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AFSCME Fights For Sexual Harassment on the Job
August 22, 2012
by Bernie O’Hare
Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court yesterday reversed an arbitrator, who directed the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) to reinstate a sexual harasser. Among numerous other things, he asked a female employee if he could hide under her desk and “eat her pussy” while she worked.
When the PHA fired the cretin, AFSCME went to bat for him. He was wearing the union label.
Although the arbitrator agreed that the behavior was perverse, he ruled that the PHA lacked “just cause” to dump the bum.
AFSCME actually argued that no public policy would be served by sacking this predator.
Public sector unions. Gotta’ love ‘em.
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Detroit Has No Horses But Pays $56K for Horseshoer — Union Boss Says It‘s ’Not Possible’ to Eliminate Positions
By Jason Howerton
August 20, 2012
(Source: Michigan Capitol Confidential)
The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) pays a “horseshoer” $29,245 in salary and roughly $27,000 in benefits. There’s only one problem — Detroit has no horses for the horseshoer to shoe.
Some critics argue that the department has been turned into some sort of a government jobs program. Meanwhile, the local union president says it is “not possible” to eliminate positions, the Michigan Capitol Confidential reports.
The horseshoer’s job description, which was last updated in 1967 (Lyndon B. Johnson was president), is “to shoe horses and to do general blacksmith work… and to preform related work as required,” according to the department’s website.
With a large amount of debt, DWSD has struggled with rising water prices and inefficient services. They use roughly twice the number of employees per gallon as comparable cities like Chicago.
The Michigan Capitol Confidential has more details:
A recent independent report about the DWSD recommends that the city trim more than 80 percent of the department’s workforce. The consultant who wrote the report found 257 job descriptions, including a horseshoer. Capitol Confidential sent a Freedom of Information Act request to the department for the salary, benefits and job description of the horseshoer position.
In response to the report, John Riehl, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 207, which represents many of the DWSD employees, told the Detroit Free Press that the department needs more workers.
“They don’t have enough people as it is right now,” Riehl said. “They are just dreaming to think they can operate that plant with less.”
But critics say this is just another example of city departments operating as a jobs program for union employees.
“They have said for years that they don’t have enough people,” said Roi Chinn, a former city administrator and 2013 mayoral candidate for Detroit. “As the bureaucracy thickens and union power grows, there is always a built in reflex … to want more.
“Whenever you think you’ve heard the bad about the city of Detroit, it gets worse.”
Chinn said if he was mayor he would sell the water department.
Daniel Edwards, a construction contracts manager with the DWSD, said the so-called horseshoer was transferred from the Detroit Police Department five years ago. And even though the police department does currently have horses, the DWSD employee doesn’t work with the animals. So the question is: what exactly does the horseshoer do?
The influence of government unions has grown while President Barack Obama has been in the White House, Factor claims, with some union officials meeting more often with the president and his staff than cabinet officials.
“Some of the union bosses talked about how they talked with somebody at the White House every single day,” Factor said in an interview.
Factor contends in his book that union influence within government agencies, including the Obama Administration’s decision to allow the TSA to be unionized, represents a growing threat to national security. According to Shadowbosses, Unions represent 20 percent of the Department of Defense’s workforce and a third of Homeland Security employees, including border patrol, Customs and Immigration and FEMA agents.
While a federal statute passed in 1978 prevents active-duty military, the CIA, FBI, Secret Service and National Security Agency from being unionized, Shadowbosses reveals that the law doesn’t apply to civilian employees working for the military. As a result, more than 20 percent of U.S. military employees are union members, according to Shadowbosses.
The power of union leadership, which Factor says pursues political agendas that are not always supported by their membership, is reflected in the billions of dollars of annual union dues that it can spend in support of politicians and issues the leaders favor, he said.
All told, Factor said that his book documents that government employee unions collect at least $14 billion in annual dues, much of which are used for political purposes.
The total amount of dues is probably closer to $20 billion a year and is likely to go up as a result of Obamacare, which Factor said union leaders played a key role in helping to get enacted through their influence on members of Congress and the hundreds of millions of dollars government unions spent in support of the legislation.
“They got it passed for one simple reason – there’s going to be 21 million people in healthcare because of Obamacare,” Factor said, adding that union bosses were motivated by the opportunity to add more of those employees to their union rolls. “Keep in mind this little number – for every million new members they get, it’s approximately $1 billion, yes one billion dollars, in dues and most of that gets used, or a lot of that gets used, for political purposes.”
He points out that there are almost 500,000 federal government employees earning more than $100,000 a year and receiving up to 10 weeks of annual vacation. Union leaders, meanwhile, typically earn more than 10 times as much as rank and file members, with salaries reaching more than $800,000 a year.
In addition, Shadowbosses reveals that taxpayers subsidize unions to the tune of $1 billion a year in the form of salaries paid to government employees while they are doing work for their unions — which adds up to about 23 million total work hours a year.
Shadowbosses concludes by questioning whether union bosses are usurping taxpayer control over the political process, saying “it is a battle for the heart and soul of our country.”
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Have Unions grown into their own Cosa Nostra (Mafia) “Families”?
Are some Unions run like the mafia?
From the President of the Union, to their assistants, to their regional Unions, to local Union persuaders/enforcers, etc. down to the Union member/worker (Associate).
Cosa Nostra (Mafia Chart)
Cosa Nostra Chart
Teachers across the country face pay freezes and possible layoffs, but the heads of the two biggest teachers unions saw their pay jump 20 percent last year, to nearly half a million dollars apiece.
American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten’s pay jumped to $407,323 between 2010 and 2011, while her counterpart at the National Education Association, Dennis Van Roekel, got a raise to $362,644. Factor in stipends and other paid expenses and Weingarten took in $493,859 and Van Roekel $460,060 for 2011.
“Are teachers or anyone in the private sector experiencing those increases in times of financial hardship?”
- Gary Beckner, Association of American Educators
The big salaries drew jeers from many educators and their advocates in the U.S., where the average nationwide salary for teachers is a scant $44,000 a year. By contrast, nearly 600 staffers at the NEA and AFT are raking in six-figure salaries, according to Association of American Educators Executive Director Gary Beckner.
“In terms of salaries, union executives rake in nearly 10 times the average household income and far more than any teacher,” Beckner told FoxNews.com. “Are teachers or anyone in the private sector experiencing those increases in times of financial hardship?”
The union bigwigs are well-insulated from the paycheck-to-paycheck lives of most schoolteachers, said Tracie Happel, a elementary school teacher in Lacrosse, Wisc., who has spoken out in the past against the practices of the unions.
“It’s always about the union. It’s never about the teachers or students,” Happel said
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