected in financial reports covering fiscal years ending June 30, 2014, or later.. In the coming weeks, GASB will post a short video and add other items to the tool kit, Vaudt said in a statement.. The Most Dangerous Government Jobs and Why They're Riskier Than the Private Sector.. Mike Maciag | Governing.. com November 19, 2013.. Public transportation employees are far more likely to suffer an injury on the job than those working in most private transportation operations.. Public hospital staff don t have a hazard-free work environment, either.. For police and fire personnel, the risk of getting hurt is even greater.. These and other occupations considered the most dangerous are often found in the public sector, where employees tend to suffer job-related injuries and illnesses at higher rates the private sector.. Across all areas of local government, federal data estimates 6.. 1 nonfatal job-related injury or illness cases occurred for every 100 full-time employees in 2012.. State governments recorded a rate of 4.. 4 per 100 workers.. The situation is somewhat better in the private sector, where there were 3.. 4 cases for every 100 workers.. Unions Won More NLRB-Conducted Elections In First Half 2013 Than Same Period of 2012 Michelle Amber, BNA DLR, Nov 18, 2013.. Unions participated in 66 fewer resolved representation elections conducted by the National Labor Relations Board during the first six months of 2013 than in the same period in 2012, but won more of the elections they participated in, according to NLRB data analyzed by Bloomberg BNA's Research and Custom Solutions division.. Unions affiliated with the AFL-CIO won 62.. 4 percent of 295 elections in which they participated in the first half of 2013, while CTW-affiliated unions won 59.. 8 percent of the 254 elections in which they participated.. The NLRB statistics do not reflect the full extent of private sector organizing.. Many unions organize outside the NLRB process through neutrality and card check authorization agreements.. In terms of industry, in the first half of 2013 the services sector, including health care, led all other industries in the number of NLRB-conducted elections held (317), with unions winning 70 percent of those elections.. Rebellion brews over O-Care fix.. Alexander Bolton, The Hill, 11/19/13.. The administration is risking rebellion from some Democrats in Congress if it fails to deliver on its promise to fix HealthCare.. gov by the Nov.. 30 deadline set by President Obama.. If the president s team fails to deliver, Democrats will embrace legislation extending the law s enrollment period or forcing insurance companies to continue offering plans that do not meet ObamaCare s standards, according to Democratic aides.. California Says Obama About-Face on Insurers May Hurt Law.. Alex Wayne - Nov 18, 2013 5:05 PM ET Bloomberg.. California and New York said the U.. president s one-year reprieve for insurance policies that don t meet the stricter requirements of Obamacare undermines the risk pool of patients needed to make the law viable.. Washington state and Massachusetts have already opted out, citing concerns that healthy people who would otherwise buy standardized plans in the new insurance marketplaces created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 will instead renew old coverage.. Adding Obamacare data to W-2 tax form may confuse: IRS.. PATRICK TEMPLE-WEST Mon Nov 18, 2013 5:42pm (Reuters).. Internal Revenue Service officials fretted on Monday about an idea being pushed by some businesses to expand the ubiquitous W-2 tax form to include more healthcare data in an effort to avoid the creation of a new IRS form.. "The number of fields on the W-2 is a little sacrosanct," said Stephen Tackney, an IRS lawyer working on new agency rules to implement President Barack Obama's healthcare law.. Thanks to Affordable Care Act, California Home Care Providers Find Help When They Need It.. MARGITTE KRISTJANSSON | AFSCME blog, NOVEMBER 18, 2013.. Affordable health care is a good thing.. Ask one of the thousands of homecare providers in California some of whom make only minimum wage and are able to get good health benefits for themselves and their families for the first time.. She s one of the 65,000 members of the United Domestic Workers of America (UDW), AFSCME Local 3930, a single mom and full-time caregiver.. For the first time ever, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) guarantees Day and her family health insurance that they can afford.. California is one of the states that will participate in the Medicaid expansion, meaning that health care benefits are free for thousands more low-income families.. More U.. Cities See No Economic Growth This Year, Report Says.. Romy Varghese - Nov 18, 2013 3:35 PM Bloomberg.. The economies in one third of U.. metropolitan areas will decline or stagnate this year, worse than in 2012, according to a.. prepared for mayors.. Of 363 areas, the economies in 119 will retreat or stay the same, compared with 73 last year, according to the report, released today by the Washington-based U.. Conference of Mayors.. economy was hurt by automatic federal spending cuts known as sequestration, along with a 16-day partial closing of government, according to mayor s group.. Cities are still recovering from the 18-month recession that ended in 2009, the report said.. Senators: Strengthen Social Security, Expand Benefits.. CLYDE WEISS | AFSCME blog, NOVEMBER 18, 2013.. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio In an effort to strengthen Social Security, U.. Sherrod Brown of Ohio is taking a leadership role by co-sponsoring a bill that will extend the life of the Social Security Trust Fund while increasing benefits for average Americans.. In many states, the recovery is making the income gap worse.. Niraj Chokshi, Washington Post: November 18.. The income gap in America has been widening for decades and the modest three-year recovery did little to change that, according to new Census data.. The new data suggest that despite modest recoveries in many states, the middle class has been shrinking while households have been added in the lowest and highest income brackets.. In many states and nationally, the highest income brackets saw more growth than the lowest, but households in the middle brackets continued to decline.. More federal employees tapped retirement savings in shutdown.. ERIC YODER November 18 at 3:36 pm, Washington Post.. Officials of the Thrift Savings Plan, a 401(k)-style retirement savings plan for federal workers, told the board that about 14,000 employees took hardship withdrawals in October, the highest number in the TSP s more than two decades of existence.. A normal month is in the 10,000-12,000 range, and the October withdrawals averaged about $9,300, about $400 above average.. Do Contractors Furloughed During the Shutdown Deserve Back Pay, Too?.. Eric Katz 1:35 PM GovExe.. Del.. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.. C.. , introduced the Low-Wage Federal Contractor  ...   strike by AFSCME union workers.. Times Weekly:.. Will County union workers take to the streets.. Bugle:.. Will County Workers Strike.. WGN:.. Will County workers strike continues today.. Illinois Watchdog:.. Out of touch unionized public employees strike over 14.. 5 percent raise.. IL: Voice of the People: Money owed.. Henry Bayer, executive director, AFSCME Council 31, Chicago, Dan Montgomery, president, Illinois Federation of Teachers.. Chicago Tribune, November 19, 2013.. In a series of stories about the city of Chicago's track record of borrowing, the Tribune reports that "debt payments now eat up more than half of the city's property tax revenue" (News, Nov.. 6).. In other words, interest paid to private bondholders is crowding out investment in public priorities like schools, police, libraries and public health.. This same argument has been used for years to decry the cost of city and state payments owed to the pension funds for teachers, police, caregivers and other public employees with one key difference: The leaders of both political parties, corporate CEOs and the Tribune's own editorial board want to stiff public employees on the debt owed, but wouldn't stand doing the same to bondholders.. Why are bond payments so sacred, but the life savings of public workers expendable?.. LA: OMV testing privatized drivers' license renewals.. 18, 2013 | News Star.. Office of Motor Vehicles has started a pilot program that allows outside contractors to handle drivers license renewals.. The privatization program is being tested in Baton Rouge and Metairie.. In each city, a public tag agent a private business that processes vehicle title registrations is also able to renew state drivers licenses.. MD: UMES extends RFP deadline for food services operation.. 18, 2013 | by Deborah Gates delmarvanow.. UMES Food Services workers apparently will learn their employment fate during the Christmas holidays or later.. The University of Maryland Eastern Shore on Monday announced it had extended the deadline for private vendors to submit a bid to run the operations.. Food services workers who belong to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME, are lobbying to save jobs, and earlier this month, submitted an 800-signature petition of support to UMES President Juliette Bell.. MD: Rally pushes for union contract to be completed Added.. Defender, November 18, 2013.. Interrupted only by the noises of sirens, car horns and F-16s in the sky, student activists, union supporters and members of the St.. Michael s community gathered at the main entrance of St.. Michael s on Thursday to rally in support of a contract for the custodians union.. Since the custodians voted to join AFSCME last year, the process of negotiating an employment contract has been underway.. The negotiating committee consists of three custodians, including Graham Lebel and Gurung; Lovell; Tina Tenney, director of human resources; and John Maitland, a lawyer hired by the college.. NJ: Montclair Township Council approves worker salary ordinances.. NOVEMBER 19, 2013 ANDREW SEGEDIN, THE MONTCLAIR TIMES PAGES.. Montclair's Community Workers of America [CWA] and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees [AFSCME] had their newly negotiated contract agreements approved Monday evening.. The Township Council passed on second reading two salary ordinances, both introduced during the Oct.. 29 council meeting, approving the agreements during their meeting on Monday.. As reported, each agreement is for three years and feature salary increases of 1.. 5 percent, 1.. 5 percent and 1.. 75 percent over the duration of the deal.. NH: SEA members ratify contract giving N.. H.. state workers raises, deductibles.. BEN LEUBSDORF Monitor, Tuesday, November 19, 2013 (.. Members of the State Employees Association have endorsed, by a 4-to-1 margin, a new contract that will give state workers their first across-the-board raises in five years.. That contract, endorsed by the bargaining Senate on a voice vote Oct.. 29 and now ratified by SEA members, provides across-the-board raises of 2.. 25 percent in July 2014 and 2.. 25 percent on Jan.. 1, 2015 the first since January 2009.. NM Senate Democrats: Back Pay For State Workers Is Fair Decision.. KRWG, Nov 18, 2013.. An order issued by the New Mexico Supreme Court in May, which requires that 10,000 state employees are to receive back pay of about $23 million dollars has still not been met by the Martinez administration.. The court order sided with plaintiffs, American Federal, State, County and Municipal Employees and Communications Workers of America, that unionized state employees were entitled to raises in 2008.. According to Carter Bundy of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union, his organization has been working hard to keep this issue at the forefront, but the unionized employees his organization has been fighting for, still do not know when they will receive the back pay owed to them.. NY: 911 Operators Suing NYPD and DC 37 Over Constant Double Shifts Sto.. Chief Leader, Monday, November 18, 2013 5:30 pm By DAVID SIMS.. A group of eight 911 Operators is suing the Police Department and District Council 37, arguing that the union has done nothing to protect them as the city forces them to work double shifts and excessive overtime, threatening them with discipline when they complain.. DC 37 has held protests on the overworking of 911 Operators, and its Local 1549, which represents the workers, has called on the NYPD to hire more staff to address persistent coverage problems.. PA: Bradford County commissioners approve labor contract for Bradford County Manor.. JAMES LOEWENSTEIN November 19, 2013 Daily Review.. At their most recent meeting, the Bradford County commissioners approved a three-year labor contract that covers over 100 employees at the Bradford County Manor.. Under the contract, the employees will receive a 3 percent raise for 2014, a 3 percent raise for 2015, and a 3.. 75 percent raise for 2016, he said.. The contract, which has also been approved by the employees and by representatives of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, will now go into effect, Agutter said on Monday.. PA: Scranton mayor proposes 56.. 7% tax increase, 69% trash fee hike.. JIM LOCKWOOD November 16, 2013 Times Tribune.. With wary banks watching Scranton's finances closely, Mayor Chris Doherty on Friday proposed a $130.. 2 million budget for 2014 that would dramatically raise real estate taxes, the garbage collection fee and parking-meter rates and penalties.. The city must obtain an estimated $28 million to pay a landmark arbitration court award to police and fire unions and fund mandated pension system increases.. Pennsylvania House defeats major transportation funding plan.. Charles Thompson | pennlive.. com November 18, 2013.. Monday night s vote followed an unusual debate where union-allied Democrats sided with fiscal hawk Republicans, and the majority leadership itself was split with Smith voting yes and House Majority Leader Mike Turzai of Allegheny County voting no.. PR: A discussion as to examine municipal finance cameral.. (.. English.. Translation) ELNUEVODIA.. COM, November 18, 2013 1:10 pm.. The weak finances of municipalities occupy the agenda of the House of Representatives on Monday, the penultimate day of the regular session in the Legislature.. Representatives considered a measure to examine the effects of the so-called 1991 municipal reform, which included the adoption of the "Autonomous Municipalities Act," among other statutes.. At a time when more than half of the municipalities is experiencing deficit situations, the resolution seeks to analyze the financial status of municipalities with the aim of identifying ways to expand and diversify their sources of income and improving their fiscal and administrative processes.. TN: Council Weighs Sanitation Supplements.. Bill Dries Tuesday, November 19, 2013 Daily News.. Memphis City Council members take a final vote Tuesday, Nov.. 19, on a retirement supplement for city sanitation workers that is one part of an overhaul of sanitation services the council delayed action on last month.. The supplement would be up to $1,000 a month per worker and would be funded from savings the city estimates it would get from a new system of picking up solid waste.. That system, agreed to by the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.. and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees the union that represents sanitation workers would have more daily stops for garbage crews.. WI: Scott Walker says 'Unintimidated' is not a campaign book amid presidential run rumors.. MARY SPICUZZA | Wisconsin State Journal, Nov 19, 2013.. But Walker is getting plenty of national attention over Unintimidated.. And his critics accuse him of writing the book for that very reason.. It seems like a gigantic ego trip to me, said Rich Abelson, the former executive director of Milwaukee s largest public employees union, AFSCME Council 48.. His spinning of events is slanted and, as far as I m concerned, tainted.. The book includes plenty of criticism of unions or, more specifically, union bosses.. By taking on collective bargaining, we had found a way to make everyone whole everyone, that is, except the union bosses, Walker writes.. They were the only ones who would get hurt in the entire process.. Which was fine by me.. WI: New details emerge of secret criminal probe targeting Walker campaign, conservative groups.. SCOTT BAUER , Associated Press: November 19, 2013.. As Gov.. Scott Walker this week promotes the release of his book "Unintimidated," new details are emerging about an ongoing criminal investigation that reportedly focuses on his campaign and other conservative groups.. The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Walker's campaign and more than two dozen conservative groups have been subpoenaed by a special prosecutor seeking records and fundraising information related to a series of recall attempts in 2011 and 2012 that targeted Walker and Republican state senators.. WI: Opening offer to deputies: No pay hike.. Lyn Jerde, Daily Register, Nov 19, 2013.. Other sheriff s office employees, including jailers and dispatchers, are not represented by the WPPA.. They formerly were represented by the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, but AFSCME no longer represents any Columbia County employees.. Wisconsin Republicans Pushing To End Early Voting On The Weekend.. The Huffington Post | By Paige Lavender 11/18/2013 3:16 pm.. Wisconsin Republicans are working to end early voting on the weekend.. On Nov.. 14, a measure passed the state assembly that would require county clerks to limit early voting to 40 hours per week, between 7:30 a.. and 5 p.. Monday through Friday, according to the Washington Post..

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  • Title: AFSCME | November 18, 2013
    Descriptive info: November 18, 2013.. Business, labor unite to end O-Care tax.. Kevin Bogardus The Hill, 11/16/13 09:09 AM.. Business and labor are uniting behind legislation that will repeal one of ObamaCare's much-maligned taxes.. A bill introduced by Reps.. Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio) and Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.. ) would end the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) reinsurance fee.. The AFL-CIO passed a resolution at its convention this September that took aim at the ACA, grabbing the White House s attention.. Part of that resolution called for the elimination of the reinsurance fee and other taxes that could hurt union health plans.. Opinion: Supreme Court should protect rights of workers and unions.. Raul A.. Reyes, NBC Latino 11/18/2013.. Could the future of labor unions be hanging in the balance? Observers and experts seem to think so.. The Supreme Court just heard arguments in Unite Here Local 355 vs.. Mulhall, and The Atlantic notes that that this case could put a dagger in organized labor.. Salon termed the case (Justice) Scalia s chance to smash unions.. Professor Benjamin Sachs of Harvard Law School judged it possibly the most significant labor case in a generation.. Insurance industry warns against fix.. Julian Pecquet.. The Hill, November 17, 2013, 09:56 am.. Top insurance industry officials warned Sunday that President Obama's push to delay health plan cancellations would only make things worse.. Obama on Friday also called former Sen.. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.. ), the head of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, after his group warned that his proposed fix threatens to undermine the new market and may lead to higher premiums and market disruptions in 2014 and beyond.. How we got Obamacare to work.. Jay Inslee, Steve Beshear and Dannel P.. Malloy, Washington Post, Nov 17, 2013 [Jay Inslee, a Democrat, is governor of Washington.. Steve Beshear, a Democrat, is governor of Kentucky.. Dannel P.. Malloy, a Democrat, is governor of Connecticut.. ].. In our states Washington, Kentucky and Connecticut the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is working.. Tens of thousands of our residents have enrolled in affordable health-care coverage.. Many of them could not get insurance before the law was enacted.. People keep asking us why our states have been successful.. Here s a hint: It s not about our Web sites.. Right wing cyber attacks on Healthcare.. gov website confirmed.. David Phillip, Las Vegas Democrat Examiner, November 14, 2013.. Yesterday, the House Homeland Security Committee published a video on their Youtube page highlighting a portion of the committee questioning Roberta Stempfley, acting assistant secretary of the Department of Homeland Security s Office of Cyber-security and Communications, who confirmed at least 16 attacks on the Affordable Care Act s portal Healthcare.. gov website in 2013.. "Destroy Obama Care!", that's the advertised name given to the attack tool by "right wing patriots" who are distributing the DDoS tool through downloads on social networks, which promises to overwhelm the Healthcare.. gov website.. Health-care Web site s lead contractor employs executives from troubled IT company.. Jerry Markon and Alice Crites, Washington Post: November 15.. The lead contractor on the dysfunctional Web site for the Affordable Care Act is filled with executives from a company that mishandled at least 20 other government IT projects, including a flawed effort to automate retirement benefits for millions of federal workers, documents and interviews show.. CGI Federal, the main Web site developer, entered the U.. government market a decade ago when its parent company purchased American Management Systems, a Fairfax County contractor that was coming off a series of troubled projects.. CGI moved into AMS s custom-made building off Interstate 66, changed the sign outside and kept the core of employees, who now populate the upper ranks of CGI Federal.. Caught in a Revolving Door of Unemployment.. ANNIE LOWREY, New York Times, November 16, 2013.. For Ms.. Barrington-Ward, joblessness itself has become a trap, an impediment to finding a job.. Economists see it the same way, concerned that joblessness lasting more than six months is a major factor preventing people from getting rehired, with potentially grave consequences for tens of millions of Americans.. The long-term jobless, after all, tend to be in poorer health, and to have higher rates of suicide and strained family relations.. Even the children of the long-term unemployed see lower earnings down the road.. Women Reach a Milestone in Job Market Men Fall Behind in Recovering Jobs Lost During Recession, Labor Department Survey Shows.. JONATHAN HOUSE, New York Times, Nov.. 17, 2013 7:34 p.. Women have recovered all the jobs they lost during the recession.. Men have not.. A record 67.. 5 million women are working today, up from the prior peak of 67.. 4 million in early 2008, according to the Labor Department's latest tally of payrolls that captured the full rebound for the first time.. By comparison, 69 million men currently have jobs, below their high of 70.. 9 million in June 2007.. Nurse Danielle Zammerelli checks an ICU patient in Atlanta last month.. The health sector has weathered the economic turmoil relatively well.. Associated Press Related 30% Female Quota for German Boards Proposed The primary reason for the labor-market milestone: Women tend to hold jobs in health, education, hospitality and retail, all sectors that have weathered the economic turmoil of recent years comparatively well.. Capital gains: Spending on contracts and lobbying propels a wave of new wealth in D.. Greg Jaffe and Jim Tankersley, Washington Post: November 17.. The avalanche of cash that made Washington rich in the last decade has transformed the culture of a once staid capital and created a new wave of well-heeled insiders.. The share of money the government spent on weapons and other hardware shrank as service contracts nearly tripled in value.. At the peak in 2010, companies based in Rep.. James P.. Moran s congressional district in Northern Virginia reaped $43 billion in federal contracts roughly as much as the state of Texas.. Military Eyes Cut to Pay, Benefits Joint Chiefs Grapple With Less to Spend.. JULIAN E.. BARNES, Wall Street Journal, Nov.. 17, 2013 8:13 p.. military's top commanders, groping for ways to cope with a shrinking Pentagon budget, have agreed to a plan that would curb the growth of pay and benefits for housing, education and health prized features of military life that for years have been spared from cuts.. ALEC Floats Legislation Chipping Away At The 17th Amendment.. Huffington Post: 11/15/2013 2:59 pm EST.. The conservative American Legislative Exchange Council is wading back into election issues, as it considers supporting a bill that would increase the role of state legislatures in the election of U.. senators, chipping away at the powers vested directly in the people under the 17th Amendment.. The 17th Amendment established the direct election of U.. senators.. Before this amendment, senators were chosen by state legislators.. Under the draft measure, a plurality of the state legislature would be able to nominate a candidate to appear on the ballot, alongside candidates nominated by the parties through the convention or primary process.. Chris Hayes clashes with conservative think tank member: How many economists do you have on staff?.. Arturo Garcia MSNBC, November 14, 2013 22:29 EST.. MSNBC host Chris Hayes pushed back hard on Thursday against a member of a conservative group recently linked to a public relations firm that has consistently opposed raising the minimum wage on behalf of the restaurant industry.. How many economists do you have on staff? Hayes repeatedly asked Employment Policies Institute research director Michael Saltsman, who refused to answer.. 10 Companies Paying Americans the Least.. Mike Sauter, Alexander E.. M.. Hess, Thomas Frohlich November 15, 2013 1:44 PM, Finance Yahoo.. 24/7 Wall St.. identified the 10 companies that employ the most low- and minimum wage workers.. Truckers who haul for Wal-Mart and Forever 21 plan surprise strikes today.. JOSH EIDELSON, Salon.. com, MONDAY, NOV 18, 2013 07:45 AM.. In labor s latest challenge to a low-wage economy and a legal system that excludes huge swathes of the workforce, hundreds of non-union Port of Los Angeles truck drivers plan to stage surprise strikes against three companies Monday.. The workers transport goods from the port to companies including Costco, Forever 21, Sketchers and Wal-Mart.. They allege their companies Green Fleet Systems, American Logistics International, and Pac 9 illegally punished workers for organizing and exposing wrongdoing.. While drivers striking at GFS and ALI (starting at 5 a.. PST and 4 p.. PST respectively) are legally employed by those logistics companies, the workers at the third company, Pac 9, are among the growing ranks of so-called independent contractors who legally aren t employed by anyone at all.. They plan to walk (or drive) off the job at 5 p.. PST Monday.. CA: A Historic Moment for Campus Solidarity.. REBECCA BURNS, In These Times, NOVEMBER 15, 2013.. After members of UAW 2865, which represents 16,000 UC graduate teaching and research assistants, voted to authorize a strike last week, the union pledged Wednesday to join the picket lines when service and patient care workers represented by AFSCME 3299 stage a one-day  ...   Privatization of Prison Food Services ended.. ABC 10 November 15, 2013.. State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) wrote an open letter today to Acting State Personnel Director Janet McClelland calling for an end to food service privatization in Michigan prisons.. Dianda worked across the aisle to get the signatures of 13 other state representatives and three senators attached to the letter, which had bipartisan support.. MI: Where Detroit s Bankruptcy Leaves Library, Employees.. Bob Warburton, Library Journal, November 15, 2013.. Four months after Detroit filed for the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.. history, retired Detroit Public Library (DPL) employees are still struggling with anxiety over the fate of their retirement benefits, which are all-but certain to be targeted for significant cuts as part of a wide-ranging strategy to return the troubled city to solvency.. These former library employees, now collecting benefits negotiated long ago by their union, are watching closely as a pivotal moment in Detroit s fiscal crisis is played out in U.. Bankruptcy Court.. In its filing, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees asked U.. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes to submit his decision to the U.. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit because the question of good faith bargaining hasn t been sufficiently addressed in prior cases.. MI: Orr cancels furloughs for some Detroit nonunion employees.. CHRISTINE FERRETTI THE DETROIT NEWS, NOVEMBER 15, 2013 AT 12:34 PM.. The city s emergency manager has eliminated budget-required furloughs for some of the city s non-union employees, saying the policy has led to unnecessary inefficiencies.. MO: Collective bargaining on City Council agenda.. 18, 2013 5:57 AM Amos Bridges, News Leader.. An ordinance setting new rules for collective bargaining is among the bills on City Council s agenda tonight.. The new rules provide a framework for negotiations between city leaders and employee groups and are meant to comply with several recent Missouri Supreme Court rulings that require local governments to work harder to reach agreement with public employee unions about salaries, benefits and working conditions.. A companion bill recognizes the four existing employee groups the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 72 and Local 1754; International Association of Fire Fighters Local 152; Service Employees International Union Local 1; and Springfield Police Officers Association as the official collective bargaining units for their members.. NY: Cutting jobs key piece of county budget plan David Riley, ROC.. Democrat Chronicle, 8:07 p.. EST November 15, 2013.. Jim D'Amico, president of Civil Service Employees Union Local 828, Unit 7400, said he was disappointed to see the number of positions that will go unfilled next year and is seeking more details.. His union represents some 1,700 county workers.. NY: City School health-insurance debate continues without action.. ASHLEIGH LIVINGSTON Press-Republican, November 18, 2013.. The Plattsburgh City School Board took no action regarding employee health insurance at its recent meeting despite a lengthy discussion on the topic.. The notion of unilaterally switching the district s Teachers Association and Civil Service Employees Association members from Plan A to the less costly Plan B coverage without negotiations has been publicly debated by board members for the past several months.. OH: UNIONS SETS SIGHTS ON OHIO GOVERNOR'S RACE.. JOHN SEEWER Associated Press November 17, 2013 11:.. Union leaders are now looking ahead at Ohio's governor's race after knocking off a big city mayor who they say was their top political target this year.. Organized labor helped oust Toledo's mayor -- an ally of Gov.. John Kasich -- who infuriated unions two years ago by appearing in a TV commercial backing the collective bargaining law that Ohio voters later overturned.. Democrats and labor officials believe that independent Toledo Mayor Mike Bell's loss two weeks ago to another, union-backed independent was fueled by his endorsement of the Republican plan to limit collective bargaining for public workers.. OH: Is a stealth Right to Work effort brewing in Columbus?.. Thomas Suddes, Northeast Ohio Media Group, November 17, 2013.. If you like slippery, forget Teflon: The Republican-run Ohio General Assembly s troupe of jugglers and clowns has cornered the market.. That s why fretting about whether this General Assembly will spring so-called Right to Work (for Less) on Ohioans isn t a symptom of paranoia.. Instead, it may be common-sense caution.. So take coal shovels of salt with Republicans' claims that Right to Work is the last thing on their minds.. Right to Work may not be in this year s GOP letters to Santa.. But only amateurs telegraph their punches.. Puerto Rico Is Hiring 195 to Crack Down on Tax Evasion.. ROBERT SLAVIN, Bond Buyer, NOV 15, 2013.. The Puerto Rico Treasury is taking a variety of steps to crack down on tax evasion, including hiring 195 professionals to crack down on the practice.. The Treasury is attacking evasion through criminal prosecutions and civil fines, a media campaign, the additional fiscal oversight personnel, and new audits, Treasury Secretary Melba Acosta Febo said.. Tennessee Governor Hesitates on Medicaid Expansion, Frustrating Many.. RICK LYMAN, New York Times, November 16, 2013.. Bill Haslam of Tennessee describes it as trying to thread a needle from 80 yards.. Mr.. Haslam is only the latest Republican tailor trying to figure out whether to expand the state s Medicaid rolls as prescribed by President Obama s Affordable Care Act.. In his case, it involves trying so far unsuccessfully to balance some sharply conflicting concerns: struggling hospitals, local business groups, dwindling state resources and fierce conservative opposition to the new health care law.. VA: Gov.. -elect Terry McAuliffe courted Va.. labor and business.. Can he keep both sides happy?.. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post: November 16.. Although corporate executives and union leaders express confidence that McAuliffe can somehow be both pro-business and pro-labor, there are signs that McAuliffe is still trying to find the right balance after running as a liberal Democrat on some issues and promising to govern as a centrist on others.. We looked at this as a watershed, said Harold Schaitberger, general president of the D.. -based International Association of Fire Fighters, which gave $325,000 to McAuliffe and other Virginia Democrats.. If we re able to elect a business-friendly progressive in the commonwealth of Virginia, then you could see this as a measurable moment and maybe a reflection or a harbinger of where we see ourselves going in 2014, when we have 36 gubernatorial races.. WA: Spin Control: Right-to-work weird for Washington.. Jim Camden The Spokesman-Review, November 17, 2013.. Somewhere in the great beyond, James Big Jim Farley is having a good day.. The former Tammany Hall boss and political strategist for Franklin Delano Roosevelt may have been pulled out of a celestial poker game late last week when word drifted heavenward about a news release from state Sen.. Mike Baumgartner.. The Spokane Republican came up with a solution to the fix Washington could find itself in after Boeing s union machinists voted down a contract extension that would have guaranteed the 777X be built in the state.. Call a special session to turn Washington into a right-to-work state, Baumgartner said.. So, to review, a Democratic challenger is criticizing an incumbent Republican who is criticizing a Democratic governor over an idea that is completely out of step with the state s history and political landscape and has prospects of coming to fruition that might be measured in negative numbers.. WI: Fact-checking Gov.. Scott Walker's new book.. Tom Kertscher, Dave Umhoefer PolitiFact, Sunday, November 17th, 2013.. Scott Walker's new book makes a number of statements that we've fact-checked before.. In his memoir due out Tuesday, Gov.. Scott Walker recounts how he secretly crafted a plan "that gets rid of the unions and eliminates collective bargaining.. In the process, Walker makes some new claims but also touches on statements that, in one form or another, we ve previously rated on the Truth-O-Meter.. Here s a rundown of some of those claims from an advance copy of "Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge.. WI: Governor Scott Walker calls for special session that would aid 77,000.. Todd Richmond Associated Press, Nov 15, 2013.. Scott Walker called a special legislative session Thursday to extend the deadline for moving 77,000 people off Medicaid until April, saying they need more time to sign up for private insurance through the problematic online federal health care exchange.. WV: Kanawha County Library says privatization unlikely.. Shay Maunz Daily Mail, Sunday November 17, 2013.. As the Kanawha County public library system prepares to cut 40 percent of its budget in the coming months, there have been public rumblings about the library's efficiency.. Could the library system privatize, in a move toward greater cost efficiency?.. Generally, the idea of privatization has been met with reluctance, if not disgust, among the public library community.. In 2001, the American Library Association adopted a policy statement rejecting privatization, saying that libraries "should remain directly accountable to the publics they serve," and therefore opposing "the shifting of policy making and management oversight of library services from the public to the private for-profit sector..

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  • Title: AFSCME | November 15, 2013
    Descriptive info: November 15, 2013.. November 15, 2013.. Social Security benefits may be on table in budget talks.. Kevin G.. Hall and William Douglas McClatchy: Thursday, Nov.. 14, 2013.. With congressional budget negotiations moving behind closed doors, one item apparently on the table is changing the way cost-of-living adjustments are calculated for seniors, veterans and other recipients of government benefits.. That s why.. groups.. representing seniors and veterans were out in front of the White House Thursday afternoon, demanding that the president and Congress back off of the changes.. While many advocacy groups favor a better measure of inflation as it affects seniors, it s not clear the experimental index is ready for prime time, said Keith Hall, who until 2012 headed the Bureau of Labor Statistics.. Obama Moves to Avert Cancellation of Insurance.. ASHLEY PARKER and ROBERT PEAR, New York Times, November 14, 2013.. President Obama, trying to quell a growing furor over the rollout of his health care law, bowed to bipartisan pressure on Thursday and announced a policy reversal that would allow insurance companies to temporarily keep people on health plans that were to be canceled under the new law because they did not meet minimum standards.. National Labor College Will Close Its Doors.. Chronicle of Higher Education, November 14, 2013 by Goldie Blumenstyk.. In a brief.. statement.. on its website, the National Labor College announced on Wednesday that its board had reluctantly decided to accept the inevitability of our closure because of continuing financial difficulties.. The beleaguered college, which began in 1969 as a labor-studies center to educate working adults who belonged to labor unions, has granted baccalaureate degrees since 1997, serving students both online and on its campus, in a Maryland suburb of Washington, D.. State Republicans making the case for Internet sales tax to Congress.. Reid Wilson, Washington Post: November 14 at 2:03 pm.. Republicans aren t usually the ones making the case for taxes, but on Thursday, state lawmakers from across the country are bombarding Capitol Hill to push a measure that would require Internet-based companies to remit sales taxes back to the states.. The Senate passed the Marketplace Fairness Act earlier this year, but the measure has been stuck in the House Judiciary Committee, where chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.. ) says he still has concerns.. Karl Rove-Backed Groups Raised $325 Million in 2012 Cycle.. Thomas Catan and Brody Mullins Wall Street Journal, November 14, 2013, 5:38 PM.. Two Karl Rove-backed Republican campaign groups raised more than $325 million during the 2012 election cycle, a draft tax return shows, a record haul for an outside political group that for the first time eclipses the fundraising efforts of a national political party.. That total means American Crossroads and its nonprofit sibling, Crossroads GPS, together outraised the Democratic National Committee, which took in $316 million during the 2012 cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan group that tracks campaign spending.. Americans For Prosperity Spent Record Cash In 2012.. Center for Public Integrity | By Michael Beckel 11/14/2013 2:43 pm EST.. Americans for Prosperity the main political arm of billionaire industrialist brothers Charles and David Koch spent a staggering $122 million last year as it unsuccessfully attempted to defeat President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats, according to a Center for Public Integrity review of documents filed in Colorado.. That's more than the total amount the group had previously spent from its formation in 2004 through 2011.. Groups Mobilize to Aid Democrats in 14 Data Arms Race.. NICHOLAS CONFESSORE, New York Times, November 14, 2013.. Those involved with the new effort say they are not waiting to find out.. The initiative, as yet unnamed, will be based at Catalist, a for-profit cooperative founded in 2006 by Harold Ickes, a former aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton, and others.. Improving Catalist was part of that drive, alliance officials said.. The group serves as a kind of data hub for dozens of labor unions, liberal advocacy groups and super PACs, maintaining a shared national voter file that is continually updated with commercial and consumer data.. Catalist was also involved in the governor s election this month in Virginia and in the victorious mayoral campaign of Bill de Blasio in New York City.. Democrats say minimum-wage battles to help 2014 turnout.. Fredreka Schouten, USA TODAY 8:56 a.. EST November 14, 2013.. Five states approve minimum wage hikes this year Democrats say a slew of new ballot measures could increase their party's turnout in key states next year Republicans say flawed rollout of the Affordable Care Act will be top issue in 2014 races SHARE 215 CONNECT 78 TWEET 63 COMMENT EMAIL MORE WASHINGTON Democrats hope a slew of potential ballot initiatives to increase the minimum wage next year in key states will drive up voter turnout and help their party in midterm congressional elections.. Janet Yellen Shames Congress For Austerity, Being Terrible.. The Huffington Post | By Mark Gongloff 11/14/2013 3:13 pm.. Yellen reminded lawmakers of their sheer terribleness during a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Thursday about her nomination to replace Bernanke as chair of the Federal Reserve when his term ends in January.. Republican senators moaned and groaned, as usual, about the Fed's extreme easy-money policies.. Yellen reminded everybody that Congress has forced the Fed to act by constantly imposing harsh austerity measures on an economy still recovering from a financial crisis and deep recession.. "We are worried about a fragile recovery, and a more supportive fiscal policy, or one that at least had less drag, that did no harm, would make life easier," she added later.. Under My Thumb.. TIMOTHY EGAN, New York Times, November 14, 2013.. This is how the middle class dies, not with a bang, but a forced squeeze.. After a global corporation posts record profits, it asks the state that has long nurtured its growth for the nation s biggest single tax break, and then tells the people who make its products that their pension plan will be frozen, their benefits slashed, their pay raises meager.. Take it or we leave.. And everyone caves.. But then came the final item, a vote of the people who actually assemble the planes.. By a 2-1 margin on Wednesday, the machinists of Puget Sound told Boeing to stuff it.. The state agreed to subsidize Boeing to the tune of $500 million a year over 16 years.. That s twice what the state gives to the University of Washington, the region s flagship college, long an elevator to the middle class.. Maybe the university should threaten to leave town.. FACEBOOK AND GOOGLE PUSHED TO EXPLAIN ALEC MEMBERSHIP AT GREENPEACE EVENT.. 14th November 2013 by Yevgeniy Sverdlik Datacenter Dynamics.. The uneasiness that set in during what had been a fairly plain-vanilla panel discussion even after the moderator cut the audience member who had asked the uncomfortable question off lingered for a while.. He had confronted the men who make corporate sustainability and energy procurement decisions for Facebook and Google, respectively, about the two companies' membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council.. CA: Gov.. Brown to UC: Don't count on state for another budget increase.. Katy Murphy bayareanewsgroup.. com 11/14/2013 01:29:28 PM.. Jerry Brown handed the University of California and its new president, Janet Napolitano, what he called "a reality sandwich" on Thursday, saying it's unlikely state politicians will give the system the extra funding it wants for next year.. CA: UC graduate students, service workers call for strike.. Kara Guzman Santa Cruz Sentinel 11/14/2013 11:11:22 AM.. The University of California service workers union, nurses union and graduate student union are calling for a system-wide one-day strike on Wednesday.. At UC Santa Cruz, about 550 patient care and service workers and 620 graduate student workers are union members.. AFSCME spokesman, Todd Stenhouse, said the crux of the issue is safety.. CA: Santa Rosa city employees may seek large union ally.. KEVIN McCALLUM THE PRESS DEMOCRAT November 14, 2013.. Frustrated by the lack of progress at the bargaining table, the largest labor group representing Santa Rosa's city employees may align with a national union to give itself more firepower in negotiations with the city.. The board of the Santa Rosa City Employees Association is recommending its more than 400 members align with a national labor organization like the  ...   DETROIT NEWS, NOVEMBER 14, 2013 AT 1:20 PM.. The emergency manager s office on Thursday released additional details of the first collective bargaining agreement negotiated between the city and one of its unions since Kevyn Orr s appointment in March, hailing it as a model for other city unions.. The five-year deal with Detroit emergency medical technicians and the Police Officers Association of Michigan, disclosed by Orr on Wednesday, will restore previous wage cuts and implements proposed pension and health care restructuring that s designed to control costs and maintain services.. MI: MEA defends actions in right-to-work lawsuit, Michigan Senate investigation.. By Brian Smith | mlive.. com, November 14, 2013 at 11:49 AM.. A group of teachers who have filed unfair labor practices claims against the Michigan Education Association alleging the union violated the state's right-to-work law did not abide by their union membership agreement, an MEA spokesman says.. The suit, filed by the legal foundation arm of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a free-market think tank which supported right-to-work's passage, alleges that eight MEA members were not allowed to withdraw from the union following the law's enactment.. MN: How Minnesota could solve coming home-care worker shortage.. Lee Egerstrom | 11/14/13 Minn Post.. Minnesota is projecting a shortage of as many as 53,000 home health-care workers by the end of this decade.. In order to avoid forcing older Minnesotans and people with disabilities into nursing homes because of this shortage, there are several steps we must take to professionalize the industry, raise wages and provide better benefits.. Two models that can work in tandem involve unionizing home-care workers, which is currently under way, and forming worker-owned cooperatives.. Nevada PERS must turn over data on public employee retirees.. SEAN WHALEY LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, November 14, 2013 - 4:02pm.. The Nevada Supreme Court on Thursday.. upheld.. a lower court ruling that found information about public employee retirees sought by the Reno Gazette-Journal is public information.. In a unanimous decision written by Justice Ron Parraguirre, the court said concerns raised by the attorney for the Public Employees Retirement System about the potential for identity theft were hypothetical and speculative.. The lower court did not abuse its discretion in ordering PERS to provide the requested information to the extent that it is maintained in a medium separate from individuals files, he said in the decision.. NY: Westchester CSEA asks for contract on eve of budget season.. 14 November 2013, 4:52 pm by Elizabeth Ganga, lohud.. CSEA Unit 9200, which represents the majority of Westchester County workers, put out a statement Thursday in anticipation of the release of the county budget proposal Friday calling for a fair, reasonable and responsible contract with the CSEA-represented county employees who have been working under an expired contract since Jan.. 1, 2012.. County Executive Rob Astorino has publicly insisted on health premium contributions from employees as a part of any new contract.. NY: Slight tax hike for Steuben residents in '14 budget proposal.. The Leader Derrick Nov.. 14, 2013 @ 5:47 pm.. Steuben County residents will see a small hike in their tax bills next year, Administrator Mark Alger said as he rolled out the county's $187 million budget proposal.. Another priority will be to sell the nursing facility to a private operator, which will save the county millions annually and will ultimately be the only way to ensure the facility stays open, Alger said.. Although the sale has been challenged in court by the nursing facility's labor union, the CSEA, Alger said he hopes the sale will be finalized by June.. OR: Health exchange board puts director Rocky King on notice over stalled website.. Nick Budnick | oregonian.. com November 14, 2013 at 7:27 pm.. The board of Oregon's semi-functioning health exchange sent a stern message to the head of Cover Oregon on Thursday, demanding clear information of when its semi-functioning website will work and precisely how Rocky King and his staff intend to get people enrolled by Jan.. Ken Allen, another board member, said the group's frustration is "pretty high.. " Allen who heads Oregon AFSCME Council 75, a public employees union, complained to Budnar that a congressman had called him asking whether he'd cast the wrong vote.. PA: Audit criticizes delays in payments for Pennsylvania caregivers.. November 14, 2013 3:02 PM Kate Giammarise / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.. Years of poor oversight by the Department of Public Welfare, followed by a botched transition into a new payroll system for workers caring for the elderly and disabled, caused thousands of those caregivers to go without paychecks for months and harmed the well-being of the state's most vulnerable residents, according to a state.. audit.. released Thursday.. The caregivers are not state employees -- they are a mix of family members and independent contractors who are employed by either a third-party care agency, or by the seniors and disabled themselves.. PR: Reservations with teachers retirement proposal.. (English.. translation.. ) November 13, 2013 - Maricarmen Rivera Sanchez, Vocero.. Contrary to what seems to understand the governor, Alejandro Garcia Padilla, the issue of retirement of teachers is far from being solved because the teachers even have reservations with the proposals that may present administration to save the fiscal crisis of this system.. García Padilla was surprised yesterday with objections from union leaders and said he was unaware why they decided to "revisit" the issue after a meeting last week in La Fortaleza.. RI: Moody's: R.. I.. Cities Turn to Health Care Exchanges.. PAUL BURTON, Bond Buyer, NOV 14, 2013 10:20am.. Rhode Island municipalities are shifting retirees onto new health-care exchanges, reducing benefits and raising employee co-pays to curb soaring costs, according to Moody's Investors Service.. Ocean State municipalities are joining cities such as Chicago in using new and multiple strategies to provide budget relief in this area, the rating company said in a report Thursday morning.. Local governments' employee and retiree health care costs, which account for 6% to 14% of their operating expenses, are increasing faster than the rate of inflation because of the state's aging workforce, increasing life expectancy of retirees, and growth in per-capita use of healthcare services, according to Moody's.. WA: Seattle s universal preschool plans hit union meeting snag.. Lynn Thompson Seattle Times, November 14, 2013 at 8:37 PM.. In late September, Mayor Mike McGinn announced his support for universal preschool in Seattle and a goal of stabilizing the child-care workforce to improve teacher quality and prevent disruption of services to young children and their families.. Since then, city directives have told child-care providers who contract with the city that they must meet with union representatives by Dec.. 1 or lose city funding.. WI: Appeals Court says county illegally cut pension multiplier for some employees.. Steve Schultze Nov.. 14, 2013 Journal Sentinel.. The state Appeals Court.. ruled.. Thursday that Milwaukee County illegally cut pensions for its employees in 2011 by 20%, a ruling that could have broader implications on other pension limits.. The ruling if it stands could affect other county employees who also had pension credit cut, according to union and county officials.. nion leaders praised the Appeals Court ruling and urged county officials not to appeal it further.. Pensions are "an established property right that can't be touched," said Dave Eisner, contract administrator for District Council 48 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.. WI: Bill Lueders: Walker's book is bluntly revealing.. November 12, 2013 11:30 am BILL LUEDERS, Capital Times.. At one point, Walker tells how he cheered his staff by sharing a conservative website's top 10 list of signs "you might be a member of a public-sector union.. " These included: "You get paid twice as much as a private-sector person doing the same job but make up the difference by doing half as much work.. WV: Payroll Mix-Up Uncovered in Belmont County Offices.. November 14, 2013 By JOSELYN KING - The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register.. Belmont County commissioners wonder if they can recall two laid off county Department of Job and Family Services caseworkers after DJFS officials told them two drivers on their payroll actually were hired as county Senior Services employees.. Fijalkowksi said she had the same question, and she was to speak with a representative of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees..

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    Descriptive info: org Blog Feed.. http://www.. afscme.. org/rss/blog.. org Blog.. Tue, 3 May 2011 05:00:00 +0000.. AMPS.. en.. hourly.. AFSCME Celebrates 50th Anniversary of â War on Povertyâ.. org/blog/afscme-celebrates-50th-anniversary-of-war-on-poverty.. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 12:00:00 -0500.. Today, AFSCME celebrates the.. 50th anniversary of Pres.. Lyndon Johnson s declaration of the War on Poverty.. that inspired the creation of Medicare and Medicaid, food stamps (SNAP), subsidized child care, Head Start, housing assistance, and many other programs that continue to help America s seniors and low-income families.. Lee Saunders praised AFSCME members for the work they do that contributes to the effectiveness of these programs.. Every day, AFSCME members work to maximize the effectiveness of anti-poverty programs, he said.. Our members determine eligibility for social insurance and anti-poverty programs, and provide child care and home care services for the elderly and persons with disabilities.. At a time of rising income inequality in our nation, it is important to reflect on the poverty-reduction benefits of these safety net programs and on ways we must.. strengthen them for future generations.. Since mid-2009, 95 percent of all increased income in the U.. was sucked up by the wealthiest 1 percent, even as today.. Congress continues to deny jobless benefits to the long-term unemployed.. , who rely on them to survive.. Worsening income inequality is threatening the very existence of the middle class, Saunders said.. To protect and grow the middle class, we must remove impediments to union organizing for public and private sector workers.. Congress must pass legislation that will create jobs.. We must increase the federal minimum wage so jobs pay enough to lift families out of poverty.. And wealthy individuals and corporations must pay their fair share in taxes to fund job growth and other initiatives that will rebuild the middle class.. Join us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty by telling us your stories.. here.. Tell us how as an AFSCME member you work to help families make ends meet, and how you and your family may have benefitted from safety net programs.. The War on Poverty is far from over.. Today, AFSCME renews its commitment to protect the safety net programs that benefitted so many working families in the past 50 years and to strengthen them for future generations.. ]]>.. org/blog/outsourcing-defeated-costly-contract-ending-in-illinois.. Fri, 03 Jan 2014 15:09:00 -0500.. A for-profit company s $77 million contract with the state of Illinois will end next April and the work placed back into the hands of public employees following a ruling sought by.. AFSCME Council 31.. The council contended the state violated its collective bargaining contract with the union by outsourcing work reviewing Medicaid eligibility to Maximus Health Services of Virginia.. During legislative hearings in September, AFSCME demonstrated the state would save more than $18 million annually by returning the outsourced work to AFSCME-represented state employees.. The state acknowledged as much, since the Maximus call-center workers performed casework that duplicated the functions state workers were required to repeat under federal Medicaid rule law.. In June,.. an independent arbitrator sided with AFSCME and ordered the contract canceled.. The cancelation takes effect April 30.. The arbitrator s order is a victory for Illinois taxpayers, said Council 31 Exec.. Dir.. and AFSCME.. International vice Pres.. Henry Bayer.. Wasteful spending on a private contract will be eliminated.. Trained professional caseworkers will replace unqualified call centers.. State government will ensure that Medicaid is available to those who need it, and will be cut off from those who don t.. The arbitrator s decision requires the state to hire enough caseworkers to ensure the work of eliminating ineligible Medicaid clients will be handled in-house by April.. However, Maximus will still continue to provide some software and support services until June 2015.. Read more about this victory over outsourcing here.. org/blog/pennsylvania-afscme-members-win-compensation.. Mon, 23 Dec 2013 14:40:43 -0500.. Thanks to the work of AFSCME in Pennsylvania, 84 laid-off employees of the shuttered Saint Catherine Medical Center in Fountain Springs received nearly $600,000 in back pay and other compensation following the closure of their facility last year.. The affected workers members of Local 2482 (AFSCME District Council 89) were thrown out of work in April 2012 after.. the medical center closed.. with less than a week s notice.. At the time many of the employees were still owed up to six weeks of pay for work performed.. Council 13 immediately filed a claim for unpaid wages on behalf of the workers.. It also filed claims for unpaid accrued time off, for short-term disability and supplemental life insurance premiums, and for deducted retirement contributions.. The council also sought compensation for the employees because management failed to give the workers 60 days notice, required by the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act.. In March, employees reunited at the closed facility to hear good news: AFSCME District Council 89 Dir.. Michael Fox, also an.. AFSCME International vice president.. , and attorneys for Council 13, announced they won their back wages claim.. Collectively, the workers received more than $190,000.. More recently, they received $400,000 for their WARN Act claim.. Bankruptcy courts in both Wyoming and Pennsylvania agreed to the compensation nearly the full amount of AFSCME s claim.. Action is pending on the other claims.. These 84 employees were left out in the cold by corporate America, said Fox.. Our union refused to give up on them.. We wanted to get them everything we possibly could.. We wanted to make sure these folks got their checks before Christmas.. org/blog/iowa-state-education-bargaining-unit-votes-for-afscme.. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:28:00 -0500.. Nearly 450 employees in the state of Iowa s education bargaining unit voted this week to be represented by.. AFSCME Iowa Council 61.. in the largest bargaining unit election won by the council since the 1990s.. Education unit employees include teachers in state institutions; librarians; workers who assist disabled Iowans in obtaining services and benefits; workers who assist school districts in designing curricula and improving special education and school lunch services; and many other employees.. The state of Iowa s education bargaining unit dates back to the beginning of Iowa s public employee collective bargaining law in the 1970s.. However, until now, the unit remained without union representation.. The results of the mailed ballot election were announced by the.. Iowa Public Employment Relations Board.. Education unit employees saw the benefits of having a seat at the bargaining table and having a voice in determining their pay, benefits and working conditions.. Several education unit employees contacted AFSCME Iowa Council 61 about organizing.. Council 61 organizers and national union organizers worked closely with these volunteer leaders to reach out to hundreds of state employees in person.. These efforts made a difference, vote by vote, and signed green card by signed green card.. We welcome our new sisters and brothers in the state of Iowa education unit.. Danny Homan.. is also an AFSCME International vice president.. New Study Shows that Corporate Tax Cuts Wonâ t Create Jobs.. org/blog/new-study-shows-that-corporate-tax-cuts-wont-create-jobs.. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:08:00 -0500.. There s no correlation between low taxes and job creation.. That s the finding in a.. new report from the Center for Effective Government.. that refutes corporate CEOs, bankers and tea party members of Congress who engage in some serious magical thinking when it comes to taxes and job creation.. We ve heard these voodoo economics before: cut taxes and jobs will appear.. Right now,.. corporate tax rates are at their lowest point in 40 years.. even as profits soar.. Meanwhile, our economy is still struggling.. It s about time we questioned why these policies have yet to result in the job growth that their proponents predicted.. In the new study, The Center for Effective Government, a nonprofit group that studies the economic impact of public policy, analyzed the Fortune 500 companies that posted profits between 2008 and 2012.. Then it compared the job numbers of the companies that paid the highest tax rates to those of the companies that paid the fewest taxes.. Of the 30 companies that paid more than a third of their profits in taxes, all but eight added jobs between 2008 and 2010.. As a group, these companies reported a net gain of more than 200,000 US jobs.. Compare that to the 30 corporations that paid the lowest rates.. Many of these firms are paying no federal income taxes at all.. Even as this group raked in $159 billion in profits, only half of them added any jobs.. In total, they cut more jobs than they added, for a net result of 51,000 jobs lost.. These numbers tell a story that many of us already knew.. Corporations don t seek out lower tax rates because they re eager to start hiring.. They do it to boost profits, and they don t intend to share those profits with the rest of us.. What it all means is that billions of dollars that could be spent on education and infrastructure that benefits everyone are instead being hoarded by corporate CEOs.. The Center for Effective Government estimates that we could raise $220 billion simply by closing tax loopholes that allow corporations to hide money overseas.. Raising the federal corporate tax rate by only a few percentage points would be even more effective.. Public opinion is starting to turn against trickle-down economics.. Even Pope Francis has come out against the idea.. It s time to use that momentum to push for a tax system that benefits everyone instead of one that chases after imaginary job growth at the expense of our public programs.. You can read the entire CEG report by clicking here.. AFSCME Member Wins Personal Victory Over Outsourcing.. org/blog/afscme-member-wins-personal-victory-over-outsourcing.. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 10:40:00 -0500.. SEATTLE How many private electrical contractors does it take to screw in a light bulb? Too many to justify taking work away from South Seattle Community College employees who do it for less, says Dan Sutcliffe, the college s lead electrician.. He recently proved his point with an unfair labor practice settlement.. It was the only the second time in his 35 years at the college that Sutcliffe filed such a challenge.. Sutcliffe, a steward of Local 304 (Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE)/AFSCME Council 28), said he was determined the college should not get away with unilaterally outsourcing.. Also, he felt his co-workers needed to know this is the kind of thing the union does for them routinely.. When you start something, you can never let fear or bullying get in the way, Sutcliffe said.. No matter, if you know you're right, you don't back down.. You know you'll win eventually.. Earlier this year, Sutcliffe discovered the college outsourced to private contractors a job replacing a manual switch with an automatic switch on an emergency back-up generator, as well as conduit and wiring work for a wastewater pump.. The work constituted contracting out bargaining unit work work his position should have done faster, better and at lower cost.. You ask anyone on campus about the quality of my work and they ll say it's the best, bar none, Sutcliffe said.. Even management.. Under the Dec.. 5 settlement, the college agreed to follow a policy requiring it notify the union of potential outsourcing so members can raise concerns and enforce the rules, laws and collective bargaining agreement.. In addition, Sutcliffe s supervisor will meet with him at least weekly about upcoming electrical service projects.. It behooves us in the future to stick to contracting policies so we don t have future incidents that end up costing taxpayers more, Sutcliffe said.. They spend way too much money to contract out when it could have been done cheaper in-house, said Robin Ledbetter, the WFSE/AFSCME council representative who assisted Sutcliffe.. Sutcliffe, 74, said he challenged the outsourcing to show newer and younger employees that their union fights for them.. When I leave, I want to make sure no one is messed with, he said.. The union is here.. Elizabeth Warren to AFSCME Members: Itâ s Time to Go on Offense.. org/blog/sen-elizabeth-warren-to-afscme-members-its-time-to-go-on-offense.. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 14:12:00 -0500.. As attacks on working people continue across the nation, it can feel like there s no one in Congress willing to stick up for the middle class.. But at least one Senator is speaking out on labor issues.. On Tuesday, Sen.. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts addressed AFSCME s International Vice Presidents at the union s headquarters.. There are two very different visions of America s future competing in Washington.. The Republican vision is I ve got mine, and the rest of you are on your own, she told AFSCME members.. You are a threat to them, because every single day you are living out a different vision.. People who go into public service are putting other people s families first.. They are putting the community first.. As Congress searches for a course of action on government funding, allies like Warren aren t just working to hold off painful cuts they re speaking up for an expanded social safety net.. Warren called for raising the minimum wage and increasing Social Security benefits.. She argues that doomsday predictions of a Social Security crisis are exaggerated by those who would rather slash retirement benefits.. We don t have to make cuts to people s benefits to make this work, Warren said.. In fact, we can make adjustments and increase benefits.. She also criticized the pension cuts that have hit retirees across the country.. No one turned to the CEOs of the big banks and said, now that we re in trouble, why don t you give back part of the paycheck that you earned over the past twenty years? No one says that to the guys at the top.. Warren grew up the daughter of a custodian and attended a state university for only $50 a semester in 1970.. By 1992 she was a professor at Harvard Law.. She attributes her success to a strong middle-class society that is now under attack.. AFSCME is proud to stand with Senator Warren and others who champion the values of ordinary Americans.. I can think of few other Senators who stand with us on so many issues, AFSCME Pres.. Will County, Ill.. , AFSCME Members Ratify New Contract After Lengthy Struggle, Strike.. org/blog/will-county-ill-afscme-members-ratify-new-contract-after-lengthy-struggle-strike.. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 14:06:25 -0500.. Members of AFSCME Local 1028 ratified a new contract last week after a 15-month long struggle for fair pay, affordable health care and respect on the job.. The pact was reached after a 16-day strike by more than 1,000 frontline county employees.. An overwhelming majority voted to ratify the contract.. Workers stood up with the support of their community.. Our strike was about ensuring county employees have the fair pay and affordable health care they deserve in return for their hard work, dedication and service to county residents, Local 1028 Pres.. Dave Delrose said.. We didn t want to see our wages lose ground when the cost of living goes up, and we weren't going to accept a health plan where the lowest-paid employees were asked to do more than the highest-paid.. By standing together we reached a fair settlement that achieves those goals.. The new contract is a four-year agreement retroactive to Dec.. 1, 2012, and extending through Nov.. 30, 2016.. It includes cost-of-living wage increases totaling 4.. 5 percent.. Importantly, it eliminates the county pay plan's two bottom steps, in effect adjusting the wage scale upward a further 5 percent while ensuring that employees will continue to receive step increases.. The agreement also ensures that increased costs for health care are shared equitably based on employees' ability to pay.. County employees already went four years without a cost-of-living increase, and 40 percent earned less than $30,000 a year.. Despite that, they were earlier asked to accept a proposal that would have drastically increased health care costs without adequate wage increases, making it effectively a pay cut for many workers.. Local 1028 members went.. on strike Nov.. 18 after the county refused to agree to a contract that included fair wages and affordable health insurance costs.. Will County employees stood up and won fairness, justice and respect on the job, Council 31 Exec.. Henry Bayer, also an AFSCME International vice president, said.. The unity and determination of AFSCME Local 1028 members to fight for what's right, no matter the odds, sets an example for us all.. We thank everyone in the community for the tremendous outpouring of support, Delrose said.. To everyone who hung a sign or joined our picket lines, donated to our cause or just honked and waved, we couldn't have done it without you.. Now we're glad to be back at work, serving you, our neighbors and the countless friends across the county that we never knew we had.. We Are AFSCME: This Retiree Stands Up for Retirement Security.. org/blog/we-are-afscme-this-retiree-stands-up-for-retirement-security.. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 12:44:00 -0500.. A member of Retired Public Employees Council of Washington, Chapter 10, Mary Marbles is one of the many activists who make AFSCME a powerful voice for retirees across the country.. We recently asked her to share her thoughts with us about being an AFSCME member.. How long have you been active with AFSCME?.. I got involved in AFSCME when I was working for the Harbor View Medical Center at the University of Washington.. I worked there for 30 years in medical records and patient registration.. During my time at the hospital I became a union member and got very involved with my local.. I retired in 1999.. What do you do as part of the retiree chapter?.. I am the secretary.. In all my years there I have missed maybe one executive board meeting.. As for our activities, we go to a lot of conventions and conferences and set up booths.. We go to the legislature for lobby days.. We want to let people know that we retirees exist.. What would you say to other retirees?.. We have a big fight: I am very concerned about our pensions and Medicare and Social Security.. Our retirees need to come in and help us be advocates for our retirement security that we ve earned.. We re out there constantly petitioning our legislators to protect against harmful cuts.. I would invite other retirees to help us fight.. Remembering the Newtown School Massacre One Year Ago.. org/blog/remembering-the-newtown-school-massacre-one-year-ago.. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 12:00:00 -0500.. AFSCME members join the nation in honoring the 20 children and six adult educators of Sandy Hook Elementary School slain in Newtown, Conn.. , on Dec.. 14, 2012.. Many of the police officers, emergency dispatchers and other public service workers who responded that day are members of AFSCME.. Our members rushed toward danger, helped children, parents and townspeople and, even as they dealt with their own grief and trauma, aided the recovery effort in the days and weeks that followed.. In the moments immediately following the first call of shots fired,.. the Newtown Police Department reacted with professionalism and heroism..  ...   interests of the organization first.. This might surprise those who thought legislators should put the interests of.. voters.. first.. The lengthy.. Guardian.. article was only part of the fun for ALEC.. This week the group is marking its anniversary with a.. secret policy summit in the basement of a Washington, D.. hotel.. The organization was called out by protestors who showed up en masse to counter their corporate agenda with a working-class perspective.. Over 100 people demonstrated, many of them holding picket signs that read Stop the War on Workers!.. The demonstration didn t pull ALEC and its legislative lackeys out of hiding, but it did highlight the increasing heat that the organization is facing as a result of its greed-driven agenda.. As more details emerge about the reach of corporate dollars in our state capitols, ALEC and its allies are increasingly on the defensive.. It s time to get them out of politics for good.. org/blog/nelson-mandela-champion-of-democracy-justice-and-freedom-dies-at-95.. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0500.. Nelson.. Mandela, a peaceful champion of democracy and freedom, died Thursday.. at the age of 95.. AFSCME joins the world in mourning the death of Nelson Mandela, Pres.. AFSCME is eternally grateful to President Mandela for the sacrifices he made in the fight for freedom.. The world s most-famous, political prisoner refused to let 27 years of imprisonment deter him from ending apartheid and bringing democracy to South Africa.. Throughout his life he carried a message of hope, peace, equality and non-violence.. Former AFSCME Sec.. William Lucy was a founding member of the Free South Africa Movement, and AFSCME leaders including Lucy and former Pres.. Gerald W.. McEntee participated in demonstrations to protest apartheid at the South African Embassy.. This anti-apartheid support was not forgotten.. On Mandela s first trip to the U.. after being freed from prison, one of his few stops was the 1990 AFSCME International Convention in Miami.. Through our support of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, we were fortunate to establish a special relationship with Mandela, Saunders said.. Thousands of union activists at the convention in Miami were inspired by his courage, perseverance and his dedication to South Africa and its people.. The members of AFSCME will remember Mandela as a peaceful and powerful voice for freedom.. What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived, Mandela said at a speech in Johannesburg, South Africa.. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.. Detroitâ s Workers, Retirees Lose in Bankruptcy Court Ruling.. org/blog/detroits-workers-retirees-lose-in-bankruptcy-court-ruling.. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 07:00:00 -0500.. Tuesday s ruling that Detroit can be pushed into bankruptcy by Gov.. Rick Snyder deals a devastating blow to the retirement security of that city s public service workers.. AFSCME immediately filed an appeal.. on behalf of the men and women whose pensions average $19,000 a year after careers dedicated to improving the lives of their fellow citizens.. The ruling was clearly a boon for the anti-worker governor, who slashed Detroit s share of state revenue by $66 million from 2011 to 2012, and cut corporate taxes that have drained the city s coffers.. Back in July, at the same time he was pushing for the bankruptcy plan that now threatens modest retiree pensions, Snyder gave the go-ahead for a new hockey arena in downtown Detroit, to be paid for in part with $285 million in state tax dollars.. Nation.. magazine contributor John Nichols noted: There is no question that Detroit, like many American cities, faces fiscal challenges.. But instead of assuring that those challenges are met in the most humane and functional manner, the city is being steered into a wrenching process of restructuring that by all appearances will be based on flawed math, flawed priorities and an exceptionally flawed understanding of how democracy is supposed to work.. The decision could further embolden right-wing lawmakers across the country who have been protecting corporate subsidies at the expense of public services.. The city s public service workers did not put the city into bankruptcy through their retirement system.. In fact, they sacrificed to keep the city solvent, accepting $160 million in annual savings from a 10 percent pay cut, health benefit reductions and a 40 percent cut in future pension benefits.. A lack of revenue did the damage revenue that disappeared as jobs vanished overseas and to other states that offered tax breaks to move.. The victims of this decision are people who worked decades in the public service.. Appearing on MSNBC s Jansing Co, AFSCME President Lee Saunders declared, Those who play by the rules every single day, who struggle every day to put bread on their tables and pay their mortgages, should not be punished for problems they did not create.. They cannot restructure their debt as Wall Street banks and corporations can.. It s unfair and immoral to attack these retirees and workers.. Pension Theft: Illinois Senate and House pass bill slashing retirement benefits.. org/blog/pension-theft-illinois-senate-and-house-pass-bill-slashing-retirement-benefits.. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 12:00:00 -0500.. Illinois lawmakers voted yesterday to sharply reduce the pensions of active and retired state and university employees and teachers, despite tens of thousands of phone calls and legislative office visits by union members in the final days, and hours of emotional, back-and-forth debate on the floors of the state House and Senate.. "This is no victory for Illinois, but a dark day for its citizens and public servants, the AFSCME Council 31-led.. We Are One Illinois.. union coalition said in a statement after the votes.. Teachers, caregivers, police, and others stand to lose huge portions of their life savings because politicians chose to threaten their retirement security.. The We Are One Illinois coalition vowed to challenge the matter in court.. The passage of the bill amounts to a cash grab of $100 billion taken directly from public employees who were promised these benefits by the state, and that they earned over the course of their careers in public service.. The measure raises the retirement age up to five years for many state workers and scales back the size of and even skips some annual cost-of-living increases for retirees.. "A majority of legislators ignored and defied their oaths of office today, We Are One said, referring to the passage of the bill that many believe violates the state s constitution.. In fact, Senate President John Cullerton, whose earlier union-backed plan to curb pension spending was stymied by House Speaker Michael Madigan, said he remained concerned.. "I think the bill has serious constitutional problems, said Cullerton.. I've made that clear from the start, but now it's in front of the court and they can decide.. org/blog/afscme-supports-fast-for-immigration-reform.. More than 10,000 people across the nation are subsisting on water to protest our broken immigration system and highlight the pressing need for comprehensive reform.. On Tuesday, a group of community leaders met on the National Mall to pledge their support to those who are fasting.. Among them were Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, United Farm Workers leader Dolores Huerta, and more than a dozen members of Congress, including Nacy Pelosi, John Lewis, and Steny Hoyer.. In front of a field of crosses arranged to represent the more than 400 people who die crossing the border each year, movement leaders called for solidarity and action.. Lee Saunders met with the fasters yesterday, as he did last week, and pledged our union s full support.. We don t have to be immigrants to share in the cause, Saunders said.. I may not have suffered the conditions that undocumented workers face each day, but I am part of a labor movement that hopes to lift up all workers.. Some have not eaten since Nov.. 12, when the effort,.. called Fast for Families: A Call for Immigration Reform and Citizenship.. , began on the National Mall.. On Tuesday the core group of fasters ceremonially handed over their fast to a new set of activists, including Rep.. Joe Kennedy, who will carry the cause through the holidays.. The fasters are calling attention to the delay tactics of the House Republican leadership, and demanding that immigration reform come to the floor for a vote.. Barack Obama and Vice Pres.. Joe Biden have visited the fasters in recent weeks to offer their support.. Comprehensive immigration reform is currently pending consideration in Congress as HR 15.. The bill has 191 co-sponsors, including three Republicans: Jeff Denham, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and David Valadao.. AFSCME has been a leader in the fight for comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship.. , rallying and lobbying Congress, driven by the conviction that all workers deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.. We will continue the fight to do right by millions of immigrant workers and their families.. We encourage all our sisters and brothers.. who wish to join the fast to do so here.. After Tornadoes, Many Thank AFSCME Members for Recovery.. org/blog/after-tornadoes-many-thank-afscme-members-for-recovery.. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:52:00 -0500.. Kokomo, Ind.. Minutes after tornadoes ripped through the heart of this working-class city, AFSCME members were taking to the streets to clear the way for police and firefighters.. We were at the office before the police called us, preparing for cleanup, said Joe Ewing, superintendent of the Kokomo Street Dept.. We had a payloader down on Boulevard Street clearing trees out of the street so police could get by and get to people.. While residents and business owners remained huddled inside, AFSCME members were among the first out on the streets to begin the process of recovery.. The November 17 twisters destroyed 50 homes and 30 businesses and damaged 300 more but thankfully no serious injuries or deaths were reported.. We do the best we can for the people of this city, said Tim Wallace, an AFSCME Local 2185 member and street department employee.. I always do the best I can for my community.. To donate to the Kokomo Disaster Relief Fund,.. click here.. Today, some 85 AFSCME members with the city s street, parks, traffic, central garage, housing and the sewer and maintenance departments are working up to 16-hour shifts, seven days a week to clear the debris and get the city back in order.. I ve heard from so many individual homeowners in these neighborhoods thanking us for working these long hours and getting the debris cleared, Wallace said.. I clocked in at 4:59 that first Sunday until they made us stop so they could focus on getting power restored.. I ve worked every day since, 11-hour days.. The city of Kokomo and its residents should be proud and fortunate to have the caliber of workers these AFSCME members are, said superintendent Ewing.. I ve heard from residents everywhere I go who stop me and tell me how grateful they are for the wonderful job these AFSCME members have done.. Marvin Challis, an AFSCME Local 2185 member and sewer and maintenance department employee, was working to clear debris from one of the city s fire stations.. I feel for the people who lost everything.. It s devastating, he said.. I ve been a part of this community for 35 years and it hurts to see this happen.. But we ll be out here until the work is done.. Fellow union members suffered a loss as well.. UAW Local 685 s 35,000-square foot union hall fell victim to the storm s path.. The local s president also spoke to the hard work and quick response of the city s AFSCME members.. From the jump, you can always count on these guys and this city, said Rich Boruff, president of UAW Local 685.. Those AFSCME members were the first people to clear a path to our street and our union hall so we could start salvaging what we can from this building.. Gerald Arnfield, president of Local 2185, was grateful everyone was spared.. I m a new church member, and they just had a sermon about being thankful, he said.. It just hit me how lucky this town really was that it s only property we lost.. AFSCME Helps Save Chicago Breast Cancer Screenings.. org/blog/afscme-helps-save-chicago-breast-cancer-screenings.. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 10:59:00 -0500.. The City of Chicago will continue to provide breast cancer screenings to uninsured women for at least another two years thanks to a concerted campaign by AFSCME and other allies.. Breast cancer screenings help achieve early detection and save lives.. In July, the city announced a plan to outsource its breast cancer screening program to non-profit clinics, thus eliminating a program that benefits thousands of women every year, particularly.. African-American women who are twice as likely as white women to die from breast cancer.. AFSCME and public health advocates.. quickly drew attention to the issue.. , raising concerns about the capacity of private clinics to accommodate the program particularly the large, expensive mammogram machines it requires.. Many Chicago Department of Public Health employees have worked in Chicago s communities for years and have a strong personal commitment to providing health care to the medically underserved, said Jo Patton, Council 31 s director of special projects.. They are deeply saddened and extremely frustrated with the current direction of the department under Commissioner Bechara Choucair.. Commissioner Choucair has led the Chicago Department of Public Health for four years and in that time has turned the department s focus away from providing services and toward data collection.. During his tenure, the city has closed Mental Health Clinics and outsourced Neighborhood Health Centers, leading to disruptions in services and higher costs for city residents.. However, after AFSCME and its coalition partners brought attention to Choucair s plan to outsource breast cancer screenings, several key city aldermen opposed the plan.. As part of our efforts to fight outsourcing, AFSCME Council 31, in partnership with.. In The Public Interest.. , is trying to pass the Privatization Transparency and Accountability Ordinance, which would end reckless outsourcing in Chicago.. Watch this video to learn more.. AFSCME Seeks Cure for Interpreter Deficiency in California.. org/blog/afscme-seeks-cure-for-interpreter-deficiency-in-california.. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 13:49:00 -0500.. Imagine going to a hospital for treatment but your first language isn t English and you have trouble understanding the doctors.. That s the case of one in five residents of California, where there are not enough language interpreters to assist all patients who have trouble making themselves understood in English.. Today, members of.. UDW Homecare Providers/AFSCME Local 3930.. hope to change that.. Working through a group called.. Interpreting for California.. with the involvement of more than 40 organizations statewide they nearly fulfilled their ambitions this year.. The union spent a year documenting the stories of families that faced critical medical issues without an interpreter to help.. They persuaded the Legislature to pass a bill to:.. Require the state to apply for federal matching funds.. The money approximately $270 million would create approximately 7,000 interpreter jobs within a decade.. Make those interpreters eligible to join a union to improve services.. Jerry Brown vetoed the bill this fall, but Assembly Speaker John A.. Perez planned to re-introduce his legislation.. UDW and Interpreting for California will work hard to get it passed again and signed into law.. An estimated 3 million people may need some language assistance to navigate the health care system.. The interpreters know first-hand their skills are critical.. The work we do is a public service, said Korean-speaking interpreter Suk Hee Yoo.. We do this in order to help working people live healthier and longer lives.. Making it even more critical to have a trained interpreter workforce is the fact that an estimated 35 percent of Californians are expected to become newly eligible for Medi-Cal (the state s Medicaid program) under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.. Denying interpretation services to that community would be unconscionable.. Lack of interpretation in medical settings is a direct attack on immigrant and refugee communities, said Spanish-speaking interpreter Carmen Chavez.. Medical interpretation saves lives, said Doug Moore, executive director of UDW, and an.. That s why the union is leading the way with interpreters and the community to make sure all Californians can communicate with their doctor and get the care they need.. Negotiations begin for 13,000 Missouri home care attendants bargaining first contract.. org/blog/negotiations-begin-for-13000-missouri-home-care-attendants-bargaining-first-contract.. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 16:26:00 -0500.. It was a great day, five years in the making, when home care attendants met with the State of Missouri for their first-ever contract negotiation session.. The Missouri Home Care Union bargaining team on Tuesday, Nov.. 19, went over a range of issues with the state.. The first day dealt with non-economic issues such as representation rights, a voice in policies and procedures, adequate training and resolving late-payment issues.. Economic issues will be addressed in later sessions.. The next bargaining date is scheduled for Dec.. 10.. We re making it clear to the state that we re united and committed to make home care better for attendants and the people we help, our consumers, said Julia May of St.. Joseph.. I can tell we re making a difference.. The negotiations are a result of the Quality Home Care Act, which Missouri voters overwhelmingly passed in 2008.. The law opens the door to improvements in the Medicaid-funded program and allows the state s 13,000 attendants to have a voice in their work.. The Missouri Home Care Union, a partnership of AFSCME and SEIU, posted two resounding election victories and turned back right-wing legal attacks on its way to this month s historic negotiations.. Connecticut Dedicates Bridge in Honor of Fallen AFSCME Member.. org/blog/connecticut-dedicates-bridge-in-honor-of-fallen-afscme-member.. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 15:36:16 -0500.. West Haven, Ct.. The state of Connecticut recently.. dedicated a bridge spanning the cities of West Haven and New Haven.. to fallen AFSCME brother.. Robert Fumiatti, a New Haven police officer and member of Local 530 who died after he was shot in the line of duty.. Nearly 200 people attended the ceremony.. Officer Fumiatti was shot while arresting a convicted felon and died five years later on Jan.. 10, 2007.. He was a six-year veteran of the New Haven Police Department and grew up in West Haven.. The West River Bridge connects Elm Street in West Haven with Kimberly Avenue in New Haven.. The dedication in honor of brother Fumiatti is the result of work by Local 530 New Haven and Local 895 West Haven police unions, as well as AFSCME Council 15 on behalf of Officer Fumiatti and his family.. New Haven Mayor-elect Toni Harp, a former AFSCME member for the City of New Haven, joined officers and family members at the ceremony, as well as West Haven City Councilor-elect Sean Ronan, an active member of the Bridgeport Police Union, AFSCME Local 1159.. I knew Bobby for 30 years, said Lou Cavaliere, Jr.. , president of New Haven Police Local 530.. He was a great cop and a great father.. He is greatly missed.. This honor brings some closure to his family and is long overdue..

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    Descriptive info: President Saunders: â We Wonâ t Back Downâ.. org/blog/president-saunders-we-wont-back-down.. Mon, 25 Jun 2012 12:42:00 -0500.. In an.. interview with the.. New York Times.. published on Saturday.. , newly elected Pres.. Lee Saunders reaffirmed the chorus he used throughout.. AFSCME s 40th International Convention.. : We won t back down.. On legislative battles, Saunders said, We must hold politicians of all political stripes accountable.. We don t work for any political party.. We work for justice and fairness in the workplace.. If someone turns on us, it doesn t matter whether you re a Democrat or a Republican, we will take you on and take you out.. On pensions: Our members are being hurt all across the country.. We don t have all the answers, but we want to help come up with solutions.. On collective bargaining: When we enter into bargaining, our people understand that they don t want to tear apart the community.. They re part of the community.. But we don t want things shoved down our throats.. We don t want the collective bargaining process ignored.. On re-electing Pres.. Barack Obama in November: We re going to work like hell for his campaign.. Click here to read the full article.. Laura Reyes Turn to Challenges Ahead.. org/blog/afscme-pres-lee-saunders-and-sec-treas-laura-reyes-turn-to-challenges-ahead.. Fri, 22 Jun 2012 11:19:00 -0500.. Laura Reyes (Photo by Jim West).. In his first address.. as president of AFSCME, Lee Saunders told delegates to the union s.. 40th International Convention.. on Friday that members must work our hearts out to re-elect President Obama to meet the tough challenges facing labor and working families, and that the union will hold all politicians accountable for their treatment of public workers.. Our union does not work for any political party, Saunders said.. If someone takes us on, it does not matter whether they are a Democrat or a Republican, conservative or liberal.. We are taking you on and we will take you out.. The stakes are too high to do anything but, Saunders said.. This is a defining moment, not only for our nation but also for our union.. What we do will determine whether collective bargaining survives, whether members lives get better, whether retirement security is restored, whether public services are strengthened and whether the American dream is renewed.. In her remarks.. , Sec.. Laura Reyes, former president of.. UDW Homecare Providers Union/AFSCME Local 3930.. , focused on the critical importance of building a stronger union.. We will dig deep into every state, every city to organize new workers from every sector, Reyes said.. Our reason for organizing is not just to collect more dues, or boast higher numbers.. Our reason for organizing is our reason for being: to give every worker a fair shot in a world where the decks are stacked against us.. Saunders, who was elected by delegates Thursday to succeed retiring AFSCME Pres.. McEntee, began his remarks by thanking his family, and also McEntee, calling him a fearless and visionary leader who led the union for 31 years.. Saunders acknowledged Danny Donohue, president of.. CSEA/Local 1000.. , and said that though they disagreed on a number of points, now that the campaign is over, We start fresh.. What unites us is our belief in, and love for, AFSCME.. We are family, and we always will be.. The union will continue to organize, he said, even in hostile, right-to-work states, because we cannot win the fights of tomorrow unless we are growing today.. He also called for developing long-term solutions to strengthen pensions, emphasizing that most of our members pay into their pensions, and that those pensions contribute to local economies.. Reyes becomes AFSCME s first woman secretary-treasurer.. AFSCME is on a single path toward fairness for all, Reyes said.. We must bring as many as possible along for the journey.. That won t always be easy.. But I know, with Pres.. Lee Saunders as our brother and our leader, we will keep moving forward together.. Besides increasing efforts to organize new members, she said, AFSCME will fight hard for fair contracts.. Pay, pensions, non-discrimination measures, health care, workplace safety, leave it s all on the table.. And we will give up nothing for working families.. Saunders, Reyes Elected.. org/blog/saunders-reyes-elected.. Fri, 22 Jun 2012 09:01:00 -0500.. LOS ANGELES Delegates to the.. of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO (AFSCME), yesterday elected Lee Saunders to be president, and Laura Reyes to be secretary-treasurer of the union representing 1.. 6 million public service workers.. Saunders received 683,628 votes to 582,358 for Danny Donohue, CSEA/Local 1000 president, also an International vice president.. In the race for secretary-treasurer, the union s second highest-ranking officer, Laura Reyes, UDW/Local 3930 president also an IVP, received 661,413 votes to 603,624 for Alice Goff, District Council 36 president.. The election was administered by the American Arbitration Association.. Both Laura and I are commited to our members and cherish this union,.. said AFSCME President-elect Lee Saunders.. We had a vigorous and energetic campaign, but now the union will pull together to win victories for working families and our members all across this great country.. We know that Wall Street and their allies are engaged in an all-out assault against our members and the services we provide.. They know that AFSCME stands in the way of their efforts to destroy the middle class.. We are united in our commitment to stand up for the men and women who care for America s children, nurse the sick, plow our streets, collect the household trash and guard our prisons.. Our members are a cross-section of America, not some elite group as our opponents try to claim.. We are energized and ready for the battles ahead, including putting boots on the ground to ensure the re-election of Pres.. Barack Obama.. Secretary-Treasurer-elect Laura Reyes said that she would work night and day for the working families of America.. Together, we can and will stand up for fairness and for an end to the scapegoating of public service workers.. We will pull together in communities across America to find real solutions to the problems facing so many families.. McEntee, who retires today after 31 years as AFSCME president, said the delegates decision to elect Saunders and Reyes strengthens our leadership and will enhance our ability to face the challenges that await us around the country.. Laura and I are humbled and honored to have been chosen to lead AFSCME, Saunders said.. We have great respect for Danny and Alice and will work with them to move our union forward.. Saunders will be the fourth president of AFSCME since the union s formation 75 years ago in Madison, Wis.. International Vice Presidents Elected.. org/blog/international-vice-presidents-elected-friday-june-22-2012.. Fri, 22 Jun 2012 01:00:00 -0500.. The following candidates for IVP were nominated without opposition and automatically elected:.. Randy Perreira.. , Hawaii District.. Douglas Moore, Jr.. , United Domestic Workers District.. Johanna Hester.. Eliot Seide.. , North Central District.. Danny J.. Homan.. , Midwestern District.. Lawrence A.. Roehrig.. , Michigan District.. Henry L.. Bayer.. , Illinois District.. Roberta Lynch.. David Warrick.. , Central District.. John A.. Lyall.. , Ohio District.. Christopher Mabe.. Joseph P.. Rugola.. , OAPSE District.. Salvatore Luciano.. , Southern New England District.. Raglan George, Jr.. , New York State District.. David R.. Fillman.. , Pennsylvania District.. Michael Fox.. Lillian Roberts.. , New York City District.. Eddie Rodriguez.. Mary E.. Sullivan.. , Civil Service Employees Association District.. Nick LaMorte.. Kathy Garrison.. Glenard S.. Middleton, Sr.. , Capital District.. Jeanette Wynn.. , Southeastern District.. Henry Nicholas.. , NUHHCE District.. Ken Deitz.. Braulio Torres Jimenez.. , Puerto Rico District.. International Vice Presidents Contested.. CALIFORNIA DISTRICT.. CANDIDATE VOTE COUNT.. Ralph Miller 36,038.. Sandra Fox 20,763.. George Popyack 23,501.. Kathryn Lybarger 38,939.. Mark Foley 3,649.. SOUTHWESTERN DISTRICT.. Greg Powell 23,065.. Sharon Bonner 4,919.. NORTHWESTERN DISTRICT.. Ken Allen 60,502.. Greg Devereux 62,652.. James Robinson 25,451.. WISCONSIN DISTRICT.. Brian Stafford 15,496.. Gary Mitchell 23,290.. EASTERN DISTRICT.. Mattie Harrell 16,713.. Sherryl Gordon 14,126.. NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND.. Alva Arellano 25,189.. Elissa Cadillic 12,445.. California AG Harris: â We Are Too Big Too Failâ.. org/blog/california-ag-harris-we-are-too-big-too-fail.. Thu, 21 Jun 2012 16:00:00 -0500.. California Attorney General Kamala Harris (Photo by Luis Gomez).. LOS ANGELES AFSCME members lead the fight for working families every day and we must push forward on issues like justice for homeowners struggling with their mortgages and bolstering the Affordable Care Act,.. California Attorney General Kamala Harris.. told cheering delegates in an address Thursday.. On the frontlines in their jobs and in their activism, AFSCME members know what s at stake for the country, Harris said.. It s the basic idea that in these United States of America, our economy should work for everyone.. It s the idea that AFSCME and the entire AFL-CIO have always stood for: that from the day you are born til the day you die, no matter who you are or where you come from, every American should have a shot at a good education.. At a job that pays the bills.. The dignity of homeownership.. The security of a safe retirement.. And the faith that our child will have an even greater chance than we did.. AFSCME councils and locals in California, including.. UDW/Local 3930.. and.. Council 57.. , were active to get Harris elected in 2010, said Andrea Gordon, Local 1967, in her introduction of Harris.. She has shown that when we vote pro-worker policymakers into office, it can make a big difference for working families.. Harris issued delegates a rousing call to action.. I know you did not come to Los Angeles just for this week, she said.. You came to Los Angeles for the next generation.. We re here not to celebrate.. We re here to activate.. And AFSCME, one thing is absolutely clear.. It is simply not enough to fight back.. We need to fight forward.. She urged advocacy by the delegates for the Homeowners Bill of Rights which is scheduled to go before the California state Legislature next week.. And the re-election of Pres.. Barack Obama whom AFSCME members have endorsed is paramount, Harris said.. Delegates rose to their feet as she questioned the legitimacy of banks being the ones who are too big to fail.. I say it s our middle class that s too big to fail.. I say it s the American Dream of homeownership that s too big to fail.. A fair shot at a college education and the skills to get a good job.. That s too big to fail.. It s the right to organize and bargain collectively that s too big to fail.. It s our vision of an inclusive society that s too big to fail.. Marriage equality is too big to fail.. The rights of women are too big to fail.. Our immigrant communities are too big to fail.. Health care for everyone is too big to fail.. And brothers and sisters, when we work together, when we pull together, always remember,.. we.. are too big to fail.. See Attorney General Harris.. full remarks here.. , and watch excerpts below:.. Gabrielle Giffords Embodies AFSCMEâ s â Spirit of Public Serviceâ.. org/blog/gabrielle-giffords-embodies-afscmes-spirit-of-public-service.. Thu, 21 Jun 2012 15:20:00 -0500.. Sheri Van Horsen, president of AFSCME Local 3111.. LOS ANGELES AFSCME awarded its first Spirit of Public Service Award Wednesday to former U.. Rep.. Gabrielle Gabby Giffords of Arizona, for exemplifying a true public service hero.. Giffords resigned from the U.. House of Representatives on Jan.. 25, following a 2011 shooting in Tucson that left her critically wounded.. Six others were killed and 13 more wounded.. In a video award presentation, the three-term congresswoman riveted the Convention hall as she was shown making a brave return to the Capitol last summer to cast her first vote since the shooting.. Her vote was a critical one in favor of a deal to raise the federal debt limit.. Giffords thanked AFSCME delegates in the video and said she is getting stronger.. For her bravery and dedication to public service, Giffords is a worthy recipient of the first AFSCME Spirit of Public Service Award, as it honors those who are driven by the desire to do good not just for themselves, but for the public as a whole.. The award acknowledges public service heroes who have the courage to make  ...   Pres.. Joe Biden.. LOS ANGELES Vice Pres.. Joe Biden, responding Tuesday to attacks on public service workers by GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and right-wing lawmakers, told delegates of.. that they deserve unwavering respect for the work they do.. You provide the safe neighborhoods, you provide the good schools, you provide the school lunches, you provide the day care centers, you provide the hospitals, you provide the roads, you provide the ability of people to live a decent middle-class life.. We owe you.. AFSCME members have endorsed Pres.. Barack Obama and Vice President Biden for re-election and will doorknock, phonebank and rally to get out the vote this fall.. Biden had sharp words.. for the right-wing s assault on working families.. Those who want to undermine labor and reduce public services don t get we re the most professional, disciplined and well-trained workers in America.. Romney and his supporters are insisting on keeping a $4 billion-a-year tax cut for oil companies a subsidy the oil companies say they don t need, Biden said.. He pointed out that money could be used to double the amount of child care provided in the U.. He thanked AFSCME for speaking up for all working families.. You re not just in this fight because of your job.. You re in this fight because you care about the families that live next door.. See Vice President Biden s.. full address here.. Thank You, Jerry.. org/blog/thank-you-jerry.. Tue, 19 Jun 2012 11:02:00 -0500.. LOS ANGELES In a moving tribute on the opening day of.. , members from across the country spoke of the impact President McEntee had on their lives as unionists, on their fellow members, and on all working families.. His leadership goes beyond the workers, said Lillian Roberts, executive director of New York DC 37.. It goes into our communities.. Because we re people who care about people, who will serve communities.. Therefore, when he stands and fights for Social Security and all the benefits that we are enjoying, it s for everybody.. That s why this union is so powerful.. Watch video from the tribute to President McEntee here:.. AFSCME Women Fired Up and Ready to Go.. org/blog/afscme-women-fired-up-and-ready-to-go.. Tue, 19 Jun 2012 09:26:00 -0500.. LOS ANGELES As 56 percent of AFSCME s membership, the women of AFSCME are a powerful political force who can make the difference in elections in their cities and states, and return Pres.. Barack Obama to the White House in November.. During.. , the National Women s Advisory Committee is challenging AFSCME women to host a house party, a union party, or a coffee get-together to activate women from now until the November election.. At these events, we can encourage women to participate in the 2012 election by conducting voter registration drives, educating voters about the issues, and participating in phone banks, labor walks, member-to-member campaigns, and GOTV.. Delegates can stop by the National Women s Advisory Committee booth, located on the first floor of the LACC, to sign up for an AFSCME Women for Obama house party packet.. Women have the power to ensure we elect candidates who support working families.. Sisters Stepping Up!.. How did you step up the leadership ladder in AFSCME? How can other sisters do it? The National Women s Advisory Committee has launched Sisters Stepping Up! The campaign is an opportunity to talk with and be interviewed by an AFSCME sister this week to hear about her leadership journey in the union and her ideas about future women s leadership development in AFSCME.. Sisters Stepping Up! is a one-on-one interview and the information gathered will be used to strengthen women s leadership capabilities, enhance women s leadership development training, and increase the number of women in leadership roles.. It will help as we develop the Women s Leadership Academy, a new program slated for launch in 2013.. Convention attendees can drop by the National Women s Advisory Committee booth to pick up an interview form.. Completed forms may be returned to the NWAC booth daily.. Pelosi: McEntee a â Public Servant to His Coreâ.. org/blog/pelosi-mcentee-a-public-servant-to-his-core.. Tue, 19 Jun 2012 08:03:00 -0500.. LOS ANGELES On the opening day of.. , special guest Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.. ), U.. House Minority Leader, applauded Pres.. McEntee s tireless efforts for the past 56 years in AFSCME.. Striving to help people mobilize and overcome challenges to secure their fair shot at the American Dream that s what Jerry McEntee has been all about.. Watch Leader Pelosi s.. , and see excerpts below:.. Committee Meetings.. org/blog/committee-meetings-tuesday-june-19.. Tue, 19 Jun 2012 07:54:00 -0500.. Commitee Meeting schedule for Tuesday, June 19.. Meetings take place at close of session.. Committee.. Room.. Credentials.. LACC, behind Registration area.. Elections.. 511 AB.. Nominating Caucuses.. LACC Level Two Rooms, Concourse Hall.. President McEntee Urges Delegates to Fight On.. org/blog/president-mcentee-urges-delegates-to-fight-on.. Mon, 18 Jun 2012 22:19:00 -0500.. McEntee delivers the opening keynote address Monday morning before a cheering crowd of more than 5,000 delegates, alternates and guests.. LOS ANGELES Pres.. McEntee, in his final keynote address after 31 years leading AFSCME, told delegates to.. the nation is witnessing a time when the American Dream is under attack and called on his union sisters and brothers to choose to be a union with ambition, a union that dreams big dreams and one united for the challenges ahead.. When we defend collective bargaining, we are fighting for the future of America.. These battles are tough.. But we re used to fighting hard.. We have made our union a driving force for economic and social justice throughout the nation.. President McEntee also reminded the delegates of some of AFSCME s victories, including the historic fight by members of Memphis, Tenn.. , Local 1733 who.. put their lives on the line in 1968.. to win collective bargaining rights.. More recently, in Ohio, AFSCME members forged coalitions and got out the vote to.. defeat Ohio Gov.. John Kasich s attack.. on collective bargaining rights.. They forged, and last year, we killed that anti-worker legislation dead.. President McEntee concluded his remarks by telling the Convention delegates:.. I have always believed in you and in what together we could accomplish for our members and for others.. I have always been proud of the choices you have made, not just for ourselves, but for all the working families of America.. My dream for AFSCME is that you will choose to travel the road ahead with courage, determination and, yes, with solidarity.. Forever.. Special guest Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.. House Minority Leader, joined members from across the country in a moving tribute to President McEntee.. Watch excerpts from President McEntee s address below:.. AFSCME Candidates to Meet in Historic Debates.. org/blog/afscme-candidates-to-meet-in-historic-debates.. Mon, 18 Jun 2012 09:00:00 -0500.. Art Pulaski.. LOS ANGELES On Wednesday morning at 10 a.. , delegates to AFSCME s 40th International Convention will hear from the candidates for president and secretary-treasurer in two historic debates, unprecedented in the history of American labor.. Candidates for president, Danny Donohue, CSEA/Local 1000 president, and Lee Saunders, AFSCME secretary-treasurer, will answer questions submitted by delegates and selected by debate moderator Art Pulaski, the AFL-CIO California Labor Federation executive secretary-treasurer.. A coin flip determines the order of the debate and occurs in the presence of representatives from both campaigns Tuesday evening.. During the day Tuesday, AFSCME delegates will receive cards on which to write their question for submission to the debate.. Collection stations positioned at the back of the Convention hall are available for question card drop-off after the close of session Tuesday.. The 60-minute presidential debate kicks off with opening statements from the candidates, followed by questions answered in alternating order, and finally, closing statements.. In planning for the debate, both campaigns agreed that no demonstrations of any kind will occur during the proceedings so that all time is devoted to answers and statements by candidates.. Demonstrations include applause or verbal outbursts.. A debate between secretary-treasurer candidates Alice Goff, AFSCME District Council 36 president, and Laura Reyes, UDW/Local 3930 president, follows for 30 minutes.. After opening statements, questions follow for the candidates and a closing statement ends the proceedings.. The same rules governing the presidential debate apply to the secretary-treasurer debate.. As of press time, the campaigns were finalizing plans for the debate and details are subject to change.. org/blog/committee-meetings-monday-june-18.. Mon, 18 Jun 2012 06:39:00 -0500.. Commitee Meeting schedule for Monday, June 18.. Meetings take place in LACC Level One Meeting Rooms 400-500.. Appeals.. 501 A.. Constitution.. 502 A.. Credentials*.. LACC.. Budget, Taxes Economic Affairs.. 409 A.. 410.. Federal Policy.. Organizing.. 409 B.. Political Action/PEOPLE.. 501 BC.. 502 B.. *Credentials Committeee will meet at LACC, directly behind the Registration area in Hall G.. A Little History Behind Our Host City.. org/blog/a-little-history-behind-our-host-city.. Mon, 18 Jun 2012 04:15:00 -0500.. Ralph Miller.. LOS ANGELES Everyone knows that Los Angeles, home of Hollywood, is the entertainment capital of the world.. But not everyone knows that this area is among the most ethnically diverse of the nation s largest cities.. That s due in large part to L.. A.. s rich history, dating back to its founding in 1781 by a Spanish governor.. El Pueblo de los Angeles.. , where Los Angeles was founded, has been preserved as a historic park.. Each year, 2 million people visit to learn about the city s historical roots and how it was developed by settlers, which included Native American tribes and mestizos with African and European ancestries.. As one who loves history, I became fascinated with this park when I brought some kids here on a field trip, says Ralph Miller, 64, president of AFSCME Local 685 (.. Council 36.. ), a union of peace officers who oversee and rehabilitate adult and juvenile offenders.. That visit more than 20 years ago inspired the Los Angeles County probation officer to join.. Las Angelitas del Pueblo.. , a group of more than 60 volunteer docents who give to the free public walking tours of.. I don t mind spending my time off here as a docent because it gives me so much pride and pleasure to share this knowledge with others.. For history lovers, an hour in El Pueblo is an experience of a lifetime.. Moore: Welcome to California.. org/blog/moore-welcome-to-california.. Mon, 18 Jun 2012 03:04:00 -0500.. LOS ANGELES Douglas Moore Jr.. , executive director of.. United Domestic Workers Home Care Providers Union.. (UDW/AFSCME) and an AFSCME International vice president, opens AFSCME's 40th International Convention and welcomes delegates to California.. AFSCMEâ s 40th International Convention Gets Under Way in Los Angeles.. org/blog/afscmes-40th-international-convention-gets-under-way-in-los-angeles.. Fri, 15 Jun 2012 20:51:00 -0500.. AFSCME s 40th International Convention is taking place in the Los Angeles Convention Center.. (Photo by Hey Suk Chong).. LOS ANGELES More than 5,000 delegates, alternates and guests will gather in Los Angeles this week for.. Delegates will elect a new president and secretary-treasurer;.. celebrate AFSCME s 75-year history.. while charting a course for its next two years; and gear up the Green Machine for the re-election of Pres.. McEntee, who is retiring after holding that position for 31 years, will set the stage for the week on Monday with his keynote address.. His final speech as AFSCME s president will be followed by a special tribute recognizing his tireless work in service to the labor movement for the past 56 years.. On Tuesday, Sec.. Lee Saunders will deliver the keynote address, followed by Vice Pres.. Joe Biden speaking to delegates.. Also that day, Ed Schultz, host of MSNBC s.. The Ed Show,.. will emcee the Battleground program, featuring AFSCME activists who are fighting back for public workers in battleground states nationwide.. Honoring the spirit of Solidarity this year s Convention theme all delegates will rally Wednesday at MacArthur Park with our California sisters and brothers who are fighting cuts to public services statewide and kicking off negotiations with the University of California system.. On Thursday, delegates will elect the new president, secretary-treasurer, and international vice presidents.. Special programs will honor AFSCME members organizing work and PEOPLE, the union s political and legislative action program.. Throughout the week, delegates will consider key policy resolutions and Constitutional amendments.. They will also be raising money for PEOPLE.. Events wrap up Friday with the installation of new officers.. Check back regularly starting Monday for Convention updates, videos and more..

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  • Title: AFSCME | AFSCME Convention Delegate has Connection to President
    Descriptive info: AFSCME Convention Delegate has Connection to President.. by Joye Barksdale | September 05, 2012.. Ed Hasegawa (Photo by Fred Watkins).. CHARLOTTE, N.. Ed Hasegawa, an.. HGEA Local 152.. retiree elected as a delegate to the.. Democratic National Convention.. , has an unusual link to Pres.. Barack Obama: Hasegawa attended the University of Hawaii with the President s father, Barack Obama, Sr.. They even took a class together public speaking.. He s never met President Obama, but being part of the 2012 convention gives him the chance to show his enthusiastic support for the President s re-election campaign.. This year s convention is the fourth for Hasegawa, a retired school administrator.. The choice of North Carolina a right-to-work-for-less state as host of the Democratic Convention is a reminder of how important the election is for him.. If Mitt Romney is elected, we might have a national right-to-work-for-less law, and then the whole country would be like North Carolina.. We ve got to make sure he doesn t win.. The daily caucuses for AFSCME delegates are among the highlights of the convention experience for Hasegawa because the delegates hear from progressive leaders, including Rep.. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, chair of the Democratic National Convention.. At the.. 2008 Democratic Convention in Denver.. , one of the guest speakers was Neil Abercrombie, then a U.. senator, now Hawaii s governor.. That  ...   & Taxes.. From the President.. From the Secretary-Treasurer.. General.. Good and Welfare.. Labor Movement.. Legislation.. Media.. Medicaid.. Medicare.. Other/Unknown.. Public Safety.. Public Service.. Social Security.. Uncategorized.. Veterans.. Women.. Archives.. Select a Month.. January 2014.. December 2013.. November 2013.. October 2013.. September 2013.. August 2013.. July 2013.. June 2013.. May 2013.. April 2013.. March 2013.. February 2013.. January 2013.. December 2012.. November 2012.. October 2012.. September 2012.. August 2012.. July 2012.. June 2012.. May 2012.. April 2012.. March 2012.. February 2012.. January 2012.. December 2011.. November 2011.. October 2011.. September 2011.. August 2011.. July 2011.. June 2011.. May 2011.. April 2011.. March 2011.. February 2011.. January 2011.. December 2010.. November 2010.. October 2010.. September 2010.. August 2010.. July 2010.. June 2010.. May 2010.. April 2010.. March 2010.. February 2010.. January 2010.. December 2009.. November 2009.. October 2009.. September 2009.. August 2009.. July 2009.. June 2009.. May 2009.. April 2009.. March 2009.. February 2009.. January 2009.. December 2008.. November 2008.. October 2008.. September 2008.. August 2008.. July 2008.. June 2008.. May 2008.. April 2008.. March 2008.. February 2008.. January 2008.. December 2007.. November 2007.. October 2007.. September 2007.. August 2007.. July 2007.. June 2007.. May 2007.. April 2007.. March 2007.. February 2007.. January 2007.. December 2006.. November 2006.. October 2006.. September 2006.. August 2006.. July 2006.. June 2006.. May 2006.. April 2006.. March 2006.. February 2006.. January 2006.. AFSCME on Twitter..

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  • Title: AFSCME | HGEA Debuts Media Campaign
    Descriptive info: HGEA Debuts Media Campaign.. by Korey Hartwich | November 14, 2011.. The Hawaii Government Employees Association (.. HGEA.. /AFSCME Local 152) recently launched a media campaign to build public awareness of the vital public services that HGEA members do.. It highlights the critical roles that HGEA members play in the community and shows how they are everyday people who  ...   work and community service.. media campaign.. features two HGEA members on the job in TV commercials: registered professional nurse Barbara Larrabee Duarte and plant quarantine inspector Glenn Sakamoto.. The campaign will also include mall sign ads to appear at shopping centers throughout Hawaii.. Rhode Island Public Employees Call on Legislature to Keep the Promise.. AFSCME Helps Stem the Red Tide..

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  • Title: AFSCME | Union Ads Echo Voters’ Voices from Across the Country
    Descriptive info: Union Ads Echo Voters’ Voices from Across the Country.. by Pablo Ros | November 20, 2012.. On Election Day, voters from across the country spoke overwhelmingly in favor of protecting the best interests of the middle class, a mission AFSCME has long made its own.. That is why today, AFSCME and two of its closest allies the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the National Education Association (NEA) are joining forces to echo those voices and their call to protect Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and education.. A set of television ads in.. , and radio ads in.. , will air throughout the week to urge key senators and representatives in those five states to heed the call of their constituents and oppose cuts to entitlement programs in balancing the budget.. We cannot cut our way to job creation, balance the budget at the expense of the middle  ...   sick and disabled.. The new ads are aimed at nine Democratic and Republican senators and representatives.. AFSCME, SEIU and NEA have also released the results of a public poll conducted among general election voters that shows overwhelming support for job creation as the most effective route to deficit reduction, along with higher taxes on the wealthy.. In fact, the survey conducted by The Mellman Group between Nov.. 9 and 12 reveals that twice as many Americans across party lines would rather see their elected representatives focus on creating jobs (67 percent) than on reducing the deficit (29 percent).. Among other findings from the survey: 89 percent of Americans oppose cuts in nursing home aid for the elderly covered by Medicaid; 87 percent oppose cuts to Social Security benefits; and 80 percent oppose cuts to Medicare.. Iowa AFSCME Member Gains Spot in Electoral College.. Gobble, Gobble the Union Way..

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