(from AP via news.yahoo.com)
The unemployment rate dropped unexpectedly in January to 9.7 percent from 10 percent while employers shed 20,000 jobs.
The Labor Department says the rate dropped because a survey of households found the number of employed Americans rose by 541,000. The job losses are calculated from a separate survey of employers.
The report also included an annual revision to the estimates of total payrolls, which showed there were 930,000 fewer jobs last March than previously estimated. The department also revised down its estimates for April through October of last year, adding another 433,000 job losses.
President Obama's radical union-backed nominee to the National Labor Relations Board lied to a Senate confirmation panel earlier this week about his ties to the embattled leftist advocacy group ACORN.
The nominee is Craig Becker, who, at least until recently, was longtime associate general counsel to SEIU. Becker is considered radical in part because he believes that "employers should have no role in the unionization process," according to Brian Johnson, executive director of the Alliance for Worker Freedom.
During a hearing Tuesday by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) asked Becker this question: "Do you perform work for and provide advice to ACORN or ACORN-affiliated groups while employed by your current employers or on a volunteer basis?"
Becker responded, "Senator McCain, I have never done so."
But that answer -- that Becker "never" provided advice "to ACORN or ACORN-affiliated groups" -- is demonstrably false. Evidence abounds that he gave advice to SEIU Local 880, which, as I will show below, was part and parcel of ACORN before it merged with another SEIU bargaining unit.
As the Wall Street Journal noted, Becker acknowledged previously that he had "worked with and provided advice" to Local 880.
Rathke, who is also founder and chief organizer of SEIU Local 100 in New Orleans, reminisced about the good old days. "I can still remember Keith Kelleher negotiating the subsidy for SEIU Local 880 in Chicago and always making sure that there was the money for the organizers, but that SEIU was also still willing to allow access to Craig."
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Teamsters General President Jimmy Hoffa today applauded the confirmation of Patricia Smith as Labor Solicitor, making her the third-highest ranking official in the Labor Department. The U.S. Senate voted 60-37 today to confirm Smith.(from prnewswire.com)
"Patricia Smith has shown that her priorities are making sure the rights of workers are upheld and protected," Hoffa said. "As the labor commissioner in New York state, Smith was able to bring together business leaders, union officials and workers. She has the backing of every single member of the New York state congressional delegation."
By now, many of us have been exposed to The Tea Party Is Over web site. There are many liberals and progressives (some RINOs included) who would like to see the Tea Party movement come to an end, because frankly, we stand in the way of their agenda. The Tea Party is Over states that it’s “mission” is “To prevent the Tea Party’s dangerous ideas from gaining legislative traction.”
Highlight boxes on the web page focus on three men, one of which is Randy Hultgren with the caption, Randy Hultgren has taken right-wing positions on spending, health care, abortion, and gay rights. He sponsored a bill to remove protections from discrimination because of sexual orientation, and claims the health care bill “will kill people.” Call Randy at 630.549.0139 and tell him to reject the dangerous ideas of the Tea Party.
The Tea Party Is Over is paid for and approved by American Public Policy Committee (see bottom of TPIO web page). According to the records, the top two donors for American Public Policy Committee this year are Patriot Majority and Patriot Majority West.
The Patriot Majority has the same street and suite address as the Sandler, Reiff and Young Law Firm. Joseph Sandler was the general counsel to the Democratic National Committee who filed a motion to dismiss Philip Berg’s eligibility lawsuit against Obama and the DNC. Sandler is also former counsel to both MoveOn.org and the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim group named an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorist-finance case in U.S. history.