Daily Archives: May 18, 2010

Blumenthal’s Blundering Bluster: Pro-Union Attorney General Turns Out to Be a Liar

Whenever there was a picket line, he was there.  A brief to be filed on a union boss’s behalf?  He wrote it and filed it.  He was, to the say the least, union bosses’ highest friend in Connecticut’s Democrat apparatchik and, as attorney general, Richard Blumenthal aspired to higher office.

Unfortunately, like many politicians, Slippery Dick Blumenthal lied misled, repeatedly, on his resume.

At a ceremony honoring veterans and senior citizens who sent presents to soldiers overseas, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut rose and spoke of an earlier time in his life.

“We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam,” Mr. Blumenthal said to the group gathered in Norwalk in March 2008. “And you exemplify it. Whatever we think about the war, whatever we call it — Afghanistan or Iraq — we owe our military men and women unconditional support.”

There was one problem: Mr. Blumenthal, a Democrat now running for the United States Senate, never served in Vietnam. He obtained at least five military deferments from 1965 to 1970 and took repeated steps that enabled him to avoid going to war, according to records.

No word yet from the union bosses backing Blumenthal, though we suspect all will be forgiven if it looks like Slippery Dick still has a shot at winning the election.

After all, why let a little thing like honesty stand in the way of a good union candidate?
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Andy Stern’s War on Terror: NUHW insurgents inflict more damage on SEIU

Andy Stern may be gone, but his California Civil War still rages on and, in Saturday’s Washington Post, Andy used an interesting analogy metaphor comparing his union battles to the War on Terror:

“It’s a tragedy in terms of how the money was spent, but a necessity in terms of preserving the organization’s integrity,” he said. “I don’t want to analogize this, but there is not enough money you can spend in America to protect us from terrorists. And you know, sometimes you have to spend money to protect the integrity of the institution from its own version of self-righteousness and terrorism.”

To compare fellow unionists to terrorists is an interesting choice of terminology.  Especially since the latest battle between the SEIU and its former local (now known as the National Union of Healthcare Workers), the purple behemoth lost another election to the union “insurgency”:

Caregivers at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital have voted to leave Service Employees International Union and join the rival National Union of Healthcare Workers.

Results, announced Monday after three weeks of voting by mail, shows 408 votes for the health care union, 242 votes for SEIU, and 13 votes for no union. The local union represents more than 830 workers, including respiratory care practitioners, licensed vocational nurses, certified nursing assistants, clerical workers and others.

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The election for NUHW “is our second-biggest hospital election,” said Sadie Crabtree, a spokeswoman for the union. About 2,600 Kaiser Permanente health workers in Southern California have voted to go with the new union. NUHW is working toward an election that would ask 47,000 Kaiser workers throughout the state if they want to change unions. Workers at more than 360 facilities have petitioned to join NUHW in the last 15 months, and most are still waiting for their elections, Crabtree said.

With Stern now gone, it will be interesting to see if the SEIU’s new president, Mary Kay Henry, will be able to contain the Iraq NUHW insurgents.
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