Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Archive: Apr 2011

  • TSA Screeners Poised to Create Enormous Federal Union

    Posted on Apr 20, 2011 by LaborPains.org Team

    The Federal Times reports that today is the final day for TSA screeners to cast their online ballots in what is being billed as “the largest union election in the history of the federal workforce.” At stake is up to $16 million in annual union dues from 43,000 soon-to-be union members …

  • Paycheck Protection Awaits Florida Governor’s Final Approval

    Posted on Apr 15, 2011 by LaborPains.org Team

    Labor unions will need to devise a new mechanism for collecting dues from unwilling government employees in the Sunshine State. Members of both houses in Florida’s legislature this week voted to ban state and local governments from deducting union dues from employees paychecks …

  • Is the Illinois education reform package strong enough?

    Posted on by Sonny Bunch

    Education reformers breathlessly announced a new deal in Illinois that received sign off from both politicians and the state’s biggest teachers unions. What does this bill do? It changes how teachers receive tenure. Instead of simply receiving tenure after several years of service, teachers can now get tenure by receiving “excellent” ratings for three years in […]

  • Labor Union Sparks Relationship with Medical Marijuana Industry

    Posted on Apr 13, 2011 by LaborPains.org Team

    Organized labor in Northern California says it’s high time that they unite with the state’s growing medical marijuana industry. On Monday, cannabis operators in San Jose and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union hashed-out the details for their new partnership …

  • Public-Sector Unions Fleece Michigan

    Posted on Apr 11, 2011 by LaborPains.org Team

    This chart is another shining example of how public-sector union benefits are bankrupting states across the nation. James M. Hohman, a fiscal policy analyst with the Mackinac Center’s fiscal policy initiative, visually demonstrates a decade (2000-2010) of Michigan lawmakers caving to unions’ incessant demands for more benefits. These costs ultimately toppled the state’s economy and stuck taxpayers with the bill

  • Wisconsin-esque Bills Flooding Legislatures Nationwide

    Posted on Apr 08, 2011 by LaborPains.org Team

    Since the governors of Wisconsin and Ohio put an end to doing business-as-usual with public-sector unions, nearly 750 bills have been introduced by fiscally responsible legislators (or at least those trying to be) in almost every state. Most online news outlets and blogs are reporting this is a bad thing—for unions and their lockstep members, of course …

  • Crippling Labor Contract Adds to US Postal Service’s Financial Woes

    Posted on by LaborPains.org Team

    Don’t expect the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to turn a profit any time soon. Thanks to a multi-billion dollar contract that the financially challenged (to put it mildly) agency negotiated with its biggest labor union, the USPS is poised to keep on delivering losses as routinely as it delivers mail …