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  • PATTERSON AND BROWN: Demise of the Twinkie reveals unions’ true priorities

    November 21, 2012
    The Washington Times

    Is there a more iconic American snack than the Twinkie?

    The long-ubiquitous “golden sponge cake with cream filling” has been around since 1930, when baker James Dewar invented the ready-made dessert in sleepy River Forest, Ill. Early versions were filled with banana cream, but fruit rationing during World War II forced a switch to the now familiar vanilla.

    This enduring American icon is now in jeopardy: Hostess Brands Inc., maker of Twinkies and...
  • Walmart: A Black Eye On Black Friday

    November 20, 2012
    Walmart has long been one of the left's favorite boogeymen, and no wonder -- the company stubbornly and successfully has resisted efforts by labor unions to organize its workforce for years.

    Unions are mad as hell and are not going to take it anymore: The retail giant is currently under siege from a labor-driven protest campaign designed to cripple the company on the year's prime shopping day, Black Friday.

    Coalitions of disgruntled Walmart employees who call themselves "OUR Walmart" and "Making Change at Walmart" are organizing 1,000 protest events leading up to the day after Thanksgiving, including strikes and "online actions." AOL reports:
    Making Change at Walmart is backed by the United Food & Commercial Workers, which purports to represent 1.3 million workers in the...
  • Walmart: A Black Eye On Black Friday

    November 20, 2012
    Openmarket.org

    Walmart has long been one of the left’s favorite boogeymen-men, and no wonder — the company has stubbornly and successfully resisted efforts by labor unions to organize its workforce for years.

    Well, unions are mad as hell, and are not going to take it anymore: The retail giant is currently under siege from a labor-driven protest campaign designed to cripple the company on the year’s prime shopping day, Black Friday.

    Coalitions of disgruntled Walmart employees calling...
  • Alabama Unions Vs. Privacy: Organized Labor’s War On The Secret Ballot

    November 5, 2012
    Openmarket.org

    Tomorrow, Alabamans will have the opportunity to enshrine the secret ballot into their state constitution. A proposal before voters called Amendment 7 would “provide that the right of individuals to vote for public office, public votes on referenda, or voters on employee representation by secret ballot is fundamental.”

    Union leaders are not happy. As Al Henley, president of the Alabama AFL-CIO says the measure, “is strictly to prevent unions [from] organizing.”

    It doesn’t make it any harder for unions to organize. What it does is ensure union officials don...
  • Alabama Unions Vs. Privacy: Organized Labor’s War On The Secret Ballot

    November 5, 2012
    By Matt Patterson and Crissy Brown

    Tomorrow, Alabamans will have the opportunity to enshrine the secret ballot into their state constitution. A proposal before voters called Amendment 7 would “provide that the right of individuals to vote for public office, public votes on referenda, or voters on employee representation by secret ballot is fundamental.”

    Union leaders are not happy. As Al Henley, president of the Alabama AFL-CIO says the measure, “is strictly to prevent unions [from] organizing.”

    It doesn't make it any harder for unions to organize. What it does is ensure union officials don’t know whether any individual worker prefers to unionize or not. Unions prefer so-called “card check” for union elections, whereby new unions can be formed with signatures from only a majority of a company’s employees on a card which union officials kindly bring right to your door.

  • Force For Thee, But Not For Me

    November 2, 2012
    So, another one for the "Do As I Say, Not As I Do" file.

    On Oct.30, Disney announced its purchase of LucasFilm - one juggernaut swallowing another - for $4.05 billion.  Since George Lucas is the sole proprietor of his film empire, which includes rights to the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, he will pocket 100 percent of the Disney windfall.  Pre-Disney, Forbes magazine estimated Lucas' net worth at $3.3 billion - now, as CNBC reports, "the deal will bring his net worth to $5.2 billion after taxes."

    As...
  • The threat striking fear into the hearts of weary airline travelers everywhere

    October 27, 2012
    By Matt Patterson, FoxNews.com

    On October 24th, 1978 President Jimmy Carter signed into law the Airline Deregulation Act, ending the nightmare of total government-control over air travel. But now 34 years later, just in time for Halloween 2012, a new, shadowy threat has emerged from the depths of the airline industry to strike terror into the hearts of weary air travelers everywhere.

    It’s – Attack of the Killer Pilots Union!

    The Allied Pilots Association (APA), the largest of the unions representing American Airline employees, has...
  • The True Cost Of The Auto Bailout

    October 18, 2012
    By Matt Patterson and Crissy Brown, Openmarket.org

    Once upon a time, there was a company called General Motors. It made cars. But the company failed to adjust to changing market conditions, and that, combined with the high cost of its unionized workforce, drove it to insolvency. But before the doors were shuttered forever, a great and benevolent benefactor swooped in.

    That benefactor was you — the American taxpayer..

    It was you who stepped in back in 2008 and flooded GM with billions from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (...
  • The True Cost Of The Auto Bailout

    October 18, 2012
    By Matt Patterson and Crissy Brown

    Once upon a time, there was a company called General Motors. It made cars. But the company failed to adjust to changing market conditions, and that, combined with the high cost of its unionized workforce, drove it to insolvency. But before the doors were shuttered forever, a great and benevolent benefactor swooped in.

    That benefactor was you -- the American taxpayer..

    It was you who stepped in back in 2008 and flooded GM with billions from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), a desperate attempt to shore up a variety of decrepit institutions whose imminent collapse threatened the entire U.S. economy (or so we were told). The initial bailout was followed in summer 2009 with another round of auto stimulus; all told, the taxpayer tab for General Motors bailout was a cool $50.7 billion.

    What did we get for that money? Some jobs...
  • Not All Jobs Are Created Equal

    October 17, 2012
    By Matt Patterson & Crissy Brown, American Thinker

    Once upon a time, there was a company called General Motors.  It made cars.  But the company was poorly run, and the high cost of its unionized workforce drove it to insolvency.  But before the doors were shuttered forever, a great and benevolent benefactor swooped in and bailed out the failing company.

    That benefactor was you.

    And by you, we of course mean Uncle Sam, who in 2008 stepped in to flood GM with billions from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), a desperate attempt to shore up a variety of decrepit institutions whose imminent collapse threatened the entire U.S. economy (or so we were told).  The initial bailout was followed in summer 2009 with another round of auto stimulus; all told, the taxpayer tab for General Motors bailout was a cool $50.7 billion.

    What did we get for that money?  ...

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