All posts tagged "unions"

  • Government
    Trans-Pacific Partnership: Sending Jobs Overseas And Ceding Sovreignty At Home

    NN&V Exclusive (R. M. Smith) – What is potentially the most significant foreign and domestic policy initiative of the Obama Administration? The Trans-Pacific Partnership. The what? It is worth understanding just what this agreement is, and why it matters. To that end, I do apologize for the length, but I knew no other...

  • Opinion
    What Was Really Baking In The Hostess Ovens

    NN&V Exclusive (R. M. Smith) – I have watched and read the commentary and articles about the Hostess Bankruptcy. If you sift through all of the rhetoric, what you will find is that no one is really explaining what happened to Hostess. I have sat on both sides of the aisle, first...

  • Politics
    Democrats Have Laryngitis

    NN&V Exclusive (Rebecca Smith) – Last summer, labor heavyweight Richard Trumka made an announcement that largely went unnoticed by the main media.  The AFL-CIO was launching a Super PAC to lobby for labor issues year round.  In August, Trumka stated: “Let’s assume we spent $100 in the last election.  The day after...

  • Government
    Nevada Ranks 6th In Teen Unemployment

    (Victor Joecks/NPRI) – Think Nevada’s overall 12 percent unemployment rate is bad? The unemployment rate for Nevada’s teenagers is a staggering 28.8 percent, which is sixth highest among the states. Washington, D.C., is worse than every state with a 51.7 percent unemployment rate for teens. As the Employment Policies Institute notes, for...

  • Business
    Even Unions Have Union Problems

    NN&V Exclusive  (Rebecca Smith) – “We will be fighting for the rights of every American worker, private or public, to bargain collectively for better wages, benefits and working conditions.”  So said James Hoffa, Jr., March 24, 2011, in the Huffington Post. Fighting for every worker, except the ones who work for the...

  • Government
    Reno Could Stand To Learn From Vallejo, CA’s Return From Bankruptcy

    (Jim Clark) – News item: “Reno Mayor Bob Cashell and Washoe County Commission Chairman Bob Larkin were scheduled to meet to discuss the County’s contract with the City of Reno for coordination of firefighting services, which is faltering because of Reno’s generous contract with the firefighters’ union.  Neither showed up.” There was...

  • Politics
    Top Dem Donor Says Unions Are Strangling Education

    (Victor Joecks/NPRI) – And he wasn’t done. He also said that “Democrats are now on the wrong side of every important education-reform issue.” Wow. He’s not from Nevada, but Washington state Democrat Nick Hanauer, who’s donated more than $2.5 million to Democrats since 2001, and other big-time Democratic donors have had enough...

  • Politics
    Small But Meaningful Victories Have Unions Crying Foul

    NN&V Exclusive (Rebecca Smith) – My respect for our Republican representatives has risen in the past few weeks as they have successfully parried with the Obama administration’s union-friendly labor appointments and handed the National Mediation Board (NMB) a set back by passing the new FAA funding bill.  While this has certainly vacated...

  • Government
    Clark County Residents Pay Millions To Fund Union Activities

    (Sean Whaley/NPRI) – A Nevada think tank investigation shows that Clark County taxpayers are contributing $4.6 million a year to fund union activities by local government workers. The results of the investigation by Steven Miller and Kyle Gillis of the Nevada Policy Research Institute, published today in the Nevada Journal, identifies almost...

  • Business
    A Margin Tax Is Always A Bad Idea

    (Geoffrey Lawrence/NPRI) – Leaders in the Democratic majority during the 2011 state legislative session proposed a dramatic change to Nevada’s tax system: Phase out the Modified Business Tax — a tax on private-sector payroll — and replace it with a new, larger levy modeled after Texas’ business margin tax. The effort gained...

  • Business
    NLRB’s New Ruling Gives Unions the Quickie They Are Looking For

    NN&V Exclusive (Rebecca Smith) – Back in June of 2011, the NLRB started hinting that they would be looking at changing decades old election rules.  On January 12, 2012, they did it.  The new rules regarding union elections will go into effect in April, giving the lone dissenting member Brian Hayes time...

  • Business
    Businesses Beware: Unionism Is On The Rise

    NN&V Exclusive (Rebecca Smith) – I had already written another article for this week, but then some...

  • Business
    Union-Friendly Changes By NRLB Will Affect Your Business, Part II

    NN&V Exclusive In Part I of Union-Friendly Changes By NRLB Will Affect Your Business, Smith explained micro bargaining units and new regulations regarding notices of the right to unionize. Below are three other changes businesses must be aware of for 2012. – Ed. (Rebecca Smith) – 3. The NLRB’s decision regarding the...