Unions

Notable Quote – George Will

by Skip June 30, 2018

There is no sugarcoating today’s reality. Public-sector unions are conveyor belts that move a portion of government employees’ salaries — some of the amount paid in union dues — into political campaigns, almost always Democrats’, to elect the people with whom the unions “negotiate” for taxpayers’ money. Progressives who are theatrically distraught about there being […]

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Janus vs AFSCME: Let the union hem-hawing on the decision begin!

by Skip June 28, 2018

This will be a running post for a bit as I know that the repercussions are going to last for a while – there’s a whole dump truck load of pebbles that are going to be launched in to the pond and ripple for a long, long time (most will be reformatted, emphasis mine). Let’s […]

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Janus vs AFSCME – it’s personal (although it’s not AFSCME, it’s NH SEIU’s local chapter 1984)

by Skip June 28, 2018

UPDATE and bumped: Yay!  It looks like the NH Administration is taking this seriously (emphasis mine, reformatted): The Union Leader obtained a memo Attorney General Gordon MacDonald sent to Administrative Services Commissioner Charles Arlinghaus making it clear that as of the next payroll on July 6 all state workers must give permission to have any fees […]

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Blogline of the Day – this is what happens when you devolve to being a mere rent-seeker

by Skip June 27, 2018

and stray from your original mission in life, unions: This is basically Scott Walker on a national level. Of course, if the unions provided value, they wouldn’t have to force people to pay dues. (H/T: Instapundit)e UPDATE: let me add this which I bookmarked earlier:

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Breaking News: Mandatory Union Dues Violate First Amendment

by Steve MacDonald June 27, 2018

Boom! For these reasons, States and public-sector unions may no longer extract agency fees from nonconsenting employees. The First Amendment is violated when money is taken from nonconsenting employees for a public-sector union; employees must choose to support the union before anything is taken from them. Accordingly, neither an agency fee nor any other form […]

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Janus vs. AFSCME – a personal take

by Skip June 27, 2018

UPDATE: As the Supreme court just decided for Janus and against the unions, this post is appropriate.  Best news? SCOTUS rules that public sector union MUST be opt-in for payments.   Essentially, this returns freedom to individuals over the unions; no more paycheck protection for unions. ************ “Live Free or Die” – that’s our state motto and […]

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DISQUS Doodlings: Both Jonathan Baird and Dan Williams are wrong about the First Amendment and the NFL

by Skip June 4, 2018

Background: Jonathan Baird works for the Social Security Administration, Dan Williams is a government teacher.  Both work in union dominated workplaces; my opinion stems from that and that both of them get the new NFL policy wrong from different viewpoints.  Mine?  The owners own the teams – they can make policies that their employees have […]

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Janus v. AFSCME – An End to Union Politics as We Know It?

by Steve MacDonald March 4, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments last week in Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. What’s at stake? The case concerns Mark Janus, a child-care specialist for the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, who refuses to join the union. Nonetheless, by state law, Janus is forced to pay “agency […]

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If the Tax On Income Isn’t Troubling Enough…

by Steve MacDonald February 15, 2018

The proposed Family Medical leave legislation will create an income tax but there’s plenty more wrong with this bill if the tax isn’t enough. Elliott Axelman joins me to discuss the many troubling facets of this awful piece of legislation (HB 628). Original Blog Page Post can be Found Here

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HB193: but they failed to ask and answer the most important question

by Skip December 9, 2017

Yet another piece from the Concord Monitor where Don Vallone of Reaching Higher New Hampshire makes the argument, financially, that ONLY Government schools should be allowed to teach your children.  How?  He cries in his cups of how government public schools would be losing money to other entities if HB 193 is enacted.  Boo-hoo (reformatted, […]

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The answer is an emphatic NO!

by Skip December 5, 2017

Union dues: Should state be collection agent? That was the question asked by a UL editorial and one that I have been saying no to for quite some time.  After all, why should taxpayer monies be used for this – it isn’t for the common good, right?  It is for a special interest group as that […]

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Blogline of the Day – what, ONLY the AFL-CIO??

by Skip May 17, 2017

The AFL-CIO exists to launder union dues into the campaign war chests of the Democratic Party. We call the MSM “Democrats with bylines”.  Unions are “Democrats sucking up other peoples’ money” (H/T: Instapundit)

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Data Point – Unions don’t always tell the truth…

by Skip May 15, 2017

SHOT: Unions decry “greed”… Last week, AFL-CIO, the largest trade union organization in the U.S., released the results from its annual Executive Paywatch report: CEOs at S&P 500 companies earned on average $13.1 million in 2016, and “this greed of corporate CEOs” has caused a “CEO-to-worker pay ratio of 347 to 1.” CHASER:  Not so […]

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Local Groups Admit They are in League with Communism

by Steve MacDonald April 29, 2017

If Tea Party activists marched with Klan members that would suggest an affinity or affiliation as damning as any. And so it should be with groups that March in celebration of May Day. A number of local groups are sponsoring or participating in May Day marches in New Hampshire. That should associate them ideologically with the […]

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So Unions keep saying that Right To Work States doesn’t gain jobs?

by Skip March 5, 2017

Well, Boeing certainly made a decision: PART OF THE GENERAL BLUE-TO-RED JOB MIGRATION: Boeing isn’t a story of jobs disappearing. They’re just moving to South Carolina. “So 1800 workers in Washington are finding themselves unemployed. At the same time, more than 3000 people in the Palmetto State have gone to work, begun training and started […]

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SURVEY: Majority in NH support Right to Work, including union members

by Kimberly Morin February 15, 2017

Yesterday, the University of New Hampshire Survey Center released a survey in which they ask Granite Staters about some hot topics that are happening in the state. One of the biggest pieces of legislation that is going to be voted on by the house this week is “Right to Work” legislation. It is a bill […]

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Right to Work states spend less on education, get more value for students

by Kimberly Morin January 17, 2017

On Thursday Senate Bill 11, AN ACT prohibiting collective bargaining agreements that require employees to join or contribute to a labor union, is scheduled to be voted on by the entire New Hampshire Senate. It was voted Ought To Pass out of committee by a party line vote of 3-2. As the Right to Work (RTW) […]

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Paid Time Off Better Than a Raise

by Steve MacDonald October 11, 2016

In a recent survey of warehouse workers, An overwhelming 87.5% of respondents prefer PTO (Paid time Off) over the equivalent in pay increases—a reminder, if nothing else perhaps, of the importance of work/life balance. Fight for Fifteen might want to consider fighting for days off instead of for higher hourly wages.

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Data Point – Right To Work

by Skip September 23, 2016

26 states now have right-to-work laws almost half of the nation’s population now lives in right-to-work states the majority of manufacturing jobs are located in these states Between 2004 and 2014, overall job growth in the U.S. was 6.1%. In states without right-to-work laws, it was a paltry 3.9%. But in right-to-work states, job growth […]

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Fight for 15 Driving Garment Makers and Jobs Out of California

by Steve MacDonald April 17, 2016
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US garment manufacturers operating on low margins to compete for wholesale or retail clients can’t operate in California if they have to pay all their employees $15.00/hour. To stay in business, they will have to move manufacturing out of the state or more likely out of the country. Last week American Apparel, the biggest clothing […]

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Fight for 15 Still not About Wages. Not Exactly

by Steve MacDonald April 13, 2016
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California is at the forefront of government interfering with the value of labor. The Fight for 15 campaign, lead primarily by unions, has succeeded in pushing up wages for some but not because anyone really cares about wages. Unionized hotel employees, as but one example, don’t get the hike — but non-union hotel employees do. Owners of […]

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Min. Wage Hike About Making Union Fat Cats Fatter

by Steve MacDonald February 21, 2016
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Unions (Super PACs) are using their deep pockets and ready-made army of activists to push for a $15.00 an hour minimum wage. But this activism has nothing to do with workers (how could it) it is about using the guns of government to make fat-cat union bosses fatter.

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NH GOP Republicans had the chance to do this, too

by Skip February 12, 2016

But too many of them are actually beholden to unions themselves, value their seats over Principles, or are outright Democrats masquerading as Republicans. Or, really, are just spineless political protoplasm?  Me?  I think it is more the latter than the others.  They are UNWILLING to stand up for Principles that they mouth the words to.  Could […]

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If unions are all that hot of a deal…

by Skip October 14, 2015

…then when given the FREEDOM TO CHOOSE, why are even more government union members deciding to leave?  And it couldn’t happen to a better union: Government employees in Seattle do not exactly fit the profile of the average Republican voter. But As the Washington Examiner’s Sean Higgins reported this week, they aren’t suckers either. Thanks to a recent […]

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Trevor Loudon – Please Save America

by Steve MacDonald October 12, 2015

Trevor Louden explains why he believes the next election is the last chance Republicans have to save America. He talks about why the GOP needs evangelicals to win, the consequence of a Democrat victory, and who might be on a Republican dream cabinet.

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GrokTALK! Trevor Loudon – Please Save America

by Steve MacDonald October 12, 2015
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Trevor Louden, speaking from the podium at the RLC convention, explains why he believes the next election is the last chance Republicans have to save America. He talks about why the GOP needs evangelicals to win, the consequence of a Democrat victory, and who might be on a Republican dream cabinet. You can hear our […]

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Interview with Trevor Loudon: Marxists, Democrats and uniting Republicans

by Kimberly Morin October 12, 2015

On Saturday at the Republican Liberty Caucus’ biennial meeting, author and political activist fromNew Zealand Trevor Loudon, was one of the keynote speakers. He has written a new book calledEnemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress. He talked about some of the information and research in his book during the speech as […]

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BLACK LIVES MATTER, EXCEPT IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

by Steve MacDonald September 29, 2015
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To progressives not all black lives matter, not even those that survive the abortion-cult cleansing rituals. To the progressive left, advocating for better education for minority students is “racist.” Because, you know, #BlackLivesMatter, but one shouldn’t actually try to do anything about it, other than march in the streets, hold signs, get on TV, and […]

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Union hacks upset at Truthful Ad about Governor Hassan Holding up Heroin funding with Budget Veto

by Kimberly Morin September 9, 2015

Yesterday Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire released an ad targeting Governor Hassan for her failure to sign a budget deal and how it is affecting the heroin abuse problem in the state. The state legislature has compromised on much of the budget yet that isn’t good enough for Hassan. She wants to increase spending and taxes, […]

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Ohio Union Zombies Protest the ‘Defending the American Dream Summit’

by Kimberly Morin August 22, 2015

During the ‘Defending the American Dream Summit’ in Columbus, Ohio this weekend, Ohio unions shipped members from across the state to protest the ‘evil Koch Brothers’.

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