Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Archive: Mar 2007 (Page 2)

  • Oregon: “I never would have believed the depth to which the government could be co-opted into a labor government.”

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    As an Oregonian, I can tell you that the state’s government may as well be officially run by union bosses. Yesterday, Eugene’s Register-Guard ran a lengthy piece demonstrating just how firmly Oregon’s political machine sits in the pocket of labor officials. The situation has left one state senator saying, “I never would have believed the […]

  • America’s Mayor: Card Check is Unfair

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    Except for some politicians looking for a helping hand from Big Labor, few people like the attempt to end secret ballot elections for employees deciding whether to join a union. Former New York City mayor and current presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani weighed in when he stopped by CNBC’s Kudlow & Company on March 26. Here’s an excerpt […]

  • In Case of Strike, Break Windows (and Hands)

    Posted on by Jon Berry

    A federal judge in New York is allowing construction company ALR to proceed with its racketeering lawsuit against Laborers Local 78, in spite of the union’s argument that a Supreme Court decision, United States v. Enmons, protects the local from extortion prosecution. Incredibly, that’s not an incredible argument — Enmons really does protect labor unions […]

  • We’re Here to Empower You. Tell Us Where You Live.

    Posted on by Jon Berry

    Yesterday blogger Jim Geraghty caught an interesting proposal from would-be President Hillary Clinton, speaking at the legislative conference of the AFL-CIO’s Building & Construction Trades Department: “With Rob Andrews, Democratic Congressman from New Jersey, Hillary announces she’s introducing legislation that would allow labor unions to access contractor payrolls – and the crowd goes wild.” If […]

  • Paradise Lost: Is Cheat To Win Facing Internal Strife?

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    Uh-oh, looks like the bureaucracy is back: The Change to Win union federation that broke away from the AFL-CIO in 2005 faces internal divisions that could threaten its future, the Los Angeles Times reported. United Food and Commercial Workers union President Joseph Hansen wrote in a letter sent to the six other Change to Win […]

  • In The News …

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    The Boston Globe: Patrick aide accused of meddling in labor cases  The Nation blasts SEIU president Andy Stern for saying he will work with an employer on healthcare SEIU officials in Oregon are lobbying the state for more power in collective bargaining