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Archive: May 2008

  • PA Gov. Ed Rendell Implicated in Union Violence Cover-Up

    Posted on May 30, 2008 by Adam Schaeffer

    A news report tells the story of a union member who was roughed-up by Teamsters while protesting then-president Clinton. Adding further insult to injury, some Teamsters filed suit against the plaintiff and were apparently helped—and even encouraged—by Governor Rendell:  A union staffer’s 2002 court declaration asserted that current governor and former Philadelphia mayor Ed Rendell […]

  • EFCA Will Raise Costs for Businesses and Lessen Competitiveness

    Posted on May 28, 2008 by Tracie Gibler

    The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council has come out with a warning for state governments: pass a state-level version of the mis-named Employee Free Choice Act and hurt your state’s economy. The SBE Council argues that state-level versions of EFCA will raise costs for small businesses, lessen competitiveness, and decrease productivity.  The Council is so […]

  • Even Liberal Bloggers Ask: Why Doesn’t the Media Cover Union Attempt to Buy Congress?

    Posted on by Adam Schaeffer

    In a post on the site of the liberal Atlantic blogger, Matthew Yglesias, Alyssa wonders why no reporters are following a very important election-year issue. Namely, how union bosses are attempting to buy a submissive government to pass a laundry-list of anti-worker, anti-business, pro-union boss legislation: $150 million is a lot of money… Which is […]

  • Oregon Senate candidate owes labor for primary win

    Posted on May 27, 2008 by Tracie Gibler

    In a recent interview, U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Merkley’s campaign manager admits that Oregon labor bosses were key to Merkley’s defeat of rival Steve Novick in the primary. Merkley’s pro-EFCA stance made his candidacy a natural fit for union bosses eager to increase their membership and dues collected. Q: Was it hard to get organized […]

  • Rebellion Against Stern SEIU Dictatorship Builds

    Posted on by Adam Schaeffer

    The Washington Post reports on the growing rebellion against SEIU chief Andy Stern. Unionization, by design, makes individual workers submit to the collective will. The fundamental problem here is a system that doesn’t respect the rights of an individual. And the SEIU under Stern is the logical end for such collectivist enterprises: This week, a […]

  • Colorado’s UFCW Admit 50% of Membership Wants Out But Are Forced to Pay Dues

    Posted on May 23, 2008 by Adam Schaeffer

    Denver Post columnist Al Lewis reports on something the union bosses really don’t like to talk about; the huge percentage of workers they “represent” who want nothing to do with a union. Unfortunately, far too many workers are trapped in a union and forced to pay dues just because some workers, at some point, wanted […]

  • AFL-CIO More Interested in Protesting McCain than Worker’s Concerns

    Posted on May 22, 2008 by Adam Schaeffer

    The San Francisco Chronicle reports today that labor unions are taking the lead in trying to smear Senator John McCain. As I noted, why, just the other day, around 38 percent of union members voted Republican in the last presidential election. But instead of addressing workplace issues that most of their membership might care about, […]

  • Union Dues: $600; Union Going into Debt to Support a Candidate you Oppose: Priceless.

    Posted on May 20, 2008 by Adam Schaeffer

    Around 38 percent of union members voted Republican in the last presidential election and certainly many will do so again this year. But the Washington Times reports that the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) just went into debt to support Hillary Clinton: The independent political arm of the nation’s largest government […]