Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Archive: May 2007 (Page 2)


    Posted on May 29, 2007 by Bret Jacobson

    Donald Luskin receives an email: Each of the Democratic candidates lust for the endorsements of the unions, mostly the new ones such as SEIU and AFSCME. No hardhats there; plenty of brooms and bureaucrats. Think of the bright, helpful folks at your DMV. But isn’t organized labor failing to organize labor? No, problem! “Card Check” […]

  • Would-be Senator Stuart Smalley Supports Ending Workers’ Rights

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    I think I’m allowed to say it: I don’t like Al Franken. My main problem with him is that, despite his long career in comedy endeavors such as SNL, Franken himself is not very funny. His most famous character is a creepy middle-aged guy who lives alone, wears dirty-old-men sweaters, and pumps himself up in […]

  • Surprise! Blogger Misstates EFCA Fallout

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    It’s staggering, the amount of bad numbers and flat-out wrong talking points being used by union officials and their allies to push for passage of a bill that would end secret ballot elections for employees deciding whether to join a union. The latest: “Chicago Carless” harps on the notion that under the grossly misnamed “Employee […]

  • You’ve Got Junk Mail: Union Bosses Hostage to Their Own Rhetoric

    Posted on May 25, 2007 by Bret Jacobson

    It can be hard to take union bosses seriously sometimes. They frequently lack such basic self-awareness that they can’t comprehend why people either don’t want to join a union or want to drop the union altogether. Today’s email newsletter from the AFL-CIO office once again shows how out of touch they are. Pointing to passage […]

  • Teamsters Bosses Crying in Their Beer

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    Depending on the level of your love for beer, you may know the name Yuengling. It’s something of a regional treat, and it’s been produced by a family-owned company for generations. Recently, employees there decided to kick out Teamsters bosses as their representative. The Teamsters, in turn, are alleging the company must have threatened workers […]

  • The Embezzled Checks are in the Mail

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    Another sad case of officials abusing their power: The former president of a postal workers union was indicted today by a federal grand jury in San Francisco on charges of embezzling more than $170,000 and falsifying records to cover his tracks. Graham Paul Vane, 59, of Pacifica stole money from the National Association of Letter […]

  • UAW Forces 400 to Cash Out of Job Bank

    Posted on May 24, 2007 by Bret Jacobson

    Decades in the making, it has finally happened. After years of negotiating to put their out-of-work members in a “jobs bank” where they continued to earn substantial paychecks for doing nothing, United Auto Workers officials fearing total collapse of the U.S. auto industry have begrudgingly started undoing some of the jobs bank’s costly damage. Today’s […]