Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Archive: Jul 2010 (Page 2)

  • Where your dues are going: Political campaigns

    Posted on Jul 14, 2010 by Sonny Bunch

    A new study from Mike Antonucci shows just where union dues are going: To fight against school reforms that will improve the quality of education for our nation’s children. Perhaps unsurprisingly, more money was spent per-teacher in Oregon ($357) and Colorado ($174) than anywhere else. I say unsurprisingly since there were a raft of reforms […]

  • Weak Tea.

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    You can file this under “Good Luck With That.” After what the Washington Post calls “18 months of floundering” (ouch), the AFL-CIO, SEIU, and labor et al. are looking to the Right for help going further Left: If imitation is the highest form of flattery, the “tea party” movement must be honored. In an effort […]

  • Explaining Teacher Tenure

    Posted on Jul 07, 2010 by Sonny Bunch

    There’s a fascinating and informative column at Slate today that explains how teacher tenure has evolved into the reform-killing obstruction that we know today. As Bryan Caplan explains, though tenure began as a way to protect teachers from being replaced for political reasons or at the whim of powerful families, it has become a guarantee […]

  • President Obama and priority phone calls

    Posted on Jul 01, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    If you are wondering where unions fall in President Obama’s hierarchy of people he needs to stay in contact with and phone calls he needs to return: The night before Barack Obama became President of the United States he made two phone calls to a man named, Tom Balanoff. Balanoff is the President of SEIU (Service Employees […]