Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Archive: May 2007 (Page 3)

  • Two Former UAW Bosses to be Sentenced for Extortion

    Posted on May 24, 2007 by Bret Jacobson

    Two retired United Auto Workers officials are to be sentenced in federal court today for extortion during a decade-old strike at the General Motors Corp. truck plant in Pontiac. A jury convicted Donny G. Douglas and Jay D. Campbell last June of demanding that two unqualified men — Campbell’s son and the son of another […]

  • In The News …

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    Exposing another schism in the Cheat To Win coalition, UFCW chief Joe Hansen is defending employer-based healthcare The Los Angeles Times reports that the presidential race is getting caught up in the California casino quagmire, where union bosses are trying to do an end run around secret ballot elections Anti-Wal-Mart union campaigners score a scalp, […]

  • Union Bosses Going Nuclear in the Carolinas

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    Executives at Progress Energy in the Carolinas are fighting a unionizing drive by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. I don’t really care how the employees there vote, as long as they’re informed. They can start by looking at the Center for Union Facts profile of IBEW, and the NLPC’s brief of IBEW embezzlement. The […]

  • “Many of us were not even aware the vote was actually taking place”

    Posted on May 23, 2007 by Bret Jacobson

    If there’s one example union bosses like to hold up in their campaign to replace secret ballots with a petition-like process, it’s the Kaiser healthcare network. That group long ago acceded to union demands for card check. (Surely it had little to do with the fact that some of the company’s first customers were unions […]

  • LA Times: The Teachers Union Must Change

    Posted on by Jon Berry

    Labeling the union “the most regressive force in the L.A. Unified School District,” the editorial board of the Los Angeles Times challenged the United Teachers Los Angeles to mend its ways in a stinging editorial last week. Facing its loss of control over the city’s school board, the union is in a good position to […]

  • California Card Check Choking Off State Funds

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    Self-described “labor sympathizer” Carole Goldberg published an article in today’s Sacramento Bee outlining a money grab by UNITE HERE officials, who are demanding that a new Indian tribes casino pact include mandatory recognition of card check organizing. The union’s demand is costing California’s tax system a half-billion — that’s billion, with a “b” — in […]

  • More on Unions and Student Testing

    Posted on May 22, 2007 by Jon Berry

    An Associated Press report from the Northwest this Saturday can’t quite match Oakland’s recent “What is cheating?” story, but the Washington Education Association is never one to skimp on drama. AP political reporter David Ammons writes: Terry Bergeson served in the top leadership of the Washington Education Association for eight long years before becoming the […]

  • All Things Teamsters

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    Plenty of news being generated by the Teamsters officials right now, not least of which are comments by bigwig James Hoffa. He led a Change To Win delegation to China, where the younger federation is showing up its AFL-CIO rivals on willingness to talk with that country’s (communist-government-controlled) unions. But Mr. Hoffa has some funny […]