Dick Trumka makes empty threat to Democrats.
Alternative title: Dick Trumka’s ego writes checks the AFL/CIO can’t cash. To summarize, the Hill article reports that Trumka is kind-of, sort-of threatening that if the Democratic party doesn’t pay more attention to Big Labor, then Big Labor will start thinking about going politically shopping elsewhere. This is an… interesting proposition, to be sure – given that Trumka does not exactly say where Big Labor | Read More »
Another state legislature passes labor union reform.
Much like similar laws passed in states like Wisconsin and Ohio, the legislation will go after public sector union abuse of collective bargaining over health care. Let me refresh people about why that’s important: it’s important because the public perception of benefits packages has traditionally been that they are somehow fundamentally different than wages; this despite the fact that a person who used to have, | Read More »
SEIU’s populist Cargo Cult plans.
Ben Smith reports that “the Service Employees International Union plans to use its giant political operation to try to build a grass-roots movement of public protest and organization” – which is pretty much all that you have to read of that article, frankly. This is not a slam on Ben; Politico probably doesn’t look kindly on one-sentence articles, and writers need to eat. If your | Read More »
Dues checkoff: the true issue at stake in Wisconsin.
I understand why Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin is couching the Left’s tantrum (H/T: Instapundit) over the Wisconsin budget bill in terms of having public sector employees contribute more of their fair share to health care and restricting harmful collective bargaining practices; both sides of the issue are publicly and politely pretending that this were the central issues. Only, they were not. Oh, sure, limiting | Read More »
Wisconsin GOP Senate fights dirty.
They’ve taken over the approving of time sheets and photocopier requests for staffers of AWOL Wisconsin legislators. The ballot can be found here; the photocopier restrictions are particularly rigorous, given that the staffers in question will have to go get permission every time they want to make a copy. Speaking as somebody who has worked in an office that generated a lot of paperwork, that | Read More »
Sacramento Teamster attacks counter-protester.
There’s just something special about seeing a would-be member of the modern Left’s Sturmabteilung shove around a counter-protester while screaming about ‘fascists.’ I assume that’s why the report is that this is a MoveOn.org guy: that sort of behavior is precisely the sort of room-temperature IQ maneuver that you’d expect from that crowd. Note that the counter-protester got shoved twice; also note that Mr. Brownshirt | Read More »
Unions fuel the hate in Wisconsin.
[UPDATE]: Ann Althouse has a few photos up that rather starkly symbolize just how committed public sector unions are to cleaning up the mess. (Via @keder) The Wisconsin GOP has put together a quick video of union attacks on Governor Scott Walker, which include: signs calling him a Nazi (and a dictator generally); signs calling him a rapist; and signs calling for his death. What | Read More »
Scott Walker’s (R, WI) collective bargaining reforms.
This post by Ann Althouse on the anemic protester response to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s budget plan – and it is an anemic response; it’s bad when you have to add a statue to your crowd in order to make your crowd look bigger – reminded me about Walker’s plan in the first place. I got told about this actually by Kevin Binversie, who runs | Read More »
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) must now repair jobs-destroying mistake.
You know, like you did here: …because you just realized that they actually do care when it comes to keeping their existing jobs, huh?
You know, when you have *George McGovern* writing things like…
…My Party Should Respect Secret Union Ballots – well, possibly the Democrats should start reconsidering that one. (pause) On second thought? Don’t.