Those Who Can, Can. Those Who Can’t, Join a Union.

Despite what you see to the left – the NFL logo with a rusted lock and chain to signify the NFL lockout – this post is going to be about unions. The case study of “Unions Gone Wild” is going to be the NFL Player’s Association. (The union that doesn’t exist except for the fact the union head is in charge of negotiating for the player’s non-union. More on that in a minute.) It is also going to be a post on forum shopping, and the power of the government to strip people of one of the most cherished rights: the right of people to own property and to control the direction and dispensation of that property.

For those who have been hibernating and have only now come out of their caves since Easter, the NFL as a company and the owners have been involved in a labor dispute with NFL players bargaining under the union known as the NFL Players Association. Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the union and the owners, the owners announced that they were legally going to opt out of the CBA and wanted to negotiate a new agreement. This was announce several years ago. When the actual dissolution of the CBA occurred neither party was surprised. The owners had negotiated agreements with other other providers of services (namely the television networks) to have a war chest with which to sustain what might be a lengthy negotiation. The union started a fund to help players to weather the labor impasse as well as offering financial advice to players.

Mayor-Elect Demands Concessions From Unions. Unions Don’t Throw A Hissy Fit.

The mayor-elect of the City of Chicago wants to lengthen the school day and the school year including expanding the school day from five hours and 45 minutes to six hours and 45 minutes, a little over a 17% increase.

“We’re not going to negotiate or discuss whether children get more instruction — we will work together so that gets done. I’m not deviating from that. I was clear about it.”

The speaker? Former chief of staff and mayor-elect of the Windy City, Rahm Emanual..

Union Dues – Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

There is a sound emanating from the smoke filled back room of unions in Florida.

It is the sound of panic.

It is the sound of alarm that the supposed ideal of unions – freedoms of assembly, freedom of choice, and the very value of unions – is about to be severely tested. Ominously, it is about to be tested by union members themselves.

The genesis of this is a CS/HB 1021, a bill that is making its way through the Florida Legislature and passed the House by a vote of 73 – 40, a vote mostly along party lines.

The bill does several things. First, it allows union members to request refunds of union dues if the union uses those dues for political purposes the union member disagrees with.

Assume for a moment that a member disagrees with the political positions of a certain candidate running for office. The member is not going to vote for the candidate so why should his dollars go to a candidate that he does not support. The Supreme Court has ruled the donations to a candidate are a form of political speech, so the question then becomes why is a union member forced into political speech with which he disagrees?

Wisconson Teachers Sue to Increase Performance

Amidst the turmoil of the public sector unions fight in Wisconsin comes news that teachers in Milwaukee are suing the local school district over performance issues.

This would be considered a normal thing if we were talking about teacher evaluations or class performance.

However, we are talking about Viagra, or rather the lack of Viagra in the school district’s prescription plan.

From the Milwaukee – Wisconsin Journal Standard:

The Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association has filed a civil suit claiming that MPS’ exclusion of Viagra and other drugs that treat erectile dysfunction from its health insurance plans constitutes sexual discrimination against male employees.

Now I don’t want to say that erectile dysfunction is not a serious problem. I don’t want to make any jokes here about teachers “raising performance levels,” or “teachers satisfied with level of performance.”

I won’t even comment on the teachers’ union fighting for a better “union.”

That would certainly be beneath me.

Teacher’s Unions Explained

I came across this while visiting another site.

Simply brilliant.

We’ve added the creators, to the list of our friends and “Com-Patriots.”

Collective Bargaining Explained

Via the Heritage Foundation and our friends over at Questions and Observations comes a simple video of what collective bargaining is, and why it is not good for the taxpayer.

What’s Wrong With Unions

There is a big union / management fight taking place in the US right now and if you look at it closely, this fight exemplifies what is wrong with unions today.

I’m not talking about the union fight with the teachers and public sector workers in Wisconsin. I am not talking about the teacher’s union’s fight with Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey. I am not talking about the public workers unions’ fight in Ohio.

I am talking about the NFL and negotiations between the team owners and the NFL Players Association.

There is little doubt that the National Football League is the most watched sport in America. It is more popular than the “national pastime,” Major League Baseball. It isn’t even close. The reason I mention this is because the popularity of the NFL translates into money. Lots of money. The NFL’s 9 billion dollar a year revenue is greater than the GNP of 63 countries in the world.

The “Politics of Personnel Intimidation.”

A few days ago, in his March 3 roundup on his blog Overlawyered,our friend and Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies senior fellow Walter Olson takes a quick look at the “patterns of intimidation” being used by those on the left side of the political spectrum.

Back in May of 2010, hundreds of SEIU protesters, on an otherwise quiet Sunday afternoon, descended on the house of Greg Baer, who is deputy general counsel for corporate law at Bank of America. Baer was not home initially, but his the sight and fury of people coming onto the lawn of the family home led Baer’s teen aged son to lock himself in the unstairs bathroom.

According to one account:

Waving signs denouncing bank “greed,” hordes of invaders poured out of 14 school buses, up Baer’s steps, and onto his front porch. As bullhorns rattled with stories of debtor calls and foreclosed homes, Baer’s teenage son Jack — alone in the house — locked himself in the bathroom. “When are they going to leave?” Jack pleaded when I called to check on him.

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