Skip to comments.Labor unions ask political backing for organizing law(Card Check -$400,000,000 for DIMS Elections)
Posted on 11/09/2008 9:18:51 AM PST by Fred
CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. labor unions, having helped Barack Obama win the presidency, entertain high hopes he will enact their agenda to bolster their negotiating power with employers and increase their numbers after decades of decline.
Unions have "an unprecedented amount of leverage" after turning out white middle-class voters for Obama in battleground industrial states like Pennsylvania and Ohio that he won in Tuesday's election but had lost in the Democratic nominating primaries, said University of Illinois-Chicago labor expert Robert Bruno.
"American workers won this election," said Anna Burger, chairman of the labor coalition "Change to Win" at a news conference this week in Washington. "The mandate has never been so overwhelming for a progressive economic agenda."
A cornerstone of labor's agenda is passage of the Employee Free Choice Act that unions argue restores balance to its negotiations with employers, but is described as "Armageddon" by a leading business group.
Burger said she expected the measure and other parts of the unions' agenda to be addressed in the first 100 days of the Obama administration, which takes office on January 20.
Other labor leaders sought to dampen the notion they were owed something by the incoming administration.
"That is not the way Obama works," said Bill Samuel, legislative director of the AFL-CIO, America's biggest labor organization.
"We are part of the conversation about the economy right now in a way that we weren't when the Republicans were in charge ... we see the world in the same way (as Democratic leaders)," Samuel said.
A battle is shaping up in the U.S. Senate over the Employee Free Choice Act. Its two major provisions would let prospective members sign union cards instead of waiting to hold secret ballot elections to unionize workers at a company,
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And those who refuse to sign get their cars torched later that night.
So hey why have secret ballots when we are voting in elections either...
I mean if you didn’t vote for Obama you are obviously an idiot who hates change, and a racist, bigot who loves Bush...
Maybe all future election ballots will be available online so that those that vote against the Supreme leader will be marked and “TAKEN CARE OF”
Great idea, if there is any employment after Øbama’s tax increase stagnate the economy
Money has taken over our elections. I believe one way to fix this is to have people donate to a central place....take the money and split it between candidates...all of them. If they run out of money...so be it.
It is payback time, of course. Will this be another example of well-established “Clintonism”? Will the Dims start to see the error of their ways with unions sooner, rather than later? GM is now begging for help from the American taxpayer because of their horrid decision to pander to their unions and build a welfare state that has bankrupted them?
Does the liberal madness just continue? Remember that libs will DO ANYTHING for a vote....no matter what the cost.
Yes, and when those “white middle class” voters in battleground states start seeing employers moving out or closing their doors . . . then what?
Some people never learn and others have to always learn the hard way.
Obama's website, and his campaign flaks, say he intends to pay for universal medical insurance (if not medical care) with COST SAVINGS, and that's always going to mean the salaries of the doctors and nurses.
I think I could organize Fairfax County, for example, faster than almost any retail chain or manufacturing operation now that the Democrats have shown their hand.
10 minutes tops. Collect the representation cards as they leave the buildings at the end of the shifts.
I am sure a Medical Providers union not affiliated with the mamby-pamby buttkissers over at the AFL-CIO could negotiate some interesting payraises that'd make Obama-Care at least twice as costly as the present system.
How on Gods green earth is this supposed to work in this economy. They have to extend unemployment benefits when these systems already lack the money to do this. This is not the time to do this.
How much did the United Mine Workers give to Obama to commit economic suicide?
I must disagree with you. What you suggest is tantamount to compelling support for people who oppose you. Besides, Hugo Chavez, Al Quaeda and the Chicoms would never go along with that.
We don’t need the equivalent of the Fairness Doctrine in campaign contributions. We need laws against foreign influence upheld, prosecuted and severely punished.
What of if these employers go out of business from the insane Labor Union demands, like Ford and GM are about to do right now?
Who will the Labor Unions use their Obambi inspired gangster, strong arm tactics on? Empty factories , run by non-existent managers?
Labor Unions might do well to remember that the best paying outfits like Microsoft, Apple, etc don't even have any unions, and they have far better conditions of work that the unionized companies.
If we're lucky, Obama will be mostly business-as-usual in DC. Some of the crooks are smart enough to know that you can't slay the golden goose and get all the eggs at once. Let's hope they are listened to.
Instead of “unprecedented” leverage, the unions have absolutely no leverage.
Where else can they go?
Obama wrote a lot of checks he can’t cover, and this measure is one which is likely to be shuffled to the deck as soon as any other. Afterall, big labor only represents 7% of the electorate. In addition, the unions have unprecedented experience in spinning defeats in labor conflicts into “victories”. Deferring completion of this promise won’t be as costly as others.
We’re vacationing in WV this year rather than VA.
The Dems are clamoring for a bailout of the US automakers. This, too, is payback for union support. The unions want the taxpayers to foot the bill for their generous retirement benefits. It has nothing to do with saving the industry.
If the unions are hurting so much, how did they manage to contribute so much to BO’s campaign?
Liberals have always been good at balancing their pandering to BOTH the environmentalists and the unions.
The carbon tax will change that forever. There is a chance that the affected unions may end up supporting Republicans as a result.
Big Labors Bill to End Secret Ballots Gains Momentum(UAW spend 400,000,000 to elect DIMS)
This legislation may not fly with the southern blue dog dems. They have lots of non-union factories and auto plants. The foreign owned auto assembly plants will just close shop and move overseas. The unions have been able to hold the gun to American manufacturers but the foreigners will not tolerate it.
Lots of jobs and votes to be lost as a result.
Voting should be open, your choice should flash on a board when you vote, that way there's no possibility of fraud, brownshirts will be at least a hundred yards away, and your vote will be posted on the internet, using the bandwith saved by not disclosing the names of under $200 contributors.
Any government bailout will only have a temporary effect.
Mercedes Benz took over Chrysler, and pumped in billions of dollars into Chrysler for years. In the end they had to give in, say enough and walk away.
No amount of bailout is going to save the fundamentally flawed GM and Ford, especially if the Obambi unions come up with even more insane demands, even while the super efficient Toyota and Honda factories in the South continue to churn out better cars with their NON-unionized labor. A bailout will only postpone the inevitable.
I thought about that but I would view it as supporting our political system, not supporting candidates.
Boy is Burger going to be surprised if she really thinks American workers won the election. What American workers really won is the ‘right’ to pay the expenses for American non-workers.
The auto makers in the South should be a roll model for the TARDS in Michigan, but noooooooo, the plan is to force the successful auto makers in the South to unionize.
Also, the the southern states have done an excellent job in working with the automakers and have given them incentives to put their factories in their states, but noooooooooo, the TARDS in Michigan are calling this subsidies and think that the other states should subsides their corruption, greed, and overpaid wages.
At Obozo’s press conference, he had the HEAD TARD (governor of Michigan) standing right behind him drooling and looking forward to the latest gravytrain from the candy man DIMS and BHO.
But our political system is about candidates, and if I favor one more than another, why should the one I oppose get anything from me? Socialism for free speech is what public financing is - that’s how I see it. I would rather run the risk of a George Soros pumping millions toward his candidate than have government decide who gets the “free speech” money. Money talks and we have to come to grips with that reality, not curbing free speech on a “lets make everyone equal” policy.
If the union members don’t vote as the leaderships wants they will not have a job. This is especially true in the Longshoreman’s union where they choose daily what jobs you get, if any, and to “upset” the boss is bad.
With GM and Ford tanking, they’ll be lucky to have jobs. With the housing market tanking, they’ll be lucky to have jobs. I predict less production and more unemployment.