These folks were bussed in, paid $11.00 an hour, handed signs and shirts, told what to chant, and the tea party is somehow astroturf?
Service Employees International Union economic terrorist admits he and his union thugs are ready to “terrorize Washington tonight.”
-By Warner Todd Huston
The board of directors at the bio-warfare company SIGA likely thought they had made the hire of the century last year when they took on former Service Employees International Union President Andy Stern. In fact, for a while, Stern, one of Obama’s most frequent White House visitors and close confidantes, seemed to bring the company good fortune.
In Stern’s first six months the company’s shares doubled in worth especially after it was awarded a humungous government contract worth up to $2.8 billion of our tax dollars.
SIGA’s stock has taken a tumble since the investigations into why the politically connected firm was able to get government rules rewritten just for them.
So, maybe this is another crony capitalism loser, eh?
-By Warner Todd Huston
F. Vincent Vernuccio had a great piece in the Washington Times a few days ago revealing the the handbook written by the SEIU that teaches union thuggery to union operatives.
The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has a 70-some-page manual that came to light in a recent court case.
SEIU is in federal court defending itself against charges of racketeering and extortion filed by one of its unionizing targets, the catering company Sodexo Inc.Sodexo’s court discovery recently revealed an SEIU “Contract Campaign Manual” on “Pressuring the Employer.” Union pressure is nothing new, but what SEIU recommends is not limited to organizing drives and strikes. Rather, the pressure takes the form of a so-called corporate campaign, whereby the union allies itself with outside third parties to raise intimidation to a new level.
Vernuccio explained that the most recent efforts of the SEIU to push businesses to the edge of bankruptcy so that they are vulnerable to being taken over by union operatives even going to the point of secretly getting the businesses to agree to work with the SEIU to prevent other unions from trying to contact its employees.
The manual is meant to guide the SEIUs thugs to win the battle.
SEIUâ€™s manual details how â€œoutside pressure can involve jeopardizing relationships between the employer and lenders, investors, stockholders, customers, clients, patients, tenants, politicians, or others on whom the employer depends for funds.â€ The union advises using legal and regulatory pressure to â€œthreaten the employer with costly action by government agencies or the courts.â€
It details the use of community groups to â€œdamage an employerâ€™s public image and ties with community leaders and organizations.â€ SEIU recommends going after company officials personally. Not mincing words, SEIU states, â€œIt may be a violation of blackmail and extortion laws to threaten management officials with release of â€˜dirtâ€™ about them if they donâ€™t settle a contract. But there is no law against union members who are angry at their employer deciding to uncover and publicize factual information about individual managers.â€
Mr. Vernuccio goes on to give several examples of how the SEIU has used the tactics in the manual. But what we have here is the perfect example of the thuggery perpetrated by the SEIU.
Now, we have to remember one other thing that is important. The SEIU is one of the biggest government employee unions, too. These same thugs are running our government through the back door with their union rules and contracts.
Also, donâ€™t forget that the SEIU was one of the biggest supporters of President Obama, too.
This is why government unions should be made illegal like they used to be.
-By Warner Todd Huston
Cities, counties and states (not to mention the federal gov’t) all across the country are overspent, out of cash, and deeply in the red. One reality that has been hitting all these government entities has been a series of tough negotiations with government employee unions. Unions are loathe to take cuts, certainly, but the reality is that in many cases it’s either cuts or layoffs. More and more unions are realizing this and taking the cuts to avoid losing jobs. The foolish government employees in Connecticut seem to be insensible to reality, though.
Strangely enough, even the government union bosses in Connecticut understood the pickle they were in. Union bigwigs negotiated cuts with the Democrat controlled state legislature and Democrat Governor Daniel Malloy. They did this with the understanding that none of their rank and file would lose their job.
Unfortunately for the unions, many of the members seem too foolish to “get” it. They voted the concessions down. Now Governor Malloy is saying he has little choice but to get rid of thousands of workers.
Nice move, fellows.
Granted not all the government union employees are that stupid. Sixty percent of them understood full well that many of them would lose their jobs if they didn’t vote to accept the cuts. Sadly for them, the rules worked against them.
Despite over 60 percent of state workers approving the deal, Connecticut’s collective bargaining rules require 14 of 15 of the public sector unions. Two state unions, including its largest, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, opposed the deal, believing the Governor would offer them a better package if they rejected it.
Morons. Even a Democrat Governor knows that he is between a rock and a hard place with budgets these days. Gov. Malloy has said he will not renegotiate and the layoffs will begin.
Face, meet that cut off nose!
Unions just don’t get it, do they? Their day of organized theft of the taxpayer’s money is over. It must be over if our governments are to stay solvent.
After this initial era of major cuts and layoffs is over, the next important step will be to eliminate the government employee unions entirely. They should never have been allowed to exist in the first place. And remember, they’ve only been around for about 50 years, so they are NOT some ages old American institution.
Heck, even Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman were against government employee unions. And for good reason, too. They are antithetical to good government.
-By Warner Todd Huston
This is a novel approach. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), one of the largest government employee unions in the nation, has decided that they’ve had enough of all those darn Republicans that areâ€¦ wellâ€¦ acting like Republicans. So, the union has lighted on a new way to be rid of all those darn Republican-like Republicans. They are going to sponsor their own Republican candidates in upcoming elections in the land of fruits and nuts.
The SEIU has created a new “Republican” political action committee (PAC) meant to recruit purported moderate Republicans to run for office to replace the Republicans now sitting in Sacramento. SEIU is calling this PAC the “Golden California Committee.”
The name of their PAC reminds me of the phrase, “don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining.” This golden shower that the SEIU is trying to pull off doesn’t fool anyone. The SEIU has no interest in helping Republicans. They have but one goal, to implement laws and government regulations that give to government employee unions payoffs, higher salaries, and outrageous benefits and pensions that exceed anything that the general public will ever see. They know that the only way to do this is to control government from both sides of the aisle.
After all, as weak as the Californian Republicans are, they are the only resistance to unions getting free reign to steal from the taxpayers with impunity. The SEIU knows this and they are trying to eliminate that last, tiny, little spot of resistance.
As it is the government in California is by the unions, of the unions and for the unions but if they can place in office faux Republicans whose loyalty is to unions and not the party or the people, then that will be the end of any chance that the Golden State could ever return to any fiscal sanity at all.
Now, by and large California has some of the least conservative Republicans in the country and the few real conservatives they have in office have next to no power. Yet, one of the spokesmen for this absurd new union effort is claiming that the “far right” is “hijacking” his party.
“I feel the far right, the tea party, is hijacking my party, and it’s saddening,” said John Orr, a parking officer at California State University, Fullerton. “I hope through this PAC, this effort and the open primary that moderates can regain their voice.”
This guy has to be kidding. Firstly, he himself is a liar to claim he’s a Republican. Secondly, he’s woefully uninformed to imagine that the Calif. GOP has been hijacked by “the far right.” One of the weakest, mushy moderate GOP parties in the country resides n California. To say it is the party of “the far right” is absurd in the extreme.
Beyond all that there is simply no possible way to be a Republican and a union supporter at the same time. The two are wholly incompatible.
To be a union member you have to support an anti-democratic right for your union to use the law, the courts, and the government to steal from your fellow citizens. You support the end of the democratic tradition of the secret ballot for your fellows. You want to have higher salaries for no merit. You want there to be no legal way to fire you even if youâ€™ve broken the law. You want to have free medical care when the people who you are forcing to pay your salary are lucky to have any healthcare at all. You want to retire at 50 and have the taxpayers (who can’t retire until they are 68 or later) pay to support you for the next thirty or forty years. In other words, you want to build a world where you are “kept” in a luxurious lifestyle all at the expense of others. No self-reliance. No hard work. No merit. These are the principles of a European, not an American and they are certainly not the principles of any Republican.
No candidate that this union operated PAC offers can ever be considered a Republican. The voters should know that these people are sold-out to the grasping, profligate unions before they even get into office. The candidates from the SEIU’s Golden California Committee will be nothing else but union puppets.
But the sad fact is that this new effort, should it be developed to the point where it does offer candidates, will likely fool the voters. Too many voters will imagine that the candidates this PAC offers are real, independent candidates. Too many voters will be blissfully unaware that these candidates are little else but puppets for the unions that will work assiduously against the best interests of the very people voting for them.
But here we have it. The unions once again leading with subterfuge, lies, and false fronts in order to steal as much from the voters as they can. It just goes to show that these people have no scruples. But it also goes to show precisely why government employee unions should be illegal like they were only a few short decades ago.