Posted by E!!
on March 15, 2009
Nevada’s best known political talking head, Jon Ralston, pokes fun at Nevada Congressman Dean Heller for sending this letter to Speaker Pelosi.
Ralston calls it an
“I really don’t care if you read this but I hope the media picks up on it or someone posts it on a blog” letter
If blog recognition was the primary motivation, “mission accomplished” since both John and I have now made note.
It would be nice to think Dean Heller actually meant what he wrote, but he would do better to form a coalition of outspoken opposition and have them all sign a letter and/or hold a Meeting on the Steps. (And alert the media and the blogosphere, of course.)
The coalition could start their press conference by stating that Nancy Pelosi refuses to meet with them to discuss the death of the secret ballot and coerced unionization through Card Check.
Or was that the idea?
Posted by E!!
on January 03, 2009
Kim Strassel @ the WSJ reports a general lack of Senatorial enthusiasm for Big Labor’s card check proposal. Nice to see most reasonable Dems are willing to curtail the unions – and preserve the integrity of elections via the secret ballot.
Hat Tip: Cranky Hermit
Posted by E!!
on December 31, 2008
, labor unions
Don’t miss this Washington Times piece by Gary Shapiro, CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (and thanks to Stephen Dreikorn @ The Pinkston Group for bringing it to my attention).
Shaprio rightly points out that the card check issue is even bigger than worker coercion and forced unionization through the deprivation of secret ballot votes in union elections. Also at stake are the integrity of our labor laws, the balance of power in American labor-management relations, and possibly our entire economy.
Shapiro reminds us that unions once existed primarily to ensure worker safety, but protections for our labor force are now the law of the land. Unions today have become more concerned with negotiating above-market wages and benefits for their members, lobbying to block free trade agreements at every turn, and protecting their own power.
When achieved, these three things make companies less competitive. And companies that cannot compete will flounder or fail, hurting the shareholders and driving jobs overseas while dumping their newly unemployed into the American economy.
Shapiro reminds us that creative innovation is the American way and the best way out of the present situation. He asks us to realize that the big union bullwhips and our mounting personal and national debt are driving us all into a deep pit that may soon become a mass grave.
Rather than burden companies with heavy tarrifs, big taxes, and too cumbersome regulatory and union restrictions, we should be doing our best to lighten their load so they can be faster and more flexible. In a global economy that can often turn on a dime, getting around the corner quickly is the difference between keeping up with the pack or being left in the proverbial dust.