Welcome, Union Brothers and Sisters

Welcome, Union Brothers and Sisters

by Sarah Palin on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at 1:50am

In my speech on Saturday in Iowa, I said: “Between bailouts for Wall Street cronies and stimulus projects for union bosses’ security and ‘green energy’ giveaways, [Barack Obama] took care of his friends. And now they’re on course to raise a billion dollars for his re-election bid so that they can do it all over again.” This was shamefully on display yesterday at President Obama’s taxpayer-funded campaign rally in Detroit. In introducing the President, Teamsters President James Hoffa represented precisely what I was talking about as he declared war on concerned independent Americans and on the freshman members we sent to Congress last November by saying, “Let’s take these son-of-a-bitches out!”


What I say now, I say as a proud former union member and the wife, daughter, and sister of union members. So, as a former card-carrying IBEW sister married to a proud former Laborers, IBEW, and later USW member, please hear me out. What I have to say is for the hard working, patriotic, selfless union brothers and sisters in Michigan and throughout our country: Please don’t be taken in by union bosses’ thuggery like Jim Hoffa represented yesterday. Union bosses like this do not have your best interests at heart. What they care about is their own power and re-electing their friend Barack Obama so he will take care of them to the detriment of everyone else.


To the same degree Americans are concerned about irresponsible, greedy corporate execs who got cushy bonuses from taxpayer-funded bailouts, we should also be concerned about greedy union bosses who are willing to tank our economy just to protect their own power. As union history shows, power and greed corrupt. Just because you claim to represent union members doesn’t mean you are on the side of the angels. The greed of too many of these union bosses has all but destroyed the labor movement in this country, helped chase away our jobs, and is killing the American dream.


To see where this leads, look at what’s happening to the working class in our industrialized cities. These cities are going to hell in a hand basket thanks to corruption, crony capitalism, and the union bosses’ greed. The union bosses derive their power from your union dues and their promise to deliver your votes to whichever politician they’re in bed with. They get their power from you, and yet their actions ultimately hurt you. They’re chasing American industry offshore by making outrageous, economically illogical demands that they know will never work. And now that they’ve chased jobs out of union states, they’re trying to chase them out of right-to-work states like South Carolina, so eventually the jobs will leave America altogether. But these union bosses will still figure out a way to keep their gig, and so will their politically aligned corporate friends. As long as these big corporations have a good crony capitalist in the White House, they can rely on DC to bail them out until the whole system goes bankrupt, which, I am afraid, is not very far off. When big government, big business, and big union bosses collude together, they get government to maximize their own interests against those of the rest of the country.


So, now these union bosses are desperately trying to cast the grassroots Tea Party Movement as being “against the workingman.” How outrageously wrong this unapologetic Jim Hoffa is, for the people’s movement is the real movement for working class men and women. It’s rooted in real solidarity, and not special interests and corporate kickbacks. It represents the needed reform that will empower workers and job creators. We stand with the little guy against the corruption and influence peddling of those who collude to grease the wheels of government power.


This collusion is at the heart of Obama’s economic vision for America. In practice it is socialism for the very rich and the very poor, but a brutal form of capitalism for the rest of us. It is socialism for the very poor who are reduced to a degrading perpetual dependence on a near-bankrupt centralized government to provide their every need, while at the same time robbing them of that which brings fulfillment and success – the life-affirming pride that comes from taking responsibility for your own destiny and building a better life through self-initiative and work ethic. And Obama’s vision is socialism via crony capitalism for the very rich who continue to get bailouts, debt-ridden “stimulus” funds, and special favors that allow them to waive off or help draft the burdensome regulations that act as a boot on the neck to small business owners who don’t have the same friends in high places. And where does this collusion leave working class Americans and the small business owners who create 70% of the jobs in this country? Out in the cold. It’s you and your children who are left paying for the cronyism of Obama and our permanent political class in DC.


Ask yourself if the folks you heard demonize concerned, independent Americans yesterday really speak for the working class when they’re all too happy to burden your families with the bill to bail out the President’s friends on Wall Street.


We should not forget that for all his lofty rhetoric, President Obama is a Chicago politician. Graft, cronyism, and quid pro quo are the well-known methods of an infamous Chicago political machine, of which Barack Obama emerged. This corruption isn’t just the result of a few bad apples. It’s the nature of a skewed system that’s typical of one not allowing a level playing field. If one desires opportunity for all, then the only solution is sudden and relentless reform. I know of what I speak. I too served in public office in a state that had a corruption problem. The difference is that I fought the corrupt political machine. Barack Obama used the machine in his state to advance. He never challenged it. And he’s evidently brought the same Chicago “pay-to-play” practices to the White House.


It’s sad to see much of the labor movement fall lock step behind a President whom Hoffa calls upon to partner in “waging war” against patriotic Americans. I will never forget that as a governor, in trying to be a friend to the working men and women in our unions, I gave a speech on August 27, 2008, at the annual AFL-CIO meeting in Anchorage. There, union members humbled me with a standing ovation for fighting the corruption in Alaska and for bringing parties together for progress on energy development projects. Then just two days later I landed on the national stage as John McCain’s running mate, and the union leadership turned on me from that day forward even though I had not changed one iota in my plans, principles, vision, and commitment to jobs for working class Americans. The only difference was I was challenging the politician the union bosses were committed to electing. It was almost comical, this lesson learned with their new spots revealed so quickly.


Recently someone commented: “I’m a union member. I’ve been a Democrat all my life. Now I’ll vote for anyone with a plan to save America.” I know what that person is feeling. I want all good union brothers and sisters to know that there is an alternative. The grassroots, independent Tea Party Movement articulates a real alternative rooted in free men and free markets, not the cronyism of Barack Obama and the permanent political class in DC. Their cronyism is why we have no job growth, massive unsustainable debt, and a housing market in the tank. Too many politicians are simply addressing the economic symptoms instead of fighting the underlying disease. The path forward is through reform. On Saturday, I outlined some ideas about that reform, and I will continue to do so.


In the meantime, good union brothers and sisters, don’t let Hoffa tell you what to do. He doesn’t represent the real interests of working men and women. He’s not doing you any favors. He’s just living off your paychecks.


– Sarah Palin

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Look For The Union Libel

Look For The Union Libel

Phil Boehmke

He may not be the future former president’s most frequent White House visitor (that would be the SEIU’s Andy Stern), but AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is one of Obama’s most loyal comrades. Echoing the party line during a toxic speech at Harvard on Wednesday night.

Trumka described “radio voices” as “forces of hate” for creating an us-versus-them mentality that can divide the country and hinder enacting economic policies to fix the economy.
“There are forces in our country that are working hard to convert justifiable anger about an economy that only seems to work for a few of us into racist and homophobic hate and violence directed at our President and heroes like Congressman John Lewis,” he told an audience at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. “Most of all these forces of hate seek to divide working people-to turn our anger against each other.”
Mr. Trumka fired up the partisan crowd by putting his proletariat pleasing stamp on the Obama talking points for the ongoing campaign against freedom. Trumka was following the party play book by labeling the patriots of the Tea Party Movement, conservative talk radio and all opponents of tyranny as racists and homophobes.
During the Q&A that followed Trumka’s baseless attack on free thinking Americans, Andrew Breitbart spoke up for us all by reminding the AFL-CIO strongman that no actual evidence of the alleged racist incident prior to the vote on ObamaCare had been presented, in spite of his personal $100,000 offer for any such evidence. The union boss responded that.
…he himself had seen the events in question. “I watched them spit at people, I watched then call John Lewis the n-word,” Trumka said. “I witnessed it, I witnessed it. I saw it in person. That’s real evidence.”
And yet somehow the incident in question was not captured on any of the numerous video cameras or cell phones. In spite of the best efforts of the Democrats to provoke an incident for the cameras and their fellow travelers in the MSM, no physical evidence was produced. Even John Lewis himself has since backed off his previous claims about the incident in question.
With regard to Trumka’s applying the union label of hate and violence to those of us who dare stand up to the leftist assault on liberty and our American way of life, we should consider the source of these allegations. The National Right To Work Legal Defense Foundation Inc. reports that during Trumka’s tenure as President of the United Mine Workers.
1989 UMW strike against Pittston Coal – Virginia Circuit Court Judge Donald McGlothlin Jr. declared that “the evidence show beyond any shadow of a doubt that violent activities are being organized, orchestrated and encouraged by the leadership of this union.”
Unanimous Virginia Supreme Court reinforced Judge McGlothlin’s findings: “Union officials took active roles in these unlawful activities. Notwithstanding the large fines, the Union never represented to the court that it regretted or intended to cease its lawless actions. To the contrary, the utter defiance of the rule of law continued unabated.”
1993 UMW strike against Peabody Coal–Eddie York, a 39 year old non-union worker, “was shot in the back of the head and killed” leaving a job in Logan County, West Virginia.
In a detailed account of the York murder and subsequent investigation, Reader’s Digest noted that “UMW President Richard Trumka did not publicly discipline or reprimand a single striker present when York was killed. In fact, all eight were helped out financially by the local.” [emphases added]
Maybe Mr. Trumka has forgotten about these and numerous other incidents which the casual observer might interpret as being hateful or violent. His urging of union members to “kick the (expletive) out of every last one of ‘em,” (regarding workers who crossed the picket line) certainly sums up Boss Trumka’s philosophy of conflict resolution.
With the recess appointment of SEIU lawyer Craig Becker to the NLRB, we have edged ever nearer to organized labor’s unholy grail of “card check.” With people like Richard Trumka and Andy Stern in control of the unions and the Obama-Reid-Pelosi crew running roughshod over the federal government is it any wonder that we are angry? Is it any wonder that the Tea Party Movement is gathering steam?
Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have.
 – Ronald Reagan

SEIU Forms Its Own Political Party

SEIU Forms Its Own Political Party

April 9th, 2010 Posted By Pat Dollard.


Who Runs Gov:

In a shot across the bow of Dems, the labor powerhouse SEIU is starting a new third party in North Carolina that hopes to field its own slate of candidates, part of an effort to make the Democratic Party more reliable on issues important to labor, I’m told.

SEIU officials setting up the new party, called North Carolina First, are currently on the ground collecting signatures to qualify as a state party, SEIU officials tell me, adding that there are around 100 canvassers on the ground right now. The goal: To have the party up and running so candidates can run in this fall’s elections.

It won’t be lost on political observers that three House Dems who voted No on reform are from the state: Heath Shuler, Mike McIntyre, and Larry Kissell.

The new project is an outgrowth of SEIU’s earlier vow to hold House Dems accountable for voting against heatlh reform and against labor’s interests in general. That said, presuming the party qualifies at all, it remains to be seen how much clout it will wield.

For instance, it’s unclear which districts the party might field a candidate in, and what the criteria for picking those districts will be. A lot of these things will be determined by availability of candidates and other local political concerns.

It’s also unclear what kind of cash SEIU national will put into this effort — which will also include SEANC, the state employees’ union — and what this will do to relations between labor and the national Dem establishment. But this challenge appears to be a serious experiment in reshaping the landscape of Democratic politics, and it bears watching.

Talking Points Memo:

It seems organized labor is no longer content to leave its political fortunes in the hands of its traditional ally, the Democratic Party. The SEIU announced today that the it’s launching its own political party in North Carolina, and it plans to to field candidates on the ballot this fall.

Union officials have threatened to take on Democrats who voted against health care reform in the past, but the usual tactic has been to endorse a Democratic primary challenger. But in North Carolina — home to several Democratic Representatives who voted against the bill — the SEIU says it will field candidates in the general election as part of what the what the group is calling the North Carolina First party.

“Families need a better choice, a better party – not just for health care, but for job creation and keeping bankers and corporations in check,” party spokesperson Chuck Stone said in a statement.

SEIU — and its local affiliate in North Carolina, SEANC — say that they have more than 100 people on the ground actively gathering the 85,000 signatures necessary to become a recognized political party in North Carolina with a ballot line.

But as Greg Sargent, who first reported the news, writes, the seriousness of the effort is still somewhat in doubt.

“[P]resuming the party qualifies at all, it remains to be seen how much clout it will wield,” Sargent writes. “For instance, it’s unclear which districts the party might field a candidate in, and what the criteria for picking those districts will be. A lot of these things will be determined by availability of candidates and other local political concerns.”

Shocking News – Big Labor Implicated In Blagojevich Arrest

Shocking News – Big Labor Implicated In Blagojevich Arrest

“Charlotte Cronin, Executive Director of Family Support Network of Illinois, a Peoria-based advocacy group for the developmentally disabled, confirmed that union organizers knocked on doors this past summer, and that some relatives of the disabled found them ‘overly persistent.’  She said the union, which she believed to be the SEIU, was able to get home addresses because they are a matter of public record.” 

Thus reported the Wall Street Journal this week, in a story regarding arrested Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. 

Ms. Cronin’s experience serves as a chilling harbinger to Americans as the incoming Obama administration and Pelosi/Reid Congress prepare to pass such pro-union legislation as undemocratic card-check, dishonestly entitled the “Employee Free Choice Act.”  That proposed law, which serves as a payback to Big Labor for its enormous political contributions, literally eliminates the secret ballot during union elections, and would open the door to the very type of thuggery and intimidation described above by Ms. Cronin. 

After all, if union organizers were merely “overly persistent” when approaching relatives of disabled patients, just imagine how menacingly they’ll behave while approaching employees to not-so-subtly “encourage” them to sign cards favoring unionization. 

In this particular instance, however, the union organizers’ troubling behavior relates not to a routine organizing campaign, but rather the distasteful saga of Governor Blagojevich. 

According to the federal indictment, Blagojevich allegedly suggested a pay-for-play agreement with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the nation’s fastest-growing labor group.  Under the alleged proposal, he would receive a posh position within the SEIU following his term as Governor in exchange for filling the open Senate seat of President-Elect Barack Obama with someone especially friendly to the organization. 

Additionally, just before Governor Blagojevich was arrested last week on conspiracy charges, he planned to issue an executive order allowing unions to organize Illinois state employees providing home care for the developmentally disabled.  Federal labor laws typically don’t apply to those state workers, so Governor Blagojevich signed a similar order in 2003. 

Obviously, this episode raises more questions about the SEIU, and Big Labor generally. 

For example, Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano has also prepared a similar executive order, which one state legislator has described as a “hit-and-run” favor to Big Labor, as she leaves office to serve as Department of Homeland Security Secretary for President Obama.  Under her midnight order, over 25,000 state employees will suddenly be entitled to appoint union representatives with “meet-and-confer” authority with state officials.  The order also mandates that the new union representatives be allowed to meet on a quarterly basis with state agency chiefs under three dozen cabinet agencies. 

Understandably, Arizona officials immediately wondered whether this also constituted a form of payback to Big Labor, especially since the SEIU immediately applauded the decision in an official announcement.  As reported by The Arizona Republic, the “SEIU has consulted with the Governor’s office on the development of the executive order, and is among the unions that would look to represent state employees.” 

As noted by State Representative John Kavanagh, “if she thought it was needed, she should have done it six years ago, not as she’s jogging out the door.  Now, she’s going to create a labor policy that we’ll have to deal with long after she’s gone.” 

These examples reflect a larger national phenomenon in which Big Labor expects reward for its support of Obama and successful Democratic candidates across the country.  As reported by Fred Lucas of CNSNews.com, the SEIU’s political action committee spent over $27 million on behalf of Obama’s campaign, and the union’s website states that members “knocked on 1.87 million doors, made 4.4 million phone calls, registered 85,914 voters and sent more than 2.5 million pieces of mail in support of Obama.” 

And as it concerns Governor Blagojevich, the SEIU was his largest contributor, giving more than $1.8 million to his campaigns.  Although the SEIU has not been accused of any wrongdoing in the Blagojevich scandal, troubling questions obviously remain. 

At the very least, the issue of union payback is something about which Americans must be wary as they wonder how the Pelosi/Reid Congress and President Obama could possibly push so hard for laws that so fundamentally contradict our democratic ideals.