Detroit Goes Bust
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss Detroit’s bankruptcy filing, if the unions will take a harder hit than the bond owners and what kind of national precedence this bankruptcy may set.
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Michigan to be scene of the Right-to-Work War of 2013?
It’s an interesting situation up there in Michigan: as the Detroit News rather sourly notes, the Republicans control the legislature and the governorship, while the extremely-Big Labor-friendly Proposal 2 went down in flames (58/42, not that the Detroit News wanted to mention that statistic). This opens up the possibility of right-to-work legislation being introduced in either the current or the next state legislative turn; it | Read More »
Mallory Factor on the Growing Power of Union Shadowbosses
Download Podcast | iTunes | Podcast Feed On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Allysen Efferson are joined by Mallory Factor. We’ll talk about his new book Shadowbosses, the amazing political clout of teacher’s unions, and how big labor is planning to grow their union strength at your expense. We’re brought to you as always byStephen Clouse and Associates. If you’d like | Read More »
Big Labor Holding Back Trade Pact
Download Podcast | iTunes | Podcast Feed On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Scott Lincicome to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership, how the auto industry is snubbing Japan, and what a Mitt Romney presidency would mean for our international trade policy. We’re brought to you as always by Stephen Clouse and Associates. If you’d like to email | Read More »
Big Labor’s Choke Hold on American Airlines
Download Podcast | iTunes | Podcast Feed On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Stephen DeMaura to discuss the influence of Big Labor in the airline industry, the union led mutiny at American Airlines, and the negative impacts travelers may see if American is forced into a merger with U.S. Airways. We’re brought to you as always | Read More »
Why Stifle Employers from Offering Raises?
When observing the chaos that big union bosses have interleaved into the labor market, you instinctively think of the above-market wages that are forced upon employers (and taxpayers, in the case of public-sector unions) as a result of the monopolistic collective bargaining contracts. However, what is even more deleterious is the limitation on paying individual workers more than their contract dictates. Believe it or not, | Read More »
Jay Cost on the Fallout From Walker’s Win in Wisconsin
Download Podcast | iTunes | Podcast Feed On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Jay Cost to discuss the fallout from Scott Walker’s victory in Wisconsin, the impact on the labor movement, and whether lessons learned by Republicans can be exported nationwide come November. We’re brought to you as always by Stephen Clouse and Associates. If you’d like to email | Read More »
Tea Party 1 Union Thugs 0
It’s often frustrating how we are forced to go to battle with the left on the bandwagon of flaccid and uninspiring Republicans that lack core principles. That was not the case last night when Scott Walker won his decisive victory against the best efforts of the union thugs in Wisconsin. Scott Walker is a man who sought power not for power’s sake, but to implement | Read More »
The Big Labor Republicans
**Updated below** One would think that all Republicans would realize that not only do labor unions want to destroy the economy; they want to destroy the Republican Party. Last night, while Scott Walker was launching his counteroffensive against the onslaught of Big Labor during the debate against Barrett, dozens of Republicans voted to reinstate special handouts to the labor bosses. Late last night, the House | Read More »
Big Labor Pours $7 Mil. Into Recall, Likely to Exceed 2011 Spending
Just released campaign finance documents show Big Labor both inside and outside of Wisconsin pouring just over $7 million into the effort to recall Governor Scott Walker and four GOP state senators. In the 2011 recall campaign combined total spending by unions and progressive groups reached $14.7 million, or just over twice what labor unions alone have managed to raise or spend in what is | Read More »
Yes, Past Performance Does Indicate Future Results
From the diaries. . . Rick Santorum makes an excellent point that “past performance really does indicate future results.” I completely agree—but not just “in Mitt Romney’s case.” Rick Santorum became the third-highest ranking Republican in the Senate in 2001 at a time when Republicans inherited balanced budgets, surpluses, and conservative, pro-life majorities. Senator Santorum and his big spending GOP allies proceeded to squander this | Read More »
Labor Complains About the Business Climate They Created
Download Podcast | iTunes | Podcast Feed On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss complaints by big labor’s James P. Hoffa about the patriotism of American companies, the role labor plays in today’s business climate and whether Obamanomics have made the economy worse. We’re brought to you as always by BigGovernment and Stephen | Read More »
George Will and the Wisconsin Progressive Waterloo.
George Will visits the wreckage-strewn battlefield where Wisconsin progressives launched their desperate counter-attack against the forces of reform, and finds a certain grim satisfaction there. To refresh people’s memories: Wisconsin progressives’ refusal to accept the widespread repudiation of the Democratic party in Wisconsin in 2010 (loss of the state legislature, two Congressional seats lost, progressive icon US Senator Russ Feingold handily if not contemptuously defeated | Read More »
The Unchecked Power of the NLRB and Big Labor
Download Podcast | iTunes | Podcast Feed On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Brett McMahon to discuss the unchecked power of the NLRB, their attack on American small business and their attack on Boeing in South Carolina. We’re brought to you as always by BigGovernment and Stephen Clouse and Associates. If you’d like to email us, | Read More »
The Hysterically Outdated SEIU Intimidation Manual.
Background on this: the SEIU was forced to cough up a copy of its “Contract Campaign Manual” as part of a court case – and it’s an interesting little document. The whole thing reads, as F. Vincent Vernuccio notes in the Washington Times, as a step-by-step checklist on how to manipulate… just about everything, really… in the course of forcing favorable negotiation terms. Mostly because | Read More »