Posts Tagged ‘National Right to Work’

Harry Reid - Arrogance

My original post on the DISCLOSE Act was focused more on the NRA exemption, but it affects a lot more than gun rights. It is really a free-speech issue, and the labor unions now have their own exemption. I received the following update today from Mark Mix of the National Right to Work (NRTW) Committee, so I’ll let him get right to it:

Harry Reid launched a sneak attack late last night to ram through the speech-killing “Disclose Act.” The key vote to end debate and vote on the “Disclose Act” will be late Monday or early Tuesday NEXT WEEK.

This is an emergency, so please call and/or email your U.S. Senators IMMEDIATELY and insist they vote for free speech and against the “Disclose Act” (S. 3295).

[Go here for phone# & email of your Senators.]

The fact is, Big Labor’s cronies on Capitol Hill are just days away from ramming the “Disclose Act” down the throats of the American people.

In fact, this dangerous bill has already passed the House.

Though the so-called “Disclose Act” is being sold by Big Labor as a bill to provide greater transparency, its real intent is to harass and intimidate those who might criticize members of Congress into silence during the midterm elections and beyond.

Big Labor doesn’t want us, or anyone for that matter, to be able to inform the American people which candidates stand with them — and which ones stand with the union elite.

But, of course, like all the other insider games here in Washington, there is a big loophole.

You see, Big Labor is exempted.

They’ll still be free to spend their BILLION dollar forced-dues war chest in virtually any way they see fit in complete secrecy.

If passed, the so-called “Disclose Act” — more properly referred to as the “Incumbent Protection Act” — would:

  • Impose sweeping new regulations on organizations like the National Right to Work Committee, to keep them quiet and cripple their effectiveness during election years;
  • Force grassroots organizations to publicize and release the names of their top five contributors making them vulnerable to threats, intimidation or worse from political dissidents;
  • Require organizations to expose the location of their top donor’s home and workplace in the disclaimer at the end of every television ad.

I hope you know I would shut the doors of the Committee in a heart beat rather than give the union bosses the name of even one of our members.

That’s why it’s vital you act IMMEDIATELY!

You and I have come too far and, I believe, are too close to victory to be shut down by one of Big Labor’s dirty legislative tricks.

So please help me fight back today!

That’s why I ask you to take a stand for freedom of speech, your rights and your National Right to Work Committee and to contact your U.S. Senators and insist they vote for free speech and against the so-called “Disclose Act” (S. 3295).

[Go here for phone# & email of your Senators.]

The so-called “Disclose Act” is too dangerous to ignore. Please act TODAY!”

I thought the next piece I did about unions would be on the infamous Card Check legislation. But there is a more pressing problem that I need to make sure you are aware of — namely, the “Police and Firefighter Monopoly Bargaining Bill”.

For the past year, this thing has been gathering steam. Its official name is the “Public Employer-Employee Cooperation Act”, which sounds innocuous enough. But, when you start to look at what it really is, it should make the hair on the back of your neck stand at attention. Essentially, the purpose of the bill is to put every police officer and firefighter in the nation under the control of union bosses. (Can you say “National Police Force”?) It will override state and local laws in 27 states to do it. But, hey, anything for Obama’s Big Labor buddies. Even worse, this is just the start of a plan to place ALL public employees, state and local, under union control!

IAFF logo

IAFF logo

Under the provisions of this act, no town, county, or state can “take a pass”. Even if they resist, ultimately they will be forced to hand over their public safety workers to the unions, else the Federal Government will step in. (Sounds like this could be a 10th Amendment issue, too. The Public Service Research Council is pursuing the (un)constitutionality angle.)

Do we really want to give Big Labor the power to tell police and firefighters when & where they can do their jobs? Do we want these public servants to have their careers at the mercy of labor leaders? Should they have to pay mandated union dues, whether or not they want to even join the union? Do you want your local public safety workers to be beholden to a federal union — deciding on jobs, pay, & benefits on a national scale — rather than to your local community and local laws? No, no, no, & NO!

When your police are ordered out on strike, who will defend your home and loved ones?

When union militants set up picket lines around fire stations, who will put out the fires?

We all know the kind of greed, corruption, and strongarm tactics that typically go hand-in-hand with today’s huge labor unions. Harassment and extortion are Standard Operating Procedure. There are the budget-busting, city-bankrupting pension & labor contracts that the big unions are able to negotiate through sheer force of numbers and the occasional payoff or threat of bodily harm. Then, there are the salaries and perks for the local union bosses themselves that have to be paid. Our states and municipalities are under enough financial burden as it is in today’s economy. (Remember, the powers-that-be have already added more healthcare-related expenses to the states. Cap-n-tax may be on its way, as well.) This would break many of them.

Take the city of Vallejo, CA, as one recent example. It went bankrupt last year, when almost 75% of its budget was spent on satisfying union contracts for police and firefighters! Much of the rest of California is in similar straits, with the state budget facing a multi-billion dollar deficit. But, instead of admitting they are partially to blame, union bosses threatened to strike!

IUPA logo

IUPA logo

This bill was introduced in the House as H.R.413 and is now on the Senate docket, too, as S.3194. Reid and Pelosi are both hot to pass it. While Financial Reform has distracted attention from it, the Police and Firefighters Monopoly Bargaining Bill could be up for vote any day now and is sure to be rammed through, just as Obamacare was. In fact, last month they tried attaching it as Amendment 4174 to the Appropriations Bill (H.R. 4899). (Grassroots action stopped it.) Unfortunately, it also has bipartisan support, with some — e.g., Scott Brown (R-MA) — thinking that it will “level the playing field for all first responders and set rules that can govern them equally.” (They really need to think this through better!)

As Mark Mix of the National Right to Work (NRTW) has pointed out,

[This bill] would create an almost unimaginable number of new ‘bargaining units’ at a cost impossible to estimate. The truth is, in places where Big Labor has control over public employees, union officials guarantee citizens pay more in taxes and get less for their tax money in return. Union bosses insist on more government spending, block service improvements for taxpayers, and push for outrageous demands that no union boss forcefully ‘representing’ workers in a competitive private business would dare to seek.”

This is a major power grab by the unions!

If you don’t want your state and local communities subject to increased financial burdens, possible loss of volunteer police & firefighters, potentially violent strikes and threats of strikes, corruption, coercion, and increased tension between the public and the safety workers that protect them, then help us kill this bill. First, read Warner Todd Huston’s IBD editorial, which gives a great analysis of the bill and its consequences. You can also visit the NRTW web-site for more info, maybe make a donation. Then, contact your representatives in Washington and tell them how much this bill stinks! No monopoly bargaining!

Sack the act!

Tell your friends!

About a month ago, Mark Mix wrote an op-ed column in the Washington Examiner, explaining why his organization is suing the Obama administration. Who is Mark Mix? He is the President of the National Right to Work (NRTW) Legal Defense Foundation, “a nonprofit, charitable organization providing free legal aid to employees whose human or civil rights have been violated by abuses of compulsory unionism.”

For several months now, the NRTW has submitted multiple requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for Department of Labor documents that would reveal the special deals and provisions being given to Big Labor. President Obama is on record as stating that he “owes” the unions for helping him get where he is and he aims to pay them back. The NRTW figures the public has the right to know just what has been promised to the unions — thus the FOIA requests. And, with all of Obama’s pre- and post-election promises of “transparency” and responsibility in what is supposed to be the most ethical administration in history, that shouldn’t be a problem, right? There can’t be any conflicts of interest, right? Don’t bet on it.

Here is some of what Mix has to say:

The foundation’s concerns about possible conflicts of interest start right at the top with Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, who held a leadership post at American Rights at Work, a group funded by the AFL-CIO and the powerful Service Employees International Union.

The foundation is also seeking information on the role of former AFL-CIO lawyer Deborah Greenfield, now a high-ranking Department of Labor official. Before the election, Greenfield filed suit on Big Labor’s behalf to stop the implementation of some modest disclosure requirements for union officials. Now she’s in charge of gutting those same reporting guidelines.

In his first full day in office, Obama pledged that his appointees ‘will not for a period of two years … participate in any particular matter involving specific parties that is directly and substantially related to their former employer.’ Yet Labor Secretary Solis was given a free pass, even though she helped oversee ARAW’s intense lobbying program while serving as a member of Congress (itself a congressional ethics problem).

Meanwhile, as a lawyer with the AFL-CIO, Greenfield sued the Department of Labor over the very regulations she is now rolling back.

No wonder the administration continues to stall the FOIA requests with one bureaucratic roadblock after another! They never thought anyone would actually check up on them and hold them accountable. This is just one more indication of Obama et al.’s lack of integrity and a desire to consolidate more & more power among those who agree with their “progressivist” vision for this nation. (Note: Don’t forget the Obamacare provision that will force unionism of all healthcare professionals and give more money & control to the unions.)

If this concerns you anywhere near as much as it concerns me (and the NRTW), please help by passing this info along, bringing it up in conversation, subscribing to the NRTW’s free email newsletter (www.NRTW.org), maybe even making a donation. Let’s fight for our right to work without forced dues and intimidation by unions that no longer work for the people they supposedly represent. And, let’s support those who work to expose injustice and keep the politicians honest.

P.S.  There’s a post over at The Foxhole blog with some good info about Big Labor benefiting from the “Stimulus”.