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For many years, observers of American public policy-making have recognized that Big Labor officials, and especially the bosses of government-sector unions, are our country’s most powerful lobby for Tax-and-Spend politics. In an early 2011 Wall Street Journal op-ed, for example, Steven Malanga of the Manhattan Institute pointed to union…(Read More)

Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis considers picketing with rats and roaches (inflatable ones) a protected First Amendment activity as he ruled on a complaint by Shop-Rite’s owner Kevin Mannix.   Richard Khavkine has the story in thechiefleader.com. Construction and General Building Laborers’ Local 79 bosses and members have been picketing outside the construction site…(Read More)

Illinois Education Association union officials know what they are doing when they persuaded the legislature to double the bump retiring teachers receive just before they ride off into the sunset.   When legislators decreased the cap on retiring teachers salaries (this cap or bump, allows teachers larger salaries a few years before they retire so their…(Read More)

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 26 officials are working hand-in-glove with some local organizations (representing approximately 30% of the warehouse workforce) to strike on Monday, Amazon Prime Day 1.  The strike planned to go forward in the Shakopee, Minnesota warehouse, which has been suffering from a quiet corporate campaign since last year…(Read More)

The Department of Labor was established to administer federal labor laws and to ensure workers’ work-related benefits and rights under those laws are advanced.   President Trump has nominated Eugene Scalia for Secretary of Labor, to replace Alex Acosta.  Scalia is the son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.  He is no stranger…(Read More)

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The third time is a charm.  Volkswagen workers at the Chattanooga plant voted once again in favor of freedom.  The vote ran 833 opposing and 776 pushing for unionization.  According to the National Labor Relations board (NLRB) around 70 employees refrained from voting.  Union organizers seemed to ply their usual tactics – advertising and many…(Read More)

American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) and National Federation of Government Employees (NFGE) officials rallied outside the federal Office of Personnel Management (OPM).  The rally served as a protest against a possible merger of that OPM with the General Services Administration (GSA).  The rally caused House of Representatives Democrats to scramble in an effort to…(Read More)

While Wisconsin was busy curtailing monopoly bargaining privileges to its government employees, Nevada Big labor has snagged a huge payback from Governor Steve Sisolak. Since 1965 there has been a law on the books prohibiting monopoly bargaining for public employees in Nevada.  Governor Sisolak recently signed legislation granting government employees the right negotiate wages, pensions…(Read More)