Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Archive: Dec 2007 (Page 2)

  • Congress & Labor’s 2007 Hijinks: A Review

    Posted on Dec 21, 2007 by Jon Berry

    In his syndicated column summarizing Congress’s “achievements” in 2007, writer George Will includes this round-up of what was done on behalf of organized labor: Bruce Raynor, president of the union Unite Here, expressed organized labor’s compassionate liberalism when he urged sparing workers the burden of democracy: “There’s no reason to subject workers to an election.” […]

  • Unions’ Next Corporate Campaign: Sadistic Santa’s Sweatshop

    Posted on Dec 20, 2007 by Bret Jacobson

    We came across an amusing blog post explaining “Santa Claus Is NOT a Teamster.” It seems that after weighing all possible evidence, and claims to the contrary, Santa would not side with the union of Jimmy Hoffa. In short, the blog Bob McCarty Writes says: Cast aside any of the explanations above and one indisputable […]

  • That Ain’t Kosher, UFCW

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    Pretty low attacking a kosher company just to try to get more dues members. This from Kosher Nexus: The Union that had called thousands of Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn and elsewhere with a fictitious claim (confirmed by USDA officials) that food produced by Agriprocessors in Postville, IA was unsafe was rebuffed by a federal appeals […]

  • Politics and Money: An L.A. (Times) Story

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    Always good to see democracy carried out on terms best for the body politic. In unrelated news, the Los Angeles Times reports this morning: As Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez sought the endorsement of two major labor unions for his plan to overhaul healthcare in the state, he added several provisions to the legislation sweetening the […]

  • Conceiving of the Edwards Problem

    Posted on Dec 19, 2007 by Bret Jacobson

    We’ve had plenty to say to about former Sen. John Edwards because we believe his current stance on stealing secret ballots from working Americans is just … plain … wrong. The folks over at, a website that looks at celebrity hypocrisy, has some thoughts on Mr. Edwards. We send you there — to a […]

  • Teamsters Boss Accused of Extorting Own Members

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    Abuse by union bosses of their members tends to take the form of stealing money. But a longtime Teamsters official has been accused of directly harming his members by forcing them to work for him. The New York Times has the story: The former president of a New York area Teamsters local was arrested on […]

  • Another Bad Bet with Member Bucks?

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    As unions throw campaign cash around like it’s confetti, the New York Times‘ top labor reporter, Steve Greenhouse, makes an interesting point over at his blog: If Mr. Obama wins in Iowa –­ and things are of course extremely fluid at the moment –­ many union leaders may say that they made the wrong bet […]