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Divide and Conquer

As the new year 2014 begins with the President and Congress returning to Washington, it is evident that President Obama and his liberal cronies are determined to continue to divide the nation. Shortly before returning from his 17-day vacation in Hawaii, the President began the divisive rhetoric by reprimanding House Republicans for going on a “holiday break” and not staying in Washington D.C. to pass a measure to extend unemployment benefits for needy Americans. The benefits were allowed to lapse, as they were not included in the budget  signed by the President prior to his vacation.

Now, Congress prepares for a battle over jobless benefits. The first vote by the U.S. Senate was to restore the expired unemployment benefits. The President and his fellow Democrats allowed the benefits to expire and agreed to the budget as part of their plan to distract the American people.The President understands just how important the upcoming 2014 mid-term Elections are, and is attempting to deflect the miserable failure that is Obamacare. This is merely their opening salvo in a desperate attempt to “divide and conquer” the Republican Party and the American people. The President clearly understands that Democrats must hold the Senate and take back the House of Representatives during the mid-term elections if he is going to successfully impose his socialistic agenda.

Additionally, as President Obama Urges Steps to Resolve Income Inequality, the Democrats are planning a minimum-wage push to create a “National Living Wage,” supported by his allies at the SEIU. See Obama and The SEIU, Sittin’ in a Tree. Much like the tactics of his mentors in big labor, the President will not explain the byproducts of such action – the loss of jobs and a weaker economy, which Thomas Sowell addresses eloquently in his article,  No compassion in minimum wage laws. Common sense dictates that an Unprecedented Minimum-Wage Hike Would Hurt Jobs and the Economy. Even the democratic D.C. Mayor Vetoed the ‘Living Wage’ Bill (see also 5 Ways the Liberal Obsession With Income Inequality Hurts the Poor and Dems Believe Income Inequality To Be the Winning Issue In November).

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Furthermore, in the background, the President  has quietly had his radical appointees at the National Labor Relations Board (see “Rogue NLRB”), the Department of Labor (DOL), and OSHA imposing new regulations such as allowing “microunions”, requiring reporting by employer-supporting “persuaders” (see DOL Changes the Rules Again), and allowing union access to employer facilities during OSHA inspections (see OSHA Opens New Door For Big Labor). These new regulations are all aimed to provide Big Labor the opportunity to process their Death by a Thousand Cuts-style Corporate Campaigns, with the end goal of forcing businesses to sign a Neutrality Agreement  and impose Card Check.

If this is accomplished, unions would be able to force unionize people quickly and collect badly needed dues for the flagging unions. In turn, these unions will continue to provide Democrats with political contributions and the ground game necessary to win the mid-term election. Make no mistake about it, big labor needs help and it is evident that they are Becoming Desperate. The UAW needs income so badly it is considering a 25% dues increase for its current members, which seems strange when their membership continues to diminish.

As discussed in Obamacare Provides Unfair Advantage to Big Labor, the President unilaterally postponed the “transitional insurance” fee for 2014, which eliminated millions of dollars in costs for the unions so they can pour the money back into the 2014 mid-term elections. The timing on all of this makes sense, as big labor has a vested interest in seeing Democrats win back both Houses and essentially providing the President Rule by Fiat, while trying to avoid extinction with support from their political friends.

Like big labor, the President, and Democratic Party too, are feeling pressure to achieve victory in the mid-term elections, and they are intent on utilizing “the ends justify the means” tactics from the big labor playbook (see The Devil at Our Doorstep). Just like the SEIU big labor bosses who trained him, President Obama will trample on anyone who gets in his way. It is time for the American people to wake up to the Obama’s hypocrisy, misdirection and misinformation. His promises, much like big labor’s, have been designed to sway voters, not help the people!

The Republican Party must reorganize and understand that fighting amongst themselves is inappropriate and counterproductive (see Boehner Blasts Conservatives). If the GOP Pins Its Hopes on Midterm Elections, it must band together with all conservatives and people of all religious and ethnic backgrounds to expose and Keep The Pressure On Obama. Just as I discussed with the Republican Whip committee last March, it is Time for Republicans to Go On the Offensive! The Other Guy Sucks is Not a Strategy, so it is imperative that all conservatives expose the President and the fact he has no interest in the citizens of this great country and like the big labor bosses is only focused on accomplishing his agenda. Collectively, we must put the Administration on the defensive if we are going to succeed in nullifying this “divide and conquer” strategy, and reverse The Decline of American Exceptionalism, initiated by the President and his big labor buddies!

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Obamacare Provides Unfair Advantage to Big Labor

Virtually unnoticed and ignored by the media is the fact that big labor benefited tremendously from the deal struck last week to avoid the “catastrophic” fiscal cliff. The President abandoned his own concept of fairness, which of course is nothing more than a hypocritical one way street, in order to reward his big labor buddies and to ease the pressure they have asserted. As discussed in Promises, Promises: Desperate Unions Grow Weary of Phony Distractions, the President clearly understood the displeasure of big labor with respect to Obamacare, and realized that he desperately needed to throw them a bone, and a big one at that!

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In his own inimitable way, the President did so at the expense of  roughly 89% of the workers across this great country who are not members of unions. With this gift,  President Obama’s Ego Continues to Trample American Freedoms as he places the burden of the cost of Obamacare on the everyday working person and on small business. Additionally, it provides big labor with the money to continue to inflict Death by a Thousand Cuts and Corporate Campaign tactics on businesses. This is all part of the plan concocted by big labor and the Obama Administration to force unionize employees, as discussed in The Devil at Our Doorstep, and to continue to control political agendas with excessive political donations and massive ground games. It also provides big labor with an unfair advantage to attract potential members with misleading information during collective bargaining negotiations.

Surprise! Unions Get Their Way on Obamacare… In the deal the President struck with Republicans, unions were made exempt from paying what is referred to as a “Transitional Reinsurance Fee,” a $63 tax assessed on nearly every health insurance plan enrollee for the next three years. The Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) established programs to provide payments to health insurance issuers that cover higher-risk populations and to more evenly spread the financial risk carried by issuers. These programs, which will be effective in 2014, include the Transitional Reinsurance Program.

The Transitional Reinsurance Program is intended to help stabilize premiums for coverage in the individual market during the first three years of the exchange operation (2014 through 2016) when individuals with higher-cost medical needs gain insurance coverage. This program will impose a fee on health insurance issuers and self-insured group health plans. ACA requires health insurance issuers and third-party administrators (TPA’s) of self-insured group health plans to pay fees to support the reinsurance program. The proposed regulations clarify that, for self-insured group health plans, the plan sponsor is liable for paying the reinsurance fees. In essence, unions and businesses both would have had to pay the fee under the program, but unions have now been given an exemption, providing them with huge cost savings.

The fee is based on the number of members actually enrolled in the medical plan, such membership consisting of employees, their spouses and dependent children covered by the medical plan. As an example, the SEIU, with approximately 2 million members, can expect to save BIG! Assuming that 60% of the membership is enrolled in a union-sponsored health plan, you would have 1.2 million members, plus their eligible family members, estimated at an additional 2.5 covered persons (per member), making the SEIU’s total membership eligible for the reinsurance tax roughly 3 million. Multiply that 3 million, by the $63 per member reinsurance fee, and the initial benefit seen by the SEIU is in the neighborhood of $189 million! Spread that over three years, assuming that the President extends it after next year’s midterm elections, and the total cost savings to the SEIU is $567 million!

It doesn’t seem fair that a President who preaches on the redistribution of wealth to the poor and middle class is, in fact, redistributing $567 million to this labor union — An organization which has historically been shown to utilize that money to force unionize hard-working Americans, and to press its socialistic political agenda at the expense of the middle class the President pretends to support. President Obama, who understands the basic tenant of Control Business, Control the Country, is fully behind the push to provide big labor with ultimate power over employees and businesses, after all it was big labor who enabled him to win a second term. It is time for America to wake up and understand this President abhors the free market system and is determined to destroy it, utilizing the influence of the SEIU and other big labor bosses to push Communism at the Highest Levels. He just provided a huge favor to the big labor Gasping Dinosaurs, helping them achieve their agenda. The Taking of American Freedoms is at hand!

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December 23, 2013 · 2:59 PM

Same Old SEIU, Same Tired Attacks

Never a group to let an opportunity go to waste, the SEIU plans to disrupt travelers at major airports all over the country, and to attack retailers such as Wal-Mart during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Their plotting is all in the name of “social justice,” which is no more than a code name for forced unionism. The SEIU would have you believe that it has the best interest of employees at heart, and that employers like Wal-Mart “abuse” their employees through the payment of poverty wages,  while lining their own pockets with the company profits. In fact, this past week, the SEIU sent out the following e-mail to its members stating that Wal-Mart pays such low wages its employees cannot afford a Thanksgiving dinner. Therefore, Wal-Mart is hosting a food drive so they can eat on Thanksgiving.

Walmart doesn’t pay workers enough for them to afford Thanksgiving dinner, so they’re holding a food drives for their employees. Seriously. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that Walmart stores in Ohio have bins set up for underpaid associates to donate canned goods to other underpaid associates.

We have a better idea, Walmart: Pay your workers enough to put food on the table.

If you agree, please RSVP at to join the Walmart Strikers in their fight for fair wages and respect at work.

It’s great that workers are looking out for one another, but nobody who works for one of the richest companies in the world should have to worry about not having enough to eat.

This is hardly the first time Walmart has asked for charity so they can avoid paying employees enough to get by. Low-income workers still need food, housing and healthcare, so taxpayers end up paying up to $1.7 million in public benefits per Walmart Superstore.2

We’re proud to stand with the workers who think they should be able to afford their own Thanksgiving dinners.

Join us on Black Friday to show the workers you have their back.

In solidarity,

Alesa Mackool

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The SEIU is in the midst of a Worker Center Scheme, recruiting new membership through force unionization, and attempting to bypass the National Labor Relations Act as discussed in Promises, Promises: Desperate Unions Grow Weary of Phony Distractions. They will be using these naïve recruits to bolster their ranks. The SEIU has created Worker Centers because they fall outside the rules of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and therefore are not subject to National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regulations. Through these Worker Centers, unions are able to operate and attack without restriction, allowing for even more deplorable and ruthless tactics. The real ticker is that these Worker Centers have a Tax-Exempt Status and are Funded by the American  Taxpayer!

Additionally, the SEIU and other unions will be holding Union Rallies at Airports across the country, alleging these employers are paying low wages and offering sub-par benefits. The goal is to make Americans believe these employees are being abused and mistreated. Ironically most of the SEIU protestors will be hired off the street for small cash amounts and have no idea what they are protesting. The SEIU has decided to cause as much disruption and inconvenience during one of the nation’s biggest travel holidays to embarrass these employers across the country and call attention to their cause. This is all a calculated effort to intimidate companies into signing a Neutrality Agreement and imposing forced unionism on their employees through Card Check.

As Americans shopping and traveling to visit their loved ones are disrupted by the rallies and picketing during this great national holiday, it is important to remember the true objective of these Gasping Dinosaurs. It is not to improve wages and benefits for the employees of these companies, but rather to force unionize employees by embarrassing the employers on a national stage! The truth is, the SEIU and other unions want more money in the form of union dues to enhance their political power. Just as Unions Showed True Colors on Labor Day, these Thanksgiving attacks are all about big labor’s attempt to avoid extinction! Hopefully, Americans will see these tactics for exactly what they are, nothing more than Communism at the Highest Level, and relegate the SEIU and other big labor unions into the junk pile of history!

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The Destiny of The Devil at Our Doorstep

As a pragmatic businessman I have never believed in coincidences. As a religious person who believes in God I have always believed each of us are placed on this earth for a purpose. An event occurred this past week that solidified my belief in both.

At the engagement party of a friend’s daughter, I happened to meet a former local sports writer for the Indianapolis Star newspaper. As we were conversing, I mentioned to him that I played basketball in high school and went to Wabash College on a basketball/academic scholarship and transferred after my second year. The coach who recruited me left after the first year and I was dissatisfied with his replacement after playing for him for one year. Consequently, I went back to the school that was my second choice and ask them if they would still honor the scholarship they had initially offered. The school, Tri-State University, agreed.

Unfortunately, due to the transfer, I had to change my major to pre-med as Tri-State did not offer degrees in education. In essence, I went from preparing to be a teacher and a coach — my life’s dream — to preparing for life as a doctor at the advice of my counselor. I received a B.S in Biology and went to Ball State University where I received a Masters Degree in Micro Biology. I applied for Indiana Medical School and was place third on the waiting list due to the fact my grades at Wabash my first semester were just average. I subsequently went to work for Central Soya Company headquartered in my home town of Ft. Wayne, Indiana. I started in its experimental feed mill and eventually became a plant turn around specialist. I was able to accomplish this through creating a team atmosphere and treating employees fairly. Interestingly enough they were all union facilities! I held this position for about eight years, and the position required several transfers around the country. When I ended up back in Indianapolis, Indiana, I decided to reject the next request to move yet again, and to leave the company. I eventually become the Indiana General Manager for a regional janitorial company, a position I held for three and a half years before I left to start my own company.

Upon relaying my story to the writer, he mentioned that he knew the coach Wabash had hired, and understood why I decided to leave. He then mentioned that this coach’s background was kind of unclear. Being the inquisitive person I am, the next day I did a search for this coach on the internet to learn more about his background. To my surprise when I found his information I learned more about my destiny than I did his. Prior to being hired as the varsity basketball coach at Wabash he was a janitor for a college in Pennsylvania!

How ironic is it that a man who became my coach and influenced my decision to transfer from one college to another, and in the process forced a change of my major from being a teacher to a doctor, was a janitor! A profession I migrated to as General Manager for a regional janitorial company and a position I would assume myself when I left and started EMS in 1989 where my first account was my insurance agents 5,000 square foot office, which I cleaned myself! EMS grew from that small account to a national company that today provides services in 36 states. We have constantly strived to stand as company that does the right things for it employees and its customers.

Ultimately, due to our growth, we attracted the attention of the SEIU who attempted to force unionize EMS employees as well as other employees of janitorial companies throughout the Midwest with its patented Death by a Thousand Cuts and Corporate Campaign tactics. Tactics designed to force me to sign a Neutrality Agreement, which would have eliminated my employees rights through a secret ballot election to determine if they wanted to be represented by the SEIU, and instead allow the SEIU to use the intimidation tactics of Card Check to force unionize them.

As a religious man and a firm believer in American freedoms I could not morally give up my employees’ rights and allow this to happen. My company and I fought a 4-year war with the SEIU to preserve our employees rights and defeated them! Subsequently I wrote the two books, The Devil at My Doorstep and The Devil at Our Doorstep, which have been instrumental in the passage of “right to work” laws in Indiana and Michigan, and have provided hope and support for employees across the country in extricating themselves from big labor abuse. In fact, my first book “The Devil at My Doorstep” Was Recently Introduced to the Supreme Court  in defense of an employee who was subjected to the awful intimidation tactics of a Corporate Campaign.

I sincerely believe all of us are placed on earth by our creator for a purpose. Some destinies are more subtle than others, however it appears mine through divine intervention, was to expose the atrocities of big labor’s Gasping Dinosaurs and help preserve American freedoms! Ironically this was preordained years ago through my Lord and Savior’s message delivered through a coach, I mean a janitor! The lord in his infinite wisdom recognized years ago the course of history would have to be changed, and The Devil at Our Doorstep revealed. Simply put, without a new coach (janitor), there would have been no college change or career change, and in turn, no EMS janitorial company, no SEIU attack, and most importantly, no win for employee rights! Ironically he used a janitor to begin the chain of events to allow me the opportunity to expose big labor’s agenda and start a movement to protect employee rights!

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Big Labor Feels the Pressure

Now that two cases concerning forced unionism have made it to the U.S. Supreme Court’s docket (see “The Devil at My Doorstep” Introduced to the Supreme Court and U.S. Supreme Court: An Opportunity to Protect Fundamental Freedoms), it appears big labor’s Gasping Dinosaurs are becoming even more desperate in their attempts to avoid extinction. Events transpiring in the past several weeks make it  apparent that Big Labor is doing everything it can to rapidly add membership in anticipation the Supreme Court will find  the use of the coercive practice of “Corporate Campaigns” to violate the National Labor Relations Act. These “campaigns” consist of the use of intimidating methods designed to coerce employers into signing a Neutrality Agreement, by which they agree to accept “Card Check,”  or the use of signed cards as evidence of their employees desire for union representation in lieu of secret ballot elections. Card Check allows big labor to force unionize a companies employees almost overnight, which is critical to resuscitating falling union membership!

One of the pending cases involves the question of whether the President’s recess appointees to the National Labor Relations Board, all of whom are very pro-union and trying to change governing regulations to enhance big labor Corporate Campaigns, were correctly and constitutionally appointed. The second case questions whether the use of Neutrality Agreements in the context of a corporate campaign, provides an impermissible benefit to labor unions, in violation of Section 302 of the Act. If the U.S. Supreme Court finds against labor’s position, the effect would be to virtually eliminate big labor’s ability to rely on their “bread and butter” — Corporate Campaigns  and the resulting Neutrality Agreement. Loss of this means of forced unionism could very likely result in the extinction in unions as structured today. Apparently the big labor bosses anticipate a negative ruling as they are out in force utilizing Corporate Campaigns to unionize as many employees as possible. The following cases are illustrative.

In Chattanooga, Tennessee, the UAW has been conducting a campaign at the Volkswagen plant.  Thankfully, the VW employees have seen the light and are taking action as seen in VW Workers at TN Plant Allege Misleading UAW Tactics and Chattanooga VW Workers Begin Antiunion Petition. Additionally, there were the recent UAW tactics at an auto plant in Kokomo, Indiana, chronicled in Unprecedented Union Corruption, that apparently cost eleven full time positions in the plant. All due to the fact the UAW would not allow a non-union company to be successful, and the fact it added a additional 25 employees. Apparently it does not bother the UAW that eleven people in the pant lost their jobs, as it has a net increase of 14 dues paying members, which was the ultimate objective!

The UAW really displayed its desperation as it enlisted employees and others to call the NAACP to join its cause to force unionize employees at a Nissan Plant in Canton, Mississippi. The charges, expressed in the article Why the NAACP Joined a Mississippi Union Battle, are eerily similar to the same charges my company faced when confronted by the Interfaith Workers Justice Group and their support of the SEIU. These charges were all found to be untrue and were dismissed. Of course, in the context of a corporate campaign, big labor does not care about the truth or falsity of the charges they bring. They care only that the charges serve the purpose of pressuring the employer, “the ends justify the means.”

The SEIU continues its efforts to rally fast food and other service workers using the government shutdown as a stage for False Protests and disorder, as I discussed in Desperate Dinosaurs Show True Colors on Labor Day. Additionally, the SEIU teamed up with the AFL-CIO to host Camino Americano: March for Immigration Reform. Immigration reform is a number one priority for the SEIU and AFL-CIO since both organize service workers and they envision large Corporate Campaigns to force unionize these new workers. Evidently, the President got the message, because in a speech over the weekend he mentioned that the budget and debt ceiling issues needed to be resolved so they can move on to bigger things like immigration reform and jobs. Finally, from the home of Harry Reid in Las Vegas, Nevada comes news of  “union bosses gone wild.” Apparently, the Culinary Union took offense to one casino that has remained union-free, and are using the typical “Death by a Thousand Cuts” approach against the casino and its guests!

All of these scenarios are supported and approved by our “fearless” Commander-In-Chief, who has no respect for American freedoms, America’s free market system or our Constitution. It is high time that the tricameral division of powers, wisely instituted by our founders, steps to the forefront and puts the President and his big labor henchmen in their place to restore American freedoms! Hopefully, the Supreme Court aided by “The Devil at My Doorstep” will put pressure on big labor and issue a favorable decision to protect all Americans from these bullies!

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Unprecedented Union Corruption

After battling the SEIU’s Corporate Campaign against my company, and ultimately winning, I firmly believed that I had experienced corruption at its worst. Sadly, I was mistaken.

It all began in January 2012 when my company was awarded a housekeeping contract in Kokomo, Indiana, a city that benefited from a major portion of the President’s 2009 Stimulus Package and Auto Bailout. It was an unprecedented award, as we were the first non-union cleaning contractor to be awarded the facility. Our staff replaced approximately 30 United Auto Workers (UAW) members, who did not lose their jobs, but rather were absorbed into the  plant operations. The most striking part of the transition was how successful we were. Plant management was ecstatic with the cleanliness, efficiency and safety of our company and employees. Our employees were happy and the employees at the plant were happy with a cleaner facility. This pleasant relationship continued for over 6 months,  until the UAW International raised its ugly head.

Apparently, it did not sit well with the powers-to-be at UAW International that a non-union contractor could be successful at a “union” facility. They sent a corporate organizer espousing the belief that the employees, who to that point had not requested union representation, needed union “protection” and deserved better wages and work rules. The sudden appearance of the UAW International had nothing to do with the employees, but had everything to do with their fear that if we were successful in this plant, that we could begin picking up more “union” plants across the country, thus threatening their future membership dues and way of existence.

Consistent with their SEIU brethren, and in line with the direction of the NLRB since President Obama’s recess appointments in attempt to create Card Check through Regulation vs. Legislation, the UAW immediately contacted us about signing a Neutrality Agreement, which they instead labeled as a “Partnership Agreement.” This blatant misrepresentation would be the first and least onerous of the many that would be spewed by the desperate Gasping Dinosaurs to secure the unionization of our employees. We responded to the UAW just as it did when the SEIU requested we sign a Neutrality Agreement in 2007, we were still not interested in signing away our employees’ rights to a secret ballot election (for more details, read The Devil at Our Doorstep). Despite several contacts by the UAW organizer requesting that we sign the “Partnership Agreement,” we respectfully declined. Giving credit where credit is due, the UAW did not threaten us with a Corporate Campaign, in fact things became suspiciously quiet going into Thanksgiving last year.

Unfortunately, the silence did not last long. The day after Thanksgiving we received notice that the UAW had petitioned for an election to determine union representation for our employees. Immediately we responded, as we had the past, that we expected both sides to conduct themselves with integrity and within the guidelines of the law and NLRA regulations. We also wanted the election to be held as close to the 42-day mandated period as possible, despite knowing the coming holidays would complicate the process. The UAW agreed to an election date of January 8, 2013. This agreement would be the UAW’s last act of civility and integrity during the process.

The day before the election, January 7, 2013, it was clear that the employees were likely to vote against UAW representation, in a close election. Subsequently, the UAW International took it upon itself to ensure a victory. The UAW International contacted the customer’s corporate executives in Detroit and secured an agreement that if the employees would vote for union recognition, the customer would pay us increased costs, including a wage increase of $5.00 per hour, associated FICA, FUTA, SUTA taxes and insurance, plus any applicable overhead and margin increases. This meeting took place without our knowledge nor the involvement of local plant management, who was responsible for budgets and profitability. That same evening the UAW met with our employees at a local Pizza Hut and disclosed the deal. They told our employees all they had to do was vote in the UAW in order to receive the raise in pay.

The next day our employees, coerced by the union bribe, voted in the UAW as its representative. Interestingly enough, our local management at the plant received a phone call approximately 1 hour before the secret ballot election closed and was told that an agreement had been reached and that we would be reimbursed for the increased costs in labor and wages for the facility. I personally received a call a few days later from the customer, verifying the call we received on election day. The most astounding part of the call was that the customer provided us with the exact dollar amount, per hour, it would be reimbursing us, which corresponded almost perfectly with the cost of the wage increase, associated taxes and benefits that the UAW promised employees the night before the election! I sincerely believe that both the UAW and the customer believed that because we would be receiving more revenue, including profit margins, that we would accept the money, negotiate a contract, pay employees more and everyone would be happy. They never considered that we would take the moral high ground and refuse the money!

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We immediately filed charges and Unfair Labor Practices (ULP) with the National Labor Relations Board (aka the Rogue NLRB), knowing it would be an uphill battle considering President Obama’s payback to big labor, in the form of unconstitutional recess appointments to the NLRB. The Regional NLRB, to its credit, determined that hearings should be held based on the claims and evidence. Despite significant testimony from employees and the customer’s plant management, as well as other information that clearly implicated the UAW in corruption and coercion, the NLRB found in favor of the UAW.

The decision came as no surprise, based on the NLRB’s “pro-labor” stance under the current Administration. Undaunted, we appealed the decision, which moved the process to Washington D.C. for review. This review would come from the same board that had already been ruled unconstitutional by the United States D.C. Circuit Court, and who believes it can circumvent the Constitution by changing regulations, reversing decisions and making decisions that enable big labor to wage war on employers in attempt to achieve Card Check and force unionization on employees! The NLRB responded as expected, finding in favor of the UAW.

Immediately, the UAW requested to begin contract negotiations, which we declined. Since the D.C. Circuit Court’s decision had been appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, after finding the recess appointed board members unconstitutional and placing their subsequent decisions and regulation changes on hold, it seemed logical that discussions would be fruitless until the Supreme Court reached a decision. The UAW quickly returned to its intimidation tactics. They contacted our customer and threatened a strike at the facility unless we began negotiations. The customer, so intimidated by these tactics, canceled our contract, not for poor quality or service and not for refusing to negotiate with the UAW, but for convenience! The corporate office then awarded the contract to a “union” contractor, against the wishes of the local plant management who was instructed to remain neutral and quiet. The whole scenario begs the question, if the customer wanted to pay higher wages, why didn’t they talk to us about it in the very beginning? By offering to build in higher wages for our employees, they could have protected them from the shackles of big labor and required union dues. We would have been more than happy to negotiate with the customer directly for improved wages for our employees!

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This same scenario is currently being played out in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where the UAW is attempting to Force Unionize Volkswagen Employees through use of a Neutrality Agreement and Card Check! In this case, the union claims they have enough votes to win an election, but instead of holding a secret ballot election, which they say takes time and effort, the facility should utilize Card Check! Based on personal experience and as chronicled in The Devil at Our Doorstep, the truth that was discovered upon talking to my employees throughout these scenarios, was that they were intimidated and lied to about the cards they were signing. This is most likely what is occurring at the Volkswagen Plant, the UAW is merely attempting to achieve Card Check through the back door, and the economic impact of these events could be devastating!

Once again Big Labor’s Gasping Dinosaurs are demonstrating their desperation and lack of integrity as they continue to utilize intimidation and coercion to force unionize employees with their “ends justify the means” quest to avoid extinction.

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U.S. Supreme Court: An Opportunity to Protect Fundamental Freedoms

The U. S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear two cases in the next year which will determine whether persons will be protected in their exercise of the fundamental right to either choose whether to engage in union representation or to abstain from such representation, and to make such decision absent intimidation from either the union or their employer via the secret ballot election — the same process we use to elect our local, state and federal government officials. Interestingly, both cases stem from the President’s attempt to provide political payback to his allies in Big Labor through the Rogue NLRB.

In the first case, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide if the President acted unconstitutionally when he made several recess appointments to the agency charged with oversight of labor-management disputes, the National Labor Relations Board. The lower courts,  U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of , and the U.S. Third Court of Appeals both found the appointments unconstitutional (see Supreme Court to Consider Obama Recess Appointments and Appeals Court Nixed Obama’s Recess Appointments). This case not only has important implications concerning the further shredding of our constitution  by the Obama Administration, but also Obama’s lawlessness in bypassing other branches of our government, and ignoring the tenant of the separation of powers of the branches of government, to further his own socialistic goals by appointing his own radical people without review and agreement by the legislative branch. In the case of the NLRB, his appointees’ seek to reach the Administration’s objective of achieving Card Check through Regulation vs. Legislation! Simply put, the goal is to eliminate employees rights to a secret ballot election and replace it with Card Check as the means for employees to determine if they wish union representation. If you listened to the Administration’s and Big Labor’s rhetoric, what could be more simple and fair? Unfortunately, it is a process of coercion and intimidation as chronicled in The Devil at Our Doorstep. A process aptly named Death by a Thousand Cuts, which forces employers and employees to capitulate and be subjected to the terms of the so called Neutrality Agreement through ruthless Corporate Campaigns! An agreement that is hardly neutral and subjects both the employees and the employer to Big Labor’s Persuasion of Power!

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The first case, however, is just the Tip of the Iceberg. The other involves a question of the validity of Big Labor’s sacred cow, the aforementioned Neutrality Agreement (see BNA – Supreme Court Agrees to Review LMRA Case Invovling Section 302, Neutrality Agreement). To appreciate this case and its relevance, one must understand why this agreement is so important to the Big Labor Gasping Dinosaurs. As documented in previous blogs, unions have been on a steady decline since 1947 when Congress, following more than a decade of union corruption, passed the Taft-Hartley Act. Of the many important provisions of the Act, perhaps none was more so than the guarantee of the secret ballot election which, for all intents and purposes, eliminated Card Check!  Since its peak prior to passage of the Taft-Hartley Act, union membership has dropped from approximately 35-40% of the workforce to a low of 11.3% today. Statistics gathered by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, included a drop of approximately 400,000 members in the last year alone. Big Labor, realizing its imminent demise, understands it must reinstate Card Check to survive and is relying on the President and his Rogue NLRB to allow them to exploit a little known and hidden clause in the Taft-Hartley Act that allows unions and employers to mutually agree to representation through Card Check. Unfortunately, it is very rarely an agreement achieved through mutual consent. It is predominantly achieved by Big Labor through outright intimidation of employers and employees. What is interesting about this particular case is that it has been brought by an employee disgusted with the intimidation and the fact he believes his rights to a secret ballot election and protection of privacy have been violated!

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One thing certain about these cases is that the justices of the Supreme Court will receive a tremendous amount of pressure from the Administration and its Big Labor buddies to overturn the decisions of the lower courts. The Gasping Dinosaurs, already headed toward extinction, understand all to well that if these decisions are upheld it will be the end of Big Labor as we know it in this country (see If ruling goes Against Labor Union, Organizing Could Get Even Harder). Additionally, the President and his party know all to well they need Big Labor’s financial and ground support to continue to win elections, as well as increase their grip on and expand an already oversized government.

Even more frightening for the future of the United States is what could occur if these decisions are overturned. If they are, this President will feel empowered to continue to appoint radical people to high positions, not just in the NLRB, but all areas of government. He will work to implement regulations that will allow the use of coercion and intimidation by the government and its henchmen to erode our rights, move the country towards socialism and potentially perpetuate the President’s Rule by Fiat! If they can eliminate the secret ballot election for union recognition and trample on the constitution to appoint government officials how long will it be before they expand these programs to every corner of the government? Can you imagine no secret ballot elections to determine our government officials and instead all being appointed by the President?  These are landmark cases that, if overturned, could be the ultimate downfall of this great nation!

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The Senate Immigration Law Hurts All Americans!

Recently, I had the opportunity to view Dennis Michael Lynch’s documentaries They Come to America.  In part, the documentaries explore the pending immigration legislation proposed by the “Gang of Eight,” and finds that the legislation fails to fix the most basic problem — securing the border between the United States and Mexico. Despite claims by the current Administration that the border is secure, the documentary shows the continuing consequences to national security, the American economy, our out of control debt, and desperately needed jobs for the American people.

These documentaries support my previous blog, DREAM Act, the Truth Behind the Nightmare, written in December of 2010, when President Obama was pushing his immigration reform bill known as the  “DREAM Act.”  This bill was primarily driven by politics instead of an interest in doing what was best for the United States and the American people, and which fails to secure the border, protect Americans from terrorism, reduce the massive cost of social programs, help balance the budget, increase jobs and wages for legal Americans, or to otherwise address the issues currently facing our country due to illegal immigration.

If we are to succeed in overcoming these difficulties, the first and most immediate priority must be to seal the border! The Senate bill gives almost ten years for the government to achieve this objective. This is not by accident, but rather intent, as the Obama Administration and the Democratic party understand it will be accepted by the Hispanic community, a demographic they need to continue to win elections. It’s also a gift to big labor in the form of a potential new source of membership to revive its member ranks and flagging revenues. If the President, and Congressional Democrats and Republicans who are on board with this bill really cared about American security, the American economy and American jobs, they would shove political ambitions aside and place the United States military in control of the border and let them do the job they are best at in the world!

Second, the Senate needs to immediately remove all access for undocumented workers to social programs and American schools. Additionally, undocumented workers should have to register with the government immediately and submit to extensive background checks, which, if not acceptable, would result in deportation. These steps would reduce the rolls of undocumented workers immediately and stimulate the economy by reducing budget deficits and providing immediate jobs for legal American workers, a measure which is even supported by the American Hispanic population! Despite the Republican Party’s objections they would gain more favor with the Hispanic population if they would insist upon these measures, combined with regular meetings with the Hispanic community on their own turf.

Third, The Shadow Economy must be reined in (as discussed in my blog, Misclassification of Workers, Common Ground or Hot Bed of Greed). This Under Ground Economy must be reined in if America is to expand employment while recouping lost FICA, payroll tax and income tax revenues that would significantly reduce budget deficits and, ultimately, the runaway national debt! Just as important, enforcing misclassification laws would significantly increase legal American’s wages without them having to be part of a union!

Interestingly, big labor supports the Senate Immigration bill as an avenue to increase membership roles, (see SEIU Pushes Seven Figure Ad Campaign for Immigration Reform ) but appears oblivious to the fact its buddy in the White House is intent on playing both sides of the fence. Despite a supposed focus on employee misclassification, very little enforcement has occurred, which eliminates these people as union targets! See Focus on employee misclassification will continue, Labor official says. The reason is simply that the President and the Democratic Party understand that the Hispanic vote is necessary for Democrats to retain power. Especially the clandestine illegal vote brought in by the big labor ground game, which they continue to count on through other paybacks to big labor through NLRB decisions and regulatory changes. A ground game the Administration and Democrats turn their heads to, despite their bellicose objection to the recent Supreme Court’s decision, eliminating the Voting Rights Act.

Bottom line, the Administration’s motives are hypocritical. They are purely for political gain at the expense of the American people including supporters like big labor. It is time for all Americans to wake up and watch what this administration does, not what it says and understand How “Gang of Eight” Amnesty Will Destroy America for all Americans, including unions. The Wall Street Journal reports Obama to Pressure House GOP on Immigration Bill  this week when it returns to Washington. Its time for the American people to stand up with one voice contact their representatives and say “No” to crony politics!

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Desperate SEIU Resurrects Persuasion of Power!

Once again the SEIU is utilizing its patented Persuasion of Power  to achieve its political goals and to boost its dwindling membership. Over the past two weeks, the SEIU has aired television commercials (see SEIU Pushes Seven Figure Ad Campaign for Immigration Reform) to support President Obama’s immigration policy, to initiate a living wage attack campaign against McDonalds and Wal-Mart (see SEIU.org Action Page), targeting Home Health Care Workers and to attack conservatives working to balance the liberal media (see Koch money shouldn’t influence our media — we want to see “Citizen Koch” aired). The SEIU’s Insidious Tentacles are reaching far and wide to achieve one simple goal – to increase its membership, thereby resulting in increased revenues and political power! The SEIU and this Administration are tethered at the hip in this venture (see Obama and The SEIU, Sittin’ in a Tree)!

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The SEIU and the current Administration could care less about the current state of America, or about Restoring America’s Prosperity! Their ambitions are philosophical and aimed at increasing political power. If they truly cared about America’s future and the future of immigrants caught in limbo they would pursue policy outlined in the DREAM Act. Instead, they jointly pursue a policy that will increase their own membership and voter base, at the expense of American workers who will suffer reduced wages due to an increased labor force that will continue to grow due to lax border security, and ultimately drive wages down for the average worker.

Once these persons are integrated into the labor pool, labor unions will use them to a demand payment of a “Living Wage,” and will use this as a focal point to unionize workers at companies like McDonalds and Wal-Mart. Meanwhile, the SEIU is already attempting to use its federal and state political connections to force unionize home health care workers — even those solely caring for their own family members! The SEIU, this Administration, and liberal state politicians believe since these workers are receiving payment from the government they are eligible to be unionized under President Kennedy‘s  Executive Order – 10988,  which allows federal employees to organize. However, the order says nothing about federal employees being forced unionized!

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Finally, as previously discussed in Is the IRS Employee Union Part of Obama’s Ground Game, conservative groups are being secretly investigated and attacked in an attempt to control elections and, more importantly, to control the media and the message which it delivers, which is essential to winning elections! The SEIU recently distributed an e-mail asking member support to Prevent the Koch Brothers from Acquiring the Los Angles Times, a paper vital to the support of the SEIU and the Obama Administration. As chronicled in The Devil at Our Doorstep, these are the same type tactics the SEIU utilized to have Glenn Beck and Republicans removed from FOX news!

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Unfortunately, these tactics are extremely effective. Media outlets like FOX News, whether liberal or conservative, are concerned about revenues. Despite utilizing phrases like “bold and unafraid,” at the end of the day, fear of lost revenues intimidates the media into toeing the union/Administration line! It was evident when FOX News unbelievably aired the SEIU’s Pro-Obama Immigration Commercial during the Hannity Show! The SEIU understands that 95% of businesses and employees will bow to the Persuasion of Power. When will the media grow some backbone and expose the SEIU and the Administration for what it truly is? Punching the bully in the nose it is worth the short term loss of revenues and profits as we work to reverse The Decline of American Exceptionalism!

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OSHA Opens New Door For Big Labor

Last week, OSHA joined the ranks of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Department of Labor (DOL), and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in furthering the Obama Administration’s push to implement “card check” as pay back for Big Labor’s political contributions and ground game support during the past two Presidential Elections (see past blog, Card Check through Regulation vs. Legislation).

OSHA’s latest published “Interpretation Letter,” permitting non-union employees to utilize union reps as their representatives during an OSHA inspection is absolutely frightening (see ALERT – L&E_OSHA Interpretation Letter Non-Union Employees Representative)! Just as frightening, is that this interpretation has not been widely reported by the mainstream media!

Perhaps the silence is the result of the media’s view that the provisions contained in the “interpretation letter” amount to nothing more than harmless, common sense provisions designed to assist employees who feel exposed to potential unsafe working conditions. On the surface this would seem reasonable. However, this provision has been part of OSHA regulations for years. Never before has it been interpreted to allow non-union employees to utilize a third-party union to act as their representative.

So, why now? Despite the Administration’s best attempts, Big Labor continues to lose hundreds of thousands of members as they have lost all relevance and no longer deliver a product of value.  This action by the Obama Administration through its Chief Safety Regulator opens a huge opportunity for unions to enter non-union facilities under the auspices of government approval, and to begin organizing the employees. The unions have become enabled with recent Rogue NLRB decisions allowing unionization of small groups of employees, or “micro-units” within an employers business.  These actions are nothing but blatant Administration attempts to provide Big Labor the opportunity to get its foot in the door of non-union facilities where they previously had no chance to organize the workforce!

During the SEIU’s Corporate Campaigns against my company (EMS), the SEIU actually utilized this tactic in order to defame and intimidate the company into signing a Neutrality Agreement thus eliminating the secret ballot election and imposing Card Check, as chronicled in The Devil at Our Doorstep. The SEIU was, ultimately, unsuccessful.   However, had these two decisions been in place at the time, the SEIU might very well have been successful in organizing a small unit of employees within EMS’s workforce.  The union would simply have to convince, by any means necessary, a couple of employees to join the union cause. They would then allege “safety violations” to OSHA. would then likely appear for an inspection, generally encompassing not just the complained of activities, but any potential safety concern, no matter how large or small.  This, of course, poses substantial risk, both financially and to the reputation of the targeted company.

The SEIU took these actions against EMS in Cincinnati and Indianapolis. If the SEIU would have been allowed to represent these misguided employees the outcome most likely would have been much different then related in the following excerpt from The Devil at Our Doorstep and the SEIU would have had even more access to our employees as their representative.

When I believed the war could not become more bizarre, it did. Without warning, SEIU filed an OSHA complaint in Cincinnati against EMS. This government agency, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, establishes and enforces protective standards designed to prevent work-related injury, illnesses, and death. 

The complaint charged that EMS employees were forced to carry human body parts out in bags at a Cincinnati university, that there were hazardous chemicals and dust in the bio lab, and that people were getting nosebleeds from the poor conditions. Then SEIU sent out handbills and letters alleging that EMS was being investigated for OSHA violations at the university. The word “investigated” had its obvious repercussions, a crafty move by the union. Predictably, when the truth was revealed, it became known that the lab in question was a regular biology lab anyone in college might use. There was no dust found and no hazardous materials of any kind. Animal parts from dissections existed, but no EMS employees touched or disposed of them. Human body parts were nonexistent, a figment of some SEIU organizer’s imagination.

The university’s own investigation confirmed these facts, and its independent report was forwarded to OSHA, who promptly dismissed the charges. Regardless, SEIU had used an inflammatory allegation to file trumped-up charges against EMS to defame our company and the university.”

By taking these actions, the union accomplished their first objective – get in the door and commence the pressure against the targeted company.  The stage is then set for the union to achieve Card Check by simply offering to have the charges withdrawn if the company would simply sign the Neutrality Agreement.  As a practical matter, this would eliminate the secret ballot election. The union would no longer have concern about whether or not they would be voted in by the employees.  Overnight the company would be unionized!

What makes the timing of the OSHA interpretation so questionable is the fact that the President’s recent recess appointees to the NLRB have been found unconstitutional and all of their decisions over the past year have been placed on hold until constitutional appointees can be made and the decisions revisited (see National Labor Relations Board or NBLR – National Big Labor Resuscitation and Tip of the Iceberg). These decisions were extremely pro-labor and designed to allow Big Labor to bypass Corporate Campaigns and achieve Card Check! Obviously, the President had to act swiftly in order to provide his Big Labor buddies with a new avenue to wage ruthless Death by a Thousand Cuts campaigns and utilize their Persuasion of Power to force unionize employees. Once again, it begs the question When Will the Main Stream Media Wake Up?

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