December 23, 2015

"Shocked Face" Auditions.

Okay. First, let's see your standard expression. Good.


What was billed as a grassroots movement by a group of moms to oust three conservative members of the Jefferson County Board of Education has direct ties to the nation's largest teachers union.

Complete Colorado has learned that Jeffco United received nearly two-thirds of its roughly $250,000 war chest from the National Education Association (NEA).

In a United States Department of Labor annual LM-2 report filed Nov. 25th, the NEA reports a $150,000 donation to Jeffco United on Aug. 27 for the purpose of a "ballot measure campaign."

Shocked Face!!! "What, you mean the whole grassroots campaign was underwritten by union stooges? Really?"

Posted by John Kranz at 3:55 PM | Comments (0)

November 7, 2014

The Cheery News Keeps Rolling In

The WSJ Ed Page's Alyssa Finley enumerates the incredible drubbing the teachers' unions took in the 2014 midterms. It's a Schadenfreudepalooza for ThreeSourcers and a response to the libertarian mantra of "oh nothing happened yesterday, we traded big spending Democrats for big spending war mongering Republicans."

Besides the high profile wins of Govs. Walker, Kasich and Snyder, Thom Tillis withstood a barrage of union ads targeting the voucher program he got through the NC State legislature. It was a good night up and down the tickets.

Unions also got clobbered in statehouse elections and, in some cases, on Democratic turf. A pro-charter group defenestrated three Democratic state senators in New York, giving Republicans control of the upper chamber. School reformers warned that re-electing the Democratic senators would give Bill de Blasio , New York City’s progressive mayor, and his union cronies hegemony over Albany.

The American Federation for Children, which supports private-school scholarships, elected all 13 of its legislative candidates in Alabama despite being outspent by the state teachers union 27-to-1. In Tennessee, the pro-school-choice outfit toppled Democratic state Rep. Gloria Johnson, a teachers-union favorite.

At the end -- and I hate to torque poor Brother Keith -- but we cannot hide from the truth because it is unpleasant.
A rare silver lining for the unions was California State Superintendent Tom Torlakson's slender victory over school reformer Marshall Tuck, a fellow Democrat and former head of the nonprofit Los Angeles-based Green Dot charter schools. Mr. Tuck, who was backed by other Democratic school reformers, including San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson , was blasted by teachers-union ads as a creature of Wall Street who would turn "our schools over to for-profit corporations motivated by money" and "those who profit from high-stakes testing would take the joy out of learning."

Forty-nine states took on "the blob" and won. This will diminish their power and influence in 2016 -- and perhaps cause more teachers to shorten the leash on the unions' activities.

Posted by John Kranz at 10:33 AM | Comments (3)
But Keith Arnold thinks:

No offense taken, brother. I can always point at Tuck as proof of my broadmindedness - I voted for a Democrat (running against another Democrat, of course).

Torlakson/Tuck was a rare collision between two wings of the Dem party. Torlakson is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the State-employee union wing, and Tuck is one of the bright lights of the reformer wing. Torlakson waged a completely libelous campaign financed by the unions, promising in return that charter schools will become a thing of the past and easy tenure for even the most incompetent of the teachers will continue to be protected.

The straight-ticket Dem win - highlighted by our famous governor and or radical Attorney General - goes to prove how out-of-step California is. On a related note, the city of San Francisco just voted to raise the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour. The only good effect that will come of that is it may remedy the sky-high unemployment across the bay in Oakland.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at November 7, 2014 11:22 AM
But jk thinks:

I suppose the non-cheery news is the success of Minimum wage referenda. Many are surprised at how well that did in Nebraska (who is surprised at anything SF does?)

We need to spend some cycles figuring out that coalition. I thought that Lou Dobbs, like the city in which Tony Bennett lost his heart, could not surprise. But the FBN populist is an avid supporter and encourages conservatives and Republicans to champion increases. Et tu, Lu?

Posted by: jk at November 7, 2014 11:28 AM
But johngalt thinks:

Beyond just minimum wage hikes, Sally Kohn points out many "genuinely progressive reforms" that passed by initiative Tuesday night, and quoted a Tweet which summarized:

"So voters want a higher minimum wage, legal pot, abortion access and GOP representation. Ok then."

Yep. Ok with me too, since none of the Progressive agenda that passed contradicted any of the priority issues that appear on most of the new Congress wish lists. And while minimum wage laws are anathema, they are being passed at the state level where their failures can be compared to states that do not outlaw entry-level jobs, and not at the federal level. All of this adds up to a happy conclusion:


Posted by: johngalt at November 7, 2014 2:35 PM

August 26, 2014

Union Update!

An update on "Look for the Union Label" post, with a hat-tip to WSJ's Notable & Quotable

The picketers lobbed sexist, racist and homophobic slurs at the rest of the cast and crew for most of the day, the website reported, and when production wrapped, the "Top Chef" crew found that tires were slashed on 14 of their cars. Milton police confirmed that the union members were "threatening, heckling and harassing" but said no arrests were made. . . .

For years Hollywood avoided the Bay State because of the heavy-handed tactics of the local Teamsters. The union's past has included convictions for money laundering, extortion, racketeering and shaking down movie producers who tried to film in Boston. [Local 25 President Sean] O'Brien has said the Local has cleaned up its act and now has a great working relationship with most of the productions that film here. -- Columnist Gayle Fee writing at, Aug. 21:

Glad to see they have that all cleaned up...

Posted by John Kranz at 11:37 AM | Comments (0)

August 22, 2014

Look for the Union Label...

#WarOnWomen Anybody? Bueller?

Insty links to two stories on this today. I have chosen the link that doesn't clean up the language because I think it is best enjoyed in the raw:

The Teamsters picketers were already mad. By the time Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi's car pulled up to the Steel & Rye restaurant in the picturesque New England town of Milton just outside Boston, one of them ran up to her car and screamed, "We're gonna bash that pretty face in, you fucking whore!"

It seems the Top Chef (Honestly, I don't get these shows at all but that is not germane to the post) crew allowed ... get this: non union production assistants to drive cars.

I know, you're shocked.

Posted by John Kranz at 12:57 PM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

Just when I was about to quit looking for any of the racist, misogynist, homophobic angry white men with which the GOP is supposedly monolithic, you show us evidence that they're openly advocating their beliefs in the Teamsters. "Dat's ok thouh, dey vote Demmycrap!"

Posted by: johngalt at August 22, 2014 1:11 PM
But Keith Arnold thinks:

It could have been spectacular. I mean, a bunch of the Teamster thug brigade, picking a fight with a dozen people who are famously good with knives, and once a season have to break down a pig or a side of beef on camera. I'd have put that on the pay-per-view.

I want to know where Tom Colicchio was in all of this.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at August 22, 2014 6:36 PM

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.

Posted by John Kranz at 9:58 AM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

Ye of the "rational argument" thy use of the words "feed" and "appetite" are gratuitous. Methinks. Poor Mister Neuenfeldt obviously doesn't have "access" to "affordable nutritious food."

Posted by: johngalt at February 19, 2014 12:29 PM

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.

This wasn't merely one more failed union organizing attempt. The UAW and its chief Bob King spent years working toward this vote as part of its strategy to organize plants in the American South, and all the stars were aligned in its favor.

Posted by John Kranz at 12:43 PM | Comments (0)

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.

Posted by John Kranz at 10:50 AM | Comments (0)

November 28, 2012

GM is alive and Bin Laden is Dead!

Mickey Kaus:

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...

Posted by John Kranz at 11:04 AM | Comments (0)

September 26, 2012

Referee Scarcity

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."

Posted by John Kranz at 10:14 AM | Comments (10)
But jk thinks:

I'm rooting for a face-saving way that most of the current guys could come back, but the rules change in favor of the NFL.

Double their pay, but a defined benefit pension for a part time job strikes me as goofy. Plus, I think the league has a legitimate, pro-quality case in expanding the supply and promoting the best. Kinda Chicago Schools-ish...

Posted by: jk at September 26, 2012 2:45 PM
But jk thinks:

Curiously, I was looking for solutions the other direction: I was thinking constant contact with league officials who can't run 40 yards but know the rule book inside out.

A very un-Hayekian solution, but inspired by the retired official that one of the networks has on staff to answer questions.

Posted by: jk at September 26, 2012 3:03 PM
But sugarchuck thinks:

I guess it's silly to weigh in now that the strike seems to be settled but I would like to address a few points. I don't feel as if I am pro labor. Owners can bring in whoever they want; it's their league. It is not their game. With respect to John Galt, it takes decades to create an NFL referee and I think it's only fair to recognize that. These are men who have honed special skills over a lifetime of learning and they now sit in elite positions at the top of their profession. The difference between the referees and the air traffic controllers is the supply of competent replacements. Reagan had them, Goodell does not. He's not even close. What Goodell and the owners are doing is like building a finely tuned racing machine and then using a faulty driveshaft. Nobody talks about how cool the driveshaft is or reveres it like they would an engine but without it you are stuck on the side of the road and crappy refs sideline great football.
I am stunned that owners who typically spare no expense would draw a line in the sand over what amounts to less money than any particular team might pay one individual in a signing bonus. In Sugarchuck world I'd give them the money, let them keep their pension, and insist on creating a larger pool of refs in the future.

Posted by: sugarchuck at September 26, 2012 5:24 PM
But jk thinks:

The NHL has been effective with this model as well. Faceless, unelected bureaucrats in Toronto look at every goal real-time and it is unobtrusive.

Posted by: jk at September 26, 2012 5:25 PM
But sugarchuck thinks:

I guess I am inclined to go with the guys on the field. Reviewing touchdowns, goals, baskets etc... is all fine and more often than not it confirms the ruling on the field. What is more crucial and more intangible is the subtle stuff; pacing, consistency and discipline, both on the field and on the sidelines.This is where our replacements fell so short. Mistakes, sometimes terrible ones are going to happen but watching NFL football descend into some sort of anarchic pickup style basketball game was awful.

Posted by: sugarchuck at September 26, 2012 5:48 PM
But johngalt thinks:

It'll be interesting to see which points the owners cave on, if any. I personally agree with you sc, and I think its the performance issue that was the main issue for both sides.

Reviews in hockey have one major difference versus football: If they reverse a call they'll turn back the game clock to the point in the game where the review began. Do you want to see that in football too?

I guess my point on replacements was that if they were intended to be permanent replacements a higher caliber of ref would have been applying for the positions. Who wants to leave a good gig for a few weeks of SCAB work? And it was clear from the start that that is what it would be.

Posted by: johngalt at September 26, 2012 7:00 PM

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. . . .

In response to the report, John Riehl, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 207, which represents many of the DWSD employees, told the Detroit Free Press that the department needs more workers. "They don't have enough people as it is right now," Riehl said. "They are just dreaming to think they can operate that plant with less."

Posted by John Kranz at 10:44 AM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

"They'll rock at health care."

Posted by: johngalt at August 21, 2012 3:20 PM

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:

-- An assistant principal at a Brooklyn high school made explicit sexual remarks to three different girls, including asking one of them if she would perform oral sex on him.

-- A teacher in Queens had a sexual relationship with a 13-year old girl and sent her inappropriate messages through email and Facebook.

If this kind of behavior were happening in any adult workplace in America, there would be zero tolerance. Yet our public school children are defenseless.

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...

Posted by John Kranz at 12:14 PM | Comments (3)
But johngalt thinks:

And your lefty Facebook Friends will claim that these cases are taken out of context or that a few bad apples don't spoil the important purpose of trade unions, if they don't assert outright that pedophilia is a "human right." Or, in keeping with the moral relativism they have been raised under, they might be so brazen as to say football coaches can't do things that other teachers can.

Posted by: johngalt at July 30, 2012 3:10 PM
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:

I am intrigued by the psychology of this vis-a-vis Catholic priests. For some reason, priests were the most horrible people in history, with front-page coverage day after week after month, but the hundreds of teachers who commit the same acts each year get very modest publicity. Of course most of the priests were homosexuals, whereas my impression is that the majority of teacher-student sex is hetero.

Logically then, much of the media is anti-Catholic, anti-gay and/or just protecting members of public employee unions. I leave it to the reader and Ockham to decide which is most likely.

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at July 30, 2012 5:10 PM
But jk thinks:

I answer flippantly but not sarcastically that "the priests need a better union!"

This is a testament to the amazing power of the NEA and AFT that they can protect their members even in the face of the absolute worst crime imaginable.

Posted by: jk at July 30, 2012 6:33 PM

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.

"Here I am given the opportunity to innovate with projects I never could have done in a bureaucracy," said one of our art teachers, Mary Ann Paredes. "In my old school I had a feeling of stagnation and lost my intellectual rigor. Here I've been invited to explore and learn in a way that is making me more effective. Because the trust level is so high here, it's easy to be open to admit my frustration and ask for help."

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.

Posted by John Kranz at 11:37 AM | Comments (0)

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
Posted by John Kranz at 10:09 AM | Comments (0)

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)

Posted by John Kranz at 1:10 PM | Comments (5)
But johngalt thinks:

Something tells me they'll keep finding newer and better ways to demand the unearned.

Posted by: johngalt at June 6, 2012 2:53 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Only used two of my viewings so far...

"The end of the USA as we know it just happened." (...) "Democracy is dead."

I would fully welcome that, if only it were true. Democracy, i.e. "majority rule" is inconsistent with liberty. That is why America's founders established a Constitutional Representative Republic, not a Democracy. They wanted liberty, freedom, prosperity, for themselves and their posterity.

The Wisconsin victory is indeed historic in many ways. Once again, I am proud of my country. But, the battle against statism will never end.

Posted by: johngalt at June 6, 2012 3:32 PM
But Keith Arnold thinks:

If only, when I read the Geraghty quote, it weren't in the voice of my state's former, big-government, RINO governor.

Oh, look! The Oxford comma!

Posted by: Keith Arnold at June 6, 2012 3:38 PM
But jk thinks:

Jonah Goldberg embeds the same clip and comments:

Still, if you pull back a bit and look at this in historical perspective, I think the Walker victory is a big win for a more traditional form of democracy and a big loss for what Herbert Croly called "progressive democracy" in his aptly titled book, Progressive Democracy. Croly took the corporatism and anti-Constitutionalism of The Promise of American Life and expanded it in Progressive Democracy (I believe he actually wished he'd written the two books as one). He favored a polity governed by syndicalist associations, trade unions, businessmen, farm leagues etc. Obviously, Croly's vision was never realized fully (Croly even wanted to get rid of states entirely and fold them under federal authority)...

I'd accept jg's or Jonah's as correct answers. I agree with all the knocks against unfettered majority rule, but Democracy lives as a shorthand for self government and 33% of the unforgettable "Whiskey, Democracy Sexy" description or America by an Iraqi. One needs more time, attention and clarity (sorry Oxford!) than one usually receives to make that point. (I generally just start with why motherhood is evil...)

Posted by: jk at June 6, 2012 4:45 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Yeah, point made. Words whose definitions I intend to rehabilitate before I die:


Posted by: johngalt at June 6, 2012 6:21 PM

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.
On the other hand, a journalist-reader who asks anonymity writes: "Over at the AP, NYT and WaPo heds all say 'Walker survives' ... I dunno, 53-46 sounds more like 'Walker spanks.'" -- Insty
Posted by John Kranz at 9:44 AM | Comments (0)

June 5, 2012


Fox projects the recall fails.

Posted by John Kranz at 9:59 PM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:


Posted by: johngalt at June 6, 2012 2:48 PM
But jk thinks:

You're not getting older, you're getting freer.

Really? Have a great one!

Posted by: jk at June 6, 2012 4:48 PM

June 4, 2012


(And perhaps III if you care to include Ms. Loesch.)

Posted by John Kranz at 1:54 PM | Comments (0)

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...

Posted by John Kranz at 11:04 AM | Comments (1)
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

The sad part is that it could result in the layoff of some personnel. Then, ask them if they'd rather get paid for getting dressed or have a job at all.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at January 11, 2012 4:31 PM

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!"

The results we're looking for are students learning, so we need to reward great teachers who show they can make that happen--and get rid of bad teachers who don't get the job done. It's what we do in every other profession: If you're good, you get rewarded, and if you're not, then you look for other work.

-Fran Tarkenton, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback and nouveau "anti-working class extremist."

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:12 PM | Comments (1)
But jk thinks:

Awesome! On education, I think ThreeSourcers would dig Teaching America: The Case for Civic Education

It is a collection of essays/papers on the teaching of the Constitution, rights, history and government. A diverse panel is represented: Justice O'Connor, Alan Dershowitz, Insty, Juan Williams, Charter School operators, &c. Very thought provoking.

Posted by: jk at October 4, 2011 3:40 PM

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.

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