Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

AFL-CIO Brags Over Political Payoff, Nation’s Taxpayers Bite the Bullet

Give the unions credit, they’re not too bashful to acknowledge the fruits of their political muscle. Says the AFL-CIO:

More than 10,000 child care providers in Kansas and Pennsylvania won collective bargaining rights this month when the states’ governors signed executive orders guaranteeing the workers a voice on the job.

In Kansas, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D) signed the executive order granting bargaining rights to some 7,000 state licensed and regulated home child care providers. The state then certified the workers’ choice to join Child Care Providers Together Kansas/AFSCME, capping off their six-month drive for a voice at work.

Meanwhile in Pennsylvania, 4,000 child care workers will vote this fall on whether to join United Child Care Union—a local union formed by AFSCME and SEIU—following Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell’s executive order granting the workers collective bargaining rights.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. We’ve been on top of this issue and you can bet we’ll have something to say about it.