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Rank and File Union Membership Post Victories!

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) issued its decision in the matter of Harris v. Quinn. In its decision not to exempt all public workers from paying union dues, it was nevertheless apparent that workers were handed a victory over unions (see Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Challengers to Union Fees, But Avoids Broad Ruling and Workers were Handed a Victory Over Unions). In a 5-4 ruling following political lines, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed that just because home healthcare workers received Medicaid payments they were not employees of a government agency and subject to forced unionism or required to pay dues because of supposed union representation. The irony of this is that many of the home healthcare workers are independent contractors, not state workers, who have been forced to pay forced union dues because of the SEIU’s close political ties to former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.  It could have been much worse for organized labor if SCOTUS had determined, as it should have, that no public employees should be forced to be part of the union or pay union affiliation/representation fees. Due to the narrow ruling, Big Labor was able to Dodge a Bullet with SCOTUS!

The decision of SCOTUS in Harris v. Quinn will ultimately cost the SEIU an estimated $50 Million in lost revenue. The SEIU recently took a similar hit when the Michigan legislature repealed a law similar to that in question in Harris v. Quinn (see SEIU Shows It Is Not About Employee Free Choice). The SEIU has been reaping large dues payments in states like California, as discussed in It’s All About the Dues Money. This decision will result in a significant drop in dues income, designed to line its pockets and support its political buddies. Make no mistake, this decision will have a profound affect on Big Labor’s ability to support its political allies with funds and foot soldiers in the November 2014 Election.

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Monday’s ruling is only the beginning of a conundrum facing Big Labor. Rank and file members across the country are fed up with Big Labor using their dues payments for political activities with which they disagree. Throughout the month of June, disgruntled SEIU and UAW members in California and Michigan have been on a mission to have “Non Germaine Objector” (NGO) dues removed from the monthly dues being deducted from their paychecks. If successful, these reductions would decrease dues, and subsequently SEIU and UAW revenues by reportedly 35%. Brave members, such as Mariam Noujaim and Lisa Garcia, whose stories are chronicled in The Devil at Our Doorstep, and Brian Pannbecker, a cofounder of Union Conservatives, the organization responsible for the grass roots effort for Michigan become the 24th Right-To-Work State, have led the charge in these highly unionized states. Their efforts are further documented at www.occupyseiu.com and www.unionconservatives.com.

These bold actions, by responsible rank and file members of the SEIU and the UAW, as well as Harris and her band of home healthcare workers, will significantly affect the Big Labor Gasping Dinosaurs and their Symbiotic Relationship that Short Changes Americans! These brave hero’s victories will undoubtedly be evident as Administration and Big Labor Desperation Escalates prior to the 2014 Mid Term Elections.

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Common Core, It’s All About Control

Like Obamacare, Common Core is another government debacle, being pressed by far the far left as legislation that, in Nancy Pelosi’s vernacular, “needs to be passed so we can learn what is in it.” Once supported by leading teacher’s unions, such as the National Education Association (NEA), American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), many union officials are now questioning its merits. They are also concerned, among other things, of another Obamacare “train wreck” rollout, (see We’re Flying the Common Core Airplane as We’re Building It and Union Joins Opposition to Common Core National Standards and Tests), as well as its merit as an education model. Despite early union support, it appears some union members are beginning to wake up and realize that Common Core may not be what they bargained for, specifically after the Obama Administration had the Department of Education (DOE) publish the draft of this new program.

Titled Promoting Grit, Tenacity and Perseverance, the DOE’s draft, in fact, promotes just the opposite! The program promotes control rather than individuality and achievement.,. In this case, instead of controlling our health, it is intended to brainwash the minds of future generations to continue down the “progressive” path. In essence, they want to make us all sheep – easy to herd and easy to control! This is further expressed in Common Core Uses SEIU Protest to Teach 3rd Graders about ‘Rights and Responsibilities’, where SEIU tactics were taught to young elementary students. It is astonishing to see the lengths this Administration and its union buddies, especially the SEIU, will stoop to try and bring down capitalism and impose it’s  socialistic and communist viewpoints (see Communism at the Highest Levels).

Common Core promotes neither grit, nor tenacity, nor perseverance, but rather compliance and subservience. A friend’s quote is on point regarding Common Core:

“Grit, tenacity, and perseverance’ were things I thought were developed in the home, in church or on the playing field and often translated into the class room or board room.  The thought of institutionalizing the concept, while well intended, strikes me as quite a challenge.  Kind of like a government trying to instill morality and ethics into a society while mocking God as having anything to say on the subject.”

Additionally, there is much speculation about whether the Common Core standards do anything to advance the modern student.  See the Common Core Standards’ Devastating Impact on Literary Study and Analytical Thinking; Is Common Core Leaving Students Unprepared in Math and Science?; Doubts about Common Core ; video of an Arkansas Mom Destroying Common Core.

The preceding press on the subject, along with the questions by teachers’ union leadership, are strong arguments for states to reject Common Core and the federal money the Obama Administration has dangled in front of them to embrace these standards. However, there is something even more persuasive that should be acknowledged . . . the loss of something through Common Core which made this nation great – promoting self determination, self reliance and self esteem… none of which are taught within Common Core (see Common Core Indoctrination: “The People Must Obey The Government’s Commands”).

Obituary of Common Sense

It is Us vs Them and time for all Americans to come together, whether liberal, conservative, union, non-union, regardless of ethnic or religious background. We must join forces to reject this Administration’s agenda of control in time to reverse the The Decline of American Exceptionalism. America needs a resurgence of common sense, not the tyranny of Common Core!

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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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Union Conservatives – Workplace Freedom Celebration!

A night of Fun, Celebration, and Awards!!

Union Conservatives’ biggest fundraiser to date is also the biggest fundraiser event of the season!  Join us as we celebrate the first day freedom is ringing loudly throughout Michigan in workplaces everywhere!  Food and Drink to start; fun and awards to follow!

Event Info

Thursday – March 28th, 2013

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.  Cocktail Reception

7:00 – 9:15 p.m.  Awards Program & Keynote Speakers

Location:

Laurel Manor & Banquet Center
39000 Schoolcraft Rd., Livonia, Mi.  48150

Admission:

$25/person
$10/student
$20/union member  +  a free copy of “Liberating Labor

Tables and Sponsorships are available,  please call (734) 585-4901 for more information.

Book Signing by Dave Bego!!

Register today by clicking ‘here’ or go directly to: www.workplacefreedomcelebration.eventbrite.com

UnionConservatives.com 3-28 Event

Are you ready to celebrate the effective date of Michigan’s new Freedom to Work law?  Are you ready to help us thank some of the most influential people responsible for making Michigan a Labor Freedom state?  Cocktail reception, celebration, and award presentation – who could ask for more?

The effective date of the new law is March 28th, and that is the date we will be celebrating!!

Come join us as we welcome Mark Mix, President of the National Right to Work Committee, as he speaks about “The National Significance of Michigan becoming the 24th Right to Work state; Vinnie Vernuccio, Director of Labor Policy at The Mackinac Center for Public Policy, as he talks about what is happening now to protect workers who want to exercise their new rights and protections; and Dave Bego, author of “The Devil at Our Doorstep”  will recap his encounters with abusive tactics by unions called “corporate campaigns.”

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