People Are Losing Their Jobs Over Obamacare

September 16, 2013

And the ones left in the labor market are forced into reduced salary part-time work, in Obomba’s shrinking world.

Listen up people … You are being downsized.

What rebound, it’s just the talking Obomba, talking about it.

Here is what matters the pool of available jobs has shrunk.

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And so what do we do with the increased workers due to birth rates. Sorry. No work for you, we need to save those jobs for the ignorant illegal workers.

And the cause of the financial crisis was because people were given home loans that everyone knew they could never repay.  Until there were no more saps to buy the worthless , mortgages.

Government creates one crisis, then solves with another crisis.

The Obomba way ...


Concerned About The 1%

September 15, 2013

So how about this for starters..::: Study: More than 400 Union Officials Made Over $250K in 2012.

Forced to join means forced to pay …

It’s nothing more than another Democrat money laundering scheme, from your pocket to theirs:

More than 400 labor officials earned more than a quarter of a million dollars in salary in 2012, according to a new study.

Media Trackers found that the top 100 highest paid union officials garnered more than $52 million in 2012, salaries paid by membership dues of the laborers and government employees they represent.

The top-paid union official is NBA Player’s Association head G. William Hunter, who made more than $3.1 million on the year. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees chief Lee Saunders rounded out the top 100 with gross pay of $353,580, according to the study.

Labor unions spent more than $1.7 billion on the 2012 election cycle, the most of any interest group. Most of that money went to aid President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats, who campaigned on the promise of hiking taxes on those who earn more than $250,000 per year.

And for what??? Anybody want to ask???


Break Out The Teeny Tiney Violins

August 30, 2013

Obamacare is converting the USA into a nation of part time workers … Play it … ::: AFL-CIO’s Trumka: Obamacare still needs fixing

The head of America’s top labor group said Thursday that President Obama’s health care law is a step in the right direction but it “wasn’t thought completely through” and he is still pressing the White House to fix it.

Richard L. Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, said he would support legislation that changes Obamacare’s definition of a full-time work week from 30 hours to a more traditional 40-hour standard.

Wah Wah Wah … You broke, you own it, all. You even had your thugs beat up people at townhall meetings….

No you cannot have the same handout that Congress and their buddies got.


What You Pay For

June 14, 2013

In a response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from Americans for Limited Government, the Internal Revenue Service revealed this month that 201 of its employees work full-time on union activities.

“A lot of people are not aware that under federal law, a federal agency is allowed to enter into a collective bargaining agreement with a union that has provisions where employees of the agency, in this case the IRS, are allowed to do union work on the taxpayer’s time and get paid for it,” ALG president and Nathan Mehrens explained in an interview with The Daily Caller.

As Office of Personnel Management documents explain, the performance of union duties instead of official government business is allowed, as it is a part of the government’s collective bargaining system.

 


Reality Bites… Union Leaders Discover They Were Lied to and Millions of Members Will Lose Health Insurance

May 24, 2013

Unintended consequences of Central Planning … No free lunches kicks hard ….  Employer supplied HealthCare goes bye.

Now union leaders are stunned and upset after they realized millions of their members will likely lose their healthcare insurance under Obamacare.

The AP reported:

When President Barack Obama pushed his health care overhaul plan through Congress, he counted labor unions among his strongest supporters.

But some unions leaders have grown frustrated and angry about what they say are unexpected consequences of the new law — problems that they say could jeopardize the health benefits offered to millions of their members.

The issue could create a political headache next year for Democrats facing re-election if disgruntled union members believe the Obama administration and Congress aren’t working to fix the problem.

“It makes an untruth out of what the president said, that if you like your insurance, you could keep it,” said Joe Hansen, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. “That is not going to be true for millions of workers now.”

The problem lies in the unique multiemployer health plans that cover unionized workers in retail, construction, transportation and other industries with seasonal or temporary employment. Known as Taft-Hartley plans, they are jointly administered by unions and smaller employers that pool resources to offer more than 20 million workers and family members continuous coverage, even during times of unemployment.

The union plans were already more costly to run than traditional single-employer health plans. The Affordable Care Act has added to that cost — for the unions’ and other plans — by requiring health plans to cover dependents up to age 26, eliminate annual or lifetime coverage limits and extend coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.

“We’re concerned that employers will be increasingly tempted to drop coverage through our plans and let our members fend for themselves on the health exchanges,” said David Treanor, director of health care initiatives at the Operating Engineers union.

Millions of union members will lose their healthcare insurance.

Reality bites, hard.


Mich. Teachers Fight Union’s Attempt to Lock Them Into 10-Year Agreement Ahead of Right-To-Work Law

March 5, 2013

Right to work advances in Michigan …

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder in December 2012 accomplished the seemingly impossible task of turning Michigan, a longtime stronghold for unionized labor, into a right-to-work state.

However, in anticipation of the new law, which goes into effect on March 28, 2013, one union has approved of a deal that locks its members into paying dues well after they have a choice in the matter.

“Three Taylor Public School teachers … sued the union that represents them, the school board and the school administration over an agreement that forces them to pay dues or fees to the union for 10 years or be fired for not doing so,” Michigan Capitol Confidential reports.

Angela Steffke, Rebecca Metz, and Nancy Rhatigan allege that they were misled when the Taylor Federation of Teachers Local 1085 passed and the school district approved of a deal ahead of the right-to-work law that forces them to pay dues for another decade.

But with the help of the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation, the three are fighting get out of the 10-year “union security agreement” that expires in 2023.

“The decade-long extended payment requirement is outside the five-year contract the school board and union reached, which is a violation of the Michigan Public Employment Relations Act,” said Derk Wilcox, senior attorney for the Legal Foundation.

He notes that it’s illegal to have two separate contracts with separate expiration dates running at the same time.

Democrats will not be denied their union dues.

 


Guess Who Is Dumping Obamacare?

January 31, 2013

Listen up you low information voters. Labor Unions Trying To Skirt Obamacare… membership soldout by their union leadership. Labor Unions Finally Read Obamacare Fine Print, Realize Costs Set To Spike, “Turn Sour” On Obama

UNION LEADERS’ EPIPHANY LEAVES THEM SCRAMBLING:

WAIT, OBAMACARE IS GOING TO DRIVE UP OUR COSTS?

Huh, how does that happen??? How do we tell our members we sold them out?

From the WSJ:

Labor unions enthusiastically backed the Obama administration’s health-care overhaul when it was up for debate. Now that the law is rolling out, some are turning sour.

Union leaders say many of the law’s requirements will drive up the costs for their health-care plans and make unionized workers less competitive. Among other things, the law eliminates the caps on medical benefits and prescription drugs used as cost-containment measures in many health-care plans. It also allows children to stay on their parents’ plans until they turn 26.

To offset that, the nation’s largest labor groups want their lower-paid members to be able to get federal insurance subsidies while remaining on their plans. In the law, these subsidies were designed only for low-income workers without employer coverage as a way to help them buy private insurance.

In early talks, the Obama administration dismissed the idea of applying the subsidies to people in union-sponsored plans, according to officials from the trade group, the National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Plans, that represents these insurance plans.

As financial reality sets in, and rather than figure out a way to pay for the bill they helped pass, unions are trying to see if Washington will bail them out.

What did you think was going to happen, when try and insure millions of new people??? Dummies …

Time to dump the inion ehhh??? We tried to warn the American people they were being scammed.

“Top officers at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the AFL-CIO and other large labor groups plan to keep pressing the Obama administration to expand the federal subsidies,” the WSJ notes, “warning that unionized employers may otherwise drop coverage.”

Federal subsidies, their answer? Who pays those costs, well you do.


Michigan Could Become 24th Right-to-Work State

December 5, 2012

Michigan legislators are now openly discussing the possibility that the Great Lake State could become the 24th right-to-work state in the nation.

“A right-to-work law makes Michigan home again,” said Labor Policy Director F. Vincent Vernuccio. “It means Michigan will be home to more and better jobs for our state, it means Michigan’s children and grandchildren will be able to stay here and not only find jobs, but prosper.”

Union thug shield.

Extending right-to-work protections to employees in both the private and public sectors means that unions will no longer be able to get a person fired for refusing to financially support them.

“Right-to-work does not affect collective bargaining in any way except to take away unions’ ability to fire workers for not paying them,” Vernuccio added. “It makes unions accountable to their members. Unions will no longer be able to bolster their political power by taking money from people who don’t support their agenda.”

The move comes less than a year after Indiana became a right-to-work state. Since that time, the Hoosier state has added 43,300 jobs, while Michigan has lost 7,300. Indiana’s manufacturing sector added 13,900 new jobs, while Michigan’s lost 4,200. Nationally, the numbers are even more telling. Between 1980 and 2011, total employment in right-to-work states grew 71 percent, while employment in forced unionism states grew just 32 percent. Employment in Michigan grew just 14 percent during that same time.

Jobs vs the Unions…

“Michigan needs jobs with good, competitive benefits and a salary that can support a family,” Vernuccio said. “Over the last decade, inflation-adjusted compensation in right-to-work states grew nearly 12 percent, compared to just 3 percent in forced unionism states.”

There is a major difference in benefits, too.

Imagine that, labor is competitive, not static

“According to the National Institute for Labor Relations Research, between 1999 and 2009 the number of people covered by private employer health insurance increased nearly 1 percent in right-to-work states, but fell almost 7 percent in forced unionism states,” Vernuccio added.

The people have a right…

“Unions can and do still exist in a right-to-work state,” Vernuccio said. “But people also have a right to say ‘no thank you’ when a union demands money for providing an unwanted service.”


Police Remove Congressman-Elect Grayson From Local Walmart For Union Agitating

November 27, 2012

From Watchdogwire:

In spite of the embarrassing antics on full display during his first term in Congress, the voters in Florida’s CD09 saw fit to send Alan Grayson back to Washington, D.C.

Naturally, the extreme elements of the far left supported Grayson’s return to office, but so too did many of our friends and neighbors. Perhaps even family members. He was also a recipient of overwhelming support from the Hispanic community, particularly those of Puerto Rican descent. And labor unions.

There’s no doubt he also received a fair share of votes from the disaffected and disengaged for the sheer entertainment value such a buffoon presents.

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Make No Mistake About It, The Union Killed Hostess

November 23, 2012

Whatever else happens between Hostess and the union beyond this point, let’s be clear that it was the union (and more specifically the absurd work rules and compensation packages the union foisted upon Hostess) that brought the company to this point.

As Thomas Sowell notes, the union killed the goose that laid the golden eggs.

Many people think of labor unions as organizations to benefit workers, and think of employers who are opposed to unions as just people who don’t want to pay their employees more money. But some employers have made it a point to pay their employees more than the union wages, just to keep them from joining a union.

Why would they do that, if it is just a question of not wanting to pay union wages? The Twinkies bankruptcy is a classic example of costs created by labor unions that are not confined to paychecks.

The work rules imposed in union contracts required the company that makes Twinkies, which also makes Wonder Bread, to deliver these two products to stores in separate trucks. Moreover, truck drivers were not allowed to load either of these products into their trucks. And the people who did load Twinkies into trucks were not allowed to load Wonder Bread, and vice versa.

All of this was obviously intended to create more jobs for the unions’ members. But the needless additional costs that these make-work rules created ended up driving the company into bankruptcy, which can cost 18,500 jobs. The union is killing the goose that laid the golden egg.

Unions are, and should be, a part of our labor markets. Workers have every right to form their associations and negotiate contracts through those associations for their labor. The problem is that, under American law, businesses are all but locked into a suicide pact with the unions. Whereas in every other sort of contractual transaction, if one part or the other is dissatisfied they can walk away at the end of the contract. But not so with labor. Under American law, employees can get rid of a union through a petition and vote process regulated by the National Labor Relations Board. But if an employer no longer wants to sign contracts with a union their only choice is to lock the union out indefinitely, something that is subject to the scrutiny of the NLRB and potentially the courts. And even if the lockout withstands that scrutiny, it never really ends.

The reason why companies like Hostess allow themselves to be entrapped in such absurd labor contracts is because often, in the short term, those contracts are less hassle than being rid of the union itself.

That needs to end. Employers must have the same right to walk away from a union as employees have.


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