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Archive: Jan 2010 (Page 2)

  • Union membership in the private sector falls to an all time low

    Posted on Jan 23, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    Bloomberg reports: Union membership in the private sector declined in 2009 to a record low of 7.2 percent, as a recession eroded employment in labor-organized industries such as construction and manufacturing, a U.S. report showed. The figure compares with 7.6 percent in 2008, according to data released today by the Labor Department. Union membership made […]

  • Anna Burger goes grocery shopping in a brave new world

    Posted on Jan 22, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    Anna Burger wants you to think she is furious about yesterday’s court ruling.  She even told a 124 word story in the Huffington Post about shopping in a grocery store in this Brave New World of corporate interests influencing elections by cashiers giving “you a brochure for a candidate running for Congress and with it […]

  • Scott Brown win spun as “victory” by Big Labor

    Posted on Jan 20, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    “Your revolution is over, Mr. Lebowski. Condolences. The bums lost. My advice is to do what your parents did; get a job, sir. The bums will always lose. Do you hear me, Lebowski? The bums will always lose!” –The Big Lebowski Too harsh? Yes, but still. Big Labor won’t give up the fight. They just […]

  • Health Care Reform: Unions seek exemption from excise tax at the expense of their reputation

    Posted on Jan 14, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    It appears that labor leaders and government officials have reached a compromise on excise taxes, according to the New York Times. The details are not fully clear yet, but FoxNews has reported the following: A senior Democratic official speaking on background told Fox News that the threshold for exemption would be raised from $23,000 to […]

  • In Chicago, corrupt union leadership is a matter of scale[s]

    Posted on Jan 13, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    The great dragon of corrupt labor bosses, scales and all, has reared its ugly head again. I mean, Chicago’s union-monster gets more airplay than Da Bears. Chicago Teamsters Local 743 has ousted its “reform” leadership after the last group got themselves ousted a few years back over selling drugs on union property and election rigging. […]

  • EFCA: If you say it, it will pass?

    Posted on Jan 12, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    Labor leaders are playing hard ball with the President over so called “cadillac” taxes in the health care bill (Senate, not House).  Although press was not present, yesterday’s meeting can’t have gone very well.  The White House officially deemed the meeting “productive”, which in Washington-speak means it didn’t go well. Labor leaders threatened crushing defeat […]

  • SEIU: Furloughs fail in California, work in Iowa?

    Posted on Jan 11, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    Furloughs have been proposed for state workers in California in order to close the budget gap, but unions like the SEIU is adamant that furloughs do not actually save money.  Workers have to make up undone work with overtime; they are completely ineffective, and then there is lost productivity, and…..the list continues.  Let me repeat, […]

  • Schwarzenegger: Education more important than prison guard salaries.

    Posted on Jan 07, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    We’ve written before about the amount of money that California spends on prison personnel, at the expense of both the prisoners and the entire state’s budget. It’s pretty ugly stuff, and Schwarzenegger seems hell bent on righting some of these wrongs.  According to the Fresno Bee this week: Prison, legal and financial experts generally praised […]