Tag Archive: Labor

Fixing the Problem They Created

What the what?

As the New York Times reported yesterday, President Obama intends to barge unilaterally into a hotly contested area of employment law by ordering the Department of Labor to develop regulations “to require overtime pay for several million additional fast-food managers, loan officers, computer technicians and others whom many businesses currently classify as ‘executive or professional’ employees.” As with the expansion by decree of minimum wage law, it will be interpreted in

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SCOTUS Takes On Blago

This could be interesting:

A 55-year-old woman who earns less than minimum wage caring for her disabled son could unravel decades of labor law and strike a blow against one of the most powerful political lobbies in the nation.

Pamela Harris is fighting an Illinois law crafted by imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D.) and enforced by his successor Pat Quinn (D.) that forces her and other home healthcare workers to pay union dues. Her

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A Trio of Weekend Headdesks

Three stories that aren’t big enough for blog posts of their own … well, they are actually, but I don’t have time to tear into them.

First, you may have heard that the FDA is taking the unprecedented step of banning trans-fats. Actually, they’ve removed them from the list of foods that are GRAS (generally regarded as safe), a first step toward a ban. This despite the fact that trans fats are not dangerous per … Read more

Another Month, Another Stagnation

Jobs again:

Job growth was less than expected in August as the U.S. economy added 169,000 positions, raising questions over whether the Federal Reserve will begin a pullback on its historically easy monetary policy.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics also said the unemployment rate dropped to 7.3 percent, its lowest since December 2008, but due primarily to fewer Americans in the labor force.

A more encompassing rate that counts the underemployed and those who

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It’s All The GOP’s Fault: Part 623

In the comments to the Detroit bankruptcy, we half-joked that it would be blamed on Bush.

Guess what?

ED SCHULTZ: Michigan used to be a symbol of industrial strength in manufacturing in this country. But thanks to a lot of Republican policies, the city is now filing for bankruptcy. Now, it’s the largest public sector bankruptcy in U.S. history, and the consequences could be devastating if you care about people. The already small force

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When You’ve Lost the Unions…

Maybe this will persuade some of the few holdouts that Obamacare is in deep trouble:

The leaders of three major U.S. unions, including the highly influential Teamsters, have sent a scathing open letter to Democratic leaders in Congress, warning that unless changes are made, President Obama’s health care reform plan will “destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.”

If that’s not bad enough, the

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UFCW Scrapes the Bottom of the Barrel

Holy Fucking Shit, UFCW:

I live in Pennsylvania. Almost all liquor sales, apart from a few places that can sell beer, are through a state monopoly of stores that employ 5000 union employees. The state-owned stores are inefficient, expensive and badly run. The state tried a hilarious experiment in wine kiosks a few years back. Not long after, they had a much-publicized effort to make liquor store employees friendlier.

Governor Corbett, in a rare display … Read more

Walker Wins Again

Another setback for the unions:

A federal appeals court on Friday upheld Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s contentious law stripping most public workers of nearly all of their collective bargaining rights in a decision hailed by Republicans but not undoing a state court ruling keeping much of the law from being in effect.

The decision marks the latest twist in a two-year battle over the law that Walker proposed in February 2011 and passed a month

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The Right to Work

(I had planned this post for Friday but delayed it for obvious reasons. I don’t expect anyone wants to discuss Right to Work at the moment, but I’ll get it out my queue. A post on Sandy Hook is coming, hopefully tomorrow night.)

I had a few thoughts on the “Right to Work” debate that is raging (literally) in Michigan and other states. While I am generally supportive of what’s going on, I think … Read more

If you needed more proof that unions today are evil

Check out the response of the angry union bosses that lost a vote on a bill that basically did nothing more than give union members the option to choose if they wanted to pay dues to organizations that then used practically all these funds to have the leadership live like aristocracy while lavishing democrats politician’s campaigns with cash, in return for tyrannical power: “We’ll Be At Your Daughter’s Soccer Game!:

LANSING — A

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