As Wisconsin Implodes, White House Plans Meeting With AFL-CIO War Council
Today is the third straight day of protests in Madison, Wisconsin as Barack Obama’s shock troops storm the state capitol to fight Governor Walker’s plan to reform the public-sector scam that has ravaged that state for decades. As Democrats fled the statehouse (to an apparently non-union hotel in Illinois) to avoid doing the duties they were elected for and capitol staffers were told to lock their doors, | Read More »
The Battle is in Front of You: What are YOU going to do about it?
At this very moment, the battle for America’s future is happening in states all around the country as newly-elected governors try to wrest control from tax-eating unions. Today’s battle is just the beginning of what America will be facing through 2012 and beyond. It is a battle that, if lost, will likely have catastrophic consequences on the fiscal well being of many of the states and, | Read More »
Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) Introduces Amendment to Defund Union-Controlled NLRB
As the union-controlled National Labor Relations Board continues its job-killing push to unionize America’s workplace—including deciding whether to break-up and unionize company employees by classification—Republican Congressman Tom Price (GA) has introduced an amendment to completely defund the NLRB through the end of FY 2011. [via Labor Relations Today] The House continues its consideration of H.R. 1, the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act for FY2011. This bill, if passed, will | Read More »
New Hampshire House Passes Right-to-Work Measure, Governor Promises Veto
On Tuesday afternoon, the GOP-led House in New Hampshire voted 221-131 to make the Granite State the 23rd state in the nation to outlaw unions’ ability to have workers fired for not paying union dues. The bill to make New Hampshire a Right-to-Work state now moves to the New Hampshire Senate where Republicans enjoy a 19-5 majority. However, before the bill become law it must | Read More »
Why Does the NLRB Need More Money to Push Its Job-Killing Union Agenda?
As the nation’s debt reaches 102% of the GDP and the President pushes a $3.73 trillion budget with more government spending than America can afford, there are innumerable ways in which the politicians should be slashing spending, but aren’t. One agency that could use a budget-cutting knife to the heart is the union-controlled National Labor Relations Board. While the allegedly-independent agency is ostensibly designed to protect | Read More »
No Wonder Non-Union UFCW Reps Want a Union at Their Jobs…
A couple of weeks ago, a group of union representatives filed a petition with the NLRB to hold a secret-ballot election to determine whether or not to become unionized at their employer, UFCW Local 400. While the post (here on Redstate and cross-posted on LaborUnionReport) was highlighting the hypocrisy of a union that backs card check (as opposed to secret ballot elections) yet refuses card check | Read More »
Discovered at CPAC: Some Cool New Help for Members Trapped in Liberal Unions
If you attended CPAC this past weekend, you may have opted to listen to the speeches and get pictures taken with your favorite politicians, or you could have chosen to ignore the politicians and their groupies and gone to where the real action was—out in the hallways, where kindred spirits talked of taking the country back (in earnest) and explored the exhibit hall. I chose | Read More »
Law? What Law? SEIU Now Opposes E-Verify.
It seems incredible in a country supposedly ruled by law and not men that an institution, regardless of what kind of institution, is permitted to exist while openly, willfully, and without shame encouraging and profiteering off of violations of federal law. Yet, that seems to be the case with the SEIU time and time again. Last year, the SEIU organized protests against the U.S. Immigration | Read More »
Move Over, Chris Christie: Wisconsin’s Walker Gives Public-Sector Unions Some Tough Love
He’s been in office for less than two months, but it’s become clear that newly-elected Governor Scott Walker plans on cleaning up Wisconsin’s fiscal house and public-sector unions are not too happy. Wisconsin, according to the Sunshine Review… …[F]aces an estimated $58 million shortfall in its Medicaid budget, according to a new memo released this week by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau. This comes after the | Read More »
Rahm Rips Public-Sector Workers in Campaign Ad
Even though he’s got the endorsement of Chicago’s powerful Teamsters Joint Council 25 in his back pocket, Rahm Emanuel must feel that he’s got to push a few more buttons in order to get over the 50% threshold to avoid a runoff election. As a result, his latest TV ad appears to be trying to tap into voter anger over public-sector workers and the debt | Read More »
TSA Director Decides Unions Get Right to Bargain & Take Dues From Airport Gropers
Not that there was ever any doubt where this would be heading, but John Pistole has decided to grant unions the right to negotiate and collect more than $27 million per year in union dues from the roughly 45,000 staffers at the Transportation Safety Administration. Back in November, TSA boss John Pistole granted the TSA employees the right to unionize, but had publicly deferred making | Read More »
The DNC’s 2012 Union Convention: The Devil’s Always in the Details
The good citizens of Charlotte, NC are probably still feeling euphoric over besting Cleveland, Minneapolis and St Louis as the chosen city for the 2012 DNC Convention. However, as the giddiness subsides and people begin to take stock of what they just bit off, it may serve them well to check the fine print of the contract(s) they’ve obligated themselves to. If they do, they | Read More »
Another Example of Union Hypocrisy: Do As We Say, Not As We Do…
On Tuesday, a union filed a petition [5-RC-16629] with the National Labor Relations Board office in Baltimore, Maryland. The purpose of the petition was to have the NLRB conduct a secret-ballot election. The employer in this case happens to be the United Food & Commercial Workers, Local 400, based in Landover, Maryland. The petitioning union is the Federation of Agents and International Representatives. [Yes, sometimes | Read More »
Did Union Feuds Cause DNC Convention Planners to go Union-Free?
After spending hundreds of millions to ensure they owned the party, Lefties and union members have got to be feeling just a little betrayed after the Democratic National Committee’s convention planners chose Charlotte, North Carolina—the least unionized state in the nation—as the site to hold the 2012 convention. While progressive activists’ heads are still spinning, you can bet that, if union bosses in Washington did not agree | Read More »
NJ’s Chris Christie & the Best Presidential Campaign Ad…Evah!
New Jersey has a problem. Well, actually New Jersey has a lot of problems—today it’s a freakin’ ice storm. However, at least the Garden State now has a governor that, instead of bedding union bosses while sticking the taxpayers payers with the tab, is actually confronting the very problems created by the all-too-cozy relations between NJ’s typical politicians and their union handlers. While it may | Read More »