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Archive: Sep 2009

  • In need of Visine, please send money.

    Posted on Sep 30, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    Yesterday, the “public option” of health care reform let out its last breadth (at least for now).  It died in the Senate Finance Committee, publicly scorned, and privately–who knows.  Perhaps a few tears were shed. Among those who watched its rapid decline, labor unions find little reason to mourn, posits an opinion piece today in […]

  • Pension Tension

    Posted on Sep 29, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    Thanks to a floundering economy, the trucking industry has been hemorrhaging workers, and YRC Worldwide has had a terrible year.  Labor contract negotiations were painful throughout the summer, and YRC received generous concessions from its employees at New Penn just to stay afloat.  The result was lost jobs and an uncertain future for the trucking […]

  • FedEx 3, Teamsters 0

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    Despite Teamster’s stranglehold on UPS, FedEx has yet evaded their grasp. Monday was the day of the highly anticipated vote by Fed-Ex shareholders.  Should they keep the job of chairman and CEO the same, or separate them, as the Teamsters have so desperately wanted FedEx to do? The answer: A sizable  majority of shareholders said […]

  • Was Columbus’ crew unionized? Did they get Columbus Day off?

    Posted on Sep 28, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    The SEIU Local 1000 wants every state worker in California to know that they can take Columbus Day off, regardless of what the Department of Personnel Administration says.  Part of the approved budget from February, the holiday was to be eliminated along with Lincoln’s birthday, but the SEIU says this contract cannot be enforced.  Everyone […]

  • Read ’em and weep

    Posted on Sep 25, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    I think it is only fitting to announce the results of the self imposed union led “semantics game” that took place in Palo Alto, CA, yesterday. About 300 city employees, or 60% of the Local, did not show up for work and marched around in front of City Hall all day screaming “We are Palo […]

  • When Hell Freezes Over?

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    It is a strange day when the Teamsters and The New York Times vehemently agree on something. . . and President Obama disagrees. Obama nominee Anne Ferro has been the president and CEO of the Maryland Motor Truck Association since 1997 and serves as Maryland’s Motor Vehicle Administrator from 1997 to 2003.  Her friends say […]

  • Distractions, distractions

    Posted on Sep 23, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    UPS has been gunning to unionize FedEx employees for a while now. But UPS will have its own problems to deal with soon enough–a possible distraction from their shameless rent-seeking scheme against FedEx. Teamster’s UPS airline mechanics, spread out at 80 airports across the country, recently voted by a 90% margin to authorize a strike […]

  • SEIU’s Semantics Game

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    Palo Alto city workers are taking a “self-imposed furlough day” on Thursday.  The city says that it’s just an insulting way of saying a strike. The Mercury News reports: It may sound like a semantics game, but the difference illustrates how far apart from an agreement the city is with the Service Employees International Union […]