Seattle Councilwoman-Elect On Boeing: “The workers should take over the factories…”
At a rally on Monday, Seattle’s newly-elected Socialist councilwoman, Kshama Sawant, accused Boeing of “economic terrorism” should the company decide not to build the new 777X in Puget Sound and urged the union members to “take over the factories.” Her comments follow the members of the Machinists’ union in Puget Sound rejecting a Boeing offer that had been negotiated secretly with the company by IAM | Read More »
Boeing Bombshell: Machinists Union Bosses Negotiated Secretly Behind Local Members’ Backs
With the news last week that Machinists’ union members employed by Boeing in Puget Sound overwhelmingly rejected a proposed contract that would have meant years worth of work on the new Boeing 777X, much of the attention was focused on what it would mean for union members’ future and where the work would go following their rejection. As the long-term contract they voted down had | Read More »
Congress should rein in the Export-Import Bank
Another sign of the blatant cronyism involving the Export-Import Bank emerged this week.
First Solar, a solar panel manufacturer, is by most standards a failing company. It suffered a net loss of $39 million in 2011, and an even greater loss of nearly $100 million in 2012. The company threw away $215 million at one point on solar panels that ended up failing at high temperatures. (A solar panel that can’t withstand heat?)
But First Solar has political connections within the Obama Administration. And it also has a trump card: First Solar is a member of the “Business Alliance,” a secret clique of corporate donors to the Center for American Progress (CAP). CAP, in turn, lobbied Capitol Hill for First Solar, without disclosing the financial support it receives from the flailing solar energy company:
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Union Briefs for Mon., March 24, 2013: AFL-CIO Boss Wants Immigration Reform to Include Workers’ Families?
With the immigration debate front and center, union bosses are on the march to get as broad an immigration measure as possible in any deal that politicians come up with–including, apparently, a pathway for any new immigrants to bring their families too.
Of course, eight million “new progressive voters” (and their dues) is incentive enough any union boss to be excited.
It’s Monday, March 25, 2013 and these are your Union Briefs…
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Do Machinists Union Members Know Dues Are Used To Fund Charity President’s Salary?
While giving to a charity is laudable and the Puget Sound members should be lauded for their voluntary giving to the Guide Dogs of America. Do they actually know their dues are also used to fund the salary of the charity’s president as well?
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Union Retaliated Against Boeing’s South Carolina Employees, NLRB Charge Alleges
Having posted extensively on the Machinists’ union smokescreen at Boeing, there is some sense of satisfaction in knowing that Boeing’s union-free employees in South Carolina are not letting the union get away with retaliating against them for choosing to be union-free. Indeed, were it not for the fact that the once-unionized Boeing employees in South Carolina kicked the Machinists union out of their workplace, the | Read More »
David Cameron’s Controversial Veto of EU Treaty
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 Boeing’s victory over the NLRB, UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s veto of a controversial EU treaty, and how it will impact relations with the European mainland. We’re brought to you as always by BigGovernment and Stephen Clouse and Associates. | Read More »
Sending Mixed Messages, Obama’s NLRB Drops Wrongful Prosecution of Boeing
Following the ratification of a new Seattle-area contract between Boeing and its largest union, the International Association of Machinists, eight months of the union extremists running Barack Obama’s National Labor Relations Board wrongfully prosecuting Boeing offcially and quietly comes to an end. [via New York Times] A top official with the National Labor Relations Board announced on Friday that the agency was dropping its politically charged case | Read More »
Obama On Technology: Prometheus Had It Coming
These changes didn’t just affect blue-collar workers. If you were a bank teller or a phone operator or a travel agent, you saw many in your profession replaced by ATMs or the internet. – President Barack Obama (HT: RealClearPolitics) They obviously don’t dispense wisdom and knowledge at Harvard or Columbia like they used to. Here we have a man who prior to being elected President | Read More »
Help Halt the NLRB’s Assault On America’s Union-Free Workplace
Last week’s NLRB vote to give unions the ability to ambush union-free workers and the companies that employ them, as well as to deny due process on bargaining unit issues, is only the latest in a long line of attacks on America’s union-free workforce by the union extremists controlling Barack Obama’s National Labor Relations Board. Notwithstanding the recent agreement between Boeing and the Machinists’ union | Read More »
Union-Bought Democrat Calls For End Of Congressional Probe Into Obama’s NLRB
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D) is from Maryland. He doesn’t like the fact that Lindsay Graham (R) from South Carolina is fighting the union appointees at the National Labor Relations Board and their attempt to shut down Boeing’s new 787 assembly line in Graham’s own state. As a result, Cummings is accusing Boeing of unduly influencing Graham and is demanding that Congress step aside for the | Read More »
As Obama’s NLRB Drags Its Feet On Employee Charge, Former NLRB Member Drops a Boeing Bombshell
Most observers of President Obama’s union appointees at the National Labor Relations Board know that the NLRB has earned its much-deserved criticisms due to its over-the-top advocacy for union bosses. In addition to the other anti-worker and anti-jobs rulings, the NLRB’s effort to help the Machinists’ union kill the jobs at Boeing’s South Carolina plant because workers decertified the union is probably the most well known example. | 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 »
Labor Refighting the American Civil War
But when major firms move South, it is usually a harbinger of quality decline. Over and over as a labor lawyer in the 1980s and ’90s, I saw companies move away from Chicago, where the pay was $28 an hour, to some place in South Carolina or Louisiana where the pay was about half that….too often, alas, it was the beginning of the end, as | Read More »