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Brilliant: NRO’s Mark Steyn wonders if we “Feel Like Getting Nasty?”

Posted in conservatism, It's The Economy Stupid!, Labor Relations, Liberalism, Obama, Politics, Progressivism with tags , , , , , , on April 4, 2009 by McKinley Pitts

NRO’s Mark Steyn tells us that the  “G20 wants international regulation that will export their mistakes to the entire planet“.

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Moron Watch: Victoria’s Secret & The Card Check

Posted in Big Labor, Humor, It's The Economy Stupid!, Labor Relations with tags , , , , , , on February 25, 2009 by McKinley Pitts

Re VS…

Victoria’s Secret is having financial problems….  We’re putting together a large stimulus package for them right now.

High-end lingerie is having a hard time of it this recession…

Underwear sales are skimpy…

Bra sales are not holding up…

Etcetera, etcetera.

While I’m sorely tempted to demand a bailout for Victoria’s Secret, really the best way to help VS is to go buy your girl some lingerie there.

In the meanwhile, thank heaven for YouTube’s Victoria’s Secret videos and pray that VS’s sales stay up…, well, bad choice of terms, but you know what I mean.

Moron Watch: The Card Check

Why do Pink-Squeaks get so excited about the card check?  Do they even know what a card check is?  I wonder.  In the labor relations business, the Card Check is the difference between an open ballot and closed ballot by employees on the issue of whether they want a union to represent them.  Requiring a card check, which means that the employee fills out a card and they sign it indicating that he or she wants a union to represent them.  Once filled out, these are submitted to the National Labor Relations Board, which subsequently certifies if more than 50% of the employees want a union.  If it hits the greater than 50% mark, presto-change-o, we got’s us a union! 

Currently, employers can choose to ignore this card check and require that the  ballots be secret (NOT “Victoria’s” Secret) so that no employee feels threatened by the union.  (Wow, threatened by union goons?  Who would have imagined such a thing in this day and age?!)  To be fair, the unions would say that they don’t want employees to be bullied by companies and the best way to do that is with an open balloting process.  That may seem counter-intuitive, but that would be their argument.  On a positive note, the unions feel that the open ballot gives them, and thus the employee, more clout with the company from the outset.  And probably that’s true.  (I’ll happily serve as Shop Steward at VS, if the girls want to unionize.  Undergarment Workers of the World Unite!) 

On the other hand, these days most companies slavishly devote themselves to sucking up to their employees.  Old union workers would not know that the modern auto plant, for example, is even located on this planet.  They would not recognize an air conditioned plant much less air conditioned exercise rooms, lunch rooms with TVs, clean bathrooms, spacious parking lots, clean/safe working environemnts, health plans, 401-Ks, plant nurses, child care centers, EAP’s, and on ad infinitum.  It just would have never dawned on the early AFL-CIO guys that the world would ever be like it is.  And to be fair (again), unions have had a real hand in accomplishing these boons, but it was not because of them only.  It also just makes good business sense.  Happy, trusting employees are more productive.  And they are not stupid, happy and trusting notwithstanding. 

Problem is that employees have reported that the union card checks intimidate them.  That’s why secret ballots were allowed in the first place.  If unions acted responsibly this would not be a problem, but they don’t always act responsibly.  Unions are, after all, populated by, well, Pink-Squeaks and the one thing that Pink-Squeaks lust for more than anything else is power over others.  In China under Mao we called them the Red Guard.

Nevertheless, even Pinks have to act reponsibly on occasion these days.  Let’s give them the benefit of the doubt for a second and assume that they are not the usual power-hungry, murderous little tyrants we all come to love and know them to be.  Let’s assume that they do have the little employee’s best interests in mind and, ergo…

Pink-Squeaks want the Card Check to help protect employees.

Conservatives want secret ballots to help protect employees.

The policy question is who is more likely to screw an employee these days, employers or unions?  You do the math.

Who says making policy decisions is tough?