Unions Articles

Biden: 'If I Don't Move I'll Be Demoted To Secretary Of State Or Something'

4:00 PM, Oct 07, 2015

During the White House's Summit On Worker Voice on Wednesday, Joe Biden had a clear message for labor unions—that Hillary Clinton might not be a reliable ally, but he would be. His speech focused on his sympathies for the labor movement, his friendship with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, and the like. He also hit Clinton, saying, "if I don't move... I'll be demoted to Secretary of State or something like that.

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Labor’s Wishful Thinking

Unions are no panacea for low-income workers.
Sep 14, 2015

As inconvenient as it may be, the forces of supply and demand are difficult to counteract—especially in labor markets. The Obama administration has exerted much effort attempting to do so over the last seven years, and it has yet to succeed. 

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Of Course They’re Fed Up

The left blames economic woes on everything except its hero president.
Sep 14, 2015

Two weekends ago, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City held its annual monetary conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The left flew in hundreds of protesters donning green T-shirts that demanded “Higher Wages for America” and chanting, “We’re Fed Up.” The crowd was an assortment of college kids on their summer break, disgruntled middle-aged teachers, senior citizens, and blue-collar union members. Think Occupy Wall Street.

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Obama Uses Tom Brady to Push for More Unions

'So, you know if Brady needs a union, we definitely need unions.'
11:39 AM, Sep 07, 2015

In the president's Labor Day speech today in Boston, Barack Obama used New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady to make the case for unions. 

Watch here:

"Even Brady's happy he's got a union," the president said to laughter and applause. "They had his back. So, you know if Brady needs a union, we definitely need unions."

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The Enemies of Scott Walker

Jul 27, 2015

On July 16, we saw the definitive end to one of the greatest abuses of power in recent memory. After five years, the Wisconsin ­supreme court finally halted the Milwaukee district attorney’s notorious “John Doe” investigation that targeted Governor Scott Walker and political allies trying to reform the state’s laws regarding fiscally ruinous public employee unions.

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All the News That Fits Our View We Print

Gleanings and observations.
9:20 AM, Jun 15, 2015

Another Sunday, another New York Times magazine, this one featuring a cover story about “Scott Walker and the dismantling of American unions.” Readers of the Old Grey Lady, a newspaper not without its virtues, are undoubtedly aware of its sympathy for down-trodden workers, especially if they belong to trade unions.

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Obama Poised to Veto GOP Bill Overriding Labor Board Rule

1:00 PM, Mar 20, 2015

On Thursday, the House voted to override a rule from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), implemented last year, that allows unions to hold elections to organize a workforce in as little as eight days.

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Teachers Union Chief: 'Yes,' I Knew About Hillary's Private Email

2:46 PM, Mar 16, 2015
Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, says that she knew about Hillary Clinton's private email. Weingarten made the comment in Twitter, in response to a question from a Jeb Bush spokesman.

Tim Miller, the Bush spokesman, tweeted, "@rweingarten also if not secret - did you know about the private email before the NYT story?"

Weingarten responded, "yes."

Here's the exchange:

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Teacher Tenure Case Goes Forward in New York City

8:03 AM, Mar 13, 2015

The New York Post reports: 

A Staten Island judge ruled Thursday that the the city’s Department of Education and the ​teacher’s union must face a lawsuit challenging existing teacher tenure.

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Walking the Walker Way

Leader of the pack?
9:10 AM, Mar 06, 2015

Scott Walker has had a pretty good run as of late. Hes made some new friends and wrong-footed the right enemies and became, in fairly short order, a leader among the pack of Republican politicians running for president.  Perhaps even the leader. 

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The Great Casino Loophole

Why Indian gaming is proliferating.
Nov 10, 2014

Two years after it was supposed to help revitalize Atlantic City, the $2.4 billion Revel casino—all 57 stories of it—is closed. It’s an expensive eyesore that sums up Atlantic City’s decline.

Vegas is still a big draw, but it’s an anomaly these days. Destination gambling, as it was once known, is dying: 80 percent of states now have some form of legalized gaming.

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The Elk Club

Oct 13, 2014

Politico recently hired Timothy Noah to be the publication’s labor and employment editor. Noah is a former Slate and New Republic columnist known for being liberal. Of course, most reporters on the labor beat are pro-union, so you’re probably wondering what the news is here. Well, that would be Noah’s hiring, in turn, of Mike Elk, formerly of Huffington Post and In These Times, to help him cover the beat.

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Another Obamacare Success Story: NY Freelancers Union Drops Insurance Coverage

10:02 AM, Oct 02, 2014

Last year, the New York Times did a glowing profile of the New York Freelancers Union, focused on how it's providing health insurance for a population of workers that typically don't have affordable coverage options: 

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A Word About Politico's New Hire...

9:49 AM, Sep 30, 2014

Politico recently hired Timothy Noah to be the publication's Labor & Employment editor. Now Noah is a former Slate and New Republic columnist who's known for being stridently liberal, so if you are an employer or someone who generally just likes reading coverage of labor issues that isn't slanted toward a pro-union bias, this was a problematic hire.

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Small Ball in Wisconsin

After the high drama of a recall, Scott Walker runs a low-key reelection campaign.
Sep 08, 2014

West Allis, Wis.

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Federal Employees Union Says Obamacare Could 'Hurt' Members

11:05 AM, Aug 15, 2014

The National Treasury Employees Union is an independent union representing, according to its own figures, "some 150,000" federal workers from many different agencies. The union claims to fight for the "dignity and respect" of its members, and it maintains a "legislative action center" to keep tabs on what Congress is up to.

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They Must Be Doing Something Right

12:32 PM, Jul 14, 2014

One of the Democratic party’s most loyal and powerful interest groups is, evidently, falling out of love with the Obama administration.  As Peter Sullivan of The Hill reports:

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The Real VA Problem

Jun 09, 2014

The Department of Veterans Affairs has admitted that 23 deaths are linked to “secret waiting lists” for health care and other malfeasance and mismanagement at the agency, though the actual total is probably significantly higher. So far, dozens of veterans have lost their lives. Not a single VA official responsible for this tragedy has lost his job. In a more functional political culture, the VA scandal would be a clarion call for civil service reform.

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Trust Us, We’re From the Union

3:09 PM, Jun 03, 2014

The problems at the VA cannot be laid at the feet of the unions that represent its workers.  A leader of one of those unions says so.  This astonishing news is reported by Charles S.

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Protection Racket

Jun 02, 2014

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was created in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis to protect Americans from predatory practices by financial institutions. That sounds like a noble goal, but asking a federal agency to police irresponsibility has almost always been a bad idea in practice. The CFPB has yet to defy our low expectations.

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Special Report: Are Unions Obsolete?

7:00 AM, May 03, 2014

The Washington Examiner is up with a five part special report on "the rise and current decline of organized labor in America: How unions lost touch with the workplace and their own members." It's authored by Sean Higgins, one of the best reporters on the labor beat. Union politics can be complicated, and the introductory piece on "Big Labor's identity crisis" is an excellent place to start:

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SEIU vs. Koch Brothers: Whose Campaign Cash is More Objectionable?

12:40 PM, May 01, 2014

The Mackinac Center is reporting that the Michigan SEIU has lost more than 80 percent of its members after Michigan passed a right-to-work law. The hemorrhaging membership is the result of the law ending an appalling extortion racket that siphoned taxpayer money to the union and forced thousands of home caregivers to pay SEIU dues unwillingly:

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The Big Stall

9:40 AM, Apr 19, 2014

The news that the administration would like kept quiet, and which it therefore announced in the afternoon, on Good Friday is that it has:

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A Late Convert to Vouchers

1:21 PM, Apr 17, 2014

Writing in the Tennessean, a man named George Parker writes:

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The Koch Brothers, Unions, and the Democratic Party's Campaign Finance Delusions

1:44 PM, Mar 25, 2014

At Slate, Dave Weigel recently reported that the Democrats have been so successful at demonizing the Koch brothers that party fundraising emails mentioning the Kochs can raise three times as much as the emails that don't. However, attacking the Kochs may not be all that motivating to anyone outside the circle of hardcore Democratic activists.

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Cox and His Army

6:18 PM, Feb 11, 2014

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:

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Please, Release Me

Feb 10, 2014

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.

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'Keeping Sex Predators Out of Schoolrooms'

11:12 AM, Jan 17, 2014

Campbell Brown, writing in the Wall Street Journal:

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At Last, Walmart Opens in Washington, D.C.

Protesters stay home.
12:54 PM, Dec 04, 2013

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.

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Claim: 'Unions May Get Health Law Tax Relief'

11:49 AM, Nov 06, 2013

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.

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