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Entries in right to work (4)


Crying baby sounds and assaults mark labor union protests in Philly, Lansing

The Sacramento Bee interviewed a labor critic who is an SEIU member in California. She is seeking access to her union's financial records. (Screen snip, video at Sacramento Bee)Democrats should understand the concept of the right to choose. After all, that was a meme aimed at women and their “lady parts” during the 2012 General Election.

Apparently choice isn’t for everyone, though. In Philadelphia, union activists blasted recorded sounds of a baby crying via loudspeaker, tormenting apartment dwellers at a building in the Wynnefield area of the city. In Lansing, punches were thrown and at least one labor activist assaulted a reporter.

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Forced unionism could screw up the Super Bowl

How would you like it if your employer said, “We’d like to offer you the job you’ve applied for.  Are you aware you will have to pay union dues even if you don’t want to belong to the union?”

That practice is called ‘forced unionism,’ and it happens every day in the U.S. in states that have no ‘right to work’ provision for workers.

As the date nears for the Super Bowl in Indianapolis, forced unionism could screw it up.

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Labor Day in the South

Here in the South, Labor Day is whatever you make of it. I’m not aware of any parades, although there may be some. Cookouts, college football and the beach are popular in North Florida where I live.

Most of us view Labor Day as that bonus holiday—no gifts to purchase, no rituals to observe, no special church services.

I realized the differences in Labor Day here and elsewhere when I read a lengthy backgrounder at the US Dept. of Labor. The backgrounder details Labor Day as a product of the Labor Union movement.

I commented in an earlier column about the DOL history of Labor Day. One thing’s for sure.

The Obama administration has unleashed the most activist Dept. of Labor we’ve seen as evidenced by obstructing companies like Boeing and armed raids on companies like Gibson Guitar. Both those issues are related to events in right to work states.

The day has, however, morphed into something far more inclusive—all of us who work and labor get a day off in honor of our productivity.

I suspect humans have always found a means of marking a day ahead of harvest time. In agrarian societies, the first day in September would mark the end of the growing season and the beginning of the season to lay aside stores for cold weather.

The Dept. of Labor backgrounder is an excellent example of the differences in communities across our great land. I suspect there will be an effort to praise unions in media, at least an effort to praise by progressive politicians in forced unionism states.

Here in the South, we just see Labor Day as that bonus day off giving us a 3-day weekend ahead of fall and the busy Christmas holiday season that follows.

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Sept. 3, 2011)


On NLRB vs. Boeing, the buck stops with Obama

President Barack Obama once again left me speechless on Wednesday as he dodged questions about the National Labor Relations Board’s legal attack on Boeing. Boeing wants to expand its operations in South Carolina, a right-to-work state where unions aren’t shoved down workers’ throats.

The NLRB decided Boeing was retaliating against workers in Washington State where unions are shoved down workers’ throats.

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