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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Feb 24, 2014 / 24 Adar I, 5774

A different way of labeling unions

By Christine M. Flowers




JewishWorldReview.com | Whenever a member of a group goes rogue, you can be absolutely certain that other members of that group will pop up with the "bad apple" defense, as in, "Well, sure, there's a few bad apples in every bunch, but that's the exception."

It's a very legitimate maneuver and I've used it myself when, for example, people point to the Catholic Church as a nest of pedophiles. The small percentage of evil men who happen to have hijacked the Roman collar don't define the legion of saintly folk in the rectories, communities and even in places where Christians are moving targets.

So, it's understandable that when members of Ironworkers Local 401 are indicted on racketeering conspiracy charges by the U.S. attorney, some people will rush to defend the labor movement and point to these self-described T.H.U.G.s, a/k/a "The Helpful Union Guys," as aberrations.

I mean, just because a few misguided goons are suspected of arson, assault, battery, mayhem and terroristic threats doesn't mean that every hard-working union man (or woman) is a psychopath.



I suspect that's why Pennsylvania state Rep. Brendan Boyle immediately responded to the indictment with the following: "Certainly we don't condone any of the alleged actions of a few individuals, but this alleged incident shouldn't be used as an excuse to attack the important work unions do to reduce the growing gap between the rich and everyone else."

I'd actually rephrase that last sentence as the "growing gap between the felonious and everyone else who obeys the law," but perhaps that's just quibbling. After all, as Boyle notes — twice — the union folk are innocent until proven guilty, just as Jimmy Hoffa is alive until proven to be fertilizer under the old Meadowlands complex.

Frankly, I've never been a huge fan of unions. The teachers, the Teamsters, the UAW, the SEIU and even sometimes the FOP can make life miserable for the rest of us. Sure, they talk big about strength in numbers and how the People United Will Never Be Defeated (except in Wisconsin and — surprise! — Tennessee), but the days of Molly Maguires and the Triangle Shirt tragedies are long gone. Most people want a job, not membership in a secular cult that demands tribute in the form of union dues and acquiescence.

Still, collective bargaining isn't going anywhere in my lifetime, entrenched as it is in the American psyche with mom, apple pie and Toyo ... I mean, Chevrolet.

But this recent indictment shows just how very much like the Taliban some union members become when they feel threatened. The 49-page document details incidents like the one involving a Quaker meetinghouse where three union members are alleged to have cut steel beams and set fire to a crane at the worksite. Then there was the time the goons showed up at a Toys "R" Us work site in King of Prussia and started smashing nonunion trucks with baseball bats and assaulting nonunion workers.

Quakers and Jeffrey the Giraffe. It's amazing that the Ironworkers didn't invade some random convent and start beating the nuns with Louisville Sluggers.

The surprising thing about this indictment is how surprising it's not. For years, unions, especially those involved with the building trades, have cultivated a reputation for thuggery. The indictment shows just how valuable violence was on an Ironworker's resume, to the extent that plum jobs were divvied up based on the frequency of a member's participation in antisocial acts.

At this point you're saying, "Christine, what about that whole 'bad apple' defense you mentioned before? Isn't it hypocritical to lump the whole labor movement in with these criminals?" And of course, you would be right to point that out, just as I have been right to note that less than 1 percent of the world's clergy were involved in acts of sexual abuse.

The difference is that when you try and defend a priest, you get called all manner of delightful things that are rarely printable in family newspapers, while those who defend the unions are generally praised for standing up for the "little guy" or, as Rep. Boyle puts it, "everyone else."

Frankly, I'm sick of these sociopaths getting a pass for their criminal actions just because they happen to advance some twisted progressive narrative. A lot of hardworking people reject these glorified extortionists who divide the world into "union" and "enemy." They simply want to be left alone to take the best employment offer or hire the most qualified worker. They don't want to have to take their lives into their hands if they park their trucks in the wrong spot, or if they decide to do rehab on someone else's place of worship.

Normally when I see a picket line, I get annoyed, particularly if that line is strung in front of a suburban school and a bunch of aggrieved educators are complaining about working conditions, health-insurance contributions, longer work days, etc.

Excuse the eye roll from this former teacher.

But that's nothing compared to criminals who wear the union label.

Hopefully, they'll soon be wearing orange.

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Christine M. Flowers is a lawyer and columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News.

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