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UAW Becoming Desperate?

Recent actions by the UAW demonstrate the desperation of the labor bosses to reverse declining membership. From a peak of 1.52 million in 1979, the UAW today represents fewer than 400,000 (see UAW Saw an Opening with Honda’s Arrival). Obviously, the UAW realizes they are in serious trouble, but instead of changing tactics and providing a service that benefits employers and members alike, as their counterparts in Germany do, they continue to utilize the same bullying tactics that have gotten them into trouble. What’s the definition of “insanity?” Doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results! It appears insanity and desperation have become entrenched in big labor.

In a desperate attempt to increase its flagging membership, the UAW has embarked on a mission to force unionize the employees of foreign automobile manufactures in Right-To-Work (“RTW”) states through Corporate Campaigns. As discussed in  Right-to-Work States Beware, the UAW is running Death by a Thousand Cuts campaigns against a Volkswagen Facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee and a Nissan Facility in Canton, Mississippi. Additionally, unhappy that Michigan became the 24th RTW state earlier this year, the UAW has mounted a campaign of intimidation to keep its members from dropping out of the union, and political pressure designed to overturn the RTW law.

Additionally, the UAW used outright bribery to win an election in Indiana in order to gain 26 more members earlier this year, as related in Unprecedented Union Corruption. The UAW pressed the election, despite warnings that any additional costs incurred would not be borne by the customer.  Upon the union’s “victory,” which resulted in more than three-quarters of a million dollars in additional cost, the customer reportedly laid-off 13 full-time skilled trade employees and is now targeting 75 more layoffs. The UAW currently has a net gain of 13 dues paying members, however, due to the imposed cost burden and decreased productivity work rules, they could end up with a massive net loss of dues paying members. Sounds like Detroit!

As terrible as all of this is, it appears the UAW labor bosses aren’t willing to reevaluate their bully tactics. Instead, they are now attempting to place the burden upon its membership. This past week, Union Conservatives,  the grass roots group of Ford line workers who successfully pushed through RTW in Michigan, reported that the UAW has proposed increasing membership dues by 25% to supplement its sagging revenues (see Union Conservatives ‘Blasts’ UAW Executives for considering Dues Increase).

It is tremendous that Terry Bowman and his group of Union Conservatives are holding the UAW bosses accountable, and we pray their efforts are successful. However, what is ironic about all of this, along with the Same Old SEIU, Same Tired Attacks, is the timing. It is apparent Big Labor Feels the Pressure and so does its buddy in the White House who is supporting their cause with his recent speeches focusing on income equality and raising the minimum wage (see Obama declares war on income inequality). It is apparent together they are attempting to prime the money pump, at the expense of union members, for a sweep of both houses in the 2014 Elections, which may be the only chance of survival for the Gasping Dinosaurs.

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Right-to-Work States Beware

Right-to-Work states need to take heed of several recent events, which are prime indicators of big labor’s intent to revitalize its sagging membership roles and the administration’s intent to support them. The most recent event was Terry McAuliffe’s victory over Ken Cuccinelli in last weeks Virginia Governor race, where the Unions Poured Millions of Dollars to Support McAuliffe’s Campaign, led by the SEIU’s approximately $540,000, because McAuliffe has “hinted” he would not stand in the way of Right-to-Work (RTW) being overturned in Virginia.

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This is just the Tip of the Iceberg when discussing the Gasping Dinosaurs’ recent assaults on RTW states. In mid September, a Lake County judge in Indiana agreed with a suit filed by the International Union of Operating Engineers and found Indiana’s RTW Law to be Unconstitutional, because it was unfair that unions have to represent employees who do not pay dues. This case will be reviewed by the Indiana Supreme Court in the near future, and most likely be overturned. An easy way to solve this union concern is by Putting “Teeth” in Right-To-Work laws, inserting language that would  eliminate the “Check Off” clauses in collective bargaining agreements. The “Check Off” clause requires employers or government entities to deduct union dues from employees pay checks and send those dues to the union. The unions would simply collect the dues directly from the employees who desire union representation and work only in their behalf. What could be more fair?

Also, in the past couple of months, the UAW has launched a Death by a Thousand Cuts  Corporate Campaign against a Volkswagen Facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee and a Nissan Facility in Canton, Mississippi, both RTW states. The goal is to force management at these plants to sign a Neutrality Agreement, which eliminates the secret ballot election for workers, replacing the process with Card Check. This prevents employees from choosing if they want union representation or not through the secret ballot election, and reverts to the ruthless practice of force unionizing employees against their will!

The current Administration, in need of big labor’s support in the upcoming 2014 Mid-Term Elections, is attempting to “grease the wheels” and make it easy for big labor to execute Corporate Campaigns against employers in RTW states. They have appointed Radical Pro-Labor Department Heads at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Department of Labor (DOL), as seen in Labor Department goes on rulemaking spree and OSHA Seeks to Make Big Companies’ Worker-Injury Records Public. The goal is to change regulations, implement new rules and overturn past decisions so that big labor can embark on expansive organizing campaigns in America’s union scarce southern regions, where employment is growing. If successful, this could bring about serious political upheaval in favor of the Administration, as the unions would gain more dues paying members.

Both the Administration and big labor understand that they desperately need more political allies and money to survive, as the U.S. Supreme Court Has An Opportunity to Protect Fundamental Freedoms and potentially deal a death blow to Card Check in the coming months, big labor’s only remaining hope to avoid extinction.

The first case will begin this week, on November 13th, where The Devil at My Doorstep will be utilized as evidence by the law firm Ogletree Deakins, in an amicus brief defending an employee from a company in Florida (RTW state). The company bowed to union pressure by signing a Neutrality Agreement, subjecting its employees to the ruthless union Card Check process. Instead of giving in to the card  process, one employee had the backbone to stand up to the Unite Here union bullies, and contacted the National Right to Work Committee, headed by Mark Mix. The NRTW Committee has been working to defend his rights and is taking his case to the Supreme Court. The second case, involving the Constitutionality of President Obama’s Recess Appointees to the NLRB, will be heard early next year. If upheld, this decision could stop the NLRB’s current march to change regulations that allow for the unfettered use of Corporate Campaigns by big labor to impose Card Check upon unsuspecting employees.

The outcomes of these cases will no doubt determine the future of big labor. In the meantime, with the support of the current Administration, big labor will wage an all out war on RTW laws and RTW states in an effort to increase membership and political power. There is no doubt these states, and RTW across the country, are in the crosshairs of the big labor bosses and the Administration. It is imperative that these states and all Americans defend the Right-to-Work legislation, as it is A Basic American Freedom!

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November 12, 2013 · 3:14 PM

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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