The Law of Quality

Step aside Isaac Newton for "The Law of Quality" which states that "What goes down KEEPS going down".

Look no further than just about every product and service we're offered these days. They're inferior.

Of course they are, because corporate leaders in every sector, from food, to communication, to media are desperately scrambling to overcome their previous disastrous decisions and keep profits obscene... their own personal compensation disgracefully high.

They pretend they are simply creating efficiencies. Instead of cutting corner, what they are really doing is shamelessly gutting large chunks of the structured that allowed them to deliver some semblance of decent product.

Which Way for the Unions?

When it comes to their future direction, unions are sending contradictory signals. Their economic actions indicate a new appreciation for the realities confronting them as they face the challenges of a global economy. Their political direction, however, indicates “business as usual” as they align themselves with groups and politicians that favor an enormous expansion of federal spending and government power.

Small Change

You call that a strike!!?? Two days? The United Auto Workers didn't strike. It held a little pep rally. Now the workers can go back to their jobs, until layoffs force them out of work, and management can continue with its short-sighted policies. Things sure ain't what they used to be.

Empty Shell vs. Empty Shell

How quaint. The United Auto Workers are striking General Motors. Talk about a blast from the past. A past when the UAW and GM weren't hollow shells.

Back in the '70s — now those were the days. The union (remember labor unions?) had a million and a half members. Now it's a relic with just over a third of that.

General Motors is quite the relic too. It used to be a colossus in the U.S. automobile industry. Now the manufacturing plants in this country are owned increasingly by the likes of Honda and Toyota. So many Chevrolets, meanwhile, are made elsewhere these days that Chevy's "This Is Our Country" ad campaign would be laughable if it weren't so transparently pathetic. That's what this walkout is about, but it's a battle that's already over.

Giving Tony Soprano a Pass

There were so many great things about "The Sopranos," from how their family problems mirrored the problems facing many American families to how the Mob controlled many union work sites. In many ways, it was more than just fiction.

When the Mob controls union work sites, the guys who get the short end of the stick are the union workers. That means they have to work twice as hard to make up for the mobster no-shows. When the Mob pilfers a union fund, the union workers get screwed, because they lose the money. Labor corruption hurts all of us, but it especially hurts the workingmen and -women who are part of the union movement. 

Strike This?

By now it's common knowledge that major unions such as the AFL-CIO, the Teamsters and the Service Employees International Union have withheld their endorsements of candidates as they pore over their records and solicit views on a variety of issues. One specific candidate in question has been Hillary Clinton, due to her questionable record of having outsourced to India for campaign contributions.

To My Colleague Karen Hanretty, Regarding Firefighters and Rudy

I was born and raised in New York, and if you remember the story of the three brothers who were firemen, who ran into the burning building to save each other, they were my
neighbors down the street.

Here is why the firefighters are putting out the Rudy ad now: They are genuinely indignant, angry that he campaigns as the hero of Sept. 11 when they know he mishandled security before 9/11 and key problems post-9/11. 

For Labor Union Attack Ad, Timing Is Everything

The timing of a 13-minute attack ad video against former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, created by the International Association of Fire Fighters, is interesting.

Why attack Giuliani now? Why not wait until closer to the primary elections?

A couple of observations by Republican consultants Frank Luntz and Rich Galen, quoted in The Telegraph (which postulates Giuliani is the Republican candidate most likely to benefit from a McCain implosion) might offer some reasoning behind the timing — and urgency — of the union’s attack ad.

Big Labor's Big Payback

The Senate is set this week to take up a measure that Democrats rammed through the House in a display that can be characterized as nothing short of payback to the labor unions. Hyperbolic rhetoric from the Right Side? I think not.

The “Employee Free Choice Act,” as it is dubiously called, promises to do just the opposite of offering any worker a free choice. Under current law, unions may organize through either a federally supervised private ballot election or a “card-check” system. The Democratic bill, however, would kill private voting rights altogether and make workers’ votes public through a mandatory card check, in which union bosses gather authorization cards purportedly signed by workers expressing their desire for a union to represent them. Yeah, right. If someone named “Louie” comes to me in the lunch room and asks me to sign a card for him, and his two big friends are gonna "help" me find my pen, what do you think my answer is? If I don’t want any trouble, then I’m taking the easy road and signing that card.