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Archive: Jun 2008 (Page 3)

  • Union Proximity to Politics

    Posted on Jun 18, 2008 by J. Justin Wilson

    Jon’s post yesterday reminded me of a great article on the physical proximity of teachers union headquarters to state capital buildings. The American reports: Of the 25 most influential interest groups, the teachers’ union is the closest to the capitol in 14 of the 50 states.

  • Newark Teachers Union: Keeping Politics out of Schools(!)

    Posted on Jun 17, 2008 by Jon Berry

    Sunday’s Newark Star-Ledger brings word that a city high school principal has been warned by the school district after he sent out a memo on district letterhead asking employees to buy tickets to a political fundraiser. But the real story is the reaction from Newark Teachers Union President Joseph Del Grosso, who supplied this amazing […]

  • Al Franken Can’t Hide His Assault on Democracy

    Posted on by Minnesotans for Employee Freedom

    We’re spreading the word about Al Franken’s effort to deny workers their private ballot rights.  We are further raising the stakes on a critically important issue facing Minnesotans and all Americans: the loss of our democratic rights in the workplace.  In an OpEd this week in Minnesota, we wrote: Al Franken, supposed champion of the little […]

  • EFCA to rob workers of 2 opportunities to a private ballot

    Posted on Jun 13, 2008 by Tracie Gibler

    In the escalating debate regarding the deceptively-named Employee Free Choice Act, much-deserved attention is paid to labor bosses’ ploy to take away workers’ rights to a private ballot in unionization votes. What is often forgotten is that EFCA has the potential to rob workers of an additional private ballot vote. Under EFCA, if a contract […]

  • Big Labor Flies the Coup

    Posted on by Tracie Gibler

    A federal judge has ruled that 150 chicken plant production line workers, who are members of the United Food and Commercial Workers and International Brotherhood of Teamsters, can sue their employer for time spent changing their clothes because their collective bargaining agreement wasn’t specific enough: At bottom, defendant posits an overly expansive definition of ‘clothes’ […]

  • EFCA Is a Solution in Search of a Problem

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    Union bosses and their lackeys in Congress cling to the faulty notion that the dramatic declines in union membership are the result of employeer intimidation. Right. Setting aside all the companies put under by union-driven labor costs, labor bosses refuse to recognize that many employees have no need for a union. After all, this isn’t […]

  • EFCA Violates Constitutional Provisions and Supreme Court Precedent

    Posted on Jun 12, 2008 by Tracie Gibler

    There is more evidence today that the Supreme Court might be the last line of defense against the the deceptively-named Employee Free Choice Act. Harold Coxson, a management attorney with Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart in Washington, D.C., argues that EFCA potentially violates the Takings Clause of the Constitution and that the legislation contradicts […]

  • Coloradans Hold Udall Accountable for EFCA Support

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    I came across two great letters to the editor in Colorado this week holding Democratic Senate candidate Mark Udall accountable for his unconscionable support of the misnamed Employee Free Choice Act. Mark Davidson wrote in today’s Denver Post: There has been nothing coy about Democratic candidates’ courtship of big labor this election year. Colorado’s own senatorial candidate, […]