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Do You Know Who is Bankrupting America?

Posted by devildog6771 on May 16, 2011

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I found an editorial that appeared in the Washington Times published on April 23, 2010, Public-sector unions bankrupting America. After reading this editorial, I found it almost prophetic. According to the Washington Times, there are:

“there are 87,000 state, county and municipal governments and school districts. By 2013, the amount of retirement money promised to employees of these public entities will exceed cash on hand by more than a trillion dollars.”

The Times Editorial is based on a report published by C.R.R. at Boston College. What has led to this crisis at the state and local level is the same problem that has caused our national debt to increase to the point the government is going broke. Unions represent far more public sector employees than they represent workers in the private sector.

Over the years many private sector employees have opted out of unions due to constant strikes causing layoffs, early retirements, or dismissals. There is also the constant adversarial, “us against them” attitude that is ever present in unionized environments. While employees want benefits, they realize that benefits of whatever type can only rationally be granted, given, or improved as long as their employer makes a profit too.

In public sectors jobs which are unionized at a greater rate, raises, benefits, promotions, are all bargained for by the union. While there is no question unions early on did much to improve public employees’ work environment, pay scales, and other benefits, there are other areas that are a problem.

Unions want all employees to be members. If a strike is called and a worker disagrees with the reason for the strike and works, the union sues and the money is paid back. Those people not union members have the same benefits as union members. This causes much friction! Unions won’t hesitate to call for strikes taking workers off the job for indefinite periods of time for pay raises, closed shops, or whatever else the union feels necessary before signing a a contract. Often hidden agendas lead to strikes with membership in the dark!

Then there is union corruption in the high up ranks and a web of communism permeating the unions from the top down. Most members are not communist. Many leaders are.

This is difficult enough for private sectors to overcome. For the federal, state, local governments, etc. this can become crippling; but, for the Federal government, the state governments, and the local governments are experiencing insurmountable debt as a result of benefits they cannot possibly pay.  The unions have staged massive protest rallies in cities all over the United States, like the ones in Madison. The protestors are refusing to recognize that cuts must be made to save the federal, state, and local governments from bankruptcy. Meanwhile, Obama just keeps on spending!
The Federal employees in America are represented by the SEIU, Service Employees International Union, CTW, CLC. SEIU is huge:

We are the Service Employees International Union, an organization of 2.2 million members united by the belief in the dignity and worth of workers and the services they provide and dedicated to improving the lives of workers and their families and creating a more just and humane society.

SEIU is the fastest-growing union in North America. Focused on uniting workers in three sectors to improve their lives and the services they provide, SEIU is(emphasis mine):

  • The largest healthcare union, with more than 1.1 million members in the field, including nurses, LPNs, doctors, lab technicians, nursing home workers, and home care workers
  • The largest property services union, with 225,000 members in the building cleaning and security industries, including janitors, security officers, superintendents, maintenance workers, window cleaners, and doormen and women
  • The second largest public services union, with more than 1 million local and state government workers, public school employees, bus drivers, and child care providers

The SEIU is affiliating itself with the AFL/CIO:

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is a voluntary federation of 56 national and international labor unions. The AFL-CIO was created in 1955 by the merger of the AFL and the CIO.

The AFL-CIO union movement represents 12.2 million members, including 3.2 million members in Working America, its community affiliate. We are teachers and miners, firefighters and farm workers, bakers and engineers, pilots and public employees, doctors and nurses, painters and plumbers—and more.

In 2009, delegates to the 26th AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention elected Richard Trumka as president and Liz Shuler as secretary-treasurer. Arlene Holt Baker was re-elected as executive vice president.

Who is Working America. Take a look:

Working America

Working America, community affiliate of the AFL-CIO, is a powerful force for working people. We combine the strength of 10 million union men and women and millions of workers without the benefit of a workplace union who share common challenges and goals to fight in communities, states and nationally for what really matters–good jobs, affordable health care, world-class education, secure retirements, real homeland security and more.

We work against wrong-headed priorities favoring the rich and corporate special interests over America’s well-being.

Working America uses professional research, communication, education, canvassing, lobbying and community organizing to demand that politicians address the priorities that matter most to working people–not just wealthy special interests. Make a difference for your community, for America and for your working family.

Click here to learn about the benefits of Working America membership.

Help build a better future for working families by joining today. Click here to join.

Now, take a look at those unions that are “voluntary” federation members:

Unions Affiliated with the AFL-CIO

Scroll through the list below to find a union.

Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) | Contact info | Website
Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) | Contact info | Website
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) | Contact info | Website
American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) | Contact info | Website
American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA) | Contact info | Website
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) | Contact info | Website
American Federation of Teachers (AFT) | Contact info | Website
American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) | Contact info | Website
American Postal Workers Union (APWU) | Contact info | Website
American Radio Association (ARA) | Contact info
American Train Dispatchers Association (ATDA) | Contact info
Associated Actors and Artistes of America (4As) | Contact info
Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) | Contact info | Website
American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) | Contact info | Website
American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA) | Contact info | Website
Screen Actors Guild (SAG) | Contact info | Website
The Guild of Italian American Actors (GIAA) | Contact info | Website
Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) | Contact info | Website
Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS) | Contact info | Website
California School Employees Association (CSEA) | Contact info | Website
Communications Workers of America (CWA) | Contact info | Website
Association of Flight Attendants (AFA-CWA) | Contact info | Website
Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) | Contact info | Website
Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers International Union (GMP) | Contact info | Website
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada (IATSE) | Contact info | Website
International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers (Ironworkers) | Contact info | Website
International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) | Contact info | Website
International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers (AWIU) | Contact info | Website
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) | Contact info | Website
International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers (IBB) | Contact info | Website
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) | Contact info | Website
International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) | Contact info | Website
International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) | Contact info | Website
International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) | Contact info | Website
International Plate Printers, Die Stampers and Engravers Union of North America | Contact info
International Union of Allied Novelty and Production Workers (Novelty and Production Workers) | Contact info
International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC) | Contact info | Website
International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC) | Contact info | Website
International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) | Contact info | Website
International Union of Painters and Allied Trades of the United States and Canada (IUPAT) | Contact info | Website
International Union of Police Associations (IUPA) | Contact info | Website
Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) | Contact info | Website
National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) | Contact info | Website
Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA) | Contact info | Website
Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS) | Contact info | Website
National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) | Contact info | Website
National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) | Contact info | Website
National Nurses United (NNU) | Contact info | Website
Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) | Contact info | Website
Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Association of the United States and Canada (OPCMIA) | Contact info | Website
Seafarers International Union of North America (SIU) | Contact info | Website
Sheet Metal Workers International Association (SMWIA) | Contact info | Website
Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) | Contact info | Website
Transportation Communications International Union/IAM (TCU/IAM) | Contact info | Website
UNITEHERE! (UNITEHERE!) | Contact info | Website
United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA) | Contact info | Website
United Automobile, Aerospace & Agricultural Implement Workers of America International Union (UAW) | Contact info | Website
United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) | Contact info | Website
United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial & Service Workers International Union (USW) | Contact info | Website
United Transportation Union (UTU) | Contact info | Website
United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers (Roofers and Waterproofers) | Contact info | Website
Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) | Contact info | Website
Writers Guild of America, East Inc. (WGAE) | Contact info | Website

Is it any wonder the unions, especially the SEIU are breaking our economy.

Let’s add another piece of the puzzle, the NEA, the National Education Association. The NEA represents the American educators.

NEA’s top elected officials are determined by popular vote among NEA members. NEA serves a variety of distinct groups of education professionals. Since 1857, NEA has crusaded for the rights of educators and children. Every child deserves a quality education. We offer exclusive news, information, and resources to NEA members. A strong, united team is making a difference for America’s children.

More and more the NEA has flexed its muscles. They have as much power, if not more, than the SEIU. NEA refuses to allow merit raises and other incentives for teachers that would help improve the quality of education  in America. The pay and benefits which were bargained for by the NEA has become very costly while educational quality remains low based on individual student test scores.

Benefit costs and low test scores are not the only concern faced by the public education system in America. On the NEA Official website under recommended reading you will find:

A Resource for Every Organizer & Anyone Contemplating Action in Their Community

NEA recommends the following Saul Alinsky books to those members of our Association who are involved in grassroots organizing, especially Association Representatives (ARs) — also known as building reps or shop stewards — and leaders at local affiliates.

Saul Alinsky is widely recognized as the father of, and pre-imminent expert in, grassroots organizing, which is why we recommend that ARs and local leaders become familiar with his theories & materials.

Alinsky’s writings have been called the “mother’s milk of the left,” however in an ironic homage, the conservative right has borrowed a page or two from the Alinsky playbook. Tea Party leader and self-described “conservative radical” Michael Patrick Leahy, for example, has authored a book based on Alinsky’s teachings: “Rules for Conservative Radicals.”

We hope that ARs and local leaders of all political stripes will discern from Alinsky’s books grassroots organizing strategies that will best help us bring our members together around the common goal of improving public education.

Reveille for Radicals

by Saul Alinsky
Vintage; Reissue edition (October 23, 1989)
Buy It

Rules for Radicals

by Saul Alinsky
Vintage; Reissue edition (October 23, 1989)
Buy It

Saul Alinsky wrote the book on American radicalism – two books, in fact: a 1945 best-seller, “Reveille for Radicals” and “Rules for Radicals” in 1971. The “Reveille” title page quotes Thomas Paine… “Let them call me rebel and welcome, I feel no concern from it; but I should suffer the misery of devils, were I to make a whore of my soul.”

Saul Alinsky, who was a labor and civil-rights activist from the 1910’s until he died in 1972, has written here a guidebook for those who are out to change things. He sets down what the goal is: a society where people are free to live, and also aren’t starving in the streets. A society where there is legal and economic justice. Then he sets out to say how to get there.

Alinsky spends a lot of time critiquing the idea that “The end does not justify the means.” What end? What means? He feels that there are circumstances where one can and should use means that in other circumstances would be unethical. I am not sure I agree, but Alinsky certainly speaks with the voice of experience.

Alinsky’s goal seems to be to encourage positive social change by equipping activists with a realistic view of the world, a kind of preemptive disillusionment. If a person already knows what evil the world is capable of, then perhaps the surprise factor can be eliminated, making the person a more effective activist. Alinsky further seems to be encouraging the budding activist not to worry to much about getting his or her hands dirty. It’s all a part of the job, he seems to say.

Alinsky, the master political agitator, tactical planner and social organizer didn’t mince words…

Liberals in their meetings utter bold works; they strut, grimace belligerently, and then issue a weasel-worded statement ‘which has tremendous implications, if read between the lines.’ They sit calmly, dispassionately, studying the issue; judging both sides; they sit and still sit.

The Radical does not sit frozen by cold objectivity. He sees injustice and strikes at it with hot passion. He is a man of decision and action. There is a saying that the Liberal is one who walks out of the room when the argument turns into a fight.

Society has good reason to fear the Radical. Every shaking advance of mankind toward equality and justice has come from the Radical. He hits, he hurts, he is dangerous. Conservative interests know that while Liberals are most adept at breaking their own necks with their tongues, Radicals are most adept at breaking the necks of Conservatives.

Radicals precipitate the social crisis by action – by using power. Liberals may then timidly follow along or else, as in most cases, be swept forward along the course set by Radicals, but all because of forces unloosed by Radical action. They are forced to positive action only in spite of their desires …

  • “The American Radical will fight privilege and power whether it be inherited or acquired by any small group, whether it be political or financial or organized creed.
  • “He curses a caste system which he recognizes despite all patriotic denials.
  • “He will fight conservatives whether they are business or labor leaders.
  • “He will fight any concentration of power hostile to a broad, popular democracy, whether he finds it in financial circles or in politics.
  • “The Radical recognizes that constant dissension and conflict is and has been the fire under the boiler of democracy. He firmly believes in that brave saying of a brave people, “Better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!”
  • “The Radical may resort to the sword but when he does he is not filled with hatred against those individuals whom he attacks. He hates these individuals not as persons but as symbols representing ideas or interests which he believes to be inimical to the welfare of the people.
  • “That is the reason why Radicals, although frequently embarking upon revolutions, have rarely resorted to personal terrorism.”

Alinsky practiced what he preached. He said, “Tactics means doing what you can with what you have … tactics is the art of how to take and how to give.”

He uses eyes, ears and nose for examples…

“If you have a vast organization, parade it before the enemy, openly show your power.”

“If your organization is small, do what Gideon did: conceal the members in the dark but raise a clamor that will make the listener believe that your organization numbers many more that it does.”

“If your organization is too tiny even for noise, stink up the place.”

Alinsky devised and proved thirteen tactical rules for use against opponents vastly superior in power and wealth.

1. “Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.
2. “Never go outside the experience of your people.
3. “Wherever possible go outside of the experience of the enemy.
4. “Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.
5. “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.
6. “A good tactic is one that your people enjoy.
7. “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.
8. “Keep the pressure on.
9. “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.
10. “Major premise for tactics is development of operations that will maintain constant pressure upon the opposition.
11. “If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside.
12. “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.
13. “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.

“The real action is in the enemy’s reaction. The enemy properly goaded and guided in his reaction will be your major strength. Tactics, like life, require that you move with the action.”

Alinsky was hated and defamed by powerful enemies, proof that his tactics worked. His simple formula for success…

“Agitate + Aggravate + Educate + Organize”

These are the people educating our kids. It appears to me our broke economy is not the least of our worries.

The SEIU, AFL/CIO, and the NEA have become extremely powerful. Between the three, they could easily cripple our nation and our economy! Once unions managed to force non-members to pay dues, they began to have complete control over major areas of the American economy!


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  4. No offense taken Freedom, by the way. I think you and I both know where each other is coming from. Your comments are always welcome. Thank you for your kind words.

    I think it would be a good idea for unions to have to submit to independent audits to show where union dues are spent and a copy submitted to the membership once a year! With regards to the public unions, they ought to not be allowed to negotiate higher salaries than those in the private sector. My mother worked for over twenty years in state job, federally funded. Her salary was never in line with the private sector. It was substantially lower.

    However, I don’t believe in unionizing public jobs. I believe that local, state, and federal jobs ought to be set up with comparable pay scales as those in the private sector. I fully support a merit system versus an automatic system of pay raises so only those who earn a raise or promotion receive one. I believe that these systems ought to be implemented by the responsible governing legislative body.

    I also don’t feel that members of Congress ought to draw the enormous salaries that they get for their jobs. I support a system for limits on the terms of Congressional members, 2 consecutive for Senators, 6 for Representatives. Congress is too often crippled by those members who have been there so long they have too much power. Once this happens, the voice of the people always takes a silent position behind special interests groups and money!

    Additionally, when elected officials take office they take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, as does the President. Congress needs to start cleaning house. When a member takes that oath but their ideological goal follows a path in conflict, then that member violates the additional part of the “oath” which says they take their oath without ulterior motive or words to that effect. The president takes the same oath.

    When either, congressional member or the president, take that oath knowing they “do not support” that oath they are “lying?” Their motive is not without “hidden agenda!” They should be expelled or impeached immediately by the rules set up in the Constitution. Should any of their actions lead to harm of our Republic, that person ought to face criminal charges, up to and including “treason and/or sedition!”

    The same applications ought to be applied to “judges” regardless of title, be it circuit judge or Supreme Court Judge!

  5. Freedom, by the way said

    Excuse the typos above. I shouldn’t comment so early in the a.m. Also, I didn’t mean to make light of your excellent point regarding the damage that the ACLU and SEIU are doing to this country. Many, many people belong to unions and are completely clueless about the renegades pulling the strings. They need to be educated and maybe they’ll think twice before buying into the hype.

  6. Freedom, by the way said

    Excellent post, devildog. I don’t understand why every private company and government, union or not, does not just put in language to protect the viabiity of their profits (private industry) or the taxpayers (governmen) with regard to pension benefits. They should implement a rule that says pension costs cannot exceed more that x% of revenues in any given year–then lay out the steps that will be taken when that ceiling is hit–reduced benefits, automatic %s for plans taken our of current workers’ paychecks, etc. Also, when these golden pension plans were put in place, people werem’t living as long. No government or company thought that someone may receive beneifts for 30 years after they are no longer employed. New contracts need to be negotiated that state a maximum benefit any employee would receive. Then folks have time to save for their own retirement outside the pension plan.

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