Union spending for Obama, Democrats could top $400 million in 2012 election

Feb 22, 2012 Full story: Star Tribune 22

Unions say they are gearing up to spend more than $400 million to help re-elect President Barack Obama and lift Democrats this election year in a fight for labor's survival.

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Right On

Omaha, NE

#2 Feb 22, 2012
Excellent sterco!
Dances with Wolves

Baltimore, MD

#3 Feb 22, 2012
sterco wrote:
I have informed my Union that if they support Obama I will be a dues objector. Paying only what is necessary to handle my contract negotiations. I am a forty year Union member who is fed up with Democratic support and I damn sure am not the only one!!!
You are certainly not the only one. Unions were formed to protect the rights of employees from being exploited by the employer. Overtime pay. Paid leave. Medical benefits. Nothing in there suggests that your dues should support any political candidate.

Of course, most of us know how it works. The Union supports the candidate that will, in turn, support the Union with the use of taxpayer funds. It's inherently corrupt and that sort of exchange should not be endorsed by the workers, who are also taxpayers. As individuals, we can support the candidate of our choice, but for an organization that collects dues from individuals in exchange for worker representation, the Union should not "presume" that all members support the rank and file candidate.

Since: Sep 08

Placitas, NM

#4 Feb 22, 2012
sterco wrote:
I have informed my Union that if they support Obama I will be a dues objector. Paying only what is necessary to handle my contract negotiations. I am a forty year Union member who is fed up with Democratic support and I damn sure am not the only one!!!
IF you really are a 40 year union member, you are an old fart....ready to retire and enjoy your retirement with all the the liberal 'entitlements' and union bennies you've earned.

But you are a selfish bastard who wants to those behind you to loose what your predecessors fought (and some died)for after you've enjoyed the benefits.
Dee Dee Dee

Emmaus, PA

#5 Feb 22, 2012
Most unions no longer look out for the workers but instead they are looking out for the union leaders. Just as most politicians are no longer looking out for the voters. Their main concern is themselves, their party and their major contibutors.

“Gloria Ad Caput Venire”

Since: Jan 08

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#6 Feb 22, 2012
sterco wrote:
I have informed my Union that if they support Obama I will be a dues objector. Paying only what is necessary to handle my contract negotiations. I am a forty year Union member who is fed up with Democratic support and I damn sure am not the only one!!!
You do not stand alone.....
positronium

Anonymous Proxy

#7 Feb 22, 2012
Withholding of dues or earmarking all dues just for basic membership until after the elections could work....They are beholden to the membership first and formost......
positronium

Anonymous Proxy

#8 Feb 22, 2012
Isn't the neutral block the largest block?
Bazinga

Newport Beach, CA

#9 Feb 22, 2012
Dee Dee Dee wrote:
Most unions no longer look out for the workers but instead they are looking out for the union leaders. Just as most politicians are no longer looking out for the voters. Their main concern is themselves, their party and their major contibutors.
I have to totally agree woth you on this.
positronium

Anonymous Proxy

#10 Feb 22, 2012
PlacitasRoy wrote:
<quoted text>
IF you really are a 40 year union member, you are an old fart....ready to retire and enjoy your retirement with all the the liberal 'entitlements' and union bennies you've earned.
But you are a selfish bastard who wants to those behind you to loose what your predecessors fought (and some died)for after you've enjoyed the benefits.
Aren't gains kept and non revokable?
Oh My

Kansas City, MO

#13 Feb 22, 2012
PlacitasRoy wrote:
<quoted text>
IF you really are a 40 year union member, you are an old fart....ready to retire and enjoy your retirement with all the the liberal 'entitlements' and union bennies you've earned.
But you are a selfish bastard who wants to those behind you to loose what your predecessors fought (and some died)for after you've enjoyed the benefits.
Pizzy mood again? Why do you pretend to care about what Americans fought and some died for as you support the illegal invasion of our country? Clearly you only care about union workers?

Since: Aug 11

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#17 Feb 22, 2012
Unionssuck wrote:
Unions are a Cancer in the body of America that need's to be removed.
hey Unionssuck you need go over to the Chrysler Forum and do some explaining here is the link

http://www.topix.com/forum/autos/chrysler

Since: Aug 11

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#22 Feb 22, 2012
Unionssuck wrote:
Commies and Union, Same thing both hate America
your right, Unions do advocate communism, thats what we have been trying to tell them over there on the Chrysler forum. basically a union is nothing more that a Commune.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commune

intentional community of people living together, sharing common interests, property, possessions, resources, and, in some communes, work and income. In addition to the communal economy, consensus decision-making, non-hierarchical structures and ecological living have become important core principles for many communes

Since: Aug 11

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#23 Feb 22, 2012
truthforu2 wrote:
<quoted text> That is not the issue, Unions should stay the hell out of politics. Do Gays have their own union ,Roy?
that is so true.

Since: Aug 11

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#25 Feb 22, 2012
sterco wrote:
I have informed my Union that if they support Obama I will be a dues objector. Paying only what is necessary to handle my contract negotiations. I am a forty year Union member who is fed up with Democratic support and I damn sure am not the only one!!!
I agree, you wont hear those on the Chrysler Forums say that, they believe everything that UAW tells them.

http://www.topix.com/forum/autos/chrysler

Since: Aug 11

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#26 Feb 22, 2012
Dee Dee Dee wrote:
Most unions no longer look out for the workers but instead they are looking out for the union leaders. Just as most politicians are no longer looking out for the voters. Their main concern is themselves, their party and their major contibutors.
I agree, Union have turned into & operate just like a business, their in it anymore for the money for a select few to profit, and really dont operate in the interest of the worker anymore like the used to.

Since: Aug 11

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#27 Feb 22, 2012
Dances with Wolves wrote:
<quoted text>
You are certainly not the only one. Unions were formed to protect the rights of employees from being exploited by the employer. Overtime pay. Paid leave. Medical benefits. Nothing in there suggests that your dues should support any political candidate.
Of course, most of us know how it works. The Union supports the candidate that will, in turn, support the Union with the use of taxpayer funds. It's inherently corrupt and that sort of exchange should not be endorsed by the workers, who are also taxpayers. As individuals, we can support the candidate of our choice, but for an organization that collects dues from individuals in exchange for worker representation, the Union should not "presume" that all members support the rank and file candidate.
unions have changed but 120 years they were really needed which I agree.

The War between Capital and Labor

Because we live in an age in which workers are protected by federal and state laws as well as by sound business practices, it is hard for us to imagine a time when workers—especially unskilled, often immigrant workers—were completely at the mercy of their employers.(The plight of many illegal immigrant workers today may be comparable; however, without legal status, they have little recourse to assistance in case of unfair practices.) As we mentioned above, before the industrial age factories and workplaces were small enough that the owner knew everyone by name and often worked alongside his or her employees. The age of the modern factory and impersonal management changed all that, and the patent unfairness with which workers were treated became scandalous. For example, if a worker was injured on the job by faulty machinery, there was no mechanism for obtaining compensation. If a worker sued, he or she had to prove that it was not his or her own negligence that caused the accident. It is very difficult to prove a negative in such circumstances.

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http://www.academicamerican.com/recongildedag...

“A Nation of Legal Immigrants”

Since: Nov 07

Lake City Florida,/ Nebraska

#28 Feb 24, 2012
PlacitasRoy wrote:
<quoted text>
IF you really are a 40 year union member, you are an old fart....ready to retire and enjoy your retirement with all the the liberal 'entitlements' and union bennies you've earned.
But you are a selfish bastard who wants to those behind you to loose what your predecessors fought (and some died)for after you've enjoyed the benefits.
Govt to lose $14B of auto bailout funds

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration said Wednesday that the government
will lose about $14 billion in taxpayer funds from the bailout of the U.S.
auto industry.
In a report from the president's National Economic Council, officials said
that figure is down from the 60 percent the Treasury Department originally
estimated the government would lose following its $80 billion bailout of
Chrysler and General Motors in 2009.

The report's release coincides with the administration's efforts to tout the
bailout's role in the revitalization of the U.S. auto industry after last
week's announcement that Chrysler is repaying $5.9 billion in U.S. loans and
a $1.7 billion loan from the Canadian government. Those payments cover most
of the federal bailout money that saved the company after it nearly ran out
of cash in and went through a government-led bankruptcy.

GM previously announced that it had repaid a little more than half of the
$50 billion it received in federal aid.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said U.S. auto companies are now at the
forefront of a comeback in American manufacturing.

"We cannot guarantee their success, and at some point they may stumble. But
we've given them a better shot," Geithner wrote in an opinion piece in
Wednesday's edition of The Washington Post.

"While we will not get back all of our investments in the industry, we will
recover much more than most predicted, and far sooner," he wrote.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110601/ap_on_re_... --

“A Nation of Legal Immigrants”

Since: Nov 07

Lake City Florida,/ Nebraska

#29 Feb 24, 2012
Obama bails out Chrysler and this is how they repay the American Tax payers!

Chrysler Auto Workers Busted

myFOXDetroit.com Staff - We're all rooting for the auto industry to come
back stronger than ever. It affects every one of us here in metro Detroit
and across the country because it's so important to our economy.

Fox 2's Rob Wolchek got a tip about what some guys are doing at Chrysler's
Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit. This is the same plant that
President Barack Obama visited back in July and talked about the
significance of manufacturing in America.

The same place where the President remarked on the tax-payer generated
government loan saying "I believed that if each of us were willing to work
and sacrifice in the short term -- workers, management, creditors,
shareholders, retirees, communities -- it could mark a new beginning for a
great American industry. And if we could summon that sense of teamwork and
common purpose, we could once again see the best cars in the world designed,
engineered, forged, and built right here in Detroit, right here in the
Midwest, right here in the United States of America."

Read rest of story below:

http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/dpp/news/chrysler...

“A Nation of Legal Immigrants”

Since: Nov 07

Lake City Florida,/ Nebraska

#30 Feb 24, 2012
Unions Calling in Their Chits

by Linda Chavez

"Our current employer-provided health insurance dates back to World War II,
when FDR's National War Labor Board tried to impose wage and price controls
to stem inflation during the war boom years.

But the board found it easier
to impose price controls than effective wage controls since it was possible
to simply shift pay increases from cash into employer-provided benefits like
health insurance.

Such benefits were exempt from the board's control and
weren't subject to taxes, making employer-provided health insurance even
more attractive.

As a result, unions began demanding generous health care benefits as part of
their bargaining strategy, which is why so many of the Cadillac health care
plans cover unionized workers -- literally since the kind of plan envisioned
is exactly what General Motors provided its workers.

Read rest of story below:

http://townhall.com/columnists/LindaChavez/20...

Since: Aug 11

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#31 Feb 24, 2012
This just proves how the Unions have changed

Detroit Auto Workers Busted on the Job Drinking Beer- Smoking Weed on Break

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