IAFF President weighs in on Wisconsin Law…

Folks what you are about to see is one of the labor movements most committed leftists.  No  I take that back.  This is just the biggest political hacks you will ever see give a speech.  This man will do anything to be more powerful.  He is nothing more than a money collector.  His goal is to keep union membership up and collect the dues so he can live high off the hog while the members get trampled.  I will show you two videos.  One recently from Wisconsin and the other a few weeks ago.    Here is that first video.

Listen as the man basically says that the legislature does not have a right to pass laws about labor.  You know he only means laws that disagree with his beliefs.  Sorry Harold but if the legislature wants to create a right to work state in Wisconsin as has happened in 22 other states it is perfectly legal and you will have to live with it.

He then goes on very deliberately to invoke the Molly McGuire’s and other battles the unions had with management back in the early days of unions.  There is no corollary here.  Schaitberger knows it.  But just like Rich Trumka yesterday, you can’t motivate the troops by telling the truth.  Who next Andy Stern?  These poor people in Wisconsin are buying this stuff and who is really ginning up the hate?  The Governor was asking for concessions.  Let’s go back to December 8th and the Bloomberg report.  Here is how they started their story on the Wisconsin issue.   Remember as you rea this.  Trumka said Walker just made this up to break the unions.  Schaitberger (I have always removed the A) compared it to the murder of union activists in the early 1900’s.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Gov.-elect Scott Walker on Tuesday renewed his call for state unions to pay more for their health care and pensions, saying it would help the state deal with a possible budget shortfall of $150 million or more.

The public employees who would be affected include many good workers, he said, but the group can’t be considered “untouchable” when it comes to considering options to balance the budget.

“We can no longer live in a society where the public employees are the haves and the taxpayers footing the bills are the have-nots,” he said during a Milwaukee Press Club luncheon, citing a Legislative Fiscal Bureau report that shows this fiscal year’s budget could be $150 million or more in the red.

The incoming governor said pay freezes and furloughs might not be enough. Instead, he said, the gap could be plugged through two steps: requiring state workers to make a 5 percent contribution to their own pensions and increasing the amount they pay toward their health care premiums to 12 percent. Workers currently pay between 4 percent and 6 percent toward premiums.

This was back in December.  I will give you two guesses what the unions answer was.  We only need to look at the pictures from the Wisconsin Statehouse to see that the reality is these unions do not want to give up anything.  They want you and I taxed to the hilt to protect them for life.

Now for the second video issued on Feb 4th.  Once again Harold Sh-itberger is talking about legislature all over the country.  State Legislature with autonomy.  Who are dealing with looming budget deficits and the choices of raising taxes on a public that stated loud and clear in November that they were done with high taxes.  So much so many states flipped parties in their respective legislatures to bring about the reform in taxation.  This hack and committed Democrat lackey wants to frame this as a Republican attack  Watch and I will point out the true hypocrisy of this man.

First the assault is from the tax payers not the Republicans.  It is the neighbors of these teachers who are fed up with high taxes.  Hacks like Sch-itberger want to tell you that the Government should not balance the budget on the back of public workers due to the recent economic downturn.  Well Harold how would you fix it?  Hire more public employees and give them all big raises?  Come on people this is some lame stuff being spewed here.  He is concerned about  more states becoming right to work states.  22 already are. Bet there are unions in those states.

Sch-itberger also talks about paycheck deception bills and how they eliminate his members right to engage in the political process.   I can tell you from first hand experience that Harold Sh-itberger is talking out of both sides of his mouth on this issue.  I can tell you a story of one local that does not have the right to engage in the political process.  I can also tell you that this man during his tenure as the IAFF International President has never done ANYTHING to fix that situation but pay lip service to the union and demand the monthly dues.

And here is my favorite.  He is upset that the right to work states do not require forced dues payment (Government forced by law) to the unions.   Once again the relationship between bad politicians and the union forces people who do not want union representation to be in unions in 28 states. Here is the upshot on the Right to work states.  This from the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.

Employees in Right to Work States

[En español]

If you are employed in one of the 22 states that has a Right to Work law, you are probably protected by the state’s Right to Work law and cannot be required to join or pay dues or fees to a union. (There are a small number of exceptions to the basic rule that individuals who work in Right to Work states cannot be required to pay to join or pay dues or fees to a union. Employees of airlines and railroads, and employees working on property subject to exclusive federal jurisdiction, cannot be required to join a union, but may be required to pay union fees. If you are an airline or railroad employee, click here for an explanation of your rights. If you work on property subject to exclusive federal jurisdiction, call the Foundation for further information.)

The following states have a Right to Work law:

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming.

Under federal labor law and the state’s Right to Work law, you have the right to resign from membership in a union at any time. If you resign from membership, you may not be able to participate in union elections or meetings, vote in collective bargaining ratification elections, or participate in other “internal” union activities. If you resign, you cannot be disciplined by the union for any post-resignation conduct.

If you resign from union membership, you are still fully covered by the collective bargaining agreement that was negotiated between your employer and the union, and the union remains obligated to represent you. Any benefits that are provided to you by your employer pursuant to the collective bargaining agreement (e.g., wages, seniority, vacations, pension, health insurance) will not be affected by your resignation. (If the union offers some “members-only” benefits, you might be excluded from receiving those.)

The Foundation neither encourages nor discourages you from resigning. The decision is yours alone.

If you choose to resign and stop paying dues, and are on automatic “dues check off,” you should notify both the union and your employer in writing that you are resigning and revoking your authorization for automatic dues check off. While you may resign from union membership at anytime, you may be limited to a specific “window period” before you are able to end the automatic dues deductions. If that is what you are told, ask the union for a copy of the actual dues deduction card that you signed, and contact the Foundation for further information.

Your choice is protected by federal labor law and the state’s Right to Work law. If you have any questions, or feel that your legal rights need to be protected,

Now does this seem like a law designed to destroy a union?  Or a law offering employees the right to either be represented by a union or not?  What are the unions afraid of?    For one the private sector union membership the numbers are abysmal.  This from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.

In 2010, 7.6 million public sector employees belonged to a union,
compared with 7.1 million union workers in the private sector.
The union membership rate for public sector workers (36.2 percent)
was substantially higher than the rate for private sector workers
(6.9 percent). Within the public sector, local government workers
had the highest union membership rate, 42.3 percent. This group
includes workers in heavily unionized occupations, such as teachers,
police officers, and fire fighters.

Less than 7 percent of private company employees are in unions?   It would seem from the rhetoric of guys like Trumka, Stern and Sch-itberger that without union protection the entire work force of the United States would be slaves to corrupt Republican Politicians and Evil Corporations.  This argument is as good as a sieve bailing out the boat.  28 states require dues to be withheld for unions. Presumably to protect the workers.  But only 7 percent of private sector jobs and 11.9 overall for a total of just over 14 million workers?   The unions are scared.  Let me correct that.  Union Leadership is scared that the money train will be leaving them behind.  And based on how they are currently acting it should.


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