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300,000-Member Union: Obamacare Will Heighten Income Inequality And More…

The 300,000-member union that was the first to endorse then-Senator Barack Obama has released a devastating Obamacare report that says Obama's controversial healthcare program will slash worker wages by up to $5 an hour, reduce worker hours, and exacerbate income inequality.

The report by Unite Here--a North American labor union that represents workers in the hotel, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, distribution, laundry, and airport industries--is titled: "The Irony of ObamaCare: Making Inequality Worse."

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The Pension Fund That Ate California

CalPERS's corruption, insider dealing, and politicized investments have overwhelmed taxpayers with debt...

After spending years dogged by unpaid debts, California labor leader Charles Valdes filed for bankruptcy in the 1990s—twice. At the same time, he held one of the most influential positions in the American financial system: chair of the investment committee for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, or CalPERS, the nation’s largest pension fund for government workers. Valdes left the board in 2010 and now faces scrutiny for accepting gifts from another former board member, Alfred Villalobos—who, the state alleges, spent tens of thousands of dollars trying to influence how the fund invested its assets. Questioned by investigators about his dealings with Villalobos, Valdes invoked the Fifth Amendment 126 times.

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Labor must learn from its setbacks

Labor’s biggest wish, the Orwellianly titled “Employee Free Choice Act” (which would have abolished secret ballots in union elections) never passed. Public-sector initiatives like Wisconsin’s collective bargaining reforms and Michigan’s passage of a right-to-work law dented union power. And last year, union membership fell to its lowest level since 1916...

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Walmart: Victim Of A Partisan National Labor Relations Board

Walmart is a company that Big Labor and its allies love to hate. Despite a coordinated media campaign vilifying the company and “hit and run” walk-outs aimed at disrupting operations, Walmart’s 1.3 million employees remain largely beyond Labor’s reach. The projected “nationwide” walk-outs of “thousands of employees” have fizzled. And the fact that Walmart’s new CEO began working for the company in 1984 as a warehouse distribution clerk clearly demonstrates that the unsubstantiated union charge that Walmart workers are trapped in low-level minimum wage jobs is untrue...

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Poll: Californians Starting To Turn On Unions

California has long been a union stronghold, but voters in the strongly Democratic state are gradually taking a more negative view of organized labor, a poll released Friday suggested.

The independent Field Poll said that by a narrow margin, more voters said unions do more harm than good, as opposed to those who see organized labor as generally beneficial.

The slide in support represents a turnaround from a 2011 Field survey, when more voters said unions resulted in more good than harm.

The shift comes at a time of ongoing labor conflicts in the state and nation, often involving government employee pensions and retirement benefits...

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