The Decline of Unions, Part One: President Jimmy Carter, Union-Buster Extraordinaire
The following is the first of a three-part series on the decline of unions. Unions have never represented a majority of the American workforce. However, to listen to today’s union bosses, one might be led to believe that they did. Ever since their peak, in 1945, when unions represented a total of 35.5 percent of the workforce unions in the private-sector have been on an | Read More »
The Stone-Throwing AFL-CIO Boss Who Lives in a Glass House
Intellectual dishonesty. Other than, perhaps, sheer hypocrisy, there just doesn’t seem to be any other term that describes the Left’s behavior in the aftermath of Saturday’s massacre in Tucson. On Monday, AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka weighed in, stating in a post on the AFL-CIO blog: We must find ways to passionately debate and even disagree with each other without using words that can give unstable | Read More »
Rahm Emanuel Secretly Tells Union Bosses He Plans to Cut Chicago Workers’ Pensions
With a huge lead in the polls (his nearest competitor trails by 16 points), Rahm Emanuel is apparently confident enough about winning election as Chicago’s next mayor that he privately met in December with union bosses to tell them he plans to cut the pensions of all Chicago city workers. Moreover, it appears union bosses either didn’t want their members to find out about Rahm’s | Read More »
Will the Union-Controlled NLRB Kick the Girl Scouts Out On the Streets?
If you’re a parent who is accustomed to helping your local Girl Scouts sell their cookies in front of your local grocery store, don’t be surprised if, very soon, you learn that you’re not welcome anymore. Unfortunately, the Girl Scouts, as well as other charitable organizations, may soon become the victims of a power play by the union-controlled National Labor Relations Board and union bosses | Read More »
The Ends Justify the Means: The Day Emma Goldman Shot President McKinley
Normally, I don’t like to stray too far from the topic of today’s unions but, on Saturday, two horrific acts of evil took place in America that were both sad and infuriating: The first, most heinous act, occurred when six people were slaughtered (including a federal judge and a nine-year old little girl born on 9/11/01) and multiple others that were gunned down in Tuscon, AZ. The | Read More »
So, what did all those union dues really buy? Obama chooses Wall St. over Main St.
Wasn’t the Obama Presidency supposed to be all about putting Main St. ahead of Wall St? Wasn’t “Hope” and “Change You Can Believe In” all about stopping those Wall St. “fat cats?” Didn’t union bosses convince their members that this time it would be different? Well, they got what they paid for…for a while (December 13, 2009): President Obama has ratcheted up his rhetoric against | Read More »
AFL-CIO Top Boss: Union Movement is Creating Permanent Progressive Structure
You’ve known for a while now that today’s union bosses are no longer about just “helping the workers.” They are, as we’ve shown you in the past, about transforming America into a semi-socialist state, that includes the taking over of public businesses. Here is an audio clip [via the Blaze] of the top official of the United States’ trade union movement, Leninist AFL-CIO boss Richard | Read More »
Who’s Pulling the Puppet Strings on Filibuster Reform and Why?
Here’s an important question for you: If an arsonist were trying to burn down your house, do you A) make it easier by just handing him the gasoline, or B) do everything in your power to extinguish the pyromaniac’s flame? If you answered “B,” then you understand the fight that is currently going on in the Senate over the filibuster and why Republicans must “not cede | Read More »
The UAW & Clubbing Baby Harp Seals
For the record, we have no evidence that the bosses of United Auto Workers actually club baby harp seals but, metaphorically speaking, their tactics are eerily similar. In August, the UAW’s Bob King declared his intent to “shame” companies that do not accept his “Principles for Fair Union Elections.” While eyes rolled throughout the labor relations community, most withheld comment, opting to wait and see | Read More »
East St. Louis Cops Get a Bad Case of the Blue Flu
If they had been paying attention, criminals in East St. Louis could have had run of the streets on New Years Eve when nearly an entire shift of police officers came down with something highly contagious called a strike. However, since police aren’t legally allowed to strike, it’s not called a strike. Instead, it’s called the “blue flu” and, like other union-related illnesses, it sometimes | Read More »
SIGA’s stocks more than double since SEIU’s Andy Stern was hired on board
Former SEIU boss Andy Stern doesn’t quite deserve all of the credit. After all, SIGA Technologies’ scientists did come up with ST-246 (a smallpox vaccine) long before Stern was brought on board to pitch the company to his friends in Washington. However, hiring Andy Stern (who happened to have a key to the back door of the White House) was most assuredly a good investment | Read More »
Kool Aid & Arsenic: It’s getting harder to tell the good guys from the bad guys…
I hate Washington, DC. Despite the few friends that I have who live and work around DC, I’ve found my view of that city growing from a genuine dislike to a visceral hatred. Perhaps I’m an idealist but, to me, DC is the home of snake-oil salesmen, prostitutes, and power-hungry pikers. It’s worse than a den of iniquity. It is iniquity. Freedom, to much of | Read More »
A Union Boss in Charge of Procurements? What could possibly go wrong?
If you’re anything like me, until today, you probably had very little idea what the Government Printing Office is all about. And, because there are more important things in life than keeping track of every little-known governmental agency and the administration’s various political appointees, you might have missed the White House press release letting us know that President Obama just made a whole bunch of | Read More »
Union Pickets Baltimore’s City Paper Demanding Reporter’s ‘Resonation’
Back in November, Baltimore’s City Paper ran a rather lengthy story about the corruption of Baltimore’s Local 333 of the International Longshoremen’s Association. It was a good piece, filled with colorful examples (like the one below) of the characters who load and unload containers from ships in Baltimore’s port. Of these 379 members, 219—almost a quarter of the union membership—have been convicted. By removing from | Read More »
The UAW Ultimatum: Let us in or we’ll huff and we’ll puff and tear your house down…
First, came the Japanese—Datsun, Toyota and Honda. Then, came the Germans—Mercedes and BMW. Then others came as well. Each foreign competitor having taken more and more of the UAW’s slice of the pie. Somewhere along the way, it finally dawned on the UAW’s leaders that foreign imports were cleaning their clock—and, worst of all, setting up their own UAW-free shops right in the union’s own | Read More »