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Archive: Sep 2012

  • Longshore Union President Says He’s In Charge Except When He Isn’t

    Posted on Sep 27, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) engaged in a campaign against the Port of Longview which included obstructing the railway that serves the port. Unfortunately for the demonstrating longshoremen, that’s illegal, so several months later the union’s international president is on trial. Actually, he’s on trial for the second time (the first trial ended […]

  • Employees Strike Back Part II

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    On Friday, we featured the story of the employees of GPS Painting and Wallcovering in California who decided they were better off without their union. Another overreaching union from California found itself in trouble as it extended its claws to McAllen, Texas. Two years ago, nurses at Rio Grande Regional Hospital were subject to a […]

  • It Comes in Threes

    Posted on Sep 26, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

      The citizens of Michigan are facing a terrible triumvirate of ballot initiatives this fall. As Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) reports, the “Trojan Horse Amendment,” Proposal 2, is joined by two other unsavory referendums:   One is a referendum on a law passed in 2011, Public Act 4, that enables appointed “emergency managers” of financially […]

  • Employees Strike Back Part I

    Posted on Sep 21, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    Labor unions are tough opponents. And when they have the backing of a National Labor Relations Board with a history of siding with Big Labor over employees, unions are even more potent adversaries. That’s what makes some recent stories about employee victories over their unions so rare—and they deserve some recognition. In Santa Ana, California, employees […]

  • USA Today Runs Teachers Union Exposed’s “Killer Ad”

    Posted on Sep 17, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    Now we know which media outlets value an open debate on education reform. The Chicago Tribune fell short last week when it refused to run our ad showing that teachers unions, such as the striking Chicago Teachers Union, are the ones blocking the school house door. In stark contrast, USA Today ran the ad today on page 10A–the same day that they are […]

  • Which Solutions Do Chicago Teachers Want To Be A Part Of?

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    Give nothing, take more. That’s the new motto coming from teachers union delegates after a surprising turn of events in Chicago’s first teachers strike in a generation. The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) extended its strike for at least another two days until the governing body, the House of Delegates, meets again on Tuesday—Day 7 of the strike. On […]

  • Tuscaloosa in Chicago

    Posted on Sep 13, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    We’ve come a long way from New York Times Co. v. Sullivan. The landmark 1964 Supreme Court case outlined the rules of the game for newspapers, stating what they could print without being guilty of libel and subject to damages. We’re reminded of the case today after the Chicago Tribune refused to run one of our Teachers Union Exposed […]

  • A Strike of Choice

    Posted on Sep 11, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

      The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) has hit the streets in what many have dubbed “the first strike in a generation” in their faceoff against the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. First the numbers, as Lou Dobbs chalks them up: CTU rejected a 16 percent raise over four years; The average Chicago teacher’s salary is $76,000—higher than […]