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Tuesday
Oct142014

ALG's Daily Grind - Unions try to cash in on government support of home health care workers 

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Oct. 13, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted.

Unions try to cash in on government support of home health care workers

By Nathan Mehrens

When the New York Times uses an editorial to criticize your actions, that is generally a good indication that you are on the right track.

Such is the case of the Times' criticisms of home health care workers (leveled mostly at their attorneys) who do not desire to lose the ability to deal with the government (their quasi employer) regarding their situations and instead cede that ability to a union lobbyist. These home health care workers are providing care for their disabled children under the Minnesota Medicaid program. They do this as an alternative to placing the children in institutions. Certain states like Minnesota would like to make union representation of the parent part of the deal. The Minnesota statute on point makes the parents state employees just for the purposes of unionization, enabling the union to lobby the state on their behalf.

Unions are desperate to find new members and corresponding sources of revenue because today only 6.7 percent of private sector employees are members of unions. As such, unions are working hard to turn every person who receives any type of public benefit into a public sector employee that can be unionized. This has prompted unions to attempt new tactics aimed at gaining additional members from the public sector. The home health care context is one of their latest target areas.

Most of us wouldn't consider an individual who cares for a disabled child to be a public sector employee, and this past June the U.S. Supreme Court in Harris v. Quinn agreed that they are not full employees. As such, they cannot be forced to financially support the union's activities in lobbying the state government.

At issue in the latest litigation is whether despite the Court's actions in freeing individuals from financially supporting union lobbyists, do these individual parents have the right to freely associate and speak to the government regarding their situations, or whether those rights can only be exercised through the union lobbyists as the exclusive representative of the parents.

The principle that should guide the court in this case is simple; the First Amendment protects the rights of persons to choose freely what organizations to associate with, and that will lobby the government, ostensibly, on their behalf. The First Amendment also protects the right of persons to choose to not be represented by a lobbyist and to instead be able to exercise their individual rights to "petition the Government for a redress of grievances." Therefore, the parents should be free to decide to engage in their own discussions with the government regarding the services they are provided instead of being forced to go through a union lobbyist. Given recent holdings from the U.S. Supreme Court, this is the result that should occur if the case reaches them. 

It is unfortunate that this litigation is even necessary. Rather than designing a service that customers want, like any other business would do, unions have instead focused a good deal of their efforts on causing governmental actions that instantly create new members for them. This results in a much needed revenue source for the union and in many cases causes them little to no extra work. In the public sector context this is particularly problematic as described above, because it places the individual in the position of having a union lobbyist forced upon them.

Somehow I doubt the Times would be in favor of having a lobbyist forced upon them, especially if that lobbyist doesn't share their views. Unfortunately, they see no problem forcing this on parents who are merely trying to take care of their children. 

Nathan Mehrens is President of Americans for Limited Government and previously served in the U.S. Department of Labor.

Friday
Oct102014

Newsmax - Shaheen-Scott Brown Senate Race Still Too Close To Call 

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Breaking from Newsmax.com

New Hampshire Senate Race a Dead Heat
For the second straight week, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown are in a statistical dead heat with the incumbent Democrat maintaining a small 48.5 percent to 45.9 percent lead, which is within the 2.7 percent margin of error. The New England College Poll was conducted on Oct. 3.
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Saturday
Oct042014

Hotair - GOP rising star trying to drag Democratic opponent out of the bunker

posted at 6:01 pm on October 2, 2014 by Matt Vespa

Ok, I know what some of you are wondering: who’s Marilinda Garcia? Well, she’s a rising star in the Republican Party out of New Hampshire where she’s a state representative. She’s challenging Democratic Congresswoman Annie Kuster in the state’s second congressional district.

Garcia has been traveling the district, visiting small businesses, schools, and just announced a town hall tour that will end the day before Election Day. Some prominent national Republicans have endorsed and fundraised on her behalf. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers raised at least $500,000 for her as well as other women running on the Republican ticket in this year’s congressional races. Mitt Romney also endorsed her.

As for her opponent, Congresswoman Kuster hasn’t held a town hall meeting with her constituents since her 2012 victory; that’s over 600 days. In a region of the country where voters like–and expect–these events from their representatives, it’s rubbed some voters the wrong way. Local New Hampshire newspapers have published letters to the editor from voters venting about Rep. Kuster’s lack of constituent services.

Ton Continue Reading Click Here ---> Garcia GOP rising star in NH

Monday
Sep222014

Watchdog: Big Labor Millionaires Lead ‘Income Equality’ Convention

By Jason Hart | Watchdog.org

Several of America’s wealthiest union bosses spoke at the 2014 Ohio AFL-CIO convention in Cincinnati this week. The event’s theme? “Building the movement for income equality.”

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten portrayed herself and other AFL-CIO leaders as the voices of the working class, although AFT paid her $2,022,274 taken from union members and forced “fair share” fee payers between 2010 and 2013.

Weingarten reminded convention attendees of the need for higher taxes and more government spending to create “good jobs” in the public sector, which would also funnel more money to AFT and other public-sector unions. [...]

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Saturday
Sep202014

Federal investigators find no connection between Christie and Bridgegate

posted at 8:41 pm on September 18, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Welcome news for Chris Christie, but … a little unusual in its delivery. NBC New York’s exclusive report relies on unnamed sources within the federal investigation, which has gone on for nine months now, and which is decidedly not closed yet. Still, multiple sources seem willing to let NBC report that no one’s found any connection to the closure of the George Washington Bridge a year ago and the New Jersey governor:

The U.S. Justice Department investigation into New Jersey Gov.Chris Christie’s role in “Bridgegate” has thus far uncovered no information he either knew in advance or directed the closure of traffic lanes on the George Washington Bridge, federal officials tell NBC 4 New York.

The September 2013 closures — where several entrance lanes to the George Washington Bridge in Ft. Lee were shut down causing a traffic nightmare for commuters — has been the subject of several federal and state investigations.

Federal officials caution that the investigation begun nine months ago is ongoing and that no final determination has been made, but say that after nine months authorities have uncovered no information Christie either knew in advance or ordered the closure of traffic lanes.

Why go public now while the investigation continues? NBC quotes former federal prosecutor Robert Ray as saying that any smoking gun would have surely turned up by now.[...]

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