Will Illinois be the Next Wisconsin?

On March 20, 2014, in News Clips, by CLJ

Jonathan S. Tobin takes a look at the Illinois primary, where political novice Bruce Rauner, primary winner, intends to reduce government employee union power over the state government, in Commentary Magazine.  In the past few years, public-sector unions have faced severe challenges to their ability to dictate pension and benefit packages to states and municipalities […]

NY Teacher Union Defies Police, Protects Heroin-Using School Teacher; Parents Furious

On February 26, 2014, in News Clips, by CLJ

Here’s another example of teacher union bosses protecting their own interests over that of the students and the public.  It seems teacher union bosses of Fallsburg, New York, now have authority over even the police.  Union officials in the town are blocking police attempts to find a drug user by refusing to allow the suspects to […]

Ironworkers Local is Stuck at an Earlier Evolutionary State

On February 25, 2014, in News Clips, by CLJ

Karen Heller delves into details of the Reign of Terror perpetrated by Ironworkers Local 401 bosses in the Philadelphia area, in Philadelphia Inquirer.   The Ironworkers were such busy, industrious goons. They allegedly destroyed sites and threatened developers who dared not hire them. Their specialties were not iron and steel, according to the recent federal […]

Union Political Power Stronger Than Ever

On February 24, 2014, in News Clips, by CLJ

An editorial from the Orange County Register outlines why  Big Labor must rely on its political power. Despite favoritism from the Obama administration – privileging the United Auto Workers over secured creditors in the GM and Chrysler bankruptcies; steering stimulus funds towards unions; taking legal action against Boeing for opening a new plant in right-to-work […]

Oregon and Washington Longshoremen Bosses Cited for Picketing

On November 4, 2013, in News Clips, by CLJ

International Longshore and Warehouse Union bosses continue to ignore safety and flaunt court orders to cease picketing grain barges on the Columbia and Snake Rivers, threatening barge workers who only want to do their jobs.  Mateusz Perkowski has the story in the Capital Press Online.    A federal judge has sanctioned the longshoremen’s union for ignoring an […]

Students Stop Teachers Union From Killing Their Education

On May 15, 2013, in News Clips, by CLJ

A heartwarming story of courage as highschoolers wrest their band, and volunteer teacher from the jaws of the teacher union doomsday machine.    Volunteers are the last thing unions want to see in any field.  Volunteers take away an opportunity for union officials, not only to milk the taxpayer, but to add a new forced-dues payor to […]

Union Bosses Finance Politicians Because it Pays

On May 14, 2013, in News Clips, by CLJ

James Sherk refutes Ezra Klein’s assertion that America has a “. . . deeply unbalanced political system . . .” by highlighting Big Labor’s ability to donate huge “in-kind” contributions and maintaining total control over politicians.  Read more at The Corner: The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein recently lamented that America has “a deeply unbalanced political […]

A Baltimore jail scandal aided by union politics

On May 8, 2013, in Forced-Dues for Politcs, News Clips, by CLJ

Reading like a 1970′s report on the Teamsters, Charles Lane reports on AFSCME’s role in the Baltimore City Detention Center scandal, involving gangs and corruption, financed by mandatory dues checkoff and compulsory unionism.  Here’s the story in the Washington Post.  Even by the standards of America’s troubled jails and prisons, the scandal at the Baltimore […]