Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Archive: Apr 2010


    Posted on Apr 30, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    I’ve written about labor backed “green” jobs before (like HERE and HERE),   It’s another way for unions to edge into jobs, harm companies and employees, and stomp their foot during contract negotiations. Here’s the setup. The Hill explains: “While the Obama administration’s embrace of nuclear energy has angered some environmental groups, it has won […]

  • NY Post asks “Who pays the piper” in New York State?

    Posted on Apr 29, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    Answer: Unions–and organizations getting money from them. From the NY Post: Five of the Top 10 lobbying and campaign-donating entities in 2009 were, broadly speaking, part of the health-care cartel. No. 1 was the Healthcare Education Project — an unholy alliance of the Greater New York Hospital Association and SEIU 1199, the health-care workers union […]

  • The union equivalent of the fat lady singing

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    Brad Peck from ChamberPost reports that the AFL-CIO is finally tearing down their “Faces of EFCA” campaign. I wonder if this is in response to a union grievance citing the AFL-CIO’s employees right to offices with windows. I wouldn’t put it past them. At the same, only a few minutes ago the AFL-CIO’s Trumka told […]

  • AFL-CIO building picketed by homeless union protesters

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    Washingtonians have grown accustomed to the Carpenters Unions’ merry band of bums marching around in circles. If you’ve never encountered them before, the local Carpenter’s Council pays about 50 homeless people minimum wage to march and beat buckets all day long protesting non-union construction companies. The con, of course, is that the average passerby thinks […]

  • TWU v. Teamsters: Cutting Costs at COSTCO

    Posted on Apr 28, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    So while perusing The New York Times slide show on entitled “Buying in Bulk”, I ran across the an image that caught my eye.  And the caption read as follows: “PUSHING THE CART Joe Ruggiero, 46, a maintenance technician for Local 100 of the Transport Workers Union, with his co-worker Robert Alfonso, 55 IN THE […]

  • Where was Andy Stern yesterday?

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    Andy Stern had an eventful day. He attended his first fiscal commission, hosted by President Obama. I am sure it was enlightening as he explained how to drive an entity with a large budget into massive debt.  His heir-apparent Anna Burger is looking anything but apparent at this point— but more on Mary Kay Henry […]

  • Urban vs. Rural: Doorman in New York City

    Posted on Apr 21, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    When seemingly every New York City-based news agency saw fit to cover the impending doorman’s strike, “country folk” across the country were left scratching their heads. When the crisis averted at midnight last night, you could almost hear relief pouring out of the news agency’s offices. Twitter lit up with heartfelt relief. I am not […]

  • California: The Golden, Beholden, Foldin’ State

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    If you want to know how Big Labor got its claws into California’s taxpayers pockets, then check out “The Beholden State: How public-sector unions broke California” by Steven Malanga. Here’s a highlight from City Journal: “Meanwhile, what was once the most prosperous state now suffers from an unemployment rate far steeper than the nation’s and […]