Posts in category "Organized labor"

Organized labor joining critics of Obamacare

Obviously for different reasons than conservatives. Nonetheless, growing union opposition to Obamacare reflects the failure of the health care scheme to be all that it has promised. Reports the Wall Street Journal: The leaders of three major U.S. unions, including the highly influential Teamsters, have sent a scathing letter to Democratic leaders in Congress, warning... Read more »

Chicago Teachers Union can thank itself for some layoffs

The current Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) contract negotiated after the strike gives teachers raises averaging more than 17 percent over four years. Seventeen percent! A school system running a $1-billion deficit can’t afford it, and the CTU knew it. In other words, the union chose to get big pay increases for some teachers at the... Read more »

Illinois' "phony" pension obligation of $96 billion

Yet, $96 billion is the number that’s usually cited as what’s need to plug the unfunded hole in the state’s public employee pension funds. Truth is, the unfunded obligation is way, way more. The explain comes in this letter to the editor of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin by Ann M. Lousin, professor at the John Marshall... Read more »

Democrats have ruined Illinois

Democrats are poisoning Illinois and Chicago. Maybe it’s too obvious to state, but it isn’t said often enough. Or barely at all. Democrats have locked up the city and the state. They have supermajorities in both houses of the Illinois legislature. The governor is a Democrat. Democrats run two of the four major administrative branches... Read more »

Obama and the IRS: The Smoking Gun?

President Barack Obama met with anti-Tea Party IRS union chief the day before agency targeted Tea Party. Here is a fascinating timeline put together by Jeffrey Lord in the American Spectator. According to the White House Visitors Log, provided here in searchable form by U.S. News and World Report, the president of the anti-Tea Party National Treasury Employees Union,... Read more »

Getting kids to school — alive

Do punks and gangs run Chicago’s schools? You’d get that idea listening to parents and activists protesting the closings of 61 school buildings by Chicago Public Schools. The schools should remain open, protesters say, because kids will be caught in the crossfire of gang harassment, recruitment and warfare if they are forced to attend another... Read more »

If we amend Illinois constitution for graduated income tax, why not also for pension reform?

It takes special gall to raise taxes for some Illinoisans so soon after they were hit with a massive increase in state income tax rates. So, give an audacity award to any “progressive” trying to renew the ill-timed and perennial campaign to replace the decades-old flat tax with a graduated income tax. Rep. Naomi Jakobsso,... Read more »

Union mob in Michigan destroys right-to-work backers' tent

LEE STRANAHAN at Breibart reports: A group of pro-union, progressive protesters leveled a large tent with people inside during Tuesday’s demonstrations outside the Michigan Capitol building in Lansing against right to work legislation. Notice (about almost 2 minutes into the video) someone in the mob carrying the American flag. Somehow the dolts in this mob... Read more »

Wisdom from Gov. Pat Quinn's spokesman Abdon Pallasch

Lunacy from AFSCME President Henry Bayer Here is Pallasch Quoted in the Beachwood Reporter: “During 11 months of bargaining, the state has extended the contract three times and made significant efforts to compromise,” Quinn budget spokesman Abdon Pallasch said in a statement. “But the government employees union, which has not offered a single proposal to deal... Read more »

A first, necessary step toward returning Illinois to fiscal solvency

Repeal the Illinois constitution’s provision that guarantees the fat pensions for state public employees. The provision, Article XIII, Section 5, of the constitution says: Membership in any pension or retirement system of the State, any unit of local government or school district, or any agency or instrumentality thereof, shall be an enforceable contractual relationship, the benefits of... Read more »
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