SEIU: Things to fear in an Obama presidency

I have been meaning to write about this for a while, but just haven't gotten to it. One of the more politically frightening things that I have read recently was Todd Beeton's write up of SEIU's Secretary-Treasuer Anna Burger's speech to the SEIU convention in Puerto Rico two weeks ago. I can't find the text of the speech anywhere, but Todd has excerpts. It focused on "Card Check" or the "Employee Free Choice Act" which would end the use of secret ballots in the votes to unionize shops. From Beeton:

And the key reason it is so important:

It is the fuel -- the opening -- for SEIU to change our growth curve from 100,000 to a million or more workers a year.

Which ought to be enough to scare anyone. More union members means more union dues spent on politics. It is clear that the unions get this incremental approach.  Read on after the jump.

What seems like a minor technical change is actually something that gives them political access to potentially transformational political power. Back to Beeton:

That in itself, Burger argues, makes the Employee Free Choice Act larger than any one single issue, even more important than healthcare.

We are the leaders of the fight for healthcare. We are the biggest healthcare union in our three nations because we fight for it every single day. It's time that the United States and Perto Rico join our sisters and brothers in Canda and win quality, affordable healthcare for every man, woman and child in 2009!

And:

The passage of the Employee Free Choice Act, Burger argues, will make the difference between incremental change and transformational change, because it will allow the creation of a movement that will not only demand that change, but enable it. So, the Employee Free Choice Act is more important than healthcare because without it, there is no healthcare reform, or at least not the real reform we want and need. Same goes for every other progressive legislation we hope to pass in the post-Bush era.

Imagine a world where five years after the Employee Free Choice Act is signed into law, SEIU is organizing a million or more workers a year and the labor movement has added 20 million members to its ranks. Through the Employee Free Choice Act we've built a principled, permanent workers movement that will redefine politics for the next century.

This is permanent majority language. However, when we were talking about permanent majority, we were talking about moving assets into the hands of more Americans. (this is the ownership society that Barack Obama belittles) This vision is about coercively moving more and more Americans into political organizations which use their precious financial resources in a way that they neither control nor even understand.

Given what is likely to happen in the Senate this cycle, this should be taken as dire warning of what an Obama presidency would mean for our society and our economy.

In addition, it is a call to arms both in the 2008 election for Senate seats and the White House, but also for analysis and data collection. The unions and their lackies in the Demcratic party are intent on a path that will destroy our productivity for a significant period of time. We need to document where we are and what happens.

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Even Liberals Abhor These Tactics

Remember the Clintons crying voter intimidation and disenfranchisement in Nevada during the primary? 

Check out this article from SEIU Exposed which covers the unbelievable guerilla warfare tactics of SEIU and Obama's good old Community Activist colleagues at ACORN busing extra patients into a hospital emergency room to make life miserable for the hospital during a targeted organizing drive. 

And my personal favorite:  Even Liberal Bloggers Ask: Why Doesn't the Media Cover Union Attempt to Buy Congress?

It's as if the parasite does not understand that it must not completely consume its host in order for both to survive and prosper.  SEIU is the Ebola Union

The senate should be able to filibuster this...

....as long as they don't lose more than seven seats.  The Republicans were pretty united in their opposition.  Specter (go figure) was the only Republican to cross the aisle and vote for cloture last time.

The speculation today on Fox

Is that the Senate could lose 3-6 seats, and that Janet Napolitano will appoint a straw man Republican no-nevermind replacement for McCain who would easily be replaced by a Dem in the next election. 

What's the problem?

I'm a blue-collar working stiff.  Real blue collar, real work.

I move pianos.  No one reading this could do my job, although I could probably do most of yours.

I have no problem with the idea of more union members.  It was unions that brought us a five day, forty hour work week, employee health care, OHSA, and so on. 

How ABOUT all those worker safety programs installed by management?  Right.

So what if unions have political clout?  Isn't that why people band together in common purpose?

More unions and a better society as a result seems like a no-brainer.  What, exactly, is the argument AGAINST the American worker having a few rights when dealing with management?

 

The problem

is the elimination of the secret ballot, not unions. I think that was spelled out. Do YOU favor getting rid of the secret ballot? If so, why?

 

 

the problem with unions

using terror tactics to bus in out-of-town patients for the purpose of overwhelming a hospital emergency room to blackmail that hospital into embracing a union absolutely scares me to death.  Yes, I think death is the right word here - and these people don't care if a legitimate ER patient gets hurt or dies along the way as long as their organizing goals are met.  This goes way past dealing with management.

And what happens when the unions negotiate a really good hourly rate, insurance benefits, large percentage of your salary at retirement along with ongoing health care, and now the "management" can no longer afford to do business in your town so they pack up and move their business to India or China?  Maybe the unions are guilty of killing the goose that lays the golden egg.  Workers must be treated fairly and safely, yet there's a very fine line that must be walked to balance the needs of workers with the ability of employers to profit.  Welcome to the death of manufacturing in the United States.  

pish. you think that only companies can globalize

you are behind the eight ball.

we've already had our first global strike.

SEIU -- union here, or union everywhere.

Oh those poor companies!

They agreed to those terms as well, didn't they? Don't you think they should have to abide by their own contracts? 

if the American worker has it 'too good', then companies will move overseas, and people will have to make do with less concessions. Free market.

Look to Quebec for a Model of American Socialism

 

Note from the enclosed link a recent transcribed speech by Canadian Mark Steyn,

who gives an excellent illustration what America would be like with a 40 percent

unionized workforce.

 

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Is Canada's Economy a Model for America?

Mark Steyn
Author and Columnist

Mark Steyn's column appears in the New York Sun, the Washington Times, Philadelphia’s Evening Bulletin, and the Orange County Register. In addition, he writes for The New Criterion, MacLean’s in Canada, the Jerusalem Post, The Australian, and Hawke’s Bay Today in New Zealand. The author of National Review’s Happy Warrior column, he also blogs on National Review Online and appears weekly on the Hugh Hewitt Radio Show. He is the author of several books, most recently America Alone: The End of The World as We Know It, a New York Times bestseller and a number one bestseller in Canada. A Canadian citizen, Mr. Steyn lives with his family in New Hampshire.
 
The following is abridged from a lecture delivered on the Hillsdale College campus on September 29, 2007, at the second annual Free Market Forum, sponsored by the College’s Center for the Study of Monetary Systems and Free Enterprise.

http://www.hillsdale.edu/news/imprimis/archive/issue.asp?year=2008&month=01

 

Employee Free Choice Act

The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) is proposed legislation in the United States which aims to "amend the National Labor Relations Act to establish an easier system to enable employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to provide for mandatory injunctions for unfair labor practices during organizing efforts, and for other purposes." Under current U.S. labor law, the National Labor Relations Board will certify a union as the exclusive representative of bargaining unit employees by card check process or secret ballot election, which can be held if more than 30% of employees in a bargaining unit sign statements asking for representation by a union. If enacted, EFCA would require the NLRB to certify a bargaining representative without directing an election if a majority of the bargaining unit employees signed cards, the card check process. ACORN, or the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, may have a hand in the current recession.  Many of the aims of ACORN are certainly admirable and necessary, but some of their platforms could have led to more harm than good.  Part of their platform was to increase the number of home loans for lower income people, and these loans that were made as a result of the legislation they helped to pass were the loans in the subprime crisis.  Pressure to increase loans made out to high risk borrowers was increased by ACORN along with the Center for Responsible Lending and its president, Martin Eakes.  Social crusading, once again, led to more harm being done than good.

actually, krugman disagrees with you.

the lower income loaners weren't the problem. the problem were the speculators, the flippers, etc.

many bankruptcies are happening in the Inland Empire, which isn't exactly known for being "low income" friendly.

outrage over lavish bonuses

outrage over lavish bonuses for bailed-out executives at AIG is what President Obama is focusing recently. That's what it might sound like at the upcoming AIG hearing before congress that's coming up.  President Obama is also not exactly thrilled with the company. A lot of people are calling for far more transparency in the use of bailout funds – as well they should.  Executive bonuses were handed out that added up to about $165 million, which taxpayers are not exactly enthralled with, and neither is Congress, which is why the House Financial Services Committee is holding an AIG hearing real soon. 

Here we go again

Soren Dayton writes:

"I have been meaning to write about this for a while, but just haven't gotten to it. One of the more politically frightening things that I have read recently was Todd Beeton's write up of SEIU's Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger's speech to the SEIU convention in Puerto Rico two weeks ago. I can't find the text of the speech anywhere, but Todd has excerpts. It focused on "Card Check" or the "Employee Free Choice Act" which would end the use of secret ballots in the votes to unionize shops."

Soren, Soren...read the other posts on this subject. They have all started out with the same, old lie... "Card Check" or the "Employee Free Choice Act" which would end the use of secret ballots in the votes to unionize shops."

IT'S NOT TRUE.   At least do you homework before you post on a subject you obviously know little about.

And for those Republicans who know even less...we need organized labor in the Republican party. Every Republican should go back and read Repack Rider's post (What's the problem). Until this guy and millions like him see the Republican party as a political party that represents their best interests, we aren't going anywhere, my friends.

I said it before and I'll say it again, organizing workers into collective bargaining units is an activity supported by the Republican party. So if you are a Republican and you think for some reason you are against Card Check or the Employee Free Choice Act, fine. You got that right. But by God you had better come up with something different that will help strengthen workers right to organize or be prepared for a very long stay in the political wilderness.

ex animo

davidfarrar

I have recently prepared some

I have recently prepared some assignments on Obama presidency.

Don't fear the future

President Obama can't assure that the economy will bounce back this year, but he says he will "get all the pillars in place for recovery this year."
I don't think that people should be fearful about our future," he told the newspaper. "I don't think that people should suddenly mistrust all of our financial institutions.
Look, I wish I had the luxury of just dealing provided a modest recession or just dealing with health care or just dealing providing energy or simply dealing with Iraq or just dealing with Afghanistan," Obama said. "I don't have that luxury, and I don't think the American people do, either.

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Self Help, Inc. is one of the sister Organization of ACORN.  What ACORN wants could hardly be called Self Help – government help at the expense of taxpayers Inc, would be more like it.  However, the numerous times that the glaring contradiction in giving everyone a cash advance that wants one by the Federal Government doesn't do anything to slow Bertha Lewis, head of ACORN down.  She is indefatigable in pursuing the establishment of a welfare state, and isn't interested in getting people to pull themselves up by the bootstraps, the way it used to be done.  A day's pay for a day's work isn't what they have in mind, ACORN wants free lunches for everyone but those who have already earned theirs. 

 

 

Unions and more freedom for workers

There has to be some change so that the economy and jobs become more secure and giving more power to the worker through having more union menebers isnt a bad thing. I work for a company that sells bead supplies its a small company where everyone has a say. In the past I have worked for a large multinational conpany that had a large workforce and didnt recognise any unions. The result was that people were seen as just numbers and often treated unfairly or dismissed because there are plenty of poeple who can replace them if their faces dont fit with the management. More unions means things like this would have to stop and workers would get treated more fairly and have a grievence process to go through where someone would act on their behalf should they feel they need it .