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Archive: May 2010

  • With $1 trillion shortfall in retirement funds, state governors (try to) push back

    Posted on May 27, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    A Reuters article entitled “States face hurdles in cutting worker benefits” could have subtitled “Unions made this reporter feel bad for governors”, because that ended up being how it read. Instead, the subheading was: “State governors working to close yawning deficits are again eyeing a tempting target — the billions of dollars in benefits and […]

  • Another day, another union tanking a state’s chance for funding

    Posted on May 25, 2010 by Sonny Bunch

    It never ceases to amaze how comfortable unions are with the idea of giving up a shot at extra funding. For years we were told that the answer was to pour more and more money into our school systems. As soon as someone comes along with a plan to do just that in exchange for […]

  • Thanks for nothing

    Posted on May 24, 2010 by Sonny Bunch

    Remember when Charlie Crist sold out the future of Florida’s school children by vetoing a school reform bill that would have introduced merit pay and tweaked tenure in order to curry favor with that state’s powerful teachers union in the hopes that they would aid him in his race for the Senate? Let’s see how […]

  • Paying teachers to leave

    Posted on May 21, 2010 by Sonny Bunch

    Over at the Washington Post, one of their education bloggers, Jay Matthews, highlights an intriguing proposal from the Hoover Institution’s Eric A. Hanushek. Hanushek suggests using stimulus funds to simply pay incompetent teachers to go away: He summarizes his plan for turning school budget cuts and more federal bailout funds into an opportunity to improve […]

  • WSJ: Media should be more vigilant about union activities in election year

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    From the Wall Street Journal: The rise of the tea party makes Democrats even more dependent on organized labor. In this week’s Pennsylvania special election for the late Jack Murtha’s seat, the AFL-CIO alone sent out 80,000 mailers on behalf of Democrat Mark Critz, along with 100,000 robocalls. In Arkansas, unions showed their clout by […]

  • Teamsters: We won’t mow, but we want more.

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    Um. Sometimes things just don’t make sense. Racine County has grass in its road’s medians. The Teamsters can’t and won’t mow it, but that doesn’t stop them from asking the County not to let local inmates do it for free. Teamsters leaders filed a grievance in 2009 after county officials began using volunteers from the […]

  • Stand firm against teachers unions and they will cave

    Posted on May 19, 2010 by Sonny Bunch

    Remember a while back when a Rhode Island district unceremoniously fired an entire school of teachers when they refused to agree to do more work — for more pay — in a school that was failing in almost every way (high dropout rates, laughably bad test scores, etc.)? A reminder: Her plan calls for teachers […]

  • SEIU crossed the line, crosses a reporter

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    Here’s a life lesson. If you are going to ignore conventional protesting practices and take a page from the play book of some of the most egregious protesters in modern times, make sure you check who lives next door. There could be a journalist nearby–a journalist with a camera and a website. And check that […]