As The Rest of Us Suffer, Obama to Give Unions Free Pass on Obamacare Fees

November 27, 2013 | Filed Under AFL-CIO, Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Democrats/Leftists, Entitlements, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Jobs, Liberals, Policy, President, Progressives, Richard Trumka, Taxes, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

As The Rest of Us Suffer, Obama to Give Unions Free Pass on Obamacare Fees

-By Warner Todd Huston

Obama is piling the unfair and exorbitant costs of Obamacare onto the middle class again, this time giving a break to his union buddies and heaping the costs onto the rest of us.

Obama is floating the idea of allowing his union pals to get out of having to pay a “re-insurance fee” that is required by Obamacare and forcing the rest of us to make up the difference.

This temporary fee is supposed to kick in next year and was meant to raise $25 billion over a three-year period to help pay the costs of those poor folks with pre-existing conditions.

But the unions have said that they don’t care about those people and they want out of having to pay the fee. And since Obama is bought and paid for by his union overloards, he is looking at a convenient “rules change” to exempt the unions from having to pay the fee–meaning the rest of us will have to make up the difference.
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Chicago Public School Teacher Attacks Capitalism, Says Violent Revolution Coming

August 8, 2013 | Filed Under AFL-CIO, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Chicago, Chicago Teachers Union, Communism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Education, Ethics, Free Trade, Illinois, Liberals, Money, Progressives, Public Employees Unions, Socialism, Society/Culture, Taxes, Teachers Unions, Unions, Warner Todd Huston, Western Civilization | 3 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

The policy group called ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council) had its 40th anniversary meeting in Chicago on August 7, 8, and 9, but not everyone was celebrating. In front of the hotel at which the event was held, the unions gathered to attack and one Chicago school teacher took the occasion not only to say that capitalism has failed and that government should be for the redistribution of wealth, he also threatened “violent revolution” unless America acquiesces to union demands.

CPS Teacher Timothy Meegan, who teachers at Roosevelt High School in Chicago, had quite a bit of boilerplate to say about ALEC, but before long he edged toward some more startling rhetoric, the sort that makes one hope he isn’t teaching to Chicago’s school children.

At the end of his canned anti-ALEC speech he lapsed into the sort of rhetoric that would be at home in any speech from the worker’s paradise. In fact, it got downright red-lipped with talk of “violent revolution,” attacks on capitalism and the free market, as well as cries that government should “redistribute the wealth.”

And all this talk of violent revolution was Jesse Jackson approved. The very right reverend can be seen clapping Mr. Meegan on the back after his diatribe is over.
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AFL-CIO Speaks Out Against… Our Military Vets?

May 10, 2013 | Filed Under AFL-CIO, Anti-Americanism, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Free Trade, Jobs, Liberals, Military, Money, Progressives, Unions, Veterans, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

Apparently, the haters at the AFL-CIO decided that military veterans shouldn’t be allowed to take jobs offered by Walmart.

Recently Walmart announced a program to hire 100,000 military vets as a “welcome home” gift when they return from service. This brought the anti-veterans at the left-wing, anti-business union to the height of pique.

In a new statement, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka–a man with a long history of violence and murder–took a stand against our veterans.

Walmart’s recent announcement of a plan to hire returning honorably discharged veterans is more about public relations than honoring our heroes. That this effort was valorized by President Obama and Vice President Biden reflects an acceptance of economic failure out of line with America’s history or future.
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Chris Plante Show: Dems Shipping in Busloads of Fraudulent Voters into Wisconsin

June 5, 2012 | Filed Under AFL-CIO, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Government, Liberals, Public Employees Unions, Scott Walker, Teachers Unions, Teamsters, UAW, Unions, Warner Todd Huston, Wisconsin | 2 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

This is the massive vote fraud I’ve been warning about and Gov. Walker better be prepared for it.

WMAL’s Chris Plante got a call today from a man claiming to be on one of four busses that are driving from Michigan to Wisconsin in order to have fraudulent voters flood the polls for Democrat Barrett who is vying to upset Wis. Governor Scott Walker.

The caller says that the busses were organized by an auto union to bring as many illegal votes to Wisconsin as they can.

Radio host Plante sums up the caller’s claim thus:

What you’re telling me is that the unions in Michigan have organized a bus convoy — and you’re riding in that bus convoy — and they’re bringing Michigan residents to Wisconsin in order to vote illegally for Tom Barrett.

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VIDEO: Violent Union Thugs Using Ball Bat on Effigy of SC Gov. Nikki Haley!

May 22, 2012 | Filed Under AFL-CIO, Anti-Americanism, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Liberals, Nikki Haley, South Carolina, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | 16 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

Here we have another union thug acting out a desire for violence. This time it’s Donna Dewitt, the President of the South Carolina AFL-CIO (a grand title for a chief thug, eh?), using a baseball bat to smack a piñata sporting the face of S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley on it.

Now, imagine, folks, if these were Republicans using a ball bat on an effigy of a Democrat Gov. — and a female one at that. This story would be the story of the day all over the news and would go on for weeks at a time. We’d never hear the end of it from the Old Media.

Democrats do it… and crickets.

In fact, if this was a video of Republicans doing such a thing, the GOP candidate for president would be tarred with their actions. Right now we’d be hearing calls from every last Democrat, every last member of the media (but I repeat myself) for Governor Mitt Romney to disavow this violence.

Again. Democrats do it…. and crickets.
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Good News for Union Members

March 29, 2012 | Filed Under AFL-CIO, Anti-Americanism, Capitalism, Communism, Crony Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Frank Hyland, Government, Liberals, Public Employees Unions, Richard Trumka, Taxes, Teamsters, Unions | Comments Off on

Good News for Union Members

-By Frank Hyland

While this message applies to virtually all labor union members, it is especially applicable to the younger members, those whose futures – and whose families’ futures — are being stolen by the older members of the unions, especially the leadership.

Thinking back to when you have voted in union-led, union-conducted elections, it didn’t take long for you to figure out that what was being called an “election” was, in fact, a sham. The results already had been decided by the union’s leaders long before the “voting” even began. What you’ve been going through is called “Majority Sign-Up” or “Card Check.” At least under the present White House, there won’t be any change in the way that your union elections are conducted. Your local leadership will continue to sit in front of you and watch as you fill out your ballot. Union leaders like Richard Trumka will continue to visit the White House, travel in first-class style, and receive their handsome salaries ($283,340 in 2010) plus expenses, of course.

You can be thankful, though, that not all elections are like those conducted by your union. I’m speaking of the upcoming general election on November 6th. You’ll be treated as a grownup with a mind of your own, not a tool for the union leadership to maintain their hold on you and your dues. As I hope you’ve done in the past, you’ll again walk into a private area/booth and mark your ballot in secrecy, not in front of watchful union leaders. You won’t even need to glance at the piece of paper that union leaders, in a blatant insult to their members, give to members as instructions on candidates and ballot issues for which to vote. Union leaders aren’t even allowed to remain in the polling place, much less sit at the table and watch how their members vote like they do during Card Check.
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Occupy Wall Street Comes to CPAC, Unions in Command

February 10, 2012 | Filed Under AFL-CIO, Anti-Americanism, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, GOP, Liberals, Republicans, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | 3 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

The police had the Occupiers well in hand. Notice they had their ever-present tents, too!

A sizable group of Occupy Wall Street protesters assembled Friday late morning to protest CPAC. Naturally this group was buoyed by big labor because, as we all know, the OWSers aren’t really any sort of grassroots anything but are a wholly manufactured, left-wing, anti-American concern funded and organized by hard core left-wingers.

I decided not to bother engaging with them as I’ve done in the past because I’ve learned that dialog is not what they are interested in. They have their rote and often infantile talking points, slogans, and chants and that is usually all they have to offer.
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AFL-CIO Prez: Hey, Remember 9/11? Was a Great Union Moment, Right?

September 10, 2011 | Filed Under 9/11, AFL-CIO, al Qaeda, Barack Obama, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Islam, Islamofascism, Jobs, Liberals, Osama bin Ladden, Public Employees Unions, Richard Trumka, Taxes, Teachers Unions, Terrorism, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

AFL-CIO Prez: Hey, Remember 9/11? Was a Great Union Moment, Right?

-By Warner Todd Huston

In one of the most disgusting examples of the self-absorption of the union mind set, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka decided that his 9/11 memorial would not be much about 9/11, but would instead be just another excuse to say how great unions are and how evil conservatives are. This isn’t just gauche, but insulting, infuriating, and just plain ignorant. Not only that, but it is most certainly disrespectful of the fallen and just plain un-American.

But, then again, that describes unions in just about every instance, doesn’t it?

Disgustingly, the AFL-CIO’s Trumka turned a “memorial” to 9/11 into a union snake-oil sales pitch. Worse he began with an almost dismissive attitude to the memory of the attacks on our homeland.
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Union Astroturf Pretends Like Tea Partiers to Attack GOP

August 21, 2011 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, AFL-CIO, Anti-Americanism, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Congress, Conservatives, Democracy, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Jobs, Journalism, Liberals, Media Bias, Nanny State, Newspapers, Public Employees Unions, Republicans, SEIU, Senate, Socialism, Taxes, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | 2 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Hill has an interesting, if not a bit slanted, report about the faux grassroots efforts of unions and left-wing advocates to pretend they are somehow just like the Tea Party by attacking the town hall meetings of various GOP congressman across the country this Summer.

The Hill dutifully reports without complaint the union’s claims that they are organizing just like the Tea Partiers and forcing GOP congressmen to face “angry protests at home” this month in a “replication” of the Tea Party backlash that “bit” Democrats in 2009.

“Liberal groups have been planning these protests for months,” trumpets The Hill, “One organizer told The Hill in February that the campaign would ‘build to a crescendo’ in August.”

These protests have been organized by Obama’s supporters in government unions like the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the AFL-CIO as well as far left NGOs such as, Campaign for America’s Future and others.
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Unions: On the Outside Looking In At Political Power?

August 5, 2011 | Filed Under AFL-CIO, Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Business, Capitalism, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Government, House of Representatives, Jobs, Liberals, President, Public Employees Unions, Richard Trumka, SEIU, Senate, Taxes, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

Unions: On the Outside Looking In At Political Power?

-By Warner Todd Huston

Since Obama began his run for the White House he has been Big Labor’s best friend. And they loved him for it, too. As Obama ran and as soon as he got into office the unions had stars in their eyes. They thought that with a bought and paid for president in their hip pocket, every long dreamed of union wish was about to be fulfilled.

You can’t really blame them, of course. Obama did nothing but work to let them believe he’d do everything they wanted once safely in the White House. They gave him millions of dollars and he gave them rosy promises. But they are starting to feel duped.

To be sure Obama has done more for Big Labor than any other president in American history. He’s stocked his entire regulatory edifice with union hacks, he’s issued executive orders to force federal contractors to pay union dues, wages, pensions and to work under union rules even when said companies aren’t unionized, and he’s used his powers to regulate to attack companies that dare to cross swords with Big Labor.
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Twitter Townhall: Another Case of Obama’s ‘For Thee But Not For Me’ Events

July 6, 2011 | Filed Under AFL-CIO, Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Blogging, Computers, Democrats/Leftists, Inernet, Liberals, President, Richard Trumka, Twitter, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

Twitter Townhall: Another Case of Obama’s ‘For Thee But Not For Me’ Events

-By Warner Todd Huston

It was hailed as a technological first. President Obama was to hold the first “Twitter Townhall.” The truth is more like it was a desperate attempt by the Obama administration to appeal to the youth vote in which nearly every poll shows him losing ground.

The idea was that questions could be submitted by any American citizen via the Internet social media website Twitter. If you are not aware of what Twitter is, it is sort of like a phone texting service — but Internet-based. But on Twitter users are limited to 140 characters (including spaces) per message.

Anyway, getting to Obama’s “for thee but not for meism,” his first answer during the Twitter Townhall was 1,484 WORDS! So much for 140 characters! I guess cramped limitations are only good for the lowly people while he can indulge volumes of words when he wants to.

In fact, this is sort of an allegory for the way Obama treats the nation. He allows himself all sorts of luxuries, but the lowly people need to “sacrifice” and to be hampered and limited.

Amusingly, Obama probably didn’t expect one of his closest allies, Richard Trumka’s AFL-CIO, to needle him via Twitter, either.

Trumka’s AFL-CIO Twitter feed pointedly asked the prez, “Where are the jobs?”

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Big Unions Cooling on Obama?

June 6, 2011 | Filed Under AFL-CIO, Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, EFCA, Elections, Government, Liberals, President, Public Employees Unions, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

Big Unions Cooling on Obama?

-By Warner Todd Huston

Bloomberg has another unions-are-mad-at-Obama story this week and, while there is no doubt that unions are a bit miffed at the big “O,” we should all be cautioned about where Big Labor will put its support in 2012. Miffed or not, and quite contrary to what Bloomberg wants you to believe, Big Labor will support Obama to the tune of tens of millions of dollars.

Still, it is interesting to see the unions whine about Obama. This president has been the biggest booster to Big Labor than any other president in history. The business punishing regulations alone that Obama has saddled upon this struggling economy makes his efforts more destructive and favorable to unions than any two past presidents combined.

Obama is using his regulatory powers to force contractors to pay unions off to get federal work even if those businesses aren’t members of any union, he’s sallied forth from his castle to inform businesses about where they will be allowed to build businesses, his crony capitalist efforts have put big businesses all across the country under his thumb, and he’s eased as many regulations that keep unions in line as he can… and he plans to do even more.
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Union Plan: ‘Forget About the Law, Brand Businesses as Human Right Violators’

April 25, 2011 | Filed Under AFL-CIO, Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Free Trade, Government, Jobs, Labor Law, Law, Liberals, Public Employees Unions, Richard Trumka, SEIU, The Law, UAW, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

Once again we see how lawless the Obama administration and its allies in unions are. By their own admission they don’t care about the law.

In the following video we see Obama’s appointee to his Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations and United Auto Workers President, Bob King, telling attendees at a recent union roundtable discussion that the unions intend to “forget about the law.”

We also see violence prone AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, a close Obama confidante, saying the same thing.

So, their plan is to ignore any actual law and then further to “brand” businesses as “human rights violators” so that they can destroy them.

Unions are entirely un-American. At their core they are socialist, anti-capitalist, destroyers of jobs and success. And remember, folks. THESE are Obama’s people.
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Union Chief Tries to Steal Civil Rights Movement

April 4, 2011 | Filed Under AFL-CIO, Anti-Americanism, Budget, Capitalism, Civil Rights Act, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Freedom, Government, Indiana, Jobs, Liberals, Military, Patriotism, PCism, Public Employees Unions, Race, Richard Trumka, Society/Culture, Taxes, Teachers Unions, Unions, Warner Todd Huston, Western Civilization | Comments Off on

Union Chief Tries to Steal Civil Rights Movement

-By Warner Todd Huston

A few weeks ago AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka used the Civil Rights movement as a comparison for his union work. He wanted his audience to imagine that unionism is somehow just like the struggles for equality under the law that African Americans sought in the middle of last century. This is a disgusting attempt by Trumka to steal the mantle of Civil Rights for his money-grubbing, union thuggery.

In Washington D.C. early in March Trumka tried to glom onto Martin Luther King’s legacy and apply it to union efforts to grab luxurious healthcare and pension benefits from businesses and taxpayers alike.

“April 4 [is] the day on which Martin Luther King Jr. gave his life for the cause of public collective bargaining,” he pompously said.

Not only is this simply incorrect factually it is an outrage to say that King gave his life defending unions. We all know that King fought for the basic human rights of an entire people in a nation that had cast them into second-class citizen status, not for rich pensions, unduly high wages, and free healthcare.
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AFL-CIO Union Chief: We Need to Raise Taxes to Pay Union Members More

February 28, 2011 | Filed Under AFL-CIO, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Government, Jobs, Liberals, President, Richard Trumka, Stimulus, Taxes, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

AFL-CIO Union Chief: We Need to Raise Taxes to Pay Union Members More

-By Warner Todd Huston

You know the old saying, “stupid is as stupid does”? Enter the AFL-CIO’s Richard Trumka, one of the most violence prone union presidents in America, who has come up with a brilliant strategy to solve America’s troubles. He says we need to raise taxes to pay his union members even higher salaries and we need another giant stimulus package to chase after the other failed stimulus packages to “create” jobs.

Recently Trumka told Tech Ticker that we need a higher gas tax to put Americans to work and build infrastructure. He calls it a “dedicated revenue source,” but a better name would be economy-killing waste.

Never mind that the higher gas prices go the less money the lower classes have to spend on food and lodging because higher gas prices hit them harder. Never mind that it has been clearly shown that the higher the costs of gasoline the higher the costs of food goes. Never mind that the higher gasoline goes the less people use it meaning that travel, tourism, and vacation spending suffers. Forget all that. Trumka sees a government piggie whose teat he wants to snuggly up to. Only that teat is connected to our wallets in tax money.
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More of Rahm’s Union Troubles

February 9, 2011 | Filed Under AFL-CIO, Budget, Chicago, Cook County, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Government, Illinois, Liberals, Police, Public Employees Unions, SEIU, Taxes, Teachers Unions, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

More of Rahm’s Union Troubles

-By Warner Todd Huston

In the race for the Chicago Mayor’s office we have seen quite a lot of evidence that Chicago’s union bosses are not big Rahm Emanuelites. This week we got another hint in that direction as several more unions came out in support of Emanuel’s most serious opponent, Gery Chico.

The Chico campaign added a group of Chicago unions to its previous announcement of endorsements from the Chicago Firefighters and Police unions, a growing coalition that Chico says shows that he has “growing momentum with working families.”

Labor organizations that endorsed Chico today include the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 9, Sheet Metal Workers Local 73, Ironworkers Local 1, Laborers’ District Council of Chicago & Vicinity, Painters District Council #14 and the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local 11, together whose membership encompasses more than 60,000 hard working men and women in the Chicagoland area.

It is interesting to see the unions shy from the Emanuel campaign since Rahm is the presumed heir apparent to the Daley crown not to mention that Rahm has Barack Obama’s overt support. The air of a winner coupled with the favor of a Democrat president is usually more than enough to get unions to line up like good little lemmings. But this is clearly not the case with Rahm Emanuel.
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Unions Realizing They Have Bad Reputation, Launch PR Campaign

January 27, 2011 | Filed Under AFL-CIO, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Government, Jobs, Liberals, Public Employees Unions, SEIU, Taxes, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

Unions Realizing They Have Bad Reputation, Launch PR Campaign

-By Warner Todd Huston

So, what is the first thing that you do when you find out that everyone hates you? What do you do when you finally come to terms with the fact that you have the worst reputation possible? Do you sit yourself down and reassess your actions to try and pinpoint why everyone thinks you are a jerk? Well, that might be what a serious person or group might do. So, what has the AFL-CIO, the SEIU and other big unions done upon this realization? Why, hired a public relations firm, of course.

After all, the unions can’t possibly be at fault can they? Why, it can’t be the union’s fault that everyone hates them, could it? It simply must be that people out there are too stupid to understand that unions are wonderful, right?
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Union Boss With History of Violence Decries Vitriolic Rhetoric of Right

January 12, 2011 | Filed Under AFL-CIO, Arizona, Democrats/Leftists, Liberals, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | 5 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

Well, it’s the old “glass houses” story, isn’t it? AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka weighed in on the criminal shooting in Arizona and naturally he blamed the whole incident on “too much vitriolic, hate-filled rhetoric that we hear on radio and television.” This from a guy who has many times used worse rhetoric to incite violence in his unionizing past. Glass houses indeed.

On the AFL-CIO blog, Trumka wrote:

We must find ways to passionately debate and even disagree with each other without using words that can give unstable individuals an incitement to engage in violent acts.

…We do not know why the shooter targeted Rep. Giffords, or if he was influenced—directly or indirectly—by the outrageous rhetoric that’s become all-too-common in our politics.

But “too much vitriolic, hate-filled rhetoric that we hear on radio and television has demonized public servants and candidates as “enemies” and has made them sounds less than human. In the short run, it may inspire passions and votes. But in the long run, it’s toxic to the survival of rational discussion in our democracy. And it’s not worthy of our great nation.

As Pete List of reminds us, Trumka’s rhetoric helped inspire stabbings and other criminal actions in his days as a young union organizer. In fact, Trumka was involved in the murder of one Eddie York back in 1993.
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Anti-American Activist Attacks AFL-CIO’s ‘War Against Developing Countries’

January 3, 2011 | Filed Under AFL-CIO, Anti-Americanism, Free Trade, Jobs, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

Once in a while it is fun to check in with the anti-American left, a political side that is usually blindly pro-union. Once in a while they go off on a fun tangent attacking their own, however, and when that happens it’s time to get out the popcorn to watch the fireworks.

This time an anti-American activist named Nick Egnatz wrote a review of a book titled AFL-CIO’s Secret War against Developing Country Workers (Lexington Books, 2010) and he’s both fired up against the AFL-CIO and troubled by his own alarm at a union. It’s funny stuff.
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Obama Tells Labor, I’m On Your Side

December 21, 2010 | Filed Under AFL-CIO, Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Campaign Finance, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Government, Liberals, Lobbyists, Public Employees Unions, Regulation, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

Obama Tells Labor, I’m On Your Side

-By Warner Todd Huston

They gave him hundreds of millions of dollars for his campaign for president and for that Barack Obama has given Big Labor many, many payoffs, sweetheart deals, and regulatory favors. And this week he met in the White House with members of Big Labor and told them that he was sill on their side.

Even with all the paybacks and special favors that Obama has given to the unions in the fist half of his presidency, Big Labor is suspicious of his fealty and unhappy with his apparently insufficient level of kowtowing. And I have to say, the way labor representatives were treated in this particular White House visit does send a subtle message that Big Labor is not quite the hale fellow well met that it once was.

But don’t be fooled by the artifice.
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Another Sign Unions Losing Influence

November 29, 2010 | Filed Under AFL-CIO, Business, Capitalism, Economy/Finances, Liberals, Unemployment, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

Another Sign Unions Losing Influence

-By Warner Todd Huston

Unions in America really are under assault from every direction. Certainly they are still powerful and not to be under estimated, but unions really have lost much of the power they once had. At less than 20 percent of the work force these days, the unions that are left have been finding themselves being forced to make the sort of concessions that they once would never even consider.

The New York Times reports on one more bit of news showing that unions are taking deals just to stay working that once would have been flatly refused as two-tiered wage scales are becoming more common in this recessionary economic climate.
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Unions Fighting Over 2012 Democrat Convention

November 21, 2010 | Filed Under AFL-CIO, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Government, Jobs, Liberals, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

Unions Fighting Over 2012 Democrat Convention

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Cleveland, Ohio chapter of the AFL-CIO is mad. After Cleveland was chosen as the host city for the 2012 Democrat Party convention some carped that Cleveland was not sufficiently unionized to qualify as the right place for the Democrats to hold their event. Cleveland’s AFL-CIO, however, begs to differ.

The AFL-CIO was so incensed at the accusation that they wrote a letter to the DNC.

“Cleveland and the Cleveland metropolitan area boast a healthy number of union hotels,” the executive secretary of the region’s AFL-CIO federation, Harriet Applegate, wrote in a letter to Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine this week.

In October the union agitation group UNITE HERE sent a letter to the Democratic National Committee demanding that both Cleveland and Charlotte, N.C. be dropped from contention because there isn’t enough union participation in those cities. UNITE HERE insisted that only St. Louis, Missouri and Minneapolis, Minnesota satisfied the favored amount of unionization to suit them.
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U.N. Pushing Card Check on U.S.?

November 8, 2010 | Filed Under AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Government, History, Journalism, Law, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Public Employees Unions, SEIU, Taxes, The Law, UN, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

U.N. Pushing Card Check on U.S.?

-By Warner Todd Huston

The U.N. is at it again, trying to use its “power” to control the U.S.A. Naturally that control leans toward the extreme, anti-American, left-wing of the political spectrum. In a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council, those that stand against America had a gripe session where supposed violations of human rights were leveled against the United States. And what sort of force was at the forefront of these calumnies? Unions, of course.

One of the reports that was entered into the “evidence” against the U.S. was prepared by the AFL-CIO and other American unions.

The USHRN position paper on U.S. labor relations, however, was submitted by much better-known mainstream organizations. Among them: the AFL-CIO, the Teamsters, the United Steelworkers and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). None are listed as USHRN members.

Among other things, the labor paper points to declining U.S. union membership as a function of discriminatory U.S. labor laws, including the National Labor Relations Act, and declares that “core internationally established labor rights are not adequately protected by state and federal laws that govern the American workplace” and adds that “workers have resorted to international fora to seek redress.”

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Leftwits Try to Top Beck With October Rally in D.C.

September 26, 2010 | Filed Under AFL-CIO, Anti-Americanism, Anti-Semitism, Anti-War, Communism, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Government, Green Party, Liberals, Public Employees Unions, SEIU, Socialism, Unions, Warner Todd Huston, Washington D.C. | 3 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

The leftists are trying to emulate both Glenn Beck and the Tea Party movement by having their own march on D.C. and it is coming in but a few days. They are claiming that “hundreds of thousands” of their extreme leftist compatriots will gather at the Lincoln Memorial on October 2 for a left-wing bacchanalia at our nation’s capitol.

They are calling it “One Nation Working Together,” and it is yet one more left-wing, extremist attempt to employ Orwellian language to name an event because, Lord knows, they don’t include the millions of conservative Americans in that “one nation” title!

Here is what they are saying of their poor attempt to emulate Beck:
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Unions Struggling to Get Members to Rally Behind Dems

September 18, 2010 | Filed Under AFL-CIO, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Government, Labor Law, Liberals, Pensions, President, Public Employees Unions, Taxes, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

Unions Struggling to Get Members to Rally Behind Dems

-By Warner Todd Huston

When voters are not enthused even unions find it harder to get their supporters to rally to an election and this is one of the worst years for Democrats on record. Unions are finding their efforts hard slogging just like the rest of the Democrat Party is. It’s so bad even The New York Times is reporting the Union’s woes.

As we’ve repeatedly talked about here, The Times reports that Big Labor is pumping millions into the Democrat’s pockets in hopes of fighting off the conservative Tea Party enthusiasm out there this election year. Apparently, though, unions are finding that, like other Democrat constituencies, their members are not “feeling particularly enthusiastic about the party.”

Unions have been bitterly disappointed by Obama. When they voted for him only 2 years ago they thought that they had won the battle for all the freebies and payoffs that they’d ever want. But they’ve been frustrated by key losses — such as an inability to get cap and trade, green initiatives, and their most desired legislation the Employee Free Trade Act (EFCA).
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Hypocrisy Is Big Labor’s Big Problem

September 7, 2010 | Filed Under AFL-CIO, Business, Capitalism, Free Trade, Jobs, Liberals, Public Employees Unions, SEIU, The Heritage Foundation, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

Hypocrisy Is Big Labor’s Big Problem

-By Warner Todd Huston

Deroy Murdock over at the National Review has a great column detailing a dozen or so instances of rank hypocrisy perpetrated by unions. Deroy says that for all of Bog Labor’s yammering about worker’s right: “Such class-warfare sloganeering would be easier to stomach if Big Labor were internally consistent.”

Murdock gives all sorts of examples of unions violating their own supposedly closely held tenets. From unions firing employees for trying to organize the union’s own office workers, to unions using non-union labor to build their own offices, unions prove to be filled with liars and hypocrites.

Check out Deroy Murdock’s piece, “Hypocrisy Is Big Labor’s Big Problem .”
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Violence Soaked AFL-CIO Prez Calls Palin a McCarthyite?

September 3, 2010 | Filed Under AFL-CIO, Business, Capitalism, Crime, Economy/Finances, Jobs, Journalism, Labor Law, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | 12 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

For his Labor Day weekend trick, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka leveled the charge of McCarthyism at former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. This is a bit rich from a guy with blood on his hands — and I don’t say that figuratively, either.

At a September 2 meeting sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, Trumka claimed that “Palinism” was the “new McCarthyism” and warned that if she kept up her rhetoric she would be guilty of inciting her followers. “She can’t use loose language that foments… that anger to hatred, or that action to violence,” Trumka said.

The comments were “totally consistent,” Trumka said. “She has taken on a position of leadership, and whether it is rightfully given to her or not, she is there. And so she can’t use loose language that foments … changing that anger to hatred or that action to violence.” He continued, “If she doesn’t change her ways, then Palinism will be equated with other forms of McCarthyism that fomented division among the populace and acts of hatred among the populace.”

This is a bit rich from a guy that has the death of a non-union worker in New York on his head. Michelle Malkin does the good work of reminding us all of the violence that Trumka has supported in the past.

Meet Eddie York. He was a workingman whose story will never scroll across Obama’s teleprompter. A nonunion contractor who operated heavy equipment, York was shot to death during a strike called by the United Mine Workers 17 years ago. Workmates who tried to come to his rescue were beaten in an ensuing melee. The head of the UMW spearheading the wave of strikes at that time? Richard Trumka. Responding to concerns about violence, he shrugged to the Virginian-Pilot in September 1993: “I’m saying if you strike a match and you put your finger in it, you’re likely to get burned.” Incendiary rhetoric, anyone?

And Malkin also chronicles the time when Trumka incited violence in Illinois.
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Obama, Sec. of Labor to Appear by AFL-CIO Prez at Labor Day Rally

September 1, 2010 | Filed Under AFL-CIO, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Government, Liberals, President, Taxes, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

Obama, Sec. of Labor to Appear by AFL-CIO Prez at Labor Day Rally

-By Warner Todd Huston

It’s been announced that President Obama will be attending the AFL-CIO’s Labor Day rally in Milwaukee, Wisconsin next month. Along for the ride will be Sec. of Labor Hilda Solis.

This is one more effort of the Obama administration to shore up Big Labor’s support coming into the midterm election campaign season.

Naturally Obama is still sounding his horn for the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) as well as pushing his healthcare ideas.
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AFL-CIO Joins Communists, La Raza, ACLU, Other Unions in Voter Registration Drive

August 27, 2010 | Filed Under AFL-CIO, Capitalism, Communism, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Government, Public Employees Unions, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

AFL-CIO Joins Communists, La Raza, ACLU, Other Unions in Voter Registration Drive

-By Warner Todd Huston

Looks like the AFL-CIO is no longer even trying to hide the fact that it no longer sports a traditionally American political outlook. The labor union has announced that it is joining a voter registration drive called One Nation Working Together. This coalition is filled with some of the most extremely leftist groups in America today including the ACLU, Enviro extremists, La Raza, Code Pink, various anti-war groups, and the Communist Party USA.

This new move by the AFL-CIO finds hearty support from the People’s World newspaper, a publication dedicated to communism and the “direct descendent” of the communist Daily Worker newspaper.

The AFL-CIO joins the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), The Center for American Progress, Green For All, USAction, and many others. The effort is being headed by United for Peace and Justice.
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AFL-CIO Leader Attacks Palin

August 26, 2010 | Filed Under AFL-CIO, Alaska, Government, Liberals, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka spoke before the union’s Biennial Convention in Anchorage, Alaska today. In that speech Trumka called Governor Palin a new Joe McCarthy and says she has come “close to calling for violence.” He also objected to Palin’s use of the phrase “union thugs” in her comments and Internet postings.

Transcript of Trumka’s Palin comments

Sarah Palin?

She used to have a job, your governor…. You knew her…. Or thought you did…. I know I thought I did. She seemed like a decent person, an outdoorswoman. Her husband’s a steelworker. She seemed to take some OK stands for working families.

And then things got weird. After she tied herself to John McCain and they lost, she blew off Alaska. I guess she figured she’d trade up…shoot for a national stage. Alaska was too far from the FOX TV spotlight.

I bet most of you, on a clear day, can see her hypocrisy from your house.

I think Sarah Palin quit so she wouldn’t have to be accountable… so she wouldn’t have a record that could be scrutinized…

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