Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Archive: Jul 2007

  • “When you study it more it seems like there are some serious unintended consequences”

    Posted on Jul 31, 2007 by Bret Jacobson

    “When you first hear about it, it seems like, ‘Yes, this looks like an appealing way to generate a lot of revenue,’ but when you study it more it seems like there are some serious unintended consequences,” said Rep. Brian Baird of Washington, a member of a coalition of centrist Democrats who often play a […]

  • Chicago’s Unionized Teacher Evaluations, Terminations Deserve a Failing Grade

    Posted on by Jon Berry

    The New Teacher Project (a teacher training and education reform non-profit whose founder just became Chancellor of D.C.’s nightmarishly bad school system) came out with an important new report yesterday on how Chicago Public Schools evaluates and transfers its teachers. The verdict for the Chicago Teachers Union (whose contract with the district is of course […]

  • WSJ: Davis-Bacon on the Farm

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    The Wall Street Journal‘s editorial page today highlights a political payoff from Democrats to their Big Labor patrons. The paper focuses on a Davis-Bacon requirement in the current farm bill. Says the Journal: Because ethanol production would be significantly more expensive under Davis-Bacon — and because the government requires ethanol in gasoline — ordinary Americans […]

  • In The News …

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    An op-ed in the Charleston Daily Mail says you can support unions and right-to-work laws which are more fair for all working Americans The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports: “A top Pennsylvania Teamsters official could lose jobs paying him more than $188,000 a year if he loses in a pending ruling by a Teamsters’ panel on charges […]

  • Attack on Detroit is Newt to Me

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    Well, presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich certainly opened fire on Detroit, though his volley appears to be on target: Gingrich blasted the city of Detroit, Detroit Public Schools, the United Auto Workers and Michigan’s unemployment rate during an interview on Fox News Sunday in which he talked about how he would transform Washington …  Rick Tyler, […]

  • Blogger Busts AFL-CIO As Employer

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    “Of Glass Houses & Septic Tanks: AFL-CIO Negotiates Less-than-Living Wage Increase with its Unionized Staff” — read the whole thing.

  • AFSCME Prez: We Made A Big Error

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    Today’s New York Times carries an interesting article by the paper’s top labor reporter, Steven Greenhouse. The overall story is about presidential hopefuls’ race to woo Big Labor’s big bucks, but there was an interesting reflection by one of the nation’s most politically powerful union leaders. The Times reports: Gerry McEntee, president of the American […]