Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Archive: Mar 2010 (Page 2)

  • Union backing in Arkansas a touchy subject

    Posted on Mar 15, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    Arkansas’ Senate seat is just one battle ground against moderate Democrats who have not lived up to Big Labor’s EFCA expectations. Lt. Gov. Bill Halter released a press statement detailing more than $500,000 in campaign contributions by labor groups to Blanche Lincoln. The same release calls Blanche’s accusations that Halter’s debt has been paid off […]

  • Prison Guards in Pennsylvania vote against unionizing

    Posted on Mar 12, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    Pennsylvania is such a union stronghold, it naturally caught my eye when Chester County guards voted down the union by a wide margin. The “Chester County Corrections Officers Independent Union” would have been associated with the Teamsters Local 312, who was “ecstatic” and “anxious” at the prospect of the guards forming a union.  From The […]

  • SEIU in Oregon: For the love of the…?

    Posted on Mar 11, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    Gov. Ted Kulongoski of Oregon has nominated Multnomah County Chairman Ted Wheeler to the position of State Treasurer, following the death of Ben Westlund on Sunday. Want to know why Wheeler, and not another state representative Greg Macpherson, got the nod? According to The Oregonian: “Kulongoski acknowledged that “part of it” was the opposition that […]

  • Transparent Hypocrisy at the DOL

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    This morning the Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) emailed me asking for comments and ideas “to help increase transparency, collaboration, and participation within DOL as part of the White House Open Government Initiative.” The OLMS is the same agency that just rescinded a regulation requiring transparency in union slush funds (using the “T-1” form). In […]

  • EFCA has become a proxy war

    Posted on Mar 08, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    The battle over EFCA has become less a battle about EFCA, and more a proxy battle in a larger conflict about political sway, public opinion, and economic ideology. In the Huffington Post on Friday, third-generation union organizer Mike Elk asked “If EFCA is DOA, Why is the Chamber Still Lobbying Against It?”  He wrote: “For […]

  • Do you know who’s not one of the CEOs Obama admires?

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    Roger Smith, the CEO of American Income Life Insurance Company, that’s who. Then again, insurance CEOs aren’t usually on anyone’s top-ten lists these days, that is, except for unions’. Every time the unions need a CEO to embarrass other CEOs, they trot out Roger Smith. Need someone to shill for the Employee Free Choice Act? […]

  • Chicago’s Mayor Daley vs. the Teamsters

    Posted on Mar 05, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that despite the 3-1 strike-authorization vote by the Teamsters, Mayor Daley is vowing to keep the airports open no matter what. “You know what? There’d be 50,000 people applying for these jobs,” Daley said. “I mean, there’s so many people out of work. If you were ever to open employment, […]