Thugs: Andy Stern, SEIU and their connection to Obama
The mere suggestion that Barack Obama's history is replete with a string of murky associations with dangerous extremists is enough to send the Left, the pragmatists, and the 'moderates' spinning in an endless cycle of dizzying indignation. Yet even his present close associations are highly problematic.
Andy Stern, who heads the workers' union known as SEIU, is the most frequent visitor to the White House. Obama has admitted on numerous occasions that he collaborates with Stern and the SEIU on a regular basis. He even stated during the 2008 campaign that he has 'worked his entire life with Stern and the SEIU on a regular basis.
All Americans should become informed about Andy Stern and SEIU. But not from their official website or from the mainstream media, where you will get the propaganda.
Several vital facts should be noted.
First, SEIU thugs attacked citizens who attended Town Hall meetings with their elected representatives last summer, seriously injuring several who required hospitalization. The thugs never threatened anyone beforehand. They simply showed up at the meetings to intimidate town hall attendees and then unleash their violence on the unsuspecting citizens by surprise.
SEIU and ACORN thugs also blocked the entrance to at least one Town Hall meeting, refusing to grant entrance to the constituents within the representative's district.
The citizens who attended these Town Hall meetings were unarmed, many of whom were retired and elderly. Yet they exercised one of their most sacred rights in this free society--to confront elected representatives and hold them accountable, this time on the highly unpopular ObamaCare bill.
Second, interestingly, Andy Stern and SEIU helped to write the ObamaCare bill that our illustrious Congress critters admitted they never read. They didn't have to. They had been bought off by the special interests who wrote the bill, and that includes SEIU and the Apollo Alliance, which coordinates efforts between big government, big labor, big business, and big environment.
Apollo also helped craft the near-$1 trillion-dollar stimulus package for Obama.
Add into the mix Communist Van Jones, the Hugo Chavez admirer, and the 'Center for American Progress' which is run by a Leftwing extremist, and you have a healthcare bill that was conceived, nurtured, born, and bred in the bowels of American Leftwing extremism.
Thus, the hired guns of these organizations, the street-wise goons and thus of SEIU and ACORN, were charged with disrupting, intimidating, and even physically attacking citizens who care enough for the country to protest this frantic march toward Marxism.
Each of the organizations and individuals mentioned above have close ties with Barack Obama. Van Jones was hired as one of Obama's 'czars' until Patriots screamed to high heaven about a Marxist in the White House, resulting in Jones' departure, where he then wound up working for the Leftwing extremist Center for American Progress.
ACORN's connections with Barack Obama are well-known, going all the way back to his early days in Chicago as a community organizer, when Obama did legal work for the organization. They, too, were involved in the intimidation and violent threats/behavior against citizens at the Town Hall meetings.
And as for Andy Stern and SEIU, watch and listen closely to what came out of Obama's own mouth in this video.
Presently there is a massive, concerted effort on the part of the Leftwing, the mainstream media, the White House, and Democrats in Congress to portray Tea Party activists as dangerous, violent, right-wing extremists.
This, it would seem, is a perfect cover for the violence that is nurtured, encouraged, and perpetrated by the Leftwing organizations most closely associated with Barack Obama.
The death threats against Nancy Pelosi and Bart Stupak are actually but a drop in the bucket compared to the threats made against Patriots, Tea Party activists, and anyone else who dares to raise a voice of protest against this President.
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URGENT! Federal legislation would override North Carolina, and other states bans on union organizing. It would bankrupt state and local gov. and municipalities. Harry Reid introduced S. 3194 under a rule that allows it to bypass committee review and proceed to the floor in as little as 48 hours. And guess which union ...is involved? SEIU!
Collective Bargaining Bill for Public Safety Workers Could Cost Taxpayers
Federal legislation would override North Carolina ban on union organizing
May 18, 2010
RALEIGH — Nearly 32,000 North Carolina state and local public safety employees could begin negotiating contracts with unions if recently introduced federal legislation becomes law. S. 3194, The Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act of 2009, sponsored and introduced April 12 by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., would override North Carolina law forcing the state, municipalities, and counties to recognize and bargain collectively with unions representing police, firefighters, emergency medical responders, and others.
Union officials refused to speak to Carolina Journal about the pending legislation. Neither the SEIU, which is affiliated with the State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC), the North Carolina Fraternal Order of Police, nor the International Association of Firefighters responded to repeated requests for comment.
Organized labor’s silence stands in contrast to vocal concerns expressed by local officials and associations over costs to taxpayers, burdens to administrators, the ability of law enforcement to nimbly respond, and constitutionality of the legislation.
The bill could become law quickly and without substantive debate. Reid introduced S. 3194 under a rule that allows it to bypass committee review and proceed to the floor in as little as 48 hours.
No action had occurred as of press time.
S. 3194 would override North Carolina General Statute 95-98, which for 51 years has prohibited public sector collective bargaining. S. 3194 would let public safety employees choose to be represented by a union and have their hours, wages, and terms and conditions of employment determined by collective bargaining. Supervisors and managers would be exempt.
The North Carolina League of Municipalities estimates 28,000 municipal and county law enforcement workers and paid firefighters would fall under the bill. The State Office of Personnel puts the number of public safety positions in state government at nearly 3,800, including members of Highway Patrol, employees of the State Bureau of Investigation, and others.
“From my experience, it would be costly to local governments,” said Wayne Bowers, city manager of Greenville and former city manager of Gainesville, Fla., where collective bargaining is law. “We had one full-time labor relations person, we had a staff assistant to that labor relations director, we had one city attorney who spent just about full time on labor relations issues, and we occasionally had to hire outside attorneys.” Cost to Gainesville: roughly $250,000.
Mint Hill Police Chief Tim Ledford, president of the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police, believes collective bargaining would bring tax increases and layoffs. NCACP opposes the bill. Ledford, once a union official in a different industry, says he understands rank-and-file officers see collective bargaining as a path to higher compensation. However, his experience showed him union contracts hurt good workers by protecting slackers: “With unions, everybody gets the same across the board.”
Compensation costs will rise with a unionized public sector work force, according to Chris Edwards, director of tax policy studies for the Cato Institute. In the Cato report Public-Sector Unions (PDF), Edwards writes that after adjusting for state-to-state differences in the labor market, “public-sector unions increase average pay levels by roughly 10 percent.”
Rebecca Troutman of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners says local law enforcement officers receive a competitive salary, a 5 percent 401(k) contribution by their employers every year, a robust pension plan, and a separation allowance.
S. 3194 is an expensive, unfunded mandate, according to Ellis Hankins of the League of Municipalities. “It’s going to result in the same services being delivered at a much higher cost,” Hankins said. Like the county commissioners’ group, the league views collective bargaining and S. 3194 as a major threat that would create an adversarial relationship between employee and employer and lead to collective bargaining with other public employees.
Hankins points to Vallejo, Calif., as the poster child for what can happen when officials have no flexibility to cut budgets. In 2008, Vallejo declared bankruptcy after unions refused to renegotiate contracts. Three-quarters of Vallejo’s general fund budget went to public safety worker compensation. A bankruptcy appellate panel from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed the city was insolvent and ordered changes to the agreements.
Lack of operational flexibility is Ledford’s concern. “You’ve got to be able to make decisions on the fly and on the spot — make immediate decisions. With a union you can’t do that. You’ve got to get buy-in from the union rep before you can make decisions about anything that affects the employee,” he said.
Fraternal Order of Police President Chuck Canterbury addressed “the boogeyman of collective bargaining having an adverse affect on public safety” before Congress last month. He said public safety officers who responded after the 9/11 attacks and Pentagon police who responded to a shooting this year were covered by collective bargaining agreements. “None of those called to action in these most extreme of circumstances paused to contemplate whether any of their actions would impact current or future negotiations,” Canterbury said.
The North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs hasn’t taken a position on the bill, but President Frank Burns thinks North Carolina’s small towns could become all-volunteer forces if S. 3194 passes. Burns, fire chief of Kings Mountain, questions whether small towns could afford collective bargaining rules on hours worked, pay rates, benefits, and duty requirements. He doesn’t think an all-volunteer force would impact service adversely. Burns says volunteers comprise 80 percent of North Carolina’s 50,000-strong firefighting force, while 20 percent are paid.
Among North Carolina's Washington delegation, Republican Sen. Richard Burr opposes S. 3194. On May 7, he told NewsRadio680 WPTF he doesn’t see the bill coming up during the regular session of Congress but Burr did say, “I’m alarmed at what might happen in a lame-duck session of Congress post the November election, between then and January when the new Senate is seated.”
Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan’s office didn’t respond to CJ’s request to learn her position. In September 2008, then-candidate Hagan told Greensboro News & Record reporter Mark Binker, in a voice-mail message posted on the paper’s website: “Once I’m elected to the U.S. Senate, I want you to know that I will never support a bill at the federal level that mandates states allow collective bargaining of state government employees. I truly believe that’s a state rights issue. That’s my strong belief and that’s how I’ll vote.”
Hankins believes S. 3194 violates every principle of federalism and might be unconstitutional. “There really are good legal arguments that the legislation is beyond constitutional powers of the Congress. If they can do this, they can do about everything,” Hankins said.
Donna Martinez is a contributor to Carolina Journal
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