From Labor Union Report:
November 18, 2011
Did it really need to take two months for New York City Mayor Bloomberg to determine that unions have hijacked the #OccupyMovement? Most sane observers knew that from the very start when when the Transport Workers Union in New York endorsed the squatters in Zuccotti Park, opening the flood gates for other unions, the Democrats, and the institutional Left to climb on board.
Since then, unions have provided paid protesters, legal representation, money, advertising, and even offered their property to the #OWS movement.
What began as a Neo-Communist movement that allegedly only had the goal of destroying capitalism has now become a full-fledged, union-financed class war with the very real goal (in coordination with Democrats in Congress) of instituting tax increases, along with a global system of taxation, beginning with the so-called Robin Hood Tax.
Now, so thoroughly have the unions hijacked the #OWS movement that the SEIU even stole the ‘We Are the 99%’ slogan in its endorsement of Barack Obama’s re-election. Unsurprisingly, the SEIU did so without even bothering to ask permission of the Occupy protesters. [Note the pre-printed 99% t-shirts on SEIU bosses as they were arrested on Thursday.]
Now, after two months of coddling the anarchy-like protesters, the SEIU and CWA appear to be asserting themselves as the new leaders of the #Occupy Movement as they plans the next union-funded event: the Occupation of Capitol Hill.
According to an interview with the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent, the SEIU’s Mary Kay Henry and her union cronies are planning the effort to take back the Capitol on December 5-9:
The coalition — which includes unions like SEIU and CWA and groups like the Center for Community Change — is currently working on a plan to bus thousands of protesters from across the country to Washington, where they will congregate around the Capitol from December 5-9, SEIU president Mary Kay Henry tells me in an interview.
“Thousands of people have signed up to come to Capitol Hill during the first week in December,” Henry says, adding that protesters are invited to make their way to Washington on their own, too. “We’re figuring out buses and transportation now.”
One idea under consideration — pending various permitting and other logistical issues — is to have a series of tents set up on the lawn outside the Capitol, each representing a state, with the number of unemployed in each state prominently displayed. But the optics are still being worked out.
One goal of the protests, Henry says, is to pressure Republicans to support Obama’s jobs creation proposals. More generally, the aim is to highlight Congress’s misguided obsession with the deficit and overall inaction on unemployment.
As the #OWS matures into an election campaign for Barack Obama and Democrats, the original propagators of the #OWS movement are bound to realize they’ve been both hijacked and had by union bosses bearing gifts.
Related Link: SEIU hijacks monies for parents caring for their Cerebral Palsy children:
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Parents Forced to Pay Union Dues to SEIU, as Lawmaker Gets Money From Union and Rakes In Health Care Money
If THAT isn’t enough, read this:
September 21, 2011
Obama’s newest czar, Judith Faulkner, recently named Obama medical records czar. She was not only put in charge of deciding which company would be used for Obama’s official electronic medical records system, but she also just happens to have an electronic medical records company of her own. And, gosh, it seems her company is suddenly quite busy and just might be in line to become THE electronic medical records company. Imagine that.
Only a few weeks ago news of Faulkner’s elevation to Obama’s Health Information Technology Policy Committee. This committee is charged with deciding how $19 billion in Obama bucks is spent on healthcare IT systems.
It was known then that Faulkner ran a company called Epic Systems Corp., a company that specializes in electronic medical records. It was also known that Faulkner stands squarely against Obama’s idea that his IT solution has to have “interoperability,” or a way to integrate over several different platforms made by different companies.
Faulkner thinks that only her company, Epic Systems, should be the one to host all electronic medical records. Other companies need not apply.
Of course Faulkner’s company has been getting quite a lot of government contracts of late.
There’s the $14 million contract Epic got from the Coast Guard.
Or we can look at the $122 million project for the University of Virginia Medical Center.
Then there’s the prediction by industry watchers that Epic will get a fat contract from the Department of Defense.
Of course, Faulkner’s company isn’t just working on various government contracts. She also has some big union contracts, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) for one… one of the biggest government employees unions.
- Kaiser Permanente (SEIU-UHW)
- Cleveland Clinic (SEIU)
- Cedars Sinai (SEIU-UHW and CIR-SEIU)
- NYU Langone Medical Center (SEIU)
- Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (SEIU)
- Harvard Community Health Plan (SEIU)
- Sutter Health (SEIU)
- Geisinger Health System (SEIU)
I suppose with her close connections to the SEIU, a big Obama supporter, it shouldn’t surprise that she is suddenly favored by Obama for appointment to one of his big “committees,” one responsible for spending big Obama bucks.
If her work for the government and her close ties to Big Labor wasn’t enough, she is also a big donor to Democrats in general and Obama in particular.
In 2008 Faulkner gave at least $110,000 including a $57,000 to the DNC and $2,300 to Barack Obama. (source Center for Responsive Politics)
After her appointment to the health records committee, Faulkner donated $85,000 through the 2010 election to Democrats. This included $50,400 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and $7,500 to the DNC. (source Center for Responsive Politics)
Faulkner has also gave at least $7,000 to Wisconsin Democrats. (Source Center for Responsive Politics)
So, Judith Faulkner is a woman that is very connected to the Democrat Party, is in deep with Big Labor, has her own electronic medical records company that she thinks should be the only such company to handle the nations records and this is the woman that Obama is asking to be impartial enough to help choose which company should get billions of tax dollars?