Posts Tagged ‘Unions’

Racist Unions

May 29, 2014

All complaints against Obamacare have been met with allegations of racism. Even as predicted woes become reality, racism continues to be the rebuttal. Now, many unions are having a difficult time with the economic reality of the ACA (Affordable? Care Act) and are speaking out against it. It can only be racism.

Attorney Jim Ray, representing Laborers International Union of North America, complained that Obamacare provisions have increased construction-industry health plans’ costs by 5% to 10%, saying: “When we first supported the calls for health-care reform, we thought it was going to bring costs down”. Mr. Ray fell victim to the “if-you-like-your-health-plan-you-can-keep-it” ruse but complaining, as we have been told time and time again, is racist.

If it were just unions being hurt, we could all have a good laugh and say “it serves them right”. After all, unions were unconditional proponents of the ACA and helped propel an inexperienced Obama from community service into the White House. Unfortunately, we are all being harmed in ways that many are just beginning to realize – and there is more damage to come.

Costs are increasing rather than decreasing as promised (still denied by true believers) and, of course, unions are trying to pass increases onto employers who want workers to shoulder the burden. Some health benefits that have been negotiated over decades are now costing more and may end up having to be cut.

Strikes are imminent as workers and unions are reluctant to pay. Septa’s biggest union, Transport Workers Union Local 234, has rejected a proposal that its members contribute an additional 1% to cover ACA-related increases. Union officials say the law penalizes so-called union-sponsored multi-employer health plans – another racist remark.

In New England, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union eliminated coverage for thousands of part-time workers in order to keep benefits for full-time workers. In Las Vegas, workers at nine casinos voted to go on strike if t ACA-related increase problems are not solved by June 1.

Will Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton march against this union racism? Will Chris Matthews rail against white-dominated, racist unions? Don’t hold your breath.

David J. Hentosh

It’s All About the Kids, Right?

June 14, 2013

From Ben Shapiro at Breitbart

…in the Los Angeles Unified School District, two perfect attendees throughout high school received new Chevrolet Sonics, priced at $18,000, for showing up to school every day. During the 2012-2013 school year, LAUSD has handed out monthly prizes to kids who were present every day…the LAUSD system is paid by the state of California only for attendance. Every student is worth $32 per day from the state to the LAUSD system. That means that when students skip school, the unionized teachers and administrators pay the price…It isn’t Oprah running LAUSD and handing out cars. It’s the teachers unions, which are mainly concerned with creating bizarre incentive systems to get butts in the seats rather than knowledge in the brains.

 

Read it here: Attendance Challenge

DJH

 

Obama’s ‘Animal Farm’

April 26, 2012

There is a current proposal from the Obama administration that would prevent children from being able to do farm chores. It is an application of child-labor laws that prohibits children under 18 from typical farm work “in the storing, marketing and transporting of farm product raw materials” and makes places like “country grain elevators, grain bins, silos, feed lots, stockyards, livestock exchanges and livestock auctions” off limits for children.

There certainly is a backlash against this proposal, even from the children currently doing chores on farms. The repercussions to 4-H and FFA programs would be considerable and family farms would suffer. However, the most damaging aspect could end up being the loss of work ethic that many children learn from doing farm chores.

It is not surprising that Obama may not appreciate the importance of that work ethic. Government employment does not require it and does not cultivate it. It is an enemy of socialism and government dependence. It is toxic to a union-dictated environment. It breeds independence and self-respect. It is not a requirement for a community organizing position.

This farm proposal coincides with Obama’s current campaign focus on relieving the burden of college students’ loans, dovetailing well with his overall attempt to win the youth vote. That may seem cynical, but everything is political for Obama. After all, he’s never held what many would consider a real job, and farm work is certainly real work. Politics is all he really knows and the satisfaction that a hard day of physical labor can bring may be an entirely alien concept to him.

David J. Hentosh

UPDATE: Obama takes back proposal after complaints.

Union Rights?

September 8, 2011

Unions have been getting bashed in recent years, so it now seems they have decided it is their “right” to bash back – literally. In an action resembling the early union years from the last century, members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) broke down gates and stormed a port in Washington State where workers from a different union were being employed.

Equipped with baseball bats, the tool preferred by most thugs, union members damaged railroad cars, cut brake lines, and even held a few security guards hostage for several hours. It seems there were no injuries, but that may not last. After being dispersed for defying a federal restraining order by blocking railroad tracks, the ILWU president assured all that they would be back. So, there is more to come.

The ILWU believes it has a “right” to work at the port. The progressive atmosphere of recent years has convinced many they have “rights” to everything, and the government seems to have gone along with that assumption. Over-regulation and unrealistic union demands are crippling businesses that are now expected to create more jobs. What business wants to invest in a future where they will be forced to operate according to others’ demands and expanding assumed “rights”?

In the UK, riots occur everytime any cutback in entitlements (considered “rights”) occurs due to economic necessity. Once set free, the entitlement cat is hard to put back in the bag. The ILWU is demonstrating that they believe violence is the proper way to maintain their assumed “right”. How long will it be before teacher unions, government worker unions, or other unions begin to believe lucrative clauses in their contracts are “rights” that must be maintained at all costs?

This runaway madness has to stop sometime, and now is certainly the right time to begin putting on the brakes. That is, of course, assuming the ILWU doesn’t cut the brake lines.

David J. Hentosh

British Union Whines Over Wine

April 26, 2011

From NRO’s Corner

France’s infamous riot police are threatening to strike over a new rule forbidding them from drinking wine with lunch… union representative arguing that every worker has a right to their glass of wine or beer during their lunch break… The riot police in turn have accused the Interior Ministry of “trying to make us priests, but without the sacramental wine.”

Read about it here:  Wine at Lunch Time

Coming to You in May: Economic Collapse

March 24, 2011

From Business Insider:

The Blaze has obtained an exclusive letter sent from Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) to Attorney General Eric Holder regarding shocking video uncovered by The Blaze on Tuesday.

In the letter, Chaffetz references video, posted yesterday on this site, showing a one-time SEIU official, Stephen Lerner, outlining a plan to collapse the American economy — including crashing the stock market — so that unions can become more powerful.

The sinister plan is set to take place in May and includes mass homeowner mortgage strikes.

Read more: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/blaze-exclusive-congressman-presses-holder-to-investigate-terrorist-plans-in-bank-plot/#ixzz1HSiUg3vX


Blatant Threats from Wisconsin Police Groups

March 15, 2011

From Best of the Web, by James Taranto. (This is a great column and you can sign up for free.)

Last week, as the Wisconsin stalemate was coming to an end, we worried about the potential threat that unionized policemen, in “solidarity” with other unionized government employees, might tolerate or even participate in lawless behavior in order to undermine the workings of republican governance and preserve union privileges. Milwaukee radio host Charlie Sykesreports that Wisconsin businessmen are now receiving letters importuning them to oppose Gov. Scott Walker’s efforts on behalf of Wisconsin’s taxpayers:

The undersigned groups would like your company to publicly oppose Governor Walker’s efforts to virtually eliminate collective bargaining for public employees in Wisconsin. While we appreciate that you may need some time to consider this request, we ask for your response by March 17. In the event that you do not respond to this request by that date, we will assume that you stand with Governor Walker and against the teachers, nurses, police officers, fire fighters, and other dedicated public employees who serve our communities.

In the event that you cannot support this effort to save collective bargaining, please be advised that the undersigned will publicly and formally boycott the goods and services provided by your company. However, if you join us, we will do everything in our power to publicly celebrate your partnership in the fight to preserve the right of public employees to be heard at the bargaining table. Wisconsin’s public employee unions serve to protect and promote equality and fairness in the workplace. We hope you will stand with us and publicly share that ideal.

Read the rest here.

The letter goes on, and is signed by three police unions, two firemen’s unions and two teachers unions.

This type of threat is a fine example of why the efforts of Governor Scott Walker were necessary.

aln

 

Look Out! Unions Plan “Movement-Wide Dramatic Actions”

March 9, 2011

From newzeal.blogspot.com:

The U.S. labor movement is going on a nationwide offensive to push, not only for the protection of collective bargaining “rights”, but also for a  socialist “wish list”  including an end to the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a “massive public works  program”, socialized health care, higher taxes on the “rich” and “international worker solidarity”.

In an Emergency labor meeting (ELM) in Cleveland Ohio, last Friday/Saturday,  labor bosses hunkered down to plan a national  fightback against the Tea Party driven GOP agenda of government spending cuts, balanced budgets and smaller government.

The unions are planning more than mere street marches. This is “not-business-as-usual”but will involve  unspecified movement-wide dramatic actions.”

Read the rest here.

Protesters in Madison, Wisc., Call Out the Big Guns

March 6, 2011

Michael Moore joins the protesters in Madison, Wisc. If he thinks they need more money, why doesn’t he give them some of his? He certainly hates capitalism, so he should be willing to give all his money away.

America-Hating Communst Michael Moore Joins Dem Protesters in Madison

aln

Call to Action!

February 24, 2011

From Independence Hall Tea Party Association:

Dear Members and Friends,

As many of you know, the AFL-CIO and SEIU are mobilizing protests in Philadelphia and Trenton during the next two days.

While we think it’s tempting to greet them at Love Park (in Philly) today, we believe it would be smarter to travel to Trenton on Friday and attend an Association sponsored Press Conference being hosted by State Senator Michael Doherty:

A Call for Taxpayer Relief  Press Conference (in support of Gov. Christie’s 2012 Budget)
When:  Friday, February 25, 11-11:45 AM
Where:  Room 103, State House, 125 West State Street–across from Senate Chamber,
Trenton, NJ

Sponsored by:  Independence Hall Tea Party Association in cooperation with several New Jersey Tea Party groups and American Majority.

Confirmed Speakers: State Senator Michael Doherty (R-23); Assemblywoman Alison McHose (R-24); the Honorable Anna Little; Ned Ryun, President, Americans Majority; and 4 Tea Party Leaders representing North, Central, and South Jersey–Jim Lefkowitz, Somerset County Tea Party; Russell Cote, Bayshore Tea Party; Mark Falzon, Jersey Shore Tea Party; and Barbara Davis, Cherry Hill Area Tea Party.

Invited Speaker: Rosa Perez Lionetti, New Jersey Chapter, Smart Girl Politics.

At 12 noon (immediately following the Press Conference), a “Taxpayer United” rally, sponsored by AFP and several New Jersey Tea Party groups, will be held at the State House.

If you decide to attend the rally, please do not engage union members in conversation–some of them will be looking for any excuse to engage in physical confrontation.  Also, bring an umbrella–rain is in the forecast.

Hope to see in Trenton!

On behalf of the Independence Hall Tea Party Executive Board,
Teri Adams

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Driving directions and information on security clearance, disability access, parking, dining, and public transportation can be found below:

Security
All visitors must have photo identification in order to enter the State Capital Complex.

All visitors and users of the State Capital Complex shall comply with all security measures in effect.  If a particular use or activity is deemed to impair security, such use or activity shall immediately be modified or totally discontinued in accordance
with the instructions from the State Police or other entity responsible for security.

Disabilities Access
The State Capital Complex is a barrier-free facility.  If you or members of your group have any special needs, please notify Dawn Temperino of OLS as soon as possible by calling (609) 292-4661.

Parking Parking is available in the State Capital Complex parking garage using the Route 29 entrance.  Proceed to the guard booth and have photo identification ready to present to State Police in order to gain access to the garage.

Parking is provided on a first come, first served basis.

Metered, on-street parking is available along West State Street.  Meters are free on weekends.  Handicap parking is available in the State Capital Complex parking garage and on West State Street in front of the State House.  The West State Street entrances for the State House and State House Annex have exterior wheelchair accessible ramps and automatic doors.

Buses must park in the State Park N’ Ride lot at the intersection of Perry Street and Route

A public bus is available to transport to the State Capital Complex.

There are four paid parking garages within a 5 minute walk of the State House Complex.  Please go to http://www.trentonparking.com for complete details.

Dining Facilities
The State House has a concession stand and cafeteria.  No food or beverages are permitted in the Senate meeting rooms.

DIRECTIONS TO THE NEW JERSEY STATE CAPITAL COMPLEX
125 West State Street in Trenton, New Jersey 08625

Driving From the North: Take Route 1 south to the last New Jersey exit (Capital Complex).  Turn right onto Warren Street and go to the light where you will make a left onto Market Street.  Pass through the next light at William Trent Place and bear right following signs for the Capital Complex.

From the South: Take Route 206 north or 295 north, and follow directions to 195 west to Route 29 north (toward Lambertville).

From the West: Enter Trenton via Delaware River toll bridge (Route 1 north).  Exit at Route 29.  Take Route 29 north (toward Lambertville).  Exit right at Memorial Drive.  Follow signs for the Capital Complex and proceed through the light at the end of
the ramp.  After the light, make a sharp first right and proceed making a semi-circle around the parking area.  Pass through the light into the Capital Complex.

From the East: Take 195 west to Route 29 north (toward Lambertville).  Exit right at Memorial Drive.  Follow signs for the Capital Complex and proceed through the light at the end of the ramp.  After the light, make a sharp first right and proceed making a
semi-circle around the parking area.  Pass through the light into the Capital Complex.

Public Transportation Direct rail service to Trenton is provided by both New Jersey Transit (1-800-582-5946) and Amtrak (1-800-872-7245).   New Jersey Transit also provides bus service to and within the Trenton area.

From the Trenton Train Station

Walking: South Clinton Avenue runs along the left side of the train station. Proceed up the avenue (to your right when facing the road) one block and make a left onto East State Street.  (You will soon pass the Department of Environmental Protection on your left.)  The State House is two blocks up on the left.  The walk takes 10-15 minutes.

Cabs: Cabs are available at the rear of the station.

Buses: Buses stop in front of the train station at the corner of South Clinton Avenue.  Most service West State Street and the State House.