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SEIU Union Boss: Romney “Wants To Take Us Out”…
Weasel Zippers ^ | September 4, 2012

Posted on 09/04/2012 1:51:18 PM PDT by NYer

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Since the early days of the Republican primary, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has been taking occasional shots at organized labor. Mary Kay Henry, head of the 2 million-member Service Employees International Union (SEIU), said she believes Romney isn’t merely paying lip service to the business community when he knocks “union bosses.”

“I think he’s totally serious — he wants to take us out,” said Henry, who will speak Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention here. “I think he understands that workers being able to join together and have an organization is the best check against corporate power in the economy, and the best way for us to have a vibrant democracy is for workers to be able to bargain over their wages.”

As in every election year, unions like the SEIU play a critical role for Democrats in mobilizing voters at the local level in the run-up to November. And thanks to changes in election law after the 2010 Citizens United decision, union members are now allowed to knock on the doors of non-union households, extending their reach.

Henry told The Huffington Post that SEIU members are knocking on some 10,000 doors a day in 11 battleground states and that the union asked each of its members to reach out to 10 people — family, friends or neighbors — to make the case for President Barack Obama’s reelection. The union has so far spent about $5 million on all federal races this cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, and it has joined the pro-Obama super PAC, Priorities USA Action, in rolling out Spanish-language ads in Florida and Nevada dinging Romney on immigration.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: romney; seiu; unions

1 posted on 09/04/2012 1:51:22 PM PDT by NYer
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The union has so far spent about $5 million on all federal races this cycle,

$5 million!

And where does that money come from? Union dues!

2 posted on 09/04/2012 1:52:40 PM PDT by NYer (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? - St. Augustine)
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To: NYer

“I think he’s totally serious — he wants to take us out,”

I hope so. The country will be much better off for it.


3 posted on 09/04/2012 1:53:41 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: NYer
That certainly works for me.
4 posted on 09/04/2012 1:54:14 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: NYer
Ten bucks says that their headquarters will be set ablaze just before the election and Osama Obama will announce “their leader was right,Romney planned this”.
5 posted on 09/04/2012 1:55:46 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Voter ID Equals "No Representation Without Respiration")
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To: NYer

GOOD!


6 posted on 09/04/2012 1:56:45 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: NYer

Sounds great to me.


7 posted on 09/04/2012 1:57:46 PM PDT by ncfool (OMG 2012)
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To: NYer

Sounds great to me.


8 posted on 09/04/2012 1:57:59 PM PDT by ncfool (OMG 2012)
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To: NYer

Sounds great to me.


9 posted on 09/04/2012 1:58:01 PM PDT by ncfool (OMG 2012)
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To: NYer

Sounds great to me.


10 posted on 09/04/2012 1:58:02 PM PDT by ncfool (OMG 2012)
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To: NYer

Sounds great to me.


11 posted on 09/04/2012 1:58:02 PM PDT by ncfool (OMG 2012)
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To: NYer

Sounds great to me.


12 posted on 09/04/2012 1:58:12 PM PDT by ncfool (OMG 2012)
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To: NYer

Sounds great to me.


13 posted on 09/04/2012 1:58:16 PM PDT by ncfool (OMG 2012)
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To: NYer

Sounds great to me.


14 posted on 09/04/2012 1:58:16 PM PDT by ncfool (OMG 2012)
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To: NYer

Sounds great to me.


15 posted on 09/04/2012 1:58:16 PM PDT by ncfool (OMG 2012)
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To: NYer

Sounds great to me.


16 posted on 09/04/2012 1:58:17 PM PDT by ncfool (OMG 2012)
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To: NYer

Sounds great to me.


17 posted on 09/04/2012 1:58:17 PM PDT by ncfool (OMG 2012)
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To: NYer

Sounds great to me.


18 posted on 09/04/2012 1:58:22 PM PDT by ncfool (OMG 2012)
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To: NYer

Sounds great to me.


19 posted on 09/04/2012 1:58:22 PM PDT by ncfool (OMG 2012)
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To: NYer

Sounds great to me.


20 posted on 09/04/2012 1:58:22 PM PDT by ncfool (OMG 2012)
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To: ncfool

Headline response. Good.


21 posted on 09/04/2012 1:58:53 PM PDT by commonguymd (New media has not replaced the MSM. It has emboldened it. twitter @commonguymd)
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To: NYer
“I think he’s totally serious — he wants to take us out,”

And??? I fail to see the problem here ... not sure I trust R0mney to actually do it, but it's a good idea.

22 posted on 09/04/2012 1:59:14 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: NYer

Looking at that haircut would I be going too far out on a limb if I were to suspect that all of Mary Kay’s abortions were the result of encounters with a turkey baster???


23 posted on 09/04/2012 1:59:14 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Voter ID Equals "No Representation Without Respiration")
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To: NYer
I'd like to take out the Union bosses. So would the majority of our country's citizens. Who is this jackandape fooling?
24 posted on 09/04/2012 1:59:49 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: ncfool

Yeah, we got it.


25 posted on 09/04/2012 2:00:02 PM PDT by workerbee (June 28, 2012 -- 9/11 From Within)
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To: NYer

Yep


26 posted on 09/04/2012 2:00:29 PM PDT by commonguymd (New media has not replaced the MSM. It has emboldened it. twitter @commonguymd)
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To: NYer
SEIU Union Boss: Romney “Wants To Take Us Out”…

If only,...

27 posted on 09/04/2012 2:00:29 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: NYer

I sure hope he does.


28 posted on 09/04/2012 2:01:32 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: NYer

Romney won’t do anything to them they wouldn’t do to him, given the opportunity. Live by the sword, die by the sword.


29 posted on 09/04/2012 2:01:59 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: NYer

And this is a bad thing?


30 posted on 09/04/2012 2:01:59 PM PDT by Jean2
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To: NYer

So do I.


31 posted on 09/04/2012 2:02:24 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Eat Mor Chikin!)
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To: ncfool

Belt fed mouse?


32 posted on 09/04/2012 2:03:38 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: NYer

I wish that were true.


33 posted on 09/04/2012 2:03:50 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: ncfool

Bears repeating.


34 posted on 09/04/2012 2:10:56 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: NYer
The union has so far spent about $5 million on all federal races this cycle,

that's $5 Million directly contributed i.e., "Hard Money" ...... I'll bet there is conservatively 10X that amount in "soft money"used for "member voter education " which isn't required to be reported

U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee

June 25, 1997

Big Labor's Big-Money Political Machine

Compulsory Union Dues & Campaign Finance

"To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves, is sinful and tyrannical." Thomas Jefferson

Four Million 'Harry Becks' Voted In 1996

In 1988, the Supreme Court determined that 79 percent of telephone lineman Harry Beck's compulsory union dues were spent on political and other activities unrelated to collective bargaining or union organizing. His union, the Communications Workers of America (CWA), was required to return that portion of Mr. Beck's dues. Despite the Beck decision, however, millions of union employees are still forced to pay dues as a condition of employment while their union bosses continue to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on politicians and political causes that their rank and file members do not support.

According to Department of Labor statistics, 80 percent (8.2 million employees) of all private sector workers covered by a union contract are required under that contract to pay union dues as a condition of employment. Like Harry Beck, nearly 4 million of these workers are forced to devote a portion of their paychecks to political activities they may not support:

Ex-Teamster Official Puts Price Tag at $400 Million in 1992

F.C. "Duke" Zeller, who for 14 years served as director of communications at Teamsters headquarters in Washington, D.C., estimates that unions spent about $400 million in the 1992 election cycle. Moreover, in his book, Devil's Pact: Inside the World of the Teamsters Union, Mr. Zeller quotes former Teamsters vice president Gene Giacumbo who states that he was present at an executive board meeting in which union president Ron Carey boasted of spending $56 million in Teamster funds to help Bill Clinton get reelected. If Mr. Giacumbo's recollection is correct, that figure represents more than 20 times the $2.4 million in PAC contributions the Teamsters reported to the FEC for the 1992 election.

Rutgers Economist Also Puts Price Tag at $300 to $500 Million in 1992

In March of 1996, during testimony before the Committee on House Oversight, Rutgers University economist Leo Troy also estimated that unions spent between $300 million and $500 million during the 1992 election cycle. This amount includes both cash contributions from union PACs and "in-kind" or "soft" money contributions consisting of such activities as voter registration drives, telephone banks, transportation to polls, and campaign "volunteers."

In a letter to the committee chairman, Professor Troy stated, "According to figures reported by the FEC (reproduced in the Statistical Abstract of the U.S. of 1995), in 1991-2, union political action committees spent just under $95 million. I estimate that "in-kind" expenditures could reasonably be a multiple of 3 to 5 times that amount."

Nothing "Soft" About Big Labor Money

By their own admission, union leaders place a high premium on in-kind political expenditures, making it easy to understand why soft money greatly exceeds PAC money. The following are excerpts from union newsletters and press accounts of soft money in action:

Paul Patton for Governor Campaign (Kentucky 1995)

Ron Wyden for Senate (Oregon 1996)


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35 posted on 09/04/2012 2:21:06 PM PDT by Elle Bee
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If he means Romney wants to end the theivery and extortion of labor unions by ending their existence, he knows that is not even a realistic topic of discussion.

But I can say that I wish it was true.

It would be the catalyst of the largest, fastest and most robust economic turnaround in the history of the USA.


36 posted on 09/04/2012 2:22:27 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit." - Ayn Rand)
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“I think he’s totally serious — he wants to take us out,” said Henry...

Henry apparently is a little light in the loafers. He's dreaming of a date with Romney.

37 posted on 09/04/2012 2:25:59 PM PDT by meyer (It's 1860 all over again - the taxpayer is the new "N" word)
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“SEIU Union Boss: Romney “Wants To Take Us Out”…”

One more big reason to vote for him!


38 posted on 09/04/2012 2:29:19 PM PDT by aquila48
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SEIU Union Boss: Romney “Wants To Take Us Out”

Yeah, so what!...You're just a bunch of moronic thieves and bullies. ALL govt work needs to be put out to bid for the private sector.

Also, gov't nonprofits need to be struck down while we're at it. Unfortunately, I don't think Romney's quite caught up to that point yet.

39 posted on 09/04/2012 2:29:52 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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“I think he’s totally serious — he wants to take us out,”

How did Romney get SEIU to campaign for him?

40 posted on 09/04/2012 2:32:32 PM PDT by marron
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Unions cause outsourcing.


41 posted on 09/04/2012 2:32:48 PM PDT by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: ncfool

iPhone or iPod?


42 posted on 09/04/2012 2:42:03 PM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Fresh Wind

Oops, iPad


43 posted on 09/04/2012 2:42:39 PM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Iron Munro
If he means Romney wants to end the theivery and extortion of labor unions by ending their existence, he knows that is not even a realistic topic of discussion.

Ooops!

It's not a "he", it's a "she".

How are people supposed to know?


44 posted on 09/04/2012 2:43:31 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit." - Ayn Rand)
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To: NYer

I’d love for the unions to be “taken out”. They’re a drain.


45 posted on 09/04/2012 3:23:28 PM PDT by youngidiot (The name's Bond. James Bond. James Bond Jovi.)
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I sincerely hope Romney tries to “take them out.” I won’t hold my breath though.


46 posted on 09/04/2012 3:29:08 PM PDT by MCH
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he wants to take us out

Memo to Knuckles Pelicano: Hold off on hit. They’re onto us.


47 posted on 09/04/2012 4:54:38 PM PDT by Joan Kerrey
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"...workers being able to join together and have an organization is the best check against corporate power...."

How's that work for gov't employees, again?

48 posted on 09/04/2012 4:54:46 PM PDT by Paladin2
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