SEIU Considers Work Stoppage on Thanksgiving: The “More” to the Story

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So, the SEIU wants to do a work stoppage at one of the busiest airports, and on the busiest travel day of the year.  Typically, we’d just look at this as yet another, “union goons screw up everyone’s holiday to get what they want.”  But, there is more to it than meets the eye.  For the preliminaries, take a look at this from Stop the ACLU…

(CBS LA) Employees at Los Angeles International Airport were considering plans Friday to walk off the job ahead on what is traditionally the busiest traveling day of the year.

But, hey, they really, really care or something.

A coalition of Southland labor and community leaders are calling for the protest of alleged violations by LAX contractor Aviation Safeguards (AVSG) after breaking their contract with the airport earlier this year.

Andrew Gross-Gaitan, the director of the Southern California Airports Division of SEIU, told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO that AVSG left more than 400 LAX workers without affordable family health care when it failed to comply with the city’s Living Wage Ordinance.

As many as 1,000 airport workers and union supporters are expected to march on Century Boulevard just as an estimated 1.8 million passengers are expected to travel through LAX over the holiday weekend.

SEIU marched in March, but there were not real delays. Now, Gross-Gaitan says ““It’s entirely possible there will be significant travel delays.” And big delays at a big airport can have a ripple effect across the country, as planes arrive very late at other airports, gumming up the works.

Now, the casual observer will look at this and think that the poor workers were cheating the workers.  But that is where the rest of the story comes in…

(LA Times) Company officials said their employees voted in December to reject or decertify their collective bargaining agreement with the SEIU before its expiration date. Since then, hourly wages have improved for the vast majority of employees, they said, and workers can choose the type of healthcare plan they want.

Now wait just a second here.  I thought the Union mantra is “this is what democracy looks like?”  I mean, if the workers VOTED, isn’t that DEMOCRACY?  Or, is this like any other leftist scenario, and it’s really only “democracy” if they win?

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Twinkie the Kid on Life Support: Bakers Union Poised to Shutter Hostess Permanently

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Over the last year, we’ve covered the fact that Twinkie the Kid is on life support.  The Hostess company required a new agreement from the Baker’s Union to get bankruptcy protection. Unfortunately, several hundred of the Bakers chose to fire themselves this week, closing three facilities permanently.  Apparently, the rest of the Bakers seem intent on putting themselves, and all other employees, out of work.  Mish’s Global economic Trend Analysis has the rest…

It’s do or die for 18,000 Hostess workers including 5,000 in the bakers’ union.

Hostess, the maker of Twinkies, Ding-Dongs, Ho-Ho’s, and Wonder Bread has given the union a firm order to accept wage cuts else the company will liquidate.

Only fools would voluntarily vote for liquidation liquidation, but with the clock ticking down to mere hours to come to agreement, it appears the fools will win the day. 

Please consider Hostess to liquidate if bakers’ strike continues through Thursday. Hostess Brands said Wednesday that it will go into liquidation unless bakers striking in protest against a new contract imposed in bankruptcy court return to work by the end of the day Thursday. 

“We simply do not have the financial resources to survive an ongoing national strike,” Hostess CEO Greg Rayburn said in a statement.

The liquidation would result in Hostess’ nearly 18,000 workers losing their jobs. The bakers’ union represents around 5,000.

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The union did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday, but has called the concessions demanded in the new contract “outrageous.”

“Our members are on strike because they have had enough,” bakers’ union president Frank Hurt said in a statement Tuesday. “They are not willing to take draconian wage and benefit cuts on top of the significant concessions they made in 2004 and give up their pension so that the Wall Street vulture capitalists in control of this company can walk away with millions of dollars.”

The part of this that really gets to me is that out of the 18,000 plus workers at Hostess, only 5000 get to make the choice for the rest.  But that is socialism for you.  The few decides the fate of the many, and then, they call it “democracy.”

Moe Lane at Redstate has even more…

And how serious is this threat? This serious:

The Teamsters meanwhile are urging the smaller union to hold a secret ballot on whether to continue striking. Citing its financial experts who had access to the company’s books, the Teamsters say that Hostess’ warning of liquidation is “not an empty threat or a negotiating tactic” but a certain outcome if workers continue striking.

There’s almost 19 thousand jobs at stake, here, and as far anybody can tell the striking unions seem to be operating under the assumption that a nebulous somebody will swoop in to restart production, once Hostess is liquidated.  This is considered to be unlikely by pretty much everybody else involved in the situation, and by “unlikely” I mean “barking mad insane.” It’s pretty diagnostic that the Teamsters – which is a union that is not unfamiliar with hardball tactics – is trying to wave off the strikers.  It’s even more diagnostic that the strikers seem absolutely determined to run the company into the ground, and probably expect applause afterward.

So, either the Baker’s Union is full of idiots, or they are working on behalf of a “nebulous somebody” out there that is going to get the company at a fire sale price, and then treat the unions bosses to some cash?  There is, of course, no evidence of that, but it sure does smell, doesn’t it?

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Hostess Workers Fire Themselves: Strike Causes Three Bakeries to Close

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Earlier this year, we covered that Hostess, the iconic brand that makes such treats as Twinkies, was going bankrupt.  At the top of the list of causes was  high labor costs.  The company had stated that if the union went on strike, the company would be liquidated.  But, when the company made an offer to save the company, the workers decided that they didn’t want their jobs after all.  The Gateway Pundit has more…

Over 600 workers will no longer have a job.
Nice work bakers’ union.

St. Louis Today
 reported:

Hostess Brands permanently closed three bakeries Monday, including a plant in St. Louis where 365 jobs were cut, in response to a bakers’ union strike that started Friday.

The bankrupt maker of Twinkies and Wonder bread said it’s trying to avert liquidating the entire company, and it shuttered three plants that were no longer able to produce and deliver products because of picket lines. The other plant closures are in Seattle and Cincinnati, where a combined 262 jobs were cut.

“We deeply regret this decision, but we have repeatedly explained that we will close facilities that are no longer able to produce and deliver products because of a work stoppage — and that we will close the entire company if widespread strikes cripple our business,” Hostess CEO Gregory Rayburn said in a statement.

Wholesale baker Hostess Brands, which is based in Irving, Texas, filed for bankruptcy in January and has fought with labor groups over contract changes throughout the year.

Thousands of members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union went on strike beginning on Friday at plants across the country, including Oakland, Calif.; Seattle; and Orlando, Fla. The union represents about 5,680 of Hostess’ 18,300 employees.

On Monday morning, more than two dozen Hostess workers stood on a sidewalk outside the St. Louis bakery on North Broadway, refusing to cross the picket line set by striking bakers’ union members from Columbus, Ind. Some of Hostess’ St. Louis employees said they had worked at the plant that makes Hostess cakes and Nature’s Pride and Wonder breads for decades but were honoring the picket line to protest cuts to their salaries and other benefits.

The St. Louis Bakers Union Local 4 represents 200 employees at the plant at 6301 North Broadway.

So, when choosing between having a job, and not having a job, the union men chose to be unemployed?  That seems to be the logic-or lack thereof.

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Apparently, Teachers Unions Think They're Immune From From Court Orders

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We’ve all heard of court orders, right?  They are ORDERS that JUDGES hand down.  These orders compel people to do, or not to  do something.  Now, if you or I were ordered by a judge to do (or not do) something, and we disobeyed it, we would face fines, jail time, or maybe even both.  However, in a strange twist of reality, labor unions, and their members are somehow immune to these orders-or at lease, they consider themselves to be.  Here is a perfect example, as discussed at Michelle Malkin…

Well, there’s a different kind of aroma overtaking the city. It’s the stench of Big Labor intransigence as the public teachers’ union defies a court order to end its school strike. They’re on day six of job abandonment. For the children!

Striking teachers in Tacoma, Washington, walked picket lines for a sixth day on Tuesday, defying a judge’s back-to-work order and facing possible court sanctions as school officials canceled classes again for 28,700 students.

Contempt-of-court notices were mailed out this week to the roughly 1,900 teachers in the Tacoma School District who were found on Friday by Pierce County Superior Court Judge Bryan Chushcoff to be in violation of his no-strike order.

The letter tells teachers accused of failing to report to work to prepare for court appearances scheduled to begin next Tuesday, if the strike drags on that long.

Only about 90 teachers reported for work on Tuesday, and district officials said the 57 schools would remain closed again on Wednesday in anticipation of the strike continuing despite a new contract offer presented to the union.

Teachers from the state’s third-largest public school district walked off the job September 13 after contract talks hit a stalemate over staffing policies, class size and salaries.

Labor negotiations in Tacoma began May 31, and the teachers have been without a contract since September 1.

The latest 14-hour bargaining session ended at about 2:15 a.m. local time on Tuesday, shortly after the district offered new concessions. But by mid-afternoon, teachers were prepared to continue the strike on Wednesday, union spokesman Rich Wood said.

Apparently, court orders are meaningless, at least to union bosses.  But again, if you or I did it, we’d be becoming close personal friends with Bubba.   How does that work, exactly?  Where does a union see that they can have the right to simply disregard a judge’s ruling?  And, if they aren’t willing to follow the legal ruling from a judge, who is to say that they respect any legal authority?  Come to think of it, they don’t respect the outcomes of elections that do not favor them.  They have attempted to prevent votes from being taken.  And, they certainly aren’t afraid to resort to violence when they are opposed, so why would they listen to a judge?  In a very real sense, this should be predictable.

Oh, and by the way, the base salary for a teacher in that district is $52,369.  Mind you, that is for working for half the year.

For the union members out there, is this what you support?  Do you support contempt of court?  If you are a freedom loving American, it’s time to stand up and resist the union bosses.  Don’t let your job and livelyhood be jeopardized for their political gain.

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Breaking News: Verizon Workers to Return to Work Without a Contract!

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It was announced by the CWA that the striking Verizon workers will return to work without a contract.  Here are details from Labor Union Report, via Redstate

According to the CWA’s website:

Members of CWA and IBEW at Verizon Communications will return to work on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at which time the contract will be back in force for an indefinite period.

We have reached agreement with Verizon on how bargaining will proceed and how it will be restructured. The major issues remain to be discussed, but overall, issues now are focused and narrowed.

We appreciate the unity of our members and the support of so many in the greater community. Now we will focus on bargaining fairly and moving forward.

CWA and IBEW represent 45,000 workers at Verizon covered by this contract from Virginia to New England.

This back to work agreement comes just before the CWA would begin paying up to $300 per week in strike benefits to its striking members, saving the union up to $10 million per week out of its union treasury.

How ironic that the union ends this right before they have to start payments to their own members?  Should the rank and file be protesting the greed of their own union bosses?  Or will they just continue being useful idiots?

Fox also has coverage…

Among the issues in dispute is the company’s move to freeze pensions and its demand that workers contribute to their health insurance premiums. The company argues that it has to reduce benefits as the landline business deteriorates. More Americans are forgoing such lines in favor of mobile phones.

The employees’ unions say the company is profitable and can afford to maintain the benefits.

For now, the two sides say they have narrowed their disagreements and have agreed on a structure for the negotiations. The workers will return to work under the terms of a contract that expired Aug. 6.

So again, ObamaCare seems to play a role in all of this.  However, no one seems willing to admit it.

I also have to wonder how much the coverage of the union’s strike related activities had a role in this.  The traffic to this site nearly doubled during the coverage, and most of that traffic came from search engines.  If the CH 2.0 had significant traffic jumps, I also have to assume that others, particularly Labor Union Report, had similar increases.  The would mean that more and more people got a good picture of union/regressive tactics-many for the first time. Even if the unions ignored us, thousands of other people (if not more) paid attention to our coverage, and now have a clearer picture of what unions do in practice.

 

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Anatomy of a Liberal Comment: Useful Idiot Comes-a-Calling

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While I only occasionally respond to liberal comments, some are so exquisitely asinine that they deserve their very own post.  I received just such a comment today, so I thought I might properly destroy it, for your amusement.  It comes from an “Ali.”

Let’s just not fight for anything anymore. Workers rights, healthcare, pension, 401k, who needs those? The red/right wing of this Great country we are living is completely out of touch with the middle class. 

On the contrary, the middle class is being killed by unions, regulations, taxes, and other big government social engineering experiments gone wrong.  I grew up the the rust belt, and watched company after company go out of business (or leave) when the unions refused to budge.  Tens of thousands on middle class jobs went away for good.  We’ve seen millions of jobs leave for overseas due to the unions and unfriendly environments.  I am middle class, and the biggest threat to me staying there is government.  I haven’t been forced to join a union, thank God, so I don’t have to worry about them threatening my job.

If fighting means beating people up, shooting at people, vandalizing property, disconnecting first responders from phone service, disrupting meetings, preventing votes from being taken, disrupting ceremonies for the Special Olympics, terrorizing children, and so on, how is the public to view the unions?

Contract disputes are always nasty on both sides. Full page ads in prominent newspapers and TV commercials are just a few of the many tactics the company is using. Funny they cry broke as million dollar Verizon commercial campaigns are up, lol. The CEO makes 55,000 per day, and we can’t have proper healthcare and wages.

Proper healthcare?  Currently, the striking workers pay NOTHING for their health care premiums, Verizon does want a concession to have them pay a portion, but we can’t have them do what the vast majority of working Americans already do, can we?

“At its core, the strike is about free health care, especially for retirees — who actually outnumber the active workers.”

Verizon’s unionized employees presently make co-payments, but they don’t pay a share of their health care premiums.

And there we have it…

I would like to see what would happen if we told you your salary had to be reduced by 20,000 so the company and the CEO can make billions and millions. While I don’t condone any strike scare tactics, I applaud the Union for standing up against corporate bullying.

Bullying?  Who is doing the bullying?  Projecting much?  The unions are the biggest bullies in the US.

No one is asking anyone to cut their salaries by 20,000.  You misrepresent the facts there.   And who are you to decide how much another person can make?   Who gives you the authority to decide what another person can earn? Where is that power derived, and can you cite the source that gives it to you?

Look at the bright side, at least now your minuscule website got some well needed hits.

Aw, an insult.  How nice.  So then, why did you take the time to spew class warfare on it?

But be careful FoxNews might buy your website, and pay you what they think it’s worth.  The corporate machine is a beast, prepare.

Eh, I own my website, and If someone made an offer, I would consider it, but I would decide the selling price, or to sell at all.  You see, in a free  Constitutional  Republic, owners get to do what they want with their property, provided that they don’t violate the rights of others.  No corporation has the power to make me do a thing.  The government, however, does.

After this, I’m strongly considering disconnecting my Verizon land line.  Considering that my payments help support union thugs, I might just do that.

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Even More Verizon Strike Quick Hits: Flinging Poo is Out, Alleged Internal Union Memo Leaked

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Well, the Verizon Strike just keeps plugging along.  Or should that be, thugging along?

Flinging Poo is apparently not appropriate:

And we’re so glad that it actually had to be said…

According to the Toms River News, NJ Supreme Court Justice Marybeth Rogers ordered that there should be no vandalism, violence, harassment, obstruction, intimidating, threatening, blocking, or trespassing.

Rogers also set restriction on picketing, allowing no more than six picketers at the entrance to any Verizon owned property at any one time. Picketers were also advise that no more than two picketers may picket a private residence of a Verizon employee and must stay more than 10 feet away from any Verizon individuals performing work on a private residence or business. Rogers’ decision also specified picketers may not have animals present or block any ingress or egress to prohibit movement of a Verizon contractor vehicle.

Striking workers have also been barred from entering inside of any Verizon properties unless they are performing their duties as Verizon employees under the direction of Verizon. Rules were also set for recording, video taping or photographing any individual at any Verizon or performing company.

Ironically, section J is one that would normally go without saying, yet is clearly stated:

”Dropping, spreading, throwing, placing or otherwise causing nails, glass, cinder block, spikes, feces, clubs, rocks, screws, or puncture devices of any kind, or other object or debris to be thrown or strewn in, on, or about Verizon’s driveways, parking lots, entrances, exits, vehicles and adjoining roads to any of Verizon’s property or at any work site.”

The order took effect immediately after its filing on August 11th. IBEW 827 agreed to the proposal and posted a $50,000 bond for payment of incurred future damages.

Seriously, what does it say about your efforts when a judge has to ORDER YOU NOT TO THOUGH FECES??  That it even had to be said speaks volumes about the situation.

Alleged Internal Union Memo Lays out Strike Strategy:

Labor Union Report has posted what is, allegedly, an internal memo that discusses the union strategy for this strike…

The company is using out of state cars/vehicles that are unmarked except for verizon door magnets. There is a possibility that other Unions may be accessing our facilities whether building or manhole. If they are you may first beat them repeatedly with a tire iron then advise them that we are on strike.

Keep pushing the pickets at verizon wireless. The number of stores visited daily is a part of the call now. If you are out of fliers let me know. There is a new flier and I’ll get 100?s of copies made for us to hand out. If we can generate the support of the employees (look how hard we fight for employee rights, etc.) as well as the general public it bolsters our image and public support grows. Believe it or not the public is more with us than against us right now and we need to take steps to keep it that way. If we can keep people out of the stores it will also be a benefit to us because that is money that will be spent on a competitor and not verizon. Any lost profits in wireless only emphasize our value.

A new mobilization is to get everyone in the habit of calling repair several specific times a day. For example, some at 10am others at 11am etc. to keep a steady and disruptive volume of calls slowing the companies ability to take real ones. Have everyone dial *67 first if they are nervous about their number being tracked. A direct number to repair is xxx-xxx-xxxx in case the 800 # is busy. A direct fios number is xxx-xxx-xxxx. We can start our own time table to do this. I think the biggest part is to get EVERY member doing it at different times through out the day.

We cannot sit back and wait. You folks are kicking serious ass! It was requested that whenever possible get pictures of families walking our lines together. Spouses and children who stop by or come for a full shift need to be highlighted and photographed. Matt B. Thanks for the picture of the kids in Bethel. It is exactly what that is about.

Get over to the link to see the rest.

I do post the alleged memo with some hesitation.  It is a tactic of leftist to leak false information in order to discredit opponents.  That being said, subtly has never been a hallmark of organized labor, so you never know.

As for the content of the memo, it seems pretty standard leftist/union fare.  Intimidation, violence, using families and children to score PR points; we’ve seen all of it before.  And considering that my traffic almost doubles when I post about this strike, and 90% of the increased traffic comes from search engines, more and more people are seeing it too .

Can you hear us now goons?

 

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More Verizon Strike Quick Hits: Alleged Vandalism, Striking at Private Homes, and Union "Civil Discourse"

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As I have mentioned many times, the progressive playbook packs an impressive punch, but is paper thin.  And, when confronted with the fact that their activities are being exposed by the alternative media, and millions of people are seeing them for what they are, they respond by doubling down.  Instead of changing tactics from those that offend and alienate the public, they are staying on their typical thug course.  Frankly, that’s all the better.  It certainly makes our job a lot easier.

Here is the latest lowlights from the union goons.

Too bad if you needed to reach the Uniontown (PA) State Police:

State police in Uniontown, Pennsylvania experienced a 29-hour loss of landline phone service when someone shut off the power in underground Verizon vaults around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Police are trying to determine whether or not the act of criminal mischief is related to the ongoing strike by Verizon landline workers.

Trooper Timothy Kirsch said that there was no forced entry at the sites on Main Street and on Route 119 in Lemont Furnace, near the Penn State Fayette campus. The lack of forced entry has lead police to believe that the person responsible for shutting down the power had a set of keys.

Striking Verizon Workers Picket House of 64 year-old woman:

A Quincy mom has disconnected her support for striking Verizon workers yesterday after a group of mouthy picketers surrounded non-union repairmen and turned a phone-line fix at her home into what she is calling a “ridiculous” protest scene.

“I looked in the street and there are picketers, 10 of them or more, doing a circle around the Verizon truck,” said Karen Austin, 64, a mother of five who lives on Forest Avenue. “Every time (the repairmen) would walk up to my house they would follow them. I couldn’t believe my eyes. This is ridiculous. Why are they picketing my house?”

Striking Workers Apparently Have a Waiver for “Civil Discourse,” and the “New Tone”

They certainly arrive and behave as advertised, don’t they?  Harassing people, allegedly vandalizing equipment, picketing on private property, and they like.  For those of you that might be seeing this for the first time, I have to ask, would you support this behavior?  And, isn’t the “scab hunter” graphic with the cross hairs exactly what the left said caused the shooting of a member of Congress earlier this year?  Is that OK now, or was it only bad when Sarah Palin (or the Daily Kos) used similar graphics, albeit in a non-threatening way?

At any rate, they guys are a well spring of blog posts.  It’s liking shooting fish in a barrel.  They just can’t help themselves, and with each act of thuggery, we’ll help expose them to the world.

H/T:  Labor Union Report

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