In an era where the Obama Administration is rolling back reforms in union transparency, Americans for Limited Government (ALG) is launching two new websites to help union workers keep track of how their union dues are spent.
Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) are now being closely monitored by ALG in an attempt to hold them accountable to their employees.
SEIUmonitor.com and UFCWmonitor.com provides union employees, the media and policy makers with the truth about membership dues. Union workers can access information about their pensions, union management and even scandals to be aware of. In an attempt to hold these unions accountable and make the public more aware of union misdeeds, visitors to the site are encouraged to share their stories.
Legislation introduced last week could shift costs of union pension plans to taxpayers in an attempt to stave off organized labor’s pension funding crisis.
Senator Bob Casey, Pennsylvania Democrat, introduced the Create Jobs & Save Benefits Act of 2010 to address the funding problems faced by union-administered multi-employer pension plans.
Multi-employer pension plans have to cover the benefits of members, even if their companies are defunct. Currently the costs are shared among the companies that remain in the pool, but Casey’s bill proposes offloading them to the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC), a federal corporation, which backs the pensions of 44 million workers, more than 75 percent of which are nonunion.
“Multi-employer plans face unique challenges that are overburdening pension plans and the bottom lines of companies,” Casey said. “My legislation would help correct these problems to protect the pensions of workers and unburden companies stuck paying a crippling expense that threatens its existence and the jobs of its employees.”
Casey said his bill would cost the federal government $8 to 10 billion.
Teamsters for a Democratic Union endorsed the proposal.
Throughout much of 2009, Glenn Beck extensively covered the “Cloward-Piven Strategy” that was first brought into the public domain in a May 1966 article in The Nation magazine. In the article, Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven, two Columbia professors, developed a strategy by which the welfare system could be overwhelmed with demand, broken, and replaced with a “guaranteed annual income.”
Beck has successfully made the argument that the Cloward-Piven Strategy was a blueprint for success at overwhelming that system. Don’t think it worked? Ask the leaders of New York City. The strategy worked so well, the mass rush for welfare benefits bankrupted the city in the 1970s.
So as Beck has brought new light to this strategy, no one has asked Frances Fox Piven’s opinion. Until now.
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