Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Archive: Feb 2010 (Page 2)

  • The Economist: Union leaders sound “jarringly out of touch”

    Posted on Feb 15, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    Imagine my slightly-surprised moment when I flipped through the most recent issue of The Economist and noticed that they doppelgangering-ly titled their Lexington article on labor unions “Labour Pains”.  They even had a petite Richard Trumka sitting on President Obama’s shoulder, whispering in his ear. Here are some highlights: The lead: “Barack Obama will never […]

  • Opportunistic SEIU uses Olympic athletes in unionization drive

    Posted on Feb 11, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    The SEIU is using the Vancouver Olympics as a perfect media moment to attack their nemesis, French-based Sodexo.  Sodexo is a big fish to fry.  It’s the largest facilities management and catering company in the world–and the SEIU has set their sights on them. The Soxedo-SEIU battle, spanning oceans, has proved less-than-sexy to the media […]

  • Out in the Cold? Becker not confirmed, Labor not affirmed

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    Washington was hit with two storm’s this week. Big Ol’ Labor was hit with two storms as well– a micro-incident and it’s macro-implications. First, Becker’s NLRB nomination failure leaves the President little choice but to make an awkward recess appointment.  Second, it leaves Big Labor with little to show for what was supposed to be […]

  • Craig Becker: Is it 60 votes or a recess appointment?

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    Thanks to some very snowy weather, NLRB nominee Craig Becker’s vote before the Senate was postponed a day to today, Tuesday. [It is on the Senate schedule this afternoon, but thanks to Snowmageddon part deux, everyone is keeping an eye on the sky.]   One of new Senator Scott Brown’s first votes (which he is […]

  • Update: Senator Harkin justifies vote saying NLRB nomineee “cannot” change the rules

    Posted on Feb 05, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    When it comes to whether NLRB nominee Craig Becker can “implement the Employee Free Choice Act by administrative fiat,” AFL-CIO’s Stewart Acuff says “yes”. Senator Harkin justified his pro-Becker vote yesterday by saying “no”. This comes directly from Senator Tom Harkin’s prepared statement at the HELP Committee Executive Session on Pending Nominations yesterday.  Shout out […]

  • AFL-CIO’s Stewart Acuff: NLRB appointees can “change the rules”

    Posted on Feb 04, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    Update: Senator Harkin justifies vote saying NLRB nomineee “cannot” change the rules As the Director of Organizing at the AFL-CIO, Stewart Acuff draws a smaller crowd than the SEIU’s Andy Stern or his boss at the AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka. But that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have something laughable to say. In his poorly timed […]

  • WSJ: Government is “main playing field of modern unionization”

    Posted on Feb 03, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    The labor numbers out last month were unprecedented, even if they were not unexpected.  Union members in the public sector outnumbered unionized private sector workers for the first time in history.  For union leaders, it is justification for their shrewd calculation–a choice to focus on unionizing public sector workers and make private sector jobs newly […]