9/20/08

Trickle down strike-onomics

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Union-bred pain spreads the 'Obama Way'

As Boeing machinists make their way up the picket line, the effect of what they're doing is trickling down. And its landing right inside Cox Machine's operations. "As a result, our sales volume decreased and we ended up with more work force than we needed to support our sales volume," explains Jason Cox, Chief Technical Officer.

And what he says means fewer people are going to be reporting to work. An all, the company is laying off 23 people, 16 in Wichita and seven in the small community of Harper. There, even people outside the business are already starting to feel the pinch.

Mary Ann Ricke's daycare playroom is usually bustling with kids, but because of Thursday's layoffs she has two fewer kids to look after and 200 fewer dollars going into her pocket each week. "There was no warning. The dad came and told me that his kids won't be coming tomorrow so it was a real shocker."

Their mom was one of the seven people who used to draw their paychecks from the Harper plant. But since it provides much of it's sheet metal to Spirit and Boeing, they're having to make cutbacks as well.

And in a town as small as Harper, those cutback can mean tough times for more than just employees. "You wouldn't think something like that would come back this far to small town USA but it definitely is hurting all of us."

And with negotiations still stalled, there's no telling how deep the strike will strike.

(kansascw.com)

Boeing's new IAM members go right on strike

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Even as its Machinists strike enters its third week, the Boeing Co. continues to hire new production workers -- who then go on strike.

Most of the new workers report to picket duty rather than to Boeing's commercial jet factories, which have been silenced since 27,000 Machinists went on strike Sept. 6.

"It doesn't make sense to turn off the system," said Boeing spokesman Tim Healy.

Boeing's hiring process takes several weeks of screening and preliminary tests, including some unpaid time. Newly hired workers are informed of the ongoing strike and most opt to participate in it.

Since Sept. 5, the company has hired about 130 new Machinists, said Connie Kelliher, spokeswoman for the union. That's not an uncommon practice during a labor strike, she added.

Since 2005, Boeing has been on a hiring spree, bringing on as many as 200 Machinists in a week to handle a big backlog of orders. But that trend has slowed, according to the latest Snohomish County job numbers reported by Employment Security Department this week.

Boeing had offered the union an 11 percent wage hike over three years and a minimum of $5,000 in bonuses in the first year. But the Machinists said Boeing's offer cost them more in health care and fell short in terms of job security.

The two sides continue to say they're willing to talk but no negotiations have been scheduled.

(heraldnet.com)

Community organizing: Racketeering, extortion

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RICO trial has UFCW on defense

Smithfield Foods' racketeering and extortion lawsuit against a union is headed to trial in federal court in Richmond. U.S. District Judge Robert Payne rejected the United Food and Commercial Workers International's motion for a ruling in its favor Tuesday. He also struck down some of the defenses the union wanted to use at trial.

Smithfield claims the union illegally used boycotts, a negative public relations campaign and other tactics in an attempt to force the company to allow unionization at its massive hog-slaughtering plant in Tar Heel, North Carolina.

The union says it did nothing wrong in applying economic pressure to persuade the union to allow a fair union election at the plant.

(wric.com)

Colorado worker-choice scheme exposed

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Will Colorado voters abandon forced-labor unionism in favor of worker-choice?

AMENDMENT 47

Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution concerning participation in a labor organization as a condition of employment, and, in connection therewith, prohibiting an employer from requiring that a person be a member and pay any moneys to a labor organization or to any other third party in lieu of payment to a labor organization and creating a misdemeanor criminal penalty for a person who violates the provisions of the section?
Text of Proposal:

Be it Enacted by the People of the State of Colorado:

SECTION 1. Article XVIII of the constitution of the state of Colorado is amended BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION to read: Section 16. Right to work.

(1)
THIS AMENDMENT SHALL BE KNOWN AND MAY BE CITED AS THE "COLORADO RIGHT TO WORK AMENDMENT".

(2)
(a) NO PERSON SHALL, AS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT, BE REQUIRED TO:
(I) BE A MEMBER OF A LABOR UNION; AND
(II) PAY ANY DUES, FEES, ASSESSMENTS, OR OTHER CHARGES OF ANY KIND TO A LABOR UNION OR TO ANY CHARITY OR OTHER THIRD PARTY, IN LIEU OF SUCH PAYMENTS.

(b) NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL PREVENT ANY PERSON FROM VOLUNTARILY BELONGING OR VOLUNTARILY PROVIDING FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO A LABOR UNION.

(3)
ANY PERSON WHO DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY VIOLATES ANY PROVISION OF THIS SECTION COMMITS A MISDEMEANOR AND UPON CONVICTION THEREOF SHALL BE PUNISHED BY A FINE IN AN AMOUNT EQUIVALENT TO THE MOST STRINGENT MISDEMEANOR CLASSIFICATION PROVIDED BY LAW.

(4)
THIS SECTION SHALL APPLY TO ALL UNION EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS ENTERED INTO AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION AND SHALL APPLY TO ANY RENEWAL OR EXTENSION OF ANY EXISTING UNION CONTRACT.

(5)
AS USED IN THIS SECTION, "LABOR UNION" MEANS ANY ORGANIZATION OF ANY KIND, OR AGENCY OR EMPLOYEE REPRESENTATION COMMITTEE OR ORGANIZATION, THAT EXISTS FOR THE PURPOSE, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, OF DEALING WITH EMPLOYERS CONCERNING WAGES, RATES OF PAY, HOURS OF WORK, OTHER CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT, OR OTHER FORMS OF COMPENSATION; ANY ORGANIZATION THAT EXISTS FOR THE PURPOSE OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING OR OF DEALING WITH EMPLOYERS CONCERNING GRIEVANCES; AND ANY ORGANIZATION PROVIDING OTHER MUTUAL AID OR PROTECTION IN CONNECTION WITH EMPLOYMENT.

SECTION 2. Effective date. This amendment shall take effect upon proclamation of the vote by the governor.
(deltacountyindependent.com)

ACORN voter fraud spreads to NC

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Yet another state investigates the union-backed voter fraud group for Barack

A Durham (NC) official is asking state elections administrators to check approximately 80 voter registration forms for possible fraud.

Mike Ashe, Durham County's elections director, said the forms were among about 4,000 submitted to his office over the past four to six weeks by a national left-wing group called Acorn, for Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.

"They will be turned over to the State Board of Elections for investigation and prosecution," Ashe said of the questionable documents.

Most of the forms at issue bear one of six names. Ashe was not sure whether the people named existed or not.

Many of the papers are incomplete, which Ashe said is a nuisance, not a crime. But the group contains very different versions of what are purportedly the same person's signatures.

Signing another person's name on a voter registration form can result in up to 15 months in prison.

Acorn representatives said the organization works hard to detect and eliminate fraud in its voter registration efforts and will work with Ashe to fix problems.

Ashe's staff also learned this week of irregularities with a handful of other registrations. It was not clear who was responsible for these problems.

A woman who visited the elections office Wednesday said that Tamion Richardson of Buffalo Way had received a mailing stating that he had been registered to vote. The woman, who said she was Richardson's mother, said he was 14 years old and ineligible to vote.

Elections officials did not obtain the woman's name or phone number.

"This is serious, obviously," Ashe said, pointing to Richardson's registration form, which had a 1989 birthdate. "This is not the young man's signature, I don't believe."

Ashe said that Richardson would be deleted from the voter rolls and would not be allowed to cast a ballot.

Also, elections officials have received calls from people saying they had received new voter registration cards with incorrect information.

"I don't know how big an impact that is out there," Ashe said. "Is it four bad cards or 12 bad cards?"

An improperly updated registration card should not impede a legitimate voter's ability to cast a ballot in the general election unless a person's address has been changed to a different precinct, Ashe said. In that case, a voter on Nov. 4 would undergo the somewhat cumbersome process of casting a provisional ballot -- but the vote should ultimately count.

A provisional ballot isn't needed during the Oct. 16 through Nov. 1 early voting period because the advance polling sites serve all county precincts.

The integrity of Durham's voting system is not threatened by any of the bogus forms, Ashe emphasized, and no one will be allowed to cast multiple ballots.

"I don't think it has impacted the vote or the election in any way because of the checks and balances that we have in the system," the director said. "We caught this."

(heraldsun.southernheadlines.com)

Fraud: More Than 1,000 Voter Cards Suspect

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ACORN's Saul Alinsky-style approach to stealing elections

"Accuse others of what you do." - attributed to Vladimir Lenin and Karl Marx

The Democrat political playbook calls for a "pre-emptive strike" and allegations of "voter suppression" where none exist. However, liberal-left organizations perform the Democrat Party's dirty work of registering illegal aliens, the senile and mentally ill, felons and others who are easily manipulated that party handlers.

More than 1,000 new voter registration cards received by the Bernalillo County (NM) Clerk's Office in advance of the November general election might be frauds, the county clerk said Tuesday. Maggie Toulouse Oliver said she has notified prosecutors in state and federal law enforcement agencies about the problem.

Some of the estimated 1,100 registrations list Social Security numbers for people who already are in the county's database of registered voters, Toulouse Oliver said.

Other cards list the same name -- but a different birth date -- of already registered voters.

Some of the people whose names appear in the list of possibly phony registrations, when called by the clerk's office, said they never filled out the new cards changing their voter data, Toulouse Oliver said.

In addition, "We do have a series of cards identified that appear to be (names) taken straight out of the phone book, Toulouse Oliver said.

Toulouse Oliver said the potential scope of the problem has mushroomed since late last month, when the Journal reported on a forged card for Rebecca Sitterly, a former state District Court judge from Albuquerque who has been voting in the same place for nearly two decades.

That card was submitted by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, a controversial nonprofit organization that says it has handled 72,000 new voter registrations in New Mexico since January.

Matthew Henderson, head organizer for the group, said the Sitterly card was set aside as a potential phony by ACORN itself and turned in to the clerk's office with a batch of other possibly bad cards.

Toulouse Oliver said she did not know how many cards in the current stack of questionable registrations were submitted by ACORN, though she said that group this year has done the majority of so-called third-party registrations -- those that aren't turned in by the voters themselves but are submitted by groups organized to enlist new registrants.

ACORN contract workers in 2005 were investigated in connection with forged signatures on a minimum wage ballot petition, though ACORN supervisors have said political organizers now oversee the registration gathering and the group has beefed up its own quality control.

(americandaily.com)

Massive phony voter registration tied to Barack

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Union-backed voter fraud group ACORN is instrumental

More than 1,000 new voter registration cards received by the Bernalillo County Clerk's Office in advance of the November general election might be frauds, the county clerk said Tuesday. Maggie Toulouse Oliver said she has notified prosecutors in state and federal law enforcement agencies about the problem.

Some of the estimated 1,100 registrations list Social Security numbers for people who already are in the county's database of registered voters, Toulouse Oliver said.

Other cards list the same name -- but a different birth date -- of already registered voters.

Some of the people whose names appear in the list of possibly phony registrations, when called by the clerk's office, said they never filled out the new cards changing their voter data, Toulouse Oliver said.

In addition, "We do have a series of cards identified that appear to be (names) taken straight out of the phone book, Toulouse Oliver said.

Toulouse Oliver said the potential scope of the problem has mushroomed since late last month, when the Journal reported on a forged card for Rebecca Sitterly, a former state District Court judge from Albuquerque who has been voting in the same place for nearly two decades.

That card was submitted by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, a controversial nonprofit organization that says it has handled 72,000 new voter registrations in New Mexico since January.

Matthew Henderson, head organizer for the group, said the Sitterly card was set aside as a potential phony by ACORN itself and turned in to the clerk's office with a batch of other possibly bad cards.

Toulouse Oliver said she did not know how many cards in the current stack of questionable registrations were submitted by ACORN, though she said that group this year has done the majority of so-called third-party registrations -- those that aren't turned in by the voters themselves but are submitted by groups organized to enlist new registrants.

ACORN contract workers in 2005 were investigated in connection with forged signatures on a minimum wage ballot petition, though ACORN supervisors have said political organizers now oversee the registration gathering and the group has beefed up its own quality control.

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(marketwatch.com)

Hoffa: Rank and file Teamsters resist Barack

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'Reagan Democrats' prove hard to convince

National Teamsters President James "Jim" P. Hoffa will urge union voters in Great Falls and Butte on Saturday to support Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama because of his commitment to change for America's workers and middle class.

Hoffa, the son of the powerful and controversial late Teamsters President James R. "Jimmy" Hoffa, has been president of the Teamsters union since 1999. He will lead a group of union members knocking on doors from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Great Falls. Following the canvassing, the public is invited to a campaign rally and chili feed from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Labor Temple, 1112 7th St. S.

In a Friday interview, Hoffa said the Teamsters have signed up 50,000 new members in the past year, raising their numbers to 1.4 million members, but added that it wasn't easy in an economy that has had plant closures, layoffs and jobs shipped overseas.

The Teamsters were one of the first unions to back Obama in February, he said.

"We think the country is really in trouble economically, and believe Obama is the candidate who can change things around," he said. "He can rebuild the economy for the middle class."

Hoffa said Obama will oppose trade treaties that are bad for workers, initiate efforts to put people back to work rebuilding roads and bridges, and create more wind, solar and other renewable energy facilities.

"We've had eight years of George Bush's failed policies and don't need another four years under John McCain, who has voted to support Bush 95 percent of the time," Hoffa said.

Montana has a strong union membership of 40,000 people and Obama has a good chance to carry the state because of his support for workers and green energy development, Hoffa said.

When asked about his late father's legacy, he said Jimmy Hoffa is still revered in union circles for his organizing. He believes his father's imprisonment on jury tampering, fraud and conspiracy charges were pushed by a vindictive attorney general, Bobby Kennedy.

(greatfallstribune.com)

Union big pleads gulity to embezzlement

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Local officials unable to cope with national union-dues embezzlement epidemic

A former local union official admitted Thursday in federal court to stealing from the organization, becoming the third official with that union to admit such acts in the past few years.

Jeanette McFarland, the former president of the Glass Molders and Plastic, Union Local 285, pleaded guilty to a single charge of embezzlement, admitting to stealing $7,604 from the union from June 2004 to May 2005, according to court documents. She will be sentenced in December.

The union represents workers from Fort Wayne Foundry.

This year, Fredrick W. Jones, the former union vice president, was sentenced to a year’s probation for stealing more than $10,000 of the union’s money from July 2004 to December 2004, according to court documents.

Randy Gould, international representative for the union, said the pair had wanted to start a dental fund for the union, but the idea was vetoed.

McFarland and Jones set up the account anyway and began making withdrawals from it, Gould said.

When Gould was able to figure out what was going on, he went to the appropriate government agencies and reported McFarland’s and Jones’ activities.

Much of the money taken was recovered through bonding and insurance, Gould said.

In 2004, another former union leader, Michael D. Updike, was sentenced to five years’ probation and ordered to pay more than $9,000 in restitution to the union and to an insurance company after he too admitted to embezzling assets from the organization, according to court documents.

The union has been taking steps to shore up its policies and procedures to prevent such crimes in the future, Gould said.

This weekend, along with an agent from the U.S. Department of Labor, Gould will meet with union members to talk about McFarland’s guilty plea and make sure everyone is up to speed about the new safeguards, he said.

(journalgazette.net)

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