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Card check pressure tactics

Posted by Liberty on March 11, 2009

The Union Cudgel

“Big Labor’s drive to eliminate secret ballots for union elections has united American business in opposition, so labor chiefs are putting on the brass knuckles: The new strategy is to threaten companies with government retaliation if they don’t stop lobbying against turning U.S. labor markets into Europe.”

Union leaders are calling on tax cheat Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to prohibit companies that have received TARP money from lobbying against card check.

“The letter targets in particular the Principal Financial Group, based in Des Moines, which it says should be denied TARP money because of the ‘scale and scope’ of its lobbying. But wait — Citigroup spent three times more money on fourth-quarter lobbying than the $515,000 spent by Principal, the unions admit. So, what gives? It seems Principal’s real sin is that it ‘lobbied on 26-labor related bills . . . including the Employee Free Choice Act,’ and it is the only TARP applicant or recipient to have disclosed doing so.

In case Mr. Geithner doesn’t get the political point, the letter helpfully notes that ‘there is now a Congressional effort underway to curb lobbying by TARP recipients.’ Senators Dianne Feinstein (California) and Olympia Snowe (Maine) are leading that effort to limit corporate political speech, and Ms. Burger copies no fewer than 13 Members of Congress on her Treasury missive.

The double standard here is remarkable. Every year, unions collect millions of dollars in grants from government agencies they lobby. In 2002 and 2003, the Service Employees International Union — the main driver behind Ms. Burger’s consortium — lobbied the Department of Health and Human Services while receiving between $563,226 and $938,388 per year in grants. Imagine if Tom DeLay had ever said that labor unions or AARP couldn’t speak up about Medicare because they or their affiliates had accepted federal grants. The headlines would have read: ‘Republican Gag Rule.’

Labor chiefs are desperate to pass their easy-organizing agenda this year, because they know liberal majorities on Capitol Hill won’t last. They also know they haven’t been able to organize workers with a level playing field, so they want to rewrite the rules so their organizers can see which individual workers are voting no and apply peer and other pressure. Most workers can see how unions have contributed to the destruction of Detroit, U.S. steel makers and so many other industries. That’s why unions need government-sanctioned coercion to prevail both against business and with workers.”

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Powerful forces at work to increase your taxes–public employee unions

Posted by Liberty on February 19, 2009

About that Looming Tax Hike

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Holy Botox!

Posted by Liberty on January 12, 2009

Be careful when you open this link!  The picture of Queen Christine is huge and it startled me for a second there!

Dems in control but not in sync as Legislature opens

I think I agree with the premise of this article–we have a lot of Democrat infighting on the way.  Queen Christine spent her first term expanding the scope of Washington State government, creating new programs and increasing funding to old ones.  There are a lot of favors owed to unions, environmentalists and Indian tribes after a contentious campaign but she’s also pledged not to raise taxes.  Something’s gotta give!

Oh, and my favorite quote from this article:

“‘Everybody’s puppy got squashed,’ said Rep. Hans Dunshee, D-Snohomish, chairman of the House Capital Budget Committee.”

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One more reason to break up the UAW

Posted by Liberty on December 29, 2008

Autoworkers Union Keeps $6 Million Golf Course for Members at $33 Million Lakeside Retreat

“Even as the industry struggles with massive losses, the UAW brass continue to own and operate a $33 million lakeside retreat in Michigan, complete with a $6.4 million designer golf course. And it’s costing them millions each year.”

 

“But the Black Lake club and retreat, which are among the union’s biggest fixed assets, have lost $23 million in the past five years alone, a heavy albatross around the union’s neck as it tries to manage a multibillion-dollar pension plan crisis.”

And the UAW  is a heavy albatross around the auto companies’ necks.  And the bailout is a heavy albatross around the taxpayers’ necks.

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Brilliance on the auto bailout from Mark Steyn

Posted by Liberty on December 22, 2008

Can You Still See the USA in Your Chevrolet?

According to Mark, “Route 66 is looking ever more like a one-way dead-end street to Bailoutistan.”

And, he points out:

“General Motors, like the other two geezers of the Old Three, is a vast retirement home with a small loss-making auto subsidiary. The UAW is the AARP in an Edsel: It has three times as many retirees and widows as “workers” (I use the term loosely). GM has 96,000 employees but provides health benefits to a million people.”

I love Mark Steyn’s learned perspective and smart, satirical humor.  Great article!

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Analysis of Obama’s pick for Secretary of Labor

Posted by Liberty on December 22, 2008

Quantum of Solis

“There is joy in Unionville this Christmas. Barack Obama’s pick for Secretary of Labor — Hilda Solis — brings impeccable big labor credentials. The California Congresswoman first rode to power with labor backing against a fellow Democrat, has voted with the AFL-CIO 97% of the time, and got three-quarters of her campaign contributions from unions.”

This should make Conservatives nervous.

“Ms. Solis says her goal is to expand the reach and power of unions in America, and she supports such union priorities as the Employee Free Choice Act, which would do the opposite of its name and end secret balloting to unionize a workplace. Look for a showdown on that legislation in 2009. Meanwhile, the other drama to watch is whether Ms. Solis will turn a blind eye to union corruption by weakening federal oversight.”

Very nervous.

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Have I said lately how much I love Carpe Diem?

Posted by Liberty on December 20, 2008

I’ve linked Professor Mark Perry’s blog, Carpe Diem before…hmmm, trying to link and WordPress’ hyperlink function is not working right now.  [Normally, WordPress works great.  If you want to start a blog, I highly recommend WordPress.  And e-mail me the link.  I promise I’ll read, even if you’re a lib or a Husky fan]. 

Anyhow, go to http://mjperry.blogspot.com/ because his blog today is incisive as usual.  He’s excerpted an article from the Wall Street Journal by Andrew B. Wilson on how the Conservative principles espoused by Margaret Thatcher helped to pull Great Britain out of economic difficulties in the 1980’s.  [Wow, isn’t that about the time that Ronald Reagan was helping America recover from our Jimmy Carter-induced economic difficulties through free-market capitalism?]  Here’s a brief quote from Mr. Wilson’s article:

“By sticking to her policies of lightened regulation, reduced trade barriers, privatization of a raft of publicly owned companies, reduced taxation, and the adoption of laws to prevent abuses of union power, Mrs. Thatcher achieved something few if any of today’s economists have begun to consider. She achieved a genuine, productivity-led recovery that transformed Britain from perennial basket case into the Europe’s most improved and vibrant economy.”

Naturally, I’m a little sad to think that this economic recovery will not be ours, at least not during the next four years.  The socialist blueprint has been drawn, and time and time again, the house has fallen.  Obama’s going to build his policies on the failed philosophy of socialism, a system counter to all that America was founded on.  It will fail us, too.  So, I guess I love Carpe Diem today for the information that Professor Perry disseminates, not for helping me feel optimistic.

He also has a post entitled “Ford’s State-of-the-Art Factory in Brazil: A Model for the Big 3’s Survival. But The UAW Hates It.”  In it, there are details about an innovative Ford factory in South America.  According to Professor Perry,

“It’s not just above-market UAW wages and benefits, along with overly generous lifetime pensions and health care coverage that have all contributed to pushing the Big Three to the brink of bankruptcy. It’s also the outdated work rules, multiple job classifications, and union inflexibility and resistance to greater efficiency that have crippled the Big Three (see the 22 pound, 2,215 page UAW-Ford contract here).
Isn’t it sad that U.S. automakers like Ford have to go 5,000 miles away to “the global sandbox” Brazil to try out new production methods, instead of introducing cutting-edge, state-of-the-art technology here in the U.S.? Even if GM and Chrysler reduce wages and benefits to competitive levels as part of the $17.4 billion bailout, they still might not survive in the long run if they are prevented by the UAW from introducing lean, flexible, state-of-the-art technology inside the U.S., like Ford has been able to introduce outside of the U.S.”
Sad.  American taxpayers are bailing out the Big Three while the UAW is still alive and well.  And, liberals have the nerve to bitch about out-sourcing.
 
 

 

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Interesting perspective on the unions’ influence on working conditions

Posted by Liberty on December 15, 2008

Myths of Organized Labor

“Do we really need to ‘thank’ unions for the 40 hour week, paid vacation, and health benefits?”

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Angry UAW members lack the intellectual honesty to examine their own role in the Big Three’s plight

Posted by Liberty on December 13, 2008

Angry UAW members lash out at Southern senators

“Festering animosity between the United Auto Workers and Southern senators who torpedoed the auto industry bailout bill erupted into full-fledged name calling Friday as union officials accused the lawmakers of trying to break the union on behalf of foreign automakers.

The vitriol had been near the surface for weeks as senators from states that house the transplant automakers’ factories criticized the Detroit Three for management miscues and bloated UAW labor costs that lawmakers said make them uncompetitive.”

Senators Mitch McConnell, Richard Shelby and Bob Corker took a stand against the Big Three bailout and now find themselves in the cross-hairs of the union assassins.  These three Senators come from southern states [McConnell from Kentucky; Shelby from Alabama; Corker from Tennessee] that are home to auto manufacturing plants for the Big Three’s foreign-owned competitors and they are all Republicans.  Union hack  Ron Gettelfinger [UAW president] has misrepresented these Senators’ position on the bailout, seeing perhaps a non-existent conspiracy on behalf of the [profitable!] foreign automakers.

‘”They thought perhaps they could have a twofer here maybe: Pierce the heart of organized labor while representing the foreign brands,’ UAW President Ron Gettelfinger said at a Friday morning news conference in Detroit.”

I don’t think that was the aim of these Senators at all.  We’ve just grown so accustomed to politicians that don’t care at all about putting taxpayers on the hook for billions in debt that it’s odd when one of them actually puts the constituents first. 

“But lawmakers and their spokesmen said the criticism is off base. Jonathan Graffeo, Shelby’s spokesman on the Senate Banking Committee, said the senator has consistently opposed taxpayer-funded bailouts.

“He opposed the Chrysler bailout in 1979 when there were no foreign auto manufacturers in Alabama, and he opposed the recent $700 billion bailout of the banking industry,” Graffeo said.

“Bailouts generally don’t work, and this is a huge proposed bailout, and I fear it’s just the down payment on more to come next year,” Shelby said on the Senate floor Thursday night. “These companies are either already failed or failing, and that’s a shame. These aren’t the General Motors, Ford and Chrysler I knew.”

Corker said the alternative he tried to develop would have provided federal money in exchange for restructuring the companies’ debt and making the UAW more competitive in wages with workers at U.S. plants of Japanese competitors.

“Our members wanted to know that the UAW was willing to be competitive,” Corker said.”

That’s right, UAW.  When the question is raised as to why the Big Three can’t compete, look in the mirror.

Incidentally, Senators McConnell, Corker and Shelby, thank you.  We’re going to need to see a lot more of this kind of action in the next few years.  Thanks for showing a little backbone.

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Reading Sweetness & Light for Blagogate

Posted by Liberty on December 10, 2008

Check out http://sweetness-light.com/ for a lot of info on the scandal involving disgraced Democrat governor Rod Blagojevich.  They go into Obama’s connection with Blago and also the involvement of the SEIU.

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Here’s why I didn’t vote for Randy Dorn for Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Posted by Liberty on December 6, 2008

Randy Dorn says taxes are the answer

“About 40 percent of the state’s general fund goes to education. In each two-year budget cycle, about $15 billion goes toward the education of Washington’s 1 million school children in kindergarten through 12th grade. Washington ranks 42nd in the nation in the amount of money per child the state spends in the classroom, according to federal statistics.”

Forty percent of the state general fund.  That doesn’t count all the local levies and bonds that property owners get hit with.  And federal funding.

Dorn said that since nearly every state is facing a budget deficit, if Washington simply leaves education spending where it is, the state could move up in the rankings.”

Dorn seems to have bought into the idea that more money spent automatically translates into more educated children.  This fits in perfectly with the fact that he was endorsed by the Washington Education Association and other public school employee union groups.  The unions always support more education spending.  It means salary and benefit increases based on tenure and the number of degrees a teacher has rather than on merit and more money in union coffers for their political maneuverings.

According to the Heritage Foundation:

“With Congress considering a $700 billion rescue package for our financial market, taxpayers are rightfully asking questions about how these funds will be spent. But all too often we forget to apply the same scrutiny to the nearly $600 billion we spend in state and federal dollars each year on K-12 education.

Any fair accounting should conclude that we’re getting sub-par returns on this investment.

While many of the nation’s best and brightest go off to pursue fulfilling educational experiences at colleges and universities across the country, significant numbers of students leave high school with gaping holes in some fundamental academic concepts.

National test scores reveal that many students are failing to master basic skills. On the National Assessment of Educational Progress, 33 percent of fourth-graders score below basic on reading, as do 26 percent of eighth-graders. According to the Department of Education, fourth-graders not performing at a basic level are unable to make general conclusions about what they read. At the eighth-grade level, this means students are unable to make simple inferences or interpret ideas. For both grade levels, these are crucial skills to master to ensure future academic success.”

Future liberals are being produced in our public schools today–people unable to make simple inferences or interpret ideas fall for the kind of media snow-job that happened in the 2008 general election. 

Also:

“National graduation rates have stagnated around 73 percent, with numbers significantly lower for minority students. In 2006, only 61 percent of Hispanic students and 59 percent of black students graduated. An independent analysis found that, in some of our nation’s biggest cities, fewer than half of all students finish high school. In the Baltimore City and Cleveland Municipal City school districts, only about one-third of all students graduate. Indianapolis has a graduation rate of only 30 percent, and a mere 24.9 percent of Detroit students complete high school.

These shockingly low graduation rates should incite a national outrage. And while some politicians will surely call for investing more tax dollars for public school as the solution, a lack of funding is not the source of the problem.

Detroit, for example, spends more than $13,000 per year on each student. In addition, the city school districts of New York, Philadelphia, Dallas, Denver, and Atlanta all spend well over $10,000 per pupil yet have graduation rates below 50 percent.”

Read the full Heritage Foundation report What Is America Getting from Its Investment in Education?.  They make the case that education spending is not the problem and that family structure and parental involvement are critical elements to education success.

It’s time for Washington State to break the link between school spending and student achievement.  Randy Dorn, the people of Washington State are already over taxed.  If we keep throwing money down the black hole of government-run education and never fix the significant flaws in the system, it will never get better.  The superintendent of public instruction should be accountable to the people of Washington State but with this guy, I fear he’ll be more interested in keeping in favor with the unions. 

Schools need to focus on the basics of education–things like math, reading and comprehension, writing and interpreting ideas, fact-based science and American history, just to name a few.  I want to know how much time and money is spent on social engineering and nanny state benevolence versus what is spent on teaching concrete, useful skills.  We need more genuine teaching and less of the schools assuming the roles and responsibilities of the parents.

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Great perspective on Big Three bailout from Carpe Diem

Posted by Liberty on December 5, 2008

Professor Mark J. Perry of Carpe Diem blog fame has been consistently posting good info on the plight of the Big Three automakers.  He’s been especially highlighting the fact that union labor contracts have been a major reason that the Big Three are no longer competitive.  The MSM is handling the union with kid gloves, but that’s nothing new.  For instance, what do you know about the Job Bank?  The Job Bank is a union-backed program where laid-off autoworkers can collect up to 95% of their wages and benefits.  That’s right–the Big Three have been paying union workers, even when they’re not working.  Hmm…have Honda or Toyota been hamstrung by this kind of program?  The answer is no, because they employ non-union workers and consequently haven’t had the UAW gun to their heads.  Read Professor Perry’s brilliant post: Cost of Jobs Bank 2005-2008: $4,200,000,000.

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Perspective on potential Big Three bailout plan from a former GM employee

Posted by Liberty on November 18, 2008

This is an interesting editorial from Lori Stillwagon Roman, president of RegularFolksUnited.com.  She worked her way through college at a Buick plant and moved on to other positions within GM through the course of her career.  She’s opposed to the Big Three bailout currently under consideration in Congress.  She makes the case that government interference and the expense and inefficiency of union labor have contributed to the crisis that the Big Three are in now.

Detroit Three–Thanks for the Memories

“First, I believe that sending the government to bail out the auto industry or an industry at this time is like sending an arsonist to put out a fire.  The government is partially to blame for the problem with the auto industry. 

The government created the credit crisis by forcing lenders to make bad loans and the resulting credit crunch made it difficult to sell cars.  Democrats in Congress (even some from Michigan) are responsible for blocking domestic oil production in the United States which has driven up gas prices and sent our wealth and potential American jobs to the ‘bad guys’. 

One would think that since the government created the crisis, they should fix it, right?  No.  They should STOP messing with the markets, not mess with them more!  They should let lenders make prudent loans and let energy producers produce energy and they should let the automakers get out of this mess without government help or interference. They should not send folks with gasoline to put out a fire.  Congress doesn’t just want to ‘bail out’ the Detroit Three, they want to add on their own restrictions to make Detroit ‘green.'”

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