Posts Tagged ‘jobs’

UAW Shows the Ugly Face Behind Its Friendly Mask

UAW Shows the Ugly Face Behind Its Friendly Mask

News broke yesterday that the United Auto Workers has begun aggressively bullying workers at the General Motors plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee. The union released a list of “scab” workers and called on union members to confront those workers to get them to fall into line.

According to the Washington Free Beacon, the statement that accompanied the list of names read as follows:

“The following individuals are NON-dues paying workers. They have chosen to STOP paying Union Dues and still reap the rewards of your negotiated benefits,” the sign says. “If you work near one of these people listed please explain the importance of Solidarity and the power of collective bargaining.”

While this is unsurprising given the UAW’s history, these tactics prove that the only way the union can bilk money from workers is to use force and intimidation. And it’s using its own members as its henchmen. This disgusting display should be brought to an immediate end by the GM plant’s leadership.

This further shows that workers at the Volkswagen Chattanooga plant better watch out. We’ve been sounding the alarm that the UAW will stop at nothing to fund its radical political agenda. While it may try to mask its true intentions at the Chattanooga plant by creating a voluntary, dues-free union, what is happening in Spring Hill let’s us see the ugly truth behind that mask.

-Justin Owen

October 8th, 2014 | Beacon Blog, Recent News

Want more jobs? Stop paying people not to work

Do extended unemployment benefits perpetuate joblessness? In theory, this makes sense. If you pay people not to work, they’re incentivized to stay home. After all, as Reagan once said, “If you want more of something, subsidize it.” But our neighbors in North Carolina put this theory to the test in 2013 when the Tar Heel State became the only one in the nation to ditch the federal extended unemployment benefits program.

As John Hood, my counterpart at the John Locke Foundation, wrote in this weekend’s Wall Street Journal, the plan worked. Despite ridicule from the indignant Left, North Carolina’s plan put its residents back to work. As Hood notes: 

 “For the last six months of 2013, [North Carolina] was the only state where jobless recipients weren’t eligible for extended benefits. Yet during that period North Carolina had one of the nation’s largest improvements in labor-market performance and overall economic growth.”

Indeed, after its exodus from the stagnant extended benefits program, payroll jobs in North Carolina rose at double the rate of the national average. Fortunately for job seekers and taxpayers alike, the program expired for every state earlier this year, before any other state took note of North Carolina’s foresight. Hopefully next time—when Washington inevitably tries to go back to this failed policy again—more states will take a cue and show D.C. how policy really can changes lives for the better.

-Justin Owen


July 7th, 2014 | Beacon Blog, Recent News

Warnings to a Young Conservative

Warnings to a Young Conservative

Many of you have likely heard of conservative author Dinesh D’Souza’s breakout book, Letters to a Young Conservative. Written in 2002, Letters was meant to help encourage budding leaders in their journey with a compilation of anecdotal notes on how to continue to win the battle of ideas and keep one’s endurance throughout in the grueling process.

However, the times, they are a’changing and right-leaning college graduates these days face a much different climate. The right to the “pursuit of happiness” has morphed into a license to make irresponsible choices that have both personal and societal consequences. And unfortunately, we’re becoming a nation that can no longer afford to pay for indulgent pursuits because we’re mortgaging our future.

Student debt is the fastest-growing debt category in the country, tripling over the past decade to an astronomical $1.11 trillion.

As we prepare to welcome the classes of 2014 fresh from their commencement ceremonies into a stagnant job market, and a new generation of college-goers prepare, here are my warnings to a young conservative that perhaps can serve as a prequel to D’Souza’s Letters. I’ll call this the “We’re Broke” edition:

  • Understand the difference between a profession and a hobby. Think about what’s marketable—not just what sounds fun—and find a way to contribute using your unique talents.  Reuters notes a recent report showing unemployment rates across careers and found that graduates from technical fields or those who serve growing parts of the U.S. economy fare better. “Healthcare and education graduates had lower unemployment rates of about 3 percent and 4 percent respectively… liberal arts and social sciences majors experienced the highest levels of unemployment of 7 percent to 8 percent.”
  • Be willing to leave a bad economy with limited opportunities for greener pasture. Currently, we are experiencing mass migrations of Californians and New Yorkers to states like Tennessee, Texas, and Florida. In the 2014 Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index, California and New York ranked in the bottom five among the fifty states for economic competitiveness.

YIELD: Federal healthcare dependency, social welfare programs, increasing national debt, unsustainable personal debt, and decreasing participation in the workforce are dangers that lay ahead. Watch for the warning signs and stay out of the ditch.

-Lindsay Boyd

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June 18th, 2014 | Beacon Blog, Feature, Recent News