Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind
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Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind

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The labor union movement is now firmly entrenched in American government--federal, state, and local--and is hell-bent on expanding its sway over the nation's political and economic life. This densely researched, compellingly argued book exposes how public-sector unions and their leaders--the "shadowbosses" of the title--are destroying the rule of law, stealing elections, d...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Center Street (first published January 1st 2012)
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I received a copy of Shadowbosses as a "First Reads" winner.

This book is dishonest about the modern work environment, and quite spiteful of working people in general. For example, a chapter focusing much attention on teachers conveniently ignores the lack of equitable funding for schools, caused by state and local tax structures that tilt toward the wealthy. The crying need for more money for schools is sidestepped by cutting student services and teachers’ pay. The need for policies to address...more
I can tell the reader of this review that the FAR left and union leadership are going to HATE this book so watch for reviews, such as one that is already on Goodreads, that PAN this book or simply hide under a rock and give it one star. The author is bringing information on a topic that is critical for the American public to understand, as it effects every nook and cranny of Americans lives. Told in concise, well documented and researched points, as well as easy to grasp concepts, this book will...more
David Griffiths
This is the scarriest book I have ever read. It should be required reading for all Americans that do not believe in the "Right-to-Work." It reads like a crime story. Millions of Americans are forced to pay union dues that are then used by unions to support the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party then Provides all-out support for unions. It gives the democrats a huge advantage.

An example: One of the Presidents stated agenda items is to provide federal money to increase the number of teachers t...more
Malin Friess
I practice as a dentist for the VA in New Mexico. I am a federal worker but I did not join the Union (despite them giving out pizza and a fresh fifty dollar bill to anyone who would join during our first week of orientation). The facts about Unions cited by Mallory Factor are interesting:

1/3 of federal workers are unionized
2/3 teachers are unionized
Federal workers earn 30-40 percent more in salary and benefits (not true in dentistry) than private workers
Federal workers earn up to 10 weeks paid v...more
This book is a very well written book. Although it is a bit partisan, you can read it and make your own conclusions as to the the benefits or hindrance of public sector unions. This book is controversial in the sense that it covers a subject that is considered a third rail by many folks in this country. I know I will get flack for my comments but will try to be as non-partisan as is possible.

Mr. Factor takes on the idea of public sector unions and the harm they have done and are in-line to do. I...more
Joseph Serwach
Bring up labor unions and we tend to think of the kind of union I voted to join in 1990: a voluntary guild of workers at a private company. We had an open shop so both management and guild members made cases to me and I joined on the first day I was eligible to do do, ultimately becoming a committeeman for our local.

Such unions work in a free market, Mallory Factor notes, because of the free market: both the workers and the employers recognize they need to compete in a global market, providing c...more
I have to admit, I was disappointed when I first saw a Fox News personality’s blurb across the top of the book’s cover. But though it is quite partisan, this book still offers a substantial (and sometimes provocative) look at labor unions, past and present. (I found it especially interesting in light of the Chicago teacher's strike in September.) Questionable references are present but not frequent enough to undermine the basic points covered in the writing. There is also a lot of repetition – a...more
This is a scary book and very enlightening. It reads like an organized crime novel but it is terrifyingly true, and it's happening now. "Government employee unions and politicians have been working on growing our government for decades. The growth of our government may be in the unions' interest, but it endangers us as a nation."
This is a chilling and well documented expose on how these government employee unions threaten workers' freedoms, free and fair elections, our children's educations, and...more
Paul Whitten
Shadowbosses is a wonderfully written book that reads like a crime novel. The crazy thing is that it is all true! It tells how government unions have manipulated our government and used dues from its members to control elections as well as politicians themselves. Mallory Factor did a great job with this book and it deserved to be on the New York Times Bestseller!
This is the only book I have seen critical of government unions. The information is frightening and, in my experience with unions in a non-forced union state, very true. It is not the most interesting read and probably a little confusing for those who have no experience in this area, but it is very, very informative, and all taxpayers should know about this.
Gary Jannarone
Sometimes I regret taking my head out of the sand. This is not a happy book. The corruption of the union leadership is astounding and frightening. The billions of dollars siphoned from the arteries of the taxpayers and transfused to corrupt politicians is incredible. Makes "Big Oil" and Wall Street seem like amateurs.
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