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Archive: Aug 2007

  • Labor Day 2007 by Center for Union Facts

    Posted on Aug 31, 2007 by Bret Jacobson

    Decades after organized labor came into its own by improving working conditions for Americans, the movement is adrift. It is reeling from decades of corruption, embezzlement, internal rifts, and a record of customer service that makes the phone company look good. (Click here to read our Labor Day op-ed in National Review Online) (Click here […]

  • Hmm, Let’s Raise Taxes!

    Posted on Aug 30, 2007 by Bret Jacobson

    How do you take a state with a sluggish economy and make matters worse? If you’re Michigan’s AFL-CIO, you ask politicians to raise taxes and increase the size of the bloated government: The Michigan AFL-CIO enters the Labor Day weekend pushing for a tax increase to support state government services, and promising to help lawmakers […]

  • SEIU Political Machine: Criminal Intent?

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    In the 2004 election SEIU gave tens of millions of its members’ dollars to a political drive to defeat the president. Not only was the money wasted, but it apparently was used in illegal ways. The Politico reports: The Federal Election Commission has fined one of the last cycle’s biggest liberal political action committees $775,000 […]

  • In The News …

    Posted on Aug 29, 2007 by Bret Jacobson

    Thanks SEIU Bosses!: In Oregon, the news is bleak for the budget, because “The state will continue to shoulder the entire cost of health care premiums for employees and their families, an increasingly rare perk in either the private or public sectors as the price of health insurance skyrockets.” A Bill the Mafia Would Love: […]

  • Happy Labor Day from the Center for Union Facts

    Posted on Aug 28, 2007 by Bret Jacobson

    We find running ads makes our point like few other mediums can. Today we launched our Labor Day ad, and fans of labor leaders’ propaganda will love it. It’s running in today’s USA Today and on the front page of the New York Times website — meaning several million people will get the story union […]

  • “Organized Labor: Scrutinize Them, Not Us!”

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    Carter Wood has the story on the Shopfloor. Plus, Ed Feulner has more in the Indy Star: OLMS is clearly doing a job that needs to be done. Its hundreds of criminal convictions prove that. Union leaders and their political puppets may not appreciate its efforts, but the rank-and-file should be cheering its watchdog activities […]

  • Union Fact of the Day: UFCW’s Pension Gaps

    Posted on Aug 27, 2007 by J. Justin Wilson

    Bret is out of the office today to interview a couple of union whistleblowers, so I’m filling in with the Union Fact of the Day. Unions have never been known for their money management skills. And a quick check of the Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) website reveals hundreds of cases where union leaders have […]

  • Liberté, égalité, ancienneté

    Posted on by Jon Berry

    Why have an innovative school when you can have one shackled by a union contract instead? In the Columbus (Ohio) school district, a French-immersion school is about to get less immersive, thanks to union-enforced transfer rules that are forcing unqualified teachers on the school. As The Columbus Dispatch puts it, “parents are justifiably upset by […]