Why Don’t All Major Unions Own Banks?

By: Saturday March 12, 2011 9:00 am

Seeing that large banks are the most powerful political entity in America and one of the only institutions members of Congress will practically trip over each other in their rush to save from their own mistakes, I’m left wondering why all the major labor unions don’t get in on the action by starting their own [...]

Grow the Base, Strengthen the Base: Lessons from the CCF, Part Three

By: Monday June 21, 2010 10:45 am

The Cooperative Commonwealth Federation was a political party in Canada that formed during the Great Depression. Most of its support came from the rural cooperative movement among farmers. Cooperative members made up a large part of its voters, and many of its leaders had held elected posts in cooperatives. Organized labor was another important part [...]

If Menendez Thinks Labor Is A “DC Special Interest Group,” He Should Give Their $490,000 Back

By: Thursday June 10, 2010 3:30 pm

Robert Menendez, head of the DSCC, released a memo celebrating Blanche Lincoln’s victory over “powerful special interests in Washington DC,” the labor unions. The AFL-CIO’s Eddie Vale responds: The tens of thousands members of the Arkansas AFL-CIO are certainly not a DC special interest.  They poured their hearts and souls into supporting a candidate who [...]

Message to Unions: Don’t Bargain for a Temporary “Fix” – Push to Eliminate the Excise Tax

By: Wednesday January 27, 2010 5:05 am

Before Scott Brown’s win in Massachusetts, Democrats were still foolishly trying to pass health care reform while adhering to the insane 60-vote myth in the Senate. Under this scenario, while I’m disappointed that union leaders could only secure some small improvements to the excise tax and a special carve out for their members, I can [...]

Unless We Do Health Care Right, Every Private Sector Union Will Be Dead In Nine Years

By: Friday December 4, 2009 8:20 am

Politicians, business executives, labor leaders, none of them seem to get it (or at least want to acknowledge it): Our broken health care system is the 800 pound gorilla sitting on our economy, and every year, the gorilla gains another hundred pounds. Health insurance is a massive piece of overhead cost, killing our competitiveness in [...]