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  • Ignore the Union Leader Behind the Curtain (How Union Pensions are ruining our states' finances)

    01/05/2011 8:06:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    RealClearMarkets ^ | 01/05/2011 | Josh Barro
    As discontent with public employee compensation grows, the latest fashion from the Left is to claim that public workers are being scapegoated. Yesterday, Gawker even ran a piece called "The Plan to Blame Unions for Everything," arguing that the real causes of states' fiscal woes are failures to properly fund pension plans and a financial collapse caused by greedy bankers. Without problems caused by other people, there would be no crisis in employee compensation-so don't blame the unions. The problem with this account is that it is false. While many states were in fact reckless in their pension funding practices...
  • Union Boss Trumka Admits Main Goal is Using Unions To Fundamentally Change America NOT members needs

    01/05/2011 9:00:34 AM PST · by Pacothecat · 16 replies
    Union Boss Trumka Admits Main Goal is Using Unions To Fundamentally Change America into His Progressive Vision…Not Negotiate Members Salaries
  • Video Proof that NY Sanitation Workers Sabatoged Storm Cleanup

    01/05/2011 9:06:22 AM PST · by Freepmanchew · 21 replies
    ChicoER Gate ^ | 1/5/10 | Chuck wolk
    Last week NY city sanitation union employees were told by their supervisors to keep away from some of the major arteries of traffic in order to cause havoc during the snow storm because they wanted to make a statement about their disagreement over budget cuts. So along with other tragedies, Sanitation Union workers are directly responsible for the death of a 22 year old college students new born baby.Well, now we have video evidence that proves the workers laid down on the job. Some slept like the sanitation worker in the photo to the left. Others were spotted in...
  • Cash-Strapped States Seek Laws To Curb Labor Union Power

    01/04/2011 12:50:05 PM PST · by FromLori · 8 replies
    Global Economic Analysis ^ | 1/4/11 | Mike "Mish" Shedlock
    In a growing, justified wave of public-union resentment, at least 10 states seek to make major changes in labor law. Radical proposals come from newly elected governors in Wisconsin and Ohio. I heartily endorse Strained States Turning to Laws to Curb Labor Unions Faced with growing budget deficits and restive taxpayers, elected officials from Maine to Alabama, Ohio to Arizona, are pushing new legislation to limit the power of labor unions, particularly those representing government workers, in collective bargaining and politics. On Wednesday, for example, New York’s new Democratic governor, Andrew M. Cuomo, is expected to call for a one-year...
  • Obama Administration Closes Year Paying Off Big Labor

    01/01/2011 6:40:23 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies ^ | January 1, 2011 | Katie Gage
    With the White House doling out appointments, regulatory favors and other paybacks, Big Labor must be counting its blessings to have an administration in place willing to ignore the will of citizens and job creators. It does not seem President Obama feels inhibited in paying back union bosses even though his initiatives could not and would not pass in the legislature. Instead, he has taken to using unelected bureaucrats not accountable to voters to enact sweeping changes in labor laws. All of this takes place in the context of Big Labor having spent half a billion dollars to elect Obama...
  • AFSCME campaign takes on 'lies' about public workers

    12/04/2010 8:03:39 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies · 5+ views
    Sacramento Bee State Worker Blog ^ | December 3, 2010 | Jon Ortiz
    The American Federation of Federal, State, County and Municipal Employees has launched a new campaign to "Stop the Lies" by politicians and the media that public employees' pay and pensions are sinking government. AFSCME argues in an open letter on its website that business and the media are scapegoating government workers: "The only thing attacking public service workers does is divert attention from the real culprits of our country's economic troubles and inequality: You, greedy Wall Street CEOs, politicians in Washington who turn a blind eye, and all right-wing talking heads who spin lies."
  • Unions are hijacking our democracy

    11/02/2010 3:34:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/2/10 | Matt Patterson
    Labor’s heavy hitters have even been deployed, including AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka, who has himself stumped for Reid, telling supporters, “If we’re going to keep our champion …We’ve got to fight for him.” Unions have also brought their incredibly large checkbook to bear: The SEIU alone has allocated $725,000 to help ensure Reid’s return to the United States Senate. Unions are spending like their very existence depends on liberals holding on to power in the U.S. government — which it does. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), in fact, “has spent more than any other outside...
  • Mark Hemingway: Unions target your private retirement savings

    11/01/2010 8:40:42 AM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Examinier ^ | 11/1/10 | Mark Hemingway
    Will the government outlaw your 401(k) plan? It seems like an absurd possibility, yet earlier this month two Democratic senators, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., held a hearing on Capitol Hill exploring the possibility of doing exactly that. On Oct. 8, the two senators from the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing on "Retirement (In)security in America." Among the proposals discussed was "Guaranteed Retirement Accounts," or GRAs. The purpose of the GRA proposal is simple: To force Americans to stop putting their retirement savings money into private 401(k) accounts and send their...
  • Unions are desperate for a tax-paid pension bailout( unions need a bailout and fast)

    10/19/2010 11:13:59 AM PDT · by goldendays · 34 replies ^ | 10/18/2010 | Mark Hemingway
    When it comes to accounting, the devil is in the details. A new Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) rule taking effect in December requires greater transparency for union pension plans and threatens to bankrupt organized labor. In order to survive, unions need a bailout and fast. This presents a political problem -- if unions go bankrupt, so do Democrats. Eleven of the top 20 largest political contributors are labor unions, and nearly all of that money is spent campaigning against Republicans. By bailing out unions, Democrats are bailing out themselves. Unions have known for years that their multiemployer pension plans...
  • Obama's foreign money can of worms (Hey Obama, check this)

    10/19/2010 10:32:19 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 19, 2010 | Thomas Lifson
    The Democrats, including President Obama, have embarked on a disastrous campaign impugning the US Chamber of Commerce as a source of nefarious foreign money corrupting our campaigns. Not only has the accusation failed to resonate, it has opened a door that Democrats would prefer remain closed. And because Washington Post writer Marc A. Thiessen has taken up the question, it will be impossible to contain the very valid questions raised: of the largest labor unions in America, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), ... is spending lavishly to elect Democrats. The SEIU claims 100,000 members in Canada. According to...
  • City of Bell Police Union Asks for $71 Million Federal Bail-Out From Congress [Whoa!!!]

    Two unions formed the group BASTA, the Bell Association To Stop Abuse, but it looks like BASTA wants to abuse the rest of the nation. BASTA, the group formed by the Bell Police Officer’s Association Union and the Union American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) want you to fork over your $$$$ for another Federal BAILOUT!!!! "BASTA leadership is calling on Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard to craft emergency federal legislation to create a Federal Relief Fund for the City of Bell. The Relief Fund will seek to forgive and modify Bell’s current bond obligations [$71 million] and provide...
  • New Lame Duck Threat to Bailout Union Pensions (401k threat)

    10/13/2010 1:38:09 PM PDT · by roses of sharon · 47 replies · 3+ views
    Human Events ^ | 10/8/10
    Democrats in the Senate on Thursday held a recess hearing covering a taxpayer bailout of union pensions and a plan to seize private 401(k) plans to more "fairly" distribute taxpayer-funded pensions to everyone. Sen. Harkin (D-Iowa), Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee heard from hand-picked witnesses advocating the infamous "Guaranteed Retirement Account" (GRA) authored by Theresa Guilarducci. In a nutshell, under the GRA system government would seize private 401(k) accounts, setting up an additional 5% mandatory payroll tax to dole out a "fair" pension to everyone using that confiscated money coupled with the mandated contributions. ***...
  • The SEIU Gets a Visit From an Angry Housewife in Arizona

    10/01/2010 6:19:11 PM PDT · by SeattleBruce · 27 replies ^ | 10/1/2010 |
    A week after Arizona governor Jan Brewer knocked the once-mighty United Food & Commercial Workers out of the Boycott Arizona campaign, an Angry Right Wing Housewife decided to do a little protesting on her own.
  • AFL-CIO Prez Trumka: ‘We Need to…Re-establish Popular Control Over Private Corporations’

    we need to fundamentally restructure our economy and re-establish popular control over the private corporations which have distorted our economy and hijacked our government. That’s a long-term job, but one we should start now.
  • Astroturf? Thousands Given Free Bus Rides By Unions & NAACP to One Nation Rally

    09/27/2010 3:49:29 PM PDT · by kristinn · 84 replies · 1+ views
    Big Government ^ | Monday, September 28, 2010 | Kristinn Taylor and Andrea Shea King
    In response to the success of the Tea Party rallies in April 2009, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) accused the nascent movement of being “astroturf”–a political term of art for a faux movement funded by traditional powers to give a cause the appearance of independent grassroots support. Pelosi repeated the “astroturf” slur in August 2009 as Tea Party activists showed up in large numbers at healthcare townhall meetings. Five national tea party-related rallies have been held in our nation’s capital in the past year and half. If there was evidence that thousands of tea party activists were getting free bus...
  • Unions: Democrat's Own Extremists Taking The Local Parties Over?

    09/27/2010 8:18:16 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 7 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 09/27/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    Michael Barone, one of media's sharpest observers of America's political scene, has noted an interesting trend in Democrat politics: unions are knocking out regular liberal Democrats in America's big cities. Barone calls it a civil war raging in the Democrat Party. He points to several big city campaigns in which unions rose up to defeat the "gentry liberals," as Barone calls them, and have replaced them in primaries with union backed, ultra liberals. For proof Barone points to several races in New York, Maryland, and Washington D.C. In each there was a split between the public employee unions that do...
  • Union thuggery

    09/22/2010 7:35:00 AM PDT · by ctpsb · 5 replies ^ | 09/22/10 | Michelle Malkin
    An Economic Horror Story Obama Won't Tell
  • The Democrat-SEIU-Media Corruption That Will Make Milwaukee Famous

    09/21/2010 3:27:12 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | 9-21-10 | Michael Walsh
    From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel comes this revealing little window into the Democrat-Union-Media Complex: Organized labor is hatching a plan to use prominent Democratic officials and TV ads to pummel Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker over the OÂ’Donnell Park garage accident to try to keep him from being elected governor. So says a local union official with loose lips who was secretly recorded yakking away outside an east side bar earlier this month. But this story isnÂ’t really about an undercover tape, so please read on, as the plot thickens: HereÂ’s what he said everyone can expect in the next six...
  • FEC Okays SEIU Threats for PAC Contributions

    09/16/2010 9:36:19 AM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Big Government, ^ | 9/16/10 | Don Loos
    As the Federal Election Commission (FEC) scans the political landscape scrutinizing tea party activist and most every other citizen who participates in this year’s federal elections, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) got a ''a get out of jail free card'' to ignore and flout campaign finance regulations. At the FEC, the foxes are apparently already in the henhouse even before President Obama’s politically charged SEIU lawyer John Sullivan (Obama FEC nominee who was involved in Clinton-Teamsters-DNC campaign scandal) arrives to serve as one of six FEC commissioners.
  • Retirement Fund Trillions Lure Government Grabbers (Obama coming after your 401k and IRA after all)

    09/14/2010 5:42:35 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 186 replies · 4+ views
    american thinker ^ | 9/14/10 | Peter Raymond
    Is the government making plans to confiscate your retirement money? The Obama administration is certainly exploring the idea. This question no longer seems far-fetched when the group-thinkers in Washington unabashedly promote a doctrine of wealth redistribution and central planning. These Keynesian socialists know they will need vast new sources of revenues to fund their relentless spending binges to "transform" this nation. A logical next step would be to legitimize the confiscation of private retirement assets; an idea that was contemplated in the recent past by the Clinton administration. According to the Investment Company Institute, there was $7.835 trillion in IRA,...