Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Archive: Jul 2007 (Page 2)

  • Tenure: Protecting Bad Teachers And Principals

    Posted on Jul 30, 2007 by Jon Berry

    The Tacoma (Washington) News Tribune editorialized last week about a middle school principal convicted of third-degree rape who’s still drawing $8,245 a month in salary because the state’s due process laws have thus far prevented his district from firing him. Unfortunately, The News Tribune undermines its own case by claiming that tenure protections are the […]

  • “This whole issue has nothing to do with helping the poor abused working man”

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    From an employee of Basha’s, the Arizona grocer under attack from the UFCW’s anti-corporate campaign machine: The United Food and Commercial Workers has waged an unethical (at best) campaign of harassment and intimidation against our company and its employees. When their tactics failed to drum up enough support among the Bashas’ membership to force a […]

  • SEIU Leaders Slapped in Reverse-Corporate Campaign!

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    It’s not often you see business leaders stand up to smear campaigns ordered by labor leaders. But Wackenhut, a security firm, is resisting an organizing drive by Service Employees International Union bosses which would deny employees the right to a secret ballot vote. Now Wackenhut is gathering several stories (many of which frequent Labor Pains […]

  • Some Nurses May Get a Vote

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    At the Center for Union Facts, our belief is that everyone who wants a union should have one as long as every employee gets a personal, private vote in an election overseen by the government. That’s the only way to avoid coercion of employees. But union bosses who are looking to add new members, quickly, […]

  • UFCW, Smithfield, and Card Check

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    We’ve told you … several times … about the campaign by United Food and Commercial Workers strategists to unionize Smithfield employees without letting them have a personal, private vote whose integrity is overseen by the federal government. Instead, UFCW continues to run its anti-corporate smear campaign tarnishing the company’s image in hopes Smithfield will simply […]

  • Trading on Ignorance?

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    Bright-eyed readers of yesterday’s Washington Post will notice a letter to the editor from the well-paid Michael Sullivan, head of the Sheet Metal Workers union. Sullivan writes in response to a great column by Robert Novak — and to defend AFL-CIO top chef chief John Sweeney, who is supposedly “protecting the interests of not only […]

  • Bloomberg on Education: Fix Tenure, Too

    Posted on Jul 27, 2007 by Jon Berry

    From the same speech by New York City Mike Bloomberg we told you about yesterday, another gem about education reform and unions: And when a tenured teacher’s students are not learning, principals, after a reasonable appeals process, should have the authority to let that teacher go. Right now, that appeals process is anything but reasonable. […]

  • Breaking News from the Onion News Network

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    This just in from the Onion News Network: The AFL-CIO can’t remember what its acronym stands for. Tonight at 11. Not really, but if you watch the first segment — which is hilarious — and then hang around through the ad for some not-so-funny movie, the Onion News Network has a great kicker. In The […]