I just started reading the book “Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind” by Mallory Factor with Elizabeth Factor, and sure enough, only a dozen or so pages into it it’s just as infuriating as I’d expected. Here’s Steven Greenhut’s review:
As I read Mallory Factor’s Shadowbosses, Chicago Teachers Union members walked out on strike, yelling into bullhorns and denouncing Rahm Emanuel, the Democratic mayor who has insisted on reforms to improve education in the city. As the New York Times reported, “In the view of some here, the toxic relationship between Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, whom Lewis has called a ‘bully’ and a ‘liar,’ has helped push the city’s teacher contract talks to the point of a crisis, forcing 350,000 students out of their classrooms in the nation’s third-largest school system not long after the new academic year began.”
If the United States is to succeed in fixing its school system and improving public services, it will take a coalition of liberals and conservatives—ranging from Rahm Emanuel to Wisconsin governor Scott Walker—willing to challenge the power of public-sector unions. Mallory Factor has done an exemplary job showing the battle lines.
Here is the author of “Shadowbosses” speaking at the Heritage Foundation: