My short stint as a union worker

Like Stephen noted, Michigan just became the 24th state to enact Right-to-Work legislation. Michigan becomes the only “blue” state where Right-to-Work is the law of the land. As someone who has lived in Michigan for over a decade, I’m stunned. The reason this is all the more astounding is that Michigan is the birthplace of the United Auto Workers. It can’t be understated: U... More


Santorum gives an excellent defense of his proposed 0% tax on manufacturing

Yes, Rick Santorum is a leader on life and family, but he’s also proposed some great ideas in his economic plan. And his economic plan is very pro-worker and pro-family. His plan would be a big help to families, as it calls for a tripling of the child exemption. And of course, this gives the Wall Street Journal fits. Most disappointing is the Pennsylvanian’s proposal to triple the tax ... More

Reader: Election 2011 results, Paterno to resign, Christmas tree tax, Bishop warns of ‘Atheocracy’

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. Republicans take over Virginia Senate, pending a recount. Bryce Reeves (right) has an 86 vote lead. If that holds, the GOP will control both house of the Legislature and the Governor’s office. Ohio voters rejected GOP’s public union reform plan but also rejected President Obama’s hea... More

Is Steve Jobs really the APPLE of our eye?

EDITOR’S NOTE: We welcome Jennifer Roche to as a guest blogger for the month of November. Here’s an article she wrote for us examining the business practices of Steve Jobs, who died October 5. Before Steve Jobs no business leader had been elevated to celebrity-cult status. Since the announcement of his passing, he has been mourned like a superstar, and the world over h... More


Circuit Judge strikes down Wis. collective bargaining law

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. The controversial Wisconsin law signed by Gov. Scott Walker that dealt with collective bargaining rights for state employees was struck down by Dane County Judge MaryAnn Sumi, reports the Wisconsin State Journal. The law is effectively dead until the Wisconsin Supreme Court decides on it or if the Legislat... More

Private vs. Public. Not non-union vs. union.

[Update: I altered a paragraph at the bottom that flummoxed some people so grievously that they couldn’t find their way to addressing the actual point of the post.] My union friends. My friends-of-union friends. Those of you who do not wish to be my friend but who are upset about the what’s happening in New Jersey, Wisconsin, and now Ohio, regarding unions and collective bargaining... More

A look at Archbishop Listecki’s letter to WI legislators

Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki sent a letter to Wisconsin legislators who are grappling with a massive budget shortfall. Because lawmakers there are considering changes to the benefits paid to public service employees, Archbishop Listecki outlined the Catholic position on labor and the right to unionize. The Church is well aware that difficult economic times call for hard choices and fin... More




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