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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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“The Devil at My Doorstep” Introduced to the Supreme Court

This past Friday my first book, The Devil at My Doorstep, was introduced as evidence in a briefing to the United States Supreme Court in the case of Unite Here Local 355 vs. Mulhall (see pages 29-30). The Devil at My Doorstep’s importance is in chronicling the SEIU’s efforts to utilize tactics known as a Corporate Campaign to force the Company to sign a Neutrality Agreement to circumvent a secret ballot election and, ultimately, to force unionize employees.

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This brief was filed by attorneys at the law firm of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart on behalf of the Council on Labor Law Equality. The case represents major exposure at a national level to Big Labor for their use of the tactics of “Death by a Thousand Cuts” in their corporate campaign strategies. These strategies are tactics utilized by labor unions against employers (and their employees) every day across this great country, in an effort to force unionize employees. This is being done in a desperate attempt to reverse the Gasping Dinosaurs declining membership roles, in an effort to save them from ultimate extinction. Big Labor is none to happy about this case, nor about the evidence presented in The Devil at My Doorstep and other sources. The AFL-CIO understands how important this case is. While claims in their brief to the Supreme Court are often over-the-top (claims that such a decision would “criminalize arbitration” and “gut” recognitional picketing, for example), the importance of the case is well understood. Indeed, other labor unions, including the Service Employees International Union, are reportedly furious that Unite Here is pursuing this action at the Supreme Court. They understand the dramatic impact an adverse decision could have on their ability to force organize employers and their employees.

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In our case, we were ultimately successful in communicating to the appeals court, the NLRB and to clergy members who initially spoke out against us, as documented in the updated The Devil at Our Doorstep, that the representations and tactics of the union were wrongful.  I cannot help but feel that perhaps the word is out. Perhaps the tide is truly turning. Big Labor and its allies are facing increased scrutiny. President Obama’s radical recess appointments to the Rogue NLRB, who are trying to provide big labor Card Check through Regulation vs. Legislation, were found unconstitutional. NLRB administrative law judges are turning their backs on the general counsel’s tendency to pressure companies through prosecution (see Third Judge in a Month Blasts NLRB General Counsel’s Prosecutorial Conduct). Now, this potentially historic case is before the U.S. Supreme Court, where the court has a real Opportunity to Protect Individual Freedoms!

Big Labor is on its heels. A decision against Big Labor in Unite Here Local 355 vs. Mulhall could very well spell the end for Big Labor’s corrupt Death by a Thousand Cuts coercion tactics and, ultimately, for the Gasping Dinosaurs themselves!

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Promises, Promises: Desperate Unions Grow Weary of Phony Distractions

Big Labor bosses are facing the increasing realization that their organizations are rapidly facing extinction. Faced with this stark reality, they grow increasingly tired of phony promises and betrayal from A Phony President. A trifecta of difficulties, consisting of recent revelations of the impact Obamacare will have on union costs and membership, the weakening of support for “Card Check” legislation, and the increasing popularity and passage of  “Right-to-Work” laws have the Gasping Dinosaurs very nervous. Union membership is at a 50-year low, representing a mere 11.3% of the total workforce and 6.7% of the private workforce. These statistics have Big Labor bosses fighting mad at the lack of return from their campaign investments for the President and desperate enough to attempt any and all options to rebuild declining membership.

With the exception of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which represents healthcare workers across the country and anticipates membership gains from the implementation of Obamacare, Big Labor bosses representing other unions now realize that their once-beloved President has sold them down the river (see The Devil is in the Details: Buyer’s Remorse over Obamacare, Except for SEIU).  The heads of the AFL-CIO, the Teamsters, and other major labor unions are now realizing that not only is Obamacare void of separate exemptions or favorable provisions for unions, but it places unions at an economic disadvantage when organizing new members. In fact, it is so bad  that the Teamsters are Begging Congress for Relief from Obamacare and the Laborers International Union Fears Destructive Consequences from Obamacare. Even the President-friendly IRS Employees Union Members are in an Uproar after realizing that they too will be subject to Obamacare. The President may continue his phony rhetoric to intimidate Republicans and to push for Obamacare to become functional, but he does so at the risk of losing his most ardent supporters.

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The next likely disappointment for the unions is that the President has failed to enact Card Check. Despite that the President’s recent radical appointees to the NLRB were approved by the U.S. Senate and the fact that President Obama Brought in Griffin to Fill Vacant NLRB Position, the Rogue NLRB still faces an uphill battle if they plan to achieve card check.  See “Card Check through Regulation vs. Legislation.”  President Obama previously attempted to achieve card check like provisions through his appointment of board members such as Craig Becker and Richard Griffin.  With the courts finding the President’s recess  appointments to be unconstitutional, and thus their decisions invalidated,  a delay in “union handouts” has resulted in further union membership deterioration and caused the Unions to Demand Payback.

Interestingly, this has resulted in an attempt by Big Labor to enforce desperate and creative measures to increase membership. The AFL-CIO Seeks Answers in Crisis by targeting Hispanics, NAACP, Sierra Club and other groups, and by Winning Back Other Unions into their fold, thereby increasing membership, revenues and power. Not to be outdone, the Desperate SEIU Resurrected the Persuasion of Power and is leading the charge by attempting to organize Home Health Care Workers and immigrants as discussed in the recent blog The Senate Immigration Law Hurts All Americans. Additionally, an all new Worker Center Scheme crafted by the SEIU is in the works, utilizing organizations outside the auspices of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to attract and organize prospective members, which could be devastating to businesses attacked by these type organizations.

Meanwhile, the SEIU has once again embraced the Living Wage Argument to unionize workers. This tactic, described in The Devil at Our Doorstep, is now being used against McDonalds and other service/food providers under the veil of the “Fight for Fifteen” campaign, fighting to shift wage rates to $15 an hour for these workers. McDonald’s is now feeling pressure from the typical Corporate Campaign tactics, including threats to Contaminate Food! These threats will directly impact McDonald’s revenues, a standard focal point of the SEIU’s campaigns. Of course, all of their actions are being pushed in the name of Social Justice.

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Desperate people do desperate things. As Big Labor continues down this desperate path of no return, the phony President will continue to look the other way and allow his supporters to be cannon fodder. Utilizing his own union-style tactics, the President will continue to create phony distractions at the expense of the rank and file, and they have no one to blame but themselves. It is only a matter of time before Big Labor realizes that the President has no loyalty, not even to the very unions that got him elected!

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Unions Demand Payback: Card Check is Back on the Table!

Last Tuesday’s re-election of President Barak Obama will allow him to continue his Rule by Fiat and to push his socialistic agenda. This, in turn, will rejuvenate Big Labor’s most coveted objective, “Card Check.” The President will continue his drive to circumvent Congress through the use of Executive Orders and regulatory actions, with a goal of destroying the free enterprise system and replacing it with a socialistic society. In fact, as mentioned in the blog “Biden the Bully,” don’t be surprised by an attempt to use Rule by Fiat to eliminate presidential term limits and secret ballot political elections to effectively establish a totalitarian government.

President Obama learned the tactic of controlling the populace though his buddies — Big Labor’s Gasping Dinosaurs — who began applying pressure on the President  the day before the election when it was proclaimed by AFL-CIO Big Labor Boss Trumpka said “You’ll See Card Check Within the Next Obama Term.” Card Check, which originated as a piece of favorable sounding legislation called the “Employee Free Choice Act” [a.k.a. EFCA], was never enacted through Congress. Despite its misleading title, EFCA had as its basic tenant the elimination of the secret ballot election as a means of allowing employees to determine if they want to be represented by a union.  Since that time, the President has attempted to enact EFCA Through the Backdoor in order to pay back his buddies for their support in the 2008 and 2012 Presidential Elections. The President’s method of choice, much like he has done with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Labor, is to achieve Card Check through Regulation vs. Legislation!  By this means, he can avoid having to receive Congressional authority altogether.

Make no mistake, the President clearly understands the philosophy Control Business, Control the Country! He understands Card Check is A Death Penalty for Employees and Employers,  and also that it is a means of  cementing the  support of the Gasping Dinosaurs. In fact, immediately after the election it was reported, but not widely publicized by the fawning mainstream media, the TSA Grabs Union Contract. This, along with Trumpka’s declaration about the reelection of President Obama, spells doom for American business and the America economy.

Along with increased E.P.A regulations (see attached Obama-EPA Plans for 2013), increased banking regulations and other regulatory controls,  Card Check, which uses the Persuasion of Power  to indoctrinate and force employees and employers to capitulate (as chronicled in The Devil at Our Doorstep), portends a financial meltdown that could result in the destruction of the American economy as espoused by Cloward and Piven as a means of collapsing the government (see Overwhelming the System). Interestingly enough, the cornerstone of Cloward and Pivens’ plan was “Universal Healthcare,” which now most likely will come to fruition with Obama’s re-election. Already we are seeing tremendous drops in the stock market and employers’ warnings of impending layoffs and/or reduction of employees to part time to pay for or avoid the cost of Obamacare (see Good Morning America, Here’s Those Layoffs you voted for Last Night).

Evidence of Big Labor’s renewed confidence was on display just this week as Labor Leaders Heading to the White House to put on a full court press promoting tax hikes for wealthy Americans, and rallying to keep a strong “safety net” intact for low income families, opposing any cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security benefits or shifting costs to the states, no matter the impact on the imminent fiscal cliff. Big Labor will also pressure the White House on other heated issues, primarily hiring teachers and getting the government to focus on “internal job growth,” which equates to spending on infrastructure projects, building roads and bridges.

Imagine the long-term consequences on unemployment numbers and the overall economy! If people use common sense and are honest with themselves, they will realize this is the exact result the President and his Gasping Dinosaurs desire. It is much easier to control people when they are all the same and beholding to the hand that feeds them! It is time for all Americans to wake up and realize The Taking of American Freedoms is this Administration’s and its supporters’ ultimate goal! Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid  America, We are at War! Armageddon is at Hand! Please Wake up!

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