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Ohio Business Owner Shot For Being Non-Union

Posted by iusbvision on August 16, 2011

If you are non-union or in a large metro area getting armed and trained is becoming more prudent.

Our friends at Red State report:

With around 25 employees, John King owns one of the largest non-union electrical contracting businesses in the Toledo, Ohio area. As a non-union contractor, his business happens to be doing well at a time when unions in the construction industry are suffering. This, it seems, has made the usual animosity unions have for him even greater, making him a prime target of union thugs. So much so, that one of them tried to kill him last week at his home.

John King didn’t plan on being an enemy of unions. In fact, he says all he’s ever wanted to do is work at something he loves doing and be successful at it—something that most normal Americans would call ‘The American Dream.’

After high school and some college, Mr. King briefly worked for an IBEW contractor before being drafted into the military. Following his service in the early 70s, King became his own boss by going into business as the youngest electrical contractor in Toledo.

Over the years, King Electrical Services had always been a small business. However, during the Great Recession, King’s business has actually improved as his union competitors have priced themselves out of work.

Unfortunately, being a non-union electrical company, King has always been on the radar of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). In fact, in 2006, he won a significant case against the IBEW at the US Court of Appeals, after the union had improperly promised his electricians jobs on union sites if they voted the union into King’s company.

Since he’s been in business, in addition to the legal battles and verbal abuse, King’s company has been vandalized and threatened on numerous occasions.

“Back then, it was nothing to have to regularly buy a new set of tires.” King said during a telephone interview on Tuesday. “The ice pick was the weapon of choice.”

Until Wednesday, the worst of the union attacks on King and his business came in the mid-eighties during the UAW strike at AP Parts. During a lull during the lengthy strike, King’s business was picketed by more than 50 IBEW picketers. This was at a time when he only had eight or nine employees. One of his employees, whose car was trashed by the union picketers, was also beaten up by IBEW thugs.

Unfortunately, the vandalism has never stopped. This year alone, he’s had to report three incidents of damage to police. This doesn’t include the incidents of stalking he and his men have to go through while they’re working.

In one incident earlier this year, rocks were thrown through the front windows of his shop, one of which had the word “kill” written on it.

Last Wednesday, however, the attacks on Mr. King became much more serious when he was awakened late in the evening at his home in Monroe County, Michigan and saw that the motion lights in his driveway had come on.  When he looked out his front window, he saw a figure near his SUV and went outside.

As soon as he got outside his front door, King yelled at the individual who was crouched down by King’s vehicle. As soon as King yelled, the suspect stood and, without hesitation, fired a shot at Mr. King.

 

Read More at Red State.

News clip from WTOL11

 

 

 

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Union whistleblowers: We were beaten and harassed after they accused bosses of looting

Posted by iusbvision on June 21, 2011

This is not the first time we have seen corruption from the Communication Workers of America. This is also not the first report of threats and beatings. I know a person who is a member of CWA. They went on strike shortly before the 2004 election and the union said it had no money for striker pay, but had given millions of dollars to multibillionaire John Kerry.

New York Daily News:

Sebastian Taravella and Salvatore DiStefano are among several phone company employees who claim they were beaten or threatened.

 

Unionized phone company employees say they were beaten or threatened after they accused their labor bosses of looting their coffers through various scams.

One member of Communications Workers of America Local 1101 said that after he reported a time-sheet padding scheme, a thug beat him so badly his spine was injured.

Another says he found a dead rat in his locker, while a third said a union officer warned that suspected informants should be brought off company property and “taken care of.”

The threats come to light as the U.S. Labor Department is probing charges that union bosses lined their pockets at the rank-and-file’s expense.

Accusations include an unauthorized 401(k) plan union officers gave themselves funded with members’ dues, along with hefty weekly allowances, lavish expense accounts and six-figure salaries, union documents show.

The feds are also looking into allegations that double-dipping union bosses illegally received pay from Verizon and the local for the same hours, sources said.

“This was union greed and that’s worse than corporate greed,” said Kevin Condy, a reform movement leader of the 6,700-member local that represents mostly Verizon workers in Manhattan and the Bronx. “These guys acted like they felt they were entitled.”

And, some members charge, the bosses retaliated when threatened with exposure.

In August, business agent Patrick Gibbons said he received death threats and his office was vandalized after he complained that union bosses were misappropriating cash.

“They were warning me that if I continue to complain about their finances, they would have me killed,” Gibbons wrote in an open letter to union members.

Six months earlier, Verizon heavy equipment operators Salvatore DiStefano and Sebastian Taravella sued the local in Brooklyn Federal Court.

They said they were harassed after telling Verizon security officials a manager allowed workers to leave early but claim a full day’s pay – as long as they completed a quota of assigned jobs.

DiStefano told the Daily News he was “attacked by a union thug” as he started the morning shift at a Verizon garage in the Bronx in April 2009. “He pounded me with his fists, he spit on me, he choked me and threw me down to the floor,” he said.

DiStefano said he suffered two herniated discs and had knee problems that required surgery. He got workers’ compensation as a result, records show.

Taravella said a dead rat was put in his locker with “a note tied to his tail” that said “Rest in Peace, Sebbie.”

The incidents came after a local vice president purportedly told members at a meeting, “We have to deal with these spies on a personal level, like take them … off the company property and off company time and take care of them,” the suit charged.

Taravella still works at Empire City Subway, a Verizon subsidiary; DiStefano was fired in July 2009 for “violation of the business code of conduct.”

Verizon officials declined to comment except to say they’d given probers “a small amount of payroll information.”

Lots of padding

A financial monitor hired by the union’s national last month uncovered “highly questionable practices” by local union bosses, including:

Setting up a 401(k) plan for themselves to which members contributed a percentage of their dues, totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars. The national union halted the perk in March.

Establishing a weekly $225 no-receipts-required expense allowance that added $11,700 annually to the paychecks of each officer and board member. The national also stopped this in March.

Expensing meal tabs averaging $225 a person at an Atlantic City meeting and $600-a-night hotel charges in Las Vegas.

Spending up to $37,000 a year in car service bills while also charging for their own cars.

“We’ve turned over everything we’ve come across in our investigation to the Labor Department,” said national CWA secretary-treasurer Jeff Rechenbach.

That included a phone call in which Local 1101 president Joseph Connolly discussed double-dipping with a union vice president, Rechenbach said.

Connolly, whose base salary is $170,000, did not return calls for comment. The Labor Department would not comment.

 

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Judicial Watch: Obama Administration Channeling Tax Dollars to La Raza

Posted by iusbvision on June 21, 2011

La Raza means “The Race”. La Raza calls for communist revolution in the United States, wants much of the Western United States given to Mexico (they call it Aztlan), and are so racist that they are often referred to as “The Klan with a tan”; what would one expect from a group that calls itself “the race”?

Judicial Watch:

A Judicial Watch investigation reveals that federal funding for a Mexican La Raza group that for years has raked in millions of taxpayer dollars has skyrocketed since one of its top officials got a job in the Obama White House.

The influential and politically-connected National Council of La Raza (NCLR) has long benefitted from Uncle Sam’s largess but the group has made a killing since Obama hired its senior vice president (Cecilia Muñoz) in 2009 to be his director of intergovernmental affairs.

Ignored by the mainstream media, Judicial Watch covered the appointment because the president issued a special “ethics waiver” to bring Muñoz aboard since it violated his own lobbyist ban. At the pro illegal immigration NCLR, Muñoz supervised all legislative and advocacy activities on the state and local levels and she was heavily involved in the congressional immigration battles that took place in the George W. Bush Administration.

She also brought in a steady flow of government cash that’s allowed the Washington D.C.-based group to expand nationwide and promote its leftist, open-borders agenda via a network of community organizations dedicated to serving Latinos. Among them are a variety of local groups that provide social services, housing counseling and farm worker assistance as well as publicly-funded charter schools that promote radical Chicano curriculums. Judicial Watch published a special report on this a few years ago.

This week a JW probe has uncovered details of the alarming increase in federal funding that these NCLR groups have received since Muñoz joined the Obama Administration. In fact, the government cash more than doubled the year Muñoz joined the White House, from $4.1 million to $11 million.

Not surprisingly, a big chunk of the money (60%) came from the Department of Labor, which is headed by a former Californiacongresswoman (Hilda Solis) with close ties to the La Raza movement. Since Obama named her Labor Secretary, Solis has launched a nationwide campaign to protect illegal immigrant workers in theU.S. Just this week Solis penned declarations withGuatemala andNicaragua to preserve the rights of their migrants.

The NCLR also received additional taxpayer dollars from other federal agencies in 2010, the JW probe found. The Department of Housing and Urban Development doled out $2.5 million for housing counseling, the Department of Education contributed nearly $800,000 and the Centers for Disease Control a quarter of a million.

Additionally, NCLR affiliates nationwide raked in tens of millions of government grant and recovery dollars last year thanks to the Muñoz factor. An offshoot called Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC) saw its federal funding nearly double to $18.3 million following Muñoz’ appointment.

A social service and legal assistance organization (Ayuda Inc.) that didn’t receive any federal funding between 2005 and 2008 got $600,000 in 2009 and $548,000 in 2010 from the Department of Justice. The group provides immigration law services and guarantees confidentiality to assure illegal aliens that they won’t be reported to authorities.

Related: The speech below was at a La Raza event in Los Angeles

High School Teacher Calls For Racist Communist Revolution Against U.S. Government. Praises Murderous Dictator Hugo Chavez.

May 08, 2010 — ”Where we now stand is stolen, occupied Mexico”…La Raza rally at UCLA….More gems: ‘Communist Revolution’, ‘Frail, racist white people’, ‘La Raza’ (the Race), Fidel Castro, ‘Northern Front of Latin Revolution’…”40 million…revolutionaries…in the belly of the beast”. “Our enemy is Capitalism and Imperialism”. Sedition anyone?
Sanchee H.S. history teacher Ron Gochez, La Raza Rally at UCLA

Here is his H.S. Let them know what you think of his comments:
http://www.santeefalcons.org/
Phone: (213) 763-1000
Los Angeles Unified School District
Tel: 213-241-7000
superintendent@lausd.net
Los Angeles Board of Education:
Tel: 213-241-6389
Email: steve.zimmer@lausd.net

“We are revolutionary Mexican organization here. We understand that this is not just about Mexico. Its about a global struggle against imperialism and capitalism At the forefront of this revolutionary movement is La Raza. We will no longer fall for these lies called borders. We see America as a northern front of a revolutionary movement Our enemy is capitalism and imperialism.”

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Gov. Christie: Government Union Spent $6 million in TV Ads Motivating People to Hate

Posted by iusbvision on June 12, 2011

Six million in less than three months…

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Sleaze: Far Left Union Protesters Disrupt Special Olympics Ceremony

Posted by iusbvision on June 9, 2011

These are your government unions in action folks. This includes unionized public school teachers. This is how good their judgment is.

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Extortion and Threats: Put union propaganda in your window or else.

Posted by iusbvision on April 1, 2011

http://www.unitedtaxpayers.com/latest-headlines/afscme-boycott-leads-to-300-increase-in-sales-lol/

Threats and boycott of small business by union leadership leads to 300% sales increase. Rank and file members of AFSCME stop by to apologize for their leadership’s idiocy:

UNION GROVE – Local union members apologized to business owners Thursday after hearing union leadership threatened to boycott businesses.

The stunning development happened late Thursday afternoon at Village Dollar, where members with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees showed their support to businesses that were targeted.

It all started after Dawn Bobo, owner of Village Dollar in Union Grove, refused to put up a sign supporting AFSCME.

The public union is against Governor Scott Walker’s plan to take away most collective bargaining rights for its members.

Bobo didn’t want to take sides, fearing she would offend customers.

“I have customers from all walks of life, “she said. “In a tough economy you need everyone here.”

But apparently that wasn’t good enough for AFSCME Union Rep. Jim Parrett, who sent her a letter that reads in part:

“We’d ask that you reconsider taking a sign and stance to support public employees in this community. Failure to do so will leave us no choice but do a public boycott of your business.”

“It rubbed me the wrong way,” said customer John Charnon.

He and other customers drove out of their way to shop at Village Dollar Thursday. According to Bobo, business tripled because of it.

Even some local AFSCME union members called the threats “thuggish”.

“The statements and threats made by Jim Parrett do not represent everyone in the local, we didn’t support it,” said Paul Baumester, a member of AFSCME, Local 3777.

He and several other union members shook hands with Bobo Thursday afternoon and apologized to her and other businesses for the threats. They claim they were never consulted about the letters.

Baumester says he’s still against Governor Walker’s budget proposals, but he believes the threats are exactly the wrong thing to do.

“Right when we think we might be making some headway here, we lose ground in the public eye,” he said.

We made several attempts to contact Parrett by phone, but an operator said his voice mail box was full.

And now thanks to his letter, so is Bobo’s dollar store, which now has a sign of its own in the window. It reads, “We support Union Grove, not bully tactics.”

“I want them to have the rights they’re entitled to, but they are not entitled to take mine away,” said Bobo when talking about AFSCME.

 

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Target suing “gay rights” group for harassing customers – A PR lesson.

Posted by iusbvision on March 25, 2011

This is a lesson that everyone should learn. You cannot placate or satisfy the radical left. If you give in to them just a little, they will move the goal post continually and as long as demonizing you yields results they will continue to do so.

The radical leftist group objects because Target gave a pro-business lobby a small donation, that lobby gives some money to Republicans, some of which oppose gay marriage. The homosexual angle is just that, an angle. These people are anti-capitalist and will keep up their harassment until forced to stop, Target closes, or they realize it is not in their interests to stay.

Target first started giving in by making new “pro-gay” policies etc etc. Look at what it has gotten them. This isn’t about gay policy, this is about money and anti-capitalism. So now Target has crossed its “Amy Grant” customer base that it had courted for many years and still the gay leftist group trashes them.

[Editor’s Note – Valuable Lesson: Once you are targeted in the culture war, or you participate in it as Target did with their Amy Grant ads, you had better stake out your territory, stick to it and not waffle or you WILL lose support with all sides. If Target had made it clear that this pressure group would receive no quarter they could appeal to its cultural advertising base for support and would have gotten it. Now Target has put off both sides. Target’s old cultural ad base now believes Target’s traditional cultural appeal was just an insincere gimmick.]

The best way to deal with groups like this is to make them talk to the hand, and if they use union thug tactics you have to go on the offense.

When Jesse Jackson, CAIR and other leftist shakedown artists targeted radio stations to try and silence talk radio, talk host Jim Quinn had a very effective strategy. No meetings, keep them off your property and don’t respond to them. Pretend that they do not exist other than occasionally saying on the air that you know what these groups are all about. Several groups and companies have used this tactic and it works. It works because Jesse Jackson, CAIR and other pressure groups do not want it known that they are ineffective. So in cases when they are ineffective they go away quietly after a time.

Target is getting no quarter because they showed signs of giving in and actually communicated with these people in an attempt to placate them. These pressure groups on the left are predatory. Once they get blood they will keep coming back for more.

I suggest that every PR director or information officer read the book SHAKEDOWN by Ken Timmerman (a man who I have had the pleasure of meeting).

Speaking of Jesse Jackson, Benton Harbor, Michigan had riot trouble a few years ago and Jackson was able to calm the situation down. Do you know why he calmed it instead of fanning the flames for the press? Jesse Jackson went to Whirlpool Corp and made it very clear that he would use those crowds and march against Whirlpool if they did not present his group “Rainbow Push” a nice fat six figure check. Jackson was aware that Whirlpool was outsourcing and flying in foreign workers to replace local Americans in a town that had the highest unemployment in Michigan. It would not have gone over well for Whirlpool if they had resisted. I know this because I worked at Whirlpool at the time and had regular access to many of the top people there (and for the record I thought their employment practices were offensive too).

Via AP/The Blaze:

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Target Corp. is suing a San Diego pro-gay marriage group to get it to stop canvassing outside its San Diego County stores, alleging its activists are driving away customers.

Rights advocates say the trial between Target and Canvass For A Cause that begins Friday could further strain relations with the gay and lesbian community after controversy over its $150,000 donation to a business group backing a Minnesota Republican candidate opposed to gay marriage.

Minnesota-based Target insists it remains committed to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and its lawsuit has nothing to do with the political agenda of the organization.

“Our legal action was in no way related to the cause of the organization and was done so to be consistent with our long-standing policy of providing a by not permitting solicitors at our stores,” the company said in a statement sent to The Associated Press.

Target says it has taken similar action against a number of organizations representing a variety of causes. It alleges in the lawsuit that the San Diego group‘s activists harass customers by cornering them near its stores’ front entrances and debating with them about their views on gay marriage.

The group says it canvasses at shopping malls, college campus and stores like Target to collect signatures and donations in support of gay marriage.

The corporation says at least eight Target stores in the area have reported receiving more than a dozen complaints daily since canvassers started working outside their stores in October 2010. Target says the activists have refused to leave when asked politely and shown the company’s policy prohibiting “expressive activity” on its property.

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Gov. Chris Christie To Public Sector Union Worker: We Can’t Afford To Pay Ninety Percent Of Your Health Care Anymore

Posted by iusbvision on March 24, 2011

Rush Limbaugh comments as well. This is a must see.

“The top 1% of income payers pay 41% of all state income tax. We already have the highest taxes in America and the neighbor who lives next door to you who works in the private sector, is already paying much more for his health care than you are for yours and they are paying the taxes to pay for yours on top of it.”

Christie didn’t even mention that public sector employees tend to make much more than those in the private sector as well. The simple truth is that government employees have been pretty much shielded from the pain of this recession. They have been promised pay and benefits by Democrats who left office years ago that government just cant afford and they knew it.

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Leftist conference of unions, students, legislators and leftist community groups: How we will disrupt capital and create economic uncertainty. How we can create a new financial crisis, bring down the stock market….

Posted by iusbvision on March 22, 2011

UPDATE  – Steven Lerner, the man in the video overtly plotting a new economic crisis, has visited the White House four times as well as the Treasury Department!!!

Steve Lerner SEIU

Watch this video:

Longer tape of this conversation:

Transcript and full article at Business Insider:

CAUGHT ON TAPE: Former SEIU Official Reveals Secret Plan To Destroy JP Morgan, Crash The Stock Market, And Redistribute Wealth In America

A former official of one of the country’s most-powerful unions, SEIU, has a secret plan to “destabilize” the country.

The plan is designed to destroy JP Morgan, nuke the stock market, and weaken Wall Street’s grip on power, thus creating the conditions necessary for a redistribution of wealth and a change in government.

The former SEIU official, Stephen Lerner, spoke in a closed session at a Pace University forum last weekend.

UPDATE I – Glenn Beck: This is a clear case of economic terrorism – LINK.

UPDATE II – SEIU sued under RICO statute (Via The Blaze):

Cockroaches, bugs, mold, and flies. These are just some of the props and rumors allegedly employed by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) against the American unit of French catering company Sodexo. And the company’s had enough.

Fed up with tactics that include intimidation, extortion, and yes, sabotage that apparently includes plastic cockroaches, Sodexo filed a lawsuit against the SEIU last week under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.

“We work constructively with unions every day but the SEIU has crossed the line by breaking the law,” Robert Stern, general counsel for Sodexo USA, said in a statement. “We will not tolerate the SEIU’s tactics any longer.”

SEIU has been fighting to represent 80,000 hourly Sodexo employees, which is above and beyond the 180,000 hourly employees who are already union members. The union regularly stages protests against the company to make its point, like this one last fall on the campus of George Mason University. The video alleges SEIU bused in protesters, who can be heard chanting, among other things, “As long as it takes, whatever it takes, we’ll be in your face!”

Sodexo’s complaint, filed in federal court in Alexandria, VA, alleges acts of SEIU blackmail, vandalism, trespass, harassment, and lobbying law violations designed to steer business away from, and harm, the company.

And just what exactly might those acts look like? Sodexo gives the details:

The complaint alleges that the SEIU, in face to face meetings, threatened Sodexo USA’s executives that it would harm Sodexo USA’s business unless they gave in to the union, and then carried out its threats through egregious behavior, including:

  • throwing plastic roaches onto food being served by Sodexo USA at a high profile event;
  • scaring hospital patients by insinuating that Sodexo USA food contained bugs, rat droppings, mold and flies;
  • lying to interfere with Sodexo USA business and sneaking into elementary schools to avoid security;
  • violating lobbying laws to steer business away from Sodexo USA, even at the risk of costing Sodexo USA employees their jobs; and
  • harassing Sodexo USA employees by threatening to accuse them of wrongdoing.

The complaint, filed in federal court in the Eastern District of Virginia, seeks an injunction against the SEIU and its locals and executives, as well as monetary damages to be determined by the court.

 

UPDATE III – Member of Congress to Attorney General Eric Holder – LINK.

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Ann Althouse vs Product of Wisconsin Schools

Posted by iusbvision on March 18, 2011

Wow.

Where do thousands of kids learn such nonsense in lock step. If I were a union rep I would blame the parents I imagine. Except where would the parents get everyone together to get so many thousands of kids to learn such uniform extremism?

Ann Althouse getting threats from far left thugs – LINK

20 Days of Left-Wing Thuggery in Wisconsin: When Will Obama, Democrats, and MSM Call for Civility? –LINK

 

Speaking of radicalized schools – look at what George Washington University paid for with “a generous donation”. Oh just a call for leftist revolution…

Via Campus Reform: Students from various colleges attended the Feminist Majority Foundation’s National Young Feminist Leadership Conference at The George Washington University. The conference was held March 12-13, 2011 and GWU supported the conference with a “generous donation.”

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Average Wages in Wisconsin, Comrades!

Posted by iusbvision on March 14, 2011

By Bob Schneider

The Wisconsin Taxpayers have been raped for a very long time:

2010 Wisconsin Teacher Actual Wages

 

AVERAGE WAGE AND BENEFITS (remember this is for about 9 months of work)

 

TEACHERS:

Milwaukee                   $86,297

Elmbrook                     $91,065

Germantown               $83,818

Hartland Arrwhd      $90,285     (highest paid teacher was $122,952-lowest was $64,942)

Men Falls                      $81,099

West Bend                    $82,153

Waukesha                    $92,902

Sussex                          $82,956

Mequon                       $95,297

Kettle Mor                  $87,676

Muskego                      $91,341

 

STAFF:

Arrowhead – Bus Mng – Kopecky –                                      $169,525

Arrowhead – Principal – Wieczorek –                                 $152,519

Grmtwn –  Asst Princ – Dave Towers –                                $123,222

Elmbrk  –  Burliegh Elemetary – Principal Zahn-           $142,315 (for a primary school!!)

Madison – Asst Principal – McGrath –                                $127,835

 

UNIVERSITY of WISCONSIN STAFF (2009 salary alone):

Michael Knetter – Prof of Bus  –                                      $327,828

Carolyn Martin – Chancellor Mad –                              $437,000

Hector Deluca – Prof of Nutritional Science –          $254,877 (really??)

(source: Madison.com -as the UW removed salaries from being posted online in 2007- why if they are so low?)

 

How about some other “public servant job” ???  What do they make?

 

Madison Garbage men (2009 salary only):

Garbageman, Mr. Nelson earned                        $159,258 in 2009, including $109,892 in overtime and other pay.

Garbageman, Greg Tatman, who earned         $125,598

7 Madison garbage men made over                  $100,000

30 Madison garbage men made over               $70,000

 

 

MILWAUKEE CITY BUS DRIVERS (salary only):

136 Drivers made more than         $70,000

54 Drivers made more than           $80,000

18 Drivers made more than           $90,000

8 Drivers made more than             $100,000

Top Driver made                                $117,000

(Source WTMJ)

 

(In contrast, the average private bus driver makes $9 to $13 an hour (about $20,000 yr) with no pension, or healthcare.)

Source of Data:  http://host.madison.com/

 

Bob Schneider served on Ronald Reagan’s National Security Council. He is a recognized expert on Middle Eastern policy and a respected consultant on international business, foreign affairs and politics. Schneider is also a humorist whose writings are popular among the politically savvy.

 

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Wisconsin Budget Battle Over. Republicans Win. Chaos in Madison. Updated Continually, Union Violence, Damage to Capitol.

Posted by iusbvision on March 10, 2011

[IUSB Vision Editor’s Note – Sometime down the road. A few months or a couple of years from now, these videos from recent weeks will be replayed in the elite media and attributed to the Tea Party.  I will bet lunch. Any takers? Our previous Wisconsin roundup post is HERE. ]

UPDATE March 28, 2011 – Fleebagger Democrats finally come home. It is about time.

 

 

The leftists react.

Democrats who left the state are having a fit. Just so you have story straight. The Democrats abandoned their constitutional duty to engage in unusual and illegal tactics to reverse the will of an election. So the GOP used a much less unusual and perfectly legal procedural tactic and oh no THAT is unfair the Democrats are claiming.

It seems to me that someone is upset because they got “out tacticaled” (I know it is not really a word but it sounded cute). They got “out-tacticaled” by a bunch of noobsauce Republican freshman.

If the unions are protesting for freedom, why do they want to strip people from having the right to choose to join one? IF they are what “democracy looks like” as they claim, why are unions pushing to take away worker’s right to a secret ballot?

The facts: 22 states and the federal government have far more restrictions on collective bargaining than what Wisconsin is proposing and Indiana has had the same thing since 2005. The world did not burn, the sky did not fall.


More:

Since when does a private organization (union) have a RIGHT to have a monopoly on govt labor/hiring? Aren’t monopolies bad?

When the govt union “negotiates” with a Dem governor it is not adversarial, and as a result “the man” becomes the tax payer. Make no mistake, it IS the taxpayer unions are protesting.

Democrats have promised the govt unions the moon for those big donations and leave a future governor holding the bag to pay the bill.

Gov Christie in New Jersey went to the union halls and told them the truth, [paraphrasing] “The guys before me who promised you all this stuff lied to you, they knew we couldnt afford it. Don’t boo me, I am the first guy who is telling you the truth, but if we reform it now we can get you more than if the system crashes” – Video –

Talk to the voters like adults. really they can take it. You just have to make the case.

UPDATE I – Governor Walker Speaks in WSJ – LINK

While it might be a bold political move, the changes are modest. We ask government workers to make a 5.8% contribution to their pensions and a 12.6% contribution to their health-insurance premium, both of which are well below what other workers pay for benefits. Our plan calls for Wisconsin state workers to contribute half of what federal employees pay for their health-insurance premiums. (It’s also worth noting that most federal workers don’t have collective bargaining for wages and benefits.)

For example, my brother works as a banquet manager at a hotel and occasionally works as a bartender. My sister-in-law works at a department store. They have two beautiful kids. They are a typical middle-class Wisconsin family. At the start of this debate, David reminded me that he pays nearly $800 per month for his family’s health-insurance premium and a modest 401(k) contribution. He said most workers in Wisconsin would love a deal like the one we are proposing.

The unions say they are ready to accept concessions, yet their actions speak louder than words. Over the past three weeks, local unions across the state have pursued contracts without new pension or health-insurance contributions. Their rhetoric does not match their record on this issue.

UPDATE II – Wisconsin Lawmakers Get Death Threats – Bomb Threats.  WTMJ:

Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your familes (SIC)
will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks. Please explain
to them that this is because if we get rid of you and your families then it
will save the rights of 300,000 people and also be able to close the deficit
that you have created. I hope you have a good time in hell. Read below for
more information on possible scenarios in which you will die.

WE want to make this perfectly clear. Because of your actions today and in
the past couple of weeks I and the group of people that are working with me
have decided that we’ve had enough. We feel that you and the people that
support the dictator have to die. We have tried many other ways of dealing
with your corruption but you have taken things too far and we will not stand
for it any longer. So, this is how it’s going to happen: I as well as many
others know where you and your family live, it’s a matter of public records.
We have all planned to assult (SIC) you by arriving at your house and putting a
nice little bullet in your head.

UPDATE III – Gateway Pundit

Protesters have penetrated the inner assembly hallways.  Assemblymen are trapped in their offices with their doors barricaded. Protesters are trying to break into their offices.

The Wisconsin fleebaggers are still hiding out in Illinois.

MORE… John Jagler, spokesman for Jeff Fitzgerald, on phone with Fox. They are trapped in his office.  Had to literally step over protesters outside his office.  Protesters waving signs.  Go limp when police lift them for removal.  They are pounding on glass and doors, jiggling locks.   They are “vowing to hold this ground”.

Wisconsin Capitol police just announced: “Capitol bldg is on lock-down until it is secured”.

UPDATE IV – Capitol is unsafe – LINK

MADISON – State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says the situation at the Capitol is “unsafe.”

Fitzgerald appeared on Newsradio 620 WTMJ’s Wisconsin’s Morning News.  He’s concerned about the ability for business to take place inside the Capitol.

“Law enforcement is doing the best they can, but they’re just undermanned,” Fitzgerald said.

Protesters forced their way into the Capitol following the senate vote Wednesday night.  Fitzgerald says many of those protesters had help getting into the building, claiming “When the Democrat staffers opened the windows for protesters to get in…that’s not how democracy is supposed to work.”

UPDATE VIndiana not Urbana!

Indiana legislators make a new song about fleebagger Democrats. On the left is our friend Tim Wesco. This is the only time you will see him on the left. Our pal Greg Dudeck comments, “Wesco has some good pipes.”

Listen to the lyrics carefully. Hilarious.

UPDATE VI Death threats – 

UPDATE VII – Presidential Candidate Herman Cain on Wisconsin

UPDATE VII – Police escorted legislators out of the capital due to threats.

UPDATE VIIIMegyn Kelly with Jesse Jackson – Democrats lied, Gov Walker did make concessions on expanding collective bargaining in other areas.

Notice how Jackson speaks in platitudes that could not stand 10 minutes of serious examination.

If this was a Tea Party protest Jackson would be saying,  “Awe look at these oppressed white folks. I would say poor but since even after this is passed they still have a sweetheart deal which leaves them paying less than half what others pay for their benefits and with wages that are much higher than the state average. Give me a break.”

UPDATE IXAnn Coulter vs Sean Hannity on how Gov Walker handled the PR Campaign.

Ann is right. If it wasn’t for some debate on Fox, talk radio, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and smarter politicians in other states, the Wisconsin GOP would have been destroyed in the public image much worse. Even if Gov. Walker would have someone of my profession to help him out he would have been much more effective. Heritage provided some great talking points which are accurate, so have many bloggers and yet very few of these are being used. There is no excuse for it. The GOP communications machine lets its constituency down repeatedly. The talking points I wrote would best any argument form the other side.

UPDATE XMore Death Threats Via Boots & Sabers

Found under Glenn Grothman’s office door today:

UPDATE XI – Andrew Klavan: Behold! Your Public Sector Unions at Work.

UPDATE XIIWisconsin House Passes Amended Bill.

UPDATE XIII – Indiana State House Worker Assaulted by Union Thugs

Adventures in the left’s “new civility”.  IndyChannel:

INDIANAPOLIS — A state worker told police she was assaulted by three men during Thursday’s union rally that brought thousands of people to the steps of the Statehouse.

The 33-year-old Department of Child Services employee said she was taking a smoke break at the west end of the Indiana Government Center South building just after 12:15 p.m. when she was approached by three men who asked her to use her electronic pass to let them in the building.

When she refused, directing them toward the public entrance, she said the men pushed her, causing her to fall backward, off the sidewalk, and hit her head.

The woman flagged down a Capitol police officer to report the assault. The officer said the woman had a bump on her head and that her clothes were muddied from where she fell onto the ground.

UPDATE XIV – Speaker Bosma Statement

I sincerely support the right of every Hoosier, and even their out of state colleagues, to appear at the Indiana Statehouse as they did today, and to have their say.  But the misrepresentation of the Republican proposals before the General Assembly – even by our Democrat colleagues – continues to amaze me.

No reasonably informed person can honestly state that our desire to transform public education is an effort to destroy it.  In fact, our hope is just the opposite – to make outstanding education options, whether public or private, available to every Hoosier family regardless of their income or zip code.

Likewise, no reasonably informed observer can honestly state that our proposals are designed to “eliminate the middle class” or drive workers to “the minimum wage for life.”  Our goal is just the opposite – to create high skill high wage jobs for every Hoosier worker, whether those jobs are union supported or non-union supported jobs.

This is the clear agenda House Republicans ran on in November, and this is what we continue to stand for today.  We will continue to advance these proposals at every opportunity, if only our Democrat colleagues will return from Illinois.

UPDATE XVHalf of Indianapolis protesters bussed in from out of state (Via Hoosier Access)

Here are the numbers reported by the Indiana State Police

Here are the states where the buses were from:

60 – Indiana

48 – Illinois

7 – Kentucky

2 – Michigan

1 – Florida

At its peak, law enforcement estimated 8,000 people.

UPDATE XVI – POLITIFACT: The MacIver Institute says average annual salary and benefits for Milwaukee Public Schools teachers tops $100,000 – TRUE!   LINK

UPDATE XVII –  Herman Cain on the courage of governors

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UPDATE XVIIIAyn Rand on “Collective Rights”

UPDATE XIVPamela Gorman – When You Watch MSNBC and it looks like there is a huge crowd of protesters…

UPDATE XV – NewsReal: Seven Child Molesters Protected by Teacher’s Unions  LINK

UPDATE XVIWTNJ: Businesses receiving threats from unions LINK.

UPDATE XVII – Iowa passes limits on collective bargainingLINK.

UPDATE XVIII – Conservatives Fight for Taxpayers with New Ad!

UPDATE XIX – O’Reilly Blasts Left for Death Threats & Elite Media for Ignoring It

UPDATE XX – Average Government Union Wages in Wisconsin, Comrades!

By Bob Schneider

The Wisconsin Taxpayers have been raped for a very long time:

2010 Wisconsin Teacher Actual Wages

AVERAGE WAGE AND BENEFITS (remember this is for about 9 months of work)

TEACHERS:

Milwaukee                   $86,297

Elmbrook                     $91,065

Germantown               $83,818

Hartland Arrwhd      $90,285     (highest paid teacher was $122,952-lowest was $64,942)

Men Falls                      $81,099

West Bend                    $82,153

Waukesha                    $92,902

Sussex                          $82,956

Mequon                       $95,297

Kettle Mor                  $87,676

Muskego                      $91,341

STAFF:

Arrowhead – Bus Mng – Kopecky –                                      $169,525

Arrowhead – Principal – Wieczorek –                                 $152,519

Grmtwn –  Asst Princ – Dave Towers –                                $123,222

Elmbrk  –  Burliegh Elemetary – Principal Zahn-           $142,315 (for a primary school!!)

Madison – Asst Principal – McGrath –                                $127,835

UNIVERSITY of WISCONSIN STAFF (2009 salary alone):

Michael Knetter – Prof of Bus  –                                      $327,828

Carolyn Martin – Chancellor Mad –                              $437,000

Hector Deluca – Prof of Nutritional Science –          $254,877 (really??)

(source: Madison.com -as the UW removed salaries from being posted online in 2007- why if they are so low?)

How about some other “public servant job” ???  What do they make?

Madison Garbage men (2009 salary only):

Garbageman, Mr. Nelson earned                        $159,258 in 2009, including $109,892 in overtime and other pay.

Garbageman, Greg Tatman, who earned         $125,598

7 Madison garbage men made over                  $100,000

30 Madison garbage men made over               $70,000

MILWAUKEE CITY BUS DRIVERS (salary only):

136 Drivers made more than         $70,000

54 Drivers made more than           $80,000

18 Drivers made more than           $90,000

8 Drivers made more than             $100,000

Top Driver made                                $117,000

(Source WTMJ)

(In contrast, the average private bus driver makes $9 to $13 an hour (about $20,000 yr) with no pension, or healthcare.)

Source of Data:  http://host.madison.com/

UPDATE XXI – The Oppressed Teachers Speak! – Teachers Union Leader Calls WI a Revolution, Wants To Learn From Socialists, Says Republicans Evil.. (See the chart above)

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AOL News Op-Ed: Elite Media Whitewashing Wisconsin’s Protests

Posted by iusbvision on March 9, 2011

AOL News:

For the past two weeks, the news media have been swarming over Madison, Wis., covering every detail of the public-sector union protests against Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget cuts, as well as other similar protests around the country.

If you’ve followed the mainstream press, you’ve seen lots of civil protests, lots of interviews with reasonable teachers, pictures of signs about the need for quality education.

But have they been giving viewers and readers the whole story? Not quite.

Here’s a sampling of what you likely missed:

Uncivil language

  • During the protests, there have been signs comparing Gov. Walker to Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Mubarak, even Satan. Some signs featured Walker’s face in crosshairs with the words “Don’t Retreat, Reload: Repeal Walker.” Another held a sign saying “Political Death to Tyrants.”Click here to see a gallery of signs(caution, several signs contain adult language).
  • On Feb. 22 in Boston, Rep. Michael Capuano, D-Mass., fired up a union crowd in front of the statehouse: “I’m proud to be here with people who understand that it’s more than just sending an e-mail to get you going. Every once [in] a while you need to get out on the streets and get a little bloody when necessary.”
  • In Rhode Island, a union supporter called a cameraman a derogatory term for a homosexual and threatened to have anal sex with him.
  • In Ohio, a union activist called tea party members “corporate butt-lickers” and Nazis.

Violence

  • Tabitha Hale of FreedomWorks was filming a union protest outside their offices in the nation’s capital Feb. 23 and was shoved to the ground by a middle-aged male activist wearing a T-shirt of the Communications Workers of America.
  • Fox News correspondent Mike Tobin said he was hit by pro-union protesters in Wisconsin amidst cries of “Fox News lies” from the crowd, which also tried to block the cameraman’s view of Tobin.

Not one of those outrages was apparently worthy of much in the way of news coverage.

For example, a Media Research Center study of 53 Wisconsin stories on ABC, CBS and NBC found that only eight stories visually featured signs comparing Gov. Walker to Hitler, or Mussolini, or Stalin, or Mubarak, or Satan. More incredibly, not a single network anchor or reporter addressed whether that kind of signage was civil or appropriate. And only Fox covered Capuano’s “get a little bloody” remark.

Now, compare this to how tea party protests have been covered, and you can see a glaring double standard at work.

These same media outlets spent two years obsessing over every over-the-top tea party sign and mere accusation of uncivil behavior.

Do you remember the claims that tea party activists intentionally spit on Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver (a charge he backed away from) and that tea partyers yelled the N-word at black congressmen (which no one could produce on video)? The mere accusation, the mere suggestion was enough for blanket network coverage.

Do you recall the endless parade of anti-tea-party stories after the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others in Tucson? All of them uniformly denounced Sarah Palin as if she encouraged the shooting. Palin put crosshairs on a congressional district, on the Internet. The Wisconsin protesters put Walker’s head in the crosshairs on posters. But Palin was the evil one, and the Wisconsin protesters got a free pass: No one denounced them.

Well, one uncivil action did break through the media blackout — when blogger Ian Murphy of the “Buffalo Beast” made a crank call to Gov. Walker pretending to be billionaire conservative philanthropist David Koch. But he was celebrated by the press.

On “The Early Show,” CBS reporter Dean Reynolds talked about how gullible the governor was. NBC News correspondent Michael Isikoff asserted that Murphy proved the union conspiracy theorists were right. CNN named Murphy “The Most Intriguing Person of the Day.”

None of these networks, it’s worth pointing out, mentioned that Murphy’s article on this prank call was titled “Koch Whore,” or that he’d in the past written such things as “If Rove is Bush’s brain, may the 43rd president be lobotomized before we string him up.”

Why would they, since that apparently wouldn’t fit the media’s preferred narrative that the pro-union protesters are, unlike tea partyers, champions of civility?

L. Brent Bozell III is president of the Media Research Center.

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Indianapolis School Board gives failed superintendent $1 million retirement.

Posted by iusbvision on March 4, 2011

$900.00 breakfasts and the list goes on….

 

Advance Indiana:

Indianapolis Graduation Rate Second Worst In The Nation

ONLY DETROIT’S GRADUATION RATE IS WORSE

Indianapolis officially scores the designation of having the second worst graduation rate among the nation’s 50 leading cities. “Seventeen of the nation’s 50 largest cities had high school graduation rates lower than 50 percent, with the lowest graduation rates reported in Detroit, Indianapolis and Cleveland, according to a report released Tuesday,” the AP’s Ken Thomas reports. Detroit finished last with a graduation rate of 24.9%. Indianapolis finished 49th with a 30.5% graduation rate, finishing just head of 48th-ranked Cleveland with a 34.1% graduation rate. Oh well, Mark Miles says our chances of winning the 2012 Super Bowl are real good. Why worry about a silly report like this?

 

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Government Union Collective Bargaining 101 – UPDATE O’Reilly: New York Times publishing bogus polls about unions and lying about the budget crisis

Posted by iusbvision on March 4, 2011

How government union collective bargaining works.

What FDR understood and what the left does not want you to figure out is that “The Man” is the taxpayer because with Democrats in charge government unions are essentially negotiating with themselves, it is not adversarial at all, and the politicians are not negotiating to preserve their own money, they are negotiating (wink wink, nod nod) with YOUR money.

More from the Heritage Foundation – HERE.

Rasmussen Poll: 71% Believe Government Workers Get Better Pensions Than Those In Private Sector – LINK.

NPR and PBS execs make more than the President! They are funded by taxpayers! – LINK.

UPDATE – New York Times publishing bogus polls about unions and lying about the budget crisis:

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IUSB’s own Talia Reed: Indiana Democrats Desert Their Duty

Posted by iusbvision on March 3, 2011

Note – Indiana is now fining missing Democrats $250 a day, Wisconsin is fining missing legislators $100 per day, both plan to bill them with expenses.

Talia Reed now holds elected office in Starke County.

Reed:

Talia Reed

Indiana needs jobs. We didn’t get them when the Democrats had control of the Indiana House in 2008 and so voters traded them in for a Republican leadership in 2010. And with that change of leadership, Republicans have for the most part, spent the first two months of the General Session doing the hard work of creating legislation that will establish an environment in our state to keep and attract business because Republicans know that it is business not government that creates jobs and wealth, and the only way for Hoosiers to have jobs and wealth is to have a business-friendly state. And in comparison to neighboring states such as Illinois, Indiana has been just that.

According to the October 2010 issue of Forbes Magazine, Indiana is first in the Midwest and tenth in the overall nation for lowest cost locations. And because Indiana has the common sense to pay its bills and keep government expenses filed down to match its tax revenue, we are one of only nine states in the nation to hold triple-A credit ratings from all three agencies (Standard & Poor’s, Fitch, and Moody’s).

Practicing common sense and keeping government at bay in order to boast as such is indeed hard work (even if only common sense) because of the incredible fight that ensues by the numerous supplicants who circle our state building seeking whose tax dollars they may devour. And standing up to such brute forces takes real guts and real leadership. But it is the path to prosperity.

We see no such guts nor leadership from the those Democrat Congressmen and women who fled the state for which they claim to serve and high-tail it to that neighboring state whose government surely sympathizes with them. You know which state that is—the one that raised taxes 66% during a lame duck session. The state that is more than $9 billion in debt and carries the worst pension debt in the nation. The one where President Barak Obama was schooled in politics, right next to disgraced Governor Rod Blagojevich. While meaningful bills have waited their turn in line, been refined through the committee process, and now deserve their day on the floor, most Democrats, including our own Nancy Dembowski, have chosen to seek sanctuary in this state of Illinois.

Abandoning ship to avoid a quorum is cowardly and irresponsible. Sometimes tough decisions have to be made, even if it means saying no to the unions whose demands taxpayers no longer want nor can afford. Sometimes it means saying no to the unions who contribute considerably to campaigns. Sometimes it means being the minority and not getting your way.

The loophole shenanigan isn’t a new tactic, nor is it a Democrat tactic. In fact, as Pat Bauer, the House Minority leader pointed out in a press conference, it’s one Abraham Lincoln used himself, jumping out of a window to avoid a quorum while he served in the Illinois State Legislature. However, what Pat Bauer left out was the fact that doing so was not something Lincoln was proud of. In fact, his biographer William H. Herndon called it something Lincoln, “always seemed willing to forget.”

It is time for Indiana’s government to stop acting like the government of those debt-ridden, unsustainable states that live from hand to mouth on unrealistic promises that can’t be met, and start acting like the responsible leaders we need and deserve.

Stop wasting our resources and get back to doing the business of the Indiana people.

 

Talia isn’t alone The Indy Star has had it as well:

Indy Star:

It becomes harder by the day to take Indiana House Democrats seriously. 

First, they went on strike to protest legislation they didn’t like — the so-called right-to-work bill. Then they fled the state, holing up in an Urbana, Ill., hotel, where they continue to draw paychecks courtesy of Indiana taxpayers but do no real work. 

And now, after Republicans gave in and agreed to pull the right-to- work legislation from the agenda, House Minority Leader Pat Bauer and his caucus have demanded that as many as 10 other bills be killed. Their demands are so absurd that they even included one bill that the General Assembly already has approved and sent to Gov. Mitch Daniels for his signature.

What’s next? Asking Daniels to personally deliver room service?

Whatever arguments House Democrats had going for them, principally that Republicans had sprung the right-to-work legislation on Hoosiers by surprise, they’ve now squandered.

No matter how much they dislike charter school legislation, or the school voucher bill, or merit pay for teachers, Democrats can’t honestly claim that Indiana voters didn’t have the opportunity to weigh those issues before the November elections. The governor and Republican leaders in the General Assembly made clear the planks of their education reform platform well ahead of Election Day. 

Voters rewarded the GOP with a landslide victory that included a supermajority in the state Senate and 60 seats in the House. Bauer, who decried the reform efforts, was resoundingly dumped as Speaker. 

Now, after having been swept into a distinct minority in the Statehouse, those Democrats who remain in office are trying to block through childish antics what they couldn’t win through democratic action.

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Democrats passed rules on federal government unions that are far more restrictive than what Wisconsin is proposing

Posted by iusbvision on February 27, 2011

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IUSB Club Wants All Campus Bought Products to be Union Made – How Nice…

Posted by iusbvision on February 25, 2011

The Preface:

IUSB United Against Sweatshops is the IUSB-driven segment of the United Students Against Sweatshops campaign.  The IU division is called No Sweat.

“We want Barnes and Noble and the school to provide products that are 100% union-made,” said Tony Lamb, treasurer of the Student/Worker Association.  “We have one brand that has been approved, called Ulta-Gracia.”

Currently, the IUSB bookstore, which is owned by Barnes and Noble, carries Champion clothing.  Champion is owned by Sara Lee, who also owns Hanes, Wonderbra, and Coach leather goods.

“These companies have been known labor rights violators in Honduras and El Salvador,” said Lamb.

The goal of the IUSB United Against Sweatshops campaign is to sit down with Barnes and Noble and the university to do research on suppliers of items sold in the bookstore.  They are hoping to come to an agreement to provide Ulta-Gracia clothing, which promotes workers’ rights.

[Editor’s Note – Did The Preface attempt to get a comment from Hanes/Champion etc? Not a chance. Did The Preface even do a few searches or make a few phone calls to the Department of Labor or the State Department to see if the sweatshops claim can be confirmed by a non-union affiliated entity? Did they show us some credible evidence that we can verify that they are sweatshops? Nope. Has anyone at The Preface ever taken a journalism class?

Did The Preface even check to see if said “Ulta Gracia” clothing company was what the student club said it was? It looks like the answer is no because they didn’t even spell the name of the company correctly. It is called “Alta Gracia” and from what I can see the company is what it claims to be (LINK), which I think is terrific. But I have been given no way of knowing if Hanes really runs sweatshops. I have searched for hours online searching government web sites, Google and Yahoo, and I have found NO non-union affiliated/sourced evidence that said the companies use sweatshops. In every case on-line the source was a union affiliated outfit, or the sweatshop link forwarded me to a porn site. Maybe they use sweatshops, maybe they don’t, but I as the reader have been given no way to know.

The editor’s at The Preface need to ask themselves, what if the sweatshops accusation used to be true but is not any longer? What would the consequences be?

I am old enough to remember that new laws and watch groups were put into place after it was discovered that the Kathy Lee line was at least in part made in sweatshops back in 1996. It was a huge scandal and the elite media reported the situation was greatly improved after. If this is not the case when it comes to Hanes I would be interested in seeing evidence I can trust because if it is true I won’t be buying their products. ]


Of course this begs the question, do the student club advisors want products that are not made in sweatshops or do they want products that are 100% union-made? The not so well-kept secret is that unions define all non-union shops as “sweatshops”.

Oh you doubt it? Here is just one example of many. Meet W & K Steel in Pittsburgh, PA.

  • For the past 8 years W&K Steel, LLC has hired refugees and immigrants thru Catholic Charities and the Jewish Family and Children Services.
    Our Goal in doing this is to offer someone new to our Country an opportunity to work and learn a trade.
  • To assist the refugees and immigrants in their success we offer:
    – On the job training,
    – English as a Second Language course and
    – A Basic Math Class – To fabricate steel a person must have a solid understanding of math using inches and feet. This is a must in order to advance to new positions.
    W&K Steel, LLC pays 100% of these training costs.
  • W&K Steel, LLC has a state certified Safety Committee that meets on a regular basis to discuss safety issues and training needs.
  • W&K Steel, LLC has an outside safety expert, Mr. Bob Merante of Safety Management Training and Consulting, LLC who conducts safety training and inspections on a regular basis. Mr. Merante has been working with W&K Steel, LLC for the past 2 years.
  • W&K Steel, LLC is an AISC certified shop – This certification is similar to the ISO 9000 only for steel fabricators.
  • W&K Steel, LLC, is committed to providing its associates with one of the most competitive and favorable benefit programs in the industry.
  • W&K Steel, LLC participated in an AISC national compensation survey for steel fabricators. The wages we pay our associates are very competitive on a national and local basis.

The union iwlocal3 has been pressuring W & K to join the union. W & K’s  pay and benefits are competitive. After all pressure tactics failed and the employees who like working there told the union thugs to take a hike, the union went to the Allegheny County Board which the union controls. The union said that since W & K hires some immigrants that they are a sweatshop. So the county passed an ordinance saying that sweatshops cannot do business with the county. At the hearing to declare W & K a sweatshop all of the employees at W & K showed up to stick up for the business. The County Supervisors refused to let any of them speak and refused to let the owners of the company speak. They declared it a sweatshop, even though it did not meet any of the eight criteria in the ordinance. Now W & K has hired an attorney and is suing the union and the county for defamation among other things.

They want all products that are 100% union-made? Translation, at least domestically, that really means that anyone who is in business has to pay protection to leftist political parties as union leadership spends hundreds of millions on politics while leaving union retirement funds so underfunded that they are lobbying the government for the taxpayer to bail them out. Ask many rank and file union members and they will tell you that they are all too often about money and politics, not about workers or customer service as I will explain more below.

Do you have any idea how many of the manufacturing jobs here in the Michiana area are non-union? Would they like to even attempt to demonstrate that all of these jobs are sweatshops? By all means please show us the dozens of evil local businesses that are forcing children to work 12 hour days in front of dangerous machinery for $2.00 an hour.

In many industrialized countries working conditions are a matter of law and union membership has little to nothing to do with it.

I will give you a good example of what union over reach in the private sector has accomplished. Have any of you shopped at Kroger lately? Have you noticed that your choice when you check out is a long line or that awful “self checkout” machine?

Kroger has a union and what happens when there is only so much of a percentage for labor? When the union forces a situation where the union member has to be paid more than what that labor is worth in a competitive environment it ceases to be labor vs. management. It becomes labor vs. labor because the only way to keep labor within the competitive percentage is to have fewer workers.

As a result you the customer sit there and wait in line. So the next time you shop at Kroger and wonder why they can’t get another person to work a register to get people out the door in a reasonable time now you know why.

Of course union over reach does more than just drive the cost of labor. If that was the only consequence the problem would be more manageable.

The problem is that unions pour hundreds of millions of dollars into leftist political party’s that pile on taxes and regulation which favors big and international business while socking it to the smaller and medium sized domestic competition.

One example is the tobacco bill that passed early in Obama’s administration. It increased taxes and regulations on tobacco. Phillip Morris lobbied Democrats for the bill. Why? Phillip Morris has such a large operation that the economies of scale allow it to absorb the price of new taxes and regulations whereas the smaller competition is forced to raise prices.

Obama has revoked coal mining permits that have been in good standing for no apparent reason causing many union jobs to be lost? The purpose seems to be social engineering. If we end up having to import coal like we do oil do you believe that Chinese and Malaysian coal miners have more or less protection than our guys in West Virginia?

Obama said on CNBC that he wants to see gas at $4 a gallon. Obama has instituted an illegal offshore drilling ban which has lowered our domestic production 13%. The Obama Administration is in contempt of court for illegally keeping the ban in place. Many thousands of jobs have been lost. Would you “sweatshop” club people like to explain to the student body how much more protection Chinese, Mexican, Libyan etc. oil workers have over the United States?

Leftist professors would have you believe that they and the Democratic Party are interested in genuine class warfare. I am about to demonstrate to you that they are not.

Democrats have not been interested in taxing the genuinely rich and aren’t now. John Kerry made $5,072,000 in 2003 and had a total federal tax burden of 12.34%. The really fat rich enjoy a 16,000 page tax code that is filled with exceptions for them. Much of the income those like John and Teresa Kerry receive is defined as non-wage earnings or earnings that are not taxable at the wage earner rate. So even if the regular income tax rate was increased to 50% the percentage the Kerry’s would pay would only go up by a couple of percentage points.

Yet small business “sub-s corporations” (most domestic small businesses that have between 1-200 employees) would get creamed paying that same 50% rate. Small businesses do most of the hiring in this country. Would someone care to explain how you can claim to be for workers and against their employers?

The truth is that very few people make over $250k in taxable wages. Obama talks about taxing billionaires and millionaires, but the way the tax code works the wealth of these people is almost perfectly protected. If George Soros and the Kerry’s paid a percentage like small businesses must, who would fund the Tides Foundation and the left’s 527 groups?

As you may be aware, Google made $3.1 BILLION last year and had a federal tax burden of 2.4%. Google throws fund-raising galas for Obama and the Democrats and have given the Democrats massive donations. Where are the Democrats condemning the Google Corps of the world? Yet Obama has waged a rhetorical war against the Chamber of Commerce and who do they represent, you guessed it, most small and medium-sized domestic businesses.

Policies such as ObamaCare, tax increases, and other actions that cause regulatory uncertainty which causes the wealthy and the producers to stop moving their money domestically. They have the option of just parking it or investing it in China, all of which has the effect of transferring the tax burden away from the wealthy onto the working poor and middle class. Democrats are not interested in taxing the wealthy, they are interested in taxing the domestic producer class.

This brings us to Norton’s First Law: Big Business loves big government because big government taxes and regulates the small and medium-sized competition out of the competition.

This is why Obama’s bipartisan deficit commission is advocating lowering tax rates, lowering the corporate tax rate, and simplifying the tax code to encourage tax compliance and to encourage more wealth to come back home (so it at least can be taxed).

If you wonder why so many jobs have moved overseas and in some cases to places where governments are corrupt and workers are really exploited; now you are seeing the other side of the coin. The private sector and the jobs that go with it cannot be expected to pay for a government that costs $4 trillion a year and expect to remain competitive. If you want to see workers get treated better, start by making it more economical for jobs to come home.

Students, you can expect to see some respondents to call me names and attack me personally, but sticks and stones will not change the economic reality you have just opened your eyes to. As for the student’s in the club, I do not blame them either as it is likely they are victims of unethical academics who are interested in indoctrination and not a dispassionate search for the facts. The Preface has permission to print this letter.

Chuck Norton
IUSB ‘10
Former page two columnist for The Preface.

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Wisconsin Takes on Public Sector Unions – UPDATE: Unions portray governor as Hitler, put him in cross hairs, elite media silent. – UPDATE: Democrat Law Makers Flee State. Govt Union Demands Taxpayer Pay for Their Viagra! UPDATE! More Union Violence Elite Media Ignores! Wisconsin Assembly Passed Reform Bill, Dems Throw Tantrums! **Continually Updated! **Union Thugs attack Fox News reporter “There is hate in their eyes…..” ** Far left protester makes bomb threat against Wisconsin Governor

Posted by iusbvision on February 17, 2011

**Final Update On Wisconsin – See our Wisconsin/Indiana aftermath post HERE – Democrats lose. It is over. The elite media is having a hissy fit and is spinning it hard. So for a while it is “get Gov. Walker time”. 22 States and the federal government have stronger restrictions on government unions than Wisconsin and many others like Indiana have similar rules. The sky didn’t fall and it all worked out. Be sure to carefully look at this thread and not pass it over as there is a great amount of valuable information here. Firefox browser seems to work best.

Wisconsin Democrat  Gordon Hintz to Female Republican Michelle Litjens After Budget Vote: “You Are F*cking Dead!”

Via 620 WTMJ RadioDaily Caller has more details and video – LINK.

Fox News interviews Rep. Litjens, elite media mum on leftist/union threats and violence:

Laura Ingraham interviews Rep. Litjens:

Before you examine how this story unfolded below day by day let us examine just a small sample of the overt violence, thuggery, and racism of the union and far left organizations. Where is the elite media on any of this?

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Special Update President organizing union agitation in Wisconsin and other states with GOP Governors – politico.comWash Post.

Obama organizing protests in Indiana too – LINK

Two-Thirds of Wisconsin Public-School 8th Graders Can’t Read Proficiently—Despite Highest Per Pupil Spending in Midwest LINK

More updates below!

MUST SEE VIDEO – Chris Christie Blasts Union Leadership with Dire Truth:  Democrats promised union benefits no one could hope to pay for: 

It is time to talk to the American People like adults, they are smart and can handle it, it is time to lead and tell the truth: 

Union Busting!! Sounds so horrible doesn’t it? It does until you consider that public sector unions have over reached and used their political influence to get Cadillac benefits, large yearly raises and golden parachute like retirements that make one wonder why anyone would ever work in the private sector. Of course you and your children will have to pay for it all. Businesses get sick of carrying the economic burden and census figures show that people and wealth are voting with their feet and going to states that have more fiscal restraint.

Why is it that government is constantly asking us to sacrifice more and more while they are often completely unwilling to share in that sacrifice? States are going broke. The day of reckoning has come and we simply cannot afford public sector union over reach and the political corruption that comes along with it any longer.

Associated Press:

MADISON, Wis. – Protesters clogged the hallways of the Wisconsin state Capitol on Thursday as the Senate prepared to pass a momentous bill that would strip government workers, including school teachers, of nearly all collective bargaining rights.

The nation’s most aggressive anti-union proposal has been speeding through the Legislature since Republican Gov. Scott Walker introduced it a week ago. After clearing a major legislative hurdle Wednesday night, it was headed to votes in the Senate and Assembly.

Hundreds of protesters massed outside the Senate chamber on the second floor of the Capitol early Thursday, hours before the planned vote. Republican leaders said it has the votes to pass in both the Senate and Assembly.

The bill marks a dramatic shift for Wisconsin, which passed a comprehensive collective bargaining law in 1959 and was the birthplace of the national union representing all non-federal public employees.

Thousands of protesters, including children and teachers from more than two dozen schools forced to close due to high absences, were expected in and outside the Capitol for a third day of protests. Schools in Madison, the state’s second largest district with 2,600-union covered employees, closed for a second day.
Hundreds of people, many of them students from the nearby University of Wisconsin campus, slept in the rotunda for a second night leading up to the vote.

They chanted “Kill the bill!” and “Recall Walker!” early on Thursday. But there appeared to be little doubt the bill would pass.

The head of the 98,000-member statewide teachers union called on all Wisconsin residents to come to the Capitol on Thursday for the votes in the Senate and Assembly.

“Our goal is not to close schools, but to instead to remain vigilant in our efforts to be heard,” said Wisconsin Education Association Council President Mary Bell.

The Legislature’s budget committee passed the bill on a partisan vote just before midnight. Several opponents in the crowd broke into tears as Democrats on the committee encouraged them not to give up the fight.

“I’m sad. Scared. Disappointed,” said Kelly Dzurick, a 31-year-old fifth-grade teacher in Elkhorn, who came to the Capitol on Wednesday night. “Nobody’s listening to what people say.”

Democrats have been powerless to stop the bill.

“The story around the world is the rush to democracy,” said Sen. Bob Jauch, (D-Poplar). “The story in Wisconsin is the end of the democratic process.”

No Sen. Jauch, you got voted out of office, that is democracy in action.

Wisconsin is a liberal state by a big margin and yet the people elected Republican majorities who promised to take this very action. This shows that most Americans who tend to vote Democratic do not like being ripped off and stuck with the bill. The people are asserting themselves.

UPDATE – Check out the video with the violent union incitement HERE.

UPDATE II – More :

UPDATE III – Democrats are fleeing the state to prevent a vote on the budget cuts and public sector reforms – LINK.

More Video:

Teachers illegally bring students to protest – 

UPDATE IV – When the location of the resort in Illinois that Democrats legislators were hiding at was leaked they got in their cars and booked, but not before a Tea Party activist hunted them down with camera in hand (via Big Government): 

UPDATE V – WSJ – It is about power – LINK.

UPDATE VI – 

Commentary Via Ed Morrissey:

Suzanne Malveaux of CNN asks one question too many from a union activist in Madison, Wisconsin earlier today. Nancy Reisch insists that all she wants is to have Governor Scott Walker to “come to the table” to discuss a proposal that has been debated for months during the last election campaign. Malveaux asks whether the union would accept a deal that changed the contributions without affecting the public-union reforms in the bill, and Reisch says she would, but that Walker “will not come to the table.” However, when Malveaux asks Reisch what she thinks about Democrats running away from the table and out of the state, Reisch suddenly develops a hearing disorder (via Greg Hengler).

Of course they won’t come to the table. This is not about the kids and they are not there for them. See the talking points section as to why. This is not about not having a voice. Governor Walker’s modest proposal does not take away collective bargaining, it leaves it intact for wages and other areas, it simply restricts it on the contributions for benefits. The union says it will pay the modest contributions for their gold plated benefits and retirement plans for now, but the union wants to reverse those concessions at the next round of collective bargaining and make no mistake, that is exactly what they will do. The Governor and the Republicans say no way and right they should. Collective bargaining and negotiations should not always mean that cowed politicians give the Unions anything they want at the expense of the taxpayer. A taxpayer who makes less money and has to pay much more for far less impressive benefit plans. Sometimes negotiation means you have to give up things just like everyone else has had to.

UPDATE VII – Video: Wisconsin Gov. Walker to Obama…  LINK

UPDATE VIIIDaily Caller has the details of the Wisconsin Governor’s reform proposal. It really is quite modest.

UPDATE IX – More vitriol and Marxist hate mongering in Wisconsin via Ann Althouse. These people have unfiltered access to your kids folks:

UPDATE X – Average Milwaukee School teacher makes 100k in pay combined with benefits. Gold plated benefits yes, gold plated performance… well not so much:

UPDATE XI – Speaker Of the House Blasts Obama’s Greece Style Incitement. Speaker Boehner:

“The President of the United States has a unique opportunity and responsibility to lead this nation. President Obama has acknowledged the challenges we face, but – thus far – he has done nothing to offer solutions. Now, worse, his political organization is colluding with special-interest allies across the country to demagogue reform-minded governors who are making the tough choices that the President is avoiding.

“This is not the way to begin an ‘adult conversation’ about solutions to the big challenges facing our country. Rather than inciting protests against those who speak honestly about the challenges we face, the President and his advisers should lead.

“When the American people watched the people of Greece take to the streets to protest cuts to unsustainable government programs, they worried it might foreshadow events in our nation’s distant future – but today, we see the same sort of protests on the streets of Madison, fueled by President Obama’s own political machine.

“Rather than trying to ‘win the future,’ the President’s political allies are trying, desperately, to cling to a failed past by fighting reforms our nation needs to liberate our economy from the shackles of debt and create a better future for our children and grandchildren. The President should make it clear to his friends that the people of Wisconsin, and states across America, can handle their own affairs without Washington special-interest money and meddling.

UPDATE XII – Teacher Union Thug Violence in Idaho via Idaho Press Tribune

The pick-up truck belonging to Idaho Department of Education Superintendent Tom Luna was vandalized overnight outside his Nampa home. The superintendent and his family have been targets of threats as a reaction to Luna’s education reform plan. Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011

UPDATE XIII – Threats – White House OfA organizer calls on SEIU/Teachers to “Bloody” the Tea Party:

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UPDATE XIV – Communist and Socialists Orgs All Over Wisconsin Union Protests calling for revolution:

UPDATE XV – Governor Walker makes the case. Its either modest contributions or mass layoffs: 

UPDATE XVI – Democrats may hide for weeks, shut down government: 

UPDATE XVII – Greta: Democrats Encouraging Anarchy – 

UPDATE XVIII – Bill O’Reilly –

UPDATE XIX – Phone Calls to State Senate 10-1 in Support of Governor Walker: Citizens are begging for parity –

UPDATE XXDo you want these loons teaching YOUR kids?

UPDATE XXI – Krauthammer: Debt bringing us to a cliff. Obama fighting for status quo – [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MAFCmyDGtU]

UPDATE XXIIMichelle Malkin – SEIU making its own employees pay more for benefits.

UPDATE XXIII – Gov . Walker – If Dems don’t come back soon funding to their staff will be cut off – LINK.

UPDATE XXIV – Michele Bachmann weighs in on Wisconsin teacher sickout strike: ‘It’s a dereliction of duty’. Republican’s homes under siege. Police blocking streets of Republican Lawmakers 

UPDATE XXV – Neil Boortz: You have seen the ugly face of government unions that are bankrupting states. They have declared war on the tax payer. Union demands taxpayer pay for their viagra:

*******Saturday Feb 19, 2011 – The Tea Party Answers Back! LINK *******

UPDATE  I – IBD’s Rimerez makes a cartoon:

UPDATE IIPalin Speaks:

Here we are still struggling to get out of a deep recession and coping with high unemployment, record deficits, rapidly rising food prices, and a host of other economic problems; and Wisconsin union bosses want union members out in the streets demanding that taxpayers foot the bill for unsustainable benefits packages. I am a friend to hard working union members and to teachers. I come from a family of teachers; my grandparents, parents, brother, sister, aunt, and other relatives worked, or still work, in education. My own children attend public schools. I greatly admire good teachers and will always speak up in defense of the teaching profession. But Wisconsin teacher unions do themselves no favor by closing down classrooms and abandoning children’s needs in protest against the sort of belt-tightening that people everywhere are going through. Union brothers and sisters: this is the wrong fight at the wrong time. Solidarity doesn’t mean making Wisconsin taxpayers pay for benefits that are not sustainable and affordable at a time when many of these taxpayers struggle to hold on to their own jobs and homes. Real solidarity means everyone being willing to sacrifice and carry our share of the burden. It does no one any favors to dismiss the sacrifices others have already had to make—in wage cuts, unpaid vacations, and even job losses—to weather our economic storm.

Hard working, patriotic, and selfless union brothers and sisters: please don’t be taken in by the union bosses. At the end of the day, they’re not fighting for your pension or health care plan or even for the sustainability of Wisconsin’s education budget. They’re fighting to protect their own powerful privileges and their own political clout. The agenda for too many union bosses is a big government agenda that only serves the union bosses themselves – not union members, not union families, and certainly not the larger community. Everybody else is just there to foot the bill; and if that bill eventually takes the form of thousands of teachers and other public sector workers losing their jobs because the state of Wisconsin can no longer afford to keep them on the payroll, that’s a risk the union bosses are willing to take as long as their positions are secure. Union brothers and sisters: you are better than this and you deserve better. Don’t be led astray.

UPDATE III – Presidential Candidate Herman Cain in Madison! If you haven’t seen Cain in action before you are in for a treat:

UPDATE IV – Media Mogul Andrew Breitbart in Madison – This is the battle of our time! :  

UPDATE V – Geraldo: Doctors handing out fake sick notes to teachers at protest: 

UPDATE VI – How The World Works: Wisconsin shows why FDR opposed government unions:

UPDATE VII -Bill O’Reilly Coverage of Wisconsin Debt Crisis: 

UPDATE VIII – Obama said that “We all must sacrifice” obviously he meant “all those who don’t grease Democrats with donations” to get gold plated benefits they don’t pay for.

*****Sunday Feb. 20, 2011 *****

UPDATE I – On my way home today I heard a radio news report that the highest paid city employee in Madison, WI. is a bus driver that makes $159,000 a year!

UPDATE II – Gregory Hilton on what can be done:

The National Battle Has Begun: Labor Approves an Emergency $30 Million Lobbying Budget.

The situation in Wisconsin is at an impasse because 14 Democratic State Senators are hiding out in Illinois. There are 19 Republican Senators, but 20 are needed (three fifths) to establish a quorum. Among the options being discussed are:

  1. Eliminate direct deposit of a Senators compensation, and require them to pick up their paychecks personally from the Secretary of State.
  2. Suspend absent employees without pay, and take appropriate disciplinary action for their dereliction of duty.
  3. Cutting off pay to the staff of lawmakers who refuse to return to work. Their offices could also be locked.
  4. The three-fifths requirement is for fiscal bills. For non-fiscal bills the necessary quorum is one-half, which the Republicans already have. They could introduce a stand-alone union reform bill which would not be tied to the Governor’s budget reform proposal.
  5. A recall campaign has already been launched against State Senator Jim Holperin (D) who was elected in 2008 with  51% of the vote. They need to obtain 25,000 signatures, and the goal is to get Holperin to come back to Wisconsin.
  6. Many believe unions are paying the Chicago hotel bills for the absent State Senators. It should be determined if this constitutes an illegal gratuity or contribution.
  7. If Walker’s collective bargaining reforms are rejected then massive lay-offs of state employees has to begin.

UPDATE III – SEIU/White House protest schedule – http://action.seiu.org/page/s/solidarityaction

Indiana Rally

Time: 9 A.M.

Location: Indiana State Capitol

Address: 302 W Washington St – Indianapolis, IN

UPDATE IV – Presidential Candidate Herman Cain: President Obama could learn from Governor Walker – LINK.

UPDATE V – Gov. Walker to Chris Wallace: I Won’t Back Down

UPDATE VI – Tea Party Member Talks Protest in Wisconsin: 

UPDATE VIIHeritage Foundation Takes on Government Union Talking Points (read lies) 

UPDATE VIIIObama: We will paint the country in SEIU purple

UPDATE IXMore Teacher Union Threats and Violence – 

UPDATE X – Michael Savage Argues with Wisconsin Teacher: 

UPDATE XI – WISC UNION PROTESTER: WE WANT CASTRO, BRING BACK CHE:

UPDATE XIIHotair.com:  Teacher Union Hate Signs Pictorial (where are the lectures about civility now)

*****Monday Feb 21, 2011*****

UPDATE I – More communists at rally. Union protesters engage in “substance fueled” rave: 

UPDATE II – MSNBC HOSTS ADMIT LIBERAL BIAS TOWARD TEA PARTY – Daily Caller:

UPDATE III – Steven Crowder: What if Parents Acted Like Teacher Unions? What About Union Thuggery? Rich Unions are Organized Against the Taxpayer:

UPDATE IV – FDR on public sector unions – LINK.

UPDATE V – Michelle Malkin: Teacher union sick out will cost take payers at least $6 million! (As if demanding that you pay for their Viagra wasn’t enough) – LINK.

UPDATE VI Leftist Twitter users wish death on Gov. Walker

UPDATE VII – Republican State Senator Glenn Grothman smacks down “completely misinformed” Chris Mathews.

CBS News also blew this one. They just took the union talking point and ran with it without checking (Via the Media Research Center)

WRAGGE: You say this is a modest request. Now some state workers have been hit harder than others. Your teachers union, which votes Democratic under normal circumstances, hit very hard. Yet your police, state trooper, firemen unions, who all supported and endorsed you, did not get touched in any of this. Why is that?

WALKER: Well, Chris – Chris that actually is not true. There are 314 fire and police unions in the state. Four of them endorsed me. All the rest endorsed my opponent.

Even the left leaning and often wrong Politifact got this one mostly right. One could have also found the information on the union web sites, but I guess this talking point was too good to check even by just using an internet search engine. The media research Center at the link above has a list of links they were able to find within minutes.

UPDATE VIIIHerman Cain on Cavuto: “What part of we are broke don’t they understand?”

UPDATE IX – Presidential candidate Herman Cain all over Wisconsin. Where is Mit Romney? Great video.

UPDATE X – AWOL Wisconsin Democrat Speaks Out. State Sen. Lena Taylor.

This video is a great reminder that politicians LIE. See how she says that they are losing their right to bargain on work conditions and goes on about saving lives. The Governor has made his position clear. You can collectively bargain on everything BUT your contributions to their gold plated benefit packages. The concessions they made now mean nothing because the union will have those concessions reversed when their contract runs out and they go back to negotiate and if they don’t get them reversed they will go on strike. States have seen this movie before. When one leaves out such crucial details it is the same thing as lying. Isn’t that what you tell your children? 

UPDATE XI Gov. Kasich of Ohio Speaks Out:

UPDATE XII – Daily Caller: Wisconsin  teachers on TV being deceptive about what they make – LINK.

UPDATE XIIIBrit Hume on the AP lying about Governor Walker’s reform proposal

UPDATE XIV – Far Left Losing PR Battle in Wisconsin. New York Times Lying About It.

*****Tuesday Feb. 22, 2011*****

UPDATE I – Griff Jenkins at Fox News Confronts Doctors Handing Out Fake Work Excuses: 

UPDATE II – Wisconsin ends direct deposit for statehouse employees. Must pick up checks in person – LINK.

UPDATE III Unions put misleading emotional ads on TV to sway public. Tammy Bruce debates leftist who says “Gov. Walker Doesn’t Care About People”.

Sorry Tammy, luv ya, but when the leftist said that Walker wants to take away their rights you should have smacked her down with the facts. Walker only wants to take off the table from collective bargaining the ability to reverse the concessions at the end of the next contract, which is exactly what the unions will do. We have seen this movie before. When unions use their money to control politicians who have an interest in giving them gold plated pay and benefits for kickbacks, who is negotiating for the taxpayer? This is why FDR opposed government unions.

The leftist misrepresented the facts, made emotional appeals and personal attacks. The left knows full well that they cannot win the argument on the merits, but hey you conservative pundits out there, you need to know what their talking points will be and be ready to nuke them. Tammy just was not as prepared as she should have been.

UPDATE IVMUST READ – James Turanto: The Means of Coercion – The Privileged Are Revolting:

Collective bargaining in the public sector thus is less a negotiation than a conspiracy to steal money from taxpayers. The notion that this is “in the economic interests of the middle class” for government employees in Wisconsin and elsewhere to get above-market wages and extremely lavish benefits is just laughable. Sure, government employees are “middle class,” but so are the vast majority of taxpayers who don’t enjoy the special privileges that come from owning the means of coercion.

UPDATE V Shocking Level of Influence: Trumka Talks to White House EVERY DAY and Visits a Couple Times A Week…

UPDATE VI – Govt. Unions to Ohio taxpayers-F#*k you, Racists! These are your public school teachers folks.

UPDATE VII – MacIver: Parents getting sick of the sickout – LINK.

UPDATE VIIIGovernor Walker’s first “Fireside Chat” to Wisconsin

UPDATE IX

*****Wednesday Feb 23, 2011 – Democrats Flee Indiana*****

Indiana is not Wisconsin. Indiana is much more conservative/traditional than Wisconsin. Hoosier Democrats are taking a huge gamble to put it mildly. Mitch Daniels said that this is not the year for a full blown right to work legislation debate. While some may disagree on principal, he is right about the politics of it. It would be better to debate this after ’12.

UPDATE I – Indiana Legislator’s featured on Greta:

Of course “Right to Work” legislation makes mandatory union membership illegal as a condition of employment and 22 states already have such legislation. There is an argument to be made that such legislation forces unions to be responsive to and earn the respect of the rank and file.

I have several union members in my family. One is in the Communication Workers of America (CWA). When CWA went on strike against Ameritech the union claimed it had no money for striker pay. That year the same union gave tens of millions of dollars to billionaire Presidential Candidate John Kerry. CWA union stewards have repeatedly been caught abusing their positions and taking paid time off for non union activities.

If you are a known Republican and a member of a union in many cases you can forget about any union help at all. In fact the union will often help administrators in getting rid of you. This happened to me when I was in the Teamsters.

UPDATE IIMust See Video – Bill Whittle: Public Sector Unions Can’t Stop Devouring Taxpayer Money. VodkaPundit: “Rights” and “collective”  go together like “Lohan” and “MENSA”. 

UPDATE III – Wisconsin Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch: If Democrats fail to come back to work and pass reforms by Friday mass layoffs of government union employees will result.

Democrats will say that this is a lie because the unions have made the contribution concession, but what they don’t tell you is that, as it has been in other cases, when the next round of collective bargaining comes they will insist on having the concessions reversed or  they will strike.  We have seen this movie before.

UPDATE IV – Ed Morrissey: The real threat to democracy in Wisconsin –  LINK. This is a really good intellectual take down and is a must read, especially page two!

UPDATE V – Great interview with Governor Walker via the Heritage Foundation. He addresses the collective bargaining issues directly: 

*****Thursday Feb 24, 2011 – Gov.  Daniels Speaks & Unions Get More Violent*****

UPDATE I –  Mitch Lays Down the Law:

The Democrats will need a re-branding effort because this action is about as undemocratic as behavior can be.

If we have to we will have special sessions from now till new years we will hold them and we will send the bill to (former) Speaker Bauer and the Democratic Party of Indiana.

UPDATE II –  Gov. Daniels with Neil Cavuto: Every year they (Democrats) spend money they don’t have – We did what Wisconsin did back on 2005 [Note and the unions aren’t destroyed and all is well].

Note – The Indiana Republicans have taken the “Right to Work” legislation off the table. Democrats are still not coming back because they don’t want education reform. Here is the rub, if schools start to improve there will be no excuse to pump more money into failing schools and the Teachers Union. If Charter Schools do better or if a voucher program works, it will be good for the kids but bad for the union, hence the Democrats don’t want to come home.

UPDATE III – Union Thug Attacks Tabitha Hale

Tabitha Hale is tiny and only about five feet tall. Fortunately she was not seriously injured. Notice he is wearing a Communications Workers of America sign (see our CWA comments above).

Hale said after:

It’s one thing to be called a violent teabagger. It’s another to be called a violent teabagger while you’re being assaulted. They’ve been comparing themselves to the Egyptians ousting Mubarak. Looks like they’re not too far off, given that they share the tendency to assault women with cameras.

Tabitha Hale

Tabitha Hale

Same Protest at FreedomWorks: Union Thugs on “Bad Jews”

UPDATE IVMore Union Thuggery

UPDATE V – Union Thugs Attack in R.I. – Associated Press Fails to Report Thuggery (Special Thanks to Michelle Malkin) –

The attack happens at 7:35 in the video, but the mindless class warfare rhetoric is worth watching.

UPDATE VIMore Union Thuggery (Warning Vile Language) – 

UPDATE VIISEIU and Teacher Union thugs try to intimidate black man, “Do You Have Any Children That You Claim?” as if all black men impregnate women and don’t claim them so the mother can go on welfare.

These people are teaching YOUR children folks. You can bet this won’t be on the evening news.

UPDATE VIII – Dr. Victor Davis Hanson on Wisconsin: The Rise of the Adolescent Mind – LINK.

UPDATE IX Elite Media Double Standard on “Civility” – 

UPDATE X – Herman Cain: Merely taking a position is NOT leadership – LINK.

UPDATE XI Indiana Democrats May be in Violation of New Lobbying LawLINK. If union money is being used to help pay the bills for Democrats it could mean trouble.

UPDATE XII More Union Violence:

In yet another shocking example of union violence, congressional candidate Marty Lamb is seen on video being thrown to the ground by another “free speech-loving” union tough-guy.  This video was shot at the duel Pro-Walker/Pro-Union Rally at the Massachusetts State Capitol Building on Beacon Hill in Boston, Tuesday- LINK.

*******Friday Feb 25, 2011 Wisconsin Assembly Passes Reform Bill. Dems Throw Tantrums.*********

Wow what a parochial display.

UPDATE II – Karl Rove on Wisconsin’s Budget Mess – LINK.

******Saturday Feb 26, 2011******

UPDATE I – Kevin Jackson from THE BLACK SPHERE educates an Obama Youth Member.

Kevin Jackson is brilliant. Trust me lefties you do NOT want to get in the “Democrats help blacks” convo with him or he will take you to school just like he did this poor sap:

UPDATE IIUnion protester: Gov. Christie is just like mass murderer Ghadaffi –

UPDATE IIIWI union protester’s sign: BILL O’REILLY IS A SEXUAL PREDATOR!

UPDATE IV – AFL-CIO Union Chief: The Best Way To Create Jobs is to Raise TaxesLINK. This is from the same man who said that government should take over all private business, who speaks in front of communist revolutionary groups, and has a long history of violence. Trumka talks to the White House every day and visits twice a week – LINK.

UPDATE V – Wisconsin union protesters disrespect WI Veterans Memorial: 

UPDATE VI – Gov. Rick Perry of Texas comments: 

UPDATE VII MORE UNION VIOLENCE:

Shortly after the this video of the union thug screaming “fascist” he attacked a Tea Party protester, pushed him by the throat, hit him with his bullhorn injuring his hand and was sited for assault by police shortly after.

Via Chuck DeVore:

I spoke to Stanhope, as he drove to the hospital for x-rays and treatment for the injuries sustained at the rally, and asked him what happened.  Mr. Stanhope said that he was with a group of about 150 Tea Party activists across the street from the MoveOn.org-organized union rally.  A union man with a bullhorn, Richard Andazola, 28, was yelling across the street at the Tea Party activists, calling them “fascists.”

Then one of the Tea Party activists, also bullhorn equipped, replied, “We pay your salary!” This enraged Andazola, who, according to Stanhope, rushed the Tea Partiers, chanting “Fascists go home! Fascists go home!”  He violently shoved Stanhope twice, the second time apparently striking Stanhope in the throat.

Notice the union protester’s Teamster jacket is clearly visible.  The jacket identifies Teamsters Local 439, Stockton.

We will be posting more footage and further coverage once it becomes available. Stay tuned for an in-depth write up from an eyewitness on the scene.

UPDATE VIII – TV Ad supporting Gov. Walker

UPDATE IX – Democrats passed rules on federal government unions that are far more restrictive than what Wisconsin is proposing:

UPDATE X – Rasmussen Poll: 67% Disapprove of Democrat Legislators Fleeing Wisconsin to Avoid VoteLINK.

******Sunday Feb 27, 2011******

 

UPDATE I – Wisconsin Union Thug Assaults Fox Reporter During Live Shot!

Daily Caller:

“One thing I think should make clear – the people coming after us from every live shot here,these people hate,” Tobin said. “These are people who don’t respect diverse viewpoints. In fact, they’re so afraid I’ll present a diverse viewpoint, that’s why they try to heckle me and shut down every live shot. They’ve made it clear, that what they want to make it harder for me to do my job. They are proud of that when they disrupt a live shot, when they really trample over the First Amendment rights or the First Amendment’s obligations of a reporter. Now, I am not saying that’s all of the people. Those are the people that come here and heckle and try to disrupt things. I look in their eyes – there is hate in their eyes. They don’t want to hear any kind of viewpoint that is different from their own. That’s why they do what they do.” [Emphasis by the Daily Caller]

And no, your eyes weren’t fooling you. That was a man holding a purple SEIU sign behind Tobin.

UPDATE II – Union Thug to Fox Reporter, “I’m Going To Break His Neck”

UPDATE III –  At what point did collective bargaining combined with the political fix become a form of price-fixing that should run afoul of anti-trust laws?

More updates coming soon.

***** Thursday March 3, 2011 Wisconsin missing Dems fined $100 per day – Indiana Dems fined $250 per day. Dems also face bill for state expenses*****

UPDATE I – Indiana Newspapers Turn Against Democrat “Fleebaggers”   – INDY STAR and three other Indiana papers put out editorials like THIS:

It becomes harder by the day to take Indiana House Democrats seriously.

First, they went on strike to protest legislation they didn’t like — the so-called right-to-work bill. Then they fled the state, holing up in an Urbana, Ill., hotel, where they continue to draw paychecks courtesy of Indiana taxpayers but do no real work.

And now, after Republicans gave in and agreed to pull the right-to- work legislation from the agenda, House Minority Leader Pat Bauer and his caucus have demanded that as many as 10 other bills be killed. Their demands are so absurd that they even included one bill that the General Assembly already has approved and sent to Gov. Mitch Daniels for his signature.

What’s next? Asking Daniels to personally deliver room service?

Whatever arguments House Democrats had going for them, principally that Republicans had sprung the right-to-work legislation on Hoosiers by surprise, they’ve now squandered.

No matter how much they dislike charter school legislation, or the school voucher bill, or merit pay for teachers, Democrats can’t honestly claim that Indiana voters didn’t have the opportunity to weigh those issues before the November elections. The governor and Republican leaders in the General Assembly made clear the planks of their education reform platform well ahead of Election Day.

Voters rewarded the GOP with a landslide victory that included a supermajority in the state Senate and 60 seats in the House. Bauer, who decried the reform efforts, was resoundingly dumped as Speaker.

Now, after having been swept into a distinct minority in the Statehouse, those Democrats who remain in office are trying to block through childish antics what they couldn’t win through democratic action.

Ouch.

UPDATE II – Daily Caller: Tea Party Activists Everywhere Send in Tips – Wisconsin Legislators Constantly on Run and Cannot HideLINK

UPDATE IIICNN: Ohio Union reform Bill PassesLINK.

UPDATE IV – Union Activist: Abolish capitalism, bring back Soviet style global socialism, take property, revolution now!

Oh yes, this is too good to miss –

UPDATE V – ROFL: Unions place ad on Craigslist for paid protesters at $7.50 an hour no benny’s

Via Capitol & Washington:

UPDATE VIIf unions hate the Kock Brothers so bad, why does the Wisconsin Union own $5.5 million in Koch stock?LINK.

UPDATE VII – Government Unions Gone Wild (warning violence and adult language):

UPDATE VIIIVideo: Gov. Rick Perry and Speaker John Boehner go “On The Record” – LINK.

*****Friday March 4, 2011*****

UPDATE I – Governor Daniels Scolds Democrats For Walkout – LINK.

UPDATE II – Leftist Protester Makes Bomb Threat Against Governor Walker

Gateway Pundit:

Patrick J. Knauf

Far Left protester Patrick J. Knauf, 43, of Eau Claire was arrested on Wednesday for the violation of making a bomb scare under state statute 947.015. On Wednesday a bomb threat was made at an aviation business in Eau Claire just hours after Governor Scott Walker spoke there. Police brought in a man who was protesting this week against the Republican governor.

UPDATE III –  Government Union Collective Bargaining 101

What FDR understood and what the left does not want you to figure out is that “The Man” is the taxpayer because with Democrats in charge government unions are essentially negotiating with themselves, it is not adversarial at all, and the politicians are not negotiating to preserve their own money, they are negotiating (wink wink, nod nod) with YOUR money.

UPDATE IV – 71% Believe Government Workers Get Better Pensions Than Those In Private SectorLINK.

UPDATE V – NPR and PBS execs make more than the President! They are funded by taxpayers! – LINK.

UPDATE VI – Gov. Kasich on Buckeye State Budget Battle:

UPDATE VIIIndianapolis School Board gives failed superintendent $1 million retirement. District has a 30.5% graduation rate. – LINK.

UPDATE VIII O’Reilly: New York Times publishing bogus polls about unions and lying about the budget crisis

*****Sunday March 6, 2011 – Are Wisconsin Teachers Overpaid??*****

Watch this video and you tell me:

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UPDATE I – Right to Work on Fox Business: Mark Mix Discusses Ohio, Wisconsin, and Public Sector Unions

UPDATE II – Unions trashed the Wisconsin capitol. They even wrote on the marble with sharpy’s. One estimate said the cost would be $7 million. Tea Party activists went to help clean up today. The same thing happened at the inauguration, the grounds were trashed, the same thing happened to the mall at the John Stewart “liberal rally”, the Mall was trashed. The grounds after the biggest event in DC history, the Glenn Beck rally, the grounds were virtually spotless. The Rush Limbaugh event “Dan’s Bake Sale” (don’t let the name fool you it was a huge event) in Fort Collins was left clean.

*****Monday March 7, 2011 Wisconsin May be over. Gov Walker has extended press conference to “Set the Record Straight”*****

Democrat leadership says that the Republicans aren’t willing to negotiate. Gov. Walker calls this out as a straight up lie and is going to release all of his communications with the Democrat leadership to prove it.  Walker says that he is being jerked around by the Dem Leadership and is now negotiating with some senators individually. In either case, some Democrats are telling the media that this standoff will be over by Wednesday.

UPDATE I – Union thug to cameraman: I will break your freaking neck!

The man is wearing a jacket with the Teamsters Union logo:  

UPDATE IIO’Reilly: Unions paying their leadership outrageous salaries, give millions to politicians… (and they underfund their retirement obligations).

UPDATE III – AOL News Op-Ed: Elite Media Whitewashing Wisconsin’s Protests – LINK.

*****Wednesday March 9, 2011 White House Behind Wisconsin Recall Effort*****

Via Real Clear PoliticsLINK.  Have we ever seen a White House take direct action to have local elected officials recalled? Is this change we can believe in?

Talking Points:

1 – How many of you pay at least 12% or your health insurance? At least 5% of your retirement? Most of you pay more and this is what Governor Walker is asking the public sector union to do.  And at 12% donation they are still paying $100 a month less than the average Wisconsin worker for the gold plated benefits they get.

2 – The unions have made it clear that the state should raise taxes and go into more debt to make you pay for their gold plated benefits and fat yearly raises. The reason that the state is moving to limit the bargaining on the benefits is because the union is willing to take a temporary increase in partly paying for their benefits for now, but will negotiate all of it back next year and they expect you, who are suffering in this recession, to pay for it. The state cannot afford that and neither can the people.

3 – The public sector unions are trying to thwart the will of the people as expressed in the last election. The Wisconsin Republicans ran on getting this problem under control. Wisconsin has a shortfall of $4 billion dollars that they have to make up.

4 – Now the public sector union is waging an illegal strike and in some cases are illegally bringing students with them. The kids are missing school. The kids are paying the price so the union can politic on your dime as they are using paid sick days to do it.

5 – It would be one thing if the government union was giving you a superior product and service, but well all know that public schools do not offer a superior result and the union resists most efforts at reform. So instead of working to merit getting more of your money willingly, they want to politic to force government to take it from you.

6 – The Democrats have walked out and fled the state so they do not have to vote and the police cannot bring them back. Every one of these office holders has taken an oath to faithfully execute their office; instead they are kicking it fat at a resort in Illinois. I wonder who is going to be paying that bill? You don’t defend democracy by running away from it. Now Democrats have fled that resort because they got caught.

7 – Did Wisconsin try to pass these things with bribes or in a lame duck session at Christmas while no one was looking? We now know this is pure astroturf. The White House is organizing these protests and the shutdown of Wisconsin schools. When Obama introduced his latest budget busting and taxing budget he said that “We need to start living within our means”.

8 – If the public sector unions were poorly paid the elite media would have what they are paid all over the place. Instead they are silent on it.  The public sector union employees including the teachers union receive an average pay of $89,000 a year (some numbers show average $77,000) … and they are comparing the very modest proposals to get them to pay just a small portion of their benefits and retirement to Egypt.

9  – SEIU is making its own employees pay more for their benefits  – LINK.

10 – Health costs for public employees have doubled in just the last few years. The cost of their gold plated health and retirement benefits is 46% of their compensation. That is why the union cannot be allowed to reverse the modest concessions in the collective bargaining process.

11 – Some of the local and elite media are not showing quite as much of the the usual dishonest zeal in their bias on this issue. Could it be because most journalists do not make nearly as much as a Wisconsin government union teacher or bus driver? Could it be that those same journalists are paying MUCH more of their pay for benefits that aren’t nearly as good?

12 – On the media; why are they not pointing out that these union crowds and minimum wage hired protesters are almost exclusively white? If that is relevant for some of the the Tea Party gatherings why isn’t that relevant here? If a LaRouche Democrat bringing a Nazi sign to a tea Party event is not welcome why is that national news as if all Tea Party people even like LaRouche (which they don’t)? But here we are with Nazi characterizations and cross hairs, threats and such the elite media has nothing to say?

13 – Remember this is not about not having a voice which is the primary lie that the govt. unions are pushing. Governor Walker’s modest proposal does not take away collective bargaining, it leaves it intact for wages and other areas, it simply restricts it on the contributions for benefits. The union says it will pay the modest contributions for their gold plated benefits and retirement plans for now, but the union wants to reverse those concessions at the next round of collective bargaining and make no mistake, that is exactly what they will do. The Governor and the Republicans say no way and right they should. Collective bargaining and negotiations should not always mean that cowed politicians give the govt. unions anything they want at the expense of the taxpayer. A taxpayer who makes less money and has to pay much more for far less impressive benefit plans. Sometimes negotiation means you have to give up things just like everyone else has had to.

14 – A similar lie the left is pushing is that Gov. Walker wants to take away their guarantees for working conditions. This is pure BS. Most all working conditions are set in state law and are no longer negotiated. The limits on negotiation in Gov. Walker’s  proposal only go so far as keeping the government unions from reversing the concessions on the gold plated benefits at the next round of collective bargaining, which rest assured they will do.

15 – Two-Thirds of Wisconsin Public-School 8th Graders Can’t Read Proficiently—Despite the Highest Per Pupil Spending in Midwest LINK

16 – Right to Work Legislation –

Of course “Right to Work” legislation makes mandatory union membership illegal as a condition of employment and 22 states already have such legislation. There is an argument to be made that such legislation forces unions to be responsive to and earn the respect of the rank and file.

I have several union members in my family. One is in the Communication Workers of America (CWA). When CWA went on strike against Ameritech the union claimed it had no money for striker pay. That year the same union gave tens of millions of dollars to billionaire Presidential Candidate John Kerry. CWA union stewards have repeatedly been caught abusing their positions and taking paid time off for non union activities.

If you are a known Republican and a member of a union in many cases you can forget about any union help at all. In fact the union will often help administrators in getting rid of you. This happened to me when I was in the Teamsters.

17 – Indiana passed these reforms in 2005. All was well and the world didn’t burn.

18 – Democrats passed rules on federal government unions that are far more restrictive to what Wisconsin is proposing – LINK.

19 – At what point did collective bargaining combined with the political fix become a form of price-fixing that should run afoul of anti-trust laws?

SPECIAL UPDATE – Top 100 state government employees in Illinois have nearly  ONE BILLION DOLLARS in taxpayer funded pensions just for them!!!!LINK.

mmmm

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Teachers union boss takes in $428,000, then demands shared sacrifice

Posted by iusbvision on January 2, 2011

You just gotta love public sector unions…

To hear them talk one might think they are all underpaid victims, like missionaries working in the third world…. so sad…./sniff.

The truth is that public sector unions are usually paid more then there private sector counterparts. They also get Cadillac level benefits that they pay little or nothing for and get pensions that are so fat that states have no idea how they can possibly pay them. So far what are the results, snow that doesn’t get cleared in New York, a federal government that spent $2.08 trillion more than it took in and we have little to show for it, and public schools that range from sub-par to unsafe failures. [Even the best American public schoolers do not measure well against other top 30 industrialized nations. So if you think “our public schools are really good” you are deluding yourself – Editor]

Washington Examiner:

American Federation of Teachers president Rhonda “Randi” Weingarten has issued a statement slamming proposed cuts from the congressional deficit commission for not pushing shared sacrifice among the wealthy, but an AFT spokesman has told The Examiner that Weingarten will not be taking a paycut from the total $428,284 she received in salary and benefits during fiscal year 2010.

Weingarten wrote of the proposed budget cuts from the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform:

While we’re grateful the commission’s chairmen understood the need to hold education investment sacrosanct, count on a vigorous fight from us over proposed cuts to Social Security and Medicare that would hurt an already-ailing middle class. Shared sacrifice means holding millionaires responsible for their fair share of taxes and ending truly wasteful spending, not sawing off essential lifelines for the middle class, who desperately are trying to keep their heads above water in these precarious economic times. We can help solve the financial future of Social Security and Medicare by investing in putting our people back to work, so they can pay into these programs. Nothing is more important to the future solvency of the country.

Filings from the Department of Labor reveal that the American Federation of Teachers has disbursed $428,284 to Weingarten. Her gross salary is $342,552, but benefits and other disbursements raise that number to almost half a million dollars. She also earned a six-figure salary when she was president of Local 2 in 2009, during which she received $202,319. Neither of these sums, by the way, include her expenses.

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When The Examiner called the AFT to ask whether Weingarten was planning on taking a paycut to demonstrate her belief in shared sacrifice, the spokesman said no. “No, absolutely not. She works 24/7 on behalf of union members and the people we serve. Making sure that people get a great education in public schools in America. She works to the bottom of her soul. You can’t put a price tag on that.”

I joked that, well, there is a price tag on that, and it’s apparently $428,284, but got no response.

The spokesman also asked whether The Examiner was equally critical of Goldman Sachs “who has received taxpayer dollars” (we have been), though it’s a bit odd that a spokesman for a teachers union that lobbies to funnel more taxpayer dollars toward its members would be so critical of Goldman Sachs for taking taxpayer dollars.

The lesson from the teachers union is clear: Shared sacrifice for thee and not for me.

Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2010/11/teachers-union-boss-takes-428k-demands-shared-sacrifice#ixzz19v9L6V70

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Steve Forbes: Government unions expensive and corrupt because the politicians who negotiate work for the unions.

Posted by iusbvision on December 31, 2010

Public sector unions were illegal until 1960. Forbes explains why we should do away with them. The public school disaster is the most painful example.

New York going broke from sweetheart public sector union and fat government pensions –

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NYC Union Workers Deliberately Engage in Slow Down in Snow Removal to Protest Spending Cuts. Delays Resulted in Deaths…

Posted by iusbvision on December 31, 2010

….including a newborn child who’s mother gave birth while trapped in the show.

10% of union workers didn’t show up for work…

New York Post –

FBN –

FNC –

 

 

Fiscally responsible states usually ran by  Republicans and Conservative Democrats gained 10 House seats according to Census data.

People are voting with their feet. Over 150 businesses left California to move to Texas in just the last year.

Union over reach in the public sector (government unions) is causing some states to go bankrupt. The states cannot afford the corruption and sweetheart deals that result from abusive public sector unions.

 

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Population and business fleeing high tax, forced union states ran by progressives

Posted by iusbvision on December 31, 2010

Fiscally responsible states usually ran by  Republicans and Conservative Democrats gained 10 House seats according to Census data.

People are voting with their feet. Over 150 businesses left California to move to Texas in just the last year. Missouri may now be changing to a “right to work state”.  Union over reach and greed has sent jobs overseas. Ford Motor Company has a new high tech plant that can make five cars on a single line at once. Union rules do not permit the advanced technology Ford needs so they have built these plants in Canada, Mexico and Brazil.

Union over reach in the public sector (government unions) is causing some states to go bankrupt. The states cannot afford the corruption and sweetheart deals that result from abusive public sector unions.

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