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Archive: Jun 2010 (Page 2)

  • “Local” just ain’t what it used to be

    Posted on Jun 16, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    From the Miami Herald: Ninety-seven percent of the 16,000 nurses and other healthcare workers of SEIU Healthcare Florida have voted to merge with the 350,000 members of Local 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the union announced. Local 1199 represents healthcare workers throughout New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland and Washington, D.C. “The voices of […]

  • SEIU to children: No books for you

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    It’s summer time, and that means it’s time for America’s children to get to their summer reading! That is, unless you live in Santa Cruz, California, where the SEIU’s negotiations with the city may shut down local libraries for three months: “All but one county library could close for three months, smaller branches could be […]

  • Charles Lane destroys “teacher layoff crisis”

    Posted on by Sonny Bunch

    In a few hundred words, Charles Lane lays waste to the argument that $23 billion is needed to close the gap in school finances and save the jobs of hundreds of thousands of teachers. You really should read the whole thing — go on, it’ll only take a couple of minutes — but here’s a […]

  • Zombies or Ghosts? EFCA in the land of the living dead

    Posted on Jun 15, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    When I see quotes like this from politicians and labor leaders, I think that this is less like the resurrection of EFCA (Frankenstein style) and more like a haunting that just won’t go away. Which do you think is more apropos? Pretending like EFCA isn’t dead will not make it less dead. From Richard Trumka […]

  • Firing a union employee involved in fatal accident = slavery

    Posted on Jun 10, 2010 by Sonny Bunch

    Yesterday, it was revealed that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority was forced to rehire a couple of bus drivers who they had fired. One was involved in an accident in which he killed the driver of another car, the other assaulted an off-duty police officer dressed as McGruff the Crime Dog. It’s a sign […]

  • SEIU: It might pay to check our paychecks

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    Ever since Blanche Lincoln forced Bill Halter’s rout on Tuesday, I’ve wanted to hear what newly-elected, baby-out-with-the-bathwater, SEIU President Mary Kay Henry had to say. I was not disappointed. From Politico: “SEIU President Mary Kay Henry, who last month replaced Obama ally Andy Stern, shrugged off the suggestion that the movement lost prestige by throwing […]

  • “Overcrowding” in Chicago schools

    Posted on by Sonny Bunch

    Credit where credit is due: This is a pretty smart, if entirely devious, tactical move by the Chicago Teachers Union. In what may go down in history as a brilliant move destined to be used by bargaining units across America, the Chicago Teachers Union has played the safety card. Citing health and safety concerns, the nation’s third […]

  • Ouch!

    Posted on Jun 09, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    Obama Official: “Organized labor just flushed $10 million down the toilet.“