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Archive: Apr 2008

  • Maybe the System’s the Problem

    Posted on Apr 29, 2008 by Jon Berry

    Front-page news in today’s Washington Post: D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee has signed an agreement with Washington Teachers Union President George Parker giving Rhee authority to reassign all “excessed” teachers at 23 D.C. schools that are set to close. This may sound rather arcane, but in the world of D.C. public education this is a […]

  • I Hope ULLICO Has Good Insurance

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    Yesterday, the beleaguered Union Labor Life Insurance Company, better known as ULLICO, posted a $2.4 million net loss, much of which resulted from a $20 million settlement with the Department of Labor after a five-year investigation into the union-administered insurance company’s corruption. TMCnet has a brief run down of ULLICO’s long list of misdeeds: Ullico’s troubles with […]

  • SEIU and CNA’s Lawyers Burning the Midnight Oil

    Posted on Apr 25, 2008 by J. Justin Wilson

    And SEIU’s saga continues. The New York Times’ Steven Greenhouse reports  that the California Nurses Association (CNA) has lost its petition for a restraining order against SEIU  and its president Andy Stern. The case between the CNA and SEIU is less than a month old, but its already generated more than 200 pages of court […]

  • Hockey Fights

    Posted on Apr 24, 2008 by J. Justin Wilson

    Everyone secretly likes watching a good sports fight. And while a baseball bench-clearer is fine and good, nothing beats a hockey smack-down. That’s what I feel like when watching the SEIU these past few weeks. It’s like the rest of the world is chanting: “Fight, fight, fight!” In honor of that, imagine that Andy Stern is number […]

  • Card Check Embarrasses U.S.

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) is embarrassed (and he should be). In a recent conference call with bloggers, he explained that House leaders are holding up passage of the Colombia Free Trade Agreement to “kowtow” to the labor movement’s demand for “card check.” Here’s a snippet that Carter Wood over at ShopFloor transcribed: Let me just say […]

  • Attack of the Purple People Eaters

    Posted on Apr 21, 2008 by J. Justin Wilson

    Ok, I admit it. We’ve been sitting back and enjoying the Service Employees International Union and California Nurses Association battle royale. Anything I have to add has probably already been said by one side or the other. That said, I did spend a few minutes today piecing together the restraining order against Andy Stern and […]

  • Union-Backed Seniority = Axing Good Teachers

    Posted on by Jon Berry

    The state of California is facing a budget crisis, and as part of its fiscal belt-tightening, the state is making cuts in its education spending. As a result of the spending cuts, many school districts are laying off teachers. In a sensible world, you would first lay off those teachers who were contributing the least […]

  • The Future of American Education is South of the Border

    Posted on Apr 16, 2008 by Adam Schaeffer

    Mark Krikorian over at NRO’s Corner has an interesting post on an arresting report: And you thought our teachers’ union was bad? We’ve just published a piece by William & Mary Prof. George Grayson identifying Mexico’s stupefyingly corrupt teachers’ union one of the reasons that country is so screwed up and can’t hold on to […]