February 19, 2014
Look for the Union Label . . .
. . . and my guess is that is says "XXXL!"
Thanks to Jim Geraghty for this photo of the day of National AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka and Wisconsin State AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt. The puffy fellow in the middle would be the Green Bay Packers' mascot.
So has ThreeSourcers thrown out the rational arguments and begun to publishing unflattering photos of those with whom it disagrees? Well, your use of the inchoative flatters...
But it is germane because Geraghty's point is that many union contracts are indexed to the minimum wage. So the fixation on the minimum wage, which will kill ~500,000 jobs and affect only 0.3% of the population suddenly makes some sense: it will sate union leaders' hunger for higher dues and wages and feed their appetite for worker fulfillment.
February 17, 2014
Good news just keeps on coming!
The decision by workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee to reject the United Auto Workers is the best news so far this year for the American economy. Even with Volkswagen management on its side, the union that combined with CEOs to nearly ruin U.S. car makers couldn't persuade a majority voting in a secret ballot to let it become their agent to bargain with the foreign-owned company.
July 18, 2013
One Cheer for ObamaCare®!
Anything the Unions hate this much cannot be all bad...
What Mr. Hoffa and the other union reps don't mention amid their cold sweats is that less employer-provided insurance means less of a role for unions as middle men in contract negotiations. Then again, all of the harm they are now discovering was obvious during the ObamaCare debate. It's another reminder that Big Labor now exists mainly for the benefit of unions and their leaders, rather than the workers they supposedly represent.
November 28, 2012
GM is alive and Bin Laden is Dead!
We're Number 11!: Remember all the press hype about how Detroit made cars had for all practical purposes caught up with the Japanese in terms of reliabilty? Well, that was then. If you just got your December Consumer Reports you may have noticed that in the magazine's seemingly authoritative reliability survey Japanese nameplates took the top seven spots--Toyota is #1, followed by Mazda, Subaru and Honda. There isn't an American name in the top 10. You have to go to #11 before you hit a Detroit brand--Cadillac. ... P.S.: It seems almost like Japanese manufacturers are able to rebound more quickly when faced with challenges--as if they don't have some institutional impediment that prevents them from making rapid adjustements. ... How is that UAW organizing campaign going, anyway?
Almost like we propped up a failing system with government subsidies somehow...
September 26, 2012
I have had an interesting email thread with somebody who disagrees with me on the NFL "refkerfuffle." I'll not share every point, but knowing I will be in the great State of Minnesota next week, my interlocutor suggests -- for my personal safety -- that anytime the subject comes up in a state that borders Wisconsin, I confine my answer to "Packers Was Robbed." I'll follow that sagacious counsel.
But I suggested that Fran Tarkington spent some time up there with the lakes and the long flat vowels. And that he and I were on the same page. Curiously, his tone and timbre in his WSJ guest editorial seems different. But here he is on Kudlow, standing up for the rights of capital:
Where a dear blog friend and I agreed to disagree was that I claimed the scarcity of quality officials was artificial and he says that, like NFL players, these guys are on a high level and defy economic substitution. Fair suggestion. And, as I will be a guest, I'll close with "Packers Was Robbed."
August 21, 2012
Meanwhile, in the Motor City...
A good friend of this blog and former Michigander directs my attention to the WSJ's Notable & Quotable today. It seems that city of Detroit is both a) completely, flat out broke; and b) employs a full time union horseshoer -- despite having no horses. Could those two facts correlate somehow? Perish the thought says AFSCME:
A recent independent report about the [Detroit Water and Sewerage Department] DWSD recommends that the city trim more than 80 percent of the department's workforce. The consultant who wrote the report found 257 job descriptions, including a horseshoer. . . .
July 30, 2012
Poor Jerry Sandusky!
If he would have had a job as a NYC Union Public School Teacher, everything would have been fine.
Campbell Brown, whom I have always considered left-leaning, opens her WSJ guest editorial with the growing unease of Hollywood in defending the Union. She adds that some Union teachers are now becoming uncomfortable belonging to an organization that protects pedophiles.
In the last five years in New York City, 97 tenured teachers or school employees have been charged by the Department of Education with sexual misconduct. Among the charges substantiated by the city's special commissioner of investigation--that is, found to have sufficient merit that an arbitrator's full examination was justified--in the 2011-12 school year:
My big-L libertarian friends will rattle off statistics of spending in the George Bush years and things Eisenhower said to claim that the 2012 election does not matter. I suggest there is a great window of opportunity for pruning back the Teachers' Unions and possibly all public sector unions. A Romney Administration -- even with a GOP Senate -- may not be a libertarian paradise, but the reforms in Wisconsin and Louisiana might spread to the entire country. Well, the entire country west of the Hudson...
June 25, 2012
Look for the Union Label
Great guest editorial in the WSJ today by Deborah Kenny on why charter schools work. My favorite bit:
Talented teachers don't want to be told exactly what to do and how to do it. So our schools get clear on objectives and get out of the way, allowing teachers to come up with their own ideas and to select whichever practices they think are best.
I remain astonished that the teachers in my family, most of whom I assume are awesome, remain convinced by the Union propaganda that they would not prosper in a merit environment.
June 7, 2012
Quote of the Day
You didn't see it in the mainstream financial media Wednesday morning. But stocks loved Governor Scott Walker's spanking of public-sector unions and Democrats in Wisconsin. The Dow jumped about 165 points right at the opening on Wednesday, and was up over 200 points later in the day. There really was no other news. There was some speculation about central bank stimulus in Europe and the United States. Blah, blah, blah. But there was nothing specific or concrete. -- Larry Kudlow
June 6, 2012
High Octane Gloating
Jim Geraghty celebrates Badger State elections with a quote:
"What is best in life? To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women."-- Conan the Barbarian.
And some video:
Now, I get just as emotional during elections and don't mean to belittle this disappointed Wisconsinite. Just to enjoy it. Three times at most. Maybe four.
UPDATE: And a new word: #Wisconsinfreude (via @CuffyMeh)
Quote of the Day
Thanking Scott Walker is exactly what the people of Wisconsin showed they wanted to do, both at the ballot box and last night. For all the countless hours volunteers put into to ensuring Walker and the others stayed in office, the people of Wisconsin are overwhelmed with gratitude for what his strength and courage has meant for their state. -- Anne Sorock @ Legal Insurrection.Or:
On the other hand, a journalist-reader who asks anonymity writes: "Over at memeorandum.com the AP, NYT and WaPo heds all say 'Walker survives' ... I dunno, 53-46 sounds more like 'Walker spanks.'" -- Insty
June 5, 2012
Fox projects the recall fails.
June 4, 2012
HOSS ALERT II!
(And perhaps III if you care to include Ms. Loesch.)
January 11, 2012
Now for local news...
If I may provide a little background for those outside the Centennial State: it has been a rough year for the Denver Police Department. A few beatings were caught on camera. While they were not Rodney King class infractions, they surely did not highlight DPD professionalism. There was a suspicious death of a prisoner in custody, which I think was under the aegis of the Denver Sheriff. I didn't complain when they were accused of excessive force clearing out the Occupy Denver encampment, but 99% did.
A new chief was brought in, reputations were to be repaired -- our thin blue line would shine up their badges. And -- what's this?
Even the teevee news people are ridiculing this settlement of a 2007 lawsuit from the police union.
There are a few items in there, but all anyone is talking about is retroactive and future pay for the officers to put on and take off their uniforms (15 minutes each). Ten million dollars will be paid out to officers and 1.75 million to the union's attorneys. Money the city does not have.
Public sector unions love to hide behind "teachers, police, and firefighters" as the good face grafted on the DMV administrators. I wonder if this does not start to threaten that goodwill. Everyone the news interviewed said "I don't get paid to dress."
The lovely bride suggests naked officers -- kinda like the police themed strippers. I dunno...
October 4, 2011
Otequay of the Ayday
Perhaps no other sector of American society so demonstrates the failure of government spending and interference. We've destroyed individual initiative, individual innovation and personal achievement, and marginalized anyone willing to point it out. As one of my coaches used to say, "You don't get vast results with half-vast efforts!"
April 29, 2011
Another Lord Keynes Sighting
Remember those stories we used to hear about unionized auto workers being paid not to work? And the ones we still hear about New York teachers still being paid not to work? Surely it comes as no surprise that postal workers are paid not to work.
Mail volume is down 12.6 percent compared with last year, and many postal supervisors simply don't have enough work to keep all employees busy. But a thicket of union rules prevents managers from laying off excess employees; a recent agreement with the unions, in fact, temporarily prevents the Postal Service from even reassigning them to other facilities that could use them.
The silver lining is that "the employees resent it." Ironically, that quote is take from a statement by William Burrus, APWU's president.