Can collectivist economic policies -- purposefully hostile toward wealth and prosperity -- result in private investment growth ... the foundation for sustainable job growth? It's 'Mission Impossible' for Obamalosi Dems.
'Project Labor Agreements' are an extortion scheme for union-backed politicians. Here's how it works. Tax-funded construction projects are mandated to use union-only contractors. The contractors kick-back to the unions, with the cash finding its way back to their handmaiden politicians who write the PLA requirements. The result: non-union labor is excluded and the public is forced to pay a higher cost that includes the ugly forced-tribute payments to politicians.
A vaunted shovel-ready Obama Stimulus project in New Hampshire has been halted due to the scandal. This just in from thetruthaboutplas.com:
The Labor Department has not disclosed why the solicitation was canceled but is required by FAR regulations to provide cause.
Here is a summary of media coverage since Friday:
- New Hampshire Union Leader: Job Corps Center Plan Hits Wall in Bid Process
- WMUR 9: Feds Cancel Bidding on Manchester Job Corps Center
- Daily Reporter: Proposed PLA Project Canceled
- National Right to Work Blog: Obama Administration Backs Down (For Now) Rather than Defend Discriminatory Project Labor Agreements
The Union Label Blog post, Victory Against Obama’s Unionism in New Hampshire, provides a practical explanation of the relationshop between PLAs and politics.
A PLA ruling either outright excludes non-union companies… …or forces them to be hobbled under union rules, but PLAs are nothing less than a government payoff to unions. In essence a PLA is a direct transfer of government money to union coffers and that is precisely why President Obama decreed via Executive Order that henceforth all government construction projects would be forced to proceed under PLAs
While the Obama order does not subject ALL federal construction projects to a PLA, it encourages federal agencies to require PLAs on appropriate federal projects exceeding $25 million.
Related video: Examining Obama's union-only favoritism
A state worker is recovering after a bloody brawl at a union hall. He says members of the local SEIU 1000 beat him up and sent him to the hospital all because he wanted to expose alleged corruption within the union.An interview with Ken Hamidi (from breitbart.tv)
It has been more than three months since Kenneth Gladney was viciously attacked by SEIU employees. The assault wasn’t an accident, but a deliberate attempt to intimidate and silence tea party activists and town hall protesters. The morning of the Gladney assault, the White House presented to Senate Democrats a ‘battle plan’ to quell the protests. The White House advised Democrats “punch back twice as hard.” Gladney was the first casualty.Related video: Kenneth Gladney Attacked, Called Racial Slur at St. Louis Health Care Town Hall
The Gladney beating took place at a forum on ‘Aging’, sponsored by Rep. Russ Carnahan. Carnahan had been caught flat-footed by earlier protests. This time he was more prepared; the day before the forum, Sara Howard took over as his communications director. Ms. Howard is a veteran leftist activist, holding senior positions with SEIU.
SEIU and partisan hacks like Media Matters have tried to spin away the Gladney beating. They would have you believe a 130 lb diabetic, recovering luekemia patient, picked a fight with men almost twice his size. The police report puts an end to that lie.
The police report is unambiguous about what happened on August 6th in St. Louis. The White House, through SEIU, did indeed ‘punch back twice as hard.’ What is ambiguous, however, is why prosecutors haven’t pursued the charges against SEIU. As you will learn, there is a lot to suggest that Bob McCulloch, the St. Louis DA, is trying to cover-up SEIU’s crime. Stay tuned as the truth comes out. (from biggovernment.com)
• Proud Propagandists: SEIU Leaked Memo Exposes Union Propaganda Techniques Used For Union Bailout Bill
• Angry in Arizona. As a strike deadline nears, UFCW-represented grocery workers in Arizona are upset with their union and picketed the UFCW offices in Phoenix…BUT…
• Grocery workers in Colorado want to strike. However, UFCW bosses quibble on constitutional language as member claims union is "playing games with our lives."
• The SoCal Slaughter. In Washington, UFCW bosses' bad memories of the 2004 SoCal strike that went kaput are causing some angst over granting a strike sanction.
• Tough Times for the UFCW Staff as one UFCW Local Threatens its Own Staff Union With Layoffs!
• Black and blue and purple too! With two alleged beatings over the last few months, we take a look at The SEIU and its Purple Pattern of Persuasion
• Don't Mock Them! It may be hard to take unions seriously when one sees American Airlines' flight attendants mocking a strike. [LMAO!]
• No Tips Today ... Workers at the San Francisco's Palace Hotel walked off the job this morning, taking to the streets with picket signs, drums and whistles.
• That Bugger, Becker ... Eminent scholar Richard Epstein takes on NLRB nominee and SEIU radical Craig Becker, as well as the overly (and overtly) politicized National Labor Relations Board.
• What a MESS! The Teamsters are threatening to walk out on the mess hall at West Point, possibly leaving 4,000 cadets with nothing to eat.
• Dis-United Unions ... The ongoing slug-fest between the union (formerly) known as UNITE-HERE and the SEIU-backed Workers United continues as laundry worker Carmen Padron says: "They should be organizing workers who don't have a union, not harassing us." [More here ...]
• More Machinists to Lose Jobs as Hawker Beechcraft announces the closure of its Salina, Kansas plant--one of the two locations where the Machinists waged a bitter (and fatal) strike last year. The strike resulted in one fatality.
• A Disastrous Divorce or a Swimmingly Sweet Note? It all depends on one's point of view of how good the now-locked out musicians of Broadway's "Tony N' Tina's Wedding" played.
• The Last of the Mohicans? YRC bankruptcy may only be a matter of time as the last major Teamster trucking company continues to get creative in trying to save itself. If this latest effort fails, YRC's bankruptcy may be imminent and the company will join a long, long list of failed Teamster trucking companies.
• Topping 34,000. In the last day or so, the total number of site visits to 1-888-NO-UNION.COM have topped 34,000. This is all through word of mouth, as the site (as a free resource for employees and their employers) grows in popularity.
Conspicuously absent: the president of the United States, Barack Obama. Obama's folks say he's too busy to accept German President Angela Merkel's invitation to attend today's festivities. It's pathetic that Obama won't be there -- and telling, as well." (from nypost.com)