Monthly Archives: March 2010

Philly Nurses Opt for Pickets Over Patients

At seven o’clock this morning, 1500 RNs and staff employed by Temple University Hospital took to the picket lines after negotiations between their union PASNAP and the hospital broke down.

The key sticking points are the usual, pay increases andhealthcare benefits.

Temple said the hospital will be fully operational during the walk-off. Officials have hired 850 temporary workers to fill the gap.

The hospital said its 400 physicians are continuing to direct patient care, assisted by 3,000 other employees who are not members of PASNAP, and the “fully qualified, licensed and credentialed temporary nurses and allied-health professionals who are replacing striking employees.”

Union officials, on the other hand, said rates the hospital is paying to those temporary workers will cost Temple millions that could have instead been used to settle contract disputes.

After the work stoppage began, administrators invited striking employees to return subject to the terms set forth in the hospital’s final offer, promising anyone who accepted that they could resume work.

As required by law, PASNAP did provide the hospital with a 10-day strike notice, which gave the hospital time to recruit staff to replace the strikers.

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Humor Warning: Obama Signs Executive Order Granting Unions Religious Status

From our inbox moments ago…

Knowing that, left alone, the title of this post would cause much consternation, we provided the “humor warning” to ensure there is no confusion that this is a spoof*:

Obama Signs Executive Order Granting Unions Religious Status

Newly appointed labor appointee Craig Pecker, sporting a gold fez and holding the spear of destiny, pulled President Obama out of his pocket long enough for him to sign an executive order to grant Labor Unions religious status.

Political experts were shocked at the act but not because it was audacious, insulting, and/or ridiculous. Their confusion came from the fact that Obama had already done this with his first executive order, once inaugurated, over a year ago and just moments before he was awarded the Nobel Peace prize.

Mr. Obama said something about his campaign pledge for transparency and yes we see right through you Mr. President. Mr. Becker allowed interviews but only after a sizable donation and threats of broken arms.



* Note: It has been said that, behind every joke is a grain of truth.

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Menaces to Society? Reason Gives Three Reasons How Public-Sector Unions Are Killing the Economy

For the first-time ever, in 2009, public-sector workers belonging to unions surpassed private-sector workers who belong to unions.  This trend is likely to continue, irrespective of the fact that the SEIU is now running the National Labor Relations Board.  Moreover, as public-sector union membership swells under President Obama, the consequences to the economy will continue.

Reason’s Nick Gillespie offers three reasons why public-sector unions are helping to kill the economy [edited for brevity]:

1. They cost too much. As USA Today recently noted, federal employees make on average almost $8,000 more than their private-sector counterparts. When you add in benefits, the gap spreads to about $30,000.

2. We can’t fire them. The private sector has shed positions in response to slackening demand and the economic downturn.

3. They create a permanent lobby for expanded government and higher taxes. Look at California, where teacher unions have spent over $211 million dollars on elections in the past decade. One result is that 40 percent of California’s budget must be spent on education, regardless of the number and needs of students. Over the last 10 years, taxpayer contributions to public-sector pension funds has increased by 2000 percent!

Read the rest here or view the video.

Any way you look at it, in too many cases, it appears that today’s public-sector unions are quickly making themselves menaces to society.

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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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SEIU threatens to take Houston’s janitors on strike

From the Houston Chronicle:

The labor agreement covering 3,200 Houston janitors expires at midnight without a new contact in place, but they’ll keep working for now.

A union representative said negotiations will continue Wednesday because scheduling conflicts kept representatives of the janitors and commercial cleaning companies from meeting earlier.

About 1,800 janitors who are represented by the Service Employees International Union signed petitions vowing to go on strike if necessary, said union spokeswoman Leslie Mendoza Kamstra.

The janitors are seeking higher wages and fully paid health benefits, she said. They earn $7.75 an hour, which is 50 cents more than the federal minimum wage, and pay $20 a month for health care.

Actually, the unionized janitors only make $7.65 an hour, since the SEIU takes $0.10 an hour in union dues.

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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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Prudential’s Rock Slides $100 Million on ObamaCare Costs

Adding to the growing (and updated) list of companies (and their workers) who are paying the price of ObamaCare, we can now throw Prudential Financial onto the heap.

Insurer Prudential Financial Inc. said Monday that it will take a $100 million charge in the first quarter in relation to the recent health care overhaul legislation.

The life insurance and annuities provider said in a regulatory filing that it will take the charge against earnings in the first quarter.

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Prudential said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that the health bill signed into law by President Barack Obama last week and a companion measure he is expected to sign Tuesday will reduce its tax deduction for retiree health care costs beginning in 2013.

Companies that provide prescription drug benefits for retirees have been getting subsidies covering 28 percent of eligible costs but could deduct everything they spent on the benefits — including the federal money — from their taxable income.

Not surprisingly, Henry Waxman’s nostrils flared at the news.

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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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On UAW Membership Losses: Tell us how you really feel…

Yesterday, we reported on the UAW losing tens of thousands more members in 2009.  Today, the Detroit Free Press has a letter to the editor worth sharing:

In the March 30 article “UAW membership sinks to post-WWII low,” the statement “auto bankruptcies cost it (the union) jobs in manufacturing” is a lie, used to front a story when bankruptcies are only two years old and the decline has been going on for the past 20 years. The government destroyed the unions by changing the work rules and laws to make workers disposable. First with NAFTA and then paying manufacturers via foreign investment tax credits to go overseas for cheap labor to favored trading countries such as China and calling it a world market. A true lockout.

The final straw was allowing temporary workers and workers willing to work for half the wages and no benefits.

The union used to call them scabs, and now they are welcomed. All those who fought and died for the American dream of a piece of the pie have been betrayed by greed and avarice, the new American way of defeating union brotherhood and solidarity forever.

Paul Heller
Washington



While Mr. Heller blames the government, more likely the decline of the UAW is due to competition from more efficient automakers. 


Perhaps Mr. Heller should have questioned the ‘greed and avarice’ of his union sooner.


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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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An ACORN is an ACORN (even if it’s shaped like cashew).

Last week, we reported to you that the ACORN tree has allegedly fallen and the little nuts were scattering.  However, we also warned not to crack the bubbly just yet.

Well, turns out we were right.

Matthew Vadum over at Breitbart’s Big Journalism has posted this interesting little piece about ACORN’s effort to re-brand itself into other nutty groups.

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Even if you take all of the nuts out of the tree and scatter them around, the problem is you’ve just planted a whole lot of nutty trees.

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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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