What Would a $15 a Hour Minimum Wage Cause: Higher Prices vs. Robots

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The effort to provide millions of workers with a living wage put millions of workers out of a job, the SEIU Communist Party is leading protests against fast food joints all over the US.  Their demand is a $15 a hour minimum wage.  As usual, the SEIU Communists, being ignorant of how businesses actually work, fail to recognize the consequences of their actions; like higher prices…

Fight for 15

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has launched an expensive PR campaign calling for wages of at least $15 an hour in the fast-food industry. This Fight for 15 is part of a larger SEIU pressure campaign to unionize fast-food restaurants.[1] Hundreds of union activists have staged “walkouts” and protests across the country demanding the higher pay rate. These protests have attracted considerable media attention. However, if the SEIU achieved its stated goal, it would hurt the budgets of millions of moderate-income Americans.

No, Fast-Food Joints Cannot Absorb Cost Increases

Artificially inflating wages would substantially increase fast-food restaurants’ total costs—labor makes up a considerable portion of their budget. Chart 1 shows the financial statements of the average fast-food restaurant in 2013. Labor costs (26 percent) and food and material costs (31 percent) make up the majority of the typical restaurant budget.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the average cook in a fast-food restaurant earned $9.04 an hour in 2013.[2] The SEIU’s push for $15 an hour would consequently raise fast-food wages by at least 66 percent. Paying $15 an hour would raise fast-food restaurants’ total costs by approximately 15 percent.[3]

Fast-food restaurants could not pay this additional amount out of their profits. The typical restaurant has a profit margin of just 3 percent before taxes.[4] That works out to approximately $27,000 a year[5]—less than the annual cost of hiring one full-time employee at $15 an hour.[6] In order to raise wages, fast-food restaurants must raise prices.

Total Economic Effects

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The Heritage Foundation constructed a simulation model using the data on the average fast-food restaurant’s income and expenses. (See Chart 1.) This model accounts for the sales that fast-food restaurants lose when they raise prices. (See the appendix for details of this model.) Chart 2 shows the effects of a $15-an-hour minimum wage on the fast-food industry.

The higher labor costs would initially force fast-food restaurants to raise their prices by 15 percent, which would drive down sales by 14 percent. This would force restaurants to raise prices again, pushing sales down further. In equilibrium the average fast-food restaurant would have to raise prices 38 percent.[10] Prices would rise roughly twice as much as the initial increase in labor costs.[11] Total sales and hours worked would both fall by 36 percent. Fast-food restaurant owners would also have to accept a 77 percent reduction in profits in order to stay in business—leaving them with an average profit of just $6,100 a year per store. Otherwise they would have to raise prices to an extent that would drive away their customer base.

You can see the rest over at Heritage.  It is well reference and researched.  And, since it is fact based, it will be attacked by regressives, who hate nothing more than when their shameless rhetoric is shredded by reality.

I covered this before, but our old friend Snarky posted the following link on Facebook…

Here’s a schematic of what the burger-bot looks like and how it works. It occupies 24 square feet, so it’s much smaller than most assembly-line fast-food operations. It boasts “gourmet cooking methods never before used in a fast food restaurant” and will even deposit your completed burger into a bag. It’s a veritable Gutenberg printing press for hamburgers.

So, when faced with the prospective of going out of business, or ordering a robot, which do you think they will pick?
And, when hundreds of thousands of people are out of work because they fell for the SEIU’s snake oil, who will be blamed?
Bush, probably!
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SEIU Supports ObamaCare: SEIU Rank and File Loses Jobs-Due to ObamaCare

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Ready for a extra thick piece of irony cake?  As we all know, union bosses were big supporters of ObamaCare, funneling millions into democrat coffers.  However, as usual, the boss’s support of democrat causes the people they are supposed to “represent” to lose their jobs.  The SEIU is no exception. And, SEIU represented staff at East Niagara Hospital are being so well “represented” by the SEIU, they they don’t have to go to work-ever again!

From Labor Union Report:

SEIU-Backed ObamaCare Helps Cause SEIU-Represented Hospital To Cut 10% Of Full-Time Staff

With ex-SEIU boss Andy Stern having taken credit for the passage of the monstrosity known as ObamaCare, the irony of an SEIU-represented hospital cutting 10% of its full-time staff, in part, due to ObamaCare is rich.

Then, at the Labor Union Report link…

via The Mental Recession.

Early last month, ENH [East Niagara Hospital] announced that they would have to cut over 10% of their full time staff, as well as being forced to consolidate their inpatient care and surgical services.  Full-time staff will be cut from 560 to 500.

Chairman George V.C. Muscato, released a statement laying the blame on Obamacare:

“The Hospital reached this decision due to the statewide trend of declining inpatient hospitalizations, declines in reimbursement, and most recently, the impacts of the Affordable Care Act.”

…and the train keeps rolling on.

Just think about it.  These people were forced to join the union (because unions are so great that you have tto be forced to join).  Then, the union takes money off of them, and used it to elect democrats.  The democrats enacted ObamaCare, which caused the people to lose their jobs!

And they’ll likely keep on voting democrat too!

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Oppose Common Core? A Union Boss Promises Violence Against You

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In typical union goon fashion, the President of the NY United Federation of Teachers, Michael Mulgrew, directly threatened anyone who opposes that anti-educational/liberal indoctrination plot know as Common Core. 

Video surfaced on Thursday showing Michael Mulgrew, president of New York’s United Federation of Teachers, as he unloaded a hateful rant against critics of the Common Core Standards Initiative.

“If someone takes something from me, I’m going to grab it right back out of their cold, twisted, sick hands and say it is mine!” Mulgrew bellowed clownishly. “You do not take what is mine!”

The union boss also challenged opponents of Common Core and union control over education to a fist fight.

“I’m going to punch you in the face and push you in the dirt because this is the teachers’!” Mulgrew threatened.

The teachers union bigwig made the speech at a convention in Los Angeles last month, according to the New York Daily News.

Here is a video of Mulgrew’s comments…

You see, his comments are emblematic of liberalism.  They demand complete control.  They use that control to screw things up thoroughly, then blame someone else for the failure that results.  Then, if anyone questions them, or threatens that control, violence usually comes.  I did videos on that a while back…

In other words, Mulgrew is just acting in accordance with his nature as a union goon.  He’ll get whatever he wants, no matter the cost, or people will get hurt.

 

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Michigan Teacher’s Union Contract Specifically Excludes Christians

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“Christians need not apply,” might as well read the signs at one Michigan school.  The union’s contract with that district specifically excludes Christians from the hiring process.  Here is more on the teacher’s union hatred for Christianity…

One of the latest outrageous reports emanating from this bastion of leftism, however, indicates just how dedicated unions are to the cause of whitewashing America’s founding principles and values.

One Michigan school district’s teachers union boasts a contract that unequivocally states that “[s]pecial consideration shall be given to … those of the non-Christian faith” in filling open positions within the school system. It appears that this inclusion not only violates a previous passage in the contract but also a state law that prohibits religious discrimination in employment decisions.

The contact, which governs teachers in the community until 2017, guarantees similar advantages for minorities and women. Though millions of Americans consider such considerations antithetical to the selection of the best candidate, regardless of race or gender, the emphasis on hiring non-Christians is especially distasteful.

Ann Arbor’s Thomas Law Center President Richard Thompson expressed his concern regarding the contract’s language.

“Why would they be discriminating against Christians?” he asked. “They are not supposed to be discriminating against people for their religious beliefs. It’s outrageous – and I believe it’s unconstitutional.”

He concluded that the document could clearly result in a religious litmus test for current and future teachers in the district.

“Are people going to hide their faith so they can get a promotion?” he wondered. “There is a subtle persecution of Christians.”

Again, the left wants all sorts of protections against discrimination, but allow themselves to violate those same requirements.  Remember when the AARP was sued for age discrimination?  Remember when ACORN was a “champion” of the “living wage,” and refused to pay their workers minimum wage?  Or how about unions paying homeless and other disadvantaged folks slave wages to carry protest signs?  You see kids, rules are for you to follow.  Your leftist overlords, on the other hand, are immune from those rules.  And as soon as you get used to that fact, the more comfortable you will be with your enslavement.

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Subaru Dealership Outwits Union; Turns Attempted Intimidation Into Epic Win

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To say that one outwitted a union is not much of a statement.  For decades, union goons got away with violence, intimidation, extortion, and any of a number of mob related offenses for which they were immune from prosecution.  Now, with technology, like digital cameras, social media, and blogs, union thugs have a harder going of it.  If they beat someone up, there’s someone there with a camera to record it.  Then, it circulates all over as example # 1,500,693 of union violence.  In other words, their overt tactics now expose them, so more subtle methods are needed.  So, in many cases, they have switched to other tactics, like trying to shame people.  When Carpenter’s local 201, in Wichita, Kansas, wasn’t able to break all the kneecaps at a local Subaru dealership and get a contract, they decided to place a sign outside the dealership to smear them.  The response of the dealership was priceless and epic.  Here is more…

WICHITA — Labor dispute signs have been popping up at all kinds of businesses and nonprofits in the last couple of years, but Subaru of Wichita appears to be the first business to fight back.

“To be accused of desecrating the American way of life, we’re going to take a little bit of exception to that,” says Aaron Wirtz, who handles marketing and media for Subaru.

Earlier this week, the United Brotherhood Of Carpenters And Joiners Of America Local 201 began a protest in front of the dealership, which is on East Kellogg between Greenwich and 127th Street.

Subaru is in the process of a $1.5 million update to transform the property to the Subaru brand from the previous Suzuki brand that was there.

Wirtz says in addition to hiring a local architect on the project, Subaru hired Wichita’s Key Construction as its contractor. He says Key then hired Hi-Tech Interiors, a local nonunion firm, to do a small portion of drywall work.

In response, the Carpenters union now has people manning a “Shame on Subaru of Wichita” sign on an easement in front of the dealership.

“While we’re certainly not happy to see that, we were kind of unsurprised,” Wirtz says.

In response, Subaru now has a sign that plays off the “Shame” by saying, “For having unbeatable prices.” It also says “indisputable” in a couple of places on the sign.

Wirtz says Subaru respects the union’s right to protest.

“We’ve actually given them lunch. We’ve invited them to visit our facilities.”

Wirtz says he’s convinced the people with the sign are simply hired by the union to stand there.

I wonder if the unions are paying those people a “living wage?”

Here is the union sign…

shame on subaruAnd here is the dealership’s response…

subaru unbeatableThe original post from Kansas.com, as well as Twitchy, have more.

I have to ask if this union will be smart enough to avoid their typical tactics.  It is rather predictable that someone might sneak into the dealer’s lot late a night and “accidentally” slash some tires.  Ir maybe it will “mysteriously” catch on fire.  Or, will they realize what anyone with an ounce of sense, and at the bottom of a hole, figures out-stop digging!

H/T:  IOwnTheWorld

 

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Union Thugs Alert: Goons Threaten to Rape Children of Managers

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Union thugs are at it again.

Correct that!

Union thugs are still at it. 

The first sentence implies that union thugs ever stop being union thugs.

As the title points out, Union thugs have again been found to threatening the children of their targets.  Included in the latest example is threats to rape and kill children.  You know, just peaceful union activism, right?

Via Red State:

In the latest development of a more than year-long labor dispute in Vancouver, the National Labor Relations Board has accused picketers of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 4 of a multitude of horrific acts which include violence, threats of rape and implied harm to children, as well as racial slurs toward company security officers.

These acts, according to The Oregonian include the pinning of a security officer’s legs under a moving vehicle, blocking drivers’ vision and causing permanent eye injury to a security officer, reckless pursuit of company vans, as well as threatening a manager’s daughter with rape and “implied threats to harm a manager’s children by telling him they would ‘see his children at school’ and asking, ‘are (his) children okay today?’”

The labor dispute began in February 2013, when United Grain Corporation–a wheat exporter that runs a terminal in Vancouver, Washington–locked out 44 ILWU workers following six months of “fruitless negotiations” and after an ILWU member allegedly sabotaged the company’s equipment. […]

In addition to the acts alleged by the NLRB, the union has used religious leaders to accuse the company of sins, “including the sin of ‘theft in stealing the right to work,’ the sin of ‘heartlessness in failing to acknowledge the humanity of their workers’ and the sin of “manipulation in hiring replacement workers who need the money.’”

You remember all the Bible verses where Jesus said to rape children, don’t you?

Just think about it.  According to law, threats, extortion, and the like, are all legal for union thugs (at least here in the US).  And, the unions, and their democrat cronies, are fighting tooth and nail to keep it going.   Because, as we all know, unions are go great, that people have to be forced to accept them!

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10 Union Goons Indcited on Extortion, Arson, and Assualt Charges in Philadelphia

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You’ve seen the post image, I’ve used it for years.  This story explains why I use it.  It is one story of many-union goons caught violating the law.  However, what this makes this story a rarity is that the goons were caught and indicted…

10 In Union ‘Goon Squads’ Indicted For Violence, Arson In Philadelphia – The Foundry

Ten members of a Philadelphia ironworkers union are charged with conspiring to commit extortion, arson, destruction of property, and assault to force construction contractors to hire union workers, according to the FBI.

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The FBI this week said the members of Ironworkers Local 401 collaborated with allies who sought out construction sites that employed non-union workers, threatening personnel there with “violence, destruction of property or other criminal acts unless union members were hired.”

So-called “goon squads,” including a group calling itself “The Helpful Union Guys” (or THUGs) went into action. Some “set a crane on fire and cut steel beams and colts” at a Quaker Meeting House construction site in 2012, according to the indictment. In 2010, union members assaulted non-union workers with baseball bats at another construction site.

In 2013, they “threatened the contractor of an apartment complex… if he did not hire Local 401 members,” the indictment said. As a result, “the contractor relinquished his profits and turned the job over to a union-affiliated contractor.”

Experts say such incidents go both under-reported and prosecuted. National Institute for Labor Relations Research has documented over 9,000 reports of union violence since 1975, of which “barely 3 percent… have led to an arrest and conviction.”

This story has it all; vandalism, destruction of property, threats, arson, you name it.  It’s union goons in action.  And, all of this reflects back to one fact-that unions are so great, that people have to be forced to deal with them.

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Some Brief Thoughts on the UAW, or Organized Labor as a Whole

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As you recall, the UAW recently lost a landmark vote at a VW Plan in Tennessee.  The defeat was even more devastating with the fact that VW fully endorsed the union.  Not only did they not resist in any way, they rubber stamped it.  As usual, like most leftist entities, when they fail, they blame someone else.  Because, as well all know, it’s only democracy when  the leftists win.

But, let’s take a look at the legacy of the UAW.  Here is an image that sums it up nicely…

uaw vs DetroitThe causal relationship  is obvious.  It reminds me of something I recall from the early 90’s.  Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel was dealing with a strike, when the President of the union was quoted in a local newspaper as saying that he didn’t care if they permanently closed the company, as long as they didn’t budge on their demands.  In other words, they would permanently shut down the company, who employed (at that time) over 5000 workers, just to make sure that they didn’t bend on their demands.  Unions do that a lot, as the empty steel and coal towns in the rust belt would attest.  But, the union bosses got theirs, and the democratic politicians that supported them got paid, so it was all seen as good.  And, Detroit is a similar example.  The workers got screwed when the jobs went away, but the UAW’s HQ looks awful nice, and I bet the president of that union is compensated nicely.  As for the tens of thousands of people that lost their jobs, well, that’s a small price to pay in order to protect the union boss.

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Volkswagen Workers Reject Union ‘Protection’

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In what may have been a “make it or break it” union scenario, workers at the Volkswagen Plant in Tennessee rejected union representation “protection.”    American Power has more…

The United Auto Workers union suffered a crushing defeat Friday, falling short in an election in which it seemed to have a clear path to organizing workers at Volkswagen AG VOW3.XE +1.10%  ‘s plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The setback is a bitter defeat because the union had the cooperation of Volkswagen management and the aid of Germany’s powerful IG Metall union, yet it failed to win a majority among the plants 1,550 hourly workers.

Volkswagen workers rejected the union by a vote of 712 to 626. The defeat raises questions about the future of a union that for years has suffered from declining membership and influence, and almost certainly leaves its president, Bob King, who had vowed to organize at least one foreign auto maker by the time he retires in June, with a tarnished legacy.

“If the union can’t win [in Chattanooga], it can’t win anywhere,” said Steve Silvia, a economics and trade professor at American University who has studied labor unions.

The UAW said that “outside interference” affected the outcome of the vote. “Unfortunately, politically motivated third parties threatened the economic future of this facility and the opportunity for workers to create a successful operating model that that would grow jobs in Tennessee,” Gary Casteel, the union official in charge of the VW campaign, said in a statement.

Here is some video…

If you recall, when the unions are beating people up, it’s “This is what democracy looks like.”  And, ironically, “democracy” means preventing a vote.  When actual democracy happens, and the unions lose, it is always someone else’s fault.

I love the quote from the video, “we don’t quit.”  What does that mean?  It means that even when the workers reject them, the union comes back again, with bigger lies, more threats, and more intimidation.  When workers vote “no,” the union will retaliate, until they win.  And, if they have to bust some heads to “convince” workers to vote for the unions, so be it.

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Why Do Teachers’ Unions Favor Pedophiles?

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One would think that protecting children from adult predators would be pretty much a universal.  I was cheered that while myself and others were covering the #FreeKate story, we found that protecting children from predators had supporters that were gay and straight, from right and left, and Christian and not so much.  However, as much as a no-brainer that protecting children from sexual exploitation would seem, there are still a disturbingly large number of people that would allow adults access to children for the worst of purposes.  Even more disturbing is that two groups are apparently supporting pedophiles; The National Education Association,and the American Federation of Teachers, the two largest teachers unions in the US.  TPNN, notes that while the teachers’ unions favor background checks for gun owners, they have a different opinion on background checks for teachers…

But, that is not the case. Two of the most powerful teachers unions in the country, the National Education Agency (NEA) and the American Federations of Teachers (AFT), are against a proposed bill that would require better background checks for teachers. Of course, like clockwork, the excuse made by these unions, namely AFT, is wrapped around race baiting.

In the Wall  Street Journal on Thursday, Campbell Brown addresses their opposition. 

Anyone with violent or sexual convictions against a child—whether a misdemeanor or felony—would be ineligible for school employment. Background checks would be more thorough, using expanded databases including the FBI’s fingerprint database, the national and state sex offender registries. And districts would be prohibited from knowingly unloading sex abusers on other schools—a practice known as “pass the trash.”

These are sensible measures that are overdue. Yet the two most powerful teachers unions in the country have voiced objections to the bill. Both the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers complained about the bill before it passed the House. The NEA claimed in a letter to House members that background checks “often have a huge, racially disparate impact.” Randi Weingarten, the AFT chief, warned of inaccuracies in the FBI database and cautioned that teachers would be inconvenienced by potentially long screening delays.

So, keeping pedophiles away from kids is racist?  Are they suggesting that there is a racial component to pedophilia?   Or, are they just willing to protect and employ pedophiles in order to satisfy a political agenda?  Or course, who cares if a bunch of kids get raped in the process?  I would assume that it’s a small price to pay for for collecting more dues!

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Steven Cook, Michigan Education Association Head, Supports Convicted Child Molester Neal Erickson

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If you recall, we covered the story of Neal Erickson, as teacher who was convicted of sexually abusing a male student.  That, in and of itself was a story.  But, when other teachers came form with cries for leniency, the story got a bit more complicated.  Then, when the family’s garage was burnt down, it got more complicated still.  And now, it appears that even his Union is supporting him,  by attempting to obtain funds for him!   Steven Cook, the head of the Michigan Education Organization, has been the focal point of that effort.  FOX News attempted to interview.

Now, when you listen to the interview with the victim, you see what the supporters of Neal Erickson are behind, so to speak…

1.  Use of alcohol to gain the “cooperation” of a young teen.

2.  The use of threats to control the young victim, and gain his silence.

3. Manipulation of a sexual abuse victim.

4.  The classic pedophile/abuser claim that, “it was consensual!”

This, according to an increasing number of Americans, is OK.  From the supporters of Kaitlyn Hunt in Florida, to the supporters of Neal Erickson, these people think that adults have the right to prey upon children, and there is something wrong with the rest of us.

Welcome to the Brave New World; with some 1984 mixed in for good measure.

 

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Boeing Workers Vote to Lose Their Jobs?

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It appears that Boeing workers have literally voted themselves out of a job. 

WASHINGTON — Looks like unionized industrial engineers and other workers will be out of a job soon. The union representing workers that would help build Boeing 777X airliners voted 67% against non-union labor for the project.

Reuters reported that the International Machinists’ Union hailed it as a victory for their workers, but Boeing quickly responded and said they will move their business elsewhere.

If you recall, the Obama Administration, actively prevented Boeing from opening a facility in a Right to Work state.

I wonder what kind of promises the union bosses made to the rank and file?  I wonder if the rank and file realize that the bosses will throw them under the bus in a heartbeat.  Or, will both blame Boeing, because that is easier than dealing with reality?

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This is How the Left Works: The Stalking and Harassing of Scott Walker and His Family

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I have devoted a great deal of time to covering the tactics of the left.  Whether it’s been Union goons, Occupy Wall Street, of even #FreeKate, they all try to use thug tactics to threaten and attack their adversaries.  Here are some of the tactics being used against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker when the unions were trying to maintain their death grip on public workers…

The letter was addressed to Walker’s wife, Tonette. It read:

Has Wisconsin ever had a governor assassinated? Scotts heading that way. Or maybe one of your sons getting killed would hurt him more. I want him to feel the pain. I already follow them when they went to school in Wauwatosa, so it won’t be too hard to find them in Mad. Town. Big change from that house by [BLANK] Ave. to what you got now. Just let him know that it’s not right to [EXPLETIVE] over all those people. Or maybe I could find one of the Tarantinos [Tonette’s parents] back here.

But, Walker’s opponents didn’t stop at just death threats.  They were following his family members, including his children…

Erwin worked tirelessly to ensure Walker’s safety, the book notes. And it wasn’t just for him: Walker’s entire family was apparently being stalked.

“Governor, I’ve been at this awhile, and when the hairs stand up on the back of my neck, you have to be concerned,” the former Marine told Walker. “They know where you go to church; they’ve been to your church. They’re following your children and tracking your children. They know where your children go to school, what time they have class, what time they get out of class.”

“They know when they had football practice. They know where your wife works, they know that she was at the grocery store at this time, they know that she went to visit her father at his residence,” he said.

The size of Walker’s security detail was eventually increased and troopers had to be assigned to monitor his children at school.

This is what leftists, bullies, and other goons do.  This is not the exception-it is the rule.  For example, one of the former #FreeKate supporters that contacted me told me that once they broke with that group, and started talking about what they knew, they were contacted by other #FreeKate supporters.  Those supporters threatened not only the “defector,” but their family and even children as well.  The groups formerly known as ACORN were well know for having protests at the schools attended by their target’s children.  And, we remember how Occupy Wall Street terrorized children…

When one has no morals, terrorizing children is nothing more than a tactic, or a means to an end.

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Michigan Teacher Sues to be Freed From Union

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I hope she realizes what she is getting in to.

Miriam Chanski, a teacher from Coopersville, Michigan, is suing to be freed from her union, the Michigan Education Association.  EAGNews has more…

Miriam Chanski, 24, attempted to drop out of the MEA teachers union this May after Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder approved legislation making Michigan a right-to-work state. But Chanski told WZZM television station the union responded with a letter two months later rejecting her request.

The MEA, like most teachers unions, only allows members a very small window of time to drop their memberships each year – for the MEA it’s the month of August – and requires specific paperwork to complete the request. Most teachers are unaware of the technical process, and Chanski is no exception.

Chanski is now embroiled in a legal battle to win her freedom from the MEA.

At least seven other Michigan teachers were also unaware of the union drop policy, and are also suing for their freedom.

The ridiculous rules are obviously designed to prevent members from leaving, but teachers unions also use other tactics to keep members in line.

“In September, the president of our union came into my classroom before school and told me she was aware I wanted to opt out of the union and asked if I had sent in another form in August,” Chanski told WZZM. “I told her I was unaware of another form to send in, I was unaware of the August dates, and she told me at that point if I had not sent in that form, I might have missed my chance to opt out of the union.”

The local union president then allegedly threatened to turn the teacher in to a collection agency and ruin her credit if she didn’t pay her union dues, Chanski told the television station.

Chanski said the bottom line is “I chose to opt out and it’s not being honored.”

Of course, according to the union, they are so great, that Chanski should be forced to stay.  They know what this suit means-if Chanski wins, the flood gates open, and teachers start leaving in larger and larger numbers.  If you recall, when Prop 10 passed in Wisconsin, people left public service unions en-masse, and entire school districts de-certified their unions.  I’m sure the MEA has seen that, and do not want their slaves, and their dues,  escaping.  So, I would image that they are going to make life uncomfortable for Chanski.  While education unions are not known for a ton of violence, they aren’t above making false complaints, sabotaging work, or whatever is needed to silence a wayward member.

In the end, these efforts work best when more people join.  The larger the movement, the easier it is to deal with the nonsense.

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‘This is what democracy looks like,’ Kenosha Education Association Decertifies

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If you ever wondered why unions force people to join, here is an example of what happens when people are allowed to vote in order to leave. 

An exclusive by Mark Belling:

I have learned the third largest teachers union in the state, the Kenosha Education Association, has been decertified. Only 37 percent of the teachers in the Kenosha Unified School District voted to reauthorize the union in a recent vote…Under Act 10, public employee unions must be recertified every year by an affirmative vote of at least 50 percent of the employees. 

Read it all at the Conservative badger.

“Act 10? is, of course, Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s controversial public-sector union reform law. Some people have argued that this particular requirement — for an annual recertification vote — is somehow out of line. But how many workplaces are there in America where unions were certified decades ago and have coasted on pure inertia — where practically (or even literally) no one working today actually voted for the union that represents them?

So, if there is an election, most workers choose to leave the union.  It’s no wonder that the unions fought this tooth and nail.  If people get to vote in order to leave, the unions are going to loose even bigger.

Mind you, the unions and their communist bretheren were marching around chanting,”this is what democracy looks like.”  Remember?

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Union Thug Update: Better Not Talk About Right to Work

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As the saying here at the CH 2.0 goes,

Unions: so great, that people have to be forced to join. 

And, if you want the freedom to choose if you belong to a union or not, goons show up to threaten you!  Freedom Works has more…

One eyewitness sent me an account of what happened, along with video. This eyewitness has requested anonymity, fearing reprisals from the unions.

Freedom “Ruins Everything,” Unions Protest

Three words strike fear into the hearts of union leaders: “Right to Work.” At the mere mention of the phrase, unions in lockstep intimidate, harass, and bully those who dare to question what’s best for American workers.

Little did I know I’d be experiencing this first hand.

As a young conservative striving to find a foothold in a challenging economy, I was intrigued by the Northwest Employee Freedom event about right-to-work legislation. Held jointly by Oregon’s Cascade Policy Institute and Washington’s Freedom Foundation, labor experts including “top union watchdog” Vincent Vernuccio from the Mackinac Center would be coming to Vancouver to discuss labor reform and strategies for increasing employee freedom across the country.

I was looking forward to an intellectual discussion from these leading minds, but others insisted on being heard that evening.

From the moment my companions and I pulled up to the Clark College parking lot, already having fought our way through a drenching Northwest downpour, we realized another battle lay ahead. A cluster of people waving signs obstructed the driveway. Standing in the crosswalk to slow down cars, one man snapped pictures of every license plate as we drove in. Intimidation: Chapter One.

Chapter Two awaited us at the building entrance. Another crowd milled around the doors bearing more signs, daring any one of us to call them out. “He threatened to punch me if I didn’t get out of the crosswalk,” complained one would-be victim about another event attendee. “Let’s call the police on him.” One man held a sign stating, “Right 2 Work short changes your wallet” and admonished us, “Shame on you!” as we walked by without comment. “Right to work ruins society,” intoned another protester. “Ruins everything.”

The only thing being ruined at that moment was the educational forum we were yet to reach. Protesters in the hallway hovered as we presented our tickets, trying to join their compatriots who had already shouldered their way inside.

We entered the room to find sheer chaos – men with signs and bullhorns flanked the perimeter, surrounding participants who sat at tables watching the spectacle in disbelief. Vincent Vernuccio, the featured speaker, was countering the amplified voices with his brash New York attitude, giving no quarter as the men tried to hold the event hostage. “It’s our meeting now!” one bullhorned protester proudly proclaimed, as if sheer volume somehow translated to being king of the sandhill.

Chanting then broke out. “Hey hey, ho ho, union busting’s got to go! Hey hey, ho ho…” Another shouting match ensued. “Who is paying your wages?” demanded one protester.  “What are your biggest donors, your biggest contributors?” Ah yes, because unions are clearly in favor of financial transparency.

The situation continued out of hand until police arrived to a round of applause, escorting out the union trespassers and arresting one man who tried to insist that he was being “profiled.”

“Back to our regularly scheduled programming,” Vincent, the speaker, quipped. “If you’re not getting flak, it means you’re not over the target!”

The event itself proved incredibly illuminating. Harry Beck, famous for union workers’ “Beck rights” to pay only those dues not used for political purposes, cited Governor Kitzhaber’s Labor Day speech as a classic example of the hypocrisy inherent in the anti-right-to-work movement.

“Kitzhaber gives women the right to an abortion, or not. He gives seniors the right to die with dignity, or not. But he won’t give public sector workers, who are specially trained, who carry guns, who protect us, who we trust to teach our children – he won’t give them the right to choose whether to be in a union, or not. Why? Because they’re not smart enough?”

“Right-to-work isn’t about union dues. It’s about choice. It’s about freedom,” he emphasized.

Freedom to make unions have to earn their dues. Freedom to hold them accountable to the members that they claim to represent. Freedom from fear of the retaliation and intimidation tactics on which they rely.

Hey hey, ho ho, freedom helps workers, don’t ya know?

The Blaze has even more…

All of this points out several aspects about Unions, and the political left as a whole…

1.  The left is all about choice, until you choose something they don’t like.  Choose to kill a baby?  Great!  Choose to kill a black baby?  “Better yet,” says the leftist!  Choose to be gay, Muslim, Wiccan, or furry?  Excellent!

Now, something breaks down…

Choose to be a Christian?  HATER!  Choose to be free?  GREEDY! Choose not to be in a Unions?  Release the Union Thugs!  You’re a medical worker who chooses not to participate in abortions because of your religious beliefs?  You’re FIRED!

2.  “This what democracy looks like,” was the battle cry in Wisconsin, and at OWS.  But, when people vote for something else, it simple cannot be allowed.  You see, “democracy” is only “democracy” if the leftists win, even if they have to cheat.  If they lose, then it is not “democracy,” it is “hate.”

3.  Just like the East Germans and Soviet Union, the totalitarian impulse is strong in leftists. So even if it sucks, people cannot be allowed to leave.  Whether its keeping poor minority kids from escaping democrat-ruined public schools, or preventing workers from choosing to join a union, there can be no escape from leftist control, and if Union Thugs have to bust your head to make you stay, so be it.

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On This Labor Day, Remember the Victims of Union Violence

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So great, you’ll be forced to join!

This blog has long been a place to look at union violence.  From the Verizon strike, to the gooning up of Wisconsin, Unions have cast a never ending reign of terror over the US for far too long.  Victims have suffered beatings, stabbings, shootings, vandalism, threats, intimidation, and the like.  Here are some informational videos…

Is it just me, or did that video seem like a mafia movie?

A tragic story.

Unions: So Great, That People Have to be Forced to Join!  Or Else!

So, on this day, please remember those victims of union violence.

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A Tale of Two Stories: Taxpayer Funded Left Wing Group Shakes Down Fast Food Joints, Industry Introduces Burger Making Robot

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When organized labor went from asking for a fair wage to extorting the auto companies into bankruptcy, the industry cut costs with robots, and workers lost their jobs.  As unions were driving big coal out of the rust belt, the industry introduced continuous miners and massive longwall machines to cut costs, and less workers were needed.  This is now being re-created in the fast food industry, where a taxpayer funded group is in the process of shaking down fast food joints.  Weasel Zippers has more…

Via Reason:

Labor activists using tactics adopted from the Occupy Wall Street movement are crashing restaurants across the nation in an effort to raise wages for workers – and they’re getting taxpayer money to fund the effort.

Using a combination of federal grants and grants from left-leaning organizations, the Restaurant Opportunity Center, or ROC, is technically a charitable nonprofit and not a union. But their pro-worker messages, anti-employer protests and self-proclaimed goal of organizing service sector employees for the purposes of negotiating higher wages make ROC look and sound much like a labor union.

Some see their tactics as a deliberate attempt to skirt the nation’s labor laws. Only unions elected by a majority of a workplace can negotiate with employers on workers’ behalf, though ROC seems to be doing so in the absence of any election.

But others, including the head of the AFL-CIO, an umbrella group for dozens of labor unions, see ROC and groups like them as the new face of labor organizing in America.

ROC gets bankrolled with taxpayer cash

While the Restaurant Opportunity Center is working to increase wages for some workers, they are getting paid, in part, with federal tax dollars.

According to tax filings for ROC United, the parent organization that has launched the smaller chapters operating in many cities, the group got $180,000 in government grants during 2010 and another $60,000 in similar grants during 2011.

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So, in other words, this organization collects taxpayer money, and does the bidding of Communist Unions in order to make the entire US look like Detroit.  This is the same kind of communist temper tantrum that relays the following message…

That’s a nice restaurant you have there, be a shame if something were to happen to it. 

Then, the next thing on the agenda is to force the workers to join a union, and more importantly, pay union dues, so the union bosses get to buy Democrat politicians.

But, for the second part, we see that the response of the industry is kicking off…

No longer will they say, “He’s going to end up flipping burgers.” Because now, robots are taking even these ignobly esteemed jobs. Alpha machine from Momentum Machines cooks up a tasty burger with all the fixins. And it does it with such quality and efficiency it’ll produce “gourmet quality burgers at fast food prices.”

And while you fret over how many people you invited to the barbecue, Alpha churns out a painless 360 hamburgers per hour.

The article mentions that the machine pays for itself after one year.  Once the capital investment is paid off, money can then be put into better ingredients.  Truly, you can get true quality foods at fast food prices.  And, it’s part of the process started by unreasonable union demands.  By replacing people with machines, business can keep costs down, and quality high.  It ends with fewer people working, and less opportunity.  Eventually, it’s part of the process that happened to Detroit.

Asking ” do you want fries with that” is not a career opportunity, its a stepping stone.  It’s a great first job for a young person, or someone just getting into the labor market.  Liberals want to make it a career.  The only problem is that, like the other examples I mentioned, the market will not support it.   The profit margin for a fast food joint is low, and there is no wiggle room to vastly increase wages without increasing prices.  Increasing prices means that less people will buy it, and that is the death spiral that leads to closed restaurants.  So, industry will introduce robots, and if they don’t, they’ll just close.  Go to the former coal mining and steel towns in the rust belt to see what happens when unions ruin a labor market.  Go to Detroit, and see where this leads.  Am I saying that unionizing McDonald’s will turn the US into a gigantic Detroit?  No, but what I am saying is that the process of pushing business beyond the point that they can make a profit will destroy the market entirely.  Since the leftists have never learned the lesson from history, they will do this with any market.  And,  like good little Marxists, they’ll blame someone else when their efforts cause massive unemployment and economic failure.

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