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Labor leaders 'fuming' over Scott Brown assuming Senate seat today
Washington Examiner ^ | 2-4-10 | Mark Hemingway

Posted on 02/04/2010 3:31:15 PM PST by truthandlife

Earlier this week, I noted that Democrats were frantically trying do some special favors for labor unions before Scott Brown was seated and Democrats lost their supermajority in the Senate. They succeeded in getting Patricia Smith, the Obama administration's nominee for Solicitor of Labor, through a party-line cloture vote, even though it's entirely likely she lied in her Senate testimony about a program she was involved in as New York's labor commissioner that unjustly benefited unions.

However, with Scott Brown being seated today and Democrats losing their supermajority, Big Labor may well have just seen their secret weapon shot down.

More than Smith, Big Labor had a lot riding on the nomination of Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Becker, a lawyer for the AFL-CIO and the SEIU, authored a paper as a law professor about how the NLRB could be used to enact a sweeping overhaul of labor laws that would benefit unions, and all without congressional approval.

Becker dismissed questions about the paper saying he would be "practical" while serving on the NLRB. However, that seems dubious given how hard labor leaders were pushing his nomination. And Becker had already authored one of Obama's executive orders dealing with labor regulations. Not surprisingly, the executive order benefited unions.

But now that Brown has been seated, it's very probable that his nomination will be filibustered. After being unable to pass card check legislation and unhappy with the Democrats' proposed "cadillac tax" in health care legislation, Big Labor is going ballistic about the likely failure of Becker's nomination. According to Sam Stein at the Huffington Post, labor leaders are "fuming":

But the recriminations over granting Brown an early start date are already flying. Becker's nomination to the head of the NLRB was supposed to be considered while Democrats still had 60 votes. Party leadership had planned to hold a confirmation vote this week, multiple sources tell the Huffington Post.

But a series of delays, engineered primarily by Sen. John McCain (R-Ari.), pushed consideration back. And as things stand now, a full Senate vote on Becker will not take place before Brown is granted a vote -- leaving the nomination either completely dead or in deep peril.

"Democrats were outmaneuvered yet again," emailed a labor source who was granted anonymity to speak freely. "I'm used to us caving, but they didn't even [try to delay Brown's seating]. They just hit the mat.

"I love how we cave to the Republicans and won't seat our Senator, [Al] Franken. Then we reverse cave and seat their senator. I mean forget the analogy of one is playing checkers and the other playing chess. It's like one is playing chess while the other is sitting there picking their nose."


TOPICS: Front Page News; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: 111th; biglabor; brown; cardcheck; democrats; february; labor; scottbrown; unionthugs; war

1 posted on 02/04/2010 3:31:15 PM PST by truthandlife
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To: truthandlife

Filthy Rats......rotten to the core!


2 posted on 02/04/2010 3:32:53 PM PST by tflabo (Restore the Republic)
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To: truthandlife

Get a real job!


3 posted on 02/04/2010 3:33:01 PM PST by TigersEye (It's the Marxism, stupid! ... And they call themselves Progressives.)
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To: truthandlife

Wasn’t Franken’s seat contested? Where Brown’s was NOT! Brown should have been seated the VERY next day after the election!


4 posted on 02/04/2010 3:33:05 PM PST by goodnesswins (VOTE Democrat........KILL America)
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To: truthandlife

FUBL


5 posted on 02/04/2010 3:33:40 PM PST by HerrBlucher (Jail Al Gore and the Climate Frauds!)
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To: truthandlife
"I love how we cave to the Republicans and won't seat our Senator, [Al] Franken. Then we reverse cave and seat their senator. I mean forget the analogy of one is playing checkers and the other playing chess. It's like one is playing chess while the other is sitting there picking their nose."

To be fair, Brown was actually elected.

6 posted on 02/04/2010 3:35:43 PM PST by Interesting Times (For the truth about "swift boating" see ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: truthandlife
Big Labor is going ballistic about the likely failure of Becker's nomination.

Excellent news that Becker is shot down and labor is ballistic.

7 posted on 02/04/2010 3:36:26 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: truthandlife

SEIU should have put more of their out-of-state stooges and flunkies into the voting booths on election day.


8 posted on 02/04/2010 3:39:40 PM PST by Dick Bachert (DIPLOMACY: THE ABILITY TO SAY "NICE DOGGY" WHILE GROPING FOR A LARGE ROCK.)
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To: truthandlife

I love it when big labor fumes. Will love it even more when they are fumigated.


9 posted on 02/04/2010 3:40:38 PM PST by Fester Chugabrew
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To: goodnesswins
Franken originally lost, until the Acorn votes came in.
Big difference.
10 posted on 02/04/2010 3:41:14 PM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: truthandlife
”I love how we cave to the Republicans and won't seat our Senator, [Al] Franken”

Ummm..Franken LOST the election to start off with, and was still behind in the vote count for months, until Franken produced “votes” from thin air to finally move ahead.
By contrast, Scott Brown won by a solid 5% margin right from the get go, and his opponent conceded within hours of the polls closing.
Totally different circumstances.

11 posted on 02/04/2010 3:42:13 PM PST by SmokingJoe
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To: truthandlife
"I love how we cave to the Republicans and won't seat our Senator, [Al] Franken. Then we reverse cave and seat their senator. I mean forget the analogy of one is playing checkers and the other playing chess. It's like one is playing chess while the other is sitting there picking their nose."

I am glad that the union can admit that Franken is their senator and here I thought that seat was supposed to belong to the people. Oops, that just the one in Mass I guess.

12 posted on 02/04/2010 3:43:37 PM PST by w1andsodidwe (How can you tell when the President is lying? When his lips move, of course.)
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To: truthandlife
But a series of delays, engineered primarily by Sen. John McCain (R-Ari.), pushed consideration back.

Even a broken clock is right two times a day.

13 posted on 02/04/2010 3:46:11 PM PST by Fractal Trader
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To: truthandlife

What happened? I thought they were to push for the vote this morning? How did McCain manage to delay the vote for long, when the Dim had 60 votes?


14 posted on 02/04/2010 3:46:44 PM PST by paudio (Road to hell is paved by unintended consequences of good intentions)
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To: truthandlife

^__^


15 posted on 02/04/2010 3:49:38 PM PST by happinesswithoutpeace (We are unable to transmit through conscious neural interference.)
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To: truthandlife

give credit where credit is due..John Mccain is to thank according to the article..but that said..

now back to bashing John Mccain..I want that RINO out.


16 posted on 02/04/2010 3:49:51 PM PST by RummyChick
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To: goodnesswins

Really. Totally the point. If that’s the sort of argument they have its no wonder they lose all the battles.


17 posted on 02/04/2010 3:50:09 PM PST by wiggen (Never in the history of our great country have the people had less representation than they do today)
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To: truthandlife

What’s more fun than whining Marxists? NOTHING!!!


18 posted on 02/04/2010 3:52:04 PM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: truthandlife

Anything that makes the labor union thugs “fume” tends to make me smile.


19 posted on 02/04/2010 3:55:42 PM PST by Allegra (It doesn't matter what this tagline says...the liberals are going to call it "racist.")
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To: Fester Chugabrew

Hey Dumbocrats....remind me again how it’s big Corporations that are going to stifle freedom and elections....


20 posted on 02/04/2010 4:01:29 PM PST by Right Cal Gal (Ronald Reagan: "our liberal friends....know so much that isn't so...")
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To: Fester Chugabrew

Fumigated Labor, This is a hot bed for Donk’s Clinton, Schumer, all knew about this, Had visits to the hall to raise money and grant favors;

A former organizer for Operating Engineers Local 17 on Wednesday became the first person pleading guilty in connection with a labor racketeering case filed against construction union leaders almost two years ago.

James L. Minter III admitted that he engaged in a decade-long conspiracy, using threats, harassment and extortion against non-union construction workers and companies throughout Western New York.

The 38-year-old Buffalo man pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to a felony charge of racketeering conspiracy, appearing before U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.

Illegal hardball tactics by Local 17 added millions of dollars to the costs of construction projects in the region over a 10-year period, according to federal prosecutors and agents.

Over the years, members of the local have been involved in disputes with non-union contractors at many major construction sites in the region, including Ralph Wilson Stadium, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Buffalo State College.

Under advisory sentencing guidelines, Minter faces a possible prison term of at least four years and three months.

Minter admitted that he engaged in vandalism and intimidation against officials of five companies


21 posted on 02/04/2010 4:16:00 PM PST by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: truthandlife

They’re fuming, so they’re emitting pollution!


22 posted on 02/04/2010 4:18:17 PM PST by rfp1234
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To: truthandlife
It is fun to watch Rats commit Rat-on-Rat fRATricide.
23 posted on 02/04/2010 4:18:19 PM PST by seanmerc
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To: truthandlife
"I love how we cave to the Republicans and won't seat our Senator, [Al] Franken. Then we reverse cave and seat their senator."

Their Senator? They mean the one who trounced Coakley by 5.5%, vs Franken who used ACORN to fraud to steal the election.

24 posted on 02/04/2010 4:20:11 PM PST by montag813
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To: All
"I'm used to us caving, but they didn't even [try to delay Brown's seating]. They just hit the mat. "

Anonymous Source, hereafter refered to as Dimm Bulb, fails to see a difference between 225 votes found in the trunk of a car owned by a Dimmocrat official, and the margin for Sen Brown; 100,000... Dimm Bulb is willfully clueless...
25 posted on 02/04/2010 4:21:27 PM PST by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: truthandlife

Franken’s election was in the courts for months.

That is hardly the case with Brown, but the dems never do let the facts get in thie way of their lies.


26 posted on 02/04/2010 4:21:35 PM PST by Carley (Are you better off now than one year ago? HELL NO!!!!!)
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To: truthandlife

27 posted on 02/04/2010 4:34:01 PM PST by shiva
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To: shiva

Richard Gere is gonna play Brown someday, doncha think?


28 posted on 02/04/2010 4:42:44 PM PST by Wife of D28Man
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To: Allegra
Anything that makes the labor union thugs “fume” tends to make me smile.

Ain't it the truth? I hope they also grind their teeth to dist.

29 posted on 02/04/2010 4:43:05 PM PST by CDB
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To: RummyChick

It’s an election year with a tough primary. McCain is a conservative 17% of the time. (1 out of every 6 years).


30 posted on 02/04/2010 4:48:08 PM PST by Onerom99 (I)
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To: truthandlife
Just the beginning, merely the tiniest tip of a Titanic trashing iceberg! Watching the Dembiciles' heads explode as the GOP blocks their power-grabs and Americans cheer them on is going to be some much needed medicine. Ahhhhh...

...how do you spell "relief?"

FUBO ROFLMFWAO ;-/

31 posted on 02/04/2010 4:55:50 PM PST by Gargantua (DON'T TREAD ON US.)
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To: reefdiver
. . . a possible prison term of at least four years and three months.

So he might be "punished" by staying in a union-built prison while supported by taxpayers to the tune of ?$?$ along with three meals a day and MSNBC privileges. Great.

It wasn't all that long ago thugs were placed into stocks for public derision. A little spit on the face never hurt anyone. Or maybe even panties on the head. Oooooooh!

32 posted on 02/04/2010 5:44:21 PM PST by Fester Chugabrew
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To: truthandlife

and the RATS, take another one in the..............................HA ha!!!

33 posted on 02/04/2010 6:17:12 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: CDB

I’m a union electrician and I have a BIG SMILE!

This isnt just going to drive the leadership nutz....it’s going to get a bunch of em voted out ...

I cant wait to sow the seeds of discontent...to bad I’m laid off at the moment...

I love winding someone up and pointing them back at the hall...

heh.


34 posted on 02/04/2010 6:31:24 PM PST by Crim
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To: truthandlife
Labor leaders "fuming". Fuming, eh? hehheh...

It reeks, and is applied to what are called "fume boards" which are placed on honey supers to drive the bees out, before accessing the combs for harvesting.

Tempting, so-ooo tempting. Though I'm sort-of pro-labor in a way, the history of many labor leaders, and their current politics, is enough to make one want to anoint their heads with this particular, uh, oil.

35 posted on 02/04/2010 6:32:58 PM PST by BlueDragon (there is no such thing as a "true" compass, all are subject to both variation & deviation)
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To: Wife of D28Man

Gawd, I hope not.


36 posted on 02/04/2010 6:38:09 PM PST by Ladysmith ("A community organizer can't bitch when communities organize." Rush Limbaugh)
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To: Crim
I’m a union electrician and I have a BIG SMILE!

This isnt just going to drive the leadership nutz....it’s going to get a bunch of em voted out ...

I cant wait to sow the seeds of discontent...to bad I’m laid off at the moment...

I love winding someone up and pointing them back at the hall...

Sorry about your being laid off at the moment. Hope we soon reverse Barky's economic destruction by voting the 'rats out.

37 posted on 02/04/2010 6:45:39 PM PST by CDB
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To: CDB

Heavy construction is feast or famine...

Trying to get some of these knuckleheads to understand that their livelyhood depends of CAPITAL INVESTMENT is a chore...

but most guys get it...we dont work for poor people....when there is no improvement of property through investment...there is no need for contractors or employees..


38 posted on 02/04/2010 6:53:21 PM PST by Crim
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To: truthandlife

Unions= communists


39 posted on 02/04/2010 7:17:15 PM PST by Canedawg (Our government has become a travesty.)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...
Democrats were frantically trying do some special favors for labor unions before Scott Brown was seated and Democrats lost their supermajority in the Senate. They succeeded in getting Patricia Smith, the Obama administration's nominee for Solicitor of Labor, through a party-line cloture vote, even though it's entirely likely she lied in her Senate testimony about a program she was involved in as New York's labor commissioner that unjustly benefited unions... More than Smith, Big Labor had a lot riding on the nomination of Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Becker, a lawyer for the AFL-CIO and the SEIU, authored a paper as a law professor about how the NLRB could be used to enact a sweeping overhaul of labor laws that would benefit unions, and all without congressional approval... And Becker had already authored one of Obama's executive orders dealing with labor regulations. Not surprisingly, the executive order benefited unions. But now that Brown has been seated, it's very probable that his nomination will be filibustered. After being unable to pass card check legislation and unhappy with the Democrats' proposed "cadillac tax" in health care legislation, Big Labor is going ballistic about the likely failure of Becker's nomination. ...Becker's nomination to the head of the NLRB was supposed to be considered while Democrats still had 60 votes... But a series of delays, engineered primarily by Sen. John McCain (R-Ari.), pushed consideration back. And as things stand now, a full Senate vote on Becker will not take place before Brown is granted a vote -- leaving the nomination either completely dead or in deep peril... "I love how we cave to the Republicans and won't seat our Senator, [Al] Franken. Then we reverse cave and seat their senator. I mean forget the analogy of one is playing checkers and the other playing chess. It's like one is playing chess while the other is sitting there picking their nose."
What garbage! Franken's entire election was a FRAUD, and there was NO DELAY in seating his unfit ass. Thanks truthandlife, thanks Scott Brown, thanks John McCain, and thank you Massachusetts.
40 posted on 02/04/2010 7:48:56 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Happy New Year! Freedom is Priceless.)
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To: truthandlife; NormsRevenge; Grampa Dave; SierraWasp; Marine_Uncle; BOBTHENAILER; BIGLOOK; GeronL; ..
But a series of delays, engineered primarily by Sen. John McCain (R-Ari.), pushed consideration back

Good for McCain...he doesn't get many positive words around here!

this is a real biggie....

41 posted on 02/04/2010 8:02:49 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

It is interesting in an election year what McCain is doing. It is unfortunate he doesn’t stand up like this all the time. When (If) he gets elected, I am sure he will go back to being the RINO he truly is.


42 posted on 02/04/2010 9:02:33 PM PST by truthandlife ("Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God." (Ps 20:7))
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To: SmokingJoe

Liberals don’t let facts get in the way of their slander.


43 posted on 02/04/2010 9:06:41 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (There is nothing Democratic about the Democrat Party...)
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To: truthandlife
"I love how we cave to the Republicans and won't seat our Senator, [Al] Franken. Then we reverse cave and seat their senator. I mean forget the analogy of one is playing checkers and the other playing chess. It's like one is playing chess while the other is sitting there picking their nose."

Wow. The self-delusion on display is appalling and enlightening.
44 posted on 02/05/2010 12:11:43 AM PST by Terpfen (FR is being Alinskied. Remember, you only take flak when you're over the target.)
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To: paudio

McCain had a hold on Becker to force the Dems to even hold a hearing on the man. When the news broke on Wednesday that Brown was pushing to be seated right away, I called McCain’s office to see if the hold was still on and if he was going to keep it on. They said yes, so I assume that’s what he did.


45 posted on 02/05/2010 12:30:40 AM PST by Moiraine
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To: truthandlife

It’s time to come up with another name for the first Monday in September.


46 posted on 02/05/2010 12:37:32 AM PST by cynwoody
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Give credit where it is due. And McPain did ok this time around.


47 posted on 02/05/2010 4:49:03 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned....)
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