Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Archive: Feb 2010

  • White House report on the Middle Class: Bernstein quotes himself

    Posted on Feb 26, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    This morning, i.e. the day that institutions bury news, the White House released the “Annual Report of the White House Task Force on the Middle Class“, which had some nice things to say about EFCA. Among the pro-labor policies touted in the report on the “Middle Class,” starting on page 23 is a page plus […]

  • Administration takes “high road” to helping big labor

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    What’s that old Chinese proverb? “There are many paths to the top of the mountain, but the view is always the same.” No matter whether the Administration does it through a jobs bill, by reanimating a very dead EFCA, by NLRB rule changes, or executive orders, they have to find a way to give something […]

  • SEIU: Green with Envy?

    Posted on Feb 24, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    Yesterday, SEIU Local 26 became the latest local in the country to create a local protest, highlighting big bank’s profits. From the SEIU blog yesterday: “To symbolize this loss, 14,000 little monopoly houses were dropped by “Mr. Moneybags” at the action site. […] Both actions are part of a continued effort to demand that big […]

  • CATO: Unions “are becoming an economic anachronism.”

    Posted on Feb 23, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    Sometime there’s just a great sentence that comes along and captures the essence of what you are trying to say. From Daniel Griswold at CATO in the Washington Times: “Unions are rapidly becoming an economic anachronism. In recent decades, barriers to international trade and investment have fallen, and domestic markets, including transportation, energy and telecommunications, […]

  • Washington Post: Obama’s Debt Commission to include Andy Stern?

    Posted on Feb 22, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    Today the Center for Union Facts expressed puzzlement and disbelief following the Washington Post report that Service Employees International Union (SEIU) President Andy Stern may be nominated to President Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. “Putting Andy Stern on a debt reduction commission is the equivalent of putting a tax cheat in charge […]

  • How much money does it take to fire 7 teachers in LA? Try $3.5 million.

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    Guess how long it takes for a public school teacher in California to be granted tenure?  Prepare to be shocked: It takes two years, without so much as a substantive review. Facing enormously powerful teacher’s unions, Governor Schwarzenegger’s efforts to change the tenure rules (extending the tenure threshold to five years) have–to date–been resoundingly defeated.  […]

  • House of Cards: Labor Professor shows Union’s hand in game with Dems

    Posted on Feb 18, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    William Forbath, professor of law and history at the University of Texas and author of Law and the Shaping of the American Labor Movement, used his most recent Politico piece to call for Craig Becker‘s appointment by President.  He doesn’t come right out and call the Administration (and the Hill, for that matter) cowards–but he […]

  • The Final Straw? Unions counting the cost of health care reform.

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    Turns out that labor leaders have been doing a little cost-benefit analysis behind our backs. Labor leaders balked when they discovered that many unionized employees were eligible for increased taxes in the Senate’s health care bill. At the time, a deal was reached that would make collectively bargained jobs exempt from the tax until 2017; […]