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Archive: Mar 2010

  • Payback’s a Cinch: Obama recess appoints Craig Becker

    Posted on Mar 29, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    I hope you are not surprised. While you were sleeping (or relaxing) over the weekend, President Obama made 15 recess appointments, adding Craig Becker and Mark Pearce, to the National Labor Relations Board. Thanks to CSPAN’s archive, I am going to let McCain et al. have their say. Watch the video here. Now I will […]

  • The growing gap between the private and the public.

    Posted on Mar 26, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    From the Wall Street Journal: “According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), from 1998 to 2008 public employee compensation grew by 28.6%, compared with 19.3% for private workers. In the recession year of 2009, with almost no inflation and record budget deficits, more than half the states awarded pay raises to their employees. […]

  • Andy Stern says ACORN is closing up shop and other news

    Posted on Mar 23, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    —Andy Stern reports that ACORN is closing up shop (the other Andy Stern). –The SEIU District 1199 and UFCW Local 1059 have made it clear that they will no long support Ohio’s U.S. Rep. Zach Space, the state’s only Democratic representative who voted against the health care legislation. Business Week –The Hill offers this helpful […]

  • ACORN folds, fall from the tree.

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    ACORN is folding. The Washington Post reported yesterday that ACORN was on the verge of bankruptcy, and today, an official said an email statement that ACORN will be bringing its activities to a close.  I wonder what the SEIU will do now that an organization that houses some of their locals, trains staff, conducts voter […]

  • Resting Easy: No one noticed Hoffa’s section 164

    Posted on Mar 22, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    Among the many things that unions lost and won in the health care bill, section 164 remained intact, unchanged, in the final Reconciliation Act of 2010, H.R. 4872, that passed yesterday. I checked. So while unions bemoan the loss of their exemption from the excise task–thanks to necessary cost finagling in the final days of […]

  • Public Sector Unions and Lessons as yet Unlearned

    Posted on Mar 19, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    Daniel Howes asked an excellent question in the Detroit News yesterday: What will it take for public-sector labor — with no ties to private, for-profit employers — to understand that the steady gravy train of the past 50 years has ground to a halt? In autos and steel, the UAW and the Steelworkers finally learned […]

  • Accepting the inevitable, AFL-CIO will back health care bill

    Posted on Mar 18, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    Richard Trumka’s one block sprint to the White House yesterday afternoon paid off. This just in, from Politico: “A union official says the nation’s largest labor federation is strongly endorsing the Obama administration’s health care overhaul bill and plans to push wavering lawmakers for support. A union official familiar with the proceedings says the AFL-CIO’s […]

  • Teamsters Local 107 in Philadelphia scored quite a haul (before the nepotism charges, that is.)

    Posted on Mar 16, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    Lights. Camera. Infraction. Teamsters Local 107 will not be able to continue to take advantage of its lucrative position placing Philly Teamsters on sets when movies–and movie stars–come to town. From the Philadelphia Inquirer: It’s a chance to rub elbows with Hollywood stars. And make good money while doing it. For years, a select group […]