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Archive: Aug 2007 (Page 2)

  • Union Facts Raps UFCW, SEIU Over STL Vote

    Posted on Aug 26, 2007 by Bret Jacobson

    We’ve told you before about the thumpin’ Change To Win allies rivals UFCW and SEIU took in a recent vote among St. Louis nurses. Well, we thought the story was important enough that we should drop a letter to the editors of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, who in turn kindly published our thoughts today: St. […]

  • Chicago Teamsters Bosses’ $150,000 Club

    Posted on Aug 25, 2007 by Bret Jacobson

    Looks like those union financial disclosures — you know, the ones overseen by the only Department of Labor section whose budget will likely be cut by union-backed politicians — are full of good info. There’s simply too much info on to go through by any one group, but interested parties can find a lot. […]

  • Hints of School Reform in New York

    Posted on Aug 24, 2007 by Jon Berry

    Teachers unions aren’t the only stakeholders in public education, but they’re almost invariably the most organized ones. One upstate New York doctor is attempting to change that reality, The New York Sun reports. As anesthesiologist David Smith tells the Sun: “There’s only one voice in Albany right now: That’s the voice of the teachers union. […]

  • Union Fact of the Day: CTW’s Grand Escape

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    Per our ongoing series, inspired by the Change To Win bloggers, here our fact of the day: The Change To Win labor federation spent a whopping $829,938 for their 2006 organizing convention held at the plush MGM Grand resort in Las Vegas. That’s a lot of money to boost organizing! But … Bonus fact: According […]

  • UFCW Slapped Again for Immigration Position

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    Dear UFCW and Change To Win: We recently had a blog exchange about UFCW president Joe Hansen’s misguided statements regarding U.S. immigration policy. We wanted to draw your attention to an editorial in the Fayetteville Observer: The union called the arrests “a form of political theater that ends in real human tragedy — the devastation […]

  • “Technology, you’re not ever going to stop that”

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    There’s no doubt about it, capitalism is messy business. As the world changes, companies are built and destroyed. The knock on a lot of union “leaders” is that they fail to adapt with the times, or worse yet, they fight progress. In other words, they’re dinosaurs. Exhibit A in this debate is usually the United […]

  • Unfair Labor Practice Filed Against Wonderful Employer

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    ULPs — unfair labor practice charges — are tricky things. They’re essentially complaints that an employer or a union has violated federal labor law. Sometimes they are meaningful, most of the time they are not. In fact, it’s not uncommon for an employee or employer (by an approximate 80-20 split, respectively) to file a complaint […]

  • Cleaning Up in MA: SEIU and Political Money

    Posted on by Bret Jacobson

    The Boston Globe this morning has a story fawning all over the Service Employees International Union. It seems the union has actually helped out one of its members. That’s a rare, albeit welcome, change. But there’s another important note from the story, which reports that the state’s governor is taking sides with one of his […]