Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Archive: Aug 2009

  • On the fence

    Posted on Aug 28, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    Jimmy Hoffa, president of the Teamsters, is holding EFCA over newly-minted, long circulated Dem. Senator from Pennsylvania, Arlen Specter and publicly considering supporting Rep. Joe Sestak.  Specter’s reticence to support EFCA (despite his recent statement that he would support a “modified” version of the bill) has done nothing to assuage the union’s fears that he […]

  • From the horse’s mouth

    Posted on Aug 27, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    The New York Times today profiled Dennis Rivera, the man behind the man behind the SEIU’s push for health care legislation.  Never heard of him?   Rivera used to be New York’s preeminent labor leader, responsible for the state’s 300,000 healthcare workers.  After he stepped down from his post two years ago, he was out of […]

  • It doesn’t really say that, does it?

    Posted on Aug 26, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    United Auto Workers isn’t afraid to say what everyone else is thinking.  Props to them.  Sec. 164 of the health care bill will help to bail out various union’s failing and/or bankrupt and/or ponzi-scheme pension funds for retirees–to the tune of $10 billion dollars. The Detroit News reports: The United Auto Workers is urging its […]

  • Damned if you do, damned if you don’t

    Posted on Aug 25, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    The last two years have been anything but kind to state budgets across the country, and cash strapped governors and politicians often finds themselves working to balance the unbalanceable, putting state employees at risk for layoffs, pay cuts, and reduced hours.  California’s budget crisis has a lot to thank unions for, something this blog has […]

  • Unions, I Fell For You Like A Child, Oh, But The Fire Went Wild

    Posted on Aug 24, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    In California this month, prisons have been under lockdown after rioting at one facility. Prisons in California are overcrowded, the system costs $10 billion dollars a year (70% goes to salary and benefits; 5% to educational and vocational programs), and the state boasts the highest recidivism rate in the country.  It is an understatement to […]

  • A good man is hard to find. . . or keep.

    Posted on Aug 21, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    It’s that time again.  Endorsements are beginning to roll in as unions position themselves for the 2010 election cycle. From Teamsters’ press releases: “Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa today announced the union’s endorsement of Democrat Steve Shannon for attorney general of Virginia as the best candidate to improve the commonwealth’s economy. . .  H. Joseph […]

  • When opportunity knocks, unions invite in, won’t let leave.

    Posted on Aug 20, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that the unpaid furloughs applied to Prince George’s County, Maryland, employees were unconstitutional.  Unpaid furloughs have been liberally used across the country in the past year by city and county officials to cut costs from their already cash-strapped budgets, in order to provide sufficient city services—something which unions have […]

  • Trumka: EFCA and Public Health Care, or Else

    Posted on Aug 19, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    [youtube][/youtube] With Richard Trumka the heir apparent at the AFL-CIO, it looks like Sweeney is letting him lead the campaign for card check and government run health care program. That explains why he’s willing to attack any Congressman or woman who opposes the union’s demand to pass EFCA and a so-called “public option” health care […]