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NEW BATTLE LINES: Private Sector Unions vs. Public Sector Unions

And let’s not forget — Scott Walker garnered 38 percent of the total union vote on June 5th in the recall election

NEW YORK TIMES: Backed with millions of dollars in contributions from business, the Committee to Save New York has been Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s most important ally in his battles with public-sector unions over government spending, pensions and teacher accountability.
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But the committee turns out to have another source of money: a group of building trade unions who contributed $500,000 last year. Their decision to back Mr. Cuomo — and help finance an offensive against their public-sector brethren — illuminates a deepening fissure in the labor movement.

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VIDEO: Wisconsin protesters cope in their own way with defeat in wake Scott Walker landslide victory

Some are angry. Some are in denial. All this makes for hilarious viewing. These people just don’t seem to like democracy very much.

And, for some reason, the Left always wants to make the issue about sex.

Now consider the fact that these are the kinds of teachers who are teaching America’s children.

Union Thug Update: 500 longshoremen hold security guards hostage, destroy railroad cars, commit mayhem

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Hundreds of Longshoremen stormed the Port of Longview early Thursday, overpowered and held security guards, damaged railroad cars, and dumped grain that is the center of a labor dispute, said Longview Police Chief Jim Duscha.

Six guards were held hostage for a couple of hours after 500 or more Longshoremen broke down gates about 4:30 a.m. and smashed windows in the guard shack, he said.

No one was hurt, and nobody has been arrested. Most of the protesters returned to their union hall after cutting brake lines and spilling grain from car at the EGT terminal, Duscha said.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union believes it has the right to work at the facility, but the company has hired a contractor that’s staffing a workforce of other union laborers.

Thursday’s violence was first reported by Kelso radio station KLOG.

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This is Richard Trumka’s union. He was a special guest at Obama’s speech last night

Nice folks, these union thugs.

Some Videos to Remind You What Labor Day is All About

These videos will really warm your heart and bring a tear to your eye, much like the D-Day videos I post on Memorial Day.

Watch this Labor Union thug call Tea Party “a bunch of d*ck sucking corporate butt-lickers”

Now watch this union protester literally foam at the mouth. Challenges Tea Partier to boxing match . . .

Union thug bites finger off Tea Party guy

Can’t we just get rid of Labor Day? Perhaps we could call this End of Summer Day, or something.

Why not instead celebrate entrepreneurs and business? . . . because without business there would be no jobs, no workers, and we’d all be in poverty.

So how about we call today Entrepreneur Day, Captains of Industry Day, Job Creators Day, Business Day, Profit Day, Spirit of Capitalism Day, Adam Smith Day, or Invisible Hand Day?

Sound Money Day could be another holiday.

I’d also be happy with a Thomas Edison Day or an Inventors Day.

My guess is Gay Pride Day has the best chance of becoming our next addition to the national holiday calendar.

How Scott Walker defeated the government labor unions in Wisconsin

JOHN MCCORMACK-WEEKLY STANDARD: Scott Walker was finished.

It was Wednesday, March 9, and Governor Walker had decided to visit the Wisconsin State Capitol before he headed off to give his “Ag Day” speech that afternoon.

Walker figured he had been very patient. Four weeks earlier he had proposed his budget repair bill, and he had the votes to pass it. But one week after that, all 14 Democratic state senators fled to Illinois to deny Republicans the quorum they thought necessary to hold a vote on the legislation. In the days that followed, top Republican legislators and senior aides to Walker spoke regularly with Democrats in an effort to forge a compromise—several times believing that they had reached a tentative understanding that would allow the senate to take up the controversial measure, only to have the agreement collapse. The more this happened the less likely a compromise seemed.

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Wis. GOP bypasses Dems with procedural move to trim government union power

I recommended weeks ago that they do this — calling it the “Hart Bypass Strategy”. Glad they finally figured out this obvious move.

All this angst and turmoil was completely unnecessary.

ASSOCIATED PRESS: The Wisconsin Senate voted Wednesday night to strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from public workers, approving an explosive proposal that had rocked the state and unions nationwide after Republicans discovered a way to bypass the chamber’s missing Democrats.

All 14 Senate Democrats fled to Illinois nearly three weeks ago, preventing the chamber from having enough members present to consider Gov. Scott Walker’s “budget-repair bill” — a proposal introduced to plug a $137 million budget shortfall.

The Senate requires a quorum to take up any measures that spend money. But Republicans on Wednesday separated from the legislation the proposal to curtail union rights, which spends no money, and a special committee of lawmakers from both the Senate and Assembly approved the bill a short time later.

The unexpected yet surprisingly simple procedural move ended a stalemate that had threatened to drag on indefinitely. Until Wednesday’s stunning vote, it appeared the standoff would persist until Democrats returned to Madison from their self-imposed exile.

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Bill Whittle explains why government unions can’t win in the long run

Bill Whittle runs us through the history of the Labor Union movement in America. Explains why it’s shrinking, and why the Labor unions are an antiquated institution. Says the global economy and forces of competition and technology will doom the labor unions. Says the industrial age is being replaced by the digital information age. Hence, no need for unions. Says what we are seeing in Madison, Wisconsin is part of the last gasp for the labor unions.

New report shows union bosses make hundreds of thousands of dollars per year

It’s all about keeping their nests feathered

CENTER FOR PUBLIC INTEGRITY: A new report from the left-leaning Center for Public Integrity (CPI) shows union bosses would stand to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal salaries and Democrats would lose millions of dollars in campaign donations if governors in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and other states win their budget battles. The new CPI report calls into question union bosses’ and Democratic lawmakers’ true motives in those states, showing that they’re possibly more concerned about losing revenue and personal salary than they are with collective bargaining rights for public sector workers.

Salaries for the 10 largest unions’ bosses range from $173,000 for the United Auto Workers’ Bob King to $618,000 for Terence O’Sullivan, the president of the Laborers’ International Union of North America. AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka makes about $283,000 per year. Gerald McEntee, the president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), makes $480,000. The AFSCME stands to lose the most from any of the governors’ budget victories, as it’s currently the nation’s powerhouse public sector union, with around 1.5 million members nationwide.

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John Stossel hits the streets to find out how much Americans know about the union protest in Wisconsin

The outrageous pensions of government employees

Your 401(K) might not be doing so hot. But don’t worry. The pensions of government employees are spectacular. And you pay for them.

FORBES: Don’t let anyone tell you the American dream has faded. the truth is

Retired cop Glenn Goss gets a $2,000,000 pension at the age of 42. And the joke's on you, John Q Taxpayer.

the U.S. is still minting lots of millionaires. Glenn Goss is one of them.

Goss retired four years ago, at 42, from a $90,000 job as a police commander in Delray Beach, Fla. He immediately began drawing a $65,000 annual pension that is guaranteed for life, is indexed to keep up with inflation and comes with full health benefits.

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