Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Archive: Sep 2007

  • Paying Good Teachers Well

    Posted on Sep 28, 2007 by Jon Berry

    At first blush, examination of a new survey by the Center on Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington doesn’t bode well for the idea of paying teachers according to how their students perform: 60 percent of Washington State public school teachers “strongly oppose” merit pay, and another 22 percent “somewhat oppose it.” Among […]

  • Virtual Picketers Met with Real Facts—Union Facts

    Posted on Sep 27, 2007 by J. Justin Wilson

    Carrying virtual placards reading “workers of the world unite” and demanding more or larger bonuses, IBM employees in Italy have launched a “virtual strike” in the virtual world known as Second Life. We decided to check out the “strike” at IBM’s Second Life headquarters and give the picketers a little dose of So we […]

  • Nothing to Cheer About

    Posted on by Jon Berry

    A recent re-read of “From Contracts to Classrooms: Covering Teachers Unions,” a primer for education journalists published by the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, unearthed an eye-opening story. As an education reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer in 1996, Dale Mezzacappa had a hard time keeping her cool with a union lawyer after a […]

  • In The News …

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    BET founder: “We gave African-American executives and technical people a chance to work in fields where the unions wouldn’t even let them join the unions.” (Hat tip: Employer Report) MSNBC Contributor: UAW’s ‘victory’ may really be last gasp The insecure skyline: The San Francisco security guard strike expands to the TransAmerica building

  • $14 Million More to Pass EFCA

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    The Change To Win coalition has set up an additional surcharge on their members’ dues — which could raise as much as $14 million over two years — to fund their political machine. And they aren’t shy about their focus on passing the anti-democratic “Employee Free Choice Act”: The convention resolution approving the assessment, and […]

  • Workers of the World Type!

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    If a virtual strike happens and no one cares, did it really happen? It’s a worthwhile questions since we have the first known virtual strike of a major corporation. See other relevant questions about the anti-IBM campaign here. The funny thing: no one seems to know this is going on, save a few geeks who […]

  • Card Check: Unions’ Life and Death Issue

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    The plan for Democrats and union officials to build a permanent, anti-worker agenda by ending secret ballot elections for working Americans is rolling along — and it will have major policy implications across the board. As we told The Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Moore: “This is a life and death issue for the unions,” Mr. […]