Unions and their war against the public

By on 4.6.14 | 3:13PM

Thanks to the Cato Institute's Walter Olson, a former colleague of mine, for highlighting public employee unions and their war against the public. Via his Facebook page, Olson gave his characteristically sharp take on an article about a recent train crash at Chicago's O'Hare Airport:

Don't you love unions? "The CTA's contract with the Amalgamated Transit Union authorizes the agency to fire rail operators who have had *two* [emphasis added - W.O.] serious safety violations in a short period of time, and officials said the two incidents when Haywood dozed off qualify her for termination." Falling asleep just once at the controls of a train wasn't enough!

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UAW Fails to Win One for Democrats

By on 2.19.14 | 4:07PM

UPDATE: It has been widely reported, and was mentioned here by Natalie, that the Koch brothers helped fund anti-UAW efforts in Tennessee. The communications office at Koch Industries recently reached out to us, denying any involvement in the organizing campaign. According to a statement they sent us: "Koch had no involvement, neither directly nor indirectly, with this issue in Tennessee." We regret if we passed along any misinformation. -MP

After the United Auto Workers union’s recent defeat at the Chattanooga, Tenn. Volkswagen plant, the UAW must face the reality of union demise.

Only 6.7 percent of private-sector workers are unionized, compared with 35.3 percent of public-sector employees. Not to mention that in this particular case, UAW membership has dropped from a high of 1.5 million in 1979 to only 382,513 in 2012. The numbers show the waning popularity of unions:

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Pray for This Guy

By on 5.24.11 | 4:37PM

A former union leader has (gasp!) joined a free-market, limited-government think tank. From my friends at the Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Solutions in Pennsylvania:

Pearre Dean, a 14-year government relations veteran for the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), left the labor movement due to his inability to reconcile the ill effects forced unionism has on private enterprise and taxpayers.

"After more than a decade of seeing the other side, it's clear to me the private sector creates jobs, not the government sector-it's time the tail stops wagging the dog," said Dean. "Part of my new mission is to expand workers' freedom and get government out of the business of competing with private enterprise and taking advantage of taxpayers."

Dean joins the independent, nonprofit think tank as a senior fellow where he will continue his successful career with legislative and community outreach....

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Obama’s NLRB Stretches the Law to Push Pro-Union Agenda

By on 4.29.11 | 2:33PM

How far is the Obama administration willing to go to promote organized labor's agenda? The National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) recent decisions to pursue legal action against a private company and some state governments provide an answer to that question. 

On April 20, NLRB Acting Genral Counsel Lafe Solomon (who is recess-appointed and has not been confirmed by the Senate) issued a formal complaint against Boeing for deciding to build some of its new 787 Dreamliner jets in a new facility in South Carolina, a right-to-work state. 

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Don’t Support AFL-CIO? ‘Bad Jew!’

By on 2.23.11 | 11:30PM

Young Tea Party activist Tabitha Hale got roughed up Wednesday by one of the union protesters who were picketing outside Miss Hale's employer, Freedomworks. The incident was caught on video and, although utterly ignored by the liberal media, was extensively blogged by conservatives, including Michelle Malkin.

In another incident at the same protest, also captured on video, one of the union picketers made a comment about a lack of diversity among the FreedomWork activists. When a FreedomWorks supporter responded that he was Jewish, this prompted a young woman in the AFL-CIO mob to begin yelling that he was "bad Jew!"

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Wisconsin: ‘Marie Antoinette on Her Way to the Guillotine’

By on 2.22.11 | 2:35PM

The more people learn about the protesting government workers in Wisconsin, the more they side with Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican legislators who are trying to limit the employees' union power and perks.

Attempting to play on sympathy for school teachers -- and create the idea that the Wisconsin conflict is actually about education, which it's not -- unions have been using teachers as the "face" of the Madison protests. But this seemingly clever idea is backfiring as Wisconsin taxpayers learn exactly how much these teachers are paid.

Nearly all of the teachers featured prominently in media accounts earn substantially above the average income of Wisconsin residents (about $37,000 a year) and the value of their benefit packages adds a shockingly large amount to their total compensation, as Matthew Boyle of the Daily Caller reports:

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Tea Party Joins the Battle of Madison

By on 2.19.11 | 4:04PM

"Wisconsin is Ground Zero for the rest of the nation," Herman Cain told a cheering crowd Saturday afternoon at the Capitol in Madison at a "Stand With Scott Walker" rally. "On Nov. 2, the people of this great state elected a governor to lead -- and he is leading!"

Wisconsin's newly-elected Republican governor is in a showdown with the state's government employee unions and their Democrat allies in the state legislature. Unions have led protests at the Capitol in Madison. In order to prevent a quorum in the state Senate to consider the governor's budget-cutting bill, Democratic senators fled the Capitol and were discovered to be hiding out across the state line at a hotel bar in Rockford, Ill.

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Herman Cain Joins Saturday Rally for Walker in Wisconsin

By on 2.18.11 | 4:47PM

On short notice, American Majority has organized an "I Stand With Scott Walker Rally" for noon Saturday at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison. They've already got Andrew Breitbart and Herman Cain scheduled among the speakers, with more than 1,600 RSVPs to a Facebook page.

This event could be a major Tea Party showdown with the Democrats and unions who are leading the strike against Wisconsin taxpayers.

UPDATE: Dave Weigel fills in some background, pointing out that (a) Mark Block, former Wisconsin state director of Americans For Prosperity, works on Cain's presidential exploratory committee, and (b) American Majority is largely funded by the Sam Adams Alliance.

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‘On, Wisconsin!’

By on 2.18.11 | 7:10AM

The madness in Madison has suddenly supplanted Cairo as the cable-news mob scene of choice. Yesterday, MSNBC loudmouth Ed Schultz broadcast his show live amid the clamor in the capitol, clearly hoping that the union goons are as successful in their uprising against Republican Gov. Scott Walker as the Muslim Brotherhood was against Hosni Mubarak.

The Walker-Mubarak comparison made frequently by the protesters, as well as comparisons of the Republican governor to Hitler, inspired University of Wisconsin law professor Ann Althouse to muse: "After all those efforts to paint Tea Partiers as using violent images and rhetoric, these pictures from Madison have got to hurt." Quin Hillyer's observations about the Obama-led "thugocracy" illustrate the yawning chasm between the intimidation tactics of the Left and all the prattling about "civility" liberals dished out last month.

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