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Archive: Dec 2010

  • Some Good News From the States

    Posted on Dec 29, 2010 by LaborPains.org Team

    Last week we discussed the dire situation of several states’ pension funds. But while many states are headed for stormy waters, today brought two very positive developments that indicate labor unions’ stranglehold on state governments may be loosening. First from Pennsylvania: Three of the largest state employee unions wanted to remove one of the more […]

  • Refuting the Union Spin on Public Employee Pensions

    Posted on Dec 22, 2010 by LaborPains.org Team

    It’s being called a “one-sided report” by the AFSCME. The AFL-CIO says it “could have been written by anti-worker, anti-union New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.” As far as we’re concerned, those are fantastic reviews. The report in question is a 60 Minutes piece from Sunday that broke through the union spin and told the truth […]

  • Labor Tired of Being Used for Money, Part 76

    Posted on Dec 20, 2010 by LaborPains.org Team

    Here we go again. The traditional attempt by Democrats to reach out to organized labor after ignoring their policy advice: The administration is making an “all hands on deck” effort to contact party activists angry over the accord, Jared Bernstein, Vice President Joe Biden’s chief economic adviser, said last night before the U.S. House passed […]

  • SEIU Gets a Hangover After Its Spending Binge in Arkansas

    Posted on Dec 15, 2010 by LaborPains.org Team

    Earlier this year, the Service Employees International Union organized with other labor groups in favor of Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter. Halter was challenging Democratic Sen.  Blanche Lincoln in her primary. The SEIU was giddy at the thought of taking out Lincoln because she refused to bow down and kiss organized labor’s…er…because she wasn’t “progressive” […]

  • Anna Burger Passes Through the Revolving Door

    Posted on Dec 13, 2010 by LaborPains.org Team

    File this under: “Should we really be surprised?” Anna Burger, the former number two at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), has joined the board of directors at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. In a statement, John Podesta, chairman of the board, said the group was “pleased” that Burger was coming on board. […]

  • What’s all the excitement about?

    Posted on Dec 07, 2010 by Sonny Bunch

    Yesterday, the New Jersey Education Association breathlessly announced that they were holding a press conference today to announce a bold new plan that would streamline the process required to remove teachers from classrooms. Today, they revealed their plan. No, they’re not getting rid of tenure or making it easier to fire a bad teacher. Instead, […]

  • Union Officials Characteristically in Hysterics over Federal Wage Freeze

    Posted on Dec 06, 2010 by LaborPains.org Team

    Wherever there are wage freezes, there’s hysterical reaction by union leaders. And wherever there’s hysterical reaction by union leaders, there’s Richard Trumka. President Obama recently proposed a two-year pay freeze for employees of the federal government. Naturally, Trumka and his fellow labor leaders aren’t very happy. “Today’s announcement of a two-year pay freeze for federal […]