6:18 PM, Feb 11, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
This snippet from a union leader’s speech to his membership suggests that he might be getting ready to take to the barricades, knock heads, and get nasty:
"… we’re not taking crap from nobody, no more. We’re not gonna wallow in self-pity. We’re gonna fight back and bargain better contracts. We don’t fear getting knocked down, brothers and sisters. We’re going to swing with both fists and we’re going to... whoop their ass, that’s what we’re gonna do!”
The leader who spoke those words is J. David Cox Sr., who is president of the American Federation of Government Employees. The heartless plutocrats who grind down those who toil deep in the bowls of the Department of Commerce are … the plutocrats up on the hill. Capitol Hill, that is. So, as Eric Katz at Government Executive reports, Cox and his legion of the downtrodden are going to whoop various members of Congress with the aim of restoring:
... funding to agencies hardest hit by sequestration, canceling scheduled pension contribution hikes for new employees … pay equality for blue-collar workers and pay raises.
Almost makes you want to break out in a chorus of “I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night."
Feb 10, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 21 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
The Scrapbook has devoted plenty of column inches over the years to detailing the incestuous relationship between public employers and public employee unions. Every election cycle, union dues—paid with taxpayer dollars—go to Democratic politicians, who, when in office, thank their donors with immutable contracts containing generous wages and benefits. It’s truly a vicious circle. But even we were surprised when we found out just how directly money was being funneled from public coffers to private pockets through union contracts.
Protesters stay home.12:54 PM, Dec 4, 2013 • By JIM SWIFT
At the corner of First and H Streets in Northwest Washington, the balloons were all set, hanging stories high in the cold morning air. The inflatable Pepsi and Mountain Dew bottles were twisting in the breeze, and a mini-hoop game was set up. There was even a marching band and Chester the Cheetos Cheetah.
11:49 AM, Nov 6, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
It looks like labor unions might be getting tax relief from Obamacare, according to a report from kaiserhealthnews.org.
"Weeks after denying labor’s request to give union members access to health-law subsidies, the Obama administration is signaling it intends to exempt some union plans from one of the law’s substantial taxes," reads the report.
12:00 AM, Sep 21, 2013 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
Given that mine is the dismal science, it is my role to cool the exuberance of investors at the news that the Fed will continue to print money rather than taper, with a bit of news that should worry them--the possible revival of the trade unions, long a fading force in the private sector.
9:25 AM, Sep 17, 2013 • By SPENCER COWAN
The news that union leaders were pushing the White House for a unilateral Obamacare “fix” should have come as no surprise, given President Obama’s repeated disregard for the rule of law. However, single-handedly extending premium subsidies to union members who already have generous, tax-exempt health insuranc
Disenchantment sets in. Mar 25, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 27 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
"I heard [Obama] say, ‘If you like your health plan, you can keep it,’ ” John Wilhelm, chairman of Unite Here Health, representing 260,000 union workers, recently told the Wall Street Journal. “If I’m wrong, and the president does not intend to keep his word, I would have severe second thoughts about the law.” Besides Wilhelm, some of the nation’s largest union bosses have taken to publicly criticizing the Affordable Care Act.
Mar 25, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 27 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
"With Obama-care entrenched, Democrats feel free to gripe,” read the headline in Politico. And gripe is the word. Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington gripes that the administration won’t subsidize Americans “just above the poverty level.” Senator Bill Nelson of Florida gripes that the administration “negotiated away” funding for insurance co-ops. Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland gripes that Obama-care doesn’t address the national crisis in pediatric dentistry.
The unions went all in for Obama. What’s he done for them?Mar 4, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 24 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
On February 17, some 35,000 people showed up for a march outside the White House to protest construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The environmental lobby is going all out to stop the pipeline, which will transport oil from Alberta, Canada, to refineries near Houston. In its ongoing offensive against the project, the Sierra Club has endorsed civil disobedience for the first time in its 120-year existence.
The GOP shouldn’t write off educators.Jan 21, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 18 • By COLLEEN HYLAND
As Republicans discuss the future of the party, abandoning conservative values need not be part of the conversation. The party can appeal to larger segments of the electorate without forsaking core principles. One case in point is a group the party has long written off: public school teachers.
Dec 24, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 15 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
If there are two things The Scrapbook has learned during the past two years, it’s that when the privileges of labor unions are addressed by democratically elected legislatures—usually during harsh economic times—you can be sure that the unions will descend on state capitals with marches, epithets, threats of violence, violence, illegal occupations, and vandalism. Call it antidemocracy in response to democracy.
4:04 PM, Dec 14, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A speaker at a protest against Michigan's right-to-work legislation said that Republican governor Rick Snyder will "get no rest" from pro-union activists if Snyder signs the bill into law.