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Archive: Aug 2009 (Page 2)

  • It’s not me, it’s you.

    Posted on Aug 18, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    The State of California’s public pension system is in the red, has been in the red, and–under the current system–will remain in the red.  It’s just taken a while for people to admit it. In 1999, the drastic expansion of California’s public pension employee benefits was driven by unions, workers, and government–under the naïve expectation […]

  • Sick of playing Russian nested dolls at health care town halls

    Posted on Aug 17, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    SEIU has been taking a lot of heat for their less-than-subtle organizing of “open” town halls across the country.  No one has been terribly confused about who is behind a health care town hall when those in attendance are all wearing bright purple shirts, sporting ACORN buttons, and carrying fancy signs—not to mention arriving on […]

  • Specter Says He’ll Support Cloture on EFCA

    Posted on Aug 14, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    Michael O’Brien at The Hill reports that this afternoon Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter flip-flopped (again), and said he’ll support the key vote to pass a modified version of card check. Here’s the video: [youtube][/youtube]

  • S.E.I.U. M.O.

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    [dailymotion][/dailymotion] The SEIU’s pervasive involvement in the health care townhalls can be surprising, if not downright shocking.  Just today, the Wall Street Journal reported that the AFL-CIO alone had contributed 15 million dollars to communications and mobilization.  Over 400 events have been blessed by the presence of SEIU members in the last month.  Andy Stern, […]

  • Playing Three-card Monte with EFCA

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    Center for Union Facts Executive Director Rick Berman-—my boss and all around good guy—-has an OpEd in today’s Washington Times discussing EFCA’s binding arbitration provision. Card check out, but binding arbitration stays A group of six Democratic senators, led by Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, who recently “compromised” on the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) […]

  • History lessons provide lesson from history

    Posted on Aug 13, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    Here’s a brief history lesson. In April, Bruce Raynor was suspended from his position as General President of Unite Here and accused of the following things in the press release signaling his removal: ” [B]ecause of his actions violating the Union’s Constitution. Actions have included trying to remove the International Union from control of the […]

  • When a letter costs you more than a package

    Posted on Aug 12, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports today that UPS’s completely “voluntary” letter-writing campaign violates lobbying disclosure laws if the financial cost of the campaign goes unreported by the company in their next quarterly disclosure report. Which means that we won’t know until October 20th, when their next report is released, exactly what portion of the cost […]

  • SEIU redefines “drown,” sinks anyway

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    For the August 6 Healthcare Town Hall Forum in Stamford, CT, featuring Congressman Jim Hines, SEIU members were warned via a memo of “opponents of reform” and were encouraged to “come out in strong numbers to drown out their voices.” Notwithstanding that last week Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer emphatically argued that “Drowning out opposing […]