Skip to comments.On Labor Day, Unions Have Nothing to Celebrate
Posted on 09/03/2012 2:23:25 AM PDT by Kaslin
For labor unions around the country, this Labor Day serves as a painful reminder that when they decided to go all-in for Obama in 2008, they alienated the rest of us non-government, non-union members- the 99 Percent- who have to go out and earn our keep every day. And that alienation is being expressed in political defeats by unions around the country.
Im wondering if the unions are starting to regret their investment in Obama.
Unions dumped $450 million into the Obama effort in 2008, according to the New York Times, hoping that theyd buy political clout with Obama that they dont actually own on Main Street. But besides the auto bailout, and a few years of government stimulus spending, the strategy has been pretty much a disaster.
This is not about payback, the A.F.L.-C.I.O.s director of government affairs told the New York Times. Were looking to work with the new administration on a shared set of priorities that focus on lifting workers and improving the economy.
I think he meant lifting workers wallets.
Because on the other counts, I think you can call their strategy a failure: No payback for unions and no improving economy.
And just another fine job for liberals, who dont seems to be able to accomplish even those things that they say they desire.
Instead, the mass of the country has turned on unions, union members, bloated union benefits and even- gasp!- public teachers- who used to be as iconic in America as baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and, um Chevrolet?
The laundry list of failures for the union agenda is really staggering. They spent the most money ever. They elected the greatest president EVER.
But what did they really get? The union has faced the longest string of defeats since the losing streak that started at the First Battle of Bull Run.
Well, they wanted to be in politics. Congrats, Mr. Union. You are now in politics.
Card check? The union equivalent of forced busing and segregation? Voters completely rebuked unions on that one.
Then there was Madison, WI and the recall rebuke when Scott Walker took on teachers unions. What do you call it when voters vote a governor back in by recall with a wider margin than he originally received in the general election? A permission slip to give the unions detention.
How about that union fiasco with the National Labor Relations Board trying to stop Boeing Corporation from opening a $1 billion plant in South Carolina because it wasnt a union shop? Another union disaster where they had to lower their colors.
Boeings CEO, Jim McNerney, is calling the regulatory climate for business the worst in U.S. history.
Asked by a reporter if regulations are any worse now than in decades past, McNerney gave an emphatic yes. Its different today. The attitude is different, he said. Unless you live it its hard to see it.
McNerney said the Roundtable hears about it all day long from member companies. The group represents large U.S. firms that employ more than 14 million people and generate sales in excess of $6 trillion a year.
Many of those regulatory hurdles are put there just to coddle unions.
Even liberals like California Governor Jerry Brown are beginning to call on unions to start sharing the sacrifice that the rest of us felt since the recession began.
"We have lived beyond our means," said Brown about Californias public employee pension system according to Reuters. The pension fund is currently short about $136 billion. "The chickens are coming home to roost and this [pension cut] is just one in a series of countermeasures that will be required over the next decade."
As more municipalities begin to eye bankruptcy proceedings as a way out of this financial mess, many believe that one great advantage of bankruptcy proceedings is that it will allow the nullification of fat union wages, pensions and other benefits that taxpayers in the private sector dont get.
But if the example of Stockton, California serves as a guide, city officials would rather screw taxpayers and bondholders than take the union-led public employees off the state-sponsored tit.
And of course they would.
Public employee unions make public campaign contributions to politicians precisely for the exigency when taxpayers interest conflict with the interests of public employees.
The debate centers on Stockton, California, the largest city in the nation to declare bankruptcy, reports Bloomberg
Hey union members, remember the 50-100 bucks a pay the union gets from you, well you didn’t make that. LOL
Hey union members 450 million is a lot of your money.
The Unions are campaigning for more of the same dirty politics.