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 »
The Public-Pension Plague Persists: Tony Soprano Pays a Visit to Sweet Home Alabama
It is hard to imagine a more diverse pair of places that have been overrun by the infestation of public-sector pension problems than Prichard, Alabama and the withering Garden State of New Jersey. One might expect the problems in the Garbage Garden State of New Jersey, which is home to such luminaries as Grover Cleveland, Thomas Edison, Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, and (the fictitious | Read More »
What I really want for Christmas, you can’t wrap with a bow…
Over the past few weeks, as happens every year, I’ve been asked, “what do you want for Christmas?” And, as happens every year, I really can’t think of anything. It’s not that there are not materials things out there that would be nice to have—there are. But, I really don’t want them. Then it struck me. Last night, as we put the presents under the | Read More »
President Meets With Union Bosses to Discuss Government-Union “Partnership”
In light of the NLRB’s attacks on business this week, this this little piece is striking, as it is the epitome of why the economy still sucks unemployment remains high. The U.S. Department of Labor, which has become akin to the Ministry of Workers’ Councils, regularly issues a newsletter via e-mail and posts it on the Ministry’s website. This week, among other items touted, was | Read More »
UAW’s King Announces 2011 Goals: Target Foreign-Owned Auto Plants
[See footnote below with regard to the GM/Toyota NUMMI plant in Fremont, California.] Because they’ve done so well with General Motors, Chrysler and Ford, the union known as United Auto Workers (or Union of Ailing Workplaces) wants to help spread some union love to its competitors working in foreign-owned U.S. factories. According to reports, the UAW’s President Bob King has determined that the UAW will | Read More »
The Visalia Monologues: Why Would the Teamsters Attempt to Sabotage 200 Jobs?
As hard as it is to believe, there are unions that would rather see people unemployed than have them work at a company that the union doesn’t like. The Teamsters is apparently one of those unions. In Visalia, California, a company would like to build 500,000 square-foot medical products distribution center in an industrial park. The company had reached an agreement with the City to | Read More »