Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Archive: Sep 2009 (Page 2)

  • One big heaping pile of a metaphor

    Posted on Sep 22, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    Linden, New Jersey finds itself on the stinky side of the budget shortfall.  Like many cities around the country, Linden was unable to make up a budget deficit of four million dollars–so the city decided to furlough city employees. The city had negotiated with unions to give everyone other than firefighters a three day unpaid […]

  • Union-made Cadillac Health Plans

    Posted on Sep 21, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    The tax on so-called gold plated insurance policies, which are understood to be held by the wealthiest among us, is designed to help pay the cost of the health care bill.  Senators and Congressman perhaps feel a sense of pride including said tax in the bill, because many of them also hold these gold-plated policies. […]

  • Don’t talk about my mother that way.

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    I had this moment of hope. The Sacremento Bee reported that the SEIU is displaying its “softer side” by encouraging state workers of California to display lawn signs stating they were members of the SEIU.  This was in order that Californians would realize that people in the union are their friends, neighbors, and colleagues.  Warm […]

  • Denial Isn’t just a River in Pittsburgh

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    Remember the talk your parents gave you about the “popular kids” in school? (I do.) It went something like: “Don’t worry about them. Popularity isn’t everything.” While that might have been true for many a teenagers’ angst-filled years, it’s not the case for labor unions, who are at an all-time low in popularity. According to […]

  • Where is ACORN’s Union?

    Posted on Sep 18, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    I’m beginning to lose track of how many employees ACORN has fired since news broke that the embattled community organizing group was willing to offer advice on running an underage prostitution ring. The questions in my mind are: What about their union? Where is the SEIU? Shouldn’t SEIU’s lawyers be burning the midnight oil writing […]

  • Unions and goldfish locked in battle over who has the shortest memory.

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    Unions in California have a very, very short memory.  Just last week, Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed California’s card check bill because he was upset by the union’s dismissal of his number one legislative priority. The unions have forgotten that when SEIU gave United Farm Workers one million dollars to manhandle him into signing the state-wide card […]

  • San Diego’s Mambo Italiano

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    San Diego has quickly become the poster child of union pension fund mismanagement. The city, which famously mismanaged its pension fund, was force to nearly declare bankruptcy. Thankfully things are looking better now.  In fact, this morning the city’s independent pension board will vote to inject a little more security into the system. But then […]

  • Specter’s ghost

    Posted on Sep 17, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    Sen. Arlen Specter (PA-D) claimed on Tuesday at the AFL-CIO’s conference in Pittsburgh to have “pounded out an Employees Choice bill which will meet labor’s objectives.”  Apparently, someone forgot to tell the Senate. Democratic Senators spent an awkward day Wednesday walking back from Specter’s statements. One senator stated that there have been no formal talks […]