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New Jersey: Get the Latest News on Chris Christie


New Jersey: Get the Latest News on Chris Christie

by Seth Michaels, Aug 25, 2009

Every day, it seems there are new developments in the race for New Jersey governor. Candidate Chris Christie, a longtime Bush political appointee, has been the subject of close scrutiny in the state and voters want to know the real story.

You can get all the latest news about Chris Christie and the race for New Jersey governor at The Real Chris Christie, a project of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO. The newest feature at the site is a news feed that pulls in the latest headlines about Christie, including:

Christie’s possibly illegal pledge to give former Bush-era federal colleagues state jobs;

An undisclosed $46,000 loan from Christie to an aide while he was serving as U.S. Attorney;

and Christie’s conversations with fellow Bush political operative Karl Rove about a run for governor—while he was still serving as U.S. Attorney.

In addition, The Real Chris Christie site looks at where the candidate stands on issues like the economy, health care, education and workers’ rights.

The election is little more than three months away, so it’s time to take a close look at Christie’s record and actions. Check out The Real Chris Christie for the latest developments.

NLRB nominee challenged by business organization


September 2009, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

NLRB nominee challenged by business organization


LEHIGH VALLEY, August 14th- The majority of the mainstream media has failed to report the Obama Administration had sent to the United States Senate the nominiations of Craig Becker, Mark Gaston Pearce, and Brian Hayes to be members of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Washington, DC. however, this newspaper published the information in the previous edition. Meanwhile, the largest business group in the nation has objected to one of the nominations.

If confirmed by the Senate, the NLRB would have a full complement of five members for the first time since December 7th, 2007. The sitting members are Chairman Wilma Liebman and Member Peter Schaumber.

President Obama announced his intention to nominate labor law attorney’s Craig Becker and Mark Gaston Pearce for the two vacant Democratic seats on the NLRB. The intent to nominate Mr. Hayes to fill the vacant Republican seat was announced shortly before the nominations were sent to the Senate.

Mr. Hayes currently serves as the Republican Labor Policy Director for the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Mr. Hayes’s term would expire on December 16th, 2012. Mr. Pearce, in private practice with a Buffalo, New York law firm, would have a term ending August 27th, 2013. Mr. Becker, Associate General Counsel of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), would have a term ending December 16th, 2014.

Chairman Liebman’s term expires on August 27th, 2011, and member Schaumber’s term ends August 27th, 2010. By tradition, three of the five NLRB seats are filled by individuals of the same political party of the President in office.

The United States Chamber of Commerce announced on July 27th, the organization is urging the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions to hold a hearing on the nomination of Mr. Becker to the NLRB.

In a letter sent by the organizations Executive Vice President for Government Relations, R. Bruce Josten, the Chamber cited concern over what the business group stated was Becker’s “out-the-mainstream” views on the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

Specifically, the Chamber of Commerce cited public writings in which Mr. Becker states that employers have no legitimate role to play when their employees are targeted by a labor union organizing campaign.

The Chamber of Commerce cited an article Mr. Becker wrote in the Minnesota Law Review that he believes, “employers should be stripped of any legally cognizable interest in their employees’ election of representatives.”

Also, Mr. Josten’s letter, obtained by the newspaper, expresses concern that Mr. Becker’s ties to the SEIU, an avid proponent of the “Employee Free Choice Act,” could lead him to advance “Card Check” organizing through administrative action by the National Labor Relations Board.

“While the views articulated in Becker’s articles are alarming in and of themselves, what is especially troubling is that Mr. Becker does not necessarily believe that such changes require Congressional approval,” wrote Mr. Josten.

First Pre-Apprenticeship Initiative in the Lehigh Valley class completed, event held


September 2009 Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

First Pre-Apprenticeship Initiative in the Lehigh Valley class completed, event held


REGION, August 24th- On August 20th the youths that were enrolled in the newly created Lehigh Valley Pre-Apprenticeship Initiative during the summer received their certification for completing the course. The event was held at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Union Local 375 building on Liberty Street in Allentown.

In May, unions affiliated with the Building and Construction Trades Council of the Lehigh Valley announced the creation of the initiative at the Career Link on Union Boulevard in Allentown. The labor federation together with United Community Services sponsored the program.

The program was funded by the Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board with the initiative headquarters and classrooms located at Local 375 building. Funds for the project were provided through Pennsylvania’s allocation from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

According to William Newhard, President of the labor federation, eligible youths from the Lehigh Valley that were enrolled in the program were given both acadenic preparation and work experiences to enter the building trades apprenticeship programs.

Journeymen construction workers assisted the youths in getting to know all about construction and construction unions. Additionally, the youths studied math, construction safety, and building trades work readiness. The pre-apprenticeship program mirrors a real apprenticeship program by providing an opportunity to earn and learn. Pre-apprenticeship requirements are the same as real apprenticeship requirements.

William Dorward, Area Marketing Representative of the Sheet Metal Workers International Association Union Local 19, which represents employees which installs duct work for heating and air conditioning and metal roofs within the construction industry, told the newspaper a pre-apprenticeship program in the Reading area is very successful. Mr. Dorward said the Reading program was established more than five years ago.

Vicki Henshaw, who has worked in the Lehigh Valley within youth social services for many years directed the summer program. She told the newspaper plans are already underway to continue the program in 2010.

Mark Snyder, Business Representative of the United Association of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry Union Local 690, attended the August 20th event and stated his union was pleased to be involved in the program. Local 690 represents plumbers working within the building and construction industry throughout the Lehigh Valley.

Mrs. Henshaw stated there were fourteen youths that completed the course including: Joshua Hernandez, Kara Holloman, Xavier Isley, Jessica Lantigua, Melido Matos, Ashley Neas, Tyreek Owens, Kamil Payano-Sosa, Kyree Riddick, Sandy Sanchez, Cecilia Torres, Crystal Torres and Bryan Valek.

The youths, their families, program supporters, and invited quests participated in the event which included food, soda and special presentations