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Coming to a Church Near You: Union Protesters

Cars honk at the union protesters, drivers pump their fists in solidarity, many thinking to themselves:

Those evil, greedy, profit-loving corporate bosses are always trying to take the bread and butter from the workers’ mouths!

Oh!…

Wait a minute!…

Those union protesters aren’t picketing the offices of some nameless corporate behemoth.

They’re picketing the church on the corner!

Why?  Because the church members dared to use their money wisely and frugally and the contractor that helped on the new addition to the church was…

*gasp!*…

…a non-union contractor!

Big Government has exposed the Carpenters’ union in California protesting the Grace Baptist Church in Bakersfield…

In Bakersfield, California the local carpenters union is protesting the Grace Baptist Church for hiring a contractor who hired non-union labor. Grace Baptist Church had no control over who the contractor hired. You would think the local carpenters union would take a pass at protesting a church, but I guess not. Though the church greeted the protesters with water, coffee, cookies and candy. Do they feel bad for standing in front of a church with a “Shame On the Grace Baptist Church”?  No.

Of course, by watching the video below, there’s no telling if the union protesters are real union members or if the Carpenters outsourced the protesting jobs.  However, it does appear to be the same Carpenters’ union local that protested outside an ice cream store in nearby Arroyo Grande.

“When there’s no more room in hell, the dead shall walk the earth.” George Romero

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Union Boss Faces Up to 80 Years for Lap Dances and Embezzlement…

Six hours.  It really didn’t take that long, did it?

A former carpenters union official from Somerset County was convicted in federal court in Trenton today of pocketing $85,000 from the organization to host hundreds of lunchtime drinking sprees at go-go bars.

After deliberating less than six hours, a jury found Shawn Clark, 45, guilty of embezzlement for using the union’s American Express card during more than 450 visits over seven years to watering holes that included Johnny A’s Hitching Post in Paterson and Pure Go Go in Manville. He faces up to five years in prison for each of the 16 counts in the indictment.

“You treated that card as if it were your own – didn’t you?” Assistant U.S. Attorney V. Grady O’Malley asked Clark during a cross examination.

Clark, the ex-business manager for Local 455 of the International Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, spent hours on the stand last week arguing he was conducting union meetings at the clubs. Part of his job, he said, was drumming up union business by entertaining contractors, tradesmen and the occasional politician who felt at ease around pulsing music and dancing women.

But prosecutors said Clark, who was fired from the union in 2008, ruled the local with an “iron fist.” To help conceal his bar tabs, which occasionally exceeded $1,000, he installed a close friend as treasurer, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Romankow. The prosecutor said Clark traveled to strip clubs miles away from the union’s office in Somerville, buying untold number of beers, shots with Red Bull chasers and tiny bottles of Chardonnay for the women on stage.

Wow!  You mean 450 visits to go go bars, getting lap dances, and drinking on other people’s dime isn’t union business?  Who knew?

Well, at least he’ll have some fond memories.
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Ironic: Union Built Apartment Tower to be Torn Down for Shoddy (Union) Construction

It is no small irony that on the same day President Obama rewards his union boss buddies with a costly and discriminatory edict for construction on federal projects, called project labor agreements, that a story emerges about union-built building that must be torn down for…shoddy union construction.

First, in Washington (DC):

U.S. agencies may require contractors on public construction projects to negotiate with labor unions under a rule issued today by the Obama administration.

The rule that takes effect next month lets the government make so-called project labor agreements a requirement for contractors on U.S.-financed construction jobs that exceed $25 million.

Under the order, unions have the ability to bargain for wages, hours and work-rules in exchange for agreeing not to call a strike. Supporters of project-labor agreements say it promotes efficiency on government purchases. Opponents say the arrangements discriminate against the more than 85 percent of construction workers who aren’t union members.

Anti-competitive project labor agreements are special interest kickback schemes,” Jim Elmer, national chairman of the Associated Builders and Contractors that represents more than 25,000 firms, said in an e-mailed statement.

Meanwhile, across the nation in the other Washington:

Hundreds of residents and business owners who live and work in a modern, 25-story Belltown apartment building were told over the weekend to move out as soon as possible because of major structural flaws found in the building.

The building owner, a Seattle-based venture formed by pension funds and the local carpenters union, said it plans to demolish the high-rise.

The entity, Carpenter’s Tower, said it is too expensive to fix all the problems at the 272-unit McGuire Apartments at Second Avenue and Wall Street. Defects include corroding and rusting cables, defective reinforcements in the building’s exterior concrete and structural problems, the company said in a news release.

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Carpenter’s Tower — owned by Carpenters Union, Local 131 and the Multi-Employer Property Trust — said the problems can be traced to construction. In its news release, the company said load-bearing cable ends have corroded because they weren’t painted properly, and that builders also used the wrong type of grout, which allowed water to seep in.

Carpenter’s Tower sued the contractor, Bellevue’s McCarthy Building Companies, and the Seattle-based Hewitt Architects, in 2007, alleging negligence and failure to adhere to industry standards. McCarthy, a subsidiary of a Missouri company, in turn sued dozens of subcontractors. The court file contains thousands of pages of documents, and is scheduled for trial in September in King County Superior Court.

Funny thing is, if that’s how unions build buildings that are owned by unions, how good will the construction be using taxpayers’ money?

To learn more about discriminatory Project Labor Agreements, go here.

h/t: hickorystick
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