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…

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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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Businesses Now Banned for Laying off Workers Due to ObamaCare, or at Least Talking About it

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In the earliest days of the Conservative Hideout, I used to joke that the liberals never came up with anything new-they just called it something else.  Apparently, they are now trying to do this with ObamaCare generated job losses.  Smitty, over at The Other McCain, posted this yesterday…

Via Drudge:

Obama officials made clear in a press briefing that firms would not be allowed to lay off workers to get into the preferred class of those businesses with 50 to 99 employees. How will the feds know what employers were thinking when hiring and firing? Simple. Firms will be required to certify to the IRS – under penalty of perjury – that ObamaCare was not a motivating factor in their staffing decisions. To avoid ObamaCare costs you must swear that you are not trying to avoid ObamaCare costs. You can duck the law, but only if you promise not to say so.

So technically, businesses can lay off people due to ObamaCare, but they can’t SAY it’s because of ObamaCare!  In other words, they are making businesses call it something else.  they can say, increased costs, or increased overhead, or decreased cashflow, or something like that.  they will lay people off as a direct result of ObamaCare, they just won’t be legally permitted to SAY it.  Then, the administration and the MSM talking heads will all parrot that none of the job losses are due to ObamaCare.  They’ll say Bush did it, and the low information voters will bleat with approval.

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ObamaCare Damage: Emory Healthcare to Layoff 100 Due to ObamaCare

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Obamacare strikes again!  This time Emory Healthcare of Georgia is laying off 100 workers to offset the costs of ObamaCare.  Here is the video…

Remember kids, if you voted for Obama, you voted for these 100 people, as well as thousands of others around the country, to lose their jobs. Hundreds of thousands more have had their hours cut. Tens of thousands more have lost their plans.  If you voted for Obama, you voted for that too.

You were warned.  Elections have consequences.

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Fisker Motors Lays Off Most of American Workforce: Government, Mainstream Media Silent

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The official symbol of the Stimulus!

Fisker Motors was one of the more touted “green” projects funded by our government under the guise of “stimulus.”  They reportedly  received $200,000,000 in taxpayer money.  And, by the way, moved production to Finland…

Now, we have yet another example of what happens with Porkulus funding.  Apparently, an electric car maker got over a half a billion dollars-to build them in Finland.  

In a stunningly wasteful move, apparently made with no research, the Obama administration approved a loan to Fisker Karma, makers of sporty electric vehicles… that can’t even be produced in the US.

Vice President Joseph Biden heralded the Energy Department’s $529 million loan to the start-up electric car company called Fisker as a bright new path to thousands of American manufacturing jobs. But two years after the loan was announced, the job of assembling the flashy electric Fisker Karma sports car has been outsourced to Finland.

“There was no contract manufacturer in the U.S. that could actually produce our vehicle,” the car company’s founder and namesake told ABC News. “They don’t exist here.”

And what would yet another botched Obama green-jobs-stimulus measure be without cronyism… starring Mr. Green Fallacies himself:

The loan to Fisker is part of a $1 billion bet the Energy Department has made in two politically connected California-based electric carmakers producing sporty – and pricey – cutting-edge autos. Fisker Automotive, backed by a powerhouse venture capital firm whose partners include former Vice President Al Gore, predicts it will eventually be churning out tens of thousands of electric sports sedans at the shuttered GM factory it bought in Delaware. And Tesla Motors, whose prime backers include PayPal mogul Elon Musk and Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, says it will do the same in a massive facility tooling up in Silicon Valley.

Of course, the ironically named Fisker Karma didn’t help, as the one purchased by Consumer Reports BRICKED!

And just like all of the other “green projects” that went bust, Tesla Motors has announced massive layoffs.  Stacey McCain has more on the Fisker failure…

Friday, we got the inevitable denouement:

Green Jobs: Taxpayer-Funded Fisker
Will Lay Off 75% of Workforce

Really, this is a drop in the bucket, compared to the “punch to the gut” unemployment situation, for the simple reason that Fisker never employed many Americans: Its U.S. workforce was only 200 people, of whom 160 got laid off Friday.

He also has some quotes for major players…

“This is seed money that will return back to the American consumer in billions and billions and billions of dollars of good new jobs.”
Joe Biden, Oct. 27, 2009

“With the help of UAW lobbying efforts for advanced vehicle manufacturing and federal dollars, the plant will become a production facility for Fisker Automotive, a new American car company that plans to produce 100,000 electric hybrid vehicles per year by 2014.
“GM’s former Wilmington [Delaware] assembly plant was selected for its primary global production facility based on its size, production capacity, access to shipping ports and rail lines, and skilled workforce.”
United Auto Workers, February 2010

“Once again, the American public lost when the Obama administration attempted to pick ‘winners and losers’ in the free market. Today the electric car company Fisker Automotive, which received nearly $200 million in taxpayer money, is laying off three-fourths of its U.S. workers.”
Sarah Palin, April 5, 2013

There is a disparity between what I quoted in 2010, and the number being quoted now.  However, 200 American jobs for $200,000,000 jobs?  And now, 160 of those jobs are gone?  So, $200,000,000 divided by 40 is $5,000,000 per job.  That, of course, doesn’t consider the jobs created in Finland, but it appears that those jobs are eventually going to go away as well.

I guarantee that if the Bush administration had provided this funding with the same result, this would lead every nightly news broadcast on the alphabet networks.  However, since this is the Obama administration, the story will receive little to no coverage.  And, if it does, some talking head at MSNBC will probably say that it was Bush’s fault anyway.


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Just in Case You Don’t Know Why ObamaCare Kills Jobs…

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I’ve seen quite a bit of shock lately, as liberals see how ObamaCare is actually functioning in practice.  With it’s key components kicking in in just a short period of time, employees are cutting hours, and laying off workers.  While Conservative bloggers and other outlets have been discussing this for over a year, most of the public are now seeing the results, after it is too late.  For a good wrap-up of what is happening, kindly consider this, from Chicks on the Right…

In case you weren’t already painfully aware, here’s the skinny on why unemployment will skyrocket in the face of Obama’s sucktastic socialized healthcare:

Under ObamaCare, employers with 50 or more full-time workers must provide health insurance for all their workers, paying at least 65% of the cost of a family policy or 85% of the cost of an individual plan. Moreover, the insurance must meet the federal government’s requirements in terms of what benefits are included, meaning that many businesses that offer insurance to their workers today will have to change to new, more expensive plans.

ObamaCare’s rules make expansion expensive, particularly for the 500,000 US businesses that have fewer than 100 employees.

Suppose that a firm with 49 employees does not provide health benefits. Hiring one more worker will trigger the mandate. The company would now have to provide insurance coverage to all 50 workers or pay a tax penalty.

In New York, the average employer contribution for employer-provided insurance plans, runs from $4,567 for an individual to $ 12,748 for a family. Many companies will likely choose to pay the penalty instead, which is still expensive — $2,000 per worker multiplied by the entire workforce, after subtracting the statutory exemption for the first 30 workers. For a 50-person company, then, the tax would be $40,000, or $2,000 times 20.

But, you know, unemployment, shunemployment.

Yay free sh*t!

There you have it.  Especially with small margin operations, like grocery stores and restaurants, ObamaCare  has, and will continue to, limit staff hours, and prevent expansion.

Oh, and elections have consequences.

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More ObamaCare Layoffs: Medical Providers Now Bracing for Impact

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The ObamaCare Layoffs continue to pile up.  In this edition, we see some medical providers that are taking action to stay in business-by laying off workers.  Michelle  Malkin has the details…

The ramping up (or down, depending on how you look at it) for full implementation of Obamacare continues:

In the largest staff reduction in its nearly 100-year history, Orlando Health is cutting up to 400 jobs starting immediately, hospital system officials announced Monday.

The move is part of a broader effort to position the hospital system for the health-care overhaul, CEO Sherrie Sitarik said.

The elimination of jobs will occur in two phases and represents a 2 percent to 3 percent reduction in the system’s 16,000-person work force, said Orlando Health spokeswoman Kena Lewis. The cuts affect all departments and all eight of the system’s hospitals, including Orlando Regional Medical Center and Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, two of the system’s better-known facilities.
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Such cost-cutting measures are happening across the country. On Wednesday, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina announced that it would cut 950 jobs by June.

Last month, Louisiana State University announced it would cut 1,495 positions as well as programs across its seven hospitals to trim more than $150 million from its budget.

So it continues.  There will be more ObamaCare layoffs, from all sectors.  And they will number in the thousands, if not hundreds of thousands.  And, of course, they will all be someone else’s fault-at least if you listen to the MSM.

In the end, elections have consequences, and a vote for Obama was a vote for these job losses.

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Layoff Update: Over 75,000 Lose Their Jobs Since Obama’s Election Day Victory

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Categorize this under “elections have consequences.”  There is news on the layoff front. In the few days since President Obama won his surprising, fraud filled victory, over 75,000 people lost their jobs.  Breitbart has more…

The Department of Labor has announced that new jobless claims rose by a staggering 78,000 in the first week after the election, reaching a seasonally-adjusted total of 439,000. Over the past year, and in the weeks leading up to the election, jobless claims were said to be declining, dipping as low as 339,000, with the media proclaiming that they had reached the “lowest level in more than four years.” Now, suddenly, the news seems far less rosy.

From the Department of Labor press release this morning:

In the week ending November 10, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 439,000, an increase of 78,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 361,000. The 4-week moving average was 383,750, an increase of 11,750 from the previous week’s revised average of 372,000.

Some of the new claims, especially in New Jersey, were due to Hurricane Sandy–but these were offset by a decline in claims filed in New York. The highest numbers of new filings came from Pennsylvania and Ohio, where there were thousands of layoffs in the construction, manufacturing, and automobile industries. 

This was predictable.  Bloggers and other Conservative sources were predicting this for some time prior to the election.  We knew that businesses were holding on to see if Romney would win.  They knew that if Romney won, the ObamaCare would be repealed.  They knew that their taxes wouldn’t be going up, and they knew that a wave of new regulations would be cancelled.  However, since Obama did win, they have to slash hours, jobs, or close altogether. America was warned.  The information was out there.  Even though the media didn;t discuss this before hand, and aren’t talking about it now, people can find it easily.

Elections have consequences.  And on November 6, 2012, people chose to vote themselves out of a job.  There are more coming, sadly, and I’ll continue to discuss it.  Since it doesn’t make Obama look good, You’ll have to read about it here, because the media won’t be covering it soon.

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Layoff Bomb Continues: Social Media Traffic Reflects Grim Job Outlook

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It seems that the layoff bomb continues.  Here is a screencap from Twitchy.

The main article has even more, so check it out.

More and more people are losing their jobs, and it doesn’t appear to be slowing.  The question is, how long before the media covers it, and what spin will they use to cover for the Obama Administration?

NOTE:  The tweets shown above are as is, I can make no claim to their veracity.  It is, after all, the internet.  However, I see little benefit to lying about these things.

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Small Business Owners Explain Why ObamaCare Causes Cuts in Hours and Layoffs

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As the layoffs continue to mount, and the left continues to blame everyone/everything but Obama’s policies, business people continue to attempt to explain the situation.  FOX News has the video.  Why FOX News?  Because the other networks won’t cover it!

Of course, leftists will probably promise to boycott these businesses, and try to put them under.  Because, as we all know, putting all of the workers in the unemployment line is far better than some of them losing their jobs.  As far as I can ascertain, it must be a twist on the normal liberal fairness meme.  You see, if some losing their jobs, and others  not, creates an unfair situation.  The liberal solution?  Make sure none of them have jobs.  Unfairness is therefore vanquished! It’s the liberal way.

H/T:  Gateway Pundit

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Leftist Meme for Layoff Bomb, Anything but Obama’s Policies!

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As the layoff bomb continues, it might be a good idea to take a look at the probable reaction from the left.  For this one, I think it will rather simple.  It’s all going to be variations on the leftist classic…

It’s ALWAYS something or someone else’s fault.  

Remember that no matter what happened in Obama’s first term, it was Bush’s fault?  Or maybe even a tsunami?  Or perhaps ATM machines?  It doesn’t matter how bad the liberals fail, the fault always lies elsewhere.

This is not  new.  The communists made an art form out of it.  Remember this from Yuri Bezmenov?

The Soviet system didn’t work.  Making people slaves on collective farms didn’t work, so being leftists, they had to blame someone else.  Then, they had to explain away the lack of evidence for their claims.  Sounds rather familiar, doesn’t it?

We could also talk about how the Soviet rhetoric about the US reeks of claims about Conservatives by liberals, but that is a post for another day.

So, for right now, the blame will be placed on the owners of the businesses for trying to stay in business. If the layoff bomb continues at a brisk rate, the blame will become more shrill, and there might even be moves to punish business owners.  Only time  will tell, but I’ll be around to cover it.

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Elections Have Consequences: Layoff Roundup

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As we have been focusing, the layoffs seem to be piling up.  Here is a list published last night by The Blaze…

A layoff is tough enough for employees to deal with, imagine hearing the crushing news that your office is shutting down just before Thanksgiving and Christmas…  Here are some of the business closings that were announced in just the past two days:

To see even more companies that announced layoffs since the election, visit the Daily Job Cuts page.

Obviously, employers were waiting until the election to make their choices in terms of staffing.  The people made their choice, and now the businesses have to make choices to stay in business.  As always, we’ll be covering the growing list of layoffs due to the election, and at each stage of the process, I will be reminding people that elections have consequences.

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Elections Have Consequences: Let the Layoffs Begin!

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In the run up to the election we had covered how many companies had planned layoffs due to Obama’s policies, as well as those that planned layoffs in the event that Obama was re-elected.  And, just as predicted, it has begun.  Here are a set of links and excerpts…

Small Businessman Lays off Workers to Avoid ObamaCare Taxes…

The HuffPo has the story…

The man identified himself as Stu, without giving a last name, and said he owns a small aviation services company. He told C-SPAN’s Washington Journal that he“simply can’t afford” to run his business if he has to comply with the the Affordable Care Act.

“Yesterday I called all my part-time employees in and said because Obama won I was cutting their hours from 30 to 25 a week so i would not fall under the Obamacare mandate,” Stu, who said he is from Williamson, Ga., told C-SPAN.

Under the Affordable Health Care Act, businesses with more than 50 workers arerequired to provide health care coverage for full-time employees or those working more than 30 hours per week. Darden Restaurants, the parent company of Red Lobster and The Olive Garden, announced in October that it would downgrade workers to part-time status to limit costs from Obamacare.

“I had to lay two full-timers off to get under the 50-person cap,” Stu told C-SPAN. “I tried to make sure that the people I had to lay off voted for Obama.”

Of course, the tone of the HuffPo story is that it’s the employer’s fault, which will be a consistent theme that emerges…that it’s not the policy that is putting people out of work, or businesses going under…it is greed of owners.

 Businessman Lays Off off 22 of 114 Employees due to ObamaCare

The CBS Affiliate in Las Vegas has the story…

“David” (he asked to remain anonymous for obvious reasons) told Host Kevin Wall on 100.5 KXNT that “elections have consequences” and that “at the end of the day, I need to survive.”

Here’s an excerpt from the interview. Click the audio tab below to hear even more from this compelling conversation:

“I’ve done my share of educating my employees. I never tell them which way to vote. I believe in the free system we have, I believe in the right to choose who they want to be president, but I did explain as a business owner that I have always put my employees first. I always made sure that when I went without a paycheck that [I] made sure they were paid. And I explained that I always put them first and unfortunately I’m at a point where I’m being forced to have to worry about me and my family now and a business that I built from just me to 114 employees.

“I explained to them a month ago that if Obama gets in office that the regulations for Obamacare are gonna hurt our business, and I’m gonna have to make provisions to make sure I have enough money to cover the payroll taxes, the additional health care I’m gonna have to do, and I explained that to them and I said you do what you feel like in your heart you need to do, but I’m just letting you know as a warning this is things I have to think of as a business owner.

Of course, this business owner would be portrayed as a bad guy as well.

The War on Coal Takes More Victims…

WSIL TV has the story…

GALATIA — A local coal mine is cutting jobs and blaming it on politics. American Coal in Galatia laid off 54 miners on Wednesday, saying President Barack Obama’s re-election is bad news for the coal industry.

Layoffs are never easy for those losing their jobs, but for a region already economically depressed, the loss of 54 jobs cuts deeply. The sting is made all the more worse knowing the move could be politically motivated.

“There is no question that the United States coal industry is being destroyed by the actions of Barack H. Obama,” said Bob Murray, CEO of Murray Energy, during the Old King Coal Festival in September.

Murray authorized the pink slips at American Coal, a subsidiary company, just hours after the re-election of President Obama. In a news release, Murray Energy blamed the Obama Administration’s “War on Coal”, stating the layoffs were more severe in anticipation that the coal industry will get worse in the next four years.

That’s all for now.  I’ll be covering as many layoffs as I can see, and reminding the people that elections have consequences.

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Romney Recommends the Small Business Owners Warn Employees of Obama Second Term: Liberals Upset

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What happens when Mitt Romney recommends that business owners talk to their employees about the consequences of a second Obama term?  Upset liberals! Here is the “leaked” video…

And, here is commentary from Working in These Times…

In the June call, Romney went on to reassure his audience that it is perfectly legal for them to talk to their employees about how to vote:

Nothing illegal about you talking to your employees about what you believe is best for the business, because I think that will figure into their election decision, their voting decision and of course doing that with your family and your kids as well. 

He’s correct that such speech is now legal for the first time ever, thanks to the Citizen United ruling, which overturned previous Federal Election Commission laws that prohibited employers from political campaigning among employees. 

In the post-Citizens United era, “there is not much political protection for at-will employees in the private sector workplace,” explains University of Marquette Law Professor Paul Secunda, a pro-union labor lawyer. “It is conceivable, under the current legal regime, that an employer like Koch could actually get away with forcing his employees, on pains of termination, to campaign for a given candidate or political party.”

And, here is some more from Think Regress…

There have already been some reports of employers suggesting how their employees should cast their ballots. A CEO of a Florida resort company threatened to fire his employees if Obama won. The CEO of a timeshare company did the same. And the famous right-wing Koch brothers warned of “consequences” of not voting for Romney.

Now, let’s take a second and look at this, because hypocrisy abounds…

1.  An employer has no way of knowing how an employee voted.  How can they, with the secret ballot?  However, unions want to get rid of secret ballot elections for their purposes.  They want employees to sign a card, in the open view of union representatives,  so they will know exactly who supported the union.  That, and they’ll know their address, phone number, and the like.  But, that’s OK, because they’re liberals.

2.  No employer, in any scenario discussed, has threatened employees.  What they have done is told employees that Obama and his policies are so bad for business that some may may have to do layoffs to stay in business.  And, it would also be logical to predict that many small businesses may go under entirely in Obama term two, because they won’t be able to afford all of the new taxes and  regulations.  But, unions can offer all sorts if dire predictions, and it’s perfectly OK, even when none of them come to pass.

3.  Citizens United did removed restrictions from employees that allows them to share information with their employees.  But, once again, that only serves to level the playing field.  For places where people are forced to join a union, they union bosses have been telling people how to vote for decades.  Essentially, liberals don’t want balance in the workplace anymore than they want in on the airwaves.  They seek to control information, so this is an affront to that intent.

4.  Remember this story about union bosses fining members if they did not support Elizabeth Warren?

In the end, this appears to be a classic case of liberal projection.  They use lies, threats and intimidation to get their people in line, and to silence dissent in the ranks.  Since they do this as standard practice, it’s reasonable to assume that they would assume others do it to, even if the others are not.

 

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Layoff Update: Lockheed Martin Delays Announcing Tens of Thousands of Layoffs Until After Election

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As we covered earlier, the Obama Administration if offering to pay the fines and expenses of companies that would otherwise have to announce layoffs just before the election.  Michelle Malkin has the update, citing that Lockheed Martin has taken the Government deal…

As we discussed on Saturday, the Obama administration has offered to cover expenses (court-ordered penalties, severence costs, etc) for contractors willing to ignore the WARN Act by delaying sending layoff notices to tens of thousands of their employees who will likely be hit by Pentagon budget cuts.

Following up on that, today, Lockheed Martin said “count us in”:

Lockheed Martin said Monday it will not issue employee layoff notices this year, ending an election-year showdown with the Obama administration.

The company said it based its decision on new guidance issued Friday by the Office of Management and Budget and the Pentagon.

The guidance said the Pentagon did not anticipate killing any contracts on Jan. 2, the day automatic spending cuts are set to begin hitting defense spending. The guidance also said the federal government would cover severance costs that are mandated under a federal layoff notices law.

The decision by Lockheed means tens of thousands won’t get layoff notices days before Election Day, which might have cast a crucial blow against President Obama’s reelection chances.

Republicans argue that last week’s guidance was a politically motivated effort by the administration to protect Obama ahead of the election.

Of course, the media is not going to cover this, but just imagine the outrage and wall to wall coverage if Obama had a “R” after his name?    Then again, even if the media were to cover it, it would be President Bush’s fault.

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Obama to Illegally Delay Upcoming Layoffs, Promises to Cover Companies Fines and Expenses

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What happens when layoffs are coming…lots of them, and the law dictates that they be announced just before the election?  Apparently, the Obama administration is allowing companies to skate, while promising to cover their expenses for breaking the law.  Michelle Malkin has the rest.  

According to the WARN Act, employers must provide 60 days notice to workers, labor union reps, local governments, etc., in advance of plant closings and mass layoffs that fall within the parameters of the Act.

Defense contractor layoffs due to sequestration cuts (that Obama is pictured above announcing in January of this year) are looming January 2, 2013. This means that federal law will require those companies to issue thousands of “you’re out of a job” notices mere days before the November election. If you’re the Obama administration this makes you more nervous than watching Joe Biden start to talk about Dunkin’ Donuts. What to do? Simple — ask the contractors to ignore the law and promise them that taxpayers will cover possible fines and extra costs associated with any subsequent non-compliance judgments:

The Obama administration issued new guidance intended for defense contractors Friday afternoon, reiterating the administration’s position that the companies should not be issuing layoff notices over sequestration.

The Labor Department issued guidance in July saying it would be “inappropriate” for contractors to issue notices of potential layoffs tied to sequestration cuts. But a few contractors, most notably Lockheed Martin, said they still were considering whether to issue the notices — which would be sent out just days before the November election.

But the Friday guidance from the Office of Management and Budget raised the stakes in the dispute, telling contractors that they would be compensated for legal costs if layoffs occur due to contract cancellations under sequestration — but only if the contractors follow the Labor guidance.

The guidance said that if plant closings or mass layoffs occur under sequestration, then “employee compensation costs for [Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification] WARN act liability as determined by a court” would be paid for covered by the contracting federal agency.

So, the POTUS doesn’t want the effects of his policies to be readily apparent right before the election, so he’ll let companies skate on the law so a crapton of people don’t get laid off just in time to realize that Obama hosed them.

That’s transparency, right?

There is even more at Michelle Malkin, get over there and see the rest.

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Obama’s War on Coal Kills More Jobs: Alpha Natural Resources to lay off 1200

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Apparently, Obama is making good on his promise to put coal out of business, as Alpha Natural Resources announced plans to lay off a total of 1200 workers in Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.  The WAPO has more…

Alpha Natural Resources will cut its coal production by 15 percent and immediately lay off about 160 mineworkers while idling eight mines in Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Alpha Natural Resources becomes the latest in a series of coal mining companies to trim output and jobs this year as domestic coal-fired power plants shut down in the face of cheap new U.S. natural gas supplies, a weak economy, and environmental regulations. The company ranks as America’s second-largest coal producer by revenue and third-largest by production.

So then, when you order a bunch of coal fired power plants to close, you pretty much seal the fate of many workers.  And, if Obama is re-elected, this is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak.

H/T:  Blogsense-by-Barb

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Will the Transportation Bill Kill Roll Your Own Cigarettes?

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Thanks to a tiny amendment buried in the Transportation bill, businesses that have machines to roll cigarettes will be forced to close, and lay off their workers.  America’s Watchtower has more…

Buried deep in the transportation bill was an amendment which was added to the legislation which will change the definition of cigarette manufacturers to include those who own and operate roll your own cigarette machines, effectively shutting down these small businesses all across the country.

For those who do not know: Loose tobacco is taxed at a much lower rate than cigars and cigarettes and because of this many people have opted to save money by rolling their own cigarettes and this led to a boom in the roll your own cigarettes business. Entrepreneurs went into business for themselves by purchasing rolling machines which afforded smokers with the opportunity to roll many cigarettes in minutes while paying half the price for name brand cigarettes.

This is how it works; you go to a small business that has a rolling machine for cigarettes.  You select the blend of tobacco that you want, and the type of tubes, and the operator puts the ingredients in the machine.  In a few minutes, you have a carton of cigarettes-for less than half the price of brand name manufactured cigarettes.  Considering the taxes that have been put on cigarettes, these businesses have done quite well.

Bunkerville has more…

A tiny amendment buried in the federal transportation bill to be signed today by President Barack Obama will put operators of roll-your-own cigarette operations in Las Vegas and nationwide out of business at midnight.

“It saves me time and money, and in the end I feel better because I don’t get all of the chemicals that the other cigarettes have,” Bawden said. “With the brand-name cigarettes, we pay for the chemicals and the name, and I don’t want any of that, so I don’t even know what I’ll do when the shop closes down.”

Robert Weissen, with his brothers and other partners, own nine Sin City Cigarette Factory locations in Southern Nevada, including six in Las Vegas, and one in Hawaii. He said when the bill is signed their only choice is to turn off their 20 RYO Filling Station machines and lay off more than 40 employees. Dont you love Obama and his job creation?

So, this story has it all, intrusive government that causes people to lose their jobs, and closes businesses, with a heaping helping of crony capitalism.

From what I have been able to determine, this bill will not affect people’s ability to buy the ingredients and make their own cigarettes at home. It seems to  only impact the machines that can churn out hundreds of cigarettes in just a few minutes.  I guess we can’t let the government go without taxes, big tobacco to not have the business, or people to have the jobs, can we?

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Public Sector Unions at Work: Some Profiting at the Expense of Others

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If we listen to the occupods, they’ll tell us again and again how a select few profit, while many others suffer.  Today, I have to announce that I agree with them 100%.  I know that all of you are likely shocked, if not dismayed-but fear not, I have not taken leave of my senses.  I do agree with the occupods, but not in a way that they would likely anticipate.  There are indeed a select few that are cashing in at the expense of others, and it’s right from within the occupod ranks.  In fact, they openly support this exploitation.  For the details of how a few are manipulating the system, here is an excerpt from Big Government…

LoHud.com reports that employees of Yonkers Public Schools can get paid for 300 days of unused sick and vacation time, a policy that allowed one district employee to receive a $92,325 payout in 2010.

The story was a big embarrassment for the cash-strapped district last summer, when it announced that 187 employees were being laid off, in addition to the 250 who were retiring. The district ended up cutting $41 million from its budget, laying off 90 teachers and cutting advanced placement classes and electives such as drama, music, cooking and industrial arts, according to the New York Times.

It’s clear that Yonkers schools’ expensive union perks ended up hurting students’ overall education.

So, let’s summarize:  A few teachers made out like bandits, while many lost their jobs.  Kids lost programs and classes, and the union bosses kept their power.  Young teachers lost their jobs, while older teachers kept theirs and got more, quality and competency notwithstanding.

Of course, this is what happens wherever unions are involved.  They take and take until the system comes apart, and when the proverbial feces hit the fan, they have no problem sacrificing many of their own members to maintain the power and standing of the bosses.  Of course, some of the laid off people may have realized that the “collective” in collective bargaining means that they had no value as individuals, but it’s a bit too late now, isn’t it?

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