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  • Dozens of Republicans Vote for Handouts to Big Labor

    06/14/2011 1:25:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    RedState ^ | June 14, 2011 | Daniel Horowitz
    Yesterday, the House passed the largely non-controversial Military Construction/Veterans Affairs Appropriations (MilCon) bill for FY 2012. Unfortunately, it is these non-controversial bills which provide a safe haven for meretricious policy initiatives through the rapid fire amendment process. While everyone was focused on presidential politics, the House passed an amendment forcing government contractors to use labor unions on federal construction projects. Oh, and like most bad legislation, this amendment passed by one vote, with the help of 27 Republicans. In 2009, Obama used his signature power grab tool; an Executive Order, forcing all private companies to sign a project labor agreement...
  • Even In California ...

    04/25/2011 6:07:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 25, 2011 | Staff
    Labor: Have California's voters finally said "enough" to the lavish pensions and perks its public-employee unions draw? A new poll says yes. The only remaining question is why they keep voting for politicians who disagree. There's no bigger mockery from the term "public servant" than the outsized taxpayer-paid pensions that go to those who spend a lifetime abusing us at the tax office, saddling us with looney environmental regulations, losing our permit paperwork, working with casual sloth, shoveling taxpayer goodies to illegal aliens, and drawing full pay for years even after molesting schoolchildren. A new L.A. Times/University of South California...
  • Clarity In Chile

    04/15/2011 5:41:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 15, 2011 | Staff
    Politics: What does one call a state whose Senate says "no" to its public employee unions for strikes and collective bargaining? Perhaps Wisconsin, but in fact Chile. Seems it still likes being tops in economic freedom and growth. After two days of debate, a proposed change to Chile's constitution allowing collective bargaining privileges and a "right" to strike for public unions was voted down. The change got just 21 votes, four short of a two-thirds needed. Even many of the left-leaning opposition abstained. But you can't say they didn't try. "Chile is the only country in the world whose constitution...
  • The Real Battle: Makers v. Takers

    03/14/2011 8:15:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | March 14, 2011 | Lurita Doan
    Ideological budget battles between GOP and Dems in congress mask the real battle erupting across America-- the battle between the makers and the takers. Entrepreneurs and other working Americans, the makers, are growing tired of government's rapacious hand in their financial pocket and they are becoming more aggressive and more outspoken in their protests. Dems should expect this trend to continue. The recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report citing systemic high unemployment for the past two years shows that of the approximately 300 million Americans, only 47% of adults have full-time jobs. It's a mind-boggling statistic: 53%-- or a majority...
  • Victory: Scott Walker signs collective bargaining bill

    03/11/2011 7:02:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/11/2011 | Allahpundit
    He already signed it this morning, actually, but they went ahead with a special public ceremony in the afternoon so that he could sign it again. Just because. Reminds me of Pelosi talking that long walk to the Capitol before the ObamaCare vote in the House, waving that giant gavel around that looked bigger than she is, chuckling all the way. The left keeps promising that Walker and the Senate GOP will pay for this, which may or may not be true. But if and when it does, let these three words comfort you: “Minority Leader Pelosi.”Meanwhile, the newest tactic...
  • Bi-Winning? GOP, Big Labor Both Think Theyll End Up On Top

    03/11/2011 7:18:55 AM PST · by Slyscribe · 17 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 3/10/2011 | Ed Carson
    The Wisconsin State Assembly today approved collective bargaining rules changes this afternoon, assuring that Republican Gov. Scott Walker will be able to sign it into law soon. So as far as that particular battle goes, Walker and the Republicans have won. But who exactly is winning the war? Big Labor and liberal groups think they are, thanks to various polls showing the public leaning their way on the issue. They are convinced that the Republicans will suffer a backlash for their actions, much as Democrats suffered a backlash over ObamaCare. But that assumes that all of those polled are as...
  • Dem. Wis. senators fear Republicans plan to pass collective bargaining bill without them (Good)

    03/09/2011 3:36:59 PM PST · by tobyhill · 84 replies
    Fox 6 ^ | 3/9/2011 | ap
    Two Democratic state senators say they think Republicans plan to pass parts of Gov. Scott Walker's proposal that take away collective bargaining rights from public workers without them. Senate Republican leaders weren't saying why they hastily created a conference committee that's meeting later Wednesday night.
  • What the Unions Fear

    03/09/2011 4:23:24 AM PST · by Scanian · 9 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | March 9, 2011 | Peter Hannaford
    Demonstrators at the Wisconsin capitol, union representatives and absent Democratic state senators concede in interviews that they don't object to a bill requiring teachers and other public employees to pay 12.5 percent of their health insurance (up from five percent), or up to half of their pension deposits. It is the curbing of collective bargaining that has brought on near hysteria and a fierce campaign to discredit Governor Scott Walker's legislation. For the union leaders the consequences of passage of the legislation could be devastating to their sinecures. Amid all the shouting, placards and banging on pots and pans in...
  • The union racket: Not all teachers want to buy it

    03/02/2011 3:35:40 AM PST · by Scanian · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 1, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
    If public-school teachers spent more time teaching in classrooms and less time community-organizing in political war rooms, maybe taxpayers wouldn't feel as ripped off as they do. Before the Big Labor bosses start complaining about "teacher-bashing," let's be clear: An increasing number of rank-and-file teachers feel exactly the same way. Retired New York teacher Vinne Cusimano, who was required to pay forced union dues in order to work, wrote me this week after receiving the March 2011 edition of his union's monthly publication. The cover of the New York State United Teachers magazine reads: "Defend What Matters! Educate. Collaborate. AGITATE."...
  • So much for civility: Bam mum as Left gets vile

    02/26/2011 2:46:35 AM PST · by Scanian · 53 replies
    NY Post ^ | February 25, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
    President Obama's new era of civility was over be fore it began. America has been overrun by foul-mouthed, fist-clenching wildebeests. Yes, the Tea-Party movement is responsible -- for sending these liberal goons into an insane rage, that is. It is Obama's rank-and-file "community organizers" on the streets fomenting the hate against their political enemies. Not the other way around. The trendy new epithet among Big Labor organizers who've been camping out at the Madison, Wis., Capitol building for more than a week to block GOP Gov. Scott Walker's budget reform bill: "Koch whore." Classy, huh? It's a reference to the...
  • SEIU's Message To Colorado

    02/25/2011 10:19:33 AM PST · by invaderzim · 21 replies
    Hear Us Now ^ | 02.25.11 | Hear Us Now
    SEIU has a message for Colorado, "...well turn Colorado into Wisconsin".
  • AFL CIO Chief: Raising Taxes Will Create Jobs

    02/25/2011 7:40:44 AM PST · by econjack · 58 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | Feb. 25, 2011 | Peter Gorenstein
    What's the best way to get Americans back to work? Raise taxes, according to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Specifically, he wants to raise the federal gas tax as a means to fund infrastructure spending. "We need a dedicated source of revenue to create infrastructure in this country," he tells Aaron Task in the accompanying clip. "We need to create jobs. The best way to do that is through infrastructure development." Simply maintaining the existing infrastructure in this country will cost $2.2 trillion over five years, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers. That doesn't include Obama's objective of high-speed...
  • Joe Biden update: He meets with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka to talk about secret stuf

    02/24/2011 10:15:25 AM PST · by opentalk · 17 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 24. 2011 | ANDREW MALCOLM
    Public schedule of Vice President Joe Biden for Thursday, Feb. 24: At 10:45 AM, the Vice President and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis will meet with President of the AFL-CIO Richard Trumka and with presidents of AFL-CIO labor organizations. Whatever do you suppose they're plotting inside this transparent Obama administration White House? Well, we'll never know. Because this meeting of an elected federal official with top labor union officers is closed to press. Then there are the meetings with lobbyists held just off the executive office grounds to avoid reporting them in White House logs. You are dismissed.
  • Another reminder that the SEIU, Obamas pet union stinks of hatred for America

    02/24/2011 6:51:57 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 3 replies ^ | FEBRUARY 24TH, 2011 | Kevin Coach Collins
    . the events in Wisconsin, and other states, unfold it is instructive to consider who is orchestrating the actions of the unions as they fight to keep their stranglehold on our economy. Investigated for terror ties Although you might not have gotten it from the old media, last September the FBI raided the homes of several people in the Midwest including those of two current or former Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73 Executive Board members. The FBI is investigating the SEIUs Chicago local (a Barack Obama favored union), for its ties to terror organizations bent on the destruction...
  • 16 States Going to War on Unions

    02/24/2011 5:56:03 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 44 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 02/23/11
    16 States Going to War on Unions The Daily Beast Wed Feb 23, 11:52 pm ET NEW YORK With Wisconsin locked in a union battle, The Daily Beast looks at the 15 states that could blow up next and crunches the numbers to find whether they're really on shaky financial footingor playing politics. Revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt have toppled despotic governments, while Libyans are on the verge of doing the same. The stakes are not as high in Wisconsin and the 15 other states that have proposed or are expected to propose various levels of de-engagement from both...
  • GAY BLACK TEA PARTYER Attacked By Racist SEIU Activists at Denver Tea Party

    02/23/2011 11:05:56 AM PST · by Jenny Hatch · 27 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Feb 22, 2011 | Jim Hoft
    A pro-public union SEIU rally turned ugly today outside the Colorado Capitol in Denver. The Colorado union supporters started out the day chanting, Tax the rich! But later the unhinged SEIU thugs accosted a gay black tea partyer. This verbal assault lasted for several minutes. In this segment the pro-union leftists asks this black tea partyer, I just want to know how you can vote against your own best interest. Unbelievable.
  • Walker on Fake Sick Leave: State Employees Will be Terminated, Doctors Will Be Investigated

    02/23/2011 9:11:18 AM PST · by Islander7 · 134 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | Feb 23, 2011 | Audio
    Walker on Fake Sick Leave: State Employees Will be Terminated, Doctors Will Be Investigated 53 second audio of Walker on fake doctor excuses. Gov. Walker talks with Sean Hannity about the repercussions of teachers and state employees faking their sick leave with fraudulent doctor's notes. He stressed that the teachers are employees of each individual district and the superintendents can determine what action to take. But state employees are under the governor's jurisdiction. Direct link:
  • "Family physician Lou Sanner, 59, of Madison, said he had given out hundreds of notes."

    02/20/2011 12:15:02 AM PST · by GreaterSwiss · 54 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/20/2011 | ODD RICHMOND and JASON SMATHERS
    Doctors from numerous hospitals set up a station near the Capitol to provide notes to explain public employees' absences from work. Family physician Lou Sanner, 59, of Madison, said he had given out hundreds of notes. Many of the people he spoke with seemed to be suffering from stress, he said. "What employers have a right to know is if the patient was assessed by a duly licensed physician about time off of work," Sanner said. "Employers don't have a right to know the nature of that conversation or the nature of that illness. So it's as valid as every...
  • Haridopolos flip-flops, sides with Gov. Rick Scott on rejecting rail dollars

    02/19/2011 6:53:53 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | February 19, 2011 | Marc Caputo and Alex Leary
    In a nod to tea party power, Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos reversed course on a majority of state senators and his own voting record Friday by saying he supports Gov. Rick Scott's decision to refuse $2.4 billion in federal high-speed rail money. "Florida is leading by example in keeping its fiscal house in order. We must demand the same from Washington," Haridopolos, who voted for high-speed rail in December 2009, said in a letter. [snip] Haridopolos' new stance was widely interpreted in the state Capitol as an election-season play for votes in his bid for U.S. Senate a...
  • Dem Seeks To End Taft-Hartley Protections

    10/06/2010 7:24:35 PM PDT · by Tribune7 · 15 replies
    A bill submitted to congress, Sept. 29, would abolish the right to work laws that exist in 22 states, at least according to its sponsor Brad Sherman (D-CA27) as the text of the bill, H.R 6384, is not yet available at Right to work laws came about from the Taft-Hartley Amendments to the National Labor Relations Act in 1947. These laws allow a person to refrain from joining a union and still be able to work at a company.
  • Civil rights, labor groups rally on National Mall (Some unions make attendance MANDATORY!)

    10/02/2010 10:52:51 AM PDT · by Libloather · 55 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/02/10 | Jordan Steffen
    Civil rights, labor groups rally on National MallThe goal is to arouse enthusiasm among Democratic voters and stave off an expected GOP comeback in the midterm elections. The rally is also a liberal response to conservative commentator Glenn Beck's rally in August. By Jordan Steffen, Tribune Washington Bureau 11:52 a.m. CDT, October 2, 2010 WASHINGTON - Thousands of activists from groups that support the Democratic Party gathered for a march and rally on the National Mall on Saturday in a bid to rejuvenate the enthusiasm of more liberal voters and stave off an expected GOP comeback in next month's midterm...
  • Liberal groups to gather in D.C. for One Nation rally

    09/30/2010 8:20:00 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 79 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | September 30, 2010
    Liberal groups hoping to revive enthusiasm before November's midterm elections are encouraging their members to come to the Mall on Saturday for a rally that they expect to draw tens of thousands of people. Their goal is to reclaim the excitement that surged among left-leaning groups after the 2008 presidential race... The organizers of this weekend's rally, dubbed One Nation Working Together, are calling it the "most diverse march in history." The amalgam of 400 progressive groups - including environmentalists, antiwar activists, church and civil rights groups, union organizers and gay rights coalitions - is planning four hours of speeches,...
  • Why labor needs a Tea Party

    09/29/2010 3:24:22 AM PDT · by Scanian · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 28, 2010 | Michelle Malkin
    The Service Employees International Union plans to send 25,000 rank-and-file workers on 500 buses to Washington this weekend to protest the Tea Party movement, Republicans and Fox News. If SEIU members had any sense, they'd be demonstrating at their own bosses' DC headquarters. It's the Big Labor left, not the Tea Party right, that is flushing union workers' hard-earned dues down the collective toilet in these hard times. The co-organizer of the so-called "One Nation" protest by a coalition of progressive groups is George Gresham, president of the behemoth SEIU Local 1199 based in New York. Perhaps Gresham should pay...
  • Obama Kneecaps Airlines (but after November Congress could overturn this--- and a lot more)

    09/27/2010 2:32:04 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 7 replies
    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 75-year rule that required a majority of employees in a rail or airline company to vote to unionize. The motion to...
  • Obama's Favors to Unions

    09/11/2010 8:38:50 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 09/11/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    The Washington Examiner asks a few substantive questions about unions this Labor Day weekend. Why do they seem to have such an outsized power when their dues paying members are fewer than ever, when they work in fewer industries than ever, and when they have such money troubles? Ah, but the answer is what we all know. They have a president in Washington thats bought and paid for. Here are just some of the favors that Obama has given to his patrons in Big Labor as the Examiner notes: Only 10 days after taking the oath of office, Obama...
  • Remembering Labor's Legacy Of Violence

    09/06/2010 9:51:18 AM PDT · by yoe · 10 replies
    IBD ^ | September 3, 2010 | Michelle Malkin
    To mark Labor Day 2010, President Obama will join hands with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in Milwaukee and pose as champions of the working class. Bad move. Trumka's organizing record is a shameful reminder of the union movement's violent and corrupt foundations. The new Obama/AFL-CIO power alliance underwritten with $40 million in hard-earned worker dues is a midterm shotgun marriage of Beltway brass knuckles and Big Labor brawn. Trumka warmed up his rhetorical muscles this past week with full-frontal attacks on former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. He indignantly accused her of "getting close to calling for...
  • No Love Lost Between Bill Clinton & Labor

    06/08/2010 1:22:37 PM PDT · by Slyscribe · 3 replies · 24+ views
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 6/8/2010 | Sean Higgins
    At this point it is almost as if the runoff contest between Arkansas Senate Democratic primary candidates Blanche Lincoln and Bill Halter is incidental. The real battle in the state is between former President Bill Clinton and Big Labor, which has been using the race as a proxy to renew the New Democrat vs. progressive fights of the 1990s. Clinton wasted no time in taking unions on when he came in campaigning for incumbent Lincoln.
  • Proposed Union Bailouts: A Means to Buy Union Votes?

    05/27/2010 6:33:30 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 14 replies · 355+ views
    The New American ^ | May 26, 2010 | Raven Clabough
    On Tuesday May 25, Bradley Blakeman of Fox News wrote an article entitled, Unions The OTHER Democratic National Committee, in which he discussed the incestuous relationship between the Democratic Party and unions. Blakeman writes: Unions have made no bones about their upcoming involvement in the midterm elections of 2010. In short, unions are scared to death that they will lose their grip on their control of the House and the Senate unless they spend tens of millions of dollars and force their members to campaign for Democratic incumbents. In view of this, Democratic Senator Bob Caseys introduced legislation for...
  • Labor, Civil Rights Groups Will Rally in D.C. to Push Back on Tea Party

    05/11/2010 9:34:49 AM PDT · by kcvl · 53 replies · 1,121+ views ^ | 05/10/10 | Christopher Weber
    The NAACP and several labor unions will rally in Washington this fall to push for new jobs and to give a voice to working class Americans who say the conservative Tea Party movement doesn't represent their views. "It's very annoying to see the Tea Party folks on television all the time as if they're speaking for working people, while all they're doing is divide working people and push our agenda back, both racially and economically," George Gresham, a march organizer and local member of the Service Employees International Union, told The New York Times. "It is annoying that some people...
  • Rule change favors unions at airlines, railroads (makes union organizing easier - Payback.)

    05/10/2010 1:32:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 838+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/10/10 | Sam Hananel - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a major victory for organized labor, unions will have an easier time signing up airline and railroad workers after the Obama administration Monday changed a 76-year-old rule on union elections. The change is the most significant so far in a string of White House moves designed to boost unions, which are struggling to reverse years of decline in membership. The new rule, announced by the three-member National Mediation Board, would recognize a union if a simple majority of workers who cast ballots approve organizing. The previous rule required a majority of the entire work force to...
  • AFL-CIO Throwing in Towel on Card Check (Victory Literally in Sight?)

    05/03/2010 10:36:09 AM PDT · by Andrea19 · 4 replies · 432+ views
    Alliance for Worker Freedom ^ | 5/3/10 | Christopher Prandoni
    ...[T]he AFL-CIO removed the large banner supporting EFCA which had covered the corner of the building facing the White House for the past year or so...
  • Washington to Give Unions More Power to Tell Corporations What to Do

    05/01/2010 11:28:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies · 442+ views
    canada free press ^ | 5/1/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    Senator Chris Dodd (D, Conn.) wants to give unions more power in the boardrooms of our nations businesses. In essence, Dodd wants to force corporate boards under the thumb of unions by federal fiat. Carefully hidden in Dodds new regulations are provisions that give new powers to board members, powers aimed at giving unions more say in the operations of businesses from the inside through investments of pension funds.
  • Obama Gives Unions a 'Massive Payback' with Executive Order, Contractors Claim

    04/30/2010 3:24:34 AM PDT · by Man50D · 21 replies · 904+ views ^ | April 30, 2010 | Christopher Neefus
    The nations non-union contractors, who constitute the bulk of the construction industry, say President Obama has given a massive payback to unions by implementing an executive order that would help them secure billions of dollars in construction contracts on public projects -- and a House Republican congressman agrees. The executive order, implemented in mid-April, encourages federal agencies to use project labor agreements or PLAs on their construction projects, which could require any non-union workers to pay into ailing union pension funds and follow work guidelines set out by a union. Ben Brubeck, who is director of the labor and federal...
  • (Cartoon) SEIU & CTA to CA Taxpayers - "You're Just Gonna Have To Tighten Your Belt"

    04/19/2010 6:11:54 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 3 replies · 902+ views
    City-Journal ^ | Sean Delonas
  • Stern Exit May Make Big Labor More Powerful

    04/13/2010 1:26:10 PM PDT · by Slyscribe · 10 replies · 600+ views
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 4/13/2010 | Sean Higgins
    Andy Stern, 59, president of the Service Employees International Union, surprised many when it was leaked late Monday that he was stepping down. It seemed inexplicable: He was a close ally and adviser to the White House, so why give that up that kind of power? The answer may lie in the fact that his retirement could heal Big Labors schism. In 2005, Stern led the SEIU and other unions, including the Teamsters, out of the AFL-CIO to form a rival coalition, Change to Win. The coalition has struggled, and the AFL-CIO has made overtures to get the rebel unions...
  • Rep. Mollohan Voted Yes for health insurance reform. Join us in thanking him now!(SEIU)

    03/29/2010 6:46:54 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 10 replies · 794+ views ^ | Mar 2010 | SEIU
    Thank You, Representative Alan Mollohan While Republicans in Washington stand with insurance companies and Wall Street profiteers, Alan Mollohan is on our side. Alan Mollohan just stood up to the powerful health insurance companies and their billions in profit. So now, you cant be denied or lose coverage because you're sick, and families and small businesses will be able to afford the health insurance they need. Thank Alan Mollohan hes standing with us, not the powerful special interests. Sign the Thank You Card to the right
  • Card Check By Fiat?

    03/26/2010 5:20:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 451+ views ^ | March 26, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Unions: Republican senators have warned the president not to appoint Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board while Congress is in recess. But he will and American workers and consumers will be worse off for it. There's good reason to oppose Becker sitting on the NLRB, the five-member federal agency that administers the National Labor Relations Act governing relations between unions and private-sector employers. It's not so much because Becker is a lawyer for the AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Union and would be the first NLRB member to come straight from the legal staff of organized...
  • WH Picks Andy Stern For Deficit Commission

    03/02/2010 8:14:11 AM PST · by raptor22 · 23 replies · 708+ views
    Laura Ingraham ^ | March 2, 2010 | Staff
    The White House picks its most frequent visitor to sit on its deficit commission. He believes in big government, in big spending, and that the workers of the world should unite. What could go wrong? Computer security firms have been known to hire the best former hackers because they know best how to stop others like them. But the appointment of Andy Stern, president of the Service Employee International Union (SEIU), to a bipartisan commission to come up with ways to deal with the rapidly rising federal budget deficit is like having a serial arsonist organize Fire Prevention Week. Government...
  • Sinking By The Stern

    03/01/2010 5:07:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 539+ views ^ | March 1, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Union Influence: The White House picks its most frequent visitor to sit on its deficit commission. He believes in big government, in big spending, and that the workers of the world should unite. What could go wrong? Computer security firms have been known to hire the best former hackers because they know best how to stop others like them. But the appointment of Andy Stern, president of the Service Employee International Union (SEIU), to a bipartisan commission to come up with ways to deal with the rapidly rising federal budget deficit is like having a serial arsonist organize Fire Prevention...
  • Democrat Caddell rips White House for obeisance to organized labor

    02/17/2010 1:25:00 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 120 replies · 5,499+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 02/17/10 at 3:55 pm | Jon Ward
    Longtime Democratic strategist Pat Caddell on Wednesday blasted the Obama White House for creating a world in which there is no dissent, following his banishment from Colorado Democrat Andrew Romanoffs campaign for Senate. Caddell, in a phone interview with The Daily Caller, doubled down on the comments he made in November, when he said public sector employee unions in Colorado used as leverage to get him tossed from the Romanoff campaign. What I said about Andy Stern and the SEIU? Sure, theyre thugs, said Caddell, a former adviser to President Jimmy Carter, who until Wednesday had an informal advising role...
  • Labor leaders 'fuming' over Scott Brown assuming Senate seat today

    02/04/2010 3:31:15 PM PST · by truthandlife · 46 replies · 3,122+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2-4-10 | Mark Hemingway
    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....
  • Senate rushing to do favors for Big Labor before Brown is seated

    02/03/2010 6:25:50 AM PST · by opentalk · 17 replies · 884+ views
    Examiner ^ | 02/02/10 | Mark Hemingway
    Yesterday, Senate Democrats rushed through a party-line cloture vote on Obama's nominee for Solicitor General, Patricia Smith. Smith got 60 Democratic votes even though a Republican senator produced damning evidence that she lied in Senate testimony regarding her role in a controversial program that unfairly benefited labor unions while she was New York State Labor Commissioner. Today, the Senate is again trying to perform as many favors for Big Labor as it can before newly elected Republican Senator Scott Brown is seated and Democrats lose their supermajority. Senate Democrats are now trying to rush through the nomination of Craig Becker...
  • (Video -- 'Cheers' Parody): The White House Where Everybody Knows The Union Bosses' Names

    02/01/2010 10:27:34 AM PST · by Big Labor Hater · 3 replies · 372+ views
    Freedom At Work ^ | 1/29/10 | NRTW
    Watch the video!
  • Unions get behind Obama bank fee

    01/21/2010 7:48:49 AM PST · by opentalk · 26 replies · 1,082+ views
    The Hill ^ | 01/20/10 | Kevin Bogardus
    The labor movement plans to lend its considerable weight to help pass President Barack Obamas proposed bank fee this year. Envisioned as a tax on big banks to help recoup the governments losses from the 2008 bailout of Wall Street, the proposal has attracted labor support. Unions see the tax as a part of a broader agenda for financial regulatory reform. Several union officials told The Hill they plan to make the fee a part of their campaign platform when deciding which candidates to support for the 2010 midterm elections. Were already campaigning all over the country about banks, said...
  • Big Labor Splits On Health Care Tactics

    01/20/2010 1:52:50 PM PST · by Slyscribe · 5 replies · 449+ views
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 1/20/2010 | Sean Higgins
    The nations two top labor coalitions have split over how to proceed on the health care bill, further damaging the already-fading chances that the bill will land on the presidents desk. Bill Samuel, legislative director of the AFL-CIO, told reporter Greg Sargent that his organization is opposed to any plan that is based on passing the Senate version of the health care bill. We dont want the House to pass the Senate bill, Samuel told Sargent. We would not be in favor of passing the Senate bill without fixing the problems that weve identified. But Andy Stern, president of the...
  • Big Labor From New York Is Manning Coakley Office (Video Shows Them Calling Media Nazis)

    01/19/2010 2:00:14 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 4 replies · 849+ views
    Big Government ^ | 1-19-10 | Publius
    This video is quickly making the rounds across the Internet. It shows Coakley staffers or volunteers throwing some reporters out of a Coakley office. Aside from the humor of a bunch of leftists and progressives suddenly discovering and asserting private property rights, the video has a classic display of the lefts quick resort to the N-Bomb, as in Nazis.
  • Dear Union Members: Your Leadership Just Screwed Over The Rest Of America

    01/17/2010 7:50:07 PM PST · by tobyhill · 9 replies · 807+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 1/17/2010 | Sarah Palin
    In the latest to come out of D.C.s backroom health care deals, President Obama yesterday cut a doozy of a deal with labor union bosses. The feds health care plan must be so bad that even union bosses had to go to D.C. to say they wanted out. So... to keep their support for a flawed plan they got an exemption to provisions in the deal that others did not. Small business owners, our families running Americas mom & pops, did not get this deal. Ask yourself: why did union bosses get special treatment? And when did our countrys unions...
  • Unions Win, Small Business Lose

    01/15/2010 9:40:32 AM PST · by Slyscribe · 9 replies · 574+ views
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 1/15/2010 | Ed Carson
    That's the message from the National Federation of Independent Business. The small business trade group just released a statement regarding the White House-Congress-labor union deal on the health insurance tax, entitled: Cadillac Tax Deal: Unions Win, Small Business Loses. Susan Eckerly, NFIB senior vice president: According to news reports dribbling out from the closed doors of the White House, it appears that the result of the deal struck between the administration, Democratic congressional leaders and the labor unions is more about taking care of their political friends than it is about lowering health care costs for Americas small businesses.
  • Labor's Power Play

    01/13/2010 6:10:04 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies · 1,285+ views ^ | January 13, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Politics: With the Massachusetts Senate race in a dead heat, the Service Employees International Union makes a massive ad buy for a Democrat raising money from lobbyists. Sorry, Sen. Kerry, but the tea party's coming. Having received a tsunami warning, the purple shirts of the SEIU have sprung into action with a major ad buy trying to pull the Senate candidacy of Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley from the jaws of defeat. The buy size of $685,000, extracted from the union dues of not-always-willing workers, is one of the biggest of the election. The ads note that Republican Scott Brown...
  • Labor Campaigns Against Tax on Health Plans

    01/12/2010 9:46:38 PM PST · by freespirited · 3 replies · 323+ views
    NY Slimes ^ | 01/13/10 | Bob Pear & David Herszenhorn
    Having failed to persuade President Obama to scrap a proposed tax on high-cost health insurance policies, labor leaders took their case Tuesday to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and they said they received a more favorable response. I love the House, and I love the speaker, Andrew L. Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union, said after the meeting. House and Senate Democrats are trying to iron out numerous differences in bills passed by the two chambers to expand coverage and rein in health costs. Having devoted much of 2008 to the legislation, senior House Democrats said it could be a...