Union Vultures On The Prowl

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So what do you get when you cross a community organizer-turned-president with union thugs? No one is really sure — yet. But one thing is for sure: Congressional Democrats have every reason to be afraid. President Obama’s BFFs have them in their sights and promise to strong-arm them into submission should they dare compromise on the fiscal cliff. On MSNBC just before Thanksgiving, United Steelworkers Union boss Leo Gerard said any Democrats compromising with Republicans will suffer the same fate as former senator Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), the last of a dying breed of moderate Democrats.

Gerard said those who compromise are not “real Democrat[s],” proof that extremists have taken over the Democrat Party. It should come as no surprise to anyone that some of the most frequent White House guests are union bosses. Granted, there was a time when union bosses were considered the “good guys” looking out for the working class; but somewhere along the way, they’ve become the epitome of the very things they once fought against.

Even still, President Obama continues to consult with labor leadership regarding job creation and economic issues as he recently did November 13. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka walked away saying he was pleased with the outcome, and now we hear labor unions are investing big union dollars to promote President Obama’s “tax the rich” propaganda. And, in return? According to the Washington Examiner, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is working on a special rule forcing non-union employers to disclose to union organizers the private contact information of workers in order to facilitate union expansion. So much for a worker’s right to privacy. While we’re at it, why don’t we rename the country “Cuba-West?”

According to Front Page Magazine, Gerard has threatened to “hit the streets, kick some a–, and mobilize” to encourage Obama to move forward in creating big spending plans. Obviously, Gerard’s animosity toward free market capitalism fuels his gangsta’-like comments. According to the magazine, Gerard perceives capitalism as economic “inequality” that “leads to instability and violence.”

Sure wish the Baker’s union had considered the whole economic inequality thing when representing the 18,000 Hostess Brands workers who lost their jobs just before Christmas in part because the union demanded that cake and bread be transported in separate trucks. What does it matter as long as they can turn a profit? The idea that in this country it is somehow acceptable to destroy a company and its workers’ livelihoods in order to prove your point suggests it might be time for organized labor to go by way of the dinosaur.

It should not shock anyone that labor union participation has dwindled to nearly single digits, nor is it a surprise that union vultures continue to target Wal-Mart in hopes of increasing those dwindling numbers. If only this was about bailing workers out of austere conditions. Not even close. Truth be told, a unionized Wal-Mart is a bailout for unions whose pensions for the rank-and-file are currently unfunded by up to 55 percent. It’s a different story for union bosses, most of whom boast six figure salaries, fully-funded pension plans, and perks fit for a king and always find a way to squeeze out money for Democrats.

Wal-Mart workers are much smarter than liberals would make them out to be. Just 50 or so employees bit on Big Labor’s Black Friday bait encouraging workers to join them on the picket lines. Despite the chaos, Wal-Mart fared well. According to Fox Business, on Black Friday, they sold “more than 1.8 million towels, 1.3 million televisions, 1.3 million dolls, and 250,000 bicycles”; and Wal-Mart shares “ticked up 0.15 percent to $68.99.” Obviously, the union vultures failed on Black Friday; but they’ll be back.

But I have a better idea. Since union bosses seem to be so concerned about everyone paying their “fair share,” why don’t they put their money where their mouth is and lobby Congress to eliminate unions’ tax-exempt status and create a union tax?

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Comments

  1. Seeks_the_truth says:

    If Americans are going to dismantle corrupt unions, it has to start at the bottom. Although you're told that to get the job you MUST join the union, this couldn't be farther from the truth.
    The only way we will stop greedy unions is by leaving them.
    The unions of today are not the unions of our parents and grandparents. I can say unequivocally that they are only out to protect themselves and their friends.
    Just say no to unions.

    • Edwardkoziol says:

      Seeks your right but when I went to work for the NYS Tway Authority and told them I didn't want to join a union,they were going to take out dues anyway so I might a well join.Unions have out lived there usefulness.

      • Seeks_the_truth says:

        They didn't tell you the truth. That's why we need to look toward the laws for it.
        They can tell you to hold the job you must join the union. Don't argue the point until you're hired. You then contact your HR and inform them do NOT deduct union dues. Unless you have signed a contract WITH the union, you are not required to pay them for something you didn't agree with through a contract. If they still do, you explain unless they want to go to court for theft, stop taking the deduction and refund all funds taken.
        If your health insurance is through the union, as is with most railroads, you might have to pay a SMALL fee for them to handle it, but you don't have to pay union dues.
        As a previous UTU Leg Rep (which is union for railroad workers and one of the worst), I know this to be true.
        Word of caution. Don't think a union will represent you fairly. They are controlled by the company and receive bonuses when they help fire employees the company wants.

  2. DON'T KNOW WHY WORKERS ARE STILL IN UNIONS.

  3. Edwardkoziol says:

    Unions were needed way back when they meant something,now they are just blood sucking leeches.I haven't heard one common union man tell their leaders to put money in their pension funds instead of Osambos campaign funds.An Ohio teamster union is going broke and by next summer all the retired employees will no longer get their checks but Obutthole will get his.

  4. A about a year ago I started to work for a company that was in bed with the union and you were force to join and if you protested you were fired. From what I saw was the newest workers had to pay union dues of 40 dollars per month and the new workers would not receive any good benefits, these dues went to pay for the older workers' pension of ten years and more and the new workers were not going to receive no penions for the future and no medical insurance. It was a joke, a rip off. If felt like you had to pay the company to work for them. This is not a good union at all and when the people protested they were told by the owners of the company and the union, if you don't like it, you can leave

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