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New UAW King wants union payback

Now, this is rich:

Bob King, the likely future president of the UAW, said union members have made tremendous sacrifices in recent years to help save the domestic automakers and the companies should be prepared to reward union members as the industry recovers.

“There was equality of sacrifice, there has got to be equality of gain,” said King, a UAW vice president who is the union’s nominee to be elected president at a constitutional convention in June.

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King, 63, made his comments following a speech Tuesday at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s automotive conference in Detroit titled, “A new role for labor? Partner and owner.”

Throughout his speech, King said the union has proved in recent years that it iscapable of adapting to new challenges in the automotive industry and working with the domestic automakers to help them through times of crisis.

In 2007, for example, the union agreed to take over the responsibility of managing retiree health care from the automakers.

Um..Bob? How about the taxpayers get paid back for bailing you guys out first?
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A Re-Run? UAW being asked for concessions at Ford

Although this was posted this morning, the video appears to be a “re-run” of sorts.  As a result, we cannot affirm whether this is new news or a dated video.

We’ll update this post as soon as we can verify the date.
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Live Standoff: Laid-Off UAW Worker Occupies Foreclosed Home

In a sense, you want to feel sorry for Keith Sadler.  Like so many others across the country, Sadler, a former UAW worker, is unemployed and facing eviction.

Mr. Sadler, who mostly has worked in factories, said he made his mortgage payments for 12 years after buying the house from his father but fell behind last year after he was off work from Dana Corp. for medical reasons. He said his mortgage holder, State Bank and Trust Co. of Defiance, promised to work with him.

“They said they were going to try to work out a plan for people like me,” he said. “The next thing I know, I get a registered letter” saying a foreclosure action had been filed.

Ordinarily, Sadler’s dilemma would draw a huge amount of empathy (it still does, to a degree), but then the story oddly veers off to the left.

Sadler, you see, has decided that, instead of letting the banks come and take his home and his land, he would make a statement by barricading himself in his home, along with some lefties who are along for the ride.

On Monday May 3rd, Keith Sadler a former UAW Autoworker (who lost his job) of Stony Ridge will be evicted from his home. But unlike many in a similar situation, Mr. Sadler intends to resist his foreclosure and stay in his home illegally. 

“I am resisting this eviction through non-violent civil disobedience,” states Sadler. “It’s time to make a stand against this corrupt system.” 

Alongside Sadler stands a group of community members from the Toledo Foreclosure Defense League, a Northwest Ohio coalition of housing activists. TFDL is also joined by the national group Take Back the Land based out of Miami, Florida. 

Sadler, along with the Toledo Foreclosure Defense League, will be peacefully occupying the foreclosed home by sealing themselves inside until the foreclosure is called off and a moratorium on all foreclosures is enacted.

Housing is a human right. While banks are being bailed out, people are being thrown into the streets. The time has come to take back our land and our communities,” said Sadler.

Following Sunday’s press conference May 2nd at 6pm, activists will lock themselves inside until their demands are met.

Unfortunately, Mr. Sadler went from an individual with a grievance to an activist pushing a statist cause.

To that end, the the Left activist crowd has set up live streaming video of the standoff.

CAUTION: Strong Language Warning

Free live streaming by Ustream

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Jim Traficant is unwanted by the UAW

Former Congressman and convict Jim Traficant has filed to run to get his old Congressional seat back with a vow to take on the IRS.

As a popular Democrat who could pull support from other Dems, the UAW is not pleased:

“I think we’ve been embarrassed enough…over the past three or four years…as a Valley,” said Jim Graham, president of UAW Local 1112. “We don’t need a further embarrassment by electing someone who’s been in jail.”

This should be fun to watch….
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Good News, Bad News: UAW is thrilled Cat is recalling

First the good news:

Whatever it takes to thrill the leadership of United Auto Workers Local 974, the prospect that a couple thousand of its members could be back to work this year ranks near the top.

“This is definitely good news. We’re thrilled to hear it,” said Local 974 President Dave Chapman after learning that Caterpillar Inc. believes it can recall 9,000 or more of its laid-off workers worldwide — including close to 3,000 in Illinois — by the end of 2010.

Added Wes Hogsett, Local 974 bargaining chairman: “It is always good news when Caterpillar’s business picks up. That’s because our members can get back to work and get back to earning the paychecks they need to support their families.”

Now the bad news:  Caterpillar’s business is picking up due to order is mostly foreign markets.

Caterpillar chairman Jim Owens spoke during the U.S.-Saudi Arabia business summit in Chicago last week and, during a question-and-answer session, said the company believes the recalls are likely because business — particularly in foreign markets — is regaining strength.

While about 6,000 of the recalled workers are in those foreign markets, including Asia and Latin America, where the growth is strongest, thousands of workers at U.S. plants that export their products will be brought back as well. The bulk of those are in Illinois. [Emphasis added.]

In either case, though, Cat’s rehiring is good news.
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Changing America Forever: Why the AFL-CIO is really pushing "financial reform"

With outgoing SEIU president Andy Stern having forever changed America through the nationalization of health care, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka is picking up where Andy is leaving off

As President Obama goes out on the road to use his bully-pulpit to push financial reform, the AFL-CIO staged a major march on Wall Street yesterday.  As with nearly every union grassroots astroturf effort, there is always a hidden agenda.

A couple of weeks ago, we laid out the broad union agenda for the United States.  Beyond the nationalization of health care and mass unionization, another of the “visions” that unions have for America is what is referred to as European-style Participative Management.  What is the union vision of participative management?  Here is the simple definition:

Style of management that lays stress on the importance of good human relations and of workers’participation in management decision making, though such participation can vary in practice from being a hoped for safety valve for employee discontent to involving genuine consultation and even decision making. Source: European Union. 

More specifically with regard to unions, it is the installation of union bosses (or their representatives) to serve on corporate boards of directors (of publicly held companies, for now) so that the “workers’ voice” is heard.  Another way to look at it is participative management is a way for unions to determine how a company operates.


Yesterday, between 10,000 and 15,000 union astroturfers showed up en masse in lower Manhattan to allegedly protest Wall Street “greed.”


As the Gothamist points out:

[M]any Wall Street workers didn’t appreciate being generalized as greedy fat cats. Empire Wealth Management Group executive VP Jeremiah Giddings told the Post“There’s a lot of honest firms on Wall Street that are trying to do right by our clients. Protesters can’t give all of Wall Street a black eye for a few firms.”

The Post’s Andrea Peyser also called the anger “misguided,” saying the protesters were using Wall Street as a common scapegoat for their myriad problems. And Mayor Bloomberg has already called for Senate support of Wall Street, though that didn’t go so well. Still, the protest went on, starting at City Hall and marching down to the “charging bull” in Bowling Green. “We’re tired. They’ve gotten richer, but we’re still poor,” marcher Loretta Manning told the Daily News. “We’re getting poorer. It’s not fair.” People also made some pretty interesting signs, from a papier-mâché CEO pig to the simple slogan “GREED KILLS.” And of course, the Raging Grannies made an appearance.

The protesters’ anger is not “misguided,” as the Post’s Peyser assumes. It is intentional, and it is sinister.

The push for “fiancial reform” isn’t to “reform” Wall Street, it is a push to remake America’s quasi-free market system into that of a European model.

Yesterday’s assemblage of the pitchforks and torches was a purposeful march to push a bill that will put unions onto the boards of corporations, as Warner Todd Hudson notes on his Union Label blog:

Senator Chris Dodd (D, Conn.) wants to give unions more power in the boardrooms of our nation’s businesses. In essence, Dodd wants to force corporate boards under the thumb of unions by federal fiat.

Carefully hidden in Dodd’s new regulations are provisions that give new powers to board members, powers aimed at giving unions more say in the operations of businesses from the inside through investments of pension funds.

The Dodd bill takes away from the states the ability to make rules governing how corporate boards are established and run and for the first time reassigns that power to the federal government through the SEC. Democrats expect to use this new power to affect corporate boards to force pension fund investors to obtain more seats on those boards and that means union pension funds will suddenly have more influence on business simply because of their influence in Washington.

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This is just one more small step in the elimination of America’s private business community and the implementation of a quasi-socialist business state. One more anti-American arrow in Obama’s quiver shot over the bow of America.

While unions are framing the debate as an issue between “Wall Street vs. Main Street,” the reality is, this is a push to expand union influence into the boardrooms of corporations. As unions, through the auto bailouts, have already injected their representatives onto the boards of both Government General Motors and Chrysler, why stop there?

Perhaps, instead of calling it “Wall Street reform,” a more apropos term would be: A Union Takeover of Wall Street.

photo credit: The Gothamist
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Another UAW bailout is coming…

A couple of weeks ago, we posted on the giant-sucking sound that the UAW has become to America’s tax payers.

Well, the Truth About Cars blog has even more dire forewarnings than were previously reported on:

GM needs help from the government in areas that have nothing to do with the Volt as well. A recent GAO report exposing GM’s $27b in unfunded pension liabilities presents a similarly dire risk to GM’s long-term viability, and another entry on Ed Whitace’s DC to-do list. And once again, the advance guard of GM’s influence machine has already sprung into action. Senator Sherrod Brown and Rep Tim Ryan, both democrats of Ohio, have already written a letter to the Treasury [in PDF format here], urging GM’s masters to prevent the dumping of GM and/or Delphi pensions onto the struggling Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. The congressmen write:

According to the GAO, we are now facing an even greater liability in auto sector plans. The failure of additional auto sector plans would not only cost retirees tens of billions of dollars in lost benefits, it would also require the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation to assume an estimated $42 billion in unfunded liabilities. 

As a majority owner of General Motors, the U.S. government must not put itself in the pensions [sic]. It also would be a poor outcome for the U.S. taxpayer to sell our interests in the auto sector only to have the U.S. government to assume [sic] the unfunded liabilities in their pension plans. 

We would like to request a meeting with to discuss how Treasury and the Auto Task Force plan to resolve the outstanding pension issues in the auto sector and how you will ensure that the federal funding in the Automotive Industry Financing Program will protect pension plan participants and the PBGC from assuming the unfunded liabilities.  [Emphasis added.]

Since American’s are already on the hook for billions of dollars in bailouts for Detroits automakers, perhaps it’s time for someone to just say “no” when they come back to the cookie jar for more sweets.
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