Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Archive: Apr 2010 (Page 2)

  • California Health care union: No bar set for putting jobs in limbo

    Posted on Apr 19, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    How low can you go? From the LA Times: Labor unions representing California nurses are attacking key parts of a bill that would overhaul the state’s system for investigating and disciplining health workers accused of misconduct. The objections by the politically powerful California Nurses Assn., Service Employees International Union and groups for other health professions come […]

  • The Good News: Rubber Rooms Are No More

    Posted on by Sonny Bunch

    The bad news? The teachers who occupied them still aren’t going to get fired anytime soon: The centers house more than 600 teachers accused of misbehavior — ranging from educational incompetence to sexual abuse — who wait for hearings for months and years on end while doing nothing at full salary. … Under the deal, […]

  • SEIU First Party

    Posted on Apr 16, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    In Politico: “We have no intention at the SEIU of making a threat and not doing something about it,” he said. Among the Democrats targeted for retribution are Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln, North Carolina Rep. Larry Kissell and Pennsylvania Rep. Jason Altmire. “I think Blanche Lincoln is ‘Example A’ of the frustration we feel about […]

  • McCaskill: Card-check won’t come up

    Posted on Apr 15, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    According to Michael O’Brien over at The Hill: Controversial “card-check” legislation won’t come up in the Senate this year, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said Wednesday. McCaskill said that while senators were still negotiating the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), a controversial bill to reform union organizing rules, it was unlikely to even include the actual “card-check” […]

  • AFT Boycott Threatens Massachusetts’ Chance at Funds

    Posted on Apr 14, 2010 by Sonny Bunch

    The American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts has decided that their state doesn’t really  need the hundreds of millions of dollars being given away by the Obama administration in the latest round of Race to the Top funding: The state’s second-largest teachers union organization, which represents teachers in Boston and other big cities, has decided to […]

  • Colorado Education Association: Evaluations are “too much, too fast”

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    Colorado is yet another education battleground this week. From the Denver Post: A battle began anew Monday as a controversial bill seeking to change teacher-tenure laws was introduced into the legislature — much to the ire of the powerful teachers union. […] The Colorado Education Association — the state’s largest union, which represents 40,000 educators […]

  • NY may ignore seniority in layoffs

    Posted on Apr 13, 2010 by Sonny Bunch

    Heartening news out of New York City: Two Democratic state lawmakers have sponsored a bill that would give principals in New York City the power to choose who should lose their jobs if the city needs to lay off teachers because of budget cuts. The bill is certain to raise the ire of teachers’ unions, […]

  • Do as I say, not as I don’t pay you

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    In Washington, D.C., hypocrisy comes in many different flavors. My favorite flavor is “do as I say, not as I do.” From philandering social conservatives to ruthless labor leaders, it rarely fails to entertain me. So, when I saw a Hilda Solis’ Department of Labor making waves about the illegality of unpaid internships, I knew […]