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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,...
  • Head Of NJ Teachers' Union Makes $550,000 A Year--2X As Much As Governor, 10X The Average American

    09/14/2010 10:25:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/14/2010 | Gus Lubin
    As Governor Chris Christie goes to war with the NJ teachers union, let's review what he's up against. NJEA director Vince Giordano received $421,615 in salary and $128,508 in deferred compensation last year, according to tax filings released last spring. NJEA president Barbara Keshishian earned $256,450 last year. VP Wendell Steinhauer and Secretary-Treasurer Marie Blistan were paid $170,974 each. Meanwhile, the governor earned a measly $175,000. Christie's war with the union escalated earlier this summer when a union official suggested praying for the governor's death.
  • Mich. child care workers sue to break from union

    09/13/2010 11:15:46 AM PDT · by MissTed · 14 replies
    AP ^ | 9/13/10 | Staff
    Peggy Mashke tends to 12 children for 12 hours a day at her home, so she was surprised to get a letter welcoming her to the United Auto Workers union. "I thought it was a joke," said Mashke, 50, of northern Michigan's Ogemaw County. "I work out of my home. I'm not an auto worker. How can I become a member of the UAW? I didn't get it." Willing or not, Mashke and 40,000 other at-home providers are members of a labor partnership that represents people across Michigan who watch children from low-income families. Two unions receive 1.15 percent of...
  • Obama Administration Calls Unions a Human Right in U.N. Report and Refers to 'Card Check'

    09/06/2010 7:43:59 AM PDT · by Askwhy5times · 35 replies
    Bluegrass Pundit ^ | September 6, 2010 | Bluegrass Pundit
    Among the tidbits buried in the first Universal Periodic Review (UPR) report of U.S. Human Rights issues was the section excerpted (starting on page 6) below. The Obama administration has declared unionization a human right and indirectly equated it to freedom of speech, freedom of religion and other normal human rights. 23. Freedom of association also protects workers and their right to organize... Workers regularly use legal mechanisms to address complaints such as threats, discharges, interrogations, surveillance, and wages-and-benefits cuts for supporting a union. These legal regimes are continuously assessed and evolving in order to keep pace with a modern...
  • Union To Boycott Newspaper for Exposing Union Failures

    08/17/2010 7:58:00 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 7 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 08/17/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    Now usually when someone points out that one has done something badly or has failed in something, the average person would look at those accusations and assess where they went wrong in order to correct the situation for the future. Not unions, though. Unions boycott those that point out union failures. Such is the case in Los Angeles as union teachers are organizing a boycott of the L.A. Times for daring to point out that kids in the L.A. school district are all too often failing miserably. In a series of recent articles the Times used student test scores to...
  • Bobby Bailout: Casey to Put Taxpayers on Hook for Teamsters’ Shenanigans

    08/17/2010 8:11:12 AM PDT · by roses of sharon · 7 replies
    Sen. Robert Casey (D., Pa.) and Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D., N.D.) are pushing legislation that would commit taxpayers’ dollars to bailing out the Teamsters’ retirement pension fund. The financial crisis and the Great Recession may have upset your retirement plans, but that’s not reason that politically connected union thugs have to share the pain. Here’s the deal, as former Department of Labor official Vincent Vernuccio, now an analyst at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, tells Exchequer: Under the Democrats’ plan, the U.S. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., which is basically a pension-insurance fund run by the federal government, would be able to...
  • Video: AFL-CIO President Talks About Passing "Card Check" During the Lame Duck Session of Congress

    08/12/2010 1:33:14 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 16 replies
    Youtube ^ | 8/11/2010 | CSPAN
    During C-SPAN Newsmakers interview (8-8-10), AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka comments on the importance of the Employee Free Choice Act, saying "it's part of the solution to creating an economy that really does work for everybody." He also said he thinks EFCA will be back on the floor by the end of the year.

    08/12/2010 9:02:57 AM PDT · by 4Liberty · 7 replies
    Los Angeles AFL-CIO ^ | August 12, 2010 | AFL-CIO
    Friday overpaid teacher unions in the LA area will be rallying to raise taxes, impose Card Check, protect themselves from competition & school choice. I'll be there with my "Unions are Democrat Party money-laundering Operations" sign. Maybe Breitbart shows up to video us anti-union protesters getting beat up! ;)
  • Why Democrats are Pushing the $165 Billion Union Pension Bailout

    07/30/2010 9:22:30 AM PDT · by goldendays · 16 replies · 4+ views ^ | 07/30/10 | LaborUnionReport
    Why Democrats are Pushing the $165 Billion Union Pension Bailout by LaborUnionReport Somewhere lurking in the hot, putrid halls of Congress this summer is a union bailout bill of epic proportions and long-term ramifications. Whether or not Democrats can ultimately push it (or something like it) into passage is yet to be determined. However, with rumors that Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) signed on as a co-sponsor on Thursday, it would appear that the union bailout is quietly creeping along. If it passes, though, its ramifications surpass the mere $165 billion-plus price tag, as it will influence the political landscape for...
  • DC Bank Protest: So, SEIU Now Owns the Cops Too?(Megyn Kelly classic)

    05/26/2010 6:27:36 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 64 replies · 2,511+ views ^ | May 26, 2010 | Mike Flynn
    As you know, last week SEIU staged a protest at the home of an attorney for Bank of America. On a quiet Sunday in the Maryland suburbs of DC, SEIU sent 500 protesters onto the front lawn of the home of Greg Baer, a former Treasury official in the Clinton Administration. Mr. Baer wasn’t at home but, unfortunately, his 14 year old son was. The protesters succeeded in terrorizing the boy. Let me quickly digress to point out that Bank of America is SEIU’s largest creditor. Under the leadership of Andy Stern, SEIU leveraged itself to the hilt, largely to...
  • SEIU Members: Are You Proud Your Brethren Terrorized A Teenager?

    05/24/2010 4:46:42 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 30 replies · 1,161+ views ^ | May 24,2010 | Steve McGough
    <p>’m serious. Are you OK with the tactics the SEIU leadership – and 500 members – took when they headed into a residential area to “protest” at the home of Greg Baer, deputy general council for corporate law at Bank of America? They did not just protest. They surrounded the house, got on the porch, used bullhorns and started screaming. Pure intimidation. Unfortunately, the teen son of Baer was home alone at the time. He had to lock himself inside the bathroom and wait for help that would not be provided by the police. The media and talking head liberals have remained quiet about this mob surrounding the home of a bank executive and terrorizing a teenager eight days ago, but they continue to express concern about TEA Party protests around the country and suggest they set a bad tone.</p>
  • D.C. Metro Police Escorted SEIU Protesters to Bank Of America Executive’s Home (WTH?! alert)

    05/21/2010 12:24:39 PM PDT · by pillut48 · 231 replies · 7,989+ views
    Andrew Breitbart presents Big Journalism ^ | May 21st 2010 | Archy Cary
    So, let’s sum this up: A caravan of SEIU buses receive a Metropolitan (D.C.) Police Department escort to a private home in Maryland where the protesters, from all appearances, violate Montgomery County law by engaging in a stationary protest. The Montgomery County police were not informed by their cross-jurisdictional colleagues of the impending, unusually large protest pending in their jurisdiction. What’s up with that? Had the mob decided to torch the house, the D.C. police would not have been authorized to intervene. Not their jurisdiction. They’re just escorts. Meanwhile, a teenage boy is home alone, frightened by what’s happening outside...
  • SEIU Thugs Terrorize Teenage Boy

    05/21/2010 11:05:29 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 41 replies · 1,263+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 5/21/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    Nice work, SEIU. Service Employee International Union members descended upon the home of a banker to protest the banker's work. The banker wasn't home but his teenage son was and he was home alone and the 14 bus loads of union thugs scared the heck out of the poor kid. This was no political protest, it was an inciting, angry mob of union thugs. The Fortune Magazine piece that reported the incident made a salient point about the whole thing. Targeting homes and families seems to put SEIU in the ranks of (now jailed) radical animal-rights activists and the Kansas...
  • Unions to spend $100M in 2010 campaign to save Dem majorities

    05/21/2010 7:53:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies · 736+ views
    The Hill ^ | 5/21/2010 | Kevin Bogardus and Sean J. Miller
    At least two influential unions will spend close to $100 million on the 2010 election, with most of those funds going to protect incumbents. Union officials told The Hill they plan to help endangered members — particularly freshmen — who made politically difficult votes in a year during which an anti-incumbent mood has filled the country. And the number will be even higher since the AFL-CIO declined to give its figures. While the labor movement has displayed an aggressive tack in Democratic primaries, including supporting some challengers over incumbents, it remains concerned about the party retaining its congressional majorities. As...
  • SEIU Storms Private Residence, Terrorizes Teenage Son of Bank of America Exec

    05/20/2010 4:03:51 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 245 replies · 5,406+ views ^ | 5/20/2010 | Liberty Chick
    This was planned for some time by the SEIU as part of a larger national event, their Showdown on K Street, which was shared with National People’s Action and thousands of other activists from and other left-wing groups. Prior to the main event on K Street in Washington DC, SEIU and company made a little pit stop. According to Fortune magazine Washington editor Nina Easton, 14 busloads of riled up protesters unloaded on Baer’s private property and stormed up to his doorstep, while his teenage son was home alone. Easton is a neighbor of Baer’s and had called to...
  • Anonymous Donors, Liberal Foundations and Labor Unions Fuel Renamed ACORN affiliates

    05/18/2010 9:05:19 AM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies · 562+ views
    big government ^ | 5/18/10 | Kevin Mooney
    Even if Congress does move decisively to cut off funding from the self-described network of community organizers who previously called themselves ACORN, the renamed entities are likely to remain potent and well-funded into the foreseeable future, former insiders say. In fact, donors may find it easier to channel funds in the direction of liberal activists who describe themselves as community organizers now that the sullied name has been dropped, they suggest. Shortly after ACORN’s leadership announced that it was dissolving on April 1, national and state affiliates repackaged themselves under generic sounding descriptions.
  • AFL-CIO Leadership Clashes With Union Members Over Arizona Immigration Law

    05/16/2010 4:05:23 PM PDT · by callisto · 47 replies · 2,308+ views
    David Horowitz's NewsRealBlog ^ | March 16, 2010 | Liz Blaine
    Amid blind support for his left-wing ideology, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka forgot his claim to represent the “working man” and joined Wade Henderson, President of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, in a letter this week to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, calling for the immediate stop of federal cooperation with Arizona law enforcement officials or, “be complicit in the racial profiling that lies at the heart of the Arizona law. [S.B. 1070]“ But Trumka’s ideology differs from his union members. Recognizing Trumka’s support for Amnesty as an opportunity to undermine employment opportunities for legal citizens while increasing...
  • AFL-CIO wants DHS to stop working with Arizona state cops

    05/14/2010 11:26:01 AM PDT · by Nachum · 55 replies · 940+ views
    the hill ^ | 5/14/10 | Jordan Fabian
    One of the nation's most influential labor groups and a civil rights organization on Friday urged Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to end programs with Arizona law enforcement agencies over the state's controversial immigration law. The AFL-CIO and the Leadership Conference penned a letter to Napolitano, saying that while the administration has said it is opposed to the law, they need to be doing more to protest it.
  • Republicans Sound Alarm on Administration Plan to Seize 401(k)s

    05/04/2010 7:43:39 AM PDT · by ConjunctionJunction · 232 replies · 7,343+ views
    Human Events ^ | May 4, 2010 | Connie Hair
    In February, the White House released its “Annual Report on the Middle Class” containing new regulations favored by Big Labor including a bailout of critically underfunded union pension plans through “retirement security” options. The radical solution most favored by Big Labor is the seizure of private 401(k) plans for government disbursement -- which lets them off the hook for their collapsing retirement scheme. And, of course, the Obama administration is eager to accommodate their buddies. Vice President Joe Biden floated the idea, called “Guaranteed Retirement Accounts” (GRAs), in the February “Middle Class” report. In conjunction with the report’s release, the...
  • Thousands Of Government Union Employees Demand Tax Increases

    04/22/2010 3:06:03 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 38 replies · 1,418+ views ^ | April 22, 2010 | Steve McGough
    This my friends, is astroturfing. Just look at all the coordinated signs and T-shirts. Busloads of government union employees gathered in the Illinois state capital to demand lawmakers increase the income tax by 33 percent. We’ve told you for years the current rate of spending at the federal, state and local level was unsustainable.
  • Unions Target Moderate Dems For Defeat In Ideological Purge

    04/20/2010 7:17:29 AM PDT · by Slyscribe · 16 replies · 780+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 4/19/2010 | Sean Higgins
    The 2010 election was already shaping up to be a bloody battle for Democratic incumbents but some now have to worry about friendly fire as well: Big Labor is trying to purge Democrats they don't like. Some unions are backing primary challenges in Colorado and Arkansas. In North Carolina, a union actually is trying to create its own third party. In all cases, unions brush off charges that this would just split the vote. They're fed up with these moderate Democrats.
  • Taxpayer Problem: GM’s $12.3B of Unfunded Pensions

    04/07/2010 1:33:00 PM PDT · by wrrock · 9 replies · 534+ views
    Car Dealer Review ^ | 4/7/2010 | Car Dealer Review
    According to a report by the Government Accountability Office, GM will need to add $12.3 billion into its pension fund by 2014. To make matters worse, if GM terminates their pensions, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation – funded by taxpayers - would then become responsible for as much as $14.5 billion in unfunded liabilities. In the video: Aaron points out, this could enrage taxpayers fed up with paying for government worker benefits at a time when the average government employee is making more than private sector workers and receives better benefits.
  • Unions want to dump pensions on taxpayers

    04/06/2010 7:06:18 AM PDT · by rvoitier · 73 replies · 2,836+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 04/06/10 | Aleksandra Kulczuga
    Legislation introduced last week could shift costs of union pension plans to taxpayers in an attempt to stave off organized labor’s pension funding crisis.Senator Bob Casey, Pennsylvania Democrat, introduced the Create Jobs & Save Benefits Act of 2010 to address the funding problems faced by union-administered multi-employer pension plans.Multi-employer pension plans have to cover the benefits of members, even if their companies are defunct.
  • Unions Want Fed Help with Pension Funds (Barf Alert)

    03/25/2010 9:54:08 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 17 replies · 878+ views
    NewsMax.Com ^ | Thursday, 25 Mar 2010 09:43 AM | Kevin Mooney
    Nonunion workers and private companies could be forced into absorbing the financial liabilities of underfunded union pension plans, thanks to pending health care mandates and an executive order that could be finalized this year, policy analysts and trade group representatives have concluded. Even as unions continue to market themselves to new members on the basis of generous pension programs, government figures show these plans are performing poorly in comparison with retirement packages that operate beyond the orbit of organized labor. In addition, unions are pushing the Obama administration on project labor agreements (PLAs), which, among other things, will give their...
  • California's Brown Tells Unions to 'Attack' His GOP Opponent

    03/19/2010 9:26:58 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 10 replies · 308+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 03/19/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    You couldn't get any better proof that unions are little else but hatchet men for the Democrat Party than Jerry Brown's recent visit to a labor group meeting in California this week. At a meeting of the Laborers' International Union of North America in Sacramento, Brown gave marching orders to the unions in his race for the Democratic nomination for California Governor. He wanted them to "attack" the GOP for him. "We're going to attack whenever we can, but I'd rather have you attack. I'd rather be the nice guy in this race. We'll leave [the attacks] to ... the...
  • AFL-CIO Plans to Spend Record Sum During Election

    03/03/2010 9:56:24 AM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies · 471+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 3, 2010 | Chris Mayer
    The AFL-CIO plans to roll out its biggest political campaign ever, surpassing the $53 million spent in 2008 to help elect President Barack Obama, to try to avert a repeat of the 1994 midterm election when Democrats lost a majority in Congress. In its political campaign, the AFL-CIO is focusing its efforts on a "firewall" of six states with key congressional elections and where union voters make up a relatively high proportion of the electorate: California, New York, Illinois, Nevada, Ohio and Pennsylvania. On Tuesday, the AFL-CIO said it would endorse Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, who announced Monday he...
  • AFL-CIO Gets Ready to Break The Bank to Stop Republican Takeover Of Congress

    03/02/2010 7:51:37 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 17 replies · 707+ views
    The Lid/WSJ ^ | 3/2/2010 | The Lid
    Labor Unions usually favor the Democratic Party, but this Labor Unions are unusually desperate to prevent a take-over of the house by the Republican Party. With the Union Pension plans about to "crash and burn" the last thing union leaders want is conservatives running the show. And keep in mind the unions are still fighting for card check. "Card Check" is crucially important to the unions so they can get thousands of new people to pay into the pension plans to hep fill the coffers, kind of like a Ponzi scheme. With all that in mind its no wonder that...
  • Stern Lashes Out At Senate Dems, Calls Some Legislative 'Terrorists' (Andy Stern SEIU)

    01/26/2010 11:27:16 AM PST · by cycle of discernment · 23 replies · 1,310+ views
    Stern Lashes Out At Senate Dems, Calls Some Legislative 'Terrorists' 01-26-10 Two of the most powerful union officials in the country lashed out at Senate Democrats on Tuesday, jokingly calling some of them legislative "terrorists" and slamming leadership for "squandering" a supermajority in the Senate. Pointing to the failure of Congress to pass health care reform and effectively stimulate job creation, SEIU president Andy Stern insisted that "unless something dramatic happens here" the country's labor activists will not be eager to help the Democratic Party in the 2010 elections. Speaking at a forum on the state of the American worker...
  • 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 Obama’s proposed bank fee this year. Envisioned as a tax on big banks to help recoup the government’s 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. “We’re already campaigning all over the country about banks,” said...
  • Schools forced to teach labor union propaganda

    12/16/2009 12:38:30 PM PST · by aquapub · 10 replies · 887+ views
    Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle has just signed a bill into law that forces schools to teach the glories of organized labor and collective bargaining. Doyle has received significant campaign contributions from labor unions over the years prior to forcing their special interest agenda into the classroom. Ever since unions have been involved in teaching, our system has spiraled into laughable mediocrity. It is what happens when you abandon actual education to turn children into racially-sensitive little environmentalists. Teachers' unions even tried to have the fact that 9/11 was committed by Muslim extremists scrubbed from the history books. Their effect on...
  • No Justice For Kenneth Gladney

    12/01/2009 5:42:06 PM PST · by raptor22 · 16 replies · 1,337+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 1, 2009 | IBD editorial staff
    Union Violence: An African-American is beaten up at a political rally by thugs shouting racial epithets, and after three months his assailants are charged with the moral equivalent of jaywalking. Why wasn't it a hate crime? The beating of Kenneth Gladney by people wearing the purple shirts of the Service Employees International Union outside a Missouri health care town hall meeting three months ago met all the classic definitions of a hate crime. Time was, the beating of a black man outside a protest rally, and the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators, would be headline news. Gladney was working...