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Supreme Court Smacks Down SEIU Thugs

High Court Deals 7-2 Blow Against SEIU

Washington, DC (June 21, 2012) - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 today, siding with nonmember California state employees challenging a Service Employees International Union (SEIU) political fee charged to them without notice and opportunity to opt out.

The case concludes a prolonged legal challenge affecting some 36,000 California government employees initiated by eight California civil servants who filed a class-action lawsuit with free legal assistance from the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.

In 2005, SEIU officials imposed a “special assessment” to raise money from all state employees forced to accept union representation as a job condition for a union political fund, regardless of their membership status. The fund was used to defeat four ballot proposals, including one that would have revoked public employee unions’ special privilege of using forced fees for politics unless an employee consents. Employees who refrained from union membership were given no chance to opt out of paying the SEIU’s political assessment.

Mark Mix, President of National Right to Work, issued the following statement regarding today’s ruling:

“Today, the United States Supreme Court upheld workers’ First Amendment rights and struck down another union boss scheme to confiscate and spend state workers’ hard earned money for politics without their permission.

“Attorneys from the National Right to Work Foundation – the nation’s leading advocate for workers who suffer from the abuses of compulsory unionism – argued, and the Court agreed, that the workers should not be forced to subsidize union officials’ political spending, even for a short period of time.

“The Court closed a giant loophole that allowed union bosses to confiscate money from workers’ paychecks for political spending sprees – and sent a message to union officials, once again, that forced political conformity is unconstitutional.”

I hope this is the first of several smackdowns against Obama and the liberals by the Supreme Court

Tom in NC

SEIU Threatens Picket – Planned Parenthood Cancels Fundraiser

Planned Parenthood of the Columbia Willamette (along with abortion services, they sponsor regular social events called “Sexy Tuesdays) has abruptly cancelled its annual fundraising dinner, which was scheduled for Saturday, May 12.

The $250-per-plate event fell victim to a threatened picket line. Last August, Planned Parenthood’s 179 clinical workers voted to become part of Service Employees Union Local 49. Since November, the organization and SEIU have been trying to agree upon a contract. Frustrated with the pace of negotiations, SEIU let Planned Parenthood and many of its patrons know they planned an action for Saturday night. That was an effective move, given that many of the metro area’s elected officials and their top supporters planned to be at the event, which this year had a “Roman Holiday” theme.

http://www.wweek.com/portland/blog-28614-seiu_picket_threat_puts_kibosh_on_planned_parenthood_gala.html

The cherry on top:

  Cecile Richards, the CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America is married to Kirk Adams, International Executive Vice President of SEIU!

~LTG

12% of San Francisco’s union bus-drivers missed work

Add this to the 1,001 reasons why America’s cities are broke:

An alarming 12.2% of San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency (Muni) workers — all unionized — didn’t show up for work in 2011, resulting in the cancellation of scores of bus runs each weekday, with no warning or explanation for the stranded passengers.

Obama loves the Service Employees International Union!

Zusha Elinson reports for The Bay Citizen, April 28, 2012, that on average, about 150 out of 1,200 Muni operators — 12.2% — missed work unexpectedly during the last three months of 2011. Such unscheduled absences, as Muni calls them, include drivers who call in sick to take care of themselves or a member of their family, drivers who have jury duty and drivers facing disciplinary issues.

Faced with a $29 million budget shortfall and out-of-control overtime spending, Muni is no longer paying overtime to replace drivers who call in sick. And so, the transit agency now cancels 35 to 45 runs each weekday to reduce overtime costs. The cancellations, which have resulted in cuts to bus service, are putting renewed attention on the contentious issue of driver absenteeism.

The absentee rate for Muni drivers is high when compared with the national average of 3% across industries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It is also higher than the absentee rate for other workers at the transit agency. On a typical weekday, 7% of Muni’s mechanics have an unscheduled absence.

But the percentage of unscheduled absences is not as high as the rate at one other Bay Area transit agency. At AC Transit in the East Bay, the unscheduled absence rate for drivers was 12.5% — the worst in the Bay Area — during the last three months of 2011. AC Transit skips about 20 runs a day, according to Clarence Johnson, a transit agency spokesman.

Muni drivers say the health hazards and stress of the job contribute to the unscheduled absences. Ron Austin, vice president of the union that represents 2,200 Muni operators, says:

“We’re dealing with homeless people and sick people and mentally ill people and children and teenagers while we’re trying to keep everything on schedule. All this pressure rests squarely on the operator. You’ve got to be a baby sitter, and you’ve got to drive this 40-foot vehicle through very congested streets.”

The new contract with AC Transit’s 1,200 drivers requires drivers to obtain a doctor’s note if they are absent for more than three days. And operators are generally not paid for sick days unless they take two or more. Before the changes, some drivers would take a sick day in the middle of the week and then come in on their scheduled day off and get overtime. Now the agency’s new labor contract includes a rule requiring drivers to work 40 hours a week before getting overtime.

~Eowyn

OWS is a Hard-Left Oikophobe Movement

“You will know them by their fruits.” -Matthew 7:15

Former Congressman Tom Tancredo sounds the warning on his blog that the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement not only is a hard left-wing movement, it has turned violent and therfore has become a “homeland security issue”.

As proof of OWS’s hard left character, let’s look at who its supporters are, beginning with the regime in North Korea, the last redoubt of diehard communism in the world today.

On October 18, 2011, the government of psychopath “Dear Leader” Kim Jong Il released a statement praising OWS for facilitating “the working masses’ struggle against capitalism”:

“The Occupy Wall St[reet] movement was an eruption of the exploited classes’ pent-up wrath at the exploiters. It was also an expression of the will to remove the stronghold of capitalism as a whole which brings only exploitation, oppression, unemployment and poverty to the popular masses … [in a] corrupt society where the rich get ever richer and the poor get ever poorer.”

Then there are these left-wing activist organizations and labor unions in the United States which support OWS (from Discover the Networks):

North Korea and the groups above would have us believe that OWS is a struggle by “the working masses” and the “exploited classes.” You mean such as the “exploited” “working class” individuals below? (Most of the following names are from Discover the Networks; some are from my post “Who Are the Top 1%?“. Most of the estimated net worth figures are from Celebrity Net Worth):

These individuals are no more “working class” folk than I am. Unlike me, however, most of the people above have net worths that make them members of the “top 1%” — the supposed target of the Occupy Wall Street movement. And yet, they vocally support the “we are the 99%” OWS movement.

As Bill Whittle explains in his video, they are oikophobes — the products of an affluent America (see “OWS is Occupy Envy“), who hate America and Americans. Is it any wonder that the OWS movement — the product of a psychological and spiritual pathology — has become a pathological stew of internecine squabbling, rat and lice infestation, public defecation, rapetheft, robbery, smearing urine and blood on a food-vendor’s cart, andphysical assault on the elderly?

“By their actions, you will know them.” -Matthew 7:15

~Eowyn

61% in FoxNews Poll Agree With “Occupy Wall Street”

The waking-up news this morning is that the Occupy Wall Street movement, now entering its 4th week, has spread to cities across the United States and across the world.

The usual (left-wing) suspects of unions (SEIU, teachers, writers) and multibillionaire George Soros’ MoveOn.org are participating in it. [Go here for the list of some of the participants.]

Multimillionaire hypocrite Nancy Pelosi called the TEA Party “neo-Nazi” “racists” and an “astroturf” (fake) movement. But she approves of the Occupy movement, telling ABCNews yesterday, “I support the message to the establishment, whether it’s Wall Street or the political establishment approve of it.”

Commie actor Danny Glover called for more “warriors” to join Occupy L.A.:

But if we go by the results of an unscientific FoxNews poll, a majority of Americans say they share the views of the Occupy movement.

The poll asks you to choose among 4 responses:

  • Maybe. I am not even sure what they want.
  • No. They have no idea how jobs are created or how a free enterprise system works.
  • Yes. These folks are right about corporate greed and what’s happening to the little guy.
  • Other (post a comment).

When I voted at 3:30am, west coast time, Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, these were the results:

Of a total of 132,136 votes:

  • Maybe 2.77%
  • No 35.46%
  • Yes 60.95%
  • Other 0.82%

Don’t let the Occupy movement speak for you. CLICK HERE to vote in the poll!

~Eowyn

“Occupy Wall Street” is a Communist Movement

The Occupy Wall Street movement is now spreading to other cities across the United States.

Tomorrow, a big one is planned for Washington, D.C.

Look, I don’t like the global banksters either. But I’d have more sympathy for the demonstrators if their “demands” weren’t a tiresome retread of the same ol’ Marxist pipe dreams that conned hundreds of millions of people to their deaths — in the former Soviet Union, in Maoist China, in the short-lived Kampuchea, in Vietnam, in Eastern Europe, and in the gulags of China and North Korea today.

For a list of their outright communist demands — “Single payer universal healthcare!” “Free college education!” — see our DCG’s post “Occupy Wall Street – Their Demands.

Any remaining doubt that “Occupy Wall Street” is a commie movement is removed when you look at the list of those who showed up to the demonstration yesterday, Oct. 5 (h/t Meredith Jessup of The Blaze, who quipped “Not surprisingly, many of the usual suspects“):

AFL-CIO (AFSCME)
United NY
Strong Economy for All Coalition
Working Families Party
TWU Local 100
SEIU 1199
CWA 1109
RWDSU
Communications Workers of America
CWA Local 1180
United Auto Workers
United Federation of Teachers
Professional Staff Congress – CUNY
National Nurses United
Writers Guild East

Also expected at “Occupy Wall St.” yesterday:

VOCAL-NY
Community Voices Heard
Alliance for Quality Education
New York Communities for Change
Coalition for the Homeless
Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project (NEDAP)
The Job Party
NYC Coalition for Educational Justice
The Mirabal Sisters Cultural and Community Center
The New Deal for New York Campaign
National People’s Action
ALIGN
Human Services Council
Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State
Citizen Action of NY
MoveOn.org !!!!!!!!
Common Cause NY
New Bottom Line
350.org
Tenants & Neighbors
Democracy for NYC
Resource Generation
Tenants PAC
Teachers Unite

If you think America would be a better place if “Occupy Wall St.” were successful, join the hundreds of millions of “useful idiots” who were the 20th-century human sacrifices to the utopian Marxist pipe dream.

Go here for a livestream of “Occupy Wall St.”

~Eowyn

Union Leader Urges the Left to Break Law & Create a Crisis

Longtime community organizer Stephen Lerner is the director of the banking and finance project of the 2.2 million member Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and serves on its  International Executive Board.

As early as March 2011, Lerner had stated his intention to cause the collapse of the stock market: “How do we bring down the stock market? How do we bring down their bonuses? How do we interfere with their ability to, to be rich?”

At a recent Progressive Summit, Lerner tells unions, community organizers and students to instigate a complete social breakdown by mounting protests, breaking laws, occupying abandoned houses and spreading the crisis all over America.

In one word: TERRORISM.

H/t Tina and The Blaze.

~Eowyn

Today is the Left’s “Day of Rage”

A week ago, FOTM reposted J. B. Williams’ noteworthy article on the Left pushing for a civil war in America. If everything goes according to the Left’s plan, today may be the beginning of America’s second civil war.

Today, September 17, is the “Day of Rage” — a day of ostensibly “non-violent” civil disobedience targeting Wall Street and  capitalism itself, orchestrated by a group of leftwing radicals. Reportedly, similar protests are also planned across the world, designed to bring down the market and the entire political economy of the West.

The fact that September 17 is chosen is very telling because today is Constitution Day — the day America remembers and celebrates the signing of our Constitution at the Philadelphia Constitutional Convention in 1787.

Across the globe, a “day of rage” is planned for the following places:

Here’s the US Day of Rage website. The plan is to “occupy” Wall Street and to have protests in at least 5 major U.S. cities: Seattle, Washington; Portland, Oregon; San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles, CA; and Austin, Texas.

Click here for a global map of the planned protests.

Here are some of Day of Rage’s slogans, posted on the Twitter feed of the group, Take The Square, one of the Rage’s social media planners:

  • “Fight market dictatorship!”
  • “People of the world rise up!”
  • “We are legion!”
  • “Take to the streets!”

According to The Blaze, the ringleaders of the US Day of Rage are:

  • Stephen Lerner, the director of the banking and finance project of the 2.2 million member Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and serves on its  International Executive Board. As early as March 2011, Lerner had stated his intention to destroy JP Morgan Chase and cause the collapse of the stock market: “How do we bring down the stock market? How do we bring down their bonuses? How do we interfere with their ability to, to be rich?”

Barack Obama has ties with both SEIU and ACORN. Lerner was a frequent visitor to the White House in the first year of Obama’s presidency.

Although organizers of the Day of Rage say that the protests will be non-violent, when we look into the origin of the term “Day of Rage,” we find more ominous undertones.

According to The Blaze, the term “Day of Rage” finds origin in “Days of Rage,“ a violent set of riots waged in Chicago in 1969 by the Weathermen’s Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn — Chicago friends of Barack Obama’s. Ayers initially claimed that his Day of Rage would be “non-violent”. But the Weathermen arrived for what became a 4-day rampage in Chicago, in full-clad battle gear, helmets and weapons in tow, and called on activists to kill the rich and even their own parents.

In an interview in 2001 with Chicago Mag, the remorseless Ayers was candid about the Days of Rage’s purpose, which was to “kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, kill your parents—that‘s where it’s really at.”

As the Weathermen marched on, smashing windows and vandalizing property through the tear-gassed streets of Chicago, nearly 300 militants were arrested and over 60 people were injured. Some reports estimate the damage climbed to hundreds of thousands of dollars — a steep price for four decades ago.

More on who’s funding the Day of Rage in a later post!

H/t Steve, Tina, and Melthemean.

~Eowyn

Wild Bill Lays It on the Line about ObamaCare Lies & Tricks

~LTG

Americans With No Abilities Act

Breaking News!

Washington, DC – June 13, 2011

The Obama Administration is urging Congress and the Senate to
pass sweeping legislation that will provide new benefits for many
Americans: The Americans With No Abilities Act (AWNAA). President Obama said he will sign it as soon as he squeezes out some free time from playing golf.

The AWNAA is being hailed as a major legislative goal by advocates of the millions of Americans who lack any real skills or ambition.

“Roughly 50% of Americans do not possess the competence and drive necessary to carve out a meaningful role for themselves in society,” said California Senator Barbara Boxer, a ready-made candidate for the AWNAA. “We can no longer stand by and allow People of Inability to be ridiculed and passed over. With this legislation, employers will no longer be able to grant special favors to a small group of workers, simply because they have some idea of what they are doing.”

Another AWNAA candidate, Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) also threw his support for the bill: “As a representative an exhibitionist with a big small penis, way too much time on my hands, but no abilities whatsoever, I believe the same privileges that elected officials enjoy ought to be extended to every American with no abilities. It is our duty as lawmakers to provide each and every American citizen, regardless of his or her inadequacy, with some sort of space to take up in this great nation and a good salary for doing so.”

In a Capitol Hill press conference, two other AWNAA candidates — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) — pointed to the success of Congress, which has a long-standing policy of providing opportunity without regard to performance. Approximately 74% of the members of Congress lack any job skills, making this institution one of the largest U.S. employers of Persons of Inability.

Other institutions and industries with good records of non-discrimination against the incompetent and inept include teachers’ unions (75%), Wisconsin public employee unions (95%), SEIU (99%), TSA (99.5%), U.S. Dept of Homeland Security (99.8%), ACORN (99.9%), and the Obama White House (100%).

At the state government level, the Department of Motor Vehicles also has an excellent record of hiring Persons of Inability (a whopping 83%).

Under The Americans With No Abilities Act, more than 25 million ‘middle man’ positions will be created, with important-sounding titles but little real responsibility, thus providing an illusory sense of purpose and performance.

Mandatory non-performance-based raises and promotions will be given so as to guarantee upward mobility for even the most inept employees. The legislation provides substantial tax breaks to corporations that promote a significant number of Persons of Inability into middle-management positions,and gives a tax credit to small and medium-sized businesses that agree to hire one clueless worker for every two talented hires.

Finally, the AWNAA contains tough new measures to make it more difficult to discriminate against the Non-abled, banning, for example, discriminatory interview questions such as, “Do you have any skills or experience that relate to this job?”

“As a Non-abled person, I can’t be expected to keep up with people who have something going for them,” said Ken Cox, who lost his position as a TSA screener at Kennedy International Airport due to his inability to remember Janet Napolitano’s instruction, “Strip Search All Blond, Blue-Eyed Babies!”

“This new law should be real good for people like me,” Cox added.

H/t beloved fellows May & Joseph.

~Eowyn