PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS & THE 2012 ELECTIONS

From the desk of Stephen Cabot: While the news media has been focusing on public sector unions in Wisconsin and Ohio, the Obama administration has quietly encouraged the unionization of 45,000 airport screeners. The Transportation Security Administrator, John Pistole, a pro-union advocate, has been lauded by federal unions, who have wanted to unionize airport screeners for many years. This is an extraordinary development in light of the anti-public-union sentiment that has swept the county in the last few months. As the Obama Administration and Democratic legislators gear up for the 2012 elections, they will surely enlist the vast armies of unionized workers to deliver their election victories. As we get closer and closer to 2012, we can expect to see ever-increasing pro-union directives emanating from the White House.

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UNION HYPOCRISY ON PICKET LINES

From the desk of Stephen Cabot: According to a front page article in The Wall Street Journal, “the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters is seeking paid demonstrators to march and chant on its current picket line.” The union is picketing an office building for not using unionized workers. It’s apparently all right for the union to use non-union picketers, but it’s not all right for the building management to use non-union workers. Consistency has never been a trademark of union practices.

The union, according to the article, hires unemployed people and pays them a minimum wage, $8.25 an hour.

Yet, unions across the country loudly complain that no one should have to accept the minimum wage because it’s not “a living wage.”

With low labor costs, the Carpenters’ union is able to fund 150 picket lines in Washington, DC, where neither the pro-union NLRB nor the union-friendly White House has murmured a word of disapproval. As the picketers chant, “Low Pay! Go Away!” one can only wonder if the picketers and their low-paying unions are even aware of the inherent irony.

Will a renegade union come along and attempt to organize the non-union picketers? How would the NLRB rule on such a case? One can only hope and smile.

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$10-MILLION DOWN THE UNION TOILET

From the desk of Stephen Cabot:

There are few instances when we agree with statements emanating from the Obama White House; however, one recent statement was absolutely on the mark.

An unnamed White House official reportedly stated to a reporter that “Organized labor just flushed $10-million of their member’s money down the toilet.” He was referring, of course, to organized labor’s efforts to defeat Senator Blanche Lincoln in the Arkansas Democratic primary. Her running mate, Lt. Governor Bill Halter, had been backed unstintingly by the AFL-CIO, SEIU, and AFSCME as well as lesser unions.

As if that event was not enough to put a smile on the face of managers across the county, an AFL-CIO spokesman named Eddie Vale without a wit of irony reportedly stated that “labor isn’t an arm of the Democratic Party.” At that, the smiles of Corporate America turned to grins.

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