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Archive: Jun 2014

  • Luddite Unions Pick Cabbies over Consumers

    Posted on Jun 27, 2014 by Team

    Back in Industrial Revolution-era England, the Luddites were a group of artisans who engaged in sabotage against factories they felt were taking their jobs. They lost, but don’t tell Big Labor: In cities across the nation, taxicab drivers backed by various national unions are protesting new internet-based car-hire services such as Uber. Consumers tend to […]

  • Liberal Big Money Group Taps Teachers Union Honcho

    Posted on Jun 25, 2014 by Team

    Union bosses love to complain about conservatives and business groups spending money to influence politics. But when left-wing funding behemoth Democracy Alliance recently tapped a high-ranking National Education Association (NEA) official to chair its board, that principled opposition to money in politics—if it ever existed—went right out the window. John Stocks, the NEA’s current Executive […]

  • Editors Eviscerate SEIU’s Seattle Scheme

    Posted on Jun 24, 2014 by Team

    Seattle has taken a hard-left turn in recent elections pushed heavily by Big Labor, culminating in the city’s recent decision to raise its minimum wage to $15 over three years. The latest effort is a ballot measure—titled I-107—that would capitalize on Mayor Ed Murray’s call for universal pre-kindergarten education to sneak city taxpayers’ money into […]

  • AFL-CIO Wants to Re-Write Labor History

    Posted on Jun 19, 2014 by Team

    Big Labor, most notably the AFL-CIO, is pushing its political allies to propagandize children in school social studies curriculums. Union membership is suffering among all ages—total union membership has fallen to only 11.3 percent of the total employed workforce—and it seems Big Labor is very worried about losing the young, who are even less unionized […]

  • California Students Find New Way to Battle Teachers Unions

    Posted on Jun 12, 2014 by Team

    This week, teachers unions’ cushy status quo suffered a major setback, in California of all places. That’s odd in part because the teachers unions—specifically NEA affiliate the California Teachers Association (CTA), but also the AFT affiliate California Federation of Teachers (CFT)—have massive political power in the state. The two unions spent a combined $39 million […]

  • Randi Called Out for Dodging Accountability

    Posted on Jun 10, 2014 by Team

    Randi Weingarten likes to claim people who call her out are ultra-right-wing Tea Partiers, education privatizers, or agents of libertarian activist-philanthropists Charles and David Koch. In an interview with the Washington Post, Randi claimed that “the Koch brothers and deep-pocketed conservative activists” are behind “an anti-public education agenda of vouchers, privatization, and attacks on teachers […]

  • Trumka Bringing Card-Check II to a Congress Near You?

    Posted on Jun 06, 2014 by Team

    After Big Labor’s push for the deceptively named Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) failed in 2009-2010, Richard Trumka and the AFL-CIO have been trying to concoct a new way to harvest more union dues and stop their long-term decline. We’ve seen union bosses hide behind fake grassroots “worker center” front groups, threaten management’s right to […]

  • Media Searches for Wal-Mart Strikers, Finds Few

    Posted on Jun 05, 2014 by Team

    With Wal-Mart’s shareholder meeting coming up at the end of the week, the United Food and Commercial Workers’ in-house front group OUR Walmart is trying to rally its flagging campaign to either organize the retailer or drive up the retailer’s costs to make union shops more competitive. But it doesn’t look like the media is […]