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Top Ten Union Corruption Stories of the Year

By: | January 16, 2017

Benefit scams grabbed the lion’s share of corruption stories in 2016.  Scammers came from outside as well as from inside the unions, with an unusually large number of cases revolving around health plans.  If anything, plan trustees need to perform more thorough due diligence when choosing outside parties.  There also were a sizable number of cases of six-figure (or more) embezzlement and fraud.  Labor officials expanded their misguided campaign to enact a $15 an hour minimum wage in the nation’s cities.  They also tried to undo Right to Work laws in three states, and at least temporarily, have been successful in two of those states by way of court action.  And due to a deadlocked Supreme Court, state and local public-sector unions retained their authority to coerce dues payments from unwilling workers under contract.  In other words, there was plenty to write about last year.  Here are the ten stories …

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Speaker Ryan Must Stop Sneak Attack on Office of Congressional Ethics

By: | January 3, 2017

ryanSome House Republicans — apparently led by Rep. Robert Goodlatte (R-VA) — are attempting to emasculate the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE). The House Conference reportedly voted last night 119-74 to place control of OCE under the Ethics Committee, effectively destroying it. The full House is scheduled today to vote on the larger Rules package of which Goodlatte’s amendment is part.

This is an incredibly stupid start to the new Congress, and badly undercuts President-elect Trump’s efforts to “drain the swamp.”

Media reports suggest that Speaker Paul Ryan opposed the move, but there have been reasons for skepticism about the House leadership’s commitment to OCE. It doesn’t matter what happened last night. It is now up to Ryan to save OCE. He must act with strength and decisiveness.

OCE was established in 2008 and is slightly more independent that the Ethics Committee because its board is comprised of former members …

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PayPal, Salesforce Strategize With Pro-Transsexual Activists; Ignore Customers, Shareholders

By: | December 19, 2016
Marc Benioff
Marc Benioff

After a tumultuous election year in which homosexual activist groups targeted battleground state North Carolina over a law that stifled inappropriate public restroom usage for self-declared transgenders, two northern California tech companies are strategizing with LGBT activists to further immerse themselves in state policies and politics over gay issues and religious freedom.

Liberal Web site Buzzfeed reported last month that San Jose-based PayPal and San Francisco-based Salesforce co-hosted a summit on November 16 – in conjunction with groups including Human Rights Campaign, Lambda Legal and the ACLU – to strategize against expected legislation in 2017 that does not comport with their radical agenda. The online news site said up to 100 leaders from business and LGBT groups attended the meeting.…

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