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 »
Chrysler asks for billions, loses hundreds of millions…but can afford UAW bonuses?
On Thursday, Reuters reported that Chrysler is lobbying Washington for $3 billion in subsidized loans from the Department of Energy that it was promised in 2009 to spur the development of Al GoCarts fuel efficient cars. Chrysler’s $3 billion loan application is still pending, denying the automaker a chance to refinance its pricey bailout loans before an expected initial public offering this year. “It just underlines the | Read More »
Clinton’s 21st Century Statecraft a Success! AFL-CIO Applauds New Egyptian Unions
Yesterday’s post on the American Left’s role in leading regime change in the Middle East began as some research into the union role in toppling the government of Tunisia and to confirm a suspicion that there may be a link to the uprisings in Egypt. After all, aren’t we supposed to believe that all “peoples’ uprisings” are spontaneous and, you know, organic? Wait. What’s that | Read More »
The American Left’s Role in Leading Mid-East Regime Change
“Twitter, Facebook, and various instant messaging platforms (SMS, Skype, Google Chat, etc.) act as force-multipliers for revolutionary movements…” — Jeffrey Carr ________________ As the world watches Egypt crumble into chaos, with over 100 dead and 2000 injured, the Obama administration continues to be somewhat and rather curiously ambivalent. On the one hand, on Friday, Vice President Biden came to the defense of Egyptian President Hosni | Read More »
The Long Winter: A Tale of Two Squirrels
On Thursday night, after a day of shoveling about 14″ of snow, I was listening to Erick’s show (via Internet) when he took a call from a RedState reader in Georgia. The caller described how she had read one of the RedState posts about becoming a Precinct Committeeperson* and was so inspired she became one. “Eee gads!” You’re probably saying to yourself, “Not that again!” | Read More »
GOP Introduces Secret Ballot Protection Act
There was BIG news in Washington yesterday: Senate Republicans, led by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), have introduced the Secret Ballot Protection Act. Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) introduced the Secret Ballot Protection Act (SBPA), legislation that will guarantee the right of every American worker to have a secret ballot election on whether to unionize. The bill would guarantee workers the opportunity to cast | Read More »
Has an Obama Executive Order Put Federal Agencies Into Union Bosses’ Hands?
There is no way to put this that does not sound alarmist. However, when you read the document [below the fold] and give due consideration to all of the ramifications—including national security as the TSA agents begin voting whether or not to unionize—it will be hard not to be concerned that… The President of the United States of America has turned over a significant portion | Read More »
SOTU 2011: The Man on the Moon & the Union Sputniks
According to the U.S. Office of Government Ethics’ own website, government ethics is: “That system of laws and procedures which tends to ensure that official government decisions are informed by the public interest and not corrupted by private interests.” After watching Tuesday night’s SOTU, where the dating game spectacle of conservatives holding hands with progressives was so patently absurd, I found myself in agreement with one of the | Read More »
He’s Back! Did a Mob Protest & Teamsters Endorsement Keep Rahm on the Ballot?
Well, this didn’t take long at all. Less than a day after an Illinois appellate court knocked the ever-present Rahm Emanuel off of the Chicago mayoral ballot due to his lack of residency in the City, the previously undeclared Teamsters endorsed Rahm for mayor. “It is clear that Rahm Emanuel is the only choice for the Teamsters in this election,” Teamsters Joint Council 25 President John | Read More »