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  • The Battle for Wisconsin

    May 3, 2011
    Capital Research Center

    Wisconsin is the birthplace of American public-sector unionism. In 1930s the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) first organized in Madison. How ironic then that Wisconsin may also be the burial ground for public-sector unionism. Governor Scott Walker and the state legislature confront implacable and intractable union opposition as they struggle to bring Wisconsin’s finances under control. The Badger State has become
    ground zero in the battle between unions intent on expanding their health and pension plans and state governments determined to avoid bankruptcy.
  • Wisconsin tolls the bell for public-employee unions

    March 14, 2011
    The Examiner

    Nothing so pleases the ear as the howl of liberals getting a taste of their own medicine. Take the liberal outrage over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (so far) successful effort to curtail collective bargaining rights of public-employee unions in the Badger State, a measure he is convinced is necessary to put Wisconsin's dire fiscal house in order.

    Liberal politicians in the state Senate exploded in rage over Walker's proposal; instead of debating the matter in a civil fashion (liberals love civility, remember?) 14 of them decamped en masse to neighboring Illinois in a petulant attempt to prevent a quorum and therefore derail passage of the bill. So, the governor and his allies in the Senate ingeniously stripped the bill of its fiscal measures (and therefore the need for a quorum) and voila! Senate passage was secured. The Democrats who took their dolls and...
  • Will TSA Unionization Jeopardize Air Safety?

    February 24, 2011
    Pajamas Media

    For his part, Pistole assures lawmakers that he “won’t allow anything to happen that will adversely affect security,” and even says he would follow Reagan’s example and consider firing TSA workers who overstepped their bounds. Pistole points out that his decision does nothing to alter current regulations against work stoppages. But some are afraid even a little taste of unionization will encourage a hunger for more — more compensation, more benefits, more time off, more authority to say “no” to the employer.

    Certainly, that is the history of labor unions, who have never settled for just a little power. While noting that Pistole’s decision places strict limits on what TSA agents may collectively bargain for, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala) rightly asks: “How do we know that won’t be expanded at some point in the future to include many other items?”...
  • States finally confront public-sector unions

    February 22, 2011
    The Examiner

    Wisconsin was the birthplace of American public-sector unionism, where in 1936 the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) first organized in Madison. How ironic then that Wisconsin may also be the place where in 2011 public-sector unions began to die.

    Like a lot of states, Wisconsin is in dire fiscal shape, facing a projected $3.6 billion budget shortfall over the next two years. Desperate to avoid layoffs yet still put his state’s financial house in order, newly elected Republican Gov. Scott Walker has proposed a bill that would strip Wisconsin’s state employees – whose bloated pensions and benefit packages have significantly contributed to the mess - of most of its collective bargaining rights (police and firefighters are exempted).
    Read more at the Washington Examiner:...
  • Will the players union sink the NFL?

    February 14, 2011
    The Examiner

    "American Ills Not Caused by Unions," screamed a recent headline in the Detroit News.

    Really? OK, forget about the union-strong-armed public-sector salaries and pensions that have pushed entire states and municipalities to the brink of bankruptcy: State and local governments compensate workers an average $40.10 per hour, compared with the $27.88 average private-sector compensation, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics, contributing to the massive projected budget deficits in states like New York and California ($10 billion, and $25.4 billion respectively).

    If unions and their allies in the media and government can convince the American public that deficits and debt don't matter, then maybe they can make the argument that unions are not the cause of our ills.

    Read more at the Washington Examiner:...
  • When Unions Refuse To Take “No” for an Answer

    February 3, 2011
    By Barbara Comstock/Capital Research Center

    In November 2010, Delta Air Lines Flight Attendants voted against unionization. This was the third time that the employees have defeated the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) in the past decade. Yet the union continues to challenge the votes and the will of the Delta employees and insists on holding up the integration of the merged company (Delta Air Lines and Northwest merged in 2008). If they can’t get a union by the voting process, the unions are demonstrating that they will use their political muscle to push for unionization by regulation and bureaucratic fiat.
  • Special interests propel harmful legislation and block needed reforms

    January 25, 2011
    The Examiner

    At the end of The Wizard of Oz, the great and powerful wizard is revealed to be a little man behind a curtain, a powerless “humbug,” as he timidly confesses to the Scarecrow.

    Unfortunately, the special interests pulling the strings behind our political curtain are not so harmless. Big Labor is among the most prominent of these string pullers.


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