OK, folks, grab the popcorn and settle in for this hilarious tale of union against union. It's an epic battle of lies, underhandedness, brute force, and sweetheart deals that pits the California Nurses Association (CNA) against the Services Employees International Union (SEIU). The two unions are at each other's throats for the prize of representing employees in the Catholic hospitals of the state of Ohio.
Oh, it’s a battle royal, all right. But for the most part the MSM is ignoring this story. One wonders why the media isn’t too interested in it? It has everything the media generally loves. It has back room deals, lies, and strong words against each other on every side of the issue, conflict galore. But I suppose this fight between unions makes them both look bad, so the MSM isn’t interested. After all, the media’s pro-union agenda takes a hit in reporting THIS one, for sure.
The New York Times reported Democratic NY state assemblyman Brian McLaughlin pleaded guilty to federal racketeering charges on Friday. As usual, no party identification in the headline, picture, caption or article, but there's a twist in this March 8 piece. The NYT also didn't report that he was in office at the time the crimes were committed.
In the lede, the Times described McLaughlin as the “former head of the nation’s biggest municipal labor council,” without noting his political office.
Continuing the whitewash, the NYT buried and downplayed the story's juicy details. While in office, McLaughlin stole a total of $2.2 million from little leaguers, labor unions, his political club and the state of New York. He used the funds to buy cars for his wife and mistress and, bizarrely, forced union members to kill rats in his basement, dog sit and hang Christmas lights without pay. The only mention of the Dem's political career was an unclear second paragraph (all bold mine):
Will the Writers Guild of America strike end soon? Possibly:
Informal talks between representatives of Hollywood’s striking writers and production companies have eliminated the major roadblocks to a new contract, which could lead to a tentative agreement as early as next week, according to people who were briefed on the situation but requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak.
A deal would end a crippling writers strike that is now entering its fourth month.
The agreement may come without renewed formal negotiations between the television and movie writers and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, though both sides still need to agree on specific language of key provisions.
Journalists often fret about Big Business. Yet their coverage leans so pro-union that they won't give the business side of the story - even when they ARE the business.
The writers' strike has cost the networks millions in lost ad revenue from the lack of new primetime and late-night shows. But now that late night lives again, the coverage is all about "awareness" of the writers' guild and the strike.
Once the late-night comedy shows returned January 2, a new controversy arose: guests who dared to cross the picket line to appear on the writer-less shows. One of those was Baptist preacher and GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.
"I don't think Jesus would cross the picket line, no, I'm almost positive Jesus would be on our side," one striking writer said to CBS's January 3 "Early Show."
Next time you order pizza to be delivered, you better hope the pizzeria you’re ordering from is a union workplace, unless you want an extra ingredient on your pie.
That might be your mindset after seeing the August 27 segment on MSNBC about the “My Bad Boss” contest conducted by Working America, an arm of the AFL-CIO that actively promotes union ideals in non-union workplaces.