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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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Big Labor Bosses Fear Employee Incentives

Control.  It is the most pressing priority for the leadership of Big Labor. They need to control the masses, and in order to do that they most control the terms of employment, and they must control the benefits of employment. For this reason, the Big Labor bosses oppose employee incentive raises. They create discord and jealousy,  and thus, the union’s ability to control its membership.  But such incentives also create ambition, initiative, and increased productivity.  While important to the the employer, these traits are potentially damaging to the union. Complacency, mediocrity and sameness benefit the union,  as the results are that it takes more employees to produce the end product, translating into more union members and more union dues, which is the ultimate objective.

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As has been 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, union membership has dropped from approximately 35-40% of the workforce to a low of 11.3% today. Per statistics gathered by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, included amongst this trending decrease is a drop of approximately 400,000 members in the last year alone.

It is no surprise then that the Big Labor bosses are opposed to any initiatives that would, in their minds, result in decreased membership and would eliminate traditional union “selling points.”  Characterization of ambition and incentive has often been that such persons are “being taken advantage of” or “overworked,” and that such companies are “sweat shops.” These traditional arguments, however, do not necessarily reflect the truth of the modern work environment, and the protections of our modern laws.  At one time unions served an important purpose in defending employee rights. However, Big Labor has fallen victim to the money, lifestyle and political power realized from increased union membership, and has lost their way and forgot their responsibility was to serve the membership and not vice-versa! Their greed, inability or resistance to compete in a free market society, and the advent of government agencies such as the NLRB, EEOC, and DOL unions in effect became obsolete.

Facing extinction, Big Labor’s Gasping Dinosaurs have yet to face reality and change its model to one that truly benefits productive employees and its membership in general. Instead they continue to attempt to impose their outdated and ineffective tactics of control, intimidation, coercion, and misinformation in a frantic effort to survive. Instead, they continue to wish to return to the days of Card Check where they force unionize employees then keep them under their thumbs by negotiating oppressive contracts that control employee rights instead of expanding them. They firmly believe this outdated approach is their only means of rebuilding their once vast empire!

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Unfortunately for American employees, Big Labor does not realize time has passed them by; and that the United States is a republic not a socialistic country where people are controlled and herded like sheep. Hence Big Labor’s propensity to control and promote sameness at every juncture, and to prevent businesses from doing the right thing by rewarding productive employees through incentive programs, which drives American Exceptionalism  by rewarding those who are the most productive, safe, innovative, and cost-effective team players. This philosophy is illustrated by Big Labor bosses like Andy Stern (see The Drama Queen is at it Again), who were never successful in the free market, because they lacked the exact attributes they strive to suppress. They admittedly only became successful when they became part of an environment where they could use the Persuasion of Power  over employees and employers to achieve their goals. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumpka summed it up succinctly in a speech this past week when the bellicose mouthpiece of the AFL-CIO, confirmed the Big Labor survival doctrine: “forget the workers – focus on politics!” This statement tells you everything you need to know about Big Labor’s agenda and why we need Congress to pass laws to allow employers and government agencies restrained by outdated collective bargaining agreements to incentivize employees and  reverse The Decline of American Exceptionalism!

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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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