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  • What the Redskins Can Teach Loudoun County

    April 18, 2012
    Proponents of Phase II of Dulles Rail often appeal to the notion that having a metro station marks a community as significant. Metro seems to be a symbol to these people (like Shawn Mitchell), a symbol that Loudoun has “made it,” a franchise player for our faltering transportation lineup. These people would do well to take a cue from the Redskins’ recent history and re-think their position.

    Dan Snyder’s Redskins have a long history of making terrible free agent acquisitions. Deion Sanders, Mark Carrier, Bruce Smith, Donovan McNabb, the list goes on and on -- but arguably the worst decision of all was Albert Haynesworth.

    When the Redskins signed Albert Haynesworth in 2009, they paid a hefty premium for the...
  • Union Recalcitrance on Race Relations

    April 13, 2012
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    Recent events have exposed unions’ troglodytic views on race relations.  Basically, unions seek to preserve the current racial makeup of their workforce, regardless of changes to the area their workforce is drawn from.

    Consider the example of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) in New York and New Jersey:
    Last year, the Port Authority, in accordance with state regulations, asked the ILA for a list of candidates to fill 60 baggage-handler and driver positions. The union’s list turned out to have just one non-white on it.

    That prompted the Waterfront Commission, which is mandated to ensure fair-hiring practices, to ask the ILA to certify that it doesn’t discriminate against minorities.

    The ILA’s...
  • Union Recalcitrance on Race Relations

    April 12, 2012
    Recent events have exposed unions’ troglodytic views on race relations.  Basically, unions seek to preserve the current racial makeup of their workforce, regardless of changes to the area their workforce is drawn from.

    Consider the example of the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) in New York and New Jersey:
    Last year, the Port Authority, in accordance with state regulations, asked the ILA for a list of candidates to fill 60 baggage-handler and driver positions. The union’s list turned out to have just one non-white on it.

    That prompted the Waterfront Commission, which is mandated to ensure fair-hiring practices, to ask the ILA to certify that it doesn’t discriminate against minorities.

    The ILA’s answer came last month: It refused to...
  • Throw Dulles Rail Under the Bus

    March 30, 2012
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    Last week, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and the Fairfax Board of Supervisors granted the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors a 30-day extension to review the final cost estimates of Phase II of the Dulles Metrorail project. Unless MWAA agrees to drop a provision giving preference to bids that include a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) by then, Loudoun County’s Board of Supervisors will likely opt out of participating.

    And, since the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has admitted that Phase II would be built to Route 28 with or without Loudoun County’s...
  • Throw Dulles Rail Under the Bus

    March 29, 2012
    Last week, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and the Fairfax Board of Supervisors granted the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors a 30-day extension to review the final cost estimates of Phase II of the Dulles Metrorail project. Unless MWAA agrees to drop a provision giving preference to bids that include a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) by then, Loudoun County’s Board of Supervisors will likely opt out of participating.

    And, since the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has admitted that Phase II would be built to Route 28 with or without Loudoun County’s help, why wouldn’t they?

    It would be politically suicidal for a board of first-term republicans to sign off on a scheme that gives a 10-percent scoring bonus to firms who use...
  • Think of the Children

    February 28, 2012
    Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers’ Union, has alleged that Rahm Emanuel privately told her that “25 percent of the students in this city are never going to be anything, never going to amount to anything and he was never going to throw money at them."

    This is only the latest example of a classic teachers’ union tactic: using the children they are supposed to care for as human shields during contract negotiations.

    Mayor Emanuel is pushing back against the CTU’s request for 30 percent raises across the board over the next two years and...
  • Workers Deserve the Right to Remain Silent

    February 22, 2012
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    The California Legislature is considering a “Public Employee Bill of Rights” that (among other things) would restrict the state’s ability to hire outside contractors and swell SEIU’s membership in the Golden State.

    California’s public employee union, SEIU Local 1000, is actually co-sponsoring the bill according to Assembly member Roger Dickinson’s website.

    The irony is that SEIU Local 1000 currently stands accused of violating the first amendment rights of the public employees it is supposed to represent.

    The First Amendment reads “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of...
  • Workers Deserve the Right to Remain Silent

    February 22, 2012
    The California Legislature is considering a “Public Employee Bill of Rights” that (among other things) would restrict the state’s ability to hire outside contractors and swell SEIU’s membership in the Golden State.

    California's public employee union, SEIU Local 1000, is actually co-sponsoring the bill according to Assembly member Roger Dickinson's website.

    The irony is that SEIU Local 1000 currently stands accused of violating the First Amendment rights of the public employees it is supposed to represent.

    The First Amendment reads “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech.” Legally speaking, that’s pretty cut-...
  • California Considers “Public Employee Bill of Rights”

    February 15, 2012
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    The California State Assembly is considering sweeping legislation aimed at protecting the “rights” of state employees.

    According to its sponsor, Assemblyman Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento), the bill will “ensure that essential working conditions are met, enhance and clarify the expectations of employees and management alike, and improve the working relationship between rank and file workers and state managers. In turn, these changes will result in improved worker productivity and more harmonious personnel relations.”

    Of course, the notion that a bill that would bar...
  • California Considers “Public Employee Bill of Rights”

    February 15, 2012
    The California State Assembly is considering sweeping legislation aimed at protecting the “rights” of state employees.

    According to its sponsor, Assemblyman Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento), the bill will “ensure that essential working conditions are met, enhance and clarify the expectations of employees and management alike, and improve the working relationship between rank and file workers and state managers. In turn, these changes will result in improved worker productivity and more harmonious personnel relations.”

    Of course, the notion that a bill that would bar California from imposing work quotas on...

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