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You all should know well by now that I am no fan of unions. I don’t like their focus, their tactics, the politics or their ways of doing business. Here is yet another example. The dock workers and longshoremen in Tacoma and Seattle, now also LA and San Diego, have been working without a contract since July 1st. That they continue to work under an old contract is admirable. To slow things down to get their way is not. Yes, they do have the option to strike, which would probably speed negotiations up since it is believed that each day of a strike could cost a billion dollars or more. That ain’t chump change. The ports handle about 29% of our GDP and that is a force to be reckoned with. It appears that there are other contributing factors at work here, and have been for many years. That a letter was sent to the Obama administration for arbitration is a good thing. That they have waited this long is not. Many businesses are and have been suffering because of this slowdown, through no fault of their own. Unions don’t seem to really care about who they hurt at times. In a time of plentiful cheap labor (being pushed by big business and Obama), the unions seem to be cutting their own throats. But that seems to be what big business wants. Who will win in the end between big business and unions is anyone’s guess. The losers will be small business and consumers. That never bodes well for the economy.

I love stories where people become aware of the dangers and viciousness of unions. Some employees are paying attention and none more prevalent than those in the southern right-to-work states. Such is the case with Chattanooga’s VW plant. It appears that the majority of employes were satisfied with working conditions and pay. They also were in fear of having no control (read–having a voice) in union matters and ending up like Detroit. As well they should worry.

Remember when the NLRB was trying to make all employers more pro union and have personal information such as names, addresses, e-mails and phone numbers, being made available to the unions? Take about conditions rife with corruption and harassment. It appears that that harassment existed in this case. I remember numerous times when I was harassed in this way by the union. Death threats, abusive phone calls at all hours, destruction of personal and private property. This is how unions and their mindless minions make sure they get their way. Make no mistake; unions are owned and operated by thugs. Used to be an off-shoot of the mob but I couldn’t tell you that it is not still the case. With all that union money just waiting to be used…..or skimmed.

Union money. That comes from dues from union workers. The union calls it a “strike fund”. I’ve been on strike before. The union goes to exotic places and has outings (called “meetings”) where they are fighting for member rights while members walk a picket line. The dues come back to the members in the form of hats, t-shirts and coffee mugs. Those dues are suppose to be there for those who need food and pay mortgage while in an extended strike. Doesn’t happen. You actually have to rely on family and friends to help you out. And how about political candidates gifts, recalls and advertisements, trying to make a political union point (read–swell union ranks for more union dues). I heard the union spent between 1.5 to 5 million dollars on the VW deal. It was an investment in the future with no return. Someone else’s dues wasted, with no return ever coming back to the dues payer

The union is outraged by the influence of external and internal forces. Hell, yes. Obama even chimed in. And they may contest this vote. More union dues wasted. Not to be undeterred, they will be back to VW in a year to try again, as well hitting other car makers with plants in the South. The unions are hurting. The unions are thugs and asses. And the unions are desperate. How desperate? Well, being a political arm of Dems and Obama specifically, they have an ear and mouth piece with the MSM (save FOX). And the MSM came through with this revelation from Timothy Noah, NBC. As you can see, shit sticks together in clumps as Beckle proves with his remark. All that any liberal has to do is assert something and it automatically becomes fact, baseless or not, where all other mud scum liberals will defend the lie to their grave. This is also the way of unions. Look. Take my advice. The only union you need in life is for putting air or liquid lines, or pipe together and they can be purchased at any hardware store. Labor unions destroy economies and take the “union” out of American states. Believe it.

UPDATE: Here is just one of those unions persuading others to their cause.

Again, I don’t make this stuff up. It appears that the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770 has organized pot distribution shops and helped safe the retail……I mean medical dispensing stores, from being wiped out in the LA area and the union is organizing in other states to bring a quality and safe product to a town near you. The purpose comes from the article which states the union’s case:

“The union believes Prop D will secure those workers’ jobs, which provide relatively good wages and health (isn’t any type of smoking frowned upon and punishable under ObamaCare? ) benefits, by effectively weeding out (pun intended here?) hundreds of newer storefronts that have sprouted up in recent years.”

Isn’t the food union the ones that put Hostess out of business? And wasn’t Hostess considered a “munchie” food source? Seems to be a conflict here. I just wonder what is next. The Garment Union organizing suicide vest bombers maybe? After all, they should be compensated with wages, health and life insurances. Suicide bombing is a dangerous profession and needs organization, don’t you think? Lordy, lordy, lordy. This country sure is dumb.

Good article on the NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) being stymied once again and just blowing things off. Just as Obama and his administration cronies feel they can ignore anything if they feel like it. Laws only exist to be ignored. Court rulings mean nothing if it goes against what they “feel”. Armed insurrection indeed. Since nothing else seems to curtail their mis-adventures, it appears patriots will have to do it the hard way. A future generation would never believe I lived in times like these.

The Illinois House (Democrats) want to pass measures that will take away increases in cost of living and make pensioners put in 2%–read 2 percent–towards their pensions. It appears that the unions will fight this as being un-constitutional. The gov. (also Democrat) also supports it but it doesn’t appear it can pass the Senate. Illinois, which has the worst financial rating of any state, wants to get out from under billions in red ink but the unions are there to block that idea. After all, it was the unions that got them where they are today and they are very happy with the status quo. Until bankruptcy sets in. Then they go to court to get their “due”. Something there about not getting blood out of rock at that point but you would have to have rational understanding for this realization to set in. The state will end up having a bankruptcy sale but who would want it. Read it here.

So what have we learned here? Evidently, nothing much. Unions were having a big fight in California to determine who would represent 45,000 members (and get dues worth $40 million annually) of the 300 Kaiser-Permanente hospitals and clinics. That is $889 paid per member in dues which means higher costs in healthcare for YOU! See, it’s all about dues money for the unions. Who cares what happens to budgets, businesses and economies. California will be following Illinois with that fire sale. Read the joke here.

Some states are beginning to see the light. Many states aren’t. I hope Va. never gets caught up in this boondoggle.

I know it sounds redundant but…….well….okay, it kinda is but that is what liberals are like. I know this will also make Wolverine cry some more, for his beloved city has become nothing more than another seat in the out house. The city is absolutely in its death throws and is another in a continuing line of dominoes, just waiting for the little push to fall over. It appears as a microcosm of what Greece is now. It isn’t the first and it won’t be the last. I am just wondering when the other shoe will fall. You know–the one where the US Government will first start to bail out the cities and then whole states with the money we don’t have. Why would the government do that? Well, because the unions are too big to allow to fail. Especially when they exist as a mindless army of lemmings awaiting the Piper’s call. But it’s okay because they don’t make cars in Detroit much anymore……we import them. You just have to wait for the dock strikes to be over if you need to buy one. Sorry, Yank.

Become unionized. Unless you have been living in a cave, everyone knows how the union hates Wal-Mart because it can’t sink its killing tentacles into the business. Things like steel industry, auto industry, garment industry, remember Hostess?, even the sports industry. The union spent 12 million dollars on Walker’s recall and lost. That was a lot of dues flushed down the toilet instead of taking less from its members. Now the union will picket Wal-Marts on its busiest day of the year because of “low wages and poor working conditions”. Sound familiar?

Here are the 2 statements that stuck out:

“OUR Walmart, which said it is no longer a subsidiary of the UFCW and is an unincorporated nonprofit association, said the protests aren’t about forming a union. Instead, the group is protesting alleged unfair labor practices, such as manager retaliation against OUR Walmart members in the form of schedule changes and employment termination, the group’s officials said. NLRB officials are also contacting the UFCW for its response, and will likely contact OUR Walmart. “

You got that? Then explain this:

“OUR Walmart is an independent organization of Walmart associates who have come together to call for changes at Walmart,” said Mary Pat Tift, who has worked at a Kenosha, Wis., Wal-Mart for 24 years. “We are raising our voices to try to create better jobs and a better company.”

Wal-Mart said OUR Walmart makes it clear on its website that it intends to call for union recognition. The UFCW has been involved in prior efforts to represent Wal-Mart workers.”

Something about “speak with forked tongue” comes to mind. Yup, the liberal assholes are running headlong to ruin this country just as fast as they can. Welcome to the 2nd term of Obama.