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 […]