The Smoking Gun on IRS Scandal?
President met with anti-Tea Party IRS union chief the day before agency targeted Tea Party.
“For me, it’s about collaboration.” — National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelley on the relationship between the anti-Tea Party IRS union and the Obama White House
Is President Obama directly implicated in the IRS scandal?
Is the White House Visitors Log the trail to the smoking gun?
The stunning questions are raised by the following set of new [...]
European leaders are loosening the economic shackles once demanded by Germany as the recession and mounting unemployment in southern Europe shove aside the debt crisis as the euro area’s biggest headache.
A two-day Brussels summit starting today will endorse plans for “structural” assessments of national budgets, according to a draft statement, using code for granting countries such asFrance, Spain and Portugal extra time to bring down deficits.
“We have to restore sound and sustainable public finances, via continued differentiated fiscal [...]
QUINN ADMINISTRATION TERMINATES UNION CONTRACT
In an unprecedented step, Governor Pat Quinn’s administration late today terminated state government’s contract with its largest employee union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 31.
“In 40 years of collective bargaining, Pat Quinn is the first and only Illinois governor to terminate a union contract,” AFSCME executive director Henry Bayer said. “His actions will heighten employee frustration, provoke instability in the [...]
“President Barack Obama has an unexpected foreign policy problem – in the Western United States. The Lakota Sioux nation has seceded from the United States, according to a story on the anti-American website La Voz de Aztlan.
“We are no longer citizens of the United States of America and all those who live in the five-state area that encompasses our country are free to join us,” long-time Native American radical leader [...]
Germany, France and nine other of Europe’s most powerful countries have called for an elected European Union president and an end to Britain’s veto over defence policy in a radical blueprint mapping out the continent’s future.
In a document released on Tuesday after a meeting between 11 foreign ministers in Warsaw, the bloc, which includes all the largest Europeancountries outside Britain, charted a vision for the “future of Europe”.
As well as calling [...]
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CHICAGO (CBS) – The Chicago teachers’ strike appeared likely to enter a third day, as Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis told a large crowd of teachers downtown that it’s “lunacy” to think a deal will be reached by the end of the day Tuesday.
Both sides were back at the negotiating table Tuesday morning to try to hammer out a deal. Efforts to do so failed Monday [...]
The Teachers Union turned down a $400 million dollar plan, citing it’s not enough. It’s a 16% increase of current pay and they already are some of the highest paid teachers in the nation. Also the Graduation rate is only 56% for Students!!! Today 400k Students are on the streets when they should be in the classroom.
CHICAGO TEACHERS WALK OUT
Striking for the first time in 25 years, Chicago’s teachers set up picket lines this morning after talks with public school officials ended over the weekend without resolution.
“Rahm says cut back, we say fight back,” picketers dressed in red T-shirts chanted this morning outside Chicago Public Schools headquarters.
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis announced late Sunday night that weekend talks had failed to resolve all the union’s [...]
Spain Second-Quarter GDP Worse Than Expected, -1.3% on Year vs -1.0% Forecast
This is much worse the expected and lets see what it does to the bond market? Stay tuned .
Spain’s recession worsened in the second quarter as the government’s austerity push to reduce the euro area’s third-biggest budget deficit and a slump in consumer spending offset growth in exports.
Gross domestic product fell 0.4 percent from the previous quarter, when it declined [...]
Despite having no horses, the water and sewerage department for the city of Detroit employs a horseshoer.
Yet even with a department so bloated that it has a horseshoer and no horses, the local union president said it is “not possible” to eliminate positions.
Union rules have turned the department into a government jobs program, some critics say.
The horseshoer’s job description is “to shoe horses and to do general blacksmith work … and [...]
Germany on Tuesday offered a cool response to a roadmap released by European Union President Herman Van Rompuy and other European officials outlining a path to tighter fiscal integration and a banking union. German Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Link, speaking to reporters in Luxembourg, said the proposals tilt “toward various models for mutualizing debt” but “come up short” in terms of improved budgetary controls, Bloomberg reported.
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A union president’s letter shows one school employee union planned to handle automatic dues collection of its members by demanding full payment at the start of the year or requiring its members to give a checking or savings account number or credit card for automatic monthly withdrawals.
Debbie Bence, president of the Plymouth-Canton Cafeteria Association, sent a letter to her union members on June 4 stating that the dues had to [...]
The Huffington Post
May 24, 2012
Editor’s note: Obama suggests new revenue stream for government.
President Barack Obama acknowledged in an interview published Thursday that older workers who lose their jobs have a harder time getting back to work than their younger counterparts do.
“When you lose your job in your 50s, it’s a lot tougher, because a lot of employers say to themselves, ‘Well, I might have to pay those people more. [...]
One of America’s most powerful labor leaders, teachers union president Randi Weingarten, has quietly moved out of New York City, a decision that saved her from paying more than $30,000 in city income taxes that she would have owed if she had stayed.
Discussion of people fleeing New York City in part because of high income tax rates has mostly focused on high-powered conservative commentators and billionaire hedge-fund managers. Glenn Beck [...]
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Karen Lewis, the Chicago Teacher’s Union President, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, have a testy relationship at best.
But it wasn’t always that way.
The two leaders met privately last year ahead of Emanuel’s inauguration. They went for dinner and to attend a dance — both are fans of the art form — and to develop a working relationship.
“We were both seeing who the [...]
By Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah and Joel Hood, Chicago Tribune reporters
February 17, 2012
The Chicago Teachers Union is asking for raises amounting to 30 percent over the next two years, the opening salvo in heated contract negotiations with school officials who are implementing a longer school day across Chicago Public Schools next school year.
Documents obtained by the Tribune show that in the face of Mayor Rahm Emanuel‘s expansion of the school day, the union has led [...]
So, I’m a proby on a Kone job. My boss is a six-figure corporate corporate guy with an “anxiety-ridden” wife who expects him to go straight to work, straight home, call several times in between, and hand over the check. The other team leader is a six-figure union union guy, with a smart-ass politician for an apprentice. Each team is working on an elevator and my boss is working as [...]
Though the Chicago Public Schools do not have money to give teachers’ a raise this school year, the powers-that-be found it necessary to purchase a $50,000 program to screen teacher applicants that many say isn’t working. Besides the teacher’s union being critical of the software approach to assisting the screening of teachers online, principal complain that applicants they wanted to hire are now not [...]
EAST HAVEN, Conn. – The East Haven Police Department is losing its one police dog to budget cuts.
Sgt. John Miller, the police union president, tells the New Haven Register that acting Chief Gaetano Nappi decided to retire the 5-year-old German shepherd named Paro after the town council cut the department’s budget. – Source
Test Results Thrown Out in 3 DC Classrooms Because of Alleged Cheating
By BOB BARNARD/myfoxdc
Updated: Thursday, 19 May 2011, 11:31 PM EDT
WASHINGTON – There is more fallout from the standardized test score scandal rocking D.C. Public Schools. Three elementary school teachers are now accused or suspected of cheating.
At issue is the 2010 DC Comprehensive Assessment System or CAS Test.
Three classrooms (out of 3,800 across the city) just had test [...]
The number of federal workers earning $150,000 or more a year has soared tenfold in the past five years and doubled since President Obama took office, a USA TODAY analysis finds.
The fast-growing pay of federal employees has captured the attention of fiscally conservative Republicans who won control of the U.S. House of Representatives in last week’s elections. Already, some lawmakers are planning to use the [...]
Under provisions in CETA [Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement], using saved seed could result in a farmer’s land, equipment, and crops being seized for alleged infringement of intellectual property rights attached to plant varieties owned by corporations such as Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta, and Bayer.
“It includes the freezing of bank accounts too, so you couldn’t even defend yourself in court. And this is for alleged [...]
President Obama echoes Franklin D. Roosevelt, saying he would join a union.
He told the AFL-CIO Executive Council, â€œIf I was a coal miner, Iâ€™d want a union representing me to make sure that I was safe. If I was a teacher, Iâ€™d want a union to make sure that the teachersâ€™ perspective was represented as we think about shaping an education system for our future.â€
After President Obama finished delivering his [...]