Posts Tagged ‘labor unions’
That would be Vergara vs. California, and it is important because it challenges not merely the public education system, but the labor unions and progressive politicians which control it. If you still labor under the misapprehension that progressives and unions give a happy damn about you or your child, this suit should make it plain that they do not. I encourage you to follow this important case as it makes its way through the ponderous judicial system.
Black Friday sales are a nightmare I do not participate in. I know some families where the women make an expedition of the day and get good deals on all their shopping. I find that I generally am able to get the items I want at even better prices in the days that follow. But I will drive by the nearest Wal-Mart, and if there are protesters or any sort of picket line, I will go in, striding happily right through them. In no small part I will do so because the National Labor Relations Board, which should be called the Union Facilitation Board, has approved labor unions paying people who aren’t union members to protest and picket.
UPDATE: The Wal-Mart protests were a big fat bust.
The French answer to high unemployment is to give in to labor union demands to close shops early. Considering that many of the shops make most of their money at night, this makes no economic sense, which is just what we should expect from French socialists — and American ones.
Twinkies are back, soon to be joined by their delicious, if nutritionally challenged, brethren. It has been reported elsewhere that labor unions are now trying to make nice with the new owners. After all, now shed of union workers with their attendant work rules, which stifle innovation, the new owners are poised for success, something the labor unions do not actually wish to see.
Right-to-work laws are causing a decline in union membership. The only thing keeping the membership number from being even lower is the public-sector unions, since the private-sector ones are staggering toward the graveyard. Big Labor has a best buddy in His Oneness, but with the success of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, even public-sector unions are nearly reduced to political power rather than the huge economic power they are also accustomed to wielding.
The Hostess Company gave the bakers’ union until last Thursday to reach an agreement, warning that it would have to move to liquidation if negotiations failed. The striking workers in Maine said the company’s collapse showed strong union resolve. So these 300 workers think they have done a noble thing by causing the other 18,000 employees to lose their jobs? Yes, dear readers; that is how unions think. They do not give a damn about the little guy they claim to represent. The union bosses are blaming Mitt Romney and Bain Capital.
I doubt the petition sent to the White House to “nationalize the Twinkie industry” will bear fruit, since Our Lady of Perpetual Dissatisfaction hates the citizenry having access to anything containing sufficient fat and sugar to actually taste delicious. Nobody beats labor unions at displaying short-sighted petulance. Many will miss the various tasty treats. There is the possibility that another company will purchase the brands and continue to turn out the goodies, but you won’t hear a word from labor if the new owner, without the costly and numerous union contracts which made Hostess noncompetitive in a highly competitive market, makes a go of it.
But weep not, Twinkie lovers. Here’s a recipe for homemade ones which are scrumptious.
That’s Wisconsin, where the state’s Democrats have just held their convention and apparently spent most of their time trying to convince each other that Scott Walker’s victory means nothing and that unions have not been repudiated, much less damaged.