Labor Pains

Despite recent incendiary rhetoric from Big Labor bosses like Junior Hoffa and Richard Trumka, I’ve got no beef with most union members.  Some of my best friends are union members; I used to be one myself. Which is how I learned that aspiring leaders of labor, like my old co-worker Andy Stern, were generally more interested in confrontation than accommodation.  After all, nothing builds a national reputation and a bank account faster than a noisy, well-publicized strike.  For the rank and file, however, trade unions are like grains of sand in a mollusk—sometimes they produce a pearl; sometimes they just ruin the oyster. Magnets for radical leftists and organized crime, unions, as television’s Nate Ford would say, provide leverage:

  • Back in May 2008, as he jockeyed with rival Hillary Clinton for Big Labor support, Obama promised to end longstanding federal probes into the Teamsters’ mob racket. In 1989, the union was facing federal racketeering charges after Justice Department officials determined it was operating as a “wholly owned subsidiary of organized crime.” The Wall Street Journal reported that Obama phoned several Teamsters heavies to convey his vow to begin dismantling the independent federal watchdog overseeing the Teamsters; an Obama spokesman confirmed it. (Michelle Malkin)
  • Trumka…represented a turn away from blue-collar industrial unionism and the AFL-CIO’s traditional emphasis on raising wages and improving working conditions. Rather, they focused on recruiting ever-growing numbers of government workers who would benefit from higher taxes and bigger government, and who therefore would reliably support socialism and America’s pro-big government Democratic Party. (Discover The Networks)
  • “I am at the White House a couple of times a week, two, three times a week.  I have conversations every day with someone in the White House.” — Richard Trumka
  • [Andy] Stern decisively steered SEIU toward partisan politics. At the outset of his tenure, he told SEIU members that he expected “every leader at every level of this union — from the international President to the rank-and-file member — to devote five working days this year to political action” — all in support of the Democratic Party. (Discover The Networks)

Mandatory dues paid by the rank and file are regularly used to purchase ‘favors’ from politicians, usually Democrats, who can apply ‘leverage’ on behalf of the unions in the form of legislative or executive actions:

This is the process, supposedly illegal, known as “influence peddling”, and it’s why former Illinois governor and Obama crony Rod Blagojevich will be spending his next few years behind bars.  Of course, not all pols are as indiscreet and blatant as Blago, otherwise the country’s coolers would be indistinguishable from a joint session of Congress.  But just in case, Alan Krueger, Obama’s nominee to lead the administration’s economic advisory council, is  advocating a minimum wage, overtime pay, and union membership for convicts.  Truly visionary.  No longer will we have prison riots, we’ll have striking inmates, their grievances to be settled, presumably, by the National Labor Relations Board.  And, with 2,292,133 dues-paying members, the new Brotherhood of Jailbirds can afford to buy an awful lot of Democrats.

Related Story: Definition of “double down” being revised….. (LeatherneckM31)

Related verse from The Bard of Murdock: Civility Flexibility

Ulsterman … Wall Street Insider: President Obama’s Plan To Unionize The American Military (Cry and Howl)

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About Bob Mack

Retired since 2003. Military Service: U.S. Army, 36th Artillery Group, Babenhausen, Germany 1966-67; 1st Signal Brigade, Republic of Vietnam, 1967-68 Attended University of Miami, 1969-73
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13 Responses to Labor Pains

  1. Angel says:

    And, with 2,292,133 dues-paying members, the new Brotherhood of Jailbirds can afford to buy an awful lot of Democrats…and what can we do BOB..so infuriating!

  2. Obama makes Tricky Dick Nixon look like a piker. He is so blatantly corrupt. He sees himself as untouchable because he is the first black president. the shame of it is he will also probably be the last black president for a long time. He has done his race no favors. Race shouldn’t matter, but now I am afraid it will matter to a lot of people.

  3. Matt says:

    The corruption of this administration will take years to uncover and root out. If I were the next POTUS, I would honestly create a commission to investigate the Obama administration. The resulting revelations and convictions would bury the Democratic party.

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  5. bunkerville says:

    Just when you think we cannot sink any lower…

  6. Joanna says:

    Bob,
    I agree with you…
    I have some friends , great people and they are UAW members…
    ohh for Pete’s sake…my ex is a UAW member… :)
    and the ‘fight’ always was about “what is fair”…???
    ….
    no, I am not going to repeat my conversations…
    (children might read this) :)
    but the point in all cases is not about an individual, is about the WHOLE COUNTRY!!!!
    I am willing to die for my Country just as many did to preserve the FREEDOM we all enjoy…
    ….is Micheal Moore willing to do the same for his theories?……
    …is obama?…
    ..Reid…
    Pelosi?….

    anyone …?….
    from the self proclaimed liberal righteousness?…..

  7. Cry and Howl says:

    Unionizing convicts. How in the world do these guys think of this stuff?

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