Labor in the Driver's Seat

Discussion in 'The Latest UPS Headlines' started by cheryl, Jul 18, 2009.

  1. cheryl

    cheryl I started this. Staff Member

    UPS-FedEx Dispute Shows Labor's Control Over the White House - Washington Post

    How does the Obama administration love organized labor? Let us count the ways it uses power to repay unions for helping to put it in power.

    It has given the United Auto Workers majority ownership of Chrysler. It has sent $135 billion of supposed stimulus money to state governments to protect unionized public-sector employees from layoffs and other sacrifices that private-sector workers are making. It has sedated the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards, which protects workers against misbehavior by union leaders. Cap-and-trade legislation might please unions with protectionism -- tariffs on imports from countries not foolish enough to similarly burden their manufacturers. If Congress, seeking money for more socialized medicine, decides that some employer-paid health insurance should be taxed as employees' compensation -- which it obviously is -- generous union-negotiated benefits might be exempted.

    Now it is the Teamsters' turn at the trough. Congress might change labor law to assist UPS, a Teamsters stronghold, by hindering its principal competitor, FedEx.