Unions Articles

Get to Know Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis

11:30 AM, Sep 12, 2012

As the Chicago Teachers Union strike heads into day three, perhaps you should get to know the the president of the Chicago Teachers Union, Karen Lewis. She's the one currently demanding the nation's highest paid teachers get a 19 percent pay increase. I should mention that despite Lewis being an ostensible role model for Chicago students, this video is mildly not safe for work:

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Obama Won't Comment on Chicago Teacher Strike

12:08 PM, Sep 10, 2012

White House spokesman Jay Carney says President Barack Obama has no comment on the teacher strike in Chicago:

The president, as I think you just heard from me, has not expressed any opinion or made any assessment about this particular incident."

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About the Children

10:40 AM, Sep 10, 2012

The public school teachers are going on strike in Chicago and the first worry of the people who run the city is for the safety of the children—where violence is already sky-high. The political class in Chicago has already failed in its duty to provide for the public safety. Failing to keep the schools open and the teachers happy, is a lesser offense. The strike will be settled and the teachers' union will get more than it deserves but less than it wants while insisting that this is all about the children.

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Obama’s Labor Problem

The unions are unhappy campers.
Aug 27, 2012


On Saturday, August 11, some 40,000 union members descended on the City of Brotherly Love for what was billed as the first-ever “Workers Stand for America” rally. The ostensible purpose of the rally—organized by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and AFL-CIO—was to gather support for a “Second Bill of Rights,” defined by IBEW president Ed Hill as “full employment and a living wage; full participation in the electoral process; a voice in the workplace; a high-quality education; a secure, healthy future.”

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Dems. Announce Anti-Card Check Convention Speaker

12:58 PM, Aug 24, 2012

Earlier today, Democrats announced that Costco CEO Jim Sinegal will be speaking at their convention in September. But while Sinegal has been a faithful supporter of President Obama, even holding a fundraiser for the president at his Washington state home recently, the choice of him as a speaker in Charlotte is likely once again to aggravate labor unions.

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At Union Rally, DNC Chair and Labor Chief Launch Broadside Against Paul Ryan

Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Richard Trumka weigh in.
12:57 PM, Aug 11, 2012

Speaking at the Workers Stand for America union rally in Philadelphia today, Democratic National Committee chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz wasted no time attacking newly announced Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan. 

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Some Laws Favor Labor Unions

11:00 PM, Aug 09, 2012

A new study from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce finds that, when it comes to “threatening or disruptive behavior,” union members have far more rights—or, at least, far more license—than their fellow Americans.

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Unions Ready Shadow Convention

6:26 PM, Aug 09, 2012

Three weeks before the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, union leaders are investing a significant amount of time and money on a “shadow convention” for organized workers, which will be held August 11 in Philadelphia, and called the Workers Stand for America rally. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers will donate $1 million, and “picking up a lot of the tab,” according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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Teacher Unions Defend Sexual Predators

2:56 PM, Jul 30, 2012

Campbell Brown, writing for the Wall Street Journal

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Nation's Largest Public Pension Fund Posts a One Percent Return

California's moment of fiscal reckoning draws ever closer.
3:15 PM, Jul 16, 2012

Just when you thought the state of California couldn't possibly receive any more bad economic news:

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Unions Spent $4.4 Billion on Politics Since 2005

1:48 PM, Jul 10, 2012

The Wall Street Journal published a stunning story this morning, reporting that new analysis shows union political spending is about four times higher than previously thought. Moreover, union political spending now exceeds direct donations: 

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Optimism from Wisconsin and California

8:44 AM, Jun 11, 2012

Michael Barone writes:

We pundits have been busy crunching the results in last Tuesday's Wisconsin recall election and have noted that the public-employee unions sustained a huge defeat.

Some have also looked west, to California, where San Diego and San Jose voters Tuesday voted 66 and 69 percent to cut back public-employee pensions. Those cities voted 63 and 69 percent for Barack Obama in 2008.

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Learning from Failure

An education agenda for Mitt Romney.
Jun 11, 2012

The Republican presidential candidates have spent the past year saying little about education. When they have addressed the issue, it has often been in terse calls to “turn off the lights” at the U.S. Department of Education.

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Panel Plus: On Wisconsin

11:01 AM, Jun 10, 2012

The Fox News Sunday Internet-only after show Panel Plus, with Bill Kristol, Charles Lane, Liz Cheney, and Mara Liasson, on the Wisconsin recall election:

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Does the President Know the Way to San Jose?

4:15 PM, Jun 06, 2012

Mark Hemingway notes that, "While all eyes were on Wisconsin last night, few people noticed that...residents of both San Diego and San Jose voted to rein in exorbitant public employee retirement packages by huge margins. ... Also worth noting is that these measures had support from key Democrats at the local level."

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Morning Jay: Why Wisconsin Matters

5:00 AM, Jun 05, 2012

Today is the Wisconsin recall election. If Republican governor Scott Walker prevails, so will conservatives, since his reforms of collective bargaining will survive, and he shall have curbed some of the worst excesses of the American labor movement.

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Auto Workers Union Opposes Obama's Budget

2:11 PM, May 16, 2012

The United Auto Workers union is sending out a letter from its legislative director, Josh Nassar, urging senators to vote against several budgets pending in the Senate. One of the budgets UAW apparently opposes is President Obama's own budget. 

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National Labor Relations Board Continues to Disregard the Law

8:30 AM, May 15, 2012

After the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) sparked national outrage by telling Boeing that it could not open a factory in a right-to-work state, there's little evidence that the board has been chastened. The latest news is that a recent decision to allow unions to hold "quickie" elections to organize workplaces has been struck down:

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Strong Showing in Wisconsin for ... Scott Walker

3:28 PM, May 09, 2012

An interesting thing happened in the Wisconsin recall primary yesterday: Governor Scott Walker received more votes than Tom Barrett and Kathleen Falk combined, the two leading Democrats fighting to challeng him on June 5. Walker won the votes of 626,538 Wisconsinites, despite the fact that he had only token opposition. The two leading Democrats together had 619,049 votes.

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The Next Pension Crisis

Union plans are taking on water fast.
May 07, 2012

Talks between the Newspaper Guild of New York and the New York Times have been heated. In late March, the union forced the paper to drop its proposal to extend the workweek at the Times to 40 hours​—​any work over 35 hours and the paper has to pay overtime. The Times’s management bitterly noted that the shorter workweek costs real money and that “eight-hour days are the norm .  .  . in much of the world outside The Times.”

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Union Pension Liabilities Soar to $369 Billion

8:40 AM, Apr 10, 2012

Last year, in an article for THE WEEKLY STANDARD I discussed the growing number of existential threats to unions. One of the major challenges facing unions is that their multi-employer pension plans are deep in the hole, and the problems were being masked by accounting standards that allowed them to hide their debt:

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Union Pension Liabilities Soar to $369 Billion

8:18 AM, Apr 10, 2012

Last year, in an article for THE WEEKLY STANDARD I discussed the growing number of existential threats to unions. One of the major challenges facing unions is that their multi-employer pension plans are deep in the hole, and the problems were being masked by accounting standards that allowed them to hide their debt:

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Jindal Reforms Education in Louisiana

2:17 PM, Apr 05, 2012

Governor Bobby Jindal brings hope and change to the education system in Louisiana. The AP reports

"The Louisiana House has given final passage to Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposal to make it tougher for teachers to reach the job protection known as tenure and to do away with the statewide pay scale for teachers.

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Romney Accuses Santorum of Unholy Alliance in Wisc. Robocall

2:31 PM, Apr 03, 2012

A final get out the vote call from Mitt Romney's campaign in Wisconsin suggests an unholy alliance of the Santorum campaign, "union bosses," Democrats, and Santorum's "cronies" might be conspiring to extend the GOP contest, and urges Wisconsin voters to stop those efforts by voting for Romney. The call seeks to align Romney with Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, whose challenge of public employee unions has made him immensely popular among the state's Republicans.

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Big Labor’s Big Bucks

Mar 26, 2012

Last week, the New York Times reported that “labor leaders say they will mount their biggest campaign effort, with far more union members than ever before—at least 400,000, they say—knocking on voters’ doors to counter the well-endowed ‘super-PACs’ backing Republicans.”

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Chrysler’s Wisconsin Moment

4:19 PM, Feb 09, 2012

By now the Chrysler Super Bowl advertisement has become well known. And not surprisingly it’s gotten political. “Powerful spot,” said David Axelrod. “Extremely well-done,” said Karl Rove, adding:

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Fact Checking Failure in Five Easy Steps

Glenn Kessler's nose is growing.
4:03 PM, Feb 08, 2012

I've already written at length on the major media's "fact checkers" and, alas, it's a never ending game of whack-a-mole to point out the absurdity of the arguments employed by these self-appointed guardians of veracity.

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Super Bowl Ad: The Employee Rights Act

12:26 PM, Feb 06, 2012

Here's one of the commercials played during last night's Super Bowl, from the Center for Union Facts:

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