Michigan Supreme Court Allows Big Labor Power Grab on November Ballot. Are Unions Emulating the Cosa Nostra? Labor wants More Power Above State and Local Laws.

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From Breitbart/Big Government

Michigan Supreme Court Allows Big Labor Power Grab on November Ballot

by Education Action Group

September 9, 2012

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Supreme Court this week approved Big Labor’s “Protect Our Jobs” ballot initiative that would enshrine collective bargaining in the state’s constitution – a power grab to elevate labor agreements above state and local laws.

F. Vincent Vernuccio, director of labor policy for the Mackinaw Center for Public Policy, said the ruling means Michigan voters will now have to make a critical decision in November.

Do they want to give union officials more power than legislators and local elected officials, or do they want to move ahead with reforms that could keep Michigan on the path to recovery?” Vernuccio said in a news release Wednesday.

If voters adopt the measure, they will effectively repeal (in part or whole) about 170 Michigan laws, the Mackinac Center reports.  That would certainly put the state’s public schools in a doomsday situation.

Gov. Rick Snyder and state legislators have enacted a series of promising laws in recent years designed to curb the destructive influence of teachers unions in public schools. They have also required   public employees, including teachers, to contribute more toward their own health insurance and pension costs.

If the”Protect Our Jobs” proposal passes, many of those laws could be voided through mandatory collective bargaining in many school districts.

In other words, the state would return to its ugly tradition of putting union labor demands ahead of the welfare of students and taxpayers. It would take school districts back to the days when labor officials demanded teacher layoffs to fund massive retirement payouts, and it would ensure the old way of doing business continues indefinitely.

But as virtually any Michigan school leader can attest, the old way of doing business is simply unsustainable. Public schools must be able to control labor costs if they have any hope of a financially stable future.

The unions are attempting to bamboozle the public into believing they’re working to “Protect Our Jobs,” but in reality, nothing could be farther from the truth. They’re really seeking the constitutional right to once again raid school treasuries through “collective bullying.”  In November we’ll know if voters approve of that idea or not.

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To Michigan voters:

The Unions have turned into a Cosa Nostra (mafia run) style of operation.  Go against the union and you may be visited by the “persuaders”; go against them you may face the “enforcers”.

Cosa Nostra Chart

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Ask Eddie York’s WIDOW. Killed while crossing a picket line under the Coal Miner’s Union Strike run by none other than Richard Trumka (now of the AFL-CIO).  Widow sued union that fought her lawsuit and finally settled when the union and its “thugs” were about to be exposed.

WATCH THIS VIDEO:

Trumka — The Eddie York Slaying (July 22, 1993)

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Richard Trumka ~ “Forget About the Law” ~

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Obama and the Unions: “Build more and more power”

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Detroit Has No Horses But Pays $56K for Horseshoer — Union Boss Says It‘s ’Not Possible’ to Eliminate Positions

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In Pennsylvania AFSCME Fights For Sexual Harassment on the Job. Detroit Union Job Obsolete, but AFSCME Member Paid Anyway. Have Unions Become “Cosa Nostra Style Families”?

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In Pennsylvania AFSCME Fights For Sexual Harassment on the Job. Detroit Union Job Obsolete, but AFSCME Member Paid Anyway. Have Unions Become “Cosa Nostra Style Families”?

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**Warning: Content for language**

AFSCME Fights For Sexual Harassment on the Job

August 22, 2012

by Bernie O’Hare

Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court yesterday reversed an arbitrator, who directed the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) to reinstate a sexual harasser. Among numerous other things, he asked a female employee if he could hide under her desk and “eat her pussy” while she worked.

When the PHA fired the cretin, AFSCME went to bat for him. He was wearing the union label.

Although the arbitrator agreed that the behavior was perverse, he ruled that the PHA lacked “just cause” to dump the bum.

AFSCME actually argued that no public policy would be served by sacking this predator.

Public sector unions. Gotta’ love ‘em.

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Detroit Has No Horses But Pays $56K for Horseshoer — Union Boss Says It‘s ’Not Possible’ to Eliminate Positions

By Jason Howerton

August 20, 2012

No Horses But Detroit Pays Horseshoer More Than $56,000 in Salary and Benefits

(Source: Michigan Capitol Confidential)

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) pays a “horseshoer” $29,245 in salary and roughly $27,000 in benefits. There’s only one problem — Detroit has no horses for the horseshoer to shoe.

Some critics argue that the department has been turned into some sort of a government jobs program. Meanwhile, the local union president says it is “not possible” to eliminate positions, the Michigan Capitol Confidential reports.

The horseshoer’s job description, which was last updated in 1967 (Lyndon B. Johnson was president), is “to shoe horses and to do general blacksmith work… and to preform related work as required,” according to the department’s website.

With a large amount of debt, DWSD has struggled with rising water prices and inefficient services. They use roughly twice the number of employees per gallon as comparable cities like Chicago.

The Michigan Capitol Confidential has more details:

A recent independent report about the DWSD recommends that the city trim more than 80 percent of the department’s workforce. The consultant who wrote the report found 257 job descriptions, including a horseshoer. Capitol Confidential sent a Freedom of Information Act request to the department for the salary, benefits and job description of the horseshoer position.

In response to the report, John Riehl, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 207, which represents many of the DWSD employees, told the Detroit Free Press that the department needs more workers.

“They don’t have enough people as it is right now,” Riehl said. “They are just dreaming to think they can operate that plant with less.”

But critics say this is just another example of city departments operating as a jobs program for union employees.

“They have said for years that they don’t have enough people,” said Roi Chinn, a former city administrator and 2013 mayoral candidate for Detroit. “As the bureaucracy thickens and union power grows, there is always a built in reflex … to want more.

“Whenever you think you’ve heard the bad about the city of Detroit, it gets worse.”

Chinn said if he was mayor he would sell the water department.

Daniel Edwards, a construction contracts manager with the DWSD, said the so-called horseshoer was transferred from the Detroit Police Department five years ago. And even though the police department does currently have horses, the DWSD employee doesn’t work with the animals. So the question is: what exactly does the horseshoer do?

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Growing Power of Government Unions Poses Risk to National Security, New Book Claims

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The influence of government unions has grown while President Barack Obama has been in the White House, Factor claims, with some union officials meeting more often with the president and his staff than cabinet officials.

“Some of the union bosses talked about how they talked with somebody at the White House every single day,” Factor said in an interview.

Factor contends in his book that union influence within government agencies, including the Obama Administration’s decision to allow the TSA to be unionized, represents a growing threat to national security. According to Shadowbosses, Unions represent 20 percent of the Department of Defense’s workforce and a third of Homeland Security employees, including border patrol, Customs and Immigration and FEMA agents.

While a federal statute passed in 1978 prevents active-duty military, the CIA, FBI, Secret Service and National Security Agency from being unionized, Shadowbosses reveals that the law doesn’t apply to civilian employees working for the military. As a result, more than 20 percent of U.S. military employees are union members, according to Shadowbosses.

The power of union leadership, which Factor says pursues political agendas that are not always supported by their membership, is reflected in the billions of dollars of annual union dues that it can spend in support of politicians and issues the leaders favor, he said.

All told, Factor said that his book documents that government employee unions collect at least $14 billion in annual dues, much of which are used for political purposes.

The total amount of dues is probably closer to $20 billion a year and is likely to go up as a result of Obamacare, which Factor said union leaders played a key role in helping to get enacted through their influence on members of Congress and the hundreds of millions of dollars government unions spent in support of the legislation.

“They got it passed for one simple reason – there’s going to be 21 million people in healthcare because of Obamacare,” Factor said, adding that union bosses were motivated by the opportunity to add more of those employees to their union rolls. “Keep in mind this little number – for every million new members they get, it’s approximately $1 billion, yes one billion dollars, in dues and most of that gets used, or a lot of that gets used, for political purposes.”

He points out that there are almost 500,000 federal government employees earning more than $100,000 a year and receiving up to 10 weeks of annual vacation. Union leaders, meanwhile, typically earn more than 10 times as much as rank and file members, with salaries reaching more than $800,000 a year.

In addition, Shadowbosses reveals that taxpayers subsidize unions to the tune of $1 billion a year in the form of salaries paid to government employees while they are doing work for their unions — which adds up to about 23 million total work hours a year.

Shadowbosses concludes by questioning whether union bosses are usurping taxpayer control over the political process, saying “it is a battle for the heart and soul of our country.”

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Have Unions grown into their own Cosa Nostra (Mafia) “Families”?

Are some Unions run like the mafia?

From the President of the Union, to their assistants, to their regional Unions, to local Union persuaders/enforcers, etc. down to the Union member/worker (Associate).

Cosa Nostra (Mafia Chart)

Cosa Nostra Chart

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Average Teacher makes $44G while Their Top Union Bosses pull in nearly $500G. Are Unions Run “Cosa Nostra” Style?

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Teachers across the country face pay freezes and possible layoffs, but the heads of the two biggest teachers unions saw their pay jump 20 percent last year, to nearly half a million dollars apiece.

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten’s pay jumped to $407,323 between 2010 and 2011, while her counterpart at the National Education Association, Dennis Van Roekel, got a raise to $362,644. Factor in stipends and other paid expenses and Weingarten took in $493,859 and Van Roekel $460,060 for 2011.

“Are teachers or anyone in the private sector experiencing those increases in times of financial hardship?”

- Gary Beckner, Association of American Educators

The big salaries drew jeers from many educators and their advocates in the U.S., where the average nationwide salary for teachers is a scant $44,000 a year. By contrast, nearly 600 staffers at the NEA and AFT are raking in six-figure salaries, according to Association of American Educators Executive Director Gary Beckner.

“In terms of salaries, union executives rake in nearly 10 times the average household income and far more than any teacher,” Beckner told FoxNews.com. “Are teachers or anyone in the private sector experiencing those increases in times of financial hardship?”

The union bigwigs are well-insulated from the paycheck-to-paycheck lives of most schoolteachers, said Tracie Happel, a elementary school teacher in Lacrosse, Wisc., who has spoken out in the past against the practices of the unions.

“It’s always about the union. It’s never about the teachers or students,” Happel said

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Average Teacher makes $44G while Their Top Union Bosses pull in nearly $500G. Are Unions Run “Cosa Nostra” Style?

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Oligarchy

Definition of OLIGARCHY

1 : [Union]government by the few

2 : a government [Union] in which a small group exercises control especially for corrupt and selfish purposes; also : a group exercising such control

: an organization under oligarchic control

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Average teacher makes $44G while their top union bosses pull in nearly $500G

by Perry Chiaramonte

July 14, 2012

Teachers across the country face pay freezes and possible layoffs, but the heads of the two biggest teachers unions saw their pay jump 20 percent last year, to nearly half a million dollars apiece.

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten’s pay jumped to $407,323 between 2010 and 2011, while her counterpart at the National Education Association, Dennis Van Roekel, got a raise to $362,644. Factor in stipends and other paid expenses and Weingarten took in $493,859 and Van Roekel $460,060 for 2011.

“Are teachers or anyone in the private sector experiencing those increases in times of financial hardship?”

- Gary Beckner, Association of American Educators

The big salaries drew jeers from many educators and their advocates in the U.S., where the average nationwide salary for teachers is a scant $44,000 a year. By contrast, nearly 600 staffers at the NEA and AFT are raking in six-figure salaries, according to Association of American Educators Executive Director Gary Beckner.

“In terms of salaries, union executives rake in nearly 10 times the average household income and far more than any teacher,” Beckner told FoxNews.com. “Are teachers or anyone in the private sector experiencing those increases in times of financial hardship?”

The union bigwigs are well-insulated from the paycheck-to-paycheck lives of most schoolteachers, said Tracie Happel, a elementary school teacher in Lacrosse, Wisc., who has spoken out in the past against the practices of the unions.

“It’s always about the union. It’s never about the teachers or students,” Happel said. “When you’re a teacher, you know you will not always be able to have the money for renovations on a house or go away on vacation, but it’s a tough pill to swallow when you can’t do those things when the people who are supposed to represent us get paid more and more every year.”

Happel added that while she is safe for now, many of her colleagues in worse situations.

“They are finding it hard to pay their bills. They are having trouble with basic monthly bills.”

Officials for the NEA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“Last year, I and the other two AFT officers, as well as all management took a voluntary pay freeze,” Weingarten, president of AFT said in a statement.

“We did so because no one knows better than we do the economic distress our members are experiencing. Unlike in the corporate sector, all of my salary, benefits and expenses are fully disclosed,” Weingarten said.

But John Ellsworth, a teacher in the Michigan’s Grand Ledge Public Schools, told the Mackinac Center, a Michigan-based think tank, that teachers deserve the best advocates union dues can buy.

“Public education is vital for the preservation and growth of our nation and its economy,” Ellsworth said in an email. “Leaders of the national teachers’ union try to rally people behind this truth. I wish we had people serving in government who recognized the importance of public education, but instead children and teachers need their own advocates since politicians abandon public education so readily.”

Tony Amorose, a history teacher with the Dearborn School District in Michigan, said no one begrudges union officials fair salaries. But he said the steep increases are out of step with what the rank and file see. After 21 years of teaching, he earns $74,000 a year. He said he gets by just fine, but worries about the pay younger and less experienced teachers get.

“It would be nice if the unions held the line a bit in a show of solidarity,” said Amorose, who is campaigning for state office. “I don’t mind paying dues, but I don’t see them going down with my compensation. They keep going up. I find it a bit frustrating that they would give themselves such significant salary and compensation increases.”

Michael Van Beek, Mackinac’s director of education policy said the problem isn’t necessarily high pay for union leaders, it’s the way they get it.

“These compensation levels are not based on market demand,” Van Beek said. “This pay largely relies upon monopolistic collective bargaining privileges these unions enjoy, which forces school employees to financially support them. This is why transparency of these unions is so important.”

The significant raises of the two union leaders salaries came at a time when the saw memberships dwindling.

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Are some Unions run like the mafia?

From the President of the Union, to their assistants, to their regional Unions, to local Union persuaders/enforcers, etc. down to the Union member/worker (Associate).

Cosa Nostra (Mafia Chart)

Cosa Nostra Chart

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Fatcats: Becoming Rich Means Becoming a UNION BOSS

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From the Boston Herald

Jet set includes labor bosses

By Cornelius Chapman

June 13, 2012

The private jet is an easy target for those obsessed with income inequality. Can there be any more obnoxious symbol of wealth and privilege than a corporate fat cat climbing aboard a sleek chartered plane, avoiding the long lines and security that the rest of us suffer through?

The justifications for such excess usually strike ordinary working stiffs as pious pretexts: The security risks are too great for the CEO to fly commercial, the executive’s time is too valuable to stick to airline schedules, or you get more work done if you don’t have to sit next to a screaming baby.

If you don’t buy these claims, you are free to sell the stock of a company that makes them, or to boycott its goods and services. But what if you’re forced to pay for a high-flying executive’s luxury travel because of a legal monopoly?

That’s the position that union members — and sometimes other taxpayers — find themselves in when top labor leaders share their business counterparts’ distaste for rubbing elbows with the grubby masses.

Take the Machinists Union, which has a private Lear Jet that cost $13 million new, and $1.8 million a year to operate when pilots, hangars, jet fuel and maintenance are added up.

It only carries 10 passengers, so there’s no room for the rank and file.

The machinists endorsed then-Sen. Barack Obama in 2008, after which his administration adopted a policy of “non-enforcement” against unions which failed to comply with new and tougher rules regarding disclosure of travel expenditures.

At least the machinists have to compete in the free market, so that taxpayers aren’t footing the bill for trips to Las Vegas and other sites that occupy a cherished place in American labor history. In the case of AFSCME, the nation’s largest public sector union, taxes and compulsory union dues are the source of funds that paid for 18 chartered flights for its president over the past two years.

In most cases, public sector workers have no choice about whether to join a union, and taxpayers have nowhere else to go for the public services they need. The 80 percent of Americans who always fly coach have to wonder why union leaders aren’t happy with first or even business class.

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National Labor Racket: Obama LABOR BOARD Pick has Ties TO MOB

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And here we thought the mafia/mob was in recession too.

Previous blogs posted here already hinted at Unions being run Cosa Nostra style.

Did you know Saul Alinsky studied under Frank Nitti of the Capone mob?

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From the Washington Free Beacon:

NATIONAL LABOR RACKET

OBAMA LABOR BOARD PICK HAS TIES TO MOB

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June 22, 2012

One of President Obama’s controversial recess appointees to the National Labor Relations Board has ties to corrupt mafia bosses, Fox News reports.

That recess appointee, Richard Griffin, was former general counsel for the 400,000-member [International Union of Operating Engineers] – a union tainted over the years by mob connections and a history of corruption.

Public documents obtained by Fox News show that more than 60 IUOE members have been arrested, indicted or jailed in the last decade on charges that include labor racketeering, extortion, criminal enterprise, bodily harm and workplace sabotage.

In some of the more egregious examples, federal prosecutors alleged in February 2003 that the Genovese and Colombo crime families wrested control of two IUOE locals, and stole $3.6 million from major New York area construction projects — including the Museum of Modern Art and minor league baseball stadiums for the Yankees and Mets in Staten and Coney Islands.

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Saul Alinsky studied Frank Nitti of the Capone mob. Read interview and Alinsky’s responses at link below.

Saul Alinsky “studied” mob tactics through Frank Nitti of the Al Capone mob

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Saul Alinsky’s son: “Obama learned his lesson well”

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Obama’s NLRB Unleashes Ambush Elections on America’s Job Creators. Will “Mafia Style” Protection Money from Businesses Come in the Form of Union Dues?

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Are Unions Hurting the Middle Class? Is the NLRB becoming a Cosa Nostra Style Power?

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The Upper Echelon of the Unions are the highest paid, protected squad in the unions.

While Union Members Rank and File Eat Hot Dogs and Generic Mac and Cheese: Union Leadership Yearly Salary AND Jet Set Includes Labor Bosses

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While Richard Trumka Trumpets About “out of control CEO pay”: Union Boss Salary Hypocrisy

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Mafia chart; apply this to the Union bosses and their underbosses:

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Richard Trumka, while head of the United Mine Workers and now the AFL-CIO President, and the murder of Eddie York.

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Read the report below for just ONE MONTH of corruption reporting!

Union Corruption Report: March 2012

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Proof Obama Appointee Corrupts Criminal Investigative Process; Privileged Treatment to Union Officials

From Big Government:

By   Don Loos  

November 18, 2011

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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) internal document excerpted below supports the allegation that Obama appointee John Lund has told union officials to ignore federal investigators and deal with him personally.  His actions irreversibly taint criminal investigations and subvert employee protections in favor of union bosses, while raising the prestige of his labor consultant team in Wisconsin.

More importantly, union members and those forced to pay dues to these unions would likely be painted as victims that they are.  Perhaps the press would even look back at the last three years of union disclosure elimination that John Lund has orchestrated that has no benefit for the rank-and-file. No, Lund has been systematically dismantling union financial disclosure and union boss conflict-of-interest reporting to the benefit of his union boss clients.

As OLMS Director, Lund wields the power to instigate, influence and/or shut down criminal investigations or union audits.  This kind of authority requires responsible oversight and unimpeachable ethical standards, which, it appears, are not being maintained, and thus destroying public confidence in the integrity of OLMS.

According to the official DOL minutes excerpted above, Lund is not only “directly” providing his personal services to delinquent union disclosure filers, but he has also instructed union officers “not to deal with OLMS investigators.”  If this does not violate federal employee ethics, then there are no federal employee ethics.

John Lund has betrayed the trust of the American public and the hard-working union members and forced-dues payers who never have a say in where their money goes and now may never know where it went.

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Democratic Socialists of America Grows Like a Slow Tumor. NOW Is the Time to Educate Yourself; BUT will YOU Read this?

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For a rundown on President Obama’s extensive ties to DSA go here.

While just under 6,500 may not seem a huge number in a country of over 300 million, it is important to remember that DSA is not a normal political party, but more of a political ‘mafia’ or secret society. It exerts its influence, not under its own name, but by infiltrating and manipulating other organizations.

DSA has hundreds of members and supporters in key academic and media positions. It has influence in Hollywood and the churches.

DSA dominates the AFL-CIO and America’s two most powerful unions AFSCME and SEIU. It controls, or influences dozens of mass organizations from Jobs with JusticeCoalition of Labor Union Women,Coalition of Black Trade UnionistsNational Jobs For All Coalition and the Apollo Alliance to the Gray Panthers.

DSA has thousands of members in the Democratic Party, virtually running the party in states like Michigan and Massachusetts.

DSA helped establish the now more than 80 strong Congressional Progressive Caucus.

It has dozens of members or allies currently serving in Congress and the Senate – including John ConyersJerry NadlerBob FilnerJan SchakowskyDanny DavisJohn LewisEleanor Holmes Norton and Bernie Sanders.

Many cancer sufferers don’t even realize they have a tumor until its too late.

Americans need to wake up to the fact that DSA is working hard to destroy your country from within.

It will succeed, unless America’s ‘immune system’ starts to kick in very quickly.

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Statism Needs Division and Discontent to Push Their Progressive Agenda

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While Richard Trumka Trumpets About “out of control CEO pay”: Union Boss Salary Hypocrisy

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Even wonder what YOUR UNION BOSS makes a year?

All while using you member dues for political purposes and NOT boosting your retirement or benefits?

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From Workforce Fairness Institute:

Union Boss Salary Hypocrisy

April 25, 2012 by WFI Staff

Union Boss Richard Trumka’s generous paycheck is raising some eyebrows.  An article published yesterday in the Washington Free Beacon, titled “Trumka’s Big Bucks,” details AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka’s latest strategy to encourage his members to fight “out-of-control CEO pay.”  But with all this rhetoric about getting executive salaries under control, Trumka still makes eight times as much as the average American worker, while their pensions go bankrupt.

From the Washington Free Beacon,

“Trying to stir union members into protesting the disparity between the wages of CEO’s and the worker’s they manage, Trumka’s email said, “Runaway CEO pay isn’t just bad for our economy, it’s bad for the morale of working families, too. All workers, from the executive suite down to the shop floor, contribute to making a company successful. But these corporations are buying into the myth that the success of a corporation is the result of its CEO alone.”

As President of the union, Trumka makes over eight times as much as the average American worker.

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In 2011, Trumka earned $293,750.

According to the recent email from Trumka’s desk, the average American worker makes about $34,000 a year.”

Unfortunately Richard Trumka isn’t the only Big Labor boss with a salary that’s out of control. In fact, his very generous income of $293,750 in 2011 is about average.  According to the Labor Department’s total compensation figures, many of the top labor leaders make even more than Trumka:

  • Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), earned $290,334 in 2011;

  • Gerald McEntee, President of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal employees, AFL-CIO (AFSCME), earned $512,369;

  • James Hoffa, General President of the Teamsters, earned $372,489;

  • Dennis Van Roekel, President of the National Education Association (NEA), earned$460,060;

  • Joseph Hansen, President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), earned $361,124, and

  • Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), earned$493,859.

While Trumka calls on his members to get “CEO pay under control,” he should take a hard look at the dollars he and other union bosses are pocketing compared to the American workers they claim to represent.

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Hey Occupiers! Read THIS: Insane Government Employee Pensions.

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Occupiers: Information you are NOT being “fed” at your General Assemblies. Will YOU wise up?

By BLAIRE BRIODY, The Fiscal Times

July 13, 2011


When it comes to government employees, there’s plenty of news about laid off social workers in Florida, furloughed forest rangers in Minnesota,  and underpaid teachers everywhere else. Yet even during these hard times, there are thousands of government employees who still earn great, big salaries – many of them hundreds of thousands more than the $400,000 Obama pulls down each year. In 2009, 347 Texas state employees earned more than the president; 53 of them made more than $600,000. In New York, 35 employees were paid over $400k last year. Since 2005, the number of Federal employees earning $150,000 plus has jumped tenfold: going from 12,399 to 171,689. Much of the increase has been in medicine. Doctors at veterans hospitals and prisons averaged $179,500 in 2010, up from $111,000 in 2005.

See our slideshow here on 10 insanely overpaid government employees. We reported all their yearly earnings, which in addition to base salary, includes bonuses, overtime pay, and other pay. The “other pay” can be things like unused sick days–$594,976 worth of them for one California employee – something private sector employees could only dream of. Oh, and did we mention all of them are men?

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TOP TEN RICHEST CELEBRITIES SUPPORTING ‘OCCUPY WALL STREET

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Perhaps the greatest, and, most obvious hypocrisy of all is that, unless born into privilege — as is the case with some of our celebrities below — it can be argued that none of these high net-worth individuals would be where they are today without having availed themselves of the advantages of capitalism.

Here is a list of the 10 wealthiest celebrities supporting Occupy Wall Street. According to Celebrity Networth, the site that compiled the list, they have a combined net worth of $1.255 billion.

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***The following list is from 2007; imagine what they claim for salaries FOUR YEARS later…..***

Top 10 Highest-Paid Union Bosses
By Human Events
Posted 07/17/2007

Reported by the U.S. Department of Labor

1. G. William Hunter
Executive Director
NBA Players Association
Salary: $2,185,446

2. Eugene Upshaw
Executive Director
NFL Players Association
Salary: $2,064,526

3. Donald M. Fehr
Executive Director
MLB Players Association
Salary: $1,000,000

4. Jimmy Warren
Financial Treasurer
Steelworkers and AFL-CIO
Salary: $825,262

5. Gregory J. Hessinger
Chief Executive Officer
Screen Actors Guild
Salary: $803,399

6. Alan Eisenberg
Executive Director
Actors and Artists, AFL- CIO Branch
Salary: $720,743

7. Jay Roth
National Executive Director
Directors Guild of America
Salary: $686,673

8. Don Hunsucker
President and CEO
United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1288
Salary: $679,949

9. John McLean
Executive Director
Writers Guild, West Headquarters
Salary: $650,402

10. Gerald McEntee
President
State, County & Municipal Workers
Salary: $629,291

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*****BUT they claim to be for the members and the working class, right?***

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The poor Occupier lemmings; they don’t realize they are being played as USEFUL IDIOTS.

In political jargon, the term useful idiot was used to describe Soviet sympathizers in Western countries. The implication is that though the people in question naïvely thought themselves an ally of the Soviet Union, they were actually held in contempt and were being cynically used.

The term has been extended to other people perceived as propagandists for a cause they do not understand.

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Fatcats: Becoming Rich Means Becoming a UNION BOSS

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By Warner Todd Huston

July 17, 2011

Working stiffs. That is what most people think about when they think of the word “unions.” But a peek inside the salaries of the union bosses at the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) tells a different tale. In fact, it shows that “fatcats” aren’t just in businesses anymore. It looks like all one need do to become a member of the wealthy upper class is to become a union boss.

I wonder if the rank and file, the real working stiffs — you know, the ones out of work these days? — I wonder if they know how much their own union bosses are making?

Check out these extremely high salaries of the union’s highest officers (and this is just salary, too, not all benefits, double dipped offices, and other compensation):

  • Gerald McEntee, International President of AFSCME = $555,367
  • Diane B. Burke, Director of Conference = $345,198
  • John Seferian, Chair of Judicial Plan = $250,738
  • Paul R. Booth, Exec. Assistant to President = $244,384

See the full list of AFSCME officer’s salaries at LaborUnionReport.com.

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Remember this is JUST THE AFSCME.

What about the other big union bosses from AFL/CIO, SEIU, AFGW, UAW, etc.?

What would happen if ALL the union MEMBERS (the working stiffs) demanded a report of WHERE their union dues went, including the higher echelon (bosses)?

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Those union members seeking help against union intimidation and abuses by your union, go HERE

AND HERE.

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