Labor Day Has Become Government Day

This Labor Day marks a milestone in the history of the U.S. union movement. It is the first Labor Day on which a majority of union members in United States work for the government. In January the Department of Labor reported that union membership in government has overtaken that in the private sector. Three times as many union members work in the Post Office as in the entire domestic auto industry. The face of the union movement is not a worker on the assembly line but a clerk at the DMV.

This is a dramatic shift for the union movement. The early trade unionists did not believe that unions had a place in government. They believed the purpose of unions was to redistribute business profits from owners to workers … and the government makes no profits.  Not until the 1960s did unionizing government employees become widespread. Now government employees make up 52 percent of all union members.

So what? Why should Americans care if unions are now dominated by workers who get their paychecks from governments, instead of workers who get their paychecks from private firms? There’s one simple reason: private firms face competition; governments don’t.

Collective bargaining, the anti-trust exemption at the heart the labor movement’s power, was created to help workers seize their “fair share” of business profits. But if a union ends up extracting a contract from a private firm that eats up too much of the profits, then that firm will be unable to reinvest those resources and will lose out to competitors. But when a union extracts a generous contract from a government, there is no check on that spending. Instead of being forced out by more efficient competitors, the government just raises taxes.

The shift from private to public sector has fundamentally changed organized labor’s priorities. Unions used to support policies that would help their private sector employers grow. But now that they are largely dependent on the government, the only growth that unions are interested in is the growth of government. So unions push for tax increases across the country. (Source: The Foundry)

And we wonder why government is bloated and accomplishes nothing.

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Congress and exemptions

Interesting piece on Congress and exempting itself from laws.

Most Americans think that all citizens should have the same rights and privileges, and that the same laws should apply equally to all. So it is that the president has just one vote in any election, as does the grocery clerk. And the Treasury secretary or chairman of the Ways and Means Committee must pay taxes just like anyone else (well, more or less).

But one powerful group in our democracy rarely misses a chance to exempt itself from laws that apply to the rest of us. We’re talking about members of Congress. Most seem to think it’s just too inconvenient to have to abide by those pesky laws they foist on the rest of us.

A prime example of this is unions and rules.

As my colleagues James Sherk and Ryan O’Donnell point out in a recent Heritage Foundation Backgrounder,many members of Congress can advocate new laws to push workers into joining unions with enthusiasm because their own congressional employees do not and will not have the right to form a union.

It is time for Congress to work under the same rules it imposes on the private sector. If members think that the burden of these unionization laws is not excessive, then they should apply them to their own offices. If they are not prepared to do that, they should not impose them on businesses in Main Street America.

So folks like Steve Kagen want to impose new rules that won’t apply to his own employees.  What’s up with that?

It seems that Congress — at least for their own offices — understands the downside of unionization.

Yet members of Congress who support the current bills — which would do such things as end secret ballots in labor elections and in other ways push workers into unions — claim that the proposed laws would actually improve the workplace without curtailing workers’ rights or burdening employers.

If that is so, they should be happy to add an amendment at last permitting their own staffs to unionize under the NLRA.

How about it Congressman Kagen?  You support the Employee Free Choice Act, so why not propose that amendment permitting your staff that freedom?

Perhaps this is why not.

It would be interesting to see just how gung-ho about promoting unionization these members would be with that equal-treatment requirement in place. Would they accept the idea that their offices could be unionized merely if a majority of their staff were pressured into publicly signing cards — the so-called “card check” — rather than voting for a union in a secret ballot? That’s what one major proposal would mean for private businesses.

And another thing, the NLRA current definition of “supervisor” means that managers cannot be included in a union. But one of the union-backed bills before Congress would eliminate this definition. This means that congressional chiefs of staff or legislative directors would become part of the bargaining unit. So automatic seniority, rather than decisions by a senator or congressman, would generally determine who got such promotions, as well as pay rates and job classifications. Let’s see how many lawmakers would tolerate that.

But that shouldn’t matter Congressman Kagen.  If it’s such a great thing to force changes to unionization rules on companies across the country, it should be great to apply those same rules to your staff.  (Source: Hill is above the (labor) law – Heritage Foundation)

Unless of course you think there are two sets of rules in America, one that applies to your constituents and one that applies to members of Congress.  Would that make you a hypocrite, an elitist or both?

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Battle lines are drawn

Tucked away in the pages of HR 3200 are details of the huge windfall proposed for unions.  Also tucked away in various bills before Congress are provisions that will force unionization on the healthcare industry.

BerryLaker explains the dirty details and how the battle lines are in place.

The battle lines will be drawn between two groups of people. It will have nothing to do with race, nothing to do with skin color, nothing to do with religious preference or nothing to do with your heritage. It will not matter how much you make or what your name is. The tensions between members or groups of different social classes will be but a memory in history.

For the people of this country, there will be only two groups of people, union and non union. Union people will have free health care the non union will pay for free health care. Union people will be first in line and same day visits for health care, non union people will be in waiting lines for days, months and God forbid years for care.

Union people will have access to free prescriptions of the best medicines and the rest will have to buy generic Tylenol. Unions will see the best medical experts, non union will talk to death panels. Unions will get surgery and non unions will get a blue pill and will be told to go somewhere and die.

It will pit unions against employers. unions against non union workers. It will pit fathers against their own sons. Mothers against their own daughters. Union members will be for their brothers and sisters in the rank and file and diss their own blood brothers and sisters of their own families. A mother or father will be on their death bed in some hospital and their son or daughter will be walking the side walk on strike for a longer break time. Cities will be divided with union members on one side of town with their nice homes and green cut lawns and the rest will live in shanty towns we read of the past or high rise complexes with broken windows and infested crime areas.

All this will happen in the disguise of health care for all. All this will happen before people even realize it even happened. The union bosses and the liberal left (most democrats) are seeking as much power and wealth they can get their hands on. Nothing will stop them. All for the sake of absolute power. (Source: Battle Line Drawn – BerryLaker)

It’s time to press foward Patriots, time to keep applying the pressure needed to defeat this attempted power grab.  To do that you need to keep spreading the truth about the proposed healthcare reform known as ObamaCare to your friends and neighbors.  Remember the future of this great nation is at stake.

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Mercury union leadership exposed

Following the passing of the deadline to accept the company‘s contract offer it’s becoming clearer that union leadership is clearly to blame for up to 850 manufacturing jobs leaving Fond du Lac.  Despite it’s effort to blame Mercury Marine.

While union officials blame Mercury Marine for killing an 11th hour vote that might have kept more than 800 manufacturing jobs in Fond du Lac, many union workers say union leadership did too little, too late.

First there was the convincing of the membership to vote down the contract proposal on August 23rd.

Prior to the Aug. 23 vote, Toth said union leaders led the membership to believe that after the first contract was voted down, another would be brought back for a second vote. Toth described the atmosphere inside Fond du Lac High School that Sunday (Aug. 23) as “very hostile” with members voting on “emotion” rather than on the proposal before them.

Then there was the fiasco surrounding the supposed bylaw preventing a second vote when it became clear Mercury’s offer was indeed it’s last & final offer.

“We were told by District 10 union officials that there was a bylaw preventing workers from voting on a contract without at least three significant changes in it. Now we find out there wasn’t any bylaw. It was just an unwritten policy with the IAM. Policies are rewritten every day,” Toth said.

Once it was exposed for that lie, the union leadership dragged it’s feet waiting until THE LAST MINUTE to call a second vote.

“Why did the union wait so long to call a vote? They knew last Thursday that there was great interest among members in having a re-vote, so why didn’t they call for a vote on Friday,” said union worker Fred Toth Jr. “The union leaders dragged their feet on the whole thing, and in my opinion, alienated their members.”

Toth, along with fellow workers Rick Schmidt and Felipe Rodriguez, began circulating a petition last week calling for a second vote on contract changes proposed by company management.

As for the continuing vote after the deadline passed – a token gesture.

“They’re just trying to save face and point the finger at the company,” Toth said. “Mercury Marine was pretty adamant about every step they took including the deadline. What makes (union leadership) think Mercury Marine would change their minds now?”

The union leadership is now trying to claim Mercury sent a letter stating it would extend the deadline.

Dan Longsine, chief negotiator with IAM Lodge 1947, said the union was led to believe that members would be allowed to cast votes following the midnight deadline, referring to a letter forwarded to union officials by the company.

“They told us that as long as we made a good faith effort to start the vote, that if we didn’t have enough time, they would extend the deadline past midnight. Just before midnight the company told us if the votes weren’t tallied before the deadline it would be considered a rejection,” Longsine said. “This was a very calculated move by the company.” (Source: Questions swirl around Mercury decision to hold firm to vote deadline – FDL Reporter).

Yet union leadership claims to another newspaper there was a deal in place for an extension.

Union members said they were told that Mercury would allow them to take a second vote starting late Saturday night and continuing until the 850 eligible members could cast their ballots.

Union officials said that deal was arranged by public officials who acted as intermediaries between the union and the company.

“Then we were double-crossed. I feel like I have been thrown under the bus,” said Dan Longsine, chief negotiator for Lodge 1947. (Source: Mercury says 2nd vote too late to save jobs – Milwaukee Journal Sentinal)

Keep in mind this is the same union leadership that claimed it wanted additional negotiations.

“These workers and this community deserve more than a rushed process with an artificial deadline that failed to deliver a solution that worked for everyone,” Philip Gruber, an IAM Midwest territory vice president, said Friday in a statement.

“We are prepared to meet anytime, anywhere with this company to create a proposal that fairly addresses the needs of this company and the future of this community,” Gruber said.

Friday, company officials said the union had not yet told them it wanted further discussions. (Source: Mercury Marine union calls for new talks – Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal)

It’s obvious who was actually thrown under the bus and who did the throwing.  By virtue of their lies time and again over the last week, it was union leadership that threw people under the bus.  And it wasn’t just union members, it was an entire community.

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