My Union Files 110922
Obviously, I’m a news junkie and like to categorize news pieces by topic. I originally placed my lists here for my own reference, but if others find it useful, fine, more power to you. I’m not going to clean it up much or make it look pretty. The files serve my purpose. The links work for the original article as well as www.freerepublic.com s articles without any formatting. Free Republic is in-line with my views and I find their contributors to be very informative. The best source of information on specific people and organizations I have found is http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/summary.asp?object=Persons&category= The best source of information on the networking of people and organizations is http://www.muckety.com/ Also on Discover the Networks is: Every conservative in the position to hire new employees should have this list of left leaning schools. http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/viewGroups.asp?type=aca-i Left leaning professors here http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/IndividualDesc.asp? type=aca
June 5, 2012’s confirmation to keep Wisconsin’s Governor Walker was a major blow to the unions, but that only means they have to regroup and change their strategy. The unions and their massive number of people have more power than the money of the Bilderberg and Davos crowd. The unions have aligned themselves with the United Nations and an agenda of a One World Government. In here you will see that almost all of our ills are due to unions: Union bosses are not elected by us The government pension tsunami is due to unfunded pensions The growth of government is due to the growth of dependents The growth of teachers is due to the influx of foreigners
The growth of prisons is due to the influx of foreigners The growth of social welfare is due to the influx of foreigners The growth of healthcare facilities is due to the influx of foreigners Illegal aliens and their children are dependents The war on families is promoted by unions and their associated ACORN and Planned Parenthood Unions have systematically opposed our sovereignty Occupy Wall Street and class warfare is supported by unions Unions have gone global Unions have taken credit for The Arab Spring Unions back the United Nations Unions back the redistribution of wealth to other nations Unions back sustainable development Politicians are bought by unions Unions only back Democrats Government decisions must go thru the unions School reforms must go thru unions Unions are for the teachers and administrators, not the kids Many private unions would not exist if not for government mandates, road construction, large construction sites, and military contracts Government projects would cost much less left to open bids Green jobs are mostly unskilled labor and union jobs California’s first private solar certification program was forcefully taken over by the unions Barack Obama was backed by unions Barack Obama’s policies were dictated by unions http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXlXwV_QNrE YouTube title: Andy Stern: Justice for All Andrew Stern, from the SEIU YouTube page dated April 10, 2008. Listen to this guy as he lays out the Obama administration’s agenda for a union governed America, a union governed world, with free healthcare for all. This is before Obama was elected. This shows you that the unions are running the country. 3:30 “We affirm SEIU’s commitment to changing this country as well as the democratic and free debate”. 4:06 “If we adopt the Justice for All program, by the end of four years, we will have won healthcare for every man, every woman and every child in the United States and Puerto Rico.” “If we adopt the Justice for All program, We will rebalance the power between big corporations and people that work by adopting the Employee Free Choice Act.”
“If we adopt the Justice for All program, we will finally have a pathway to citizenship for every immigrant in this country”. 5:08 “Ten percent of our members, nearly two hundred thousand people will be trained as leaders of our union to be the engine of change.” 5:48 “The gap between the rich and the rest of us is growing far too wide. Our candidate Barack Obama has seized on the opportunity of change.” 6:45 “Because if we’re going to win healthcare for every man, woman and child, and the employee free choice act in the first 100 days after we elect a new president, then we’re going to have to take this SEIU effort to a new level.” 7:06 “That’s why we are going to put ten million dollars in a bank account, to have accountability to every single politician who chooses to defy us on the pledges they made when they were running for office.” 8:27 “Its your talent, your skill, your passion, your dedication to help us elect Barack Obama and then win the changes we need for our country.” 9:12 “Many of you came here, not just to take care of our members, but to be a part a movement to change our country. We are on the verge of building that movement for justice for all, when we are on the verge of changing our country, we all come together and unite, and fight. And if not us, if not us, then who? And if not now, at this incredible moment of opportunity, an incredible moment of hope, then when?” Andrew Stern, former SEIU president http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzG0xpkjWrA
“And we are beginning we have offices now in Australia and Switzerland and London, in South America, in Africa. We have been working with unions around the world and what we’re working towards is building a global organization because ‘workers of the world unite’ is not just a slogan anymore, it is the way we have to do our work.”
“We are trying to use the powers of persuasion, and if that doesn’t work, then we’ll use the persuasion of power because there are governments and there are opportunities to change laws that affect these countries. I’m not naive, we’re ready to strike.”
“There are opportunities in America to share better in the wealth, the rebalance of power and unions and government are part of the solution.”
Andrew Stern, Changing our countries: http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=GXlXwV_QNrE&feature=related
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Immigration, the Republicans, and the End of White America
The American Conservative ^ | 21 Sept 2011 | Ron Unz http://www.theamericanconservative.com/blog/immigration-republicans-and-theend-of-white-america-singlepage/ The sources of America’s immigration problems—and a possible solution Last June the U.S. Census disclosed that non-white births in America were on the verge of surpassing the white total and might do so as early as the end of this year. Such an event marks an unprecedented racial watershed in American history. Over the last few years, various demographic projections from that same agency and independent analysts have provided somewhat fluctuating estimates of the date— perhaps 2042 or 2037 or 2050—at which white Americans will become a minority. This represents a remarkable, almost unimaginable, demographic change from our country of the...
Unions to Boeing: We'll Tell You Where to Build Your Plants
FOX ^ Unions to Boeing: We'll Tell You Where to Build Your Plants By Dunstan Prial Published April 21, 2011 | FOXBusiness A complaint against Boeing (NYSE:BA) filed by the National Labor Relations Board came under sharp attack Thursday by critics who charged that the aerospace giant is being unfairly targeted by pro-union elements of the Obama Administration. “It’s just another union handout by the Obama Administration, and in this case at the expense of a right-to-work state,” said F. Vincent Vernuccio, labor policy counsel at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a conservative research center. The NLRB on Wednesday said Boeing had violated...
New Labor plan: Nationwide protests [Service Employees International Union....]
Politico ^ New Labor plan: Nationwide protests By: Ben Smith April 21, 2011 02:31 PM EDT In a major strategic shift, the Service Employees International Union plans to use its giant political operation to try to build a grass-roots movement of public protest and organization similar to the massive show of pro-labor support that overran Madison, Wis., last month. The SEIU’s ambitious effort is a dramatic departure from its straightforward approach to the 2008 campaign. That year, the union pressed a single-minded and ultimately successful focus on getting Democrats to commit to a health care overhaul. Then it spent more than $32.5...
Union to employees: Save money, boycott Florida and Ohio
Politico ^ Union to employees: Save money, boycott Florida and Ohio By: Robin Bravender April 21, 2011 12:41 PM EDT Federal employees in Chicago are being asked to skip nights out on the town and rethink that trip to Disney World or the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The freeze on federal workers’ salaries and likely additional spending cuts from Congress have union officials telling employees at the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies in the Chicago area to hunker down. “With the freeze on Federal employees salaries for at least two years and the rising cost of necessities, we are...
Union Goons Threaten Wisconsin Business
fox news ^ | 3/31/11 | Don Walker of the Journal Sentinel Members of the Wisconsin State Employees Union, AFSCME Council 24, have begun circulating letters to businesses in southeast Wisconsin, warning that they will face a boycott if they don't support collective bargaining for public employee unions.
IBD Editorials ^ | March 30, 2011 | Staff Labor: Wisconsin's government has stopped collecting union dues from its employees. The Florida House has voted to do the same. This is a smart move that all employers, public and private, should adopt. Paychecks are always shot through with deductions. Most are tax-related. In some cases, funds are also deducted from paychecks at workers' direction for charitable causes and for health and life insurance payments. But no organization or business enjoys the privilege of touching workers' paychecks without a court order or worker permission. Except unions. Why should unions be free to use employers as their dues collectors? Lenders can't...
IRS Workers to Rally in Downtown Detroit in Protest of Budget Cuts (they're union!?)
MLive ^ | 03/30/2011 | Various Detroit area Internal Revenue Service employees plan to rally in support of federal employees as well as state workers in Michigan, Wisconsin and elsewhere. National Treasury Employees Union Chapter 78 President Debra Carter plans to lead dozens of IRS employees in a rally at 3 p.m. Wednesday in front of the IRS Computing Center in downtown Detroit. The union local said in a statement that members will let people know that a federal government shutdown or steep budget cuts will hurt those who rely on government services. The chapter also says state workers are facing "unprecedented attacks on their workplace...
UAW says labor union activists ‘central’ to protests in East
The US Report ^ | 28 March 2011 | Kay Day http://www.theusreport.com/the-us-report/2011/3/28/uaw-says-labor-unionactivists-central-to-protests-in-east.html
The United Auto Workers said labor unions were “central to the protests” in Tunisia, and “Egyptian Labor gave the decisive push” in driving Egypt’s president Hosni Mubarak from office. UAW made the claims in the union magazine Solidarity*. UAW is pushing for global organization of workers as part of an international social justice plan to address globalization. “Unions are essential for social justice,” said the magazine. UAW also claims unions spurred the creation of a middle class in the United States and world organization is now the goal. “The UAW must act in solidarity with all unions around the world to create a global middle class.”
The United Auto Workers said labor unions were “central to the protests” in Tunisia, and “Egyptian Labor gave the decisive push” in driving Egypt’s president Hosni Mubarak from office. UAW made the claims in the union magazine Solidarity*. UAW is pushing for global organization of workers as part of an international social justice plan to address globalization. “Unions are essential for social justice,” said the magazine. UAW also claims unions spurred the creation of a middle class in the United States and world organization is now the goal. “The UAW must act in solidarity with all unions around the world to create a global middle class.” In the same issue UAW announced the creation of the Global Organizing Institute (GOI) within the National Organizing Department. The goal of the GOI is to “promote the right to organize” as part of the broader goal of creating “a global middle class.” Ironically in some countries, particularly in theocracies, the concept of the term “middle class” is an unknown entity. Even in the U.S. the term is used broadly as a political device. Thus far no expert has said conclusively that leaders of the uprisings will seek what Westerners loosely refer to as democracy. No one knows whether the union-organized groups will have much influence in countries where Islamists arguably dominate the most organized groups. Middle East expert Dr. Walid Phares told Secure Freedom Radio, “The region is rising against the authoritarians—those who are arising are of two species. One, you have civil society pushing and not so well organized…next to them in smaller numbers but better organized—Muslim Brotherhood and Islamist jihadists…that’s the big picture.”
UAW said the organization is joining other groups around the world via groups like the International Metalworkers Foundation. UAW is training interns from countries like Brazil, China, Australia and Germany. The 20-somethings are called “torchbearers of labor.” UAW reasons that jobs are going to countries where lower wages can be paid and safety can be ignored. This places the U.S. as a disadvantage. “Through a mutually beneficial labor alliance, the GOI seeks to undermine national boundaries…” The magazine content was fairly rational except for a politically driven assault on US conservatives: “The right wing in the United States is obsessed with creating a union-free America. They try to scapegoat union activists and immigrants and gays and people of colors, hoping to divide us.” Conservatives have largely been concerned over government employee contracts which mandate that taxpayers fund almost all the costs of pensions, healthcare and other perks. Ironically law enforcement and firefighter unions often align with conservatives in elections. A particular cause for concern rests on underfunded pension programs across the nation. The Pew Center disclosed a $1 trillion shorfall: "That’s the gap at the end of fiscal year 2008 between the $2.35 trillion states had set aside to pay for employees’ retirement benefits and the $3.35 trillion price tag of those promises." In the magazine, UAW did not address the issue of women’s rights per se. Nor did UAW address the impact of global organizing in countries where the cost of living is substantially lower than in the U.S. UAW is aligned with the Democratic Party policy and platform in the U.S. Sources and Related Articles
UAW President Bob King leads Bank of America protest in downtown Detroit
MLive ^ | 3/25/11 | Jonathan Oosting After wrapping up the three-day UAW collective bargaining convention at the Cobo Center, King and cohorts shut down the Bank of America branch for more than 30 minutes with chants including "money for schools, not for banks.
Union Organizer Stephen Lerner Defends His Plan To Crash The Stock Market
Business Insider ^ | 3/25/11 | Dylan Ratigan Last night, I interviewed the man at the center of a new swirling controversy. Stephen Lerner, a veteran union organizer, wants collective bargaining for homeowners that owe money to the big banks. And this week, he was caught on tape talking about a "mortgage strike" against the big banks. He suggested that a large number of homeowners stop paying their mortgage until the banks agree to negotiate and modify loans. Glenn Beck pounced on the recording. And so did Congress. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Republican Congressman from Utah, sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder saying that Lerner's threats...
CFFR California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility http://www.californiapensionreform.com/ Reason Foundation http://reason.org/ http://www.americanthinker.com/printpage/? url=http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2011/01/president_stealth_1.html 2.1 million federal workers, 177 received unsatisfactory ratings in 2009, 150 of those received automatic pay raises.
Federal govt pays on avg 20 percent more than private Davis-Bacon (prevailing wage law) has raised construction wages on federal projects 22% above market rate. Executive Order 13522, “Creating Labor-Management Forums to Improve Delivery of Government Services” was signed in 2009 by Obama EO 13522 established the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations EO 13522 gives powers to union bosses to set workplace rules. It requires federal managers to involve union bosses on all matters regardless of whether they are negotiable under the law, giving union bosses veto power on workplace issues. All with immunity from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). 60 million union dollars to elect Obama. In February 2010, Obama quietly signed Executive Order 13502 ordering federal agencies to accept only union shop bids for construction projects over $25 million. http://www.collinsreport.net/2010/04/17/obamq-sneaks-a-payoff-to-big-labor-with-anexecutive-order-media-ignored/
For those employers thinking about leaving California, here is a map showing the Right to Work States vs the Forced Union States http://www.redstate.com/laborunionreport/files/2011/02/right-to-work-map.gif http://reason.com/archives/2010/01/12/class-war 22 million California government workers and their families have their vehicle registration protected by a shield. This shield often makes it too cumbersome to enforce traffic and parking violations. In 1999 a California bill was passed called “3 percent at 50”. At age of 50, many government employees can retire at 3 percent of their final year’s salary, multiplied by the number of years worked. This makes it possible to retire at 50 with 90 percent of your salary. http://reason.com/archives/2010/01/12/class-war/1 California forces a city to get the approval from a union-friendly commission before a city can go into bankruptcy. http://reason.com/archives/2010/01/12/class-war/3
From 1994 to 2004, throughout the United States, government employment grew by 13 percent. Judicial and Legal employees increased 28%. Public safety workers grew 21%. Teachers grew 22%. There has been a 9% increase in the population. California has 6.5 state and local government employees per 100 citizens. 54% of economy is private, 46% is government. A history of labor unions, an encyclopedia http://www.econlib.org/library/Enc/LaborUnions.html The National Institute of Labor Relations Research http://www.nilrr.org/ http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/03/01/public-unions-really-make/ Private employees quit their jobs 3.4 times more often than public union employees. Over 41 percent of state and local public workers are in education. The average public school teacher’s salary, not counting benefits, is $49,630, 37 percent higher than private school teacher salaries of $36,250. Public school teachers on the job 2 to 4 years earn 29% more than private teachers. Public school teachers on the job 25 to 29 years earn 49% more than private teachers.
Adam Summers June 3, 2010 Reason Foundation http://reason.org/news/show/fix-california-pension-crisis
• California’s public pension and retiree health and dental care expenditures have
quintupled since fiscal year 1998-99, from about $1 billion to $5 billion this year. Retirement spending is expected to triple again - to $15 billion - within the next decade.
• Since 1998, California’s state workforce has grown by 31 percent and taxpayers now
pay for more than 356,000 state workers.
• Since 2008, California has added over 13,000 employees to the state payroll during
• California taxpayers are paying pensions that exceed $100,000 a year to over 12,000
former state and local government workers, including more than 9,000 state and local employees covered by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and over 3,000 former school administrators or teachers covered under the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS).
• In the 1960s, just one out of every 20 California state workers received “public safety”
pensions. Now, one out of three state workers receives the lavish public safety benefits originally intended for the firefighters and police officers who put themselves in harm’s way.
• California taxpayers pay 85 percent of the health care premiums for most active state
workers, 100 percent of the health care costs for most state retirees and 90 percent of health care costs for their families.
• CalPERS reported a loss of $56.2 billion for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2009.
CalSTRS posted a loss of $43.4 billion in 2009. California taxpayers are on the hook for funding shortfalls not made up by pension fund performance or employee contributions, so taxpayers will be paying more to make up for these pension investment losses.
• The public pension benefit increases passed in 1999 via SB 400, which offered
retroactive benefit increases to government workers, were supposed to cost $650 million in 2010. That figure was based on CalPERS’s assessment of its “superior return on system assets.” The actual costs of SB 400 to taxpayers: $3.1 billion this fiscal year and $3.5 billion next year. SB 400 passed by a 70-7 margin in the Assembly, and unanimously (39-0) in the Senate.
• California is the only state in the nation that uses just one year – an employee’s final
year salary – to determine their long-term pension benefits. Most states use three- or five-year periods to determine pension benefits, making their systems less susceptible to pension spiking.
• SB 2465, which implemented the one-year final salary rule in 1990, has cost taxpayers
more than $100 million a year. It was supposed to cost “only” $63 million per year.
california_pension_crisis_reform_study The state employees more than 356,000 workers From June 2008 to February 2009, the state added 2,000 workers Unfunded Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) such as health and dental liability is $52 billion. State pays 85% of health premiums for active state employees, 100% for retirees and 90% for families. SB 400 passed by a 70-7 margin in the Assembly and unanimously 39-0 in the Senate in 1999. It increased benefits between 20 and 50 percent. The benefit increases were retroactive. SB 400 eliminated the two-tier system for non-safety/industrial employees. 2/28/11 http://capoliticalnews.com/blog_post/show/7862
the new Hoover commission report said the 10 largest California public pension systems, with 90 percent of all members and assets, reported a combined shortfall last year of $240 billion. snip After the stock market crash punched a big hole in their CalPERS investment funds, a new report says 26 local government agencies reduced pension benefits — but nearly 200 cities, counties and fire and water districts increased pension benefits. snip The giant California Public Employees Retirement System covers state workers, non-teaching school employees, and more than 1,500 cities, counties and special districts, which have roughly half of the non-federal government employees in the state.
http://nation.foxnews.com/politics/2011/03/03/fat-cat-union-salaries-exposed These are the 10 largest unions, noting the number of employees who earn more than $200,000, leadership salaries and campaign contributions to federal candidates in 20092010. Union: National Education Association Membership: 3.2 million Assets: $216 million The NEA, representing most of the nation’s teachers, has 31 headquarters officers and employees who earn over $200,000. The president, Dennis Van Roekel, received $397,721 in salary and benefits. Of the $3.7 million NEA spent on political activities in the last election cycle, 98 percent went to Democratic candidates. The NEA has 98,000 members in Wisconsin. Before taking the helm in 2008, Van Roekel received pay increases averaging more than 4 percent a year as NEA vice president. In 2009, public school teachers were paid a national average of $54,319 and received raises ranging from 2 percent to 4 percent over the previous five years. Union: Service Employees International Union Membership: 1.8 million Assets: $187 million The SEIU, whose membership has increased in recent years, has been organizing hospital, home care and nursing home workers, along with local and state government employees, janitors and security officers. The union has nine headquarters officers and employees who earn over $200,000. The former president, Andy Stern, was paid $306,388 in salary and benefits from the union in 2009. In his final year, Stern got a 5 percent pay boost, which came on the heels of the union growing by more than 88,000 members. Stern resigned in 2010 and was replaced by Mary Kay Henry, formerly the executive vice president. Over the past two years, SEIU gave almost $2 million to Democratic candidates and $8,500 to Republicans. It has 18,000 members in Wisconsin. Union: United Food & Commercial Workers Membership: 1.3 million Assets: $157 million The UFCW, whose members work in meatpacking, food processing and retail grocery stores, has 17 headquarters officers and employees who earn over $200,000. The president, Joseph T. Hansen, received $360,737 in pay and benefits in 2009. Of the $1.9 million the union donated to political candidates over the past two years, 99 percent of it went to Democrats. The union drew criticism from members in 2004 for paying outgoing president Douglas Dority $709,000 in salary and benefits and for keeping retired officers on the payroll with six-figure salaries. At the time, more than 250 UFCW employees across the country were being paid more than $100,000. Union: International Brotherhood of Teamsters Membership: 1.3 million
Assets: $175 million The Teamsters, whose origins date to the horse- and mule-team drivers of the late 1800s, represents truck drivers and a wide array of blue-collar and government workers. Eight headquarters officers and employees received more than $200,000 in 2009. The president, James P. Hoffa, was paid $362,869 in pay and benefits. Over the past two years, the Teamsters have donated $2.3 million to Democratic candidates and $46,500 to Republicans. Racketeering charges were filed against the union in 1989 after a Justice Department investigation that accused the Teamsters of being a “wholly owned subsidiary of organized crime.” Since 1992, the Teamsters have been overseen by an Independent Review Board. Union: American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees Membership: 1.5 million Assets: $97 million AFSCME, one of the fastest growing unions in the United States, was founded in Wisconsin almost 80 years ago. At union headquarters in Washington, 10 officers and employees receive more than $200,000 a year. Gerald McEntee, who was first elected union president in 1981, was paid $479,328 in salary and benefits in 2009. Over the past decade, his salary has increased at almost 4 percent a year. Over the past two years, AFSCME has donated $2.3 million to Democratic candidates and $13,000 to Republicans. In the 2010 elections in Wisconsin, AFSCME gave almost $83,888 to Democratic candidates. Half that amount went to the campaign of Tom Barrett, whose top 10 donors were unions. Barrett lost to Republican Scott Walker, who promised during the campaign to take on the organized labor if elected. Union: Laborers' International Union of North America Membership: 633,000 Assets: $134 million The Laborers represent mostly construction workers in 500 locals in the U.S. The headquarters in Washington has 18 officers and employees who earn more than $200,000 a year, including 11 who earn more than $300,000. Terence O’Sullivan, union president since 2000, received $618,000 in salary and benefits in 2009. Of the $1.7 million donated to political candidates over the past two years, 95 percent went to Democrats. In 2006, the Laborers broke from the AFL-CIO to join a new, rival labor federation. In 2010, the Laborers rejoined the AFL-CIO. Union: American Federation of Teachers Membership: 887,000 Assets: $115 million AFT is the smaller of the two teacher unions and also represents school support staff, higher education faculty and staff, health care professionals and state and municipal employees. At AFT’s headquarters in Washington, nine officers and employees earn more than $200,000 a year. Randi Weingarten, who was elected president in 2008, received $428,284 in salary and benefits. Of the $2.4 million donated to political candidates in the past two years, the union gave all but $10,000 to Democrats. In 1998, a proposal to merge the AFT and the much larger NEA was rejected by NEA members.
Union: International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Membership: 685,000 Assets: $482 million IBEW represents electricians, linemen and other public utility employees, along with some computer, telecommunications and broadcasting workers. Sixteen of the IBEW’s officers and employees in Washington earned more than $200,000 in 2009. Edwin D. Hill, the union president since 2001, received $375,767 in pay and benefits. Hill and other top officials received salary increases averaging at least 4 percent each in the past several years, even as membership declined by 5 percent. Membership peaked at about 1 million in 1972. The IBEW says a chief reason for the decline was a loss of union jobs when the Bell System was broken up and deregulation of the utility industry. Union: International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Membership: 613,000 Assets: $147 million IAM, which grew out of a secret meeting of 19 machinists in a Georgia rail yard in 1888, represents machinists and aerospace workers in over 200 industries. At the union’s Maryland headquarters near Washington, 34 officers and employees earn over $200,000 in salary and benefits. Robert Buffenbarger, who became president in 1997, received $284,975. Over the past two years, the IAM donated $1.98 million to Democratic candidates and $34,000 to Republicans. Popularly known as the machinists union, IAM is affiliated with the AFL-CIO. Its membership jumped in the 1950s and 1960s with the growth of the airlines and aerospace industries. More than 1 million belonged to the union in 1968. In the early 1970s, membership began declining, a change the union blames on layoffs in the defense industry. Union: United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America Membership: 538,000 Assets: $1.2 billion The UAW, founded in 1935 by automobile plant workers, currently represents workers at General Motors, Ford and Chrysler, along with workers in the aerospace and agriculture industries. None of the officers or employees at the UAW headquarters in Detroit earn over $200,000 a year. Ronald Gettelfinger, who resigned as UAW president in 2010, was paid $173,065 in salary and benefits. Elected to replace Gettelfinger was Bob King, a bargaining member at Ford’s plant in Dearborn, Mich. Over the past two years, the UAW donated more than $1.6 million to political candidates, and all but $3,000 went to Democrats. Union membership hit 1.5 million in the late 1970s, but a decline in the U.S. auto industry and opening of non-union plants in the South took its toll on membership. The UAW’s success over the years at negotiating higher pay and benefits, including one of the wealthiest pension and health plans for retired autoworkers, was blamed by domestic automakers and conservatives in Congress for the industry’s crisis in 2008 and 2009.
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/you-will-die-read-the-shocking-e-mail-sent-to-wis-gopsenators/ The following is a shocking, scary e-mail sent to Wisconsin GOP senators last night at around 9:30 pm, shortly after the Senate passed an anti-union bill. Not only does the e-mail threaten the senators with death, but it also vows “your families [sic] will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks.” Local station WTMJ in Milwaukee obtained the e-mail, and has redacted the sender’s name pending an investigation by the police (emphasis added and spelling and grammar mistakes have not been corrected): From: XXXX Sent: Wed 3/9/2011 9:18 PM To: Sen.Kapanke; Sen.Darling; Sen.Cowles; Sen.Ellis; Sen.Fitzgerald; Sen.Galloway; Sen.Grothman; Sen.Harsdorf; Sen.Hopper; Sen.Kedzie; Sen.Lasee; Sen.Lazich; Sen.Leibham; Sen.Moulton; Sen.Olsen Subject: Atten: Death threat!!!! Bomb!!!! Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your familes will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks. Please explain to them that this is because if we get rid of you and your families then it will save the rights of 300,000 people and also be able to close the deficit that you have created. I hope you have a good time in hell. Read below for more information on possible scenarios in which you will die. WE want to make this perfectly clear. Because of your actions today and in the past couple of weeks I and the group of people that are working with me have decided that we’ve had enough. We feel that you and the people that support the dictator have to die. We have tried many other ways of dealing with your corruption but you have taken things too far and we will not stand for it any longer. So, this is how it’s going to happen: I as well as many others know where you and your family live, it’s a matter of public records. We have all planned to assault you by arriving at your house and putting a nice little bullet in your head. However, we decided that we wouldn’t leave it there. We also have decided that this may not be enough to send the message to you since you are so “high” on Koch and have decided that you are
now going to single handedly make this a dictatorship instead of a democratic process. So we have also built several bombs that we have placed in various locations around the areas in which we know that you frequent. This includes, your house, your car, the state capitol, and well I won’t tell you all of them because that’s just no fun. Since we know that you are not smart enough to figure out why this is happening to you we have decided to make it perfectly clear to you. If you and your goonies feel that it’s necessary to strip the rights of 300,000 people and ruin their lives, making them unable to feed, clothe, and provide the necessities to their families and themselves then We Will “get rid of” (in which I mean kill) you. Please understand that this does not include the heroic Rep. Senator that risked everything to go aganist what you and your goonies wanted him to do. We feel that it’s worth our lives to do this, because we would be saving the lives of 300,000 people. Please make your peace with God as soon as possible and say goodbye to your loved ones we will not wait any longer. YOU WILL DIE!!!!
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2687147/posts The numbers are not in their favor, and We the People are tired of their terrorist tactics.
Public Union Membership in Numbers
~ By: Larry Walker, Jr. ~ In terms of raw numbers, local government union members stand to be crushed, or perhaps just eaten. There are roughly 14 million unemployed Americans who would love to have local government service jobs, minus collective bargaining. Perhaps the media should poll the unemployed. The bottom line is that it’s better to be gainfully employed than unemployed. Advice to local government employed union members: Work with your duly elected government officials, or kiss your jobs goodbye . Out of 124 million Americans who are still employed (excluding the incorporated selfemployed), only 14.7 million (or 11.9%) are members of unions. Out of the 14.7 million union members, 7.6 million (or a majority of 51.8%) are government employees. Out of the 7.6 million government employees who are members of unions, 4.7 million (or a majority of 61.3%) are local government employees, while 1.9 million (or 25.8%) are state government employees. Out of 124 million Americans who are still employed (excluding the incorporated selfemployed), only 4.7 million (or just 3.8%) are local government employed union members. In terms of numbers, local government employed union members, those who are complaining the most, only represent 3.8% of all American workers (excluding the incorporated self-employed), 3.0% of the roughly 151 million American taxpayers, and 1.5% of the total population. We believe there is more empathy among Americans for the 9.0% of the labor force who are unemployed, and the millions more who have dropped out of the workforce , than there is for local government employed union members. In other words, the pink slips are in the mail. Related: Union Label : Owned by China & Liberty VS Union Power Reference: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Table 3. Union affiliation of employed wage and salary workers by occupation and industry (Jan. 21, 2011 Report)
Table 3. Union affiliation of employed wage and salary workers by occupation and industry (Historical Data)
35 posted on Friday, March 11, 2011 6:40:03 AM by meadsjn (Sarah 2012, or sooner)
A Report From the Front: SEIU Tactics Against Chase
This did not make the news, but it fits in with other stories that at least were barely reported on. I will tell it as I was told it. I was at my local branch of Chase today making some transactions. I have a number of accounts, and therefore know a few of the folks there. I asked the teller in passing if they had heard the news about SEIU’s Stephen Lerner’s plan for an orchestrated union and community organizer action against Chase in May, with the hopes of precipitating a financial meltdown and national anarchy. Several other tellers also heard my question, and they all said that they had not heard about it, but that they they had undergone an “attack” or “protest” by SEIU at their branch last Friday. I later went to talk to one of the senior persons about another matter, and she asked what I was talking with the tellers about that created so much discussion. When I told her, she gave the details of the SEIU action. A week ago she received a call from a person to “warn” her that SEIU would be showing up to force their way into the branch and “get the manager” the next day, in protest for Chase supposedly not paying their Washington State “B&O” tax (Business & Occupancy). The caller told the senior person the time they would show up, and that there would be similar actions at Chase branches throughout the county and some surrounding towns. The caller stated that they would charge in and “occupy” the branch, and that they planned to have to be dragged out by police. The next day (last Friday) van-loads of what she described as “really despicable people” “like a crowd on a Jerry Springer Show,” wearing purple, logo’d SEIU shirts, and carrying crudely made signs, assembled outside and made a rush for the front door. It had just been locked, fortunately, by a security guard they had called in, just in case the warning from the day before was real. Several of the protesters tried to force their way through the door by breaking it down, but were unsuccessful. They were described by the woman as “vicious”, and they stayed quite some time screaming angry and intimidating/threatening taunts at the staff inside, especially at the senior woman who was photographing them through the glass door. Police had been called right away, but never showed. I did not find out if the “protests” at other branches ever materialized. When I asked if it was ever reported in the news, I was told it was not. I got the impression, though she never came right out and said it definitively, that she suspected there were people there to photograph the police hauling the protesters out of the bank, but that such possible media types chose not to have the event make the news because it didn’t go the way they were hoping.
Anyone else hear of such tactics elsewhere?
Gov. Walker's Legislation has Unions Caving Already
Townhall.com ^ | March 2011 | Kyle Olson Apparently Gov. Scott Walker knew exactly what he was doing. Before he signed the bill limiting collective bargaining privileges, teachers unions throughout the state were slow to respond to calls for salary and benefit concessions. They believed their members should be held harmless during a period of necessary costcutting. They didn't seem to care that Wisconsin schools were operating with multimillion dollar deficits that were forcing the layoffs of younger teachers and the cancellation of student programs. Their only answer was to raise taxes at a time when few people could afford it. They didn’t want to sacrifice anything, despite...
Editorial: Union Thuggery Run Amok
IBD Editorials ^ | March 24, 2011 | Staff Big Labor: Having lost its war on economics, the SEIU has declared war on the economy. Literally. One of its top minds was caught vowing to crash the stock market to redistribute wealth. Is this a union or a subversive group? Six years ago, after breaking from the AFL-CIO, the Service Employees International Union was hailed as a new kind of organization, whose dynamic leader Andy Stern would make labor strong again. His union vowed to increase its "political muscle to pressure entrenched politicians who didn't vote in the interests of their members," wrote Matt Bai in his 2007 book,...
(Union) Gangs of Wisconsin
Townhall. com ^ | March 19, 2011 | Kyle Olsen Union leaders can dress it up and use innocuous-sounding phrases like “voluntary consumer activism,” but the bottom line is that Wisconsin’s unions are now resorting to thug-like behavior against political opponents, real or imagined. The state’s largest teachers union, Wisconsin Education Association Council, along
with the Green Bay Education Association, Madison Teachers Inc. and a handful of other public employee unions are carrying their fight over collective bargaining to innocent business owners. News accounts reveal that the Fox Valley chapter of WEAC has e-mailed local businesses, asking them to show their support for collective bargaining privileges by putting a poster...
Nearly half of Costa Mesa city employees get layoff notices (One commits suicide)
.latimes.com ^ | 3172011 | Joseph Serna and Mike Anton Officials aim to contract work out to curb future pension obligations and eventually close a budget gap. A union leader says the city didn't try to negotiate other options. Workers are shell-shocked, and one dies in an apparent suicide. Costa Mesa has sent layoff notices to nearly half of its employees in a dramatic austerity program being closely watched by other cities struggling with ballooning pension obligations. The move was sharply criticized by union leaders, and it stunned city employees, one of whom apparently committed suicide by jumping off Costa Mesa City Hall hours after layoff notices went out Thursday....
Sodexo sues union under federal racketeering statute
Reuters ^ | 3/17/11 | Jeremy Pelofsky and Jeff Roberts WASHINGTON - The American unit of French catering giant Sodexo SA on Thursday filed a civil racketeering lawsuit accusing the Service Employees International Union of engaging in illegal tactics in its efforts to unionize workers. The company levied numerous charges accusing the union of threats concerning employees and company property, engaging in illegal tactics to steer business away from Sodexo and attempting to publicly tarnish its reputation. The lawsuit is the latest twist in a fight over a bid by SEIU to represent some of the 80,000 of Sodexo's hourly employees who are not union members
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka signaled late Thursday that he’s content with the statements and positions President Obama has made over the union fight in Wisconsin. Trumka said that in addition to opposing the bill in Wisconsin that would take away unions’ rights, Obama made comments that were “very, very helpful.” “First, he called what was going on in Wisconsin the attack on working people,” Trumka said on MSNBC. “And then he met with the Republican governors and he said: ‘You're wrong for villainizing public workers. They're our neighbors, they’re our friends, they’re our nurses, they’re doctors, they’re teacakes. They're all of our friends – you shouldn't do that.’ ”
Trumka, the only labor representative on Obama’s jobs council, added that “this really isn’t about Obama.” “This is about those governors that are making war on their employees and trying to deny them a middle-class lifestyle,” he said. “Hopefully, there will be more and more support from politicians, including the president.”
Top Six Violent Acts Committed by Unions
David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | Jeff Dunetz Exploiting the battle between the governor and public employees in Wisconsin, frequent White House visitor, AFL-CIO Chief Richard Trumka has been trying to resuscitate a critically ill labor movement by setting up the entire conservative movement as the “enemy.” Trumka argues that the $14+ trillion dollar deficit is no big deal and that the GOP is trying to take money away from the middle class, only give it to those rich Wall Street CEOs. As Trumka’s participation in the public workers’ union protests grew, so did the number of incidents of union violence and thuggery associated with them. This...
STRONG SUPPORT For WI Governor Scott Walker in Latest Pol
Gateway Pundit ^ | 03/11/2011 | Jim Hoft The Free Enterprise Nation (FEN) today released the results of a national poll that shows strong support for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker among Independent voters. The poll of voters outside of Wisconsin, taken from March 3rd to March 9th, included 500 Democrat, 500 Republican and 500 Independent voters. FEN spokesman, Jim MacDougald stated that “This poll contradicts some of the other polls we’ve seen. According to our poll, 95% of Republicans agree with the Governor, and 92% of Democrats agree with the union. There is not much of a surprise there. But 66% of Independent voters agree with the Governor,...
Scathing report faults CalPERS, former chief executive on Villalobos payments
Los Angeles Times ^ | 3/14/11 | Marc Lifsher and Stuart Pfeifer In a scathing report, a former chief executive of the California public employee pension fund was accused of pressuring subordinates to invest billions of dollars of pension money with politically connected firms. A 17-month investigation also found that Federico Buenrostro Jr. -- along with former pension fund board members Charles Valdes and Kurato Shimada -- strong-armed a benefits firm to pay more than $4 million in fees to consultant Alfred J.R. Villalobos, who later hired Buenrostro. ... The findings of insider dealings at CalPERS could provide fresh ammunition to Republican lawmakers here who want Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown to convert...
SEIU Organizing Buses to Madison and Sunday Protest of LincolnReagan Dinner
SEIU Wisconsin State Council ^ | March 9, 2011 | A Voice for the Workers Solidarity Events Statewide Solidarity Events EMERGENCY: On Wednesday night the State Senate passed a version of the budget bill that did not require a quorum. The bill, which will strip public employees of their collective bargaining rights, will be voted on by the State Assembly at 11am on Thursday. We need you in Madison NOW. Protest
the bill and show our Representatives that this attack on working families will NOT be tolerated. Thursday 9am - Rally at the Capitol ***Statewide events at 9am Thursday. Find what’s happening in your area below.*** Find your senate district: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/w3asp/waml/waml.aspx Free bus information: http://www.wiafscme.org/index.cfm?action=article&articleID=fd9884e9-33e64219-9f2a-ef60cea9eb9f Canvassing/Phone Banks...
Meet the three most powerful Big Labor bosses you never heard of
Washington Examiner ^ | 3/03/11 | Ron Arnold On Election Day last year, Big Labor's bosses were aghast at spending some $200 million on political campaigns only to see voters elect a Tea Party inspired GOP majority, toss out the Democrats' supermajority in the Senate, and elect a wave of new Republican governors across the country. That's a lot of money to come out of donations from Big Labor's 14.7 million members - with some of it allegedly taken from their dues, which is illegal, and some rumored to come off-the-books from undocumented workers. Most of Big Labor's political campaign money comes from payroll deductions and checkoff donations...
DETROIT (AP) -- The state of Michigan will stop deducting union dues from thousands of people who provide child care at home, an official announced Tuesday, ending an arrangement created under a previous governor that sparked lawsuits over whether mandatory membership violates free speech rights. Under the policy change, the 16,500 providers would keep millions of dollars in union dues that had gone to United Auto Workers and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The providers, none of whom are on the state payroll, receive government subsidies for watching children from low-income families.
Michigan Forces(home-based and self-employed) Business Owners Into Public Sector Unions
Wall Street Journal ^ | DECEMBER 25, 2009 | PATRICK J. WRIGHT AND MICHAEL D. JAHR After hemorrhaging members for decades, labor unions have hit upon a new way to shore up their annual dues revenue. Michelle Berry runs a private day-care service from her home on the outskirts of this city, the birthplace of General Motors. Her clients are mostly low-income parents who need child care to keep their jobs in a city that now has a 26% unemployment rate. Ms. Berry owns her own business— yet the Michigan Department of Human Services claims she is a government employee and union member. The agency thus withholds union dues from the child-care subsidies it sends to her...
Union Political Donations to each of the FleeBagger 14 State Senators
jsonline ^ | 02/28/2011 | p The 14 Wisconsin Democratic senators who fled to Illinois share more than just political sympathy with the public employees and unions targeted by Gov. Scott Walker's budget-repair bill. The Senate Democrats count on those in the public sector as a key funding source for their campaigns. In fact, one out of every five dollars raised by those Democratic senators in the past two election cycles came from public employees, such as teachers and firefighters, and their unions, a Journal Sentinel analysis of campaign records shows. "It's very simple," said Richard Abelson, executive director of District Council 48 of the American...
United Federation of Teachers fires employee for trying to organize a union
New York Post ^ | August 13, 2010 | TOM TOPOUSIS In a move of stunning hypocrisy, the United Federation of Teachers axed one of its longtime employees -- for trying to unionize the powerful labor organization's own workers... "I was fired for trying to start a union at the UFT," said a dumbfounded Callaghan, who worked for the union's newsletter and as a speechwriter for union leaders for the past 13 years. "This is the exact antithesis of what they preach... " Callaghan fumed. Callaghan said he's planning to file a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board against the UFT for illegally blocking his unionizing effort... "They gave me...
Feds to let airport screeners gain union rights
OneNewsNow ^ | FEBRUARY 4, 2011 | Chris Woodward A union leader says the government has decided to grant collective bargaining rights to the nation's 40,000 airport screeners... Republican opponents say that could jeopardize national security. James Sherk, a labor expert at The Heritage Foundation, calls the decision a huge loss for airline security and passengers. He says there is a reason that most national security agencies by law do not have unions -- and that is because the union contracts make it more difficult for them to do their jobs. "Canada has a system where they allow their security screeners to unionize -- and they've had problems where,...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXlXwV_QNrE&feature=related I know most people don’t go to the provided links and it is too long to transcribe, so here is a breakdown: Andrew Stern SEIU is the largest union and fastest growing in the WORLD, not just the U.S. They control the government and corporations throughout the WORLD. They want to represent every man, woman and child in our country. He admits to using activists to force his policies. He wants to turn our country into a Democratic country, just like what is happening in the mid-East. This was posted in April 2008. He is touting forced healthcare even then. He says he will rebalance the power of big corporations and employees in the Free Choice Act. He will give citizenship to every illegal in our country. He wants to turn our country into a multi-lingual country. 10% of his people, 200,000 will be the leaders of change, to change America. The gap between the rich and the rest of us is growing far too wide. We are in a moment where we can change America. We are going to have to take our SEIU effort to a new level. We are going to put $10 million dollars into a bank account to combat politicians that defy us. We are on the verge of changing our country.
These are listed on Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment http://biggovernment.com/laborunionreport/2011/01/31/workers-of-the-world-unite-theamerican-lefts-role-in-leading-mid-east-regime-change/ Huffington Post: Though the movement appears to be a mix of grassroots spontaneity and targeted direct actions, it has achieved political valence through the savvy of organized labor activists… Al Jazeera …the popular Tunisian uprising was immediately supported by all the opposition groups, from the Islamists to the Communists, as well as by the labour unions,… AFL-CIO The global union movement is reaffirming its strong support for the General Tunisian Workers’ Union (UGTT) and the Tunisian people in their courageous struggle for equality, social justice, political freedom and democracy… Washington Post …the massive protests in Egypt were “inspired by and a direct result of” recent events in Tunisia.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/feb/23/teachers-rights-muzzled-in-uniondebate/?page=1 The Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) agreed that its 98,000 members will pay more for health care and pensions - as long as bargaining and forced dues are preserved. That certainly calls into question what the WEAC is really protecting - its members or its source of income. In fact, it will fight to the end to preserve the holy grail of unionism - forced dues. Forced dues are serious money for the teachers unions. According to data compiled by the National Institute for Labor Relations Research in 2008, the two teachers unions - the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) collected $2 billion in union dues in 2007 through their state affiliates. Out of that $2 billion, $1.3 billion came from states that allow forced dues. Twenty-two states have labor laws similar to Wisconsin’s. In 2007, those 23 states employed 52 percent of the nation’s teachers but were the source of the vast majority of all the money collected by the NEA and AFT. Not surprisingly, union dues are much higher in states that have forced unionism - sometimes twice as high as in states where teachers have the option not to pay the union. In Wisconsin, teachers pay more than $800 per year.
The fact is that the unions are fighting to protect themselves and their income, not their membership. While the teachers unions claim to be pro-teacher, what could be more democratic than allowing each person to decide if she or he wants to be a member of that union? By teachers choosing union membership, the union truly would be more representative of its membership, but of course, it would collect far fewer dollars for the union itself.
By a 20-15 vote, the Idaho Senate on Thursday approved legislation that curtails collective bargaining by public school teachers.
The measure restricts collective bargaining to salaries and benefits, removing from negotiations such provisions as class sizes, teacher workload and promotions. Crafted by the state's schools chief and endorsed by the legislature's Republican leaders and Governor Butch Otter, the bill bans collective bargaining unless the teachers union could prove it represented more than 50 percent of educators in a school district. The legislation now heads to the House, where passage is expected. The measure also eliminates seniority as a factor in teacher layoffs and replaces tenure for some current, and all future teachers with one- or two-year contracts. Sen. John Goedde, head of the senate's education panel, on Thursday said the legislation was about restoring local control since it gives school boards and administrators more flexibility to hire and fire teachers. "This bill isn't about collective bargaining; it's about putting students first," he said.
The firing of every teacher in the Providence public school system has set off a wave of anxiety, anger and uncertainty in the Rhode Island city, with a union leader blasting the mayor's decision as anti-union maneuvering along the lines of what's happening in the Midwest. Mayor Angel Tavares said in a online message Wednesday that he authorized the previous day's move to dismiss almost 2,000 teachers and staff to allow for greater flexibility once the budget process is complete. Tavares also said the final number of layoffs needed to balance a multimillion budget deficit will be determined later.
Andrew Stern, former SEIU president http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzG0xpkjWrA
“And we are beginning we have offices now in Australia and Switzerland and London, in South America, in Africa. We have been working with unions around the world and what we’re working towards is building a global organization because ‘workers of the world unite’ is not just a slogan anymore, it is the way we have to do our work.” “We are trying to use the powers of persuasion, and if that doesn’t work, then we’ll use the persuasion of power because there are governments and there are opportunities to change laws that affect these countries. I’m not naive, we’re ready to strike.”
“There are opportunities in America to share better in the wealth, the rebalance of power and unions and government are part of the solution.”
Andrew Stern, Changing our countries: http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=GXlXwV_QNrE&feature=related
http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article.aspx?id=564112&p=2 Wisconsin faces a $3.6 billion budget shortfall over the next two years. Wisconsin governor Scott Walker wants the union workers to contribute more to their pension and healthcare. As of now, they pay a fifth of a penny on a dollar of wages to their pensions and one-fourth what private-sector workers pay for health insurance.
With just the two major teacher unions collecting two billion dollars a year in dues, it is easy to see that unions have plenty of money to back their chosen politician, someone that will work with them, typically, 95% of the time, a Democrat. By working with them, they mean featherbedding, a practice of hiring more union people than what are needed. It means growing governments, projects, importing government dependent illiterates. A discrete way of working with the unions has been to offer retirement benefits that are way out of line, under funded and unfunded and backed by the government. In that way, the costs have always been hidden from the present politician as they are collected years after the politician has moved on, pushing the responsibility onto his successors. Now that many people are reaching retirement age, they are ready to collect on those promises and those retirement costs are forcing our governments to use creative accounting methods and budgets. The politician that was given his job by the unions will do everything in his power to keep the money flowing to the unions. He will resist any cutbacks our layoffs. He will look for ways to raise taxes, fees and fines.
The greed of unions http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/dpp/news/local/michigan-orders-dps-to-cuts-costs-closeschools-20110221-mr To slash the $327 million deficit, Detroit has to reduce another 60 to 70 schools, half the schools. Putting 60 students in the classrooms. 59 schools, ¼ of the schools have already been closed.
Thousands Rally Under Capitol Dome In Olympia(Washington State)
KIROTV ^ | February 21, 2011 | KIROTV OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Union members, students, parents and even former presidential candidate Rep. Dennis Kucinich rallied in Olympia on Monday, taking
advantage of the holiday to lobby against budget cuts and to show solidarity with Wisconsin's embattled union for state employees. The Washington State Patrol estimated that 2,000 people rallied under the Capitol Dome, said KIRO 7 Eyewitness News Senior Political reporter Essex Porter.Washington state employees chanted, sang songs and waved signs in the Capitol Rotunda in a rally supporting unions and state employees in Wisconsin. Ohio Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich addressed the group wearing a union T-shirt from the...
GOP Bill Takes Aim at Pension Disclosures
WSJ ^ | FEBRUARY 22, 2011 | SARA MURRAY Legislation being pushed by House Republicans could require many states to disclose larger shortfalls in their pension plans and force them to take more aggressive steps to get their finances in order. The Public Employee Pension Transparency Act, introduced by Rep. Devin Nunes (R., Calif.) earlier this month, would compel states and municipalities to meet stringent standards for reporting on the finances of employee-pension funds, and would expressly ban any federal bailouts. Opponents view it as another congressional Republican swing at publicemployee unions, which have come under fire as federal and state governments seek to tame budget deficits. Republican governors...
Columbus Takes Center Stage in Next Big Union Fight
fox news ^ | 2/21//11 | Lee Ross The next focus of demonstrators protesting collective bargaining reforms should be Columbus, Ohio where thousands, if not tens-of-thousands, of protestors are expected to gather Tuesday and shout their views about a controversial bill that puts labor unions in the crosshairs of a determined governor intent on salvaging his state's financial situation. The protests should look and sound much like the ones from Madison, Wisconsin that have gripped the nation in the recent days and marries an uncomfortable economic reality with political opportunity. "It's to put our children first. It's to do the things without regard to political considerations and try...
Wisconsin Public Employee Numbers (Rush was WAY Low!)
According to the US Dept of Commerce, Wisconsin had 214,506 "full time equivalent" state and local government employees in 2009. In July 2009, the estimated population of Wisconsin was 5,654,774, according to data I found. This is 3.79% of the population. (And down for some reason down from over five percent in 2007 according to previous Census data I have retrieved, so I wonder if maybe, the books are being cooked. My data had these percentages from 2001-2007: 5.33, 5.30, 5.26, 5.21, 5.30, 5.17, 5.04. These are all from Census data I have downloaded and retained.) I think I heard Rush say that one out of every 197 (or 297?) Wisconsin residents worked for the government. This number is WAY LOW. (And if I heard incorrectly, I apologize Rush.) It is at least one out of every 30, and it is probably closer to one out of 20. My numbers here do not include Wisconsin residents who work for the Federal Government or who work as contractors for any government. (Certainly there must be some!) It also does not include retired State workers who are now being supported by taxpayers. BTW, Wisconsin is fairly typical regarding the percentage of its citizens who work for the State or local government.
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/you_pay_the_price_hNooJsBk9MtO67HvinglHP EXCLUSIVE Taxpayers kick in an average $8.60 for every dollar that city employees contribute to their pensions, a sweet deal costing the Big Apple a bundle. Even though their own retirements are less secure, as private businesses have shifted from traditional pensions to riskier savings plans like 401(k)s, taxpayers' support for rock-solid public employee pension plans is growing. That's because pension funds are guaranteed to grow 8 percent a year -- and taxpayers have to make up the difference if they don't. Taxpayers' share of city pension costs has skyrocketed more than 900 percent in the last decade -- from $703.1 million in 2000 to $6.5 billion in 2009, according to the city comptroller's annual reports.
Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/you_pay_the_price_hNooJsBk9MtO67HvinglHP#ixz z1EdETVnbW
http://www.newsrealblog.com/2011/02/21/impeachable-offenses-has-obama-crossed-theline/ And so it begins. As Islamist insurrections erupt across the world, President Obama incites a battle at home between producers and parasites that his union supporters parallel with the struggle of the Egyptian people. Interjecting himself into the sovereign matters of state governments Obama moved to directly violate the expressed will of the Wisconsin People by actively mobilizing his political organization to affect contractual relationships between the state and its employees, and supporting the shut down of the Wisconsin state government - a direct violation of his oath of office. Ignited by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s proposal to limit public sector collective bargaining rights for benefits by requiring union members to contribute 12.6% of their income towards their healthcare plans and 5.8% towards their pension, DNC Chairman Timothy M. Kaine worked in close coordination with President Obama’s political apparatus, Organizing for America (OFA), and state & national union leaders to rally public sector employees to protest at state capitals across the nation this month (here, here, here, here and here.)
http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/02/government_worker_unions_the_l.html The "Madison Uprising" is the beginning of the end of the incestuous relationship between government and the unions. That fact has been recognized by the public sector unions and the Democratic Party and is why they have pulled out all the stops and reverted to their 1960's playbook in order to maintain the status quo. However, it is a battle that the unions and the Democratic Party will lose regardless of the immediate outcome in Wisconsin. The Democratic Party has sold its soul to the public sector unions. In the 2010 mid-term election, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees poured over $87 million dollars into the election. (A new spending record). AFSCME's $87 million was greater than the campaign spending by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ($75 million) and American Crossroads ($65 million). Other public sector unions also ratcheted up their spending such as SEIU ($44 million) and the National Education Association ($40 million). The three major public sector unions spent over $171 million in the 2010 election plus an estimated $250 million equivalent value of so-called volunteer activity such as get out the vote efforts, door-to-door campaigning and poll watching. There is nothing wrong with private people or organizations, including private unions, spending money on political campaigns as institutional sources are disclosed. However, AFSCME, the NEA, the AFT (American Federation of Teachers) or the public union sector of SEIU are government employees. Their salaries are paid by the taxpayers and a portion of their salaries go to union dues which are slush funds for political activity and the promotion of left-wing causes. In 2008 the NEA and the AFT made contributions and grants totaling over $96 million of union dues; all to liberal organizations irrespective of the desires of the rank and file or the taxpayer. It is wholly inappropriate for public employees to spend dues money on political contributions. Public officials are chosen through popular elections and the government employee should be indifferent as to the outcome of the election. However, by maintaining such a heavy hand in not only monetary contributions but election activity the politician becomes too dependent upon the union largess and is essentially blackmailed into acquiescing to all the demands of the union, particularly pay and benefits which have skyrocketed and are now unsustainable. President Franklin Roosevelt, the Progressive icon, recognized this problem back in 1937. In a letter to Luther Steward, then President of the National Federation of Federal Employees, he wrote that "meticulous attention should be paid to the special relationships and obligations of public servants to the public itself and to the Government". He went on to say that government employees should not have bargaining rights or a closed shop similar to private sector unions. However, since the public sector unions were granted those rights beginning in the 1960's they have achieved the virtual ownership, together with the private sector unions, of the Democratic Party. In the 2010 election cycle, per the Center for Responsive Politics,
AFSCME donated 99.5% of contributions to Democrats; The NEA donated 96% and the AFT, 99.7%. These dues were funneled to Democratic candidates who promised to raise workers salaries and hire more public sector workers-even though statistics show that total compensation for federal and state workers is nearly 50% higher than for private sector employees. Government workers have access to elected officials during negotiations to set wages and benefits and can hold the promise of campaign contributions over these politicians' heads during negotiations. There is, in effect, no one representing the taxpayer who is the source of all income to the government. This means runaway compensation for government workers, higher taxes for the general public and higher deficits. The taxes go from the electorate to government paychecks to union dues-then to more campaign contributions until the state, municipality or the federal government faces bankruptcy. The clout of this unholy alliance was further on display when the unions were able to siphon off roughly $160 billion dollars of the 2009 stimulus to save the jobs of state and local workers. The unseemly goings-on in Wisconsin portray, in microcosm, the disastrous policy of allowing government workers to unionize and bargain for wages and benefits. The unions are fighting to preserve their source of income and clout (i.e. union due) and the Democrats have shown the world their cowardice and dependence by slinking out if the state in order to maintain their bought status. By these actions they have drawn back the curtain for all to see the true nature of this incestuous relationship and the impact on the future of the country. It has taken Wisconsin and the near bankruptcy of the country and of many states and municipalities to finally awaken the American people to this fraud and theft. They must demand that public-sector unions can only be associations that can seek better workplace conditions or to facilitate employer-employee disputes but cannot have bargaining rights or mandatory dues.
Scott Walker vs. Public Sector Unions
The Weekly Standard ^ | February 18, 2011 | STEPHEN F. HAYES When Wisconsin governor Scott Walker looked out the window of his office at the Capitol in Madison Wednesday he saw more than 10,000 people gathered to protest his decision to require public employees to contribute more to their pensions and health care. Walker says he’s not surprised that the proposed changes have generated such a ferocious response. “You’re messing with the way people make their living,” he said Wednesday in a phone interview with THE WEEKLY STANDARD. “It’s understandable they’ll be upset.” But Walker is unapologetic. These are difficult times. Wisconsin is facing a budget crisis. And there have to...
Crowds Descend As Ohio Debates Union Overhaul
AP and NBC4 ^ | 2/17/11 COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Crowds of public employees protesting a sweeping Ohio proposal to strip unions of collective bargaining rights are wearing red in an effort to steer public opinion away from the idea that unions are all-Democrat organizations. The move came as union protests by firefighters, teachers, police and state workers were joined by a smaller number of tea party activists who support the legislation. The measure would end collective bargaining and replace negotiated salary schedules with merit raises. NBC4's Patrick Preston said there was standing room only in the Statehouse Thursday morning and there was a line to enter
Hundreds protest Wis. plan to cut worker rights (7,243 comments to AP story and counting)
Yahoo ^ | February 16, 2011 | SCOTT BAUER and TODD RICHMOND, Thousands of students, teachers and other workers clogged a hearing for hours and camped out at the Capitol overnight, and so many teachers called in sick that the Madison public school district had to cancel classes Wednesday. While other states have proposed bills curtailing labor rights, Wisconsin's measure is the boldest step by a new Republican governor and Legislature to solve budget problems by confronting organized labor. It would end collective bargaining for all state, county
and local workers except for police, firefighters and the state patrol. [snip] the election of Walker, an outspoken conservative, last November and the GOP's...
Wisconsin Gov. Says National Guard could Respond to Unrest
WUVM ^ | February 11, 2011 | Ann-Elise Henzl Gov. Scott Walker says he is confident state workers will continue to show up for work and do their jobs, despite their potential disappointment in his emergency budget proposal. However, if there is worker unrest, Walker says the Wisconsin National Guard is prepared to respond. The governor revealed Friday that he wants the state Legislature to go into Special Session next week to take up his plan to close a budget deficit. His plan calls for workers to lose nearly all their collective bargaining rights. State employees also would be required to pay more for pension and health care benefits.
Ohio Senate Introduces Bill to Limit Collective Bargaining for Public Employees
Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | Feb. 9, 2011 | Joe Guillen The Columbus Dispatch and the Cleveland Plain Dealer report that Ohio lawmakers introduced a GOP-backed bill yesterday that would eliminate collective bargaining for all state workers, potentially one of the first major changes to public-sector union law in the state in nearly 30 years. Collective bargaining would be abolished for state workers and reformed for employees of local governments under the proposed bill, which would also overhaul policy governing teachers' contracts and benefits, bargaining timelines, layoff procedures, and binding arbitration rules for police and firefighters. Ohio Gov. John Kasich and other supporters say the reforms will give state and regional...
EDITORIAL: Union power at TSA--Airport security is compromised by labor goons
The Washington Times ^ | February 8, 2011 | Editorial
It’s hard to imagine flying could become any more inconvenient. Last week, however, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) made clear it was committed to making its employees even less accountable for their treatment of passengers. On Friday, TSA Administrator John S. Pistole granted the agency’s 63,000 blue latex-gloved employees the right to insulate themselves with protection from the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) and National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU). Democrats successfully pushed to federalize airport screening in 2001, always with the goal in mind of augmenting the union rolls with thousands of dues-paying members. These powerful organizations just happen...
Obama uses ‘green’ emissions standards to push truckers into Teamsters union
Daily Caller ^ | Matt Boyle President Barack Obama’s administration is using new “environmental standards” to force independent owner-operator truckers into becoming part of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, a union that gave more than $2 million to Democrats in the last two election cycles. By increasing the number of “green” requirements truckers have to comply with in order to get into some major United States ports — like Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland — the Obama administration and the Environmental Protection Agency are helping push previously independent truckers into companies, which then makes them vulnerable to unionization or, in many cases, forced to join...
Feds' Mob Takedown Includes Union Crooks
http://www.nlpc.org/stories/2011/01/26/feds-mob-takedown-includes-union-crooks There are few things quite like a mass arrest to serve as a reminder of the Mafia's continuing presence in American life. The mob roundup last Thursday morning, the largest in U.S. history, at once underscores the large dent that the Justice Department has been making in organized crime and how entrenched many of their operations have been. Some 800 FBI agents, U.S. marshals, state police and New York City cops fanned out and arrested nearly 120 wise guys and associates named in an 82-page, 16-count indictment for acts of murder, racketeering, moneylaundering, loan-sharking, extortion and other offenses...
Behind the Numbers: Workers vote with their feet as union membership rate drops
Washington Examiner ^ | 1/20/11 | Diana Furchtgott-Roth Today the Labor Department reported that in 2010 the union membership rate fell by four tenths of a percentage point, from 12.3 percent to 11.9 percent of wage and salary workers. Both private- and public-sector union membership rates declined. Among private-sector workers, the rate fell from 7.2 percent to 6.9 percent, continuing a long-term trend. Public-sector unionization, declining from 37.4 percent to 36.2 percent, bucked a prior trend of rising government-sector union membership. The reasons for the decline are many. Some American workers tire of seeing their union dues used for political contributions and generous compensation packages for union bosses....
Top Ten Union Corruption Stories of the Year
http://www.nlpc.org/stories/2011/01/11/top-ten-union-corruption-stories-year Organized labor, masters of aggressive politics, had its share of triumphs in 2010. With Democrats having taken control of the White House and both houses of Congress in 2009, this was to be expected. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and other union officials used their window of opportunity to pressure Congress into passing a health care overhaul mandating unprecedented degrees of government intrusion, and by extension, major opportunities for unionization of the health care labor force.
Electrolux layoffs begin (Unions killing another American business)
Omaha World-Herald ^ | January 20, 2011 | N/A The layoffs have begun at the Electrolux plant here as the plant begins the process of closing down by this spring. United Autoworkers Local 442 Vice President Jerry Kloberdanz said the company posted the first stage of layoffs Jan. 7. Kloberdanz said there are about 500 people working at the plant. Electrolux, which makes
washing machines and dryers, announced in 2009 that it would close the Webster City plant by the end of March.
Virginia House backs constitutional amendment to limit unions
Washington Post ^ | 1/18/11 | Fredrick Kunkle Virginia House backs constitutional amendment to limit unionsBy Fredrick Kunkle Posted at 6:18 PM ET, 01/18/2011 The House of Delegates on Tuesday approved a resolution that would enshrine Virginia's "right-to-work" law in its constitution, thereby making permanent the state's traditional wariness toward the influence of labor unions. Republicans argued that Virginia's laws against compulsory union membership are key to its reputation as a business-friendly state, and that a state constitutional amendment reiterating those principles would strengthen its ability to counter recent pro-labor actions from Washington. The resolution, HJ500, sponsored by Del. Richard Bell (R-Franklin), passed 61-36.
ALBANY -- Gov. Cuomo began marshaling his forces for war with the state's powerful public-employee unions yesterday as he urged campaign donors to open their wallets and finance an advertising blitz to back his agenda. In an urgently worded e-mail, Cuomo's campaign fund, Friends of Andrew Cuomo, warned supporters that the governor's effort to close an estimated $10 billion budget gap would be doomed if he couldn't counter well-funded opposition by groups dependent on state funding. "We cannot allow Gov. Cuomo's positions to be misrepresented by specialinterest campaigns," the letter reads. "We must be in a position to defend ourselves. Television ads are expensive, and if we can't communicate our case to the people, we will not win." Previous governors have seen their poll numbers plummet and have folded after the teachers and public-employee unions and their allies in the health-care industry attacked budget-cutting plans. Expecting a fight, Cuomo says he's prepared to drain his campaign fund to finance a counterattack.
Whatever Cuomo raises will be bolstered by $10 million pledged by a coalition of business groups calling itself the Committee to Save
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U.S. Plans to Sue 4 States Over Laws Requiring Secret Ballots for Unionizing
NYT ^ | 01/14/2011 | Steven Greenhouse The National Labor Relations Board announced on Friday that it planned to sue Arizona, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah in an effort to invalidate recently approved state constitutional amendments that prohibit private sector workers from choosing a union through a process known as card check. The labor board asserts that the amendments conflict with federal laws and are pre-empted by those laws. The state amendments were promoted by various conservative groups concerned that Congressional Democrats and President Obama would enact legislation allowing unions to insist on using card check,
Union Boss Trumka Admits Main Goal is Using Unions To Fundamentally Change America NOT members needs http://www.theblaze.com/stories/union-boss-trumka-admits-maingoal-is-using-unions-to-fundamentally-change-america-into-hisprogressive-vision-not-negotiate-members-salaries/
THE BLAZE ^ Union Boss Trumka Admits Main Goal is Using Unions To Fundamentally Change America into His Progressive Vision…Not Negotiate Members Salaries http://www.theblaze.com/stories/union-boss-trumka-admits-main-goal-is-usingunions-to-fundamentally-change-america-into-his-progressive-vision-not-negotiatemembers-salaries/
The National Labor Relations Board announces a new law that requires employers to prominently display union material in break rooms: "Employees have the right to act together to improve wages and working conditions, to form, join, and assist a union, to bargain collectively with their employers, and to choose not to do any of these activities." http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article.aspx?id=558604&p=1
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Death of newborn baby among several blizzard tragedies as city is accused of 'dropping the ball'
New York Daily News ^ | 12/29/10 | Alison Gendar, Tina Moore, et al. A blizzard baby delivered inside the lobby of a snowbound Brooklyn building died after an emergency call of a woman in labor brought no help for nine excruciating hours. The baby's mother, a 22-year-old college senior, was recovering Tuesday night at Interfaith Medical Center, where her newborn was pronounced dead at 6:34 p.m. on Monday. That was 10 hours after the first 911 call from the bloody vestibule on Brooklyn Ave. in Crown Heights. "No one could get to her. Crown Heights was not plowed, and no medical aid came for hours," said the student's mother. Sanitation Department's slow snow clean-up was a budget protest (NYC union thugs) NY Post ^ | 12/30/10 | SALLY GOLDENBERG, LARRY CELONA and JOSH MARGOLIN These garbage men really stink. Selfish Sanitation Department bosses from the snow-slammed outer boroughs ordered their drivers to snarl the blizzard cleanup to protest budget cuts -- a disastrous move that turned streets into a minefield for emergency-services vehicles, The Post has learned.
Unions continue to intimidate citizens at private home
Washington Times Water Cooler Blog ^ | 12/23/10 | Kerry Picket
The unions are continuing their assault on private homeowners' property. Union members of Roquette America in Keokuk, Illinois (h/t Dana Loesch at Big Journalism) stood outside of Roquette executives' homes on Wednesday night and sang "carols" while shouting profanities to the residents inside. WGEM reported Roquette workers "have been off the job for almost three months now. Roquette locked them out on September 28th, and contract negotiations have pretty much stalled ever since." Ms. Loesch provides a transcript of some the lyrics from the songs union members sang: “God bless ye very wealthy men, we’re here so you can see.
Where Unions Are, Americans Aren't (One conclusion to draw from the Census figures)
RealClearMarkets ^ | 12/22/2010 | Diana Furchtgott-Roth http://www.realclearmarkets.com/articles/2010/12/23/where_unions_are_americans _arent_98809.html#
As a result of geographic shifts in population uncovered by the 2010 Census, nine congressional seats will move to right-to-work states from forced unionization states. Some winners are Texas, Florida, Arizona, Georgia, and South Carolina, while losers include New York, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, and New Jersey. Over the past 25 years job growth in right-towork states has been over twice as high as in unionized states.
Watch out: More Obama union pay-offs in the works
Michelle Malkin ^ | 12/20/10 | Michelle Malkin On Friday, President Obama mollified Big Labor bosses at the White House. Which means you better watch your wallets. Angered at the tax deal, union leaders marched into 1600 Pennsylvania with a renewed list of grievances and demands. AFL-CIO chief thug Richard Trumka was there, along with: United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard; American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten; Service Employees International Union President Mary Kay Henry, and United Auto Workers President Bob King. One item on the Big Labor wish list: more failed government-funded infrastructure spending: AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, speaking for the union presidents at White House,
Obama Administration making plans to take over the 401(k)s to bail out their union backers
Tea Party ^ | October 12, 2010 | Elizabeth T Unionized labor is looting from us. Plans to take over our 401K- private retirement funds. Communists did the same in Argentina, sized private pension funds. http://gatewaypundit.firstthings.com/2010/05/obama-administration-m... http://www.commieblaster.com/index.html http://www.commieblaster.com/economy/index.html The Obama Administration is making plans to take over the nation’s 401(k)s in order to bail out their union backers and their bankrupted pension plans. Connie Hair at Human Events reported: In February, the White House released its “Annual Report on the Middle Class” containing new regulations favored by Big Labor including a bailout of critically underfunded union pension plans through “retirement security” options. The radical solution most favored by Big Labor...
Tim Pawlenty: Public-sector unions illegitimate
Hotair ^ | 12/13/2010 | Ed Morrissey Fat pensions. Big salaries. Civil-service job protections. If any group of workers never needed union representation, itâ€™s public sector employees. Outgoing Governor Tim Pawlenty writes today in the Wall Street Journal that the moral arguments for organizing simply donâ€™t apply to government workers, and unionization ends up putting unelected, unaccountable union bosses in control of public policy: When Americans think of organized labor, they might think of images like I saw growing up in a blue-collar meatpacking town: hard hats, work boots, tough conditions and gritty jobs. While I didnâ€™t work in the slaughterhouses,
Incoming Chair of House Foreign Affairs Committee Wants to Isolate Enemies, Make U.N. Accountable
CNSnews ^ | December 9, 2010 | Patrick Goodenough
(CNSNews.com) – The incoming Republican chairwoman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday identified U.S. funding of the United Nations as a target. The comments are likely to send a chill through supporters of the Obama administration’s policy of deeper engagement with the U.N. “I plan on using U.S. contributions to international organizations as leverage to press for real reform of those organizations, such as the United Nations,” Rep. Ileana RosLehtinen said after GOP lawmakers confirmed she will chair the committee in the next Congress.
Obama Rigs Unionization Voting
Newsmax ^ | Monday, 06 Dec 2010 | Ronald Kessler Today, only 7 percent of the private sector is unionized. Desperate to reverse that trend, President Obama’s two appointees to the National Mediation Board changed rules for airline and railway union elections in May and stacked the deck in favor of unionization. Both are former union bosses. As a result, in Delta Air Lines’ flight attendant workforce of 20,000, for example, if only 5,000 employees voted, and 2,501 of those employees say they wanted to join a union, the union would be certified to represent the entire workforce. The Obama appointees also changed the rules
Wisconsin Gov-elect Walker looks at showdown with employee unions (proposes abolishing state unions)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 12/08/2010 | By Lee Bergquist and Jason Stein Governor-elect Scott Walker raised the possibility of essentially abolishing state employee unions on Tuesday as one option to control rising employee benefits costs and eliminate the state's budget deficit. Walker, a Republican, said he's looking at a range of options that would weaken unions, including eliminating their ability to negotiate with the state. "Anything from the decertify all the way through modifications of the current laws in place," Walker said at a luncheon sponsored by the Milwaukee Press Club. "The bottom line is we are going to look at every legal means we have to try to put that balance...
Corrupt LA Union Official Headed For Prison
ap cbs ^ | December 8, 2010 8:16 AM LOS ANGELES (AP) — The former head of a Los Angeles union is going to federal prison for stealing $52,000 from a voter outreach program.
1,000 (SEIU union) Workers to Lose Jobs
Bucks County Courier Times via PhillyBurbs.com ^ | December 2, 2010 | John Anastasi Pharmaceutical distributor Express Scripts, unable to reach an agreement with union officials, is closing two plants in Bensalem. At Express Scripts, the other shoe dropped Wednesday. Citing an impasse at the bargaining table, Express Scripts announced that, on Feb. 1, it will close its Street Road plant, the larger of its two Bensalem facilities. The news came less than two months after the St. Louisbased pharmaceutical distribution company disclosed its plan to shutter the smaller one - located on Marshall Lane - on Dec. 16. Together, Express Scripts employs 1,000 people in Bensalem - 575 at Street Road and 425...
Union Drops Health Coverage for Workers’ Children (SEIU)
Wall Street Journal blog ^ | 11/20/2010 One of the largest union-administered health-insurance funds in New York is dropping coverage for the children of more than 30,000 low-wage home attendants, union officials said. The union blamed financial problems it said were caused by the state’s health department and new national health-insurance requirements. The fund is administered by 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union. Excerpt...story at link
Corker to VW: No union
Chattanooga Times Free Press ^ | 11/28/10 | Andy Sher
NASHVILLE -- U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., says he has told Volkswagen officials that he thinks it would be "highly detrimental" to the German manufacturer if the United Auto Workers organizes its Chattanooga assembly plant. "I was asked to give input, and I did," Corker said. The advice stemmed from his experience trying to negotiate with the union during the 2008 federal bailout of GM and Chrysler, he said. "I certainly shared with [VW] I couldn't see how there was any possibility it could be a benefit to them to enter into a contract with UAW," said Corker,
Notable & Quotable (Obama to UNIONIZE TSA)
Notable & Quotable ^ | November 27-28, 2010 | John Fund If you think [the Transportation Security Administration] is dysfunctional and unpopular now, wait until it unionizes. This month, the Federal Labor Relations Authority ruled that 50,000 TSA personnel will be allowed to vote on whether or not to join a union with full collective bargaining rights. The American Federation of Government Employees and the National Treasury Employees Union are already gearing up their campaigns to win over the screeners.After 9/11, Congress wisely decided to forbid TSA employees from coming under union work rules out of fear that it could compromise security.
Communist Party USA Boasts Working Relationship with AFLCIO's Richard Trumka in Elections Analysis
Gulag Bound ^ | November 15, 2010 | Arlen Williams Barack Obama patting the back of Richard Trumka CPUSA Labor Commission Chairman, Scott Marshall emphasized their working relationship with the AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka, in what he calls their continuing efforts of "independent" union organizations operating in, or for political campaigns. This occurs beginning at the 12:05 mark of the 11/8/2010 video, “CPUSA analysis of the Mid Term Elections," presented below. Marshall's words: "Not only did the campaigning take place from union halls et cetera, et cetera, but this time, as, uh, Trumka told us when he was in Chicago, they began the nuts and bolts building independent labor campaign organizations in 5 key cities around the country of which Chicago was one.
Census search: Government employee totals by State (State and Local govts only).
US Census Bureau ^ | 12/31/2009 | US Census Bureau Ever wondered how many workers are employed by your state and local governments? Here they are, all collected in one easy place by "industry" and with payroll totals.
U.S. Postal Service Lost $8.5 Billion In 2010
AP via NPR ^ | November 12, 2010 | AP The post office had an even larger loss than expected in fiscal 2010. The U.S. Postal Service said Friday that it lost $8.5 billion. Earlier estimates had put the loss at $6 billion to $7 billion. The red ink comes despite the elimination of 105,000 jobs and other cutbacks over recent years.
Time to Tackle Right to Work
The American Thinker ^ | November 08, 2010 | Bruce Walker Almost one in five members of organized labor lives in the five rust belt states: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Labor unions poured an enormous amount of money into the 2010 midterm elections, focusing almost exclusively on defeating Republicans. A poll conducted by Frank Luntz shows that individual union members overwhelmingly disapproved of this spending, and this same poll showed a strong unhappiness with current labor leadership. Enacting right to work laws in those five rust belt states would immediately deal a body blow to organized labor in America, reducing its power to influence elections in America dramatically. Republicans...
SMASH THE UNION THUG-OCRACY
Dick Morris .com ^ | November 8,2010 | Dick Morris
One of the first orders of business to come up in the new Republican-controlled House of Representatives will be the demand for bailouts of states where expenditures have been especially profligate – California, New York, Michigan, Illinois, and Connecticut. Throughout 2009 and 2010, these states governments have stayed above water by repeated infusions of federal cash. These one-shot stimulus payments must be repeated each year. They are all non-recurring expenditures requiring separate annual appropriations. The Republican House must say no and hold the line, stopping this raid on the federal Treasury. The cry in the caucus must ring loud: “No...
Organized Labor Tries To Regroup (Lost More Than Democrats)
Palisade Hudson ^ | 11-3-2010 | Larry M. Elkin, CPA, CFP® Organized Labor Tries To Regroup By Larry M. Elkin, CPA, CFP® Originally posted November 3, 2010. Organized labor, even more than the Democratic Party, took a punch in the gut with yesterday’s election results. The end of the Democrats’ total dominance on Capitol Hill means labor has little chance of getting legislation passed before 2013. But with a heretofore loyal ally in the White House, unions can still accomplish many of their goals through executive and regulatory action – unless the administration pivots in another direction to prepare for President Obama’s re-election campaign. The Iowa caucuses are just 14 months...
It's official: Olin ammo production to Mississippi (Union drives 800 jobs out of Illinois)
St. Louis Post Disgrace ^ | November 3, 2010 | STEVE GIEGERICH The Olin Corp. announced Wednesday that it will suspend production of centerfire ammunition at its plant in East Alton and re-locate the manufacturing operation to Oxford, Miss. The move comes less than 24 hours after members of the union representing over Olin 800 workers rejected concessions that would have allowed them to keep their jobs. "Our focus always has been on ensuring that we continue producing high-quality products for our customers in an increasingly competitive market," president and CEO Joseph D. Rupp said in a prepared statement. "While I am disappointed that employees represented by the International Association of Machinists...
Unions are hijacking our democracy
The Daily Caller ^ | 11/2/10 | Matt Patterson Labor’s heavy hitters have even been deployed, including AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka, who has himself stumped for Reid, telling supporters, “If we’re going to keep our champion …We’ve got to fight for him.” Unions have also brought their incredibly large checkbook to bear: The SEIU alone has allocated $725,000 to help ensure Reid’s return to the United States Senate. Unions are spending like their very existence depends on liberals holding on to power in the U.S. government — which it does. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), in fact, “has spent more than any other outside...
SEIU thugs attack (New link) http://www.youtube.com/watch... SEIU Exposed: SEIU Assaulted Workers During Corporate Campaign http://www.youtube.com/watch... Workers blow whistle on SEIU election fraud http://www.youtube.com/watch... Some Organizers Protest Their Union's Tactics http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/19/business/19... SEIU assaults union supporter in hospital cafeteria http://www.youtube.com/watch... Sonoma Co. providers and Supervisors blast SEIU secrecy and intimidation http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Obama sleeping with SEIU and ACORN (and who knows who else) http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Government Unions: The Real Wealth in American Politics
Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/29/2010 | Ken Braun Depending upon which side you were on, the last election was either about "hope and change," or it was about a takeover of the nation by radical progressives. The winners of that last contest are the likely losers of the one coming up this Tuesday, and they are already preparing another storyline to explain what is likely to happen: They say this election is being bought by the wealthy and powerful. They're right, but for precisely the opposite reason from what they mean. The dirty secret of modern American politics is that the real wealthy and powerful are now the...
Jerry Brown is union backed and financed. Unions cost Californians $4 Billion in personal income http://capoliticalnews.com/blog_post/show/6670 Right to Work states gain Billions while union states loose jobs. Michigan lost $2.5 billion from 2007 to 2008. California lost $4 billion. New York lost $2.52 billion The top ten states hit hardest in gross lost income were all forced-unionization states. Nine of the 12 states that showed the largest growth in income were right-to-work states. A right-to-work state is defined as having laws guaranteeing that no person can be forced, as a condition of employment, to join or not to join, nor to pay dues to a labor union. Florida had the biggest increase, $4.5 billion Texas was second with $2.8 billion http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article/550953/201010191855/ShermansMarch.htm
Job Killer: A California congressman wants to eliminate right-to-work laws in 22 states where workers don't have to join unions. If even-higher unemployment is his goal, he has the right idea. Rep. Brad Sherman, a Democrat who represents a large part of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley, has introduced a bill that would repeal right-to-work statutes. These laws let workers employed at organized companies choose for themselves if they're going to join the union or pay union dues. In the 28 states without right-to-work laws, workers are forced to join the union if their employer has been organized.
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_California's_average_pay_for_an_electrician According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the estimated mean annual wage for electricians as of May 2008 is, $49,890. This would amount to $23.98 per hour. In May 2008, median hourly wages of wage and salary electricians were $22.32. http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_much_does_a_journeyman_union_sheet_metal_worker_ make_in_local_83 How much does a journeyman sheet metal worker make in local 83? $27.81 per hour http://www.answers.com/topic/international-longshoremen-s-and-warehousemen-s-union Longshoreman $10-$55/Hour. Found: 386 Jobs In Your Area. Hiring Now! http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_Los_Angeles_CA_union_carpenters_pay_rates What is a union carpenters pay scale? $35 an hour http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_hourly_wage_for_a_plumber If they are decent journeymen $90+ per hr if they are Master plumbers around $200 per hr, Helpers normally $50 per hr Licensed Plumbers charge $140-210 per hour. with a 2 hour minimum usually 2 guys $200 an hour.A licensed plumber working for a company will be paid $35-75.00 per hour depending on experience.
if you hire a plumber your looking at at least 250 dollars or more usually depending the work done..... Plumbers wages are between $15.00 to $30.00 hour. Plumbers charge between $60.00 to $90.00 per hour for service work.
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_much_money_does_a_beginning_mason_or_concrete_blo ck_layer_earn The current (2007) starting wage for a bricklayer in Los Angeles in the union is $11.92 an hour and journey top out at $34.07 after a 3.5 year apprenticeship.
Taking a Vote on Union Construction (in San Diego County)
New York Times ^ | October 14, 2010 | STEVEN GREENHOUSE SAN DIEGO — California’s go-go construction industry came crashing to earth when the housing bubble burst. Ever since, union leaders and nonunion contractors have fought hammer and tongs for a bigger share of the shrunken business, much of which is public sector construction. Labor unions have used their clout to persuade many city councils, county boards and school districts to adopt policies that favor unionized contractors and workers for building projects like schools and prisons. Fuming at the favoritism, nonunion contractors have begun turning to the ballot box, asking voters to prohibit cities and counties from adopting such a pro-union...
Peter Jackson vs. The Unions (The Hobbit vs Saruman)
Big Hollywood ^ | October 14, 2010 | Leigh Scott Peter Jackson vs. The Unions Posted By Leigh Scott On October 12, 2010 So my good friends, the labor unions, have decided to pick a fight with Peter Jackson and his upcoming production of “The Hobbit.” Of course, they are not my good friends, I say that sarcastically. Unions in general are bad news these days. The idea of “protecting the worker” has somehow morphed like a T-1000 into huge, multibillion dollar corporations that stifle economic growth while using illegal methods of coercion to blackmail money from employers. The fact that they are a de facto wing of the Democratic...
Trumka: Unions to Build Firewall
The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-12-10 | Jonathan Weisman AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told reporters today that unions were going to build a firewall to protect the Democrats’ House majority, and he presented numbers suggesting the Republican mountain to climb to the majority is indeed a steep one. By Trumka’s math, 75 Democratic House seats are in play, a number roughly in line with independent estimates. To secure a majority, the GOP needs to net 39 seats. Of the 75 in play, 37 are what Trumka calls “high union density” districts, from the suburbs of Chicago to the hard-scrabble working regions of Pennsylvania.
How Unions or Their Allies Could be Stealing November’s Election Right Now (Could?)
Big Government ^ | October 7, 2010 | LaborUnionReport How Unions or Their Allies Could be Stealing November’s Election Right Now by LaborUnionReport Here is a prediction: Across the country, there will be races that some candidates will lose even though poll numbers, right now, indicate otherwise. As you read this, at present, you should know that there are only seemingly disconnected anecdotal dots that are starting to connect. However, if the dots do fully connect, we may not know until well after the November 2nd election if, in fact, America’s democratic election process will have become the victim of the biggest fraud in our nation’s history. What’s worse,...
Postal Union Election Delayed After Ballots Lost in the Mail
Fox News ^ | 10/07/10 | Fox News The American Postal Workers Union has extended its internal election after thousands of ballots appeared to have gotten lost . . . in the mail. The union's election committee was supposed to be counting those ballots this week in
downtown Washington, D.C., following a tradition mail-in election. But the union announced that only about 39,000 ballots were turned in -- and that "a large number of union members had not received their ballots."
Schultz Union-Boss Guest Complaining About Foreign Influence On Elections Is . . . A Foreigner
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/mark-finkelstein/2010/10/06/schultz-union-boss-guestcomplaining-about-foreign-influence-elect ^ | Mark Finkelstein Pot calling the kettle foreign, eh? You're Ed Schultz. Sorry about that, but work with me. Your big beef on tonight's show is foreign influence on US elections. What would be the glaring, obvious, overwhelming thing you would want to avoid in your choice of a guest? Having a union boss who is himself a foreigner, you say? Bingo! Yet that's exactly the slip-up Schultz committed. View video here.
AFL-CIO Prez Trumka: ‘We Need to…Re-establish Popular Control Over Private Corporations’
http://biggovernment.com/jhoft/2010/09/27/afl-cio-prez-trumka-we-need-toreestablish-popular-control-over-private-corporations/ ^ we need to fundamentally restructure our economy and re-establish popular control over the private corporations which have distorted our economy and hijacked our government. That’s a long-term job, but one we should start now.
http://capoliticalnews.com/blog_post/show/6416 Los Angeles defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp., which plans to move its headquarters to the Washington, D.C. area next year, announced Monday that some 500 Los Angeles County employees will be laid off by the end of the year. Northrop Grumman, which has more than 12,000 workers in the county and 21,000 in California, said the layoffs would be concentrated in its El Segundo and Manhattan Beach operations. In addition to its corporate offices, the company has its aerospace division in the county.
The company announced in January that it would move from Century City to the East Coast in order to be closer to its military clients. In April, it said it had found a site in Arlington, Va.
Feds investigate prominent ex-labor leader Andy Stern
New York Post ^ | 9/28/2010 | Post Wire Services WASHINGTON — Prominent ex-labor leader Andy Stern is reportedly being investigated by the FBI and Department of Labor as part of a corruption probe involving the Service Employees International Union, authorities said. Two organized labor officials met with federal agents this summer to answer questions about Stern’s role in approving money to pay the salary of an SEIU leader in California who performed no work and a book contract that Stern landed in 2006, The Los Angeles Times reported today on its website. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the investigation. The FBI...
Obama Kneecaps Airlines (but after November Congress could overturn this--- and a lot more)
Human Events ^ | 09/27/2010 | Connie Hair The Obama administration set Big Labor on the easy road to cannibalize the airline and rail industries and last week Senate Democrats stamped their imprimatur on the deal -- at a time when taxpayers are getting full view of the cost of out of control unions bankrupting state and local governments and destroying public education. The Senate used the Congressional Review Act (CRA) in an attempt to overrule Obama appointees at the National Mediation (NMB) board which changed a 75year rule that required a majority of employees in a rail or airline company to vote to unionize. The motion to...
John and Ken
http://www.kfiam640.com/mediaplayer/?station=KFIAM&action=ondemand&item=20495178&feed_name=JohnandKen.xml At 27 minutes 400,000 union members working in California as in-home healthcare workers. Felons, rapists, murderers are legally allowed to be an in-home healthcare workers.
The Delphi Disaster: An Economic Horror Story Obama Won't Tell
Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2010 | Michelle Malkin The White House believes it can win back depressed and economically stressed voters by turning President Obama into the storyteller-in-chief again. But victims of Obama's Chicago politics don't want to hear any more of his own well-worn tales of struggle and sacrifice. They've got their own tragedies to tell -- heart-wrenching dramas of personal and financial suffering at the very hands of Obama. Consider the real-life horror story of 20,000 white-collar workers at Delphi, a leading auto parts company spun off from GM a decade ago. As Washington rushed to nationalize the U.S. auto industry with $80 billion in taxpayer...
DC March 10.02.10 - Communists, Socialists & SEIU Unite
American Thinker ^ | September 18, 2010 | J.B. Williams For years, we have been telling American citizens that the Communist Party USA and Socialist Party USA members joined forces in an operation known today as the Democratic Socialists of America. Instead of working outside the two party systems, they established DSAUSA to work inside the two party system. We have documented that both the Congressional Progressive Caucus and Congressional Black Caucus are legislative apparatuses of the Democratic Socialists of America, all of which is openly documented on the DSAUSA site. The communist are not coming folks, they are already here, and they are the most effective political juggernaut in...
Meet The 8,074 New York Transit Workers Who Earn More Than $100,000 (Amidst yet another fare hike)
Business Insider ^ | 09/14/2010 | Gus Lubin Last night the MTA said a fare hike by January is a near certainty. This will be the third fare hike since 2008, raising the monthly unlimited pass from $89 to $104. Meanwhile, the MTA continues to pass major service cuts. But what's really appalling here is how much transit workers get paid. We're republishing data from SeeThroughNY showing that 8,074 MTA employees earned $100,000 last year. Fifty MTA employees earned more than $200,000 last year. And salaries are rising.
UPS and Homeland Security - UPDATE - IT WAS UPS AND THE TEAMSTERS
Me | Follow up to Earlier Post | JessDuntno I own a small business. About two hours ago, a woman came through the door marked NO ADMITTANCE EMPLOYEES ONLY and started talking to one of the guys, asking questions about the business. He tried to point out to her that she had just walked through a door that was pretty clearly marked as for employees only and she waved that off and produced a business card that said she was a UPS Representative. she starts to explain that she is here by request of Homeland Security and is doing a checkup on our business because we do a lot...
Mich. child care workers sue to break from union
AP ^ | 9/13/10 | Staff Peggy Mashke tends to 12 children for 12 hours a day at her home, so she was surprised to get a letter welcoming her to the United Auto Workers union. "I thought it was a joke," said Mashke, 50, of northern Michigan's Ogemaw County. "I work out of my home. I'm not an auto worker. How can I become a member of the UAW? I didn't get it." Willing or not, Mashke and 40,000 other at-home providers are members of a labor partnership that represents people across Michigan who watch children from low-income families. Two unions receive 1.15 percent of...
• Obama's $50 Billion Union Infrastructure Boondoggle Townhall.com ^ | September 8, 2010 | Michelle Malkin
President Obama calls his latest attempt to revive the economy a "Plan to Renew and Expand America's Roads, Railways and Runways." I'm calling it "The Mother of all Big Dig Boondoggles." Like the infamous "Big Dig" highway spending project in Boston, this latest White House infrastructure spending binge guarantees only two results: Taxpayers lose; unions win. The plan would add at least $50 billion more to the nearly $230 billion already allocated in the original trillion-dollar stimulus law for infrastructure. Less than one-third of that infrastructure stimulus money has been spent, but the urgency to pile on has increased exponentially...
• Big Labor’s Stealth Card-Check Strategy (NLRB will "pass it" after election) National Review ^ | 9/7/10 | Mix
Having failed to pass the legislation they want, union bosses turn to the executive branch.After spending over a billion dollars to elect Barack Obama president and Democratic majorities to Congress in 2008, Big Labor thought it had bought enough support to ram through a “card check” bill that effectively eliminates secret-ballot votes for unionization and lets federal bureaucrats dictate contracts to employees and employers. But despite an intense, union-boss-backed lobbying campaign, attempts to pass card check stalled as elected officials felt the heat from voters, who are overwhelmingly against the bill. With a vote on the legislation unlikely between now...
Why Are Media Ignoring Trumka's Background? National Legal & Policy Center ^ | September 7, 2010 | Carl Horowitz
Barack Obama, like any Democratic president, has serious IOUs to labor unions. And AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, more than any other labor leader, is one ally he can't afford to alienate. About the last thing Obama wants, especially as his party faces heavy losses in congressional elections this November, is the subject of Trumka's lengthy track record of aggression and corruption to come up. Major media, for the most part, have obliged him in the wake of the round of speeches yesterday at the Milwaukee Area Labor Council Laborfest, making little or mention of inconvenient facts. It isn't...
Obama’s Next Union Bailout Frontpagemagazine ^ | 9-7-10 | Tait Trussell
Union bosses have bamboozled millions of their members by operating inadequately funded pension plans. Now union-loving lawmakers want to spend at least $165 billion tax dollars to bail out the plans. In a detailed 80-page study released Aug. 31, the Hudson Institute, a nonpartisan policy research organization, illuminates the causes of underfunding and how political interests have played a leading role in the sorry shape of the pensions, that exist to pay promised retirement benefits to workers. The dollar estimate came from Moody’s Investors Service. If the bailout legislation becomes law, it ultimately could cost taxpayers unknowable hundreds of billions...
• Organizing Ford; the 1941 River Rouge strike American Thinker ^ | 9/6/2010 | Phil Boehmke
Ford Motor Company was the last American automaker to hold the line against unionization. In April of 1941 a violent strike closed the enormous River Rouge plant and after a ten day siege Henry Ford capitulated to demands for a union contract. The strike at River Rouge has long been regarded at a great victory for the workers over the oppressive management at Ford Motor Company. Oddly enough Henry Ford had been criticized by some of his competitors for paying excessively high wages and for actively recruiting members of the black community. Ford's practice of tying compensation to productivity was... http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/09/obama_did_create_3_million_job.html According to this article, Andrew Stern not only makes frequent trips to the White House, he makes frequent trips to China and China’s unions. "I get in trouble on Glenn Beck saying, 'Workers of the world unite!' It's not just a slogan," Stern says. It's critical, he adds, for US and Chinese workers to see each other as allies, and he argues that efforts such as his can help shift the ACFTU (Chinese Union) in a direction that will make it much more representative of its hundreds of millions of members. The title of this article is Obama Did Create 3 Million Jobs—In China
Labor has key role in restoring U.S. Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 31, 2010 | Je$$e Jack$on
There are so many vacant lots in Detroit that serious plans are being made to start up family farming there -- 90,000 vacant lots and homes boarded up. Detroit suffers record unemployment. Not one chain grocery store does business in Detroit. Not one national
chain retail store. Detroit residents travel to the suburbs to shop, spending $2 billion a year outside the city. Detroit's agony is mirrored by labor's decline. The U.S. lost one of three manufacturing jobs during the last decade. We suffered a staggering $5.9 trillion in trade losses, running up deficits that required borrowing $2 billion a...
• Obama to appear at Labor Day rally with AFL-CIO president The Hill ^ | August 30, 2010 | Michael O'Brien
President Obama will spend Labor Day alongside AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, the union announced Monday. Obama, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and Trumka will all participate in a Labor Day "celebration and rally" in Milwaukee on Monday, an appearance confirmed by the White House this afternoon, which separately announced the president would travel to Wisconsin for the Laborfest. The appearance is another recent sign of unity between Obama and Trumka — the pair had sometimes had an adversarial relationship over the past year on issues like stimulating the economy and healthcare reform. (Trumka had pushed for a heftier stimulus and...
• UFT Employee says teachers union fired him for trying to unionize workers The New York Post ^ | august 13, 2010 | Tom Topousis
In a move of stunning hypocrisy, the United Federation of Teachers axed one of its longtime employees -- for trying to unionize the powerful labor organization's own workers, it was charged yesterday. Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/this_oughta_teach_him_rQamwIU0sNZxyrmyNBxz4 L#ixzz0y8194DhM
• New SEC Rule Gives Unions More Power Than Average Investors big government ^ | 8/29/10 | Jeff Dunetz
This week, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved a rule that is designed to make it much easier for large shareholders to force out corporate directors. The rule allows a big shareholder to nominate his own board slate and have those its board nominees listed on a company-mailed “proxy” ballot alongside the candidates favored by management.On one hand, the rule seems pretty reasonable, why shouldn’t the average shareholder have a choice in who to vote for? Its the American way.This rule, however has nothing to do with the average shareholder, in fact it probably guarantees the average shareholder will have...
Big Unions to Pool Money for Fall Elections The Wall Street Journal ^ | 08-25-10 | MELANIE TROTTMAN
The leaders of the AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Union have agreed to coordinate spending millions of dollars in the midterm elections to support pro-union candidates, most of them Democrats. The two labor organizations say they have a combined $88 million or more to deploy in this year's election cycle. It's not clear how much of that money they will pool together. The renewed alliance between the two big labor groups comes as Democrats are battling to retain control of both houses of Congress. The AFL-CIO and SEIU plan to target elections in 26 states, all but five of...
Obama administration and labor union allies proclaim victory in Arizona California Independent Voter Network ^ | July 30, 2010 | by Christopher A. Guzman
Labor unions have been some of the staunchest opponents of the Arizona law and strongest advocates of a fast track legalization process. Among these unions would be the UFCW and SEIU. And their strong opposition to the Arizona law would seem to make sense from a political perspective. Slower influxes of immigrants to the states would stunt membership growth, and slower membership growth equals a thinner cash flow for political causes, which typically leans democratic. While comprehensive immigration reform might be necessary to some extent, the way the Obama administration is handling the matter doesn’t appear to be consistent with...
The Federal Salary War Fedsmith ^ | August 17, 2010 | Ralph Smith
Federal employee salaries are making news around the country. Literally over a hundred articles have appeared in the past few days in news media noting that federal employees now make more than twice as much as the average American. Moreover, the disparity between the average salary of federal employees and the rest of America continues to grow wider each year. According to OPM, "Thirty years ago, over 22% of our workforce was in blue collar jobs. Now that percentage has dropped by half while the percentage of IT and Health professionals has doubled. Data clearly show that many of these...
• The Public Employee Union Scam Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/18/2010 | Jarrett Skorup
Unlike private sector unions, the sheer number of workers represented is not the linchpin of [the public sector unions] influence. Private sector unions have a natural adversary in the owners of the companies with whom they negotiate. But public sector unions have no such natural counterweight. They are a classic case of "client politics," where an interest group's concentrated efforts to secure rewards impose diffused costs on the mass of unorganized taxpayers. A conflict of interest would be as follows: First, government union elects politician by funding their campaign and organizing a massive get-out-the-vote drive; second, politician supports employee pay...
How To Go Extinct IBD Editorials ^ | August 18, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
Labor: The members of a United Auto Workers local decide they'd rather shut their Indiana GM plant than take a pay cut to keep their jobs. It's their choice, but it's also about as intelligent as a dodo. Commentators including Rush Limbaugh have noted with amusement that even the UAW leadership was unable to persuade 631 Indianapolis union members to accept a pay cut so their plant could stay in business. After all, UAW now owns General Motors, so it was comical seeing them worry about costs just like any other owner. The bottom line was that the plant would...
• Summer of corruption: Obama’s Big Labor ethics loophole Michelle Malkin ^ | August 18, 2010 | Michelle Malkin
Today’s column targets SEIU consigliere Craig Becker and the latest White House gift to Big Labor. So far this summer, Team Obama is fronting the SEIU-backed $8 billion Child Nutrition Act expansion and forked over the union-stamped $26 billion BigGovJobs bailout. And as I noted yesterday, the next big government/labor payoff is on the way in the form of the PBGC bailout. How many more union payoffs can we afford?! Obama’s Big Labor ethics loophole by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2010 Everything you need to know about President Obama’s fraudulent ethics pledge can be summed up in four words:...
Despite 24-year leave of absence, Peabody,Mass. teacher can get full pension The Salem News ^ | August 16, 2010 | By Matthew K. Roy "She has not taught in a Peabody classroom since 1986, but when she retires from her job in the private sector, Annemarie DuBois will be eligible to receive the same pension she'd
get if she'd been teaching her entire career. DuBois, a former English teacher at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School, has been on a leave of absence from the school for 24 years. Before the 1986-87 school year, she left to work for a union that represents the state's public school teachers."
Unmasking ACORN: Former Leaders Reorganize with New Groups heritage.org ^ | 8/11/10 | Tina Korbe ACORN might have disbanded, but the risk of vote fraud in the November 2010 elections is still real. “Desperate men and women will do desperate things to maintain power when the public threatens to take that power away from them,” said David Keene, chairman of the American Conservative Union. “That means that, more so than in other years, [some candidates] are going to be relying on whatever kind of assistance they can get from whatever quarter that assistance might come.” That assistance will come from ACORNlike groups, Keene explained at yesterday’s Bloggers Briefing at Heritage. Keene said the people who...
Arizona to begin session on anti-union measure Monday, August 09, 2010 5:54:47 PM Businessweek ^ | August 9 2010 | Business Week Arizona lawmakers are scheduled to begin a special session Monday to fix an anti-union ballot measure ruled unconstitutional. The legislation would ask voters at the Nov. 2 election whether to require a secret ballot for employees voting whether to organize as part of a labor union. The Arizona ballot measure is a priority for the business community, which argues that the federal legislation would allow union organizers to intimidate workers into joining. Unions say workers should have a choice in how to form a union.
100806 Obama administration awards $159.1 million for training geriatric-care workers http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2565354/posts 100725 http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2558723/posts SEIU Arizona member Fernando Villalobos speaks out against SB1070 100720 Calif Pro-union law struck down by appeals court http://www.usillegalaliens.com/impacts_of_illegal_immigration_diseases.html Picketing outside stores is unconstitutional because it requires property owners to host speakers they disagree with
100710 http://www.collinsreport.net/2010/07/09/10-billion-debt-illinois-democrats-give-7-raise-totheir-union-masters-to-buy-november-support/ $10 billion debt, Illinois Democrats give 7% raise to their union masters to buy November support 100709 http://townhall.com/columnists/EdFeulner/2010/07/09/the_case_for_federal_employee_co mpensation_reform/page/full Chicago, Union workers paid $28.64 an hour, private $18.27 an hour. Feds can retire at 56. Feds hired 200,000 since recession, private has shed 8 million jobs. Impossible to fire feds. 100705 http://www.lvrj.com/news/public-employees--pay-keeps-rising-97757899.html Public employees’ pay keeps rising Nevada, private sector dropped an average $13 per week from $804 to $791. Local government went up $47 per week from $949 to $946 in 2009. Federal pay went from $1,201 to $1,216 per week. State pay went from $989 to $1,006 per week. Clark County private sector dropped from $808 to $790. Government went up $990 to $1,052. SEIU represents 18,000 Nevada workers, half are government employees. Nevada’s local governments statewide employed 105,095 in 2008 and shed 3,528 jobs, a 3.4% decrease. State agencies shed 570 jobs of the 33,771 they had in 2008, a 1.7% decrease. The feds in Nevada grew jobs from 17,256 to 17,620 in 2009. Private payroll dropped from $46 billion to $41 billion while the government grew.
100703 http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2546574/posts Some day cares fell railroaded into UAW Becoming a UAW member is not what many day care providers expected when they agreed to accept state compensation for children attending their day care.
100702 http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2545559/posts French civil servant lifts lid on five-hours-a-week culture Post #2 is funny, sad state of affairs 100626 Unions file lawsuit to keep pension initiative off ballot (California) http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2541987/posts *100620 San Diego City Council shuts down union retirement perk that allows retirement-aged union workers to keep working for five years while their pension payments are funneled into an investment account. http://capoliticalnews.com/blog_post/show/5429
*100620 Toyota announced it is opening plant in Mississippi to build its Corolla. The car was built at the NUMMI plant here in California but Unions and regulations forced them to close their doors and lay off 5,000 workers. http://capoliticalnews.com/blog_post/show/5431
*100616 http://www.sacbee.com/2010/06/16/2827905/four-unions-agree-to-roll-back.html The California Highway Patrol officers union, the California Department of Forestry Firefighters, the California Association of Psychiatric Technicians and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees with contracts covering 23,000 state employees have agreed to roll back pension benefits for new hires. The CHP would push up retirement age from 50 to 55 and limit their pay to 90 percent of average wage. All four groups would increase their pension contributions to 10 percent from 5 percent. *100612 New York, 3,700 retired pensioners paid over $100,000 California, 15,000 retired pensioners paid over $100,000 California, pension costs increased by 2,000 percent in last decade
California unfunded pension liability $63.5 billion in 2008 Ohio unfunded pension liability is $4.1 billion Over 1/3 public sector employees are union 7.2 percent of private sector employees are union Eight out of 10 occupations paid more to public employees http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2010/06/11/the_enormous_cost_of_public_unions _105935.html *100612 Two Republican candidates running for a supervisors seat in Orange County, Calif. Harry Sidhu had the union backing with their $1 million and Shawn Nelson won with his pension reformer stance. http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article/537131/201006111840/Taking-OnThe-Unions-In-Calif-and151-And-Winning.aspx * 100612 Flopping Aces extended article agreeing with below http://www.floppingaces.net/2010/06/11/bureaucracy-epa-napolitano-stop-us-fromkeeping-up-with-the-joneses-on-oil-spill-clean-up/ * 100612 The U.S. has no ships designed to clean up oil spills while Europe does. Several countries have offered to help clean up our oil spill but Obama told them No. He doesn’t want to upset the unions, specifically the Longshoremen. At issue is the “Jones Act”, a law that protects our Longshoremen from foreign competition. President Bush suspended the law to speed up the Katrina relief but Obama refuses and would rather “kick the ass” of the evil capitalists. http://radioviceonline.com/obama-blocks-speedy-bp-oil-spill-cleanup/ * Just in case you didn’t know that SEIU wanted to dumb down America by bringing in government dependent illiterate illegal aliens, SEIU has a travel warning about visiting Arizona. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2530769/posts http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VeBabyvALw Operator: If your skin is even remotely tanned, yellow, brown or blue in hue, press 2. (beep) Operator: Working people come in many shapes and sizes, but anyone who doesn’t resemble a J. Crew or Ralph Lauren model, should be very, very careful. Consider wearing conservative or preppy clothing to avoid getting noticed. Operator: If you tend to eat fast foods, drink bright colored juices or eat fresh vegetables in lieu of meat product, press 3.
(beep) Operator: Many working people targeted by the new Arizona immigration law eat fast foods and drink bright colored juices. Avoid these foods while traveling in Arizona to avoid undue attention from law enforcement officials. * SEIU officials: Blanche Lincoln should forget about our support in general election http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2531083/posts * 100609 Andrew Stern-Fundamentally Changing America The most Blatant admission that these people are out to change the U.S. http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/67268 http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2530707/posts Video Bookmark in this document * 100607 Suddenly no candidate is willing to take firefighter money in June * 100604 Machinists file unfair labor charge against Boeing * 100529 NUHW defeats SEIU * 100528 Pot Workers join Union * 100528 Bill Hite sees hundreds of thousands of high-paying jobs per year * 100526 Proposed $165B pension bailout, half of $862B stimulus to unions, proposed $23B aid to education, $400 million to Dems in 2008 * * 100524 US Chamber joins suit against new union rule * Has anyone figured out how Meg Whitman can be against Arizona and illegal immigration? * 100522 SEIU and Kaiser * Andy Stern and Barack Obama: Fiscal Responsibility Fraudsters By Michelle Malkin March 30, 2010 http://townhall.com/columnists/MichelleMalkin/2010/03/03/andy_stern_and_barack_obam a_fiscal_responsibility_fraudsters?page=full&comments=true snip SEIU crony Tyrone Freeman, like Obama, began his career as an urban community organizer. In 1994, Stern plucked Freeman from Georgia and set his loyalist up as head of
Local 6434, the sprawling home-care workers' chapter in southern California that represents an estimated 160,000 workers who make about $9 an hour caring for the elderly and disabled. Stern then named him a national vice president. It was part of Stern's grander plan to consolidate power by merging locals into statewide chapters. An extensive investigation by the Los Angeles Times exposed how Stern's protege siphoned off hundreds of thousands of dollars in dues money for his personal enrichment and pleasure. Snip * 100520 List of pro Union Republicans in Collins Report * Federal law threat to impose unions on all governements. *# http://capoliticalnews.com/blog_post/show/5054 Now here’s proof that
“going green” is nothing more than advancing unions. A solar installation company saw the need for a solar certification program. He developed a twoyear program and had it approved by the California Apprenticeship Council (CAC) in 2008. He began training in 2009. It turns out that the unions have the right to reverse CAC decisions, citing AB921.
* http://www.pe.com/localnews/stories/PE_News_Local_W_demographics09.4769602.html A newly released report illustrates demographic shifts that are transforming the Inland area. The study looked at the nation's 100 largest metropolitan areas. The Hispanic population grew by more than 635,000 between 2000 and 2008. It was the biggest rise in Latino population of any metro area. The number of white, non-Hispanic residents fell by more than 72,000. The number of Asians rose by 86,436, or 59 percent. There were almost 900,000 immigrants in 2008. Nearly half a million children had at least one foreign-born parent. The average Inland household size was 3.29, compared to 2.62 nationally. Only 19 percent of Inland residents had a bachelor's degree or higher, compared to 27.7 percent nationwide. SOURCE: BROOKINGS INSTITUTION ANALYSIS OF U.S. CENSUS bureau POPULATION ESTIMATES *
Arizona, Senator Russell Pearce is constructing Senate Bill 1097. It requires counting illegal alien children in schools and then providing a cost analysis. * 100506 SEIU announces boycott of Arizona over immigration law. http://www.cbc.ca/video/player.html?category=News&clipid=1482873069 Video of May Day around the world, but in our case, these people don’t belong here, they are foreigners, yet they are demanding socialist change and citizenship. Notice who is sponsoring these people, it is the unions.
What do these people want? # Peace and Freedom Party platform http://peaceandfreedom.org/home/index.php/about-us/platform Look for the red shirts today in their parade These are just some of the most obscene demands: Union jobs for everyone A universal basic income 30-hour work week for 40 hour pay and no forced overtime At least 4 weeks paid vacation Paid parental leaves and time off work for childcare. Withdraw all US troops and weapons Stop all U.S. arms exports Free government childcare Abortions on demand Affirmative action Abolish all English-only laws and policies Open borders End to deportations Full political, social and economic rights to non-citizens Foster parenthood rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Teach perverted text in schools Solar power End nuclear and fossil fuels Public ownership of public utilities Free public transportation End subsidies and tax breaks for corporations Food distribution by farm and consumer cooperatives Teach socialism and unions Free higher education
No school vouchers Free housing Quit looking at socialists Repeal Three Strikes law Decriminalize drugs and sex with minors Freedom of terrorists Eliminate for-profit healthcare No private patents on drugs Repeal property taxes on homes Repeal sales tax Stick it to rich people Eliminate income taxes for low to moderate income families Tax churches Government control of airwaves Mandatory rebuttals to political views Strict separation of religion and government
Last year, we issued 1,130,818 green cards, the fourth highest year since 1914. From 2000-2009, we issued over 10 million green cards, the highest decade of American history. Currently, there are 38 million immigrants, 24 million of whom are in the workforce. This does not include temporary workers. DHS did not release the 2009 figures yet, but they issued 912,735 temporary employment authorizations in 2008. Most of these immigrants are low skilled and from the Third World. Less than 10% of new green card holders are from Europe. People of extraordinary ability, investors, and immigrants with advanced degrees made up less than 8% of the new immigrants. #
In February Obama quietly signed Executive Order 13502 ordering federal agencies to accept only union shop bids for construction projects over $25 million ALSO
UNIONS WILL HIRE NON-UNION, FORCE THE NON-UNION INTO PAYING UNION PENSIONS, AND THEN FIRE THEM BEFORE THEY CAN JOIN THE UNION, JUST LIKE LOCAL 399, BUT THEY GET TO BEEF UP THEIR PENSION FUNDS.
Arizona Legislature Passes Bill Banning Ethnic Studies Programs Arizona has right-to-work laws that limit union organizing in the state. In 2009, only 6.5 percent of Arizona workers were union members, compared with a 12.3 percent national average, according the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The recession also has reduced union membership in Arizona, from 227,000 workers in 2008 to 162,000 in 2009, according to BLS. Read more: Immigration law prompts union push - Phoenix Business Journal:
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http://www.ppic.org/content/pubs/op/OP_398OP.pdf Orange County filed bankruptcy December 6, 1994 and emerged from bankruptcy only 18 months later Orange County Treasurer Bob Citron was in office for 24 years but in the early 90’s made some risky investments and lost. Orange County is a conservative county and refused all efforts to raise taxes or lower services. The budget cuts fell largely on the poor, Community and Social Services were reduced by 27 percent and Health Services by 25 percent. The county issued $880 million in bonds. LA is a magnet for the poor with all their benefits, they have 22.1% of population and 18.3% of families below poverty line while Orange County has 10.3% of population and 7% of families below poverty line.
From Greatschools.org Orange County
El Portal Elementary in La Habra. $7,025 per pupil, 55% Latino, 27% subsidized lunch, 28% English language learners. Franklin Elementary in Anaheim. $8,615 per pupil, 89% Latino, 87% subsidized lunch, 51% English language learners. Brea Country Hills Elementary in Brea, $7,949 per pupil, 16% Latino, 8% subsidized lunch, 13% English language learners. Los Angeles County Van Nuys Elementary in Van Nuys, $10,430 per pupil. 95% Latino, 57% subsidized lunch, 50% English Learners. Sherman Oaks Elementary in Sherman Oaks, $10,430 per pupil, 24% Latino, 23% subsidized lunch, 12% English language learners. Los Angeles From Wiki, 41.9% are married with children, 14.5% mothers with children. Population in 2008 exceeded 10,000,000 with 4 million registered voters. 51.95% Democrat 24.96% Republican 1.82% independent 19.6% decline to state Median income for a household was $36,687, for a family it was $39,942. 22.1% of population and 18.3% of families were below poverty line. 7.85/100,000 murders in LA. Orange County 3,010,759 population in 2008 3 Orange County cities are listed among America’s 25 most conservative. 1,599,899 registered voters 43.6% Republican 32.1% Democrat 20.2% declined to state 55.9% are married with children, 10.7% are mothers with children. Median income for a household was $61,899, for a family it was $75,700. 10.3% of population and 7% of families were below poverty line. There was 1 murder in 2005? LA Times, 2006 http://articles.latimes.com/2006/dec/30/local/me-pensions30
San Francisco requires public votes to increase pensions and the system works.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/apr/23/public-sector-unions-bankruptingamerica/print/ By 2013 pension requirements in our country will be short by more than a trillion dollars. California is facing a half-trillion dollars in unfunded pension liabilities. CHP can retire at 50 with up to 90% of salary. $109,147 earnings returns $98,232 pension. State and local governments employ 15 million, up 40% from 1992.
Here is an excellent article on City Journal by Steven Malanga,
The Beholden State-How public-sector unions broke California http://city-journal.org/2010/20_2_california-unions.html It is a long article but well worth the read. Phyllis Schlafly, Some Pay, and Some Receive. http://townhall.com/columnists/PhyllisSchlafly/2010/04/20/some_pay,_and_some_receive? page=full&comments=true ---Obama’s stimulus law will add nearly $800 billion in new means-tested welfare spending over the next decade.-----married taxpayers pay three-fourths of all federal income taxes, whereas two-thirds of single parents who file as head-of-household pay no income tax at all.--and ---In 2008, 40.6 percent of children born in the United States were born outside of marriage; that’s 1,720,000 children--Then she goes on to explain why our government is actively promoting the single mother and how a single mother creates jobs for more union represented government employees. The same could be said for the importation of illiterate, government dependent foreigners. Then Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior, offered green jobs to Latinos, thousands of jobs, again more government jobs, more union jobs. http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/04/19/preparing-our-youth-clean-energy-jobs-future
Union and Illegal Aliens 090214 http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/soc/faculty/milkman/union_census.pdf 19.1% of California’s workforce is union.
26.2% of union members are in education. 9.4% of workforce. 15% of union members are in transportation and utilities. 7.1% of workforce. UNIONS: IBT, SEIU, UFCW, IAM, UBC, CWA, IBEW, IUOE, LIUNA, HERE, NALC, Actors and Artistes. Public sector union members are 53.8% union or16% of workforce. Healthcare union members are 17% union or 8% of workforce. California Teachers Association (CTA) and California School Employees Association (CSEA) are 71.6% of all education union members. 22.1% of all union members are immigrants. 32.4% of workforce is immigrants. 16.5% of Los Angeles workforce is union. 37.5% of LA workforce are Latino, 2/3 foreign born. 29.7% of LA union workforce is Latino, 14% foreigner. 10.6% of Building Trade workers are union.
http://reason.com/archives/2010/01/12/class-war/ pg1, 2, 3, 4 A very good article about how the civil service has grown out of control with perks, unbelievable retirement benefits and size. Another View: Immigration and the unions-The New York Times 4/21/09 "Workers don't depress wages; unscrupulous employers do," said Terence O'Sullivan, president of the Laborers' International Union of North America. Unemployment in his industry is above 21 percent. Nearly 2 million construction workers are out of work. So what does O'Sullivan want? Reform that allows immigrants to legalize. "If we can free them so they can come out of the shadows, we can not only improve their lives, but all workers' lives," he said. Eliseo Medina, international executive vice president of the Service Employees International Union, agreed. "First and foremost, this is an economic argument," he said. SEIU Campaign Spending Pays Political Dividends Wall Street Journal May 16, 2009-Kris Maher ---Officials say the fast-growing union spent $85 Million during the campaign season last year, and that it was well worth it: The Obama administration has appointed union officials to top posts and is backing legislation to make it easier for workers to organize.--LA Times, Patrick J. McDonnell, Sept 8, 2009
---Between July 2008 and June 2009, unions gained almost 25,000 new members in Southern California and more than 131,000 statewide, according to the institute's fifth annual report on the state of organized labor.--Rasmussen Report-53 percent of American adults believe capitalism is better than socialism. Adults under 30 are essentially evenly divided: 37 percent prefer capitalism, 33 percent socialism, and 30 percent undecided. "Obama learned his lesson well. I am proud to see that my father's model for organizing is being applied successfully beyond local community organizing to affect the Democratic campaign in 2008. It is a fine tribute to Saul Alinsky as we approach his 100th birthday." --Letter from L. DAVID ALINSKY, son of Neo-Marxist Saul Alinsky Sal Alinsky, Rules for Radicals, Rule no. 2 "The means-and-ends moralists, constantly obsessed with the ethics of the means used by the Have-Nots against the Haves, should search themselves as to their real political position. In fact, they are passive — but real — allies of the Haves…. The most unethical of all means is the non-use of any means... The standards of judgment must be rooted in the whys and wherefores of life as it is lived, the world as it is, not our wished-for fantasy of the world as it should be...." pp.25-26
Notes: Apparently, Michelle Obama referred to these words during her Democratic National Convention speech:
"She said, 'Barack stood up that day,' talking about a visit to Chicago neighborhoods, 'and spoke words that have stayed with me ever since. He talked about 'The world as it is' and 'The world as it should be…' And, 'All of us driven by a simple belief that the world as it is just won't do – that we have an obligation to, fight for the world as it should be."
Do you wonder who -- or whose values -- should determine what "the world... should be?"
LA Times Feb 17, 2009 Paul Pringle wins George Polk Award for corruption investigation of Los Angeles’s SEIU and a related charity paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to firms owned by wife and mother-in-law of chapter’s president and spent similar sums on a Four Seasons Resorts golf tournament, a Beverly Hills cigar club, meals at high end restaurants and a consulting contract with a Hollywood talent agency. The union that represents 160,000 workers led to allegations that chapter president, Tyrone Freeman, and others ordered employees of their affiliated charity to work on political campaigns. Glenn Beck, Obama and SEIU. Starts at minute 7:00. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmyXs7yJKd8&feature=related
November 15, 2009 on The Morning Call http://www.mcall.com/news/alla8_5scout.7084728nov15,0,6238384.story In pursuit of an Eagle Scout badge, Kevin Anderson, 17, has toiled for more than 200 hours over several weeks to clear a walking path in an East Allentown Park. Nick Balzano, president of the local Service Employees InternationalUnion, told Allentown City Council Tuesday that the union is considering filing a grievance against the city for allowing Anderson to clear a 1,000-foot walking and biking path at Kimmets Lock Park. November 3, 2009 at projo.com U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith gave Nicholas Monocchio, a former director of the Laborers’ New England Region Organizing Fund, three years’ probation for accepting cash, liquor, rental cars and giftcertificates from an undercover FBI agent posing as a contractor seeking business in Rhode Island. ---Manocchio is the nephew of Luigi “Baby Shacks” Manocchio, who authorities describe as the longtime head of the Patriarca crime family. Luigi Manocchio was convicted of manslaughter in the 1980s for killing a man outside a North Providence restaurant. November 6, 2009 at CBS13 Sacramento A state worker is recovering after a bloody brawl at a union hall. He says members of the local SEIU 1000 beat him up and sent him to the hospital all because he wanted to expose alleged corruption within the union. November 12, 2009 at The New York Times
The New York Times News Service will lay off at least 25 editorial employees next year--The plan for the news service calls for the Gainesville Sun, whose newsroom is not unionized and has lower salaries, to take over editing and page design.--November 11, 2009 The Wall Street Journal http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203946904574300411938459486 .html SEIU President Andy Stern visits White House 22 times in first 6 months. NUHW charges that SEIU’s Healthcare Workers affiliate, UHW, threatened workers with deportation and tampered with secret ballots. October 28, 2009 at The Seattle Times http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/dannywestneat/2010148771_danny28.h tml Boeing Threatens to leave Seattle and build a major part of the 787 Dreamliner in South Carolina unless the union agrees not to strike for 10 years. The unions would not budge so now Boeing will be paying $14 per hour in South Carolina instead of $28 per hour in Seattle. Two-thirds of foreign cars sold in the U.S. are built in the U.S. at nonunion plants. July 14, 2009 at NewsBusters http://newsbusters.org/blogs/p-jgladnick/2009/07/14/wapo-publishes-glowing-article-about-incoming-afl-cioleader-ignores-s A hit piece on likely incoming AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka and his suspected involvement with a 1996 election between Teamsters incumbent Ron Carey and James P. Hoffa. At Trumka’s request, $150,000 was sent to the AFL-CIO for Get-Out-The-Vote efforts. The money was then sent to Citizen Action, a community organizing group, which passed it back to the Carey campaign. May 14, 2009 at The Wall Street Journal http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124227027965718333.html ---George Meany observed that government is a monopoly not subject to the discipline of the marketplace. Allowing these workers—many already protected by civil-service law—to organize and bargain collectively might ultimately give them the power to hold politicians and taxpayers hostage.--In Pennsylvania a few years ago the teachers union had $66 million in annual dues. In California unions spent more than $50 million in 2005 to defeat a series of ballot proposals that would have capped growth in the state’s budget.
A 2005 study estimates public workers earning 46% more in salary and benefits than comparable private workers. Last year public pay and benefits rose 3.1% compared to private at 1.9%. In May the jobless rate for private workers was at 9% while the rate for public employees was 2.8%. The article goes on talking about unions growing and gaining power and all the money they have to prevent tax cuts. June 11, 2009 at The Wall Street Journal http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124458836591599769.html Unions in Debt “We spent a fortune to elect Barack Obama,” declared Andy Stern last month, and the president of the Service Employees International Union wasn’t exaggerating. The SEIU and AFL-CIO have been spending so much on politics that they’re going deeply into debt.
We might want to consider getting away from the free lunch program. Lunch is only one dollar a day. Breakfast is 60 cents a day. It makes me sick watching someone with lunch vouchers that I know drive a new Escalade. Monday I got a robo-call from the school. If my kid does not have medical I can call them and they will help me. Please, we know that an illegal has illegal clients and that many of them make well over $100,000 a year. We also know that an illegal has no right to work in our country and therefore has no proof of income. The schools can not check illegibility when no income is reported. Who said there is no such thing as a free lunch? Both Books should be available for public disclosure, Cortines’s and Duffy’s. Hey Duffy, if you want to interject your union into our government we want to see your books too. What would happen if the teachers went on strike? Would the charter schools be affected too? Would the charter schools just carry on?
This is for you poor saps that do not have any kids in school. Our schools send home a form to fill out for free lunches. They know that illegals have no verifiable income and will go for it. If a parent declines, they send home another and then again another. Then they have this robo-call where they call you with some dumbass machine and ask you if you want them to help you with your childs healthcare.
http://townhall.com/columnists/PhyllisSchlafly/2010/01/19/why_kids_dont_do_well_in_sc hool?page=full&comments=true Black kids without fathers vs black kids with fathers Also in ill/costs/welfare http://www.gadsdentimes.com/article/20100205/NEWS/100209908/1017/NEWS? p=all&tc=pgall Alabama Feb 5, 2010 A drug bust that led to a find of a methamphetamine distribution led to tax fraud where these people were filing tax returns for illegal aliens, using stolen Social Security numbers, claimed the first time home buyer tax credit of $8,000 on non-existent homes. One example was an income of $6,000 last year receiving a return of $13,000.
http://www.laweekly.com/2010-02-11/news/lausd-s-dance-of-the-lemons/ LA Weekly Feb 11, 2010 LAUSDs Dance of the Lemons Why firing the desk-sleepers, burnouts, hotheads and other failed teachers is all but impossible. Snip Los Angeles Unified School District, with its 885 schools and 617,000 students, educates one in every 10 children in California. It also mirrors a troubled national system of teacher evaluations and job security that U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says must change. Recent articles in the Los Angeles Times have described teachers who draw full pay for years while they sit at home fighting allegations of sexual or physical misconduct.
But the far larger problem in L.A. is one of "performance cases" — the teachers who cannot teach, yet cannot be fired. Their ranks are believed to be sizable — perhaps 1,000 teachers, responsible for 30,000 children. But in reality, nobody knows how many of LAUSD's vast system of teachers fail to perform. Superintendent Ramon Cortines tells the Weekly he has a "solid" figure, but he won't release it. In fact, almost all information about these teachers is kept secret. But the Weekly has found, in a five-month investigation, that principals and school district leaders have all but given up dismissing such teachers. In the past decade, LAUSD officials spent $3.5 million trying to fire just seven of the district's 33,000 teachers for poor classroom performance — and only four were fired, during legal struggles that wore on, on average, for five years each. Two of the three others were paid large settlements, and one was reinstated. The average cost of each battle is $500,000. snip http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2451851/posts The latest government data (for the 2008 year) show that 53 percent of all households headed by an immigrant (legal or illegal) with one or more children under age 18 used at least one welfare program that year. The source is the public use file of the March 2009 Current Population Survey collected by the U.S. Census Bureau. (You can read an analysis of that data by Dr. Steven A. Camarota at http://cis.org/Camarota/WelfareUseByImmigrants.) How could Frank Sharry, a regular columnist with the Huffington Post, be so wrong? Part of the reason is that supporters of high immigration, when talking about costs, like to pretend that immigrants don’t have children. In fact, if you don’t count the costs of children, the costs of immigration to taxpayers are quite low. But that is a fantasy world. Immigrants have more than 1 million children born in the U.S. each year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Every penny of their costs to the government are attributable to federal immigration policies. I was at the LA Zoo yesterday and it was packed. I have never seen so many baby buggies in one place. I took a quick count and there were 13 baby buggies within 10 feet of me. And the languages, I was impressed by the diversity in languages. The LA Zoo really is a nice place to take your kids, become a member and walk right in without waiting in line. The part that bothered me was, do people really fly here to take their infants to the LA Zoo? Or has the entire world heard about America’s touchdown babies?
There is a new report that 53 percent of immigrant parents, both legal and illegal, take advantage of some kind of government welfare. http://townhall.com/columnists/PhyllisSchlafly/2010/02/16/the_problem_is_government_u nions?page=full&comments=true Scott Brown won Ted Kennedy’s seat as senator in Massachusetts and became the 41st Republican senator allowing the defeat of Obama’s appointment of Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board. Craig Becker, a union hack, had planned on doing away with secret balloting. He wanted to allow union thugs the ability to stand over you while you voted. Also in this article, 51.4 percent of union employees work for the government. The average federal worker makes $71,000. In DC they make $94,047. The number of federal employees making over $150,000 doubled in the last 18 months. The SEIU spent $500,000 to defeat prop 8. California Teachers Union spent $1,250,000 to defeat prop 8. After prop 8 was approved, over 50 unions pushed to have it overturned. Bureaucratic Mess, here is something you will be interested in. Too bad I can’t say that for the rest of the readers. http://republicans.oversight.house.gov/images/stories/Reports/20100218followthemoneyac ornseiuandtheirpoliticalallies.pdf Titled Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Follow the Money: ACORN, SEIU and their Political Allies ----------------------------------------------------------------------------OK, this is it. We have finally found a journalist in the name of Steven Malanga. http://city-journal.org/2010/20_2_california-unions.html Anyone else is just a pretender. This guy nails it by exposing the unions. If anyone ever votes for a candidate sponsored by a union after reading this
Next time somebody tells you we have a water shortage, just direct them to this water resource guide, it shows the reservoir conditions. http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cdecapp/resapp/getResGraphsMain.action The unions were behind this socialized healthcare passing. Without their knowledge, 40,000 independent day-care workers found out that union dues were being withheld from the child-care subsidies the state sends them. And that is just for Michigan.
The unions are behind this Green Jobs movement. It was the exposed communist in the White House, Van Jones, who made it his life mission to unionize inner city people of color thru Green Jobs. He wasn’t hiding his communist agenda, Obama was. Nobody tells you that you can only get the material for motor magnets from China or that China has stopped exporting the material and so the only place we can buy windmills is from China. This Green Movement where China pumps Acid into the ground to extract these rare-earth materials, a process that would not be allowed here in the US, nor do they tell you about the people and children working 15 hour days staying in company bungalows with 3 days off a month and only making 52 cents per hour. Nobody tells you that you still have to have coal and natural gas generating stations running to back-up still winds, nights and cloudy days. They don’t tell you that the wind turbines in Altamont kill 10,000 birds a year including 80 Golden Eagles per year. Andrew Sterns, the recently departed head of SEIU admits that illegal aliens are union members and it is not his job to weed them out. Union jobs in the construction industry are high paying jobs at around $35 an hour, better than most engineering jobs. All the government building is done by union workers. Arizona’s immigration law. Mayor Bloomberg: “new measure could hurt foreign investment”. Chuck Schumer: “mean spirited”. Bill DeBlasio: “un-American”. Al Sharpton will travel to Arizona to protest he measure. “an attempt to legalize racial profiling”. Congressman Raul Grijalva (Arizona): “We’re going to overturn this unjust and racist law, and then we’re going to overturn the power structure that created this unjust, racist law”. Janet Napolitano: “It is not a good law in any number of reasons”. “That one is a misguided law. It’s not a good law, good enforcement law”. “But beyond that, what it illustrates is that other states now will feel compelled to do things”. Marco Rubio: for it. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2503319/posts Karl Rove: “I think there is going to be some constitutional problems with the bill.” Meg Whitman: “I think there’s just better ways to solve this problem.” Jeb Bush: “I think it creates unintended consequences.” “It’s difficult for me to imagine how you’re going to enforce this law. It places a significant burden on local law enforcement and you have civil liberties issues that are significant as well.” Campbell and Devore back Arizona immigration law; Fiorina supports law John Boehner: “I think the people of Arizona have the right to pass their laws under the 10th amendment.” LA Chief Beck: “Special Order 40 is the mandate of this department…That is how I will police this city as long as I am the chief of police”.
William Dudley, president of Federal Reserve bank of New York, Managing Director and partner of Goldman Sachs. Gary Ginsler, chairman of the commodity futures division, 18 years at Goldman Sachs. Mark Peterson, Chief of staff to Timothy Geitner, former lobbyist for Goldman Sachs. Philip Murfey, Goldman Sachs executive. Diana Ferral, Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, formally with Goldman Sachs. Neil Michael, White House fellow former investor for Goldman Sachs. Obviously you didn’t watch that idiot Glenn Beck yesterday. You see he was spelling out how Cap and Trade works. The Joyce Foundation is funded by wealthy liberals, they then used a middle man, Barack Obama (he was on the Joyce Foundation board 94 to 02) (notice the CCX logo is a semi-circle, kind of like the Islamic crescent), to the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX). Glenn Beck relays to us that Climate Exchange is worth 10 trillion dollars per year (Richard Sandor, founder of CCX). Glenn Beck then points out some of the owners of CCX, Al Gore, David Blood (works for Goldman Sachs), Peter Harris (works for Goldman Sachs), Mark Fergunsen (works for Goldman Sachs), then in 2006 Goldman Sachs purchased 10 percent of CCX. The guy that bought the patent rights from the inventors widow to track CO2 emissions was Franklin Reins, he was CEO of Fannie Mae at the time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDq4bjHVb8c http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUR3c_cE3O4&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zs_KV9Q7yYE&feature=related
More on CCX can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/03/25/obamayears-ago-helped-fund-carbon-program-pushing-congress/ http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2501646/posts http://www.examiner.com/x-14143-Orange-County-Conservative-Examiner~y2010m4d27Scandal-Obama-Gore-Goldman-Joyce-Foundation-CCX-partners-to-fleece-USA http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2498020/posts http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columns/Fannie-Mae-owns-patent-onresidential-_cap-and-trade_-exchange-91532109.html?source=patrick.net http://www.larouchepub.com/other/2007/3413carbon_swindle.html
Ok Jenna, this has been amusing, so I went and re-read your posts. You are a rabid union loving socialist that wants a non-elected entity dictating who gets what and how much that person is to make. You want non-union people to pay for these union people, the more union people the merrier. You want those same non-union people to pay for illegal aliens and their kids, the more the merrier. If we have more illegal aliens and their kids then we can afford more union people and therefore there will be a larger middle class. Ok, kind of scary thinking but I do believe that we are headed that way. George Bush was a big government president running up a tab of $430B and that was a bad thing. Barack Obama is a big government president running up a tab of $1.2 Trillion and that is a good thing.
Northrop Grumman is taking its $25 billion in contracts and moving out of Los Angeles, Mexico and going to Virginia, USA.
http://www.thewoodwardreport.com/ Immigration Laws in other countries. Phoenix Deputy Shot by Foreign Smuggler Congressman Duncan Hunter backs the deportation of American Born Illegal Alien Children. Illegal hiring sting at Georgia Airport union construction project. 100501 Real time government access to bank transactions 100501 Funny pictures of Gay Obama, National Inquirer accusation of cheating. 100501 Mexico, 22,000 murdered since Dec 2006 in drug war. 100501 Phoenix Schools-The Arizona Department of Education recently began telling school districts that teachers whose spoken English it deems to be heavily accented or ungrammatical must be removed from classes for students still learning English. * http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/67268
Andy Stern, A Member of Obama’s Fiscal Responsibility Commission, Says ‘Worshipping the Market’ Has Failed America
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
By Penny Starr, Senior Staff Writer
Andy Stern, former head of Services Employees International Union (SEIU) and a President Barack Obama appointee to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, said on Monday that the free market has failed the country and American workers. He made his remarks at a conference of the Campaign for America's Future in Washington, D.C., on Monday. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)
(CNSNews.com) – Andy Stern, the former head of the Service Employees International Union who now sits on President Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, said the United States needs an economic plan that does not include “worshipping” the free market. “America needs a 21st century economic plan because we now know the market-worshipping, privatizing, de-regulating, dehumanizing American financial plan has failed and should never be revived, worshipping the market again,” Stern said in remarks at the annual conference of the liberal activist group Campaign for America’s Future in Washington on Monday. “It has failed America and everyone that works here,” Stern said. Stern said the changes that Obama and Democrats in Congress have made are nothing short of a “revolution” that will move the American economy from national to international. "This not our father’s or our grandfather’s economy," Stern said. "We’re as far today from the New Deal as the New Deal was from the Civil War. And we cannot drive into the future looking in the rear view mirror." He said the progressive movement must build on the past and look to the future as the economy is transformed "from a manufacturing base, to a service, finance, knowledge,
green, Internet, and bio-science economy."
“This revolution’s going to only take 30 years,” Stern said. “No single generation of people have ever witnessed this much change in a single lifetime. “American people sense the change,” Stern said. “They know something is different. “And they, like us, I think, are in search of a new pathway forward,” Stern said. “And as we’ve
witnessed now in the absence of a simple and realistic way forward, people – even us – sometimes resist the future or try to turn back the clock to days that are now long gone.
Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Web site, said at the conference that her organization is encouraging Americans to 'shrink big banks' by withdrawing their money from them. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)
Joining Stern on a panel that opened the conference was Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Web site, who called for people to “shrink the big banks” by withdrawing their money; and Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of the "social justice" environmental activist group Green for All. Ellis-Lamkins told the crowd how she responded to conservative media personality Glenn Beck’s charge that groups like Green for All have an agenda to change the country’s direction.
“I said, ‘Absolutely we have a plot to take over this country,” EllisLamkins said. Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins also spoke at the conference about creating a better future for her family members and other disadvantaged Americans by giving them access to 'green' energy technology and jobs. She is the CEO of Green for All, an environmental social justice advocacy group. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)
The Campaign for America’s Future describes itself as “the strategy center for the progressive movement.” “Our goal is to forge the enduring progressive majority needed to realize the America of shared prosperity and equal opportunity that our country was meant to be,” the group’s Web site states. The organization’s board includes President Eli Pariser of Moveon.org and Hilary Shelton, director of the NAACP Washington Bureau. Sponsors and partners for this year’s “America’s Future Now” conference include the National Education Foundation (NEA) and the AFL-CIO. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is scheduled to speak at the conference on Tuesday and Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) on Wednesday.
Andrew Stern has said he spends as much time in China as he does here in the US. Also, remember that he had the most visits to the Obama White House in the first 6 months of Obama’s presidency. Van Jones, the communist, wants to unionize inner-city people to do green jobs. Take note of Stern saying we want to get away from a manufacturing base economy and then you will see why throughout this entire Topix I have been trying to draw your attention to the One World Order these people are pushing on us. Don’t just read this, STUDY IT! http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/67268 June 7, 2010 Penny Starr
Andy Stern, the former head of the Service Employees International Union who now sits on President Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, said the United States needs an economic plan that does not include “worshipping” the free market. “America needs a 21st century economic plan because we now know the market-worshipping, privatizing, de-regulating, dehumanizing American financial plan has failed and should never be revived, worshipping the market again,” Stern said in remarks at the annual conference of the liberal activist group Campaign for America’s Future in Washington on Monday. “It has failed America and everyone that works here,” Stern said. Stern said the changes that Obama and Democrats in Congress have made are nothing short of a “revolution” that will move the American economy from national to international. "This not our father’s or our grandfather’s economy," Stern said. "We’re as far today from the New Deal as the New Deal was from the Civil War. And we cannot drive into the future looking in the rear view mirror." He said the progressive movement must build on the past and look to the future as the economy is transformed "from a manufacturing base, to a service, finance, knowledge, green, Internet, and bio-science economy." “This revolution’s going to only take 30 years,” Stern said. “No single generation of people have ever witnessed this much change in a single lifetime.
“American people sense the change,” Stern said. “They know something is different. “And they, like us, I think, are in search of a new pathway forward,” Stern said. “And as we’ve witnessed now in the absence of a simple and realistic way forward, people – even us – sometimes resist the future or try to turn back the clock to days that are now long gone.
Lets go to the Dolores Huerta Labor Institute http://dhli.org/who-we-are Dolores Huerta unionized farmworkers with Cesar Chavez in the 60s. Dolores Huerta Labor Institute (DHLI) brings students and unions together to prepare for the new economy. END