A Conservative Case for Organized Labor

By on 7.7.14 | 1:54PM

The Daily Beast declares that “the right has good reason to keep organized labor alive.” They are correct, which is surprising, but they miss a few things worth thinking about, which is perhaps less surprising.  

Responding to the Harris v. Quinn Supreme Court decision, James Poulos argues that Justice Kagan’s dissent points to the imminent issue in labor politics: the purpose of unions’ existence.

Why Should Unions Forcibly Collect Dues When They Spend Them on Politics?

By on 6.30.14 | 2:45PM

Take a good look at the LM-2 financial disclosure form for the Illinois-Indiana health care affiliate of the Service Employees International Union. That’s what Jennifer Parrish, a Minnesota child care worker, did a few days prior to today’s Supreme Court ruling in Harris v. Quinn. The LM-2 form is divided into three categories: representation activities, political activities, and general overhead. There’s also a gifts/grants section that shows the SEIU donates money to certain organizations that return the favor with their own contributions back to the union.

Unions to Stalk Your Home

By on 4.21.14 | 12:25PM

The National Labor Relations Board is making forced unionization even easier.

According to the Daily Caller, the NLRB will change the rules so companies can vote to unionize within ten days of a filing a petition, and employers are required to present the phone numbers, email addresses, work shift times, and home addresses of employees to the union:

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!

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:

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....

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. 

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!"

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: