Archive for the ‘Unions’ Category

Activist vs Activist

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

This visual Activist vs Activist video is really quite a marvel and well worth the watch. I want to set it up for you first, by giving you a little background information. But instead of me filling you in, I’m going to turn it over to Tom Eley of the World Socialist Web Site:

Anger among workers at the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. (NUMMI) plant in Fremont, California, toward the United Auto Workers (UAW) exploded at a January 24 meeting discussing the imminent closure of the facility. Nearly 5,000 workers will lose their jobs when the plant, formerly a joint venture of General Motors and Toyota, closes on March 31. Four hundred or so workers were present at the meeting

Several attendees captured the eruption on video, which began during comments by UAW Local 2244 Bargaining Chairman Javier Contreras. Contreras was booed, jeered, and interrupted as he attempted to present details of the severance package. At one point an outraged older worker demanded to know “where the hell” the union official had been for the last six months. Contreras burst out, “Shut the f— up, you motherf——!” At that point, furious workers rushed to the front of the room. Contreras and other local UAW personnel were defended by a few union officials. Local union leaders pleaded for calm and called in the police in a bid to control the workers.

Workers present say that the yelling began because union officials would not allow them to speak. Workers are angry that they have been kept in the dark over UAW negotiations with NUMMI.

The video footage reveals that the UAW, on the one hand, and rank-and-file auto workers, on the other, make up two mutually hostile camps. The workers bristle with mistrust and contempt for the union; the UAW officials are defensive and thuglike. The episode exposes the UAW’s role in executing the layoff and wage cut dictates of business—as well as their unmistakable contempt for the workers they nominally represent.

General Motors ended its participation in NUMMI in June 2009 as part of its forced bankruptcy at the hands of the Obama administration. Toyota then announced it would no longer continue operations there as of March 2010, blaming GM’s unilateral withdrawal from the partnership.

This is a scene that I guarantee you will see play out over and over again in the next few years. Union workers – strong Obama supporters – being axed from their cradle to grave, golden rice-bowl jobs. As Government Motors and Chrysler sell fewer and fewer cars, the axe will fall upon more and more average Joe Sixpacks, who will in turn look to their union brass and ask, “how did this happen to me?” And the answer will always be the same, ““Shut the f— up, you motherf——!”

And if the worker ever dares to question the authority of the union brass, they can expect a beat-down by hired thugs – the same type of hired thugs you see in the video. Remember - their union dues go to pay a hired thug to kick their faces in. I do believe that’s what is referred to as “irony”. Sniff.

I’m all for a person making a livable wage. That’s what it’s all about. Having said that, I remember in the good times when union reps went to the bargaining table they absolutely raped management, simply because they could. And even though the auto workers and their union reps knew that taking their company to the cleaners for temporary gains; there was a good chance it would bankrupt the company in the future, yet they still stuck the knife in and turned. And now a good portion of them are out of a job or soon will be. Sorry, but it’s hard for me to get teary eyed.

These kinds of scenes will not only play out many more times in the auto union halls across North America, but they will also play out in government buildings across every state of the union. It’s no secret that the majority of states are close to insolvent. And that can only mean two things: tax increases and firings. And if you think for one second that programs that subsidize the arts or programs that give money to illegal immigrants with limps will get cut before programs to improve hospital care or road maintenance, or state jobs, then you are clearly hopped up on skunk weed, you pot smoking lugan.

Fenris and I have been talking about this happening for quite a few years now. Some would say it’s the chickens coming home to roost. Fenris and I refer to it as the beginning of the end. And it’s not such a bad thing. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. It’s going to be a beaut.

Patrick Kenne-DUI’s concept of humour

Friday, February 5th, 2010

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The election of Scott Brown in Massachusetts has infuriated those who abandoned long ago:

Sen. Scott Brown’s (R-Mass.) election has been shown to be “a joke,” the son of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) said Thursday.

Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) castigated Brown for having pushed to be sworn in ahead of schedule to permanently fill the Senate seat left vacant by the congressman’s father’s death in August.

“Brown’s whole candidacy was shown to be a joke today when he was sworn in early in order to cast his first vote as an objection to Obama’s appointment to the NLRB,” Kennedy said Thursday.

Really, Patrick? You don’t think running in Rhode Island at 21 while you’re still studying for your B.Sc. doesn’t seem like a bit of a joke as an election? Why couldn’t you have run in Massachusetts if your father’s legacy had so much promise? Do you think winning an election at 21 suggests that no one took you as an individual seriously but were hoping that the brilliant Kennedy legacy?

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Michael Moore Nabbed Same Tax Subsidy He Criticized

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Courtesy of Breitbart TV

If Michael Moore went out of his way to avoid using union labour in his movies, why is it so surprising that he railed against a certain tax subsidy, only to later receive the same tax subsidy he railed against?

Rogerin’ me

Monday, June 1st, 2009

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Michael Moore has graced us with his wisdom on how to save not only the auto industry, but entire cities as well! I would ask him to make a movie on the situation, but his movies have a tendency to make people do the exact opposite of what he intended: Bowling For Columbine argued for tighter gun control and people are buying guns and ammo left and right; Fahrenheit 9/11 said Bush was evil for the invasion of Iraq and he increased his share of the vote with the American population in 2004; he gained more weight after making Sicko along with all Americans. His upcoming film on the dark side of capitalism should really make you nervous.

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Time Company Seeks Huge Cuts From Boston Globe Union

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

The New York Times, which owns the Boston Globe, has called upon unions representing the Globe to make large concessions to keep the paper running:

The Times Co. is seeking $10 million in savings from the Guild, half of the $20 million the company says it needs from the Globe’s 13 unions to stave off a shutdown of the paper.

Among the most controversial proposals are eliminating contract provisions that grant lifetime job protection to about 170 veteran Guild members and seniority rules that govern layoffs. Under the rules, the most recent hires are the first to be laid off.

Without the union concessions and other cutbacks, the Globe is projected to lose $85 million this year, following a loss of about $50 million last year, according to an employee briefed on union discussions.

The list of possible concessions includes pay cuts, which could range from 5 to 20 percent, depending on what other cuts the union is willing to give up. For example, a pay cut could be lower if the union gives up paid holidays, union officials said.

Other concessions proposed by the Times Co. include the elimination of contributions to the pension fund and 401(k) retirement plans and a $1.5 million reduction in the company’s contribution to healthcare. The company also proposed the elimination of sick days, a 50 percent cut in severance pay for layoffs, and the lengthening of the workweek to 40 hours from 37.5.

The part that makes The Mayor chuckle with delight is the line that says “Among the most controversial proposals are eliminating contract provisions that grant lifetime job protection to about 170 veteran Guild members.” The Mayor wonders which employees find this proposal the most controversial? I have a feeling it can be pinned down to 170 workers.

The proposal by the NYT is getting mixed reviews by union members. While a few agree something has to be done, many share the view of one Kathy Connolly:

“Right now, I’m very angry at the disrespect and disregard for the people who have given so much to this paper,” said Kathy Connolly, who has worked in the classified advertising department for 28 years. “We have to fight.”

And therein lies the rub–the Kathy Connolly’s of the Boston Globe will be damned if they are going to have to give up ANYTHING.

The thing Kathy and her ilk can’t seem to wrap their heads around is that the Boston Globe doesn’t owe them a damn thing. Kathy’s union *protected* her for 28 years, sucking every last cent out of the Globe when they were doing well, taking and making outrageous demands (like a guaranteed job for life provision), and now that the Globe has run into some hard times, insects like Connolly are ready to fight for the entitlements she never should have received in the first place.

The whole union fighting the paper is great theatre though, I can only hope both sides cut each other a new one. The Boston Globe is a dirty liberal rag that openly supports vermin like Kennedy and Fwank, while unions are notoriously hard left of even the socialist Globe. I hope both the paper and the union bring chainsaws to the negotiating table.

Also keep in mind that when the Globe was losing $35 million last year, their publisher received $2 million in bonuses. The Time publisher received $43 million. Hmmmmm. I wonder if the NYT Co. can square those facts with their editorial board, the same one that railed against AIG employees receiving bonuses while driving their respected companies into the ground.