Daily Archives: February 12, 2010

Breaking: No Recess Appointment for Craig Becker

According to the Huffington Post, President Obama will NOT be using a recess appointment to place SEIU’s Craig Becker onto the National Labor Relations Board.

One of the more remarkable aspects of President Obama’s decision to not make immediate recess appointments as a concession for Senate Republicans confirming 27 nominees is the muted reaction from the labor community.

Among those on the losing end of the deal struck between Obama and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) are labor unions. Craig Becker, the president’s nominee for the National Labor Relations Board who was filibustered by the Senate this past week, will not get the recess appointment next week that union officials were hoping. Instead, his nomination is either dead or put on hold until the next Senate recess at the end of March.

Read HuffPo’s whole piece here.

How are union bosses reacting to the President’s poke in their eye?  Well, as any union would, the AFL-CIO’s Richard Trumka is blaming the GOP.

Senate Republican obstructionists are working overtime to block the interests of working people. Today we hear the White House and Senate have cut a deal with Republicans that will keep President Obama’s nominees off the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for even longer.

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Yesterday, in a deal with the Republican minority, the Senate confirmed 27 non-controversial Obama appointees. The White House apparently has agreed not to make Presidents Day recess appointments — a process that allows the president to temporarily appoint his own nominee while Congress is out of session. That means NLRB nominees — and working people — are out in the cold.

It’s surprising that a union negotiator like Mr. Trumka has forgotten that it usually takes two for a “deal” to become a “deal.”

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“I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776

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With Friends Like These: Colorado Dem gets dissed by Big Labor

Not even a week has passed since Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) dutifully voted for Big Labor’s nominee for the National Labor Relations Board and his supposed union friends have already thrown him under the bus by endorsing his rival.

Ex-CO House Speaker Andrew Romanoff (D) received 2 key labor union endorsements this week, less than a day after his primary rival, Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), made a play to rally them to his side.

The CO Teamsters and UFCW announced that they are throwing their weight behind Romanoff in the Dem primary, citing their “long-standing relationship” with him. The 2 are among the largest unions in the state.

“Andrew Romanoff was always straight with us,” CO Teamsters pres. Steve Vairma said in a statement, taking a veiled jab at Bennet over his less-than-clear stand on card check. “We didn’t see eye to eye on every issue, but his door was always open, and we could trust him to tell us the truth.”

Ouch! 

How does it feel to viewed as a liar by your friends, Senator?

You know, as the saying goes: With friends like these, who needs enemies?
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“I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776

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Filed under 2010 Mid-Term Elections, Teamsters, UFCW

Despite their efforts, Teamsters get a C- in their attempt to imitate ACORN

They say that ‘imitation is the best form of flattery.’  However, what happens when the imitators do a lousy job at imitating?

The Teamsters are known for a lot of things, not the least of which are violence, corruption, underfunded pension plans and closed companies.  However, one of the things the Teamsters are not generally known for is being overly creative when trying to draw attention to a cause.  At least that was the case until recently when they tried to pull off their best ACORN imitation at an auto show in Washington, DC.

Here is what it looked like:

[Note the almost-embarrassed looks on the dancers’ faces, the out-of-step timing, as well as the lack of color-coordinated attire.]

Now here is what “real” creative demonstration looks like (a la ACORN):

[Note the color coordinated shirts, the on-time chants, as well as the look of almost-enthusiasm on the marchers’ faces.]

While we give the Teamsters high marks for their efforts, their delivery and costumes were lacking.  Therefore, we’ve got to give them a C- overall.

Perhaps next time, the Teamsters can hire ACORN.  We hear those nuts are always looking for more parties to crash.
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“I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776

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Filed under ACORN, auto show protest, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Teamsters