Posts Tagged ‘unions’

Hidden audit shows big budget hole at union for Miami Dade schools lowest-paid workers

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
An embattled union representing the lowest-paid Miami-Dade public schools employees is facing new problems that include a $210,000 budget deficit, possibly driven by compensation paid to a handful of top union officials.
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Miami-Dade Schools, union push costly private loan program for lowest paid workers

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
A union representing the lowest-paid Miami-Dade public schools employees has endorsed a proposed private loan program for its members that would charge 24 percent interest with the school district collecting loan repayments by deducting them from employee paychecks.
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Union ousts top officer for talking to reporter about union president’s big pay hike

Monday, March 13th, 2017

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
A top union official has been suspended by his union for speaking out to a Florida Bulldog reporter and raising questions about the Miami-Dade school administration giving a huge pay hike to the union’s president two months before the School Board began approval of two contracts that outsourced lawn maintenance usually done by union workers.
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Miami-Dade schools gave union boss fat pay hike before outsourcing work

Monday, March 6th, 2017

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
The Miami-Dade public schools administration gave a 60 percent pay hike to the president of the union that represents the district’s lowest-paid employees months before the school board approved one of two contracts that outsourced lawn maintenance work traditionally performed by union workers.
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Miami-Dade union leaders fear more outsourcing of members’ work at district schools

Monday, January 9th, 2017

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
The Miami-Dade School Board has agreed to spend up to $1.8 million to outsource lawn service maintenance long done by unionized workers, and union leaders now say they fear Superintendent Alberto Carvalho is eyeing more privatization that could lead to additional work cuts for its members.
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For Hillary Clinton, election likely to be won or lost in October

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Each night, Hillary Clinton‘s data experts head to a conference room on the 11th floor of her Brooklyn headquarters, to start counting votes.
The sessions in the “early voter boiler room,” as it’s been dubbed by campaign aides, stretch into the early hours of the morning. The team pores over turnout patterns in states where advance voting is already underway, projects how many votes Clinton and Republican Donald Trump have already received, and updates crucial targeting lists of the voters she still needs.
For Clinton, October is when she’s likely to win or lose the election, not Nov. 8. By the third week of this month, Clinton’s campaign hopes to have a solid enough sample of the early vote to know whether the Democrat is on track to win the White House.
“Many battleground states are already voting so every day is Election Day,” said Matt Dover, Clinton’s voter analytics director.
In several competitive states, including North Carolina, Iowa, Colorado, Florida and Nevada, at least 45 percent of the total vote is expected to come in early. Initial metrics show good news for Clinton in North Carolina, a must-win state for Trump. There are modestly positive signs for the Republican in Iowa, but that’s a state the Democrat can likely afford to lose.
The Republican National Committee, which oversees early voting and turnout operations for Trump, is also encouraging supporters to take advantage of opportunities to cast ballots before Nov. 8. The party has significantly stepped up its analytics and voter-targeting operations since being outmatched by Democrats in the past two presidential elections, but the 2016 race is the first test of its strength in a national election.
Despite improvements, the RNC system was always intended to be a complement to whatever operations the eventual GOP nominee brought to the table. Trump arrived in the general

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Communications Workers of America to PERC: Jacksonville not bargaining ‘in good faith’

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

On Thursday, Sept. 22, the Communication Workers of America filed a complaint with the Public Employees Relations Commission against the City of Jacksonville.
The CWA alleges a “refusal to bargain in good faith.” The contract between the CWA and the city lapsed in 2015.
Kevin Kimber, the CWA representative, alleges that after one 20-minute “meet and greet” in January, negotiations were held off until after a vote on County Referendum 1, which authorized extension of the half-cent sales tax to resolve the city’s $2.8 billion unfunded pension liability.
The referendum passed in August.
The city and CWA had a conference call Sept. 13, with the city attempting to push back a meeting scheduled for the following week.
CWA said no way.
Kimber says his group “received an email from the City of Jacksonville stating our meeting was canceled with no future date to meet.”
Kimber adds the city should have had a plan in place for whatever happened in the referendum.
We have reached out to the city and to Kimber for more details.
Jacksonville faces a series of complex, long-delayed negotiations with its public unions, as all parties attempt to negotiate agreeable terms in the wake of the now passed “pension tax” referendum.
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Communications Workers of America to PERC: Jacksonville not bargaining ‘in good faith’

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

On Thursday, Sept. 22, the Communication Workers of America filed a complaint with the Public Employees Relations Commission against the City of Jacksonville.
The CWA alleges a “refusal to bargain in good faith.” The contract between the CWA and the city lapsed in 2015.
Kevin Kimber, the CWA representative, alleges that after one 20-minute “meet and greet” in January, negotiations were held off until after a vote on County Referendum 1, which authorized extension of the half-cent sales tax to resolve the city’s $2.8 billion unfunded pension liability.
The referendum passed in August.
The city and CWA had a conference call Sept. 13, with the city attempting to push back a meeting scheduled for the following week.
CWA said no way.
Kimber says his group “received an email from the City of Jacksonville stating our meeting was canceled with no future date to meet.”
Kimber adds the city should have had a plan in place for whatever happened in the referendum.
We have reached out to the city and to Kimber for more details.
Jacksonville faces a series of complex, long-delayed negotiations with its public unions, as all parties attempt to negotiate agreeable terms in the wake of the now passed “pension tax” referendum.
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Communications Workers of America to PERC: Jacksonville not bargaining ‘in good faith’

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

On Thursday, Sept. 22, the Communication Workers of America filed a complaint with the Public Employees Relations Commission against the City of Jacksonville.
The CWA alleges a “refusal to bargain in good faith.” The contract between the CWA and the city lapsed in 2015.
Kevin Kimber, the CWA representative, alleges that after one 20-minute “meet and greet” in January, negotiations were held off until after a vote on County Referendum 1, which authorized extension of the half-cent sales tax to resolve the city’s $2.8 billion unfunded pension liability.
The referendum passed in August.
The city and CWA had a conference call Sept. 13, with the city attempting to push back a meeting scheduled for the following week.
CWA said no way.
Kimber says his group “received an email from the City of Jacksonville stating our meeting was canceled with no future date to meet.”
Kimber adds the city should have had a plan in place for whatever happened in the referendum.
We have reached out to the city and to Kimber for more details.
Jacksonville faces a series of complex, long-delayed negotiations with its public unions, as all parties attempt to negotiate agreeable terms in the wake of the now passed “pension tax” referendum.
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Jac Wilder VerSteeg: Tom Brady and deflated unions

Monday, September 7th, 2015

You have heard, no doubt, that unions are a dying vestige of the days when people knew who Pete Seeger was. As Labor Day 2015 comes and goes, there are two examples to show that labor unions still have a few niches. Ironically, those niches benefit the rich and/or powerful.
Start with that poor, mistreated middle-class worker Tom Brady. The NFL superstar, backed by the players union, overturned in federal court the four-game suspension NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had imposed for Brady’s role in Deflategate.
Because his union rescued him, Brady and family will not find themselves penniless and on the streets.
However, no union has come to the rescue of John Jastremski and James McNally, the two underlings his team suspended indefinitely for their role in the scandal. “I certainly feel terrible for them that they’re not able to be with us right now,” Brady told reporters. “But I think right now for me, I’ve got to think about what I need to do to help this team win.”
How’s that for sticking up for the little guy?
Meanwhile, last week in Broward County, there was a huge outcry when an Arby’s worker allegedly refused to serve a Pembroke Pines police officer  who was in the drive-through lane.
The incident involved a 19-year-old worker named Kenneth Davenport and a 22-year-old manager named Angel Mirabel.
Details are a bit murky, but it appears that during a rush period Mirabel told the officer, Sgt. Jennifer Martin, that Davenport didn’t want to serve her because she was a police officer. But Davenport’s story is that he was so swamped he couldn’t process her credit card and asked Mirabel for help. It was joke that went horribly awry, according to Davenport.
Police union officials went ballistic. Arby’s fired Mirabel and suspended Davenport. Arby’s CEO Paul Brown flew to Broward County to

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