Labor Unions

Video: Union Leaders Teach Advanced Thug Tactics in University of Missouri Labor Courses

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If you ever wondered if today’s LEFTIST union leaders ever read Saul Alinsky, now you know.

The University of Missouri has an expansive $1.9 billion enterprise with an operating budget of $500 million which, according to its website, 37%  comes through state appropriations. While the University’s Institute of Labor Studies may only be a small fraction of its budget, one must wonder why tax dollars are being used to fund a program that espouses Communism, teaches tactics in industrial sabotage (including stalking CEOs, using members to insinuate sabotage, as well as the killing of cats), and convincing union members that their “group goals” are more important than their individual goals.

The videos you are about to see [via BigGovernment] are of two “educators” holding courses via video conference through the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) and the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). The courses are an Introduction to Labor Studies and Labor Politics and Society.  The instructors are Judy Ancel, Director of UMKC’s Institute of Labor Studies and Don Giljum, a self-described Communist and Business Manager of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 148.

Watch the videos and understand why companies like Boeing Corporation are moving their manufacturing facilities to Right to Work states.

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After watching both videos, do you now understand the Wisconsin public employee protests at the State Capitol and the various intimidation tactics used against Governor Scott Walker and GOP legislators?

Exit question: In light of this knowledge, of how the unions create chaos as a bargaining tactic, do Americans really want public employee unions collectively bargaining with the government?

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Collective Bargaining

Poll Watch: Americans Support Unions Rather than Governors in State Budget/Collective Bargaining Disputes?

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Yes, according to the latest Gallup Poll.

With political battles over state budgets and collective bargaining still playing out to varying degrees in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, Maine,and several other states, 48% of Americans say they agree more with the unions in these disputes, while 39% agree more with the governors. Thirteen percent favor neither side or have no opinion.

And, how do the numbers break down by groups?

I am not really surprised as Americans generally support the little guy, the average American rather than a budget balancing POL.

But, isn’t this why the states and the federal government have run up massive amounts of debt? The fact is the political pressure from voters is always to accommodate and say yes to more salaries/benefits and government spending.

So, what does this mean?

Previous Gallup research about the issues involved in these debates revealed some ambivalence among Americans toward the labor unions’ positions. While Americans polled in February were generally opposed to reducing state workers’ pay, benefits, and collective bargaining rights, they were even more widely opposed to raising taxes. Also, Americans were evenly divided over whether government unions are more helpful or harmful to states.

Today, neither the governors nor the unions appear to have a strong advantage in the court of public opinion nationally, but the unions do have the slight edge, 48% to 39%. This is in keeping with decades of Gallup polling finding Americans generally approving of labor unions.

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Public Employee Unions

Update: Wisconsin Democrat Fleebaggers to End Union Standoff and Will Return to Vote – Not Until Collective Bargaining is Off the Table

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Well, not so fast. The Wisconsin Fleebaggers aren’t coming back to Wisconsin after all.

Wisconsin State Senator Chris Larson: Sen. Miller’s comments are taken out of context in the Wall Street Journal article just released. Dems will return when collective bargaining is off the table. That could be soon based on the growing public opposition to the bill and the recall efforts against Republicans. Unfortunately, the WSJ fished for the quote they wanted, skipping this key step in logic: we won’t come back until worker’s rights are preserved.

Union solidarity rallies continue outside the Wisconsin Capitol as filmmaker Michael Moore tells the crowd that America is not broke, but that the elite controls the money.

The Wisconsin Democrat State Senators who fled the state rather than vote on union legislation supported by the Wisconsin GOP and Republican Governor Scott Walker are ending their stand-off and will return to the Capitol.

Playing a game of political chicken, Democratic senators who fled Wisconsin to stymie restrictions on public-employee unions said Sunday they planned to come back from exile soon, betting that even though their return will allow the bill to pass, the curbs are so unpopular they’ll taint the state’s Republican governor and legislators.

The Wisconsin standoff, which drew thousands of demonstrators to occupy the capitol in Madison for days at a time, has come to highlight efforts in other states to address budget problems in part by limiting the powers and benefits accorded public-sector unions.

Sen. Mark Miller said he and his fellow Democrats intend to let the full Senate vote on Gov. Scott Walker’s “budget-repair” bill, which would also limit public unions’ collective bargaining rights. The bill, which had been blocked because the missing Democrats were needed for the Senate to have enough members present to consider the bill, is expected to pass the Republican-controlled chamber.

He said he thinks recent polls showing voter discontent with Mr. Walker over limits on bargaining rights have been “disastrous” for the governor and give Democrats more leverage to seek changes in a broader two-year budget bill Mr. Walker proposed Tuesday.

Andrew Welhouse, a spokesman for Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, said the short-term budget-repair bill can no longer be amended. He said when Democrats return they will be able to speak on the bill, “but we plan to pass it as soon as possible.”

Wisconsin has severe budget problems like a number of states. If Wisconsin voters don’t like what Governor Scott Walker and the GOP have done to balance things, then they can vote them out of office and reverse the union collective  bargaining reforms at the next election.

Somehow, I don’t think that will happen.

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Public Employee Unions

Video: Wisconsin Democrat Fleebaggers to End Union Standoff and Will Return to Vote

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Union solidarity rallies continue outside the Wisconsin Capitol as filmmaker Michael Moore tells the crowd that America is not broke, but that the elite controls the money.

The Wisconsin Democrat State Senators who fled the state rather than vote on union legislation supported by the Wisconsin GOP and Republican Governor Scott Walker are ending their stand-off and will return to the Capitol.

Playing a game of political chicken, Democratic senators who fled Wisconsin to stymie restrictions on public-employee unions said Sunday they planned to come back from exile soon, betting that even though their return will allow the bill to pass, the curbs are so unpopular they’ll taint the state’s Republican governor and legislators.

The Wisconsin standoff, which drew thousands of demonstrators to occupy the capitol in Madison for days at a time, has come to highlight efforts in other states to address budget problems in part by limiting the powers and benefits accorded public-sector unions.

Sen. Mark Miller said he and his fellow Democrats intend to let the full Senate vote on Gov. Scott Walker’s “budget-repair” bill, which would also limit public unions’ collective bargaining rights. The bill, which had been blocked because the missing Democrats were needed for the Senate to have enough members present to consider the bill, is expected to pass the Republican-controlled chamber.

He said he thinks recent polls showing voter discontent with Mr. Walker over limits on bargaining rights have been “disastrous” for the governor and give Democrats more leverage to seek changes in a broader two-year budget bill Mr. Walker proposed Tuesday.

Andrew Welhouse, a spokesman for Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, said the short-term budget-repair bill can no longer be amended. He said when Democrats return they will be able to speak on the bill, “but we plan to pass it as soon as possible.”

Wisconsin has severe budget problems like a number of states. If Wisconsin voters don’t like what Governor Scott Walker and the GOP have done to balance things, then they can vote them out of office and reverse the union collective  bargaining reforms at the next election.

Somehow, I don’t think that will happen.

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