Senate approves mandatory fees on non-union members

first_imgby Nat Rudarakanchana vtdigger.org   The state Senate has approved mandatory fees on non-union members for services they receive, such as representation in grievances and collective bargaining, which under law unions must provide even to non-members.The Senate bill passed 24-5 Wednesday, and is the first substantive bill to pass the Senate this session. It now faces consideration in the House.About 2,100 school teachers and support staff, 542 state employees, and 31 municipal employees would have to pay fees capped at 85 percent of full union dues. For education workers, annual fees would range from $150 to $350, with doubled fees for teachers compared to school staff, who include custodians and cafeteria workers.School boards largely oppose the legislation, which sailed through committeeand enjoys widespread support from lawmakers.Joel Cook, head of the Vermont-NEA, the state’ s teacher union, is a key backer of the legislation.‘ Ultimately the positions being staked out by opponents are somewhat made up, and so I’ m pretty convinced when legislators actually understand the facts about these things, they won’ t be swayed by the fear-mongering, frankly, that’ s occurring,’ said Cook.He hailed the passage today as meaningful progress, and is optimistic about the bill’ s fate in the House. Last year a similar bill passed the Senate, only to die in the House during the last days of the session, purely for technical and procedural reasons, according to Cook.Opposing arguments include the idea that the substantial fee effectively forces non-union members into joining unions, and that the hundreds of thousands in revenues generated by these so-called ‘ fair share’ fees could be misdirected towards union political activity.But supporters of fair-share fees, like Kevin Mullin, R-Rutland, and Phil Baruth, D-Burlington, said on the floor that the fee is calculated precisely to cover expenses for services used by non-union members, like staff time for the negotiation of contracts or assistance in grievance proceedings.They said union leaders had documented the need for their specific agency fee rates by providing financial audit records.The Vermont NEA is expected to raise up to $500,000 per year through agency fees, while the VSEA is expected to raise about $200,000 annually. The two unions say that will cover costs it already bears, and that the money could help lower dues for union members, who complain that it’ s unfair for them to bear costs imposed by ‘ freeloading’ non-members.Republican Sens. Peg Flory of Pittsford and Joe Benning of Lyndonville questioned whether the Senate Economic Development Committee had adequately documented union claims, or whether it had swallowed financial figures from union representatives without due diligence.Cook declined to comment on the implication that union bosses might have other uses for revenue from fresh fees, for example to potentially bolster executive salaries or political activity.While he didn’ t know offhand how much the NEA spent annually on services provided to members and non-union members, he estimated that the majority of union time and money, about 80 percent, is devoted to non-political activity.Sen. Chris Bray, D-New Haven, proposed halving the recommended agency fee by capping it at 49 percent of normal union dues in an amendment, which died 21-8 on the floor. He said the state had given unions a virtual taxing privilege by making these fees mandatory, and argued his rate would be more acceptable for voiceless non-union members.February 7, 2013 vtdigger.orglast_img read more

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Valleying forth

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Sheriff To Health Care Workers: ‘Thank You For Being Our Heroes’

first_img The Riverhead Fire Department hung an American Flag between two ladder trucks by the front entrance at the Peconic Bay Medical Center. Just some of the essential workers at Peconic Bay Medical Center. The flag flew over Roanoke Avenue in Riverhead while police and sheriffs officers drove by Peconic Medical Center. The Riverhead Fire Department also took part in the celebration. Hospital workers watched as Sheriff’s deputies drove by in a salute to them. Peconic Bay Medical Center employees took a break from their duties for the parade, organized by the Suffolk County Sheriff’s office. Peconic Bay Medical Center employees listened. The Riverhead Police Department joined in the thank you parade. Peconic Bay Medical Center employees waved and clapped as the “drive-by” salute for them ended. Andrew Mitchell, the CEO and president of Peconic Bay Medical Center, thanked all those who have been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.center_img Healthcare heroes at Peconic Bay Medical Center The Suffolk County Sheriff’s office brought out some of its official vehicles. Independent/Taylor K. VecseyLaw enforcement officials saluted healthcare workers Thursday afternoon with a “Thank You Parade” for the Peconic Bay Medical Center employees working tirelessly through the COVID-19 pandemic.The parade was part of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s office attempt to show its appreciation for the hard working men and women on the frontlines. Several of its vehicles, including specialized ones like the BAT (Blood Alcohol Testing) vehicle and the MRAP, its Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected Vehicle, drove by the Riverhead hospital’s front entrance on Roanoke Avenue, where dozens of healthcare workers and other hospital employees stood, and Sheriff Errol D. Toulon Jr. was on hand to give his personal thanks, as well.State police motorcycle units led the parade under a giant American flag hanging from between two Riverhead Fire Department ladder trucks.Sheriff’s deputies and correction officers, many of whom work a short distance away at the Suffolk County jail in Riverside, waved as they passed the hospital employees, all wearing masks. Some used their vehicle’s loud speakers to say thank you. The Riverhead Police and Fire Department also had vehicles in the parade.The Sheriff spoke briefly to the group in the garden outside the entrance. “We cannot thank you enough for being our heroes,” who have reported to work “day after day, leaving your families and treating the patients and helping their families along the way. We love you. We honor you. God bless you, and, thank you very much.”“I guess we all know we could, and would, in some of the most trying times,” Andrew J. Mitchell, the CEO and president of Peconic Bay Medical Center, said of how everyone rose to the occasion during the pandemic. “The team work that went on between all of the different disciplines is a testament to this clinical leadership behind me,” he said looking at some of his top-level staff.“And the inspiration came not only from our patients, but from people like the Sheriff and the community as a whole, who came out to say thank you and support us, and with that I say thank you to all of you,” Mitchell said to the crowd.Earlier in the day, the Sheriff’s office also participated in a parade at Mather Hospital in Port [email protected] Peconic Bay Medical Center employees waved and clapped as the “drive-by” salute for them ended. Healthcare workers waved at the police and Sheriff’s deputies who drove by. The Suffolk County Sheriff’s office brought out some of its official vehicles. Independent/Taylor K. Vecsey A Suffolk County Sheriff Deputy drove by Peconic Bay Medical Center as part of the salute to healthcare heroes. Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers at Peconic Bay Medical Center listened as Suffolk County Sheriff Errol D. Toulon Jr. thanked them. Sharelast_img read more

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Rail.One opens Aschaffenburg concrete sleeper plant

first_imgGERMANY: Rail.One officially began series production of concrete sleepers at a new plant in Aschaffenburg with an inauguration ceremony on April 11.The site will produce the B70 sleeper design which is widely-used in Germany, as well as other types of sleeper for German and European main line and urban rail applications. The 35 000 m2 plant was built in 10 months, employs around 50 people and has a production capacity of 600 000 sleepers/year using highly-automated technology and a carousel late demoulding system. There are two train loading sidings, and space to store 120 000 sleepers. Now part of the PCM Group, Rail.One already operates sleeper plants at Coswig, Kirchmöser and Neumarkt in Germany, with their own production processes and product portfolios.last_img read more

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Fast start launches No. 1 Kentucky past Auburn

first_imgLEXINGTON, Ky. – Top-ranked Kentucky manhandled Auburn at the start, shook off an early second-half lull and closed with a flourish that threatened a couple of milestones before the Wildcats matched the program’s longest winning streak.Good things happen when Kentucky seemingly can’t miss from the field.Karl-Anthony Towns scored 19 points to lead six Kentucky players in double figures, and the Wildcats recorded their highest scoring total since 2002 with a 110-75 blowout of Auburn on Saturday night that extended their best start ever. Kentucky also equaled the 1995-96 squad’s school-record 27-game winning streak, a performance that culminated with its sixth NCAA title.Kentucky (27-0, 14-0 Southeastern Conference ) surpassed 100 points each in preseason wins over lower-level Pikeville and Georgetown College but hadn’t scored at least 110 points in a regular-season game since beating Tennessee State 115-87 on Dec. 30, 2002. Aaron Harrison’s two free throws with 3:18 left broke the century mark in a game that was never in doubt as the Wildcats scored the first nine points and poured it on. He finished with 18.Dakari Johnson added 13 points, Andrew Harrison 12, Devin Booker 11 and Tyler Ulis 10, as Kentucky shot a season-best 65 percent from the field. The Wildcats dominated the paint 62-24, outrebounded the Tigers 44-22 and tied a season high with 25 assists.Though short of the 120 points Kentucky scored against Vanderbilt on Feb. 7, 1996, it was the Wildcats’ most in a Southeastern Conference contest since beating Arkansas 101-70 on Jan. 23, 2010.“We cherish these moments,” said Towns, who also grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked four shots. “Not every game is going to be like this. We executed, played great defense and also made a lot of shots.”Antoine Mason scored a game-high 29 points including five 3-pointers for Auburn (12-15, 4-10), which lost for the eighth time in 11 games.The Wildcats’ was keeping SEC scoring leader K.T. Harrell (17.9 points per game) and teammates Cinmeon Bowers (13.1) and Mason (14.9) in check. Mason eventually warmed up from the perimeter to lead the Tigers’ 11-of-19 shooting from behind the arc while Harrell added 17 points, but neither contribution mattered against Kentucky.“The whole idea was you got to be on these three (players),” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “They can score and they can score a bunch and they did. Mason had 29 and could have had more. Harrell had 17. … When they felt they could get baskets, they got into a comfort level and made shots. If you didn’t guard them, they were going to make shots.”Auburn didn’t make many early on in a long night for the Tigers and first-year coach Bruce Pearl.Kentucky sprinted to a 23-2 lead that eventually reached 27 points late in the first half. Until Jordon Granger’s jumper with 9:03 left made it 30-6, the Wildcats seemed headed toward surpassing their season-low seven first-half points allowed to UCLA in December. Kentucky only outscored Auburn 22-20 for the rest of the half but still led 52-26 at the break.“Any run they get is an advantage,” Mason said. “We didn’t start the game off like we wanted to and they hit us in our mouths first.”Delk honored: Former Wildcats guard Tony Delk, named the 1996 Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player while leading Kentucky to its sixth NCAA title, had his No. 00 jersey retired in a halftime ceremony that also recognized gymnast Jenny Hanson. Asked if his title team could beat this year’s squad projected to possibly go unbeaten, the All-American answered that the teams are different but said, “they are long and athletic. I thought we were quicker. We had much better shooters. I will say that.”last_img read more

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Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott put on blast by groupie in their bed

first_imgOhio State Buckeye Nation and Cowboy fans have to be looking side-eye at superstar running back Ezekiel Elliott, the MVP of the Buckeyes’ championship run in 2014 and top Cowboys draft pick.//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsJust days after being heralded and instantly being made one of the faces of the Cowboys, “Zeke” got put on full furnace blast by a groupie, who posted a photo of them in bed together while he was sleep. For him to get snatched up on social media like this by a jump-off so quickly after becoming a national figure does not speak well about Elliott’s decision-making and his ability to control his appetite’s — nor in his decision of whom he makes his mattress partner.The Cowboys might want to have a chat with him. And perhaps some of his comrades back at Ohio State need to sit him down and counsel him.Photo: Instagramlast_img read more

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Chapecoense to play Roma and visit the Pope

first_imgChapecoense will be the focus of attention this year at the Joan Gamper Tournament, and will play Barcelona in the Camp Nou on 7 August in a fixture that was confirmed a few months ago. El Chapecoense jugará en Roma y visitará al Papa 25/07/2017 Joaquim Piera IN SPORT.EScenter_img Upd. on 26/07/2017 at 04:01 CEST But this will not be the only match the team plays in Europe after it was announced today that Chape will also play in Italy against Roma on 1 September, during an international break. While in the Italian capital the club will also visit the Vatican for a private audience with Pope Francisco. In addition to these two matches, the club will play in Japan on 15 August against Urawa Red Diamonds and there are rumours of a match on 20 August against a Premier League team.last_img read more

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Youth get loud

By Kyra Gillespie The Grade 5 and 6 students at Beaconsfield Primary School have been hard at work on their…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.

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Manitoba back in the Brier winner’s circle, edge Ontario in final

first_imgIn the end, Ontario’s Glen Howard couldn’t win on home soil.Jeff Stoughton’s steal of two in the sixth paved the way for Manitoba to capture the 2011 Tim Hortons Brier. Stoughton, Jonathan Mead, Reid Carruthers and Steve Gould defeated Howard 8-6 in the final Sunday night at the John Labatt Centre in London, Ont. It’s the third career Brier win for Stoughton, who will represent Canada at the world men’s curling championship next month in Regina. It’s Manitoba’s first Brier title since Stoughton last won in 1999.Stoughton advanced to the final with a win Friday in the 1-2 Page playoff over Brad Gushue of Newfoundland and Labrador.Meanwhile, Howard, who lost in the final in 2010, defeated his old rival Alberta’s Kevin Martin in the play-in contest before edging Gushue 7-6 in Saturday’s semi. Earlier, Gushue defeated Alberta’s Kevin Martin 10-5 to win the bronze medal.last_img read more

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Mallard’s Team of the Week — Trafalgar Thunder Girl’s Volleyball Team

first_imgMost of the players on the team Aurora Panko-Dool, Sarah Robertson, Maeya Lundquist, Nora Janssen, Noa Bokser-Wishlow, Ella Dulmage, Sola Van Donselaar, Abby Ens, Emma Lake, Maya Pierson, Gabby Bobby, Lexi Elias, Ava Moyle,  Raven Sperling, Atlyn Proctor, Hannah McClure, Lily Linnen , Daisy McBeath , Eden Bellman, Jesse Chochinov, Shelbi Van Hellmond Olivia Bezair, Lila  Carmichael, Tia Berens, Lauren Griko ,Paris Meisner, and Ella Strongman. The next playday is set for Trail, October 26 against Salmo, GF and host Crowe. An event in Castlegar follows October 26 before Trafalgar hosts a playday November 9. The sport of volleyball is exploding at Trafalgar Middle School as the Thunder program boasts more than 30 female players this season.Coach Staci Proctor is busy working in all the players during season playday against teams from Mt. Sentinel in South Slocan, Grand Forks, Nakusp, Castlegar and Trail.Mallard’s Source for sports would like honour the program and players with Team of the Week accolades.last_img read more

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