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Posts in category Unions

Oh My, ILWU’s In Contract “Negotiations”

Oh My, ILWU’s In Contract “Negotiations”

Portland-area businesses can look forward to more economic disruption because the union thugs may be asked to pay more than a whole dollar for their prescriptions, should they need any. The Horror! A full-time longshoreman earns about $130,000 a year, while foremen earn about $210,000, according to employer data. Workers pay nearly nothing for health coverage that […]

OR Secretary of State Exonerates Darnell: Salem-Keizer Sentinel

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The Salem-Keizer Sentinel is reporting this evening that David Darnell, Republican candidate for Oregon House District 18, has been cleared of any wrong doing in his voter’s pamphlet statement by the Secretary of State, despite a complaint filed and negative campaign literature to the contrary: May 17, 2014 The Oregon Secretary of State has cleared David […]

Detroit is the Democrats Problem

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I saw a clip of Ed Schultz on “The Ed Show” on MSNBC that was so utterly and completely wrong, that I wanted to take a chance and go through why line by line. Under the banner “Conservative Utopia”, Ed Schultz says that “But thanks to a lot of Republican policies, the city is now […]

Oregon SEIU Demands Higher Wages, More Vacation, Unicorn Rides

OK, I made that last one up.   But in a state with billions in unfunded liabilities, business-strangling environmental regulations, and an overtaxed, overburdened private sector, unicorn rides are about as realistic as any of their other demands. Hannah Hoffman writes at the Statesman Journal: The state’s largest public-sector union released a list of its bargaining demands […]

Guest Post: Rep. Dennis Richardson – Oregon Budget Creation Process Begins for 2013-15

The State of Oregon budgets on a two-year “biennial” basis. The current State Budget for 2011-13 ends on June 30th.  The primary purpose for the current Legislative Session is to draft, vote on and pass the 2013-15 State Budget, which will begin July 1st.  In fact, although thousands of bills will be heard in Senate […]

Media Ignores Union Violence, White House Refuses To Condemn It

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If Tea Partiers behaved like this, I guarantee Obama would have soundly condemned it and the footage would have been all over the news 24/7 for the next week. Instead, the media has done a nearly complete blackout: Last night, all the major television networks chose not to show footage of violent union members in […]

Union Pricing

Union Pricing

If unions are good for industry, then being treated like a union should be good for union workers, right? I can’t help but wonder, though, if they’d buy their own economics… Take a listen! I Spy Minute for Wed Dec 12 2012. Or read the transcript, below. Follow Mark on Twitter @iSpyRadioShow and look for […]

Obama Attacks Michigan For Granting Right To Work As Unions Turn Violent, Threaten ‘Civil War,’ ‘Blood’

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Brutality & Violence from Union Protestors, AFP Activists Trampled On View on YouTube Unions are like the mob.   They want you to pay them for “protection,” when in fact they are the true oppressors and extortionists. Michigan is finally restoring workers’ God-given freedom of association, meaning they can freely choose whether or not to […]

Right to Work

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With the protests breaking out in Michigan over right to work legislation, I thought a little history was in order, because right to work is about protecting workers. And somehow I bet “We have the right to take your money” isn’t on any of the pro-union protest signs… Take a listen: I Spy Minute for […]

Payback: Obama Gives Unions Access To Personal Contact Info Of Non-Union Workers

If you’re not a union member, be prepared to be hounded and harassed…and DON’T SIGN ANYTHING, even if they claim it’s just a “petition” or “survey.” A lot of people are going to be unpleasantly surprised when they discover that union organizers have been given their phone number, e-mail and home address without their knowledge […]

November 12 is the first anniversary of 54°40’ Or Fight!

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I am proud and humbled to celebrate the first anniversary of this blog. It has evolved quite a bit in its first year. I am most proud of the contributors who have agreed to post their stories at 54°40’ Or Fight! We now have 21 active contributors from around the State of Oregon. Several veteran […]

Union Sends Intimidation Letter To Oregon Voters

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Unfortunately, unions in Oregon have a history of thuggish behavior like this.   They’re terrified of a Wisconsin-like Scott Walker moment that would threaten their stranglehold on the purse strings and power in this state. Breitbart reports: Voters in Oregon are receiving a mailer from the AFL-CIO that could imply their votes in the upcoming […]

Open Thread – Live Blogging The Ryan Biden VP Debate HERE

Ok, what political junkie isn’t looking forward to the debate tonight between Vice President Joe Biden and Paul Ryan? Comments welcome during the debate! I’ll be providing commentary and observation as well in the comment section. Just to whet your whistle a bit regarding some of the expected themes of the debate tonight, focusing on […]

Why are teachers striking in Chicago? – YouTube

Why are teachers striking in Chicago? – YouTube

Why are teachers striking in Chicago? via Why are they striking? – YouTube. [5440 note: Hey Gresham-Barlow, Reynolds and Parkrose – sound familiar?] Related articles Almost 40% of Chicago’s Public School Teachers Send their Kids Elsewhere to Learn Chicago Teachers Strike: A Lesson Of “Excessive Zeal And No Brains” The eight dumbest things said about […]

ObamaCare Reg Redefining “Full Time Worker” a Subtle Nod to Unions, Communists | All American Blogger

Yesterday the IRS and the Health and Human Services Department released new regulations relating to the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare or the White House Health Care Tax. The regulations redefine what a full time worker is: An employee is a variable hour employee if, based on the facts and circumstances at the […]

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  • Senate Law and Justice Committee to investigate Sound Transit over ST3 May 16, 2017
    Senator Mike Padden, chairman of the Senate Law and Justice Committee, announced that he plans to look into allegations that Sound Transit deliberately misled voters on ST3. Senators Steve O’Ban and Dino Rossi requested the investigation in a letter to Padden and Senator Curtis King, chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. “We are concerned that […]
  • Water and budget, breakfast podcast, NWIRP May 15, 2017
    Welcome to candidate filing week, where like MLB Opening Day, hope springs eternal!  Unfortunately, the Mariners are now farther back in the AL West than they have been at this point in the season since 2004.  A word of wisdom perhaps to candidates from the M’s: not everything goes according to plan during a campaign. […]
  • Column: Keep Safe Injection Sites out of King County May 15, 2017
    Last week we launched Initiative 27, an effort to ban Dow Constantine’s proposed heroin injection sites in King County and demand proven, compassionate solutions to get people off drugs and save lives before any more are lost from this opioid crisis. Our coalition is broad and diverse. We have people from all walks of life […]
  • Sometimes the Answer Is “Yes” May 22, 2017
    As the Antiplanner has noted before, Betteridge’s law states that “Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no.” But there are always exceptions, and one can be found above a recent Seattle Times article about a recent light-rail ballot measure, asking “Did Sound Transit mislead legislators and voters?” […]
  • Making the Problem Worse May 18, 2017
    Oregon is responding to its housing affordability crisis by doing all the wrong things. The crisis is due to a shortage in supply which in turn is due to urban-growth boundaries. So the legislature legalized inclusionary zoning ordinances and Portland passed one. Such ordinances require developers to provide a certain percent of the homes they […]
  • How About Just Tear Them Down May 18, 2017
    Business Insider must have been channeling some urban planning magazine last week when it asked what could be done with the hundreds of shopping malls suffering from the great retail apocalypse caused by Amazon and other on-line retailers. The publication’s answers leaned heavily to uses that need government subsidies, including art galleries, classrooms, community gathering […]