• Corrupt unions

    From Sean Dennis@1:18/200 to All on Tuesday, September 03, 2019 11:01:02
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    This Labor Day, Unions Are Gunning for Workers' Free Speech Rights
    By Tyler O'Neil
    September 2, 2019

    Today, Americans enjoy a day off of work to celebrate Labor Day, a
    holiday commemorating the organized labor movement. Unions did indeed
    secure important rights for American workers, including the idea of a
    weekend including Saturday and Sunday. Yet organized labor is
    horrifically corrupt today. Workers who refuse to join a union because
    they disagree with the union's political stance were forced to pay fees
    to the union, anyway until the Supreme Court defended workers' free
    speech last year. Now, unions and their political allies are fighting to prevent workers from leaving the unions and from opting out of paying

    A new report from the Commonwealth Foundation revealed that government
    unions and their political allies are pushing legislation across the
    country that cements unions' power to compel workers to support their political agendas. Many workers have resorted to filing lawsuits in
    order to escape the unions' grasp.

    "This report warns that a Supreme Court decision is in danger of being undermined by politically savvy actors at the state level," Charles
    Mitchell, president and CEO for the Commonwealth Foundation, explained
    in a statement Friday. "Advocates for workers cannot rest on their
    laurels and expect public employees newly-restored rights to be
    respected. States must pass laws that enforce and protect the Janus

    In Janus v. AFSCME (2018), the U.S. Supreme Court defended the free
    speech of Mark Janus, an Illinois child support staffer who refused to
    join the local union, AFSCME Council 31. While he did not have to pay
    dues, the union still forced him to pay "agency fees" a large portion
    of union dues on the theory that he benefits from the union's
    bargaining. Janus objected, saying he did not want to support the union financially. He argued that "this is a gross violation of my First
    Amendment Rights to free speech and freedom of association."

    Supreme Court Deals Severe Blow to Public Unions

    AFSCME defended the agency fees, insisting that they were not political.
    Yet AFSCME Council 31 spent $268,855 for "Convention expense" in 2016,
    taking this from the funds gathered by "non-political" agency fees. The
    AFSCME convention in 2016 featured a lengthy "AFSCME FOR HILLARY"
    program, complete with a Hillary Clinton speech. On the very first day
    of the convention, the union's president led attendees in booing Donald
    Trump. On the third day, the convention adjourned early so members could participate in a "TRUMP HOTEL DIRECT ACTION" protest march. The
    convention even chartered buses for the protest.

    It gets worse, however. Mandatory "agency fees" actually forced one
    woman to effectively contribute money used to attack her husband's
    political campaign! Deborah Nearman, a public employee in Oregon,
    refused to join SEIU 503 because she opposes the union's political
    positions Nearman is a pro-life Catholic and the SEIU 503 funds
    pro-choice candidates.

    In 2016, the SEIU forced her to pay $1,258.91. She fought to opt out,
    and received a refund of $273.68. That year, her husband, Mike Nearman,
    ran for State Representative. He won the election, but the union spent
    $53,260 against him. The union also ran political ads against him that
    his wife described as "disgusting."

    As an aside, SEIU 503 recently endorsed the radical Green New Deal,
    which aims to change the entire economy and would cost at least $250,000
    per household in the first five years.

    As unions are no longer forcing non-members to pay "agency fees,"
    organized labor has lost a great deal of money. Many union members who reluctantly joined the union since they would have to pay fees anyway
    are also choosing to leave, now that they have the option of refusing to
    pay any money at all. According to the Freedom Foundation, unions in California, Oregon, and Washington State lost approximately 25,000
    members in the first six months after Janus, which will bleed them about
    $20 million per year.

    Unions responded with a legislative blitz, and more than 100 pro-union
    bills were introduced this year, attempting to maintain the unions' stranglehold over workers. According to the Commonwealth Foundation, 21
    states earned a "D" or "F" grade for worker freedom. These states
    either: provide non-member fee workarounds; expand union privileges like taxpayer-funded union work; provide employees' private information to
    unions to facilitate organizing; unionize new classes of workers without
    their knowledge or consent; or require automatic dues collection using a public resource.

    In response, workers have filed more than 70 Janus-related lawsuits,
    seeking to escape unions and recoup mandatory agency fees. Nearly half
    of these have been filed in California and Pennsylvania.

    "More workers are realizing that their unions leadership is acting for themselves rather than for workers," Mitchell, the Commonwealth
    Foundation president, added. "Our friends and neighbors in public
    service shouldnt have to sue to have the same rights as you and I. This
    report highlights the need for lawmakers across the country to rise
    above union executives resources and influence and prioritize whats best
    for workers."

    Last week, the National Right to Work Foundation filed a class-action
    lawsuit against Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) for enforcing restrictions
    created by AFSCME Council 11, attempting to keep state employees from
    stopping union dues payments. The union only allows workers to opt out
    of paying during a brief "escape period" once every three years at the
    end of the union's bargaining contract. AFSCME 11 is preventing tens of thousands of state workers from escaping the forced endorsement of the
    union's political speech.

    "Over a year ago the US Supreme Court ruled that public employees
    financial support of union activities must be completely voluntary, but
    the state of Ohio continues to enforce illegal union policies that
    violate the clear standards laid out in the Janus decision," Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Foundation, said in a statement. "Governor DeWine and Attorney General Yost should move quickly to stop
    this widespread violation of the First Amendment rights of Ohio public
    sector workers and cease collecting union dues from any worker who has
    not affirmatively consented to pay dues."

    Most of the growing unions are public-sector unions, representing
    government employees against local, state, and national governments.
    Both Janus and Nearman were government employees in such unions. Even
    the notoriously liberal President Franklin Delano Roosevelt opposed the
    idea of public-sector unions, because they involve bargaining against
    the American people.

    Unions played an important role in American history, but their current activism is corrupt. Not only do the major unions overwhelmingly support
    the Democratic Party, but they also are fighting tooth and nail to
    prevent workers from expressing their First Amendment rights to opt out
    of supporting their political positions.

    Whatever their political views, Americans should oppose the corruption
    of these unions. Workers should not be compelled to donate funds to
    political causes they oppose.


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  • From Ward Dossche@2:292/854 to Sean Dennis on Tuesday, September 03, 2019 18:20:44
    Today, Americans enjoy a day off of work to celebrate Labor Day, ...

    Except the people at Walmart, McDonalds, movietheatres, gasstations, airports, freight train workers, BK, DQ, Disneyland, etc, etc, etc ...


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  • From Sean Dennis@1:18/200 to Ward Dossche on Tuesday, September 03, 2019 23:08:04
    Ward Dossche wrote to Sean Dennis <=-

    Today, Americans enjoy a day off of work to celebrate Labor Day, ...

    Except the people at Walmart, McDonalds, movietheatres,
    gasstations, airports, freight train workers, BK, DQ,
    Disneyland, etc, etc, etc ...

    Yep. I work at Taco Bell and I had to work. Had our asses handed to us
    also. I had to stay an hour and a half later ('till midnight Eastern)
    to get everything I needed to complete finished before I got home.

    Labor Day is only for certain people in the US; it's just another day
    for the rest of us. In IT, I always worked Labor Day even though others
    at the same employer had the day off. Granted, it was overtime or occasionally doubletime, but still...

    Remember all of the first responders that work no matter what holiday it
    is too.


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