Labor roundup

  • Huffington Post writer lauds alleged Boston city hall union extortion scheme as in “pursuit of progressive social goals”. More: Peter Ubertaccio on U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz;
  • As NLRB continues leftward march, new ruling will corral more temporary workers into unions [Industry Week]
  • “Bloated, Broke, and Bullied: Mired in debt and strong-armed by its unions, the Port Authority [of NY and NJ] lavishes outlandish pay and benefits on its workforce.” [Steve Malanga, City Journal]
  • “Blistering” 13-page dissent in Schwan’s Home Service: “NLRB Member Philip Miscimarra is mad as hell about the Board’s current position on employee-handbook policies and protected concerted activity” [Jon Hyman]
  • For decades, until the Reagan administration, federal labor law banned home knitting as an organized commercial activity. During much of the same period Great Britain was proud of its equivalent [1947 Home Industries Exposition via Jot101]
  • They’ll be watching you: more on Philadelphia union drones [Connor Wolf/Daily Caller, earlier]

One Comment

  • I agree that the prosecution of the Boston city official would seem extraordinary to a left-lib statist. After all, they aren’t too into the idea that what goes around comes around when it comes back to them. However, when you take a step back, this activity is really pernicious. City employees have no right to impose extra-legal conditions on permits, and when they do, there really isn’t much of a remedy, and the permit-seeker likely will cave. Therefore, it is of vital importance that extortion along these lines be vigorously prosecuted. This isn’t a misguided government employee; this is an evil employee, who deserves exceedingly harsh punishment. And it is a testament to how far we’ve gotten away from basic principles of good government that people will actually defend this conduct.

    Would that author like it if some government official tried to have him get union laborers to fix his own home?

    Personally, I would not have a problem with a 7 year sentence for this guy.