Archive for the Unions Category

Can’t cue the crickets, they’re on another union break

Posted in Democrat Memory Hole, Liberal Straw Men, Unions with tags , , , , on July 11, 2012 by b5blue

Eh, we can expect conspicuous silence from the left about big money in politics.  We’re talking huge money:

Previously, union spending since 2005 was thought to be about $1.1 billion — a lot of money to influence policy by any standard. That was based on donations to candidates for office and related spending on their behalf that must be disclosed to the Federal Election Commission. Most reporters have relied on this source for their stories.

But the unions are also required to disclose their spending to the Labor Department. The Journal reporters obtained those reports and found that they are much more detailed. They also include spending on activities to persuade rank and file members how to vote, lawyers, commissioning polls, and funds to support protest activity, like the sit-ins at the Wisconsin state capitol last year.

Add all that together and those expenditures come to a whopping $3.3 billion (!) since 2005, bringing the total to $4.4 billion for the period. The National Education Association alone spent about $340 million over this period.

As Mark Hemingway of the Weekly Standard notes, this broader portrait is based new disclosure rules put in place by the Bush administration. Big labor has been pushing to have them removed ever since. Not hard to guess why.

Delicious irony: George Bush made our political process a little more transparent….much to the dismay of Barack Obama.

A double shot of SEIU

Posted in Class Warfare, Democrat Hate/Violence, Immigration, Liberal Hypocrisy, Unions, Video Library for Liberal Escapees with tags , , , on June 22, 2012 by b5blue

A bilingual protest where the clip is capped off where a truck drive yells ‘Viva Mexico’ and the crowd cheers:

Funny they should be concerned about dignity while reacting in an undignified manner.   Pass this video around to your friends and family.  On another front, the SEIU -and other unions- lose a Supreme Court decision.  Juicy part:

… The Court, in a 48-page opinon by Justice Samuel Alito, held that employees can be required to pay dues in exchange for the benefits they get from collective bargaining, but can’t be forced to effectively lend money to the union for political activities they disagree with. It was a blow to the  Service Employees International Union, which first tried to make the case moot by offering refunds, and then argued it would be too difficult to get the assent of non-members before launching a campaign to defeat legislation it considered a threat to its existence. …

The decision, coming a short time after Gov. Scott Walker survived a union-led recall campaign in Wisconsin, further undermines the power of public-sector unions to compel employees to pay for their operations.The Supreme Court has uneasily upheld laws that require all employees to pay the equivalent of union dues to cover the costs of collective bargaining and other benefits they receive, under the theory it helps maintain “labor peace” by discouraging free-riders. Alito, in this decision, called that policy an “anomaly” given the strong First Amendment right against compelled speech or membership in any organization.

7-2 decision.   Very strong statement about the incredible overreach of union power.  The unions are doomed to irrelevance without their fascist coercion.   Thanks to Gateway Pundit for both links…. filing them under Unions for future reference.  Don’t forget: Obama has very close ties to the SEIU.

 

The Invisible Romney Vote

Posted in 2012, Obama, Unions with tags , , on June 18, 2012 by b5blue

Hot Air has it.  Juicy part:

All of a sudden, the ghost of elections past is haunting the president and his party. In 1980, in 1994, in 2004—in other words, in big Republican years over the past three-plus decades—the GOP has polled much weaker than its final vote.

Why? Late deciders may be part of the answer, but only part.

Something more is almost surely going on. Here’s my guess as to what.

Click over there to get the details.

USPS: Greek Tragedy

Posted in Abolishing Federal Abominations, U.S. Gov't Pork, Unions with tags , on June 17, 2012 by b5blue

Courtesy of Walter Mead.   Juicy part:

Right now we have a truly toxic recipe for meltdown and failure: a bloated organization challenged by fundamental changes in its business model combined with an archaic and unworkable management system which empowers self-interested, self-promoting grand standers on Capitol Hill. Given the growth of entitlement spending and the explosion of national debt, post office subsidies will come under increasing scrutiny.

The United States Postal Service has lived beyond it’s useful existence.

Rearrange the deck chairs, crew

Posted in Economics, Obama, Unions with tags , , on June 16, 2012 by b5blue

What do you want with your Wisconsin cheesecake? Fine port wine or sour grapes koolaid?

Posted in 'Professional' Media, Conservatives/Libertarians, Economics, Liberal Hypocrisy, Unions with tags , , , , on June 10, 2012 by b5blue

….because the Washington Post has your choice today.

Mr. Krauthammer serves the fine Port Wine:

Without the thumb of the state tilting the scale by coerced collection, union membership became truly voluntary. Result? Newly freed members rushed for the exits. In less than one year, ­AFSCME, the second-largest public-sector union in Wisconsin, has lost more than 50 percent of its membership.

It was predictable. In Indiana, where Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) instituted by executive order a similar reform seven years ago, government-worker unions have since lost 91 percent of their dues-paying membership. In Wisconsin, Democratic and union bosses (a redundancy) understood what was at stake if Walker prevailed: not benefits, not “rights,” but the very existence of the unions.

So they fought and they lost. Repeatedly. Tuesday was their third and last shot at reversing Walker’s reforms. In April 2011, they ran a candidate for chief justice of the state Supreme Court who was widely expected to strike down the law. She lost.

Hold on to those union membership metrics above when people are given true economic freedom to choose.  Mr. Dionne brings the  Sour Grapes Koolaid offering:

In its way, this would be a just outcome: Voters used state Senate races to signal their dissatisfaction with Walker’s overreach and thus put the retained governor on notice.

Exit polling showed the same electorate that backed Walker giving President Obama a seven-point lead over Mitt Romney, which underscores the problem for conservatives who want to give the Wisconsin outcome an excessively ideological spin. Roughly one Walker voter in six picked Obama over Romney, and this was a group of classic swing voters, made up disproportionately of moderates and independents.

This fact, though, should also register with the left. For years, progressives have engaged in a fruitless, false-choice argument as to whether victory comes primarily from mobilizing loyalists or from winning over middle-of-the-road voters. The obvious truth is that the center-left cannot win without pursuing both strategies simultaneously.

Barrett was clearly aware of this. He closed his campaign appealing to moderates with calls for comity and an end to Wisconsin’s civil war. The strategy worked as far as it went — late-deciding voters backed Barrett overwhelmingly. But the obstacles in his way were too large.

The big difference between the two is Mr. Dionne’s notable lack of reference to human behavior when given economic freedom.   Human desire for economic freedom is fundamental and has been with us since the dawn of mankind.  These freedoms are universally sought,  lousy political ideas and rhetoric are not.

Mr. Dionne likes to point to a single tilt in one Senate seat as proof of people’s disdain for Mr. Walker’s ‘anti-labor’ bend.   Hah.  What Mr. Dionne is ignoring is that the single Senate tilt had the full brunt of union dues putting their thumbs on the political scales Mr. Krauthammer alluded to. He also ignores the fact that -overall- the left and unions lost most of their battles when the ledger is tallied.  The people of Wisconsin -not just a single district- spoke.  Multiple times.

So, in summary… if the unions had such compelling ideas and they were so popular…. they still lost with the economic scales tilted in their favor?  Give me a freaking break.

Moving on.

Mr. Dionne opines about the collective bargain initiatives in Ohio in his article as proof that the left just needs to change political tactics.  Sure those got reversed… and Mr. Dionne wants to point to that as a template for victory going forward?

You. Have. Got. To. Be. Kidding. Me.

Sure, Mr. Dionne…please beseech the unions to use the Ohio initiative.  You see dying vestiges of union influence in a very union dominated state as a sign of promise.   I see the smouldering flickers of a funeral pyre where the union carcass lies.

Don’t believe me?  Look to Indiana and California.  Guess what?  Others are sick of it, too.  Where are people moving to?  States with robust economic growth….and I assure you they don’t ingest the poison you prescribe, Dr. Dionne.   It’s that economic freedom elixir I mentioned earlier, Mr. Dionne.

Oh, and one more thing Mr. Dionne:

If Mr. Walker’s budget saving initiatives are ‘anti labor’ (your words)… then I will now refer to your advice to the unions as ‘anti freedom of choice’.

Seems fair to me.

If you read one article about the state of Progressivism…

Posted in General Politics, Progressivism, U.S. government, Unions with tags , , on June 7, 2012 by b5blue

….Walter Mead’s The “People United” Go Down In Flames is the one to read.  The perfect confluence of political analysis, history and future implications in regards to the progressive Custer flounder in Wisconsin.  Juicy part:

There has never been a greater need for the American faith that leads us to embrace change. The old certainties don’t work anymore, the old institutions are too expensive and too slow, and the old economy isn’t coming back. In Wisconsin, the left embraced the visions and the hopes of the past, but the voters were ready to move on.

Voters in Wisconsin didn’t reject a role for the state in regulating the economy and easing the harshness of life in a market economy. But they turned decisively against the argument that well-paid armies of life-tenured bureaucrats can produce enough good government to justify the cost. And the lesson of the election isn’t that the right has too much money; the lesson is that while the left still has plenty of passion and fire, it has, thanks in part to the power of public sector unions, largely run out of compelling ideas.

After you click over there and read the article, bookmark Mr. Mead’s site.  You will not regret it.  I pwomise.

Edit: link fixed.

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