Dave Bego, Special for USDR
It is truly unfortunate that labor unions, once a true force for protecting employee rights — as described succinctly in The Devil at Our Doorstep — have become nothing more than Gasping Dinosaurs, bent on avoiding extinction at the cost of the very members they are supposed to protect (further illustrated in Big Labor Conundrum). The preponderance of this dilemma is big labor bosses’ objective of increasing membership growth (see US Union Membership Sinking, Except for Managers: Pew Study) to pad their own pockets and press their political agendas. This is not not based on social justice as they would attempt to have you believe, but rather the fundamental transformation of the United States of America to a socialistic/communist country because It’s All About Control! In fact, big labor hypocrisy has once again been brought to light on several fronts this past week, and is simply continuing the philosophy of “do as I say and not as I do.”
First, the UAW who has been unsuccessful in forced unionism tactics at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee (see UAW fails (for now) to strip VW employees of secret-ballot election) has truly shown its colors in Alabama, as witnessed by the fact Frustrated Alabama Workers Just Can’t Get Rid Of Their Union and that Johnson Controls employees in Florence withdraw from union. The following quote sums up the UAW hypocrisy, and the hypocrisy of the current Administration, who are bedfellows through political contributions and political paybacks. This has been further illustrated by the President’s use of the Rogue NLRB to further protect big labors objective of growth through intimidation and forced unionization.
Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Foundation, said in a statement Thursday.
“The [National Labor Relations Board] NLRB has stacked the deck against workers seeking to remove unwanted unions, allowing union officials to throw out results that don’t go their way and hold onto power.”
“The group, which offers free legal assistance to workers struggling with their union, has been helping to represents Ginger Estes, the NTN-Bower employee who filed for the original decertification election to remove the United Auto Workers.”
“Ginger Estes’ saga highlights an ugly double standard in federal labor law,” continued Mix. “While the activist Obama NLRB makes it easier to organize workplaces by enacting new ‘ambush election’ rules to get unions certified, union lawyers are allowed to game the system by blocking or overturning workers’ votes against unwanted unions.”
So what have the UAW Gasping Dinosaurs come up with as their solution? More of the “do as I say, not as I do” hypocrisy by advocating lower tiered union wage scales so they can induce companies to hire more employees that they can unionize as seen in the Report: UAW and Detroit carmakers eyeing 3rd wage tier to pump up UAW membership. What happened to social justice and elevating the middle class?What happened to the “Fight for Fifteen” minimum wage? More Union Hypocrisy (see Union Bosses Use Fast-Food Workers For Personal Gain)!
Meanwhile The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) unlawfully attempted to have one of its members fired from their job because the employee was responsible for the unions decertification (see AFSCME Chapter Unlawfully Tried to Cause Employee Firing During Decertification). Obviously, AFSCME was more concerned about maintaining the union’s dues collection than protecting employee rights and being a true representative of employee concerns. Ironically, this comes from a government employee union who has the advantage in securing forced union membership of government employees. One would think AFSCME would concentrate on member concerns to stave off decertification rather than padding its own pockets!
Finally, the Same Old SEIU was at it again as it was truly caught in a “do as I say, not as I do” moment by none other than another union the UAW! Unions have always pontificated that they should never utilize nonunion vendors. Evidently the SEIU is feeling the pinch of declining membership and the reduced union dues forced upon them by last year’s NGO vote (see California SEIU Members Score Multiple Victories Over “SEIU 1%”). The distressed SEIU Local 1000 in California recently had election ballots printed by a non-union shop, but had the printer place the UAW’s logo on the ballots to make it appear it was a union print shop. The UAW immediately called out the SEIU and threatened a lawsuit unless the SEIU agrees to the terms in the following letter, which included a $100,000 payment to the UAW for unlawful use of its UAW logo bug – Union Label Cease and Desist.
It is woefully apparent that big labor is not concerned about its membership, but that It’s All About the Dues Money! for their own purposes and political agendas. They are supported by the current administration at the cost of American jobs, lower wages and a flagging economy as described in Breaking News: The Ambush is Upon Us which is picking up steam as chronicled in Ambush election update: 40 percent reduction in campaign time, almost 100 percent more petitions.When Will Congress and the Main Stream Media Wake Up and put and realize with the unions, It’s All About Perception! We need to put an immediate stop to this travesty before it is too late! Wake-Up and Connect the Dots… Obama Wants Us to Sign a Neutrality Agreement with his big labor buddies. It is imperative for Americans to watch what this Administration and its big labor allies are doing and not just listen to what they are saying!