I said this yesterday, but let me repeat it: I think that maybe Barack Obama just hates unions now.
Via Hot Air.
I mean, they did thwart his will and show their opposition to his desires. Punishment was inevitable, surely?
Lemme translate the Scotsman’s spokeswoman for you. To give you the context; the unions are trying to organize fast food restaurant workers again, and having a slow going at it because the only compelling reason that anybody in Big Labor can come up with for unionizing fast food workers is We need the dues, man. So they had a bunch of protests in a bunch of places – or, as Politico rather laughably put it, “Fast food strike takes over 60 cities” – and that’s pretty much how it went. Nobody’s really expecting any movement:
In the past, such strikes on a smaller scale have forced some fast-food chain stores to close temporarily. But McDonald’s isn’t expressing much concern about the impending event.
“It will be business as usual for us,” Casillas Ofelia[*], a spokeswoman, said in an email. “We respect our employees’ rights to voice their opinions. Employees who participate in these activities and return to work are welcomed back and scheduled to work their regular shifts as usual. … The story promoted by the individuals organizing these events does not provide an accurate picture of what it means to work at McDonald’s.”
Translation: if you want to ‘strike’ on your own time, whatever. Miss your shift, lose your job. And why are you calling Corp? Most of our stores are owner-operated. (more…)
Whether or not a non-elected administrative board wishes otherwise.
The Michigan Legislature’s right to create a law that bans mandatory union membership trumps the authority of a state agency that oversees public employment, an appeals court ruled on Thursday.
The state legislature passed the “right to work” law in December amid union protests in Lansing, dealing a stunning blow to organized labor in the state that is home to U.S. automakers and the symbol of industrial labor in the United States.
The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that the legislature had the authority to create the law that makes union fees voluntary because it has the constitutional right to “speak for the people on matters of significant public concern.”
…so why are we talking about his need to “regain” it?
The White House is working to get back on offense in the debate over ObamaCare, after a surprise delay in part of the implementation knocked its message off course.
President Obama touted the law’s benefits in a White House speech Thursday, emphasizing a provision that is already in place and heralding positive news about the cost of insurance policies sold through the law’s insurance exchanges.
If this works, it would be the funniest thing EVER:
A group of California teachers is preparing for a Supreme Court battle to overturn forced union dues in a groundbreaking lawsuits filed in June.
For nearly three decades, the Supreme Court has allowed closed-shop unionism, in which public employees must pay dues to labor groups handling collective bargaining negotiations.
The Supreme Court established Beck Rights in 1988 allowing workers to opt out of union dues for political activities, while continuing to pay for union negotiating expenses. The teachers are hoping to take that battle one step further by putting an end to all coercive union dues.
Note what Hostess is tagging the box with, too:
The company that went bankrupt after an acrimonious fight with its unionized workers last year is back up and running under new owners and a leaner structure. It says it plans to have Twinkies and other snack cakes back on shelves starting July 15.
Based on the outpouring of nostalgia sparked by its demise, Hostess is expecting a blockbuster return next month for Twinkies and other sugary treats, such as CupCakes and Donettes. The company says the cakes will taste the same but that the boxes will now bear the tag line “The Sweetest Comeback In The History Of Ever.”
I just deleted a eight paragraph post on this account of what will be a doomed attempt to organize fast food workers in Detroit (yeah, I know: the timing was perfect, huh?). As you might guess, I was not impressed with their chances for success; alas, I was also boring, so I just deleted the whole dang thing. Bottom line: there are reasons why Big Labor hasn’t been able to organize fast food employees before*.
PS: I suppose that I should note that I own a few shares of McDonald’s stock. God only knows where they are at this point.
*Not least of which is: any half-smart franchise willing to contemplate letting the unions in would absolutely insist on mandatory drug testing. It’d be the only way to get useless workers fired under that scenario**.
**I spent seven years at the Scotsman as a spatula serf. Who was smoking weed, back then? God love you, man: who wasn’t smoking weed? From the store manager on down. NTIWKAAT, of course.
Yeah, I think that maybe we don’t need this much unionization.
Portland Mayor Charlie Hales has taken the unprecedented step of trying to break up the city’s police commanding officers’ union.
“Managers should be clear they are managers,” Hales said Thursday. “It just doesn’t make sense to have people who are in management positions be in a union.”
Of course, you’d expect that attitude from me; after all, my dad was union, and he would have said the same thing. Workers are workers. Management is management. You need that clear line of division between the two if you ever expect to get a fair deal. You lack that division, your deals can appear tainted. And over the long term, tainted union deals are generally more trouble than they’re worth.
We still have a Commerce Secretary? What the hell has the last one been doing for the past five years? Playing tiddlywinks?
Making official what many Democrats have expected for weeks, President Obama plans to nominate Chicago business executive Penny Pritzker, a longtime political supporter and heavyweight fundraiser, as his new Commerce secretary this morning.
Pritzker’s nomination could prove controversial. She is on the board of Chicago-based Hyatt Hotels Corp., which was founded by her wealthy family and has had rocky relations with labor unions, and she could face questions about the failure of a bank partly owned by her family.
I was born a Democrat; grew up in a labor union household; and generally raised in an atmosphere with, ah, colorful language. And if I had ever used this kind of language my father the union organizer would have backhanded me for it:
Standing in front of the Education Department’s headquarters in downtown Washington, Miami-Dade County teacher Ceresta Smith referred to former District of Columbia Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee—founder and CEO of the advocacy group StudentsFirst—as an “Asian b[*]tch.”
He’d have been right to, too. Democrat or no, that sh*t just ain’t right. But I’m willing to bet that the Democrats will tolerate it being said about Ms. Rhee… (more…)
Scenes from the lack-of-class struggle in Lansing, Michigan: first off, the destruction of the Americans for Prosperity tent by union goons. Apparently merely existing was too much of a provocation.
Reportedly, two of the people in that tent when it was torn down were in wheelchairs. I assume that I don’t have to explain why going after people in wheelchairs is close to the very definition of “barbarian?” (more…)
Very possibly. Background here and here: the short version is that Hostess Foods is in horrible financial shape; it’s in the process of trying to stave off bankruptcy via drastically renegotiated emergency union contracts with the Teamsters and bakers’ unions; the Teamsters took a look at the books, blanched, swallowed hard, and took the deal; the bakers’ unions did not, and decided to go on strike; and Hostess basically told the strikers that if they didn’t stop striking by end of business today that the company would just go ahead and shut down. The end of business came and went; and now we’re going to see whether Hostess will go through with their promise/threat.
And how serious is this threat? This serious:
The Teamsters meanwhile are urging the smaller union to hold a secret ballot on whether to continue striking. Citing its financial experts who had access to the company’s books, the Teamsters say that Hostess’ warning of liquidation is “not an empty threat or a negotiating tactic” but a certain outcome if workers continue striking.