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2004, George Bush, an even lower point for modern American labor than Ronald Reagan.

E.T.I. 2009

Union members spent more than $85million failing to beat President Bush. The Unions were left with less money and far fewer friends in congress. Bush appointed Union hating labor regulators and promoted anti-union policies.

After 2004, unions faced internal splits, with the SEIU and its 1.8 million members, as well as six other major unions, leaving the AFL-CIO.

The drive to destroy organized labor, started with the election of President Ronald Reagan, was, it seemed, nearly complete. It was all over.

But in 2007, three years later, labor is coming back! It is finding new muscle and remembering how to organize members and votes. The Union muscle is political. The new muscle is being flexed in the presidential campaign, and ready to reverse decades of declining membership with new friends in the White House and Congress.

Stop and look. There is hope. Democratic presidential candidates have walked a day in Union member’s shoes. Candidates not afraid to say how much the Unions have helped this country and that having a good job does not make you a terrorist. The Employee Free Choice Act passed in the House, and nearly passed in the Senate. The EFCA would allow workers to join a union by signing a card rather than going through a long campaign where they can be seen talking to the Union and where management takes every chance to frighten people only trying to feed a family, pay the rent, and pursue happiness. If Democrats get real power they will owe their position to labor not just a few currently undecided voters.

In America huge change is still possible, labor can come back, the economy can be taken from the control of just the top 1/10 of 1%.

Maybe Bush and the Republican scandals and Bushes endless war based on lies have turned out to have one good point. The Iraq war, a bad economy for the working class, the destruction of the middle class, and various Republican scandals have helped to Unite Labor and the Democrats deliver Congress to them.

Labor remains a strong force in Democratic politics due to a focused belief in betterment for everyone. The skills learned by Unions when members were shot for starting a Union have not been forgotten, just not used enough.

In the 2006 elections Unions spent millions, with most of it going to Democratic candidates. Nevada Sen. Harry Reid talked about labor in a conference call in February, one week before the Carson City presidential forum, sponsored by AFSCME, the largest of the 55 member unions in the AFL-CIO.

“Let me testify to everyone that I would not be the majority leader if it were not for you and your great union,” Reid told Gerald McEntee, president of the public employees union.

Democrats have changed.

The country has moved to the left on a range of economic issues. In 2005 1 percent of Americans controlled twenty percent of the country’s wealth. In 2005 there was more money in fewer hands since 1929.

The fear for themselves, along with rising health care costs, jobs going to China and Mexico, retirement defaults with the companies going back into business and growing rich has led to Unions being able to help elect Democrats in the Midwest to elect Democrats to public office, even with fewer members than in 2004.

Labor Listens! Labor knows what the country wants and what the country fears. Unions campaigns against Wal-Mart, one of the worst anti-labor, money is all, employees are replaceable companies has felt the sting. Even after failing to organize Wal-Mart workers, the SEIU and the United Food and Commercial Workers started campaigns in 2005 to shame the retailer into change.

Negative publicity, driven in part by Unions, has hurt Wal-Mart sales by 2 percent to 8 percent. Wal_Mart announced plans to cut the number of stores it will open.

Starting with the SEIU’s Stern, new tactics are giving labor some minor organizational successes for the first time in possibly thirty to forty years.

This is from the MSEASEIU web page:

Home Care for Maine Workers Ratify First Contract!

Home Care for Maine workers across the state voted resoundingly to approve their first contract. The ballots were counted at 6pm on August 16.

In approving this contract, Home Care for Maine has taken the last step toward becoming the newest unit here at MSEA-SEIU Local 1989.

This is the first home care contract in the nation to include paid organizational leave for workers. Please go to Http://WWW.MSEASEIU.ORG and read the whole story.

The Unions are polishing new organizational strategies and planning how best to use what we hope will be newly found influence in congress and the White House. It is not just dreams, Democratic candidates are supporting Unions as part of the economic solution to globalization and declining wages.

If we get a Democrat in the White House, we’ll get an improvement. Anything is better than what we have now, it won’t take much to see an improvement.

A Democrat in the White House will give Unions a friendlier National Labor Relations Board, one that is not supported by the richest 1%. Maybe the next president will return the rights of Unionization to the thousands of workers that had their rights stolen under the boogey man of terrorism.

The best thing that could happen is a growing membership. The Employee Free Choice Act would allow unions to organize workers by getting them to sign a card, instead of facing employer intimidation.

A card check system would help Unions organize Wal-Mart, other retailers and service industries. America could become a land where it is not a crime to earn a fair wage.

We definitely won’t get it all. Democratic victories in 2008 won’t give us all of the changes we need.

There is a fight ahead, even with a Democratic Congress and a Democratic president, it will be war. The Republicans and the richest 1% in the world will not roll over and give up.

Even if the Employee Free Choice becomes law law, unions will face the legal and political muscle of firms that have grown rich busting organizing campaigns.

Unions need to think big. Supporting national health care plan, would remove from the bargaining table one of the hardest fought battles in contract talks.

One Union, the AFL-CIO has already made Health care reform a big part of the Unions’s political platform. The SEIU co-hosted a presidential forum this year in Las Vegas devoted solely to the issue.

To be successful Unions must get the word out. Unions don’t want better wages and Health care only for themselves. That would be a formula for failure. The Union goal is more than wages and working conditions. Unions are made of Americans that want better health care, better wages, respect, and a better life for all.

If Unions have the muscle, and they must be patient and weigh the time, Congress can be encouraged to hold investigations and hearings on the law firms and retailers that have tried to avoid unions. Those hearings would be nothing new, in the late 1930s Congress investigated Union-busting activities of companies such as General Motors and Republic Steel.

No matter how happily the 2008 elections turn out Unions will not become successful solely through a President or Congress. Unions will only become successful if they organize workers and improve their jobs and their lives.

E.T.I. 2009

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August 23rd, 2007 Posted by narsbars | MSEA, MSEASEIU, SEIU, SEIU 1984, SEIU 1989, STATE EMPLOYEES, TECHNORATI, UNIONMAINE, VSEA | no comments

Who the Hell cares? I just don’t care about apathy and I didn’t vote for a democracy.

I have not gotten 500 members to sign up. I was going to quit but then I started thinking that would be one less voice to speak up. In three years I could retire so why don’t I just shut up and coast? Because I owe it to all of the Strong Union members that came before me and to all of the hard working members that will follow. I have gotten a lot of good out of State Service and I hope I have returned some good to the people of Maine. Take this as a warning, that on the “As Maine Goes” forums there is a vocal and active group of posters discussing issues and trying to take you down! I won’t be apathetic, but I recognize the reasons that so many members can’t help, and want the Union to do things for them.

It is becoming obvious that not many Union members join Union activities. Even the activists and some Union officials are saying that almost no one seems to care except when they lose a benefit or a raise is too small. Members want to be heard, they want their Union to be democratic and then they don’t realize that even a phone call could help.

Andy Stern writes, “Workers want their lives to be changed. They want strength and a voice, not some purist, intellectual, historical, mythical democracy.” This does not mean that the members want to be told what to do. They just want to be heard and they want good, strong leadership.

MSEA members want a real democracy, but there are too many of the old rules still there. If there is a real interest in union democracy, why don’t we get rid of some of the picky rules that only control not help democracy? Why do the meeting attendance rules effectively exclude over 90% of union members from running for office? We have involved, long, continuous good standing requirements which disqualify longtime union activists.

There are a lot of good points. Our Union does not try to restrict use of the internet and independent websites. We don’t limit the right of observers to watch ballot counts for contracts. We support non-members in grievances and will do as good a job as humanly possible, member or not.

After a poorly attended chapter meeting or after not getting a better contract I sometimes think that the idea of “union democracy” is a lost cause. I wonder if I should give up trying to copy Paul Revere. (They are coming to take your heath care) Apathy is so wide spread, so deep and members are just giving their votes to Union officials, or for or against legislators just to keep a job and benefits, with no concern for their fellow members. Even worse, so many don’t vote, don’t call, don’t email, don’t care.

Maybe giving up on Union democracy when things look so dark is exactly the wrong thing to do.

State employees, their families and retirees number tens of thousands of strong Maine citizens. Most people are caught up just trying to live, each day, working, trying to live on a retiree pay, keeping a roof over their heads, raising children, making the car payments, the rent or mortgage.

Life takes a lot of maintenance and can be tiring no matter how sweet your spouse or how loving your kids. These are the members that cannot participate in the Union. It looks like apathy, but it is just what we call life. If we have a strong Union democracy, with a core of activists, we can get the information to the tired, or even to the truly apathetic. We can wake up the majority and force them to face up to the critical issues of the moment. That is, democracy is an indispensable means to overcome apathy. Maybe it is time to review our rules and make it easier for more members to participate.

Remember, if you are concerned that too few are making the decisions for too many, an apathetic membership forces activists and Union officials to make decisions, sometimes without enough information.

Our Union has a lot of active, loyal members, and we could have more. I think we need the new blood to help wake up the tired and to help carry the load.

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August 21st, 2007 Posted by narsbars | MSEA, MSEASEIU, SEIU, SEIU 1984, SEIU 1989, TECHNORATI, UNION ACTIVISTS, UNIONMAINE, VSEA | one comment

Wall to Wall Mart. Here to help healthcare

E.T.I. 2009

Earlier this year, Tom Emerick, vice president of employee benefits at Wall to Wall Mart, Stores Inc., spoke to Dallas-Fort Worth executives and benefit managers about the rewards of high-deductible health plans, which require the insured to pay more of their health costs before insurance coverage begins. Wal-Mart, which employs 1.3 million in the United States, offers workers plans with deductibles ranging from $350 to $1,000, as well as ultra-high-deductible plans of up to $6,000.

An representative for the Texas Association of Health Underwriters said having employers pay 100 percent of the premiums would not rule out also having high deductibles.

A quick editorial comment “The greatest incentive for health and wellness is high deductibles,”

Never forget, if anyone tries to sell you on the reasonableness of paying “just a little bit” of your health care. They have already raised deductibles on visits, procedures and medicines. The next move will be the same as they did to the N.H. employees who are now paying just a little bit and next year just a little bit more.

Stay tuned! The elections for Union Vice President are coming up and so far we have three qualified candidates. I am inviting any of the candidates to post an election statement. If anyone has questions the candidates are free to answer.

I have one question for all of the candidates. Will you start the next contract early? The budget is already made by the time we fight for the crumbs. We need to start six months earlier, do the research, elect the teams and collect the ideas from the employees.

E.T.I. 2009

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August 19th, 2007 Posted by narsbars | MSEA, MSEASEIU, SEIU, SEIU 1984, SEIU 1989, STATE EMPLOYEES, TECHNORATI, UNIONMAINE, VSEA | no comments

"They" don’t think the Unions are weak. They are scared.

E.T.I. 2009

The claim is made over and over that the Unions are growing weaker. Membership has gone down and now it will start to go up! The fact that tens of thousands of Federal employees were denied rights to a Union because they were in Homeland Security shows that the real threat Bush was fighting was the Unions, not Osama.

The claim is made mostly to potential Union members, employees that will be voting to join a Union.


I wondered if the Unions were so weak why are they so scared? I did some research and put together information that shows what the Union haters are telling each other. They don’t seem the think the Unions are ready to fade!

They tell their employees how bad and weak the Unions are but they tell each other a different story. I have read what the corporations are telling each other. See if this sounds like they think the Unions are weak.

They are scared because the Employee Free Choice Act “EFCA” passed in the House with Both Democrat and Republican Support.

Here is a summary of what employers and “Union avoidance” experts are telling each other.

The EFCA will severely limit the right to oppose Unionization. The card checks substituting for NLRB secret ballot elections would make it too easy to start a Union.

Both the AFL-CIO and Change to Win have promised $750.000.000 for new organizing.

Union Win Rate Explodes to 60% of NLRB Elections in 2006

They pay experts to tell them they are getting bad press. They pay to learn that church leaders and elected officials don’t like lousy treatment, low pay, and having the taxpayer foot the bill for a rich employer that could afford to give employees benefits.

The avoidance experts get paid to tell the employer to have an issue free workplace and become the type of employer employees want to work for. They don’t mention anything about paying more or giving benefits.

The “Union avoidance experts teach employers how to deny first amendment rights and how to threaten employees that may use blogs, podcasts, or You Tube to broadcast messages in support of Union organizing.

I love this quote

Today’s Unions Have

Changed to Win.

_____Unions including the SEIU, UNITE-HERE, UFCW, and the Teamsters left the AFL-CIO to form CHANGE TO WIN to start aggressive new organizing. ——–the AFL-CIO threw its support to the remaining unions further bolstering union organizing efforts nationwide. The Unions have had extraordinary union organizing victories in both NLRB elections and card checks.

In 2006, Labor political activity elected the most pro-labor Congress in over 25 years. .

In 2007, EFCA passed with overwhelming support in the House by both Democrats and Republicans. This bill will be back.

Andy Stern and Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. have become the most successful labor-leaders of the last decade.

The Union’s new targets are health care, retail, elder care aids, building services, janitorial workers, nurses, telecommunications and call centers, finance and insurance, and more. Of course they still remain strong in many governmental jobs.

The Unions are fighting for health care benefits and costs, job security, employee rights, and outsourcing, by blaming corporate greed and irresponsibility.

The AFL-CIO has started HUGE political and publicity campaigns to pass union-friendly laws including EFCA, protect labor agreements, state health care mandates, local living wage laws, expanded prevailing wage laws, and state card check statutes.

Attend the training and you can learn how to define nearly anyone as a “supervisor” under the latest NLRB decision. Under the Bush NLRD a supervisor can’t be a Union member.

They go on to tell the employer that the “weak” Unions using new techniques won twice as many members as they did through the old fashion election.

E.T.I. 2009

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August 12th, 2007 Posted by Tom Maher | Uncategorized | no comments

"They" don’t think the Unions are weak. They are scared.

E.T.I. 2009

The claim is made over and over that the Unions are growing weaker. Membership has gone down and now it will start to go up! The fact that tens of thousands of Federal employees were denied rights to a Union because they were in Homeland Security shows that the real threat Bush was fighting was the Unions, not Osama.

The claim is made mostly to potential Union members, employees that will be voting to join a Union.


I wondered if the Unions were so weak why are they so scared? I did some research and put together information that shows what the Union haters are telling each other. They don’t seem the think the Unions are ready to fade!

They tell their employees how bad and weak the Unions are but they tell each other a different story. I have read what the corporations are telling each other. See if this sounds like they think the Unions are weak.

They are scared because the Employee Free Choice Act “EFCA” passed in the House with Both Democrat and Republican Support.

Here is a summary of what employers and “Union avoidance” experts are telling each other.

The EFCA will severely limit the right to oppose Unionization. The card checks substituting for NLRB secret ballot elections would make it too easy to start a Union.

Both the AFL-CIO and Change to Win have promised $750.000.000 for new organizing.

Union Win Rate Explodes to 60% of NLRB Elections in 2006

They pay experts to tell them they are getting bad press. They pay to learn that church leaders and elected officials don’t like lousy treatment, low pay, and having the taxpayer foot the bill for a rich employer that could afford to give employees benefits.

The avoidance experts get paid to tell the employer to have an issue free workplace and become the type of employer employees want to work for. They don’t mention anything about paying more or giving benefits.

The “Union avoidance experts teach employers how to deny first amendment rights and how to threaten employees that may use blogs, podcasts, or You Tube to broadcast messages in support of Union organizing.

I love this quote

Today’s Unions Have

Changed to Win.

_____Unions including the SEIU, UNITE-HERE, UFCW, and the Teamsters left the AFL-CIO to form CHANGE TO WIN to start aggressive new organizing. ——–the AFL-CIO threw its support to the remaining unions further bolstering union organizing efforts nationwide. The Unions have had extraordinary union organizing victories in both NLRB elections and card checks.

In 2006, Labor political activity elected the most pro-labor Congress in over 25 years. .

In 2007, EFCA passed with overwhelming support in the House by both Democrats and Republicans. This bill will be back.

Andy Stern and Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. have become the most successful labor-leaders of the last decade.

The Union’s new targets are health care, retail, elder care aids, building services, janitorial workers, nurses, telecommunications and call centers, finance and insurance, and more. Of course they still remain strong in many governmental jobs.

The Unions are fighting for health care benefits and costs, job security, employee rights, and outsourcing, by blaming corporate greed and irresponsibility.

The AFL-CIO has started HUGE political and publicity campaigns to pass union-friendly laws including EFCA, protect labor agreements, state health care mandates, local living wage laws, expanded prevailing wage laws, and state card check statutes.

Attend the training and you can learn how to define nearly anyone as a “supervisor” under the latest NLRB decision. Under the Bush NLRD a supervisor can’t be a Union member.

They go on to tell the employer that the “weak” Unions using new techniques won twice as many members as they did through the old fashion election.

E.T.I. 2009

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August 12th, 2007 Posted by narsbars | Uncategorized | no comments

"They" don’t think the Unions are weak. They are scared.

E.T.I. 2009

The claim is made over and over that the Unions are growing weaker. Membership has gone down and now it will start to go up! The fact that tens of thousands of Federal employees were denied rights to a Union because they were in Homeland Security shows that the real threat Bush was fighting was the Unions, not Osama.

The claim is made mostly to potential Union members, employees that will be voting to join a Union.


I wondered if the Unions were so weak why are they so scared? I did some research and put together information that shows what the Union haters are telling each other. They don’t seem the think the Unions are ready to fade!

They tell their employees how bad and weak the Unions are but they tell each other a different story. I have read what the corporations are telling each other. See if this sounds like they think the Unions are weak.

They are scared because the Employee Free Choice Act “EFCA” passed in the House with Both Democrat and Republican Support.

Here is a summary of what employers and “Union avoidance” experts are telling each other.

The EFCA will severely limit the right to oppose Unionization. The card checks substituting for NLRB secret ballot elections would make it too easy to start a Union.

Both the AFL-CIO and Change to Win have promised $750.000.000 for new organizing.

Union Win Rate Explodes to 60% of NLRB Elections in 2006

They pay experts to tell them they are getting bad press. They pay to learn that church leaders and elected officials don’t like lousy treatment, low pay, and having the taxpayer foot the bill for a rich employer that could afford to give employees benefits.

The avoidance experts get paid to tell the employer to have an issue free workplace and become the type of employer employees want to work for. They don’t mention anything about paying more or giving benefits.

The “Union avoidance experts teach employers how to deny first amendment rights and how to threaten employees that may use blogs, podcasts, or You Tube to broadcast messages in support of Union organizing.

I love this quote

Today’s Unions Have

Changed to Win.

_____Unions including the SEIU, UNITE-HERE, UFCW, and the Teamsters left the AFL-CIO to form CHANGE TO WIN to start aggressive new organizing. ——–the AFL-CIO threw its support to the remaining unions further bolstering union organizing efforts nationwide. The Unions have had extraordinary union organizing victories in both NLRB elections and card checks.

In 2006, Labor political activity elected the most pro-labor Congress in over 25 years. .

In 2007, EFCA passed with overwhelming support in the House by both Democrats and Republicans. This bill will be back.

Andy Stern and Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. have become the most successful labor-leaders of the last decade.

The Union’s new targets are health care, retail, elder care aids, building services, janitorial workers, nurses, telecommunications and call centers, finance and insurance, and more. Of course they still remain strong in many governmental jobs.

The Unions are fighting for health care benefits and costs, job security, employee rights, and outsourcing, by blaming corporate greed and irresponsibility.

The AFL-CIO has started HUGE political and publicity campaigns to pass union-friendly laws including EFCA, protect labor agreements, state health care mandates, local living wage laws, expanded prevailing wage laws, and state card check statutes.

Attend the training and you can learn how to define nearly anyone as a “supervisor” under the latest NLRB decision. Under the Bush NLRD a supervisor can’t be a Union member.

They go on to tell the employer that the “weak” Unions using new techniques won twice as many members as they did through the old fashion election.

E.T.I. 2009

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August 12th, 2007 Posted by narsbars | Uncategorized | no comments

"They" don’t think the Unions are weak. They are scared.

E.T.I. 2009

The claim is made over and over that the Unions are growing weaker. Membership has gone down and now it will start to go up! The fact that tens of thousands of Federal employees were denied rights to a Union because they were in Homeland Security shows that the real threat Bush was fighting was the Unions, not Osama.

The claim is made mostly to potential Union members, employees that will be voting to join a Union.


I wondered if the Unions were so weak why are they so scared? I did some research and put together information that shows what the Union haters are telling each other. They don’t seem the think the Unions are ready to fade!

They tell their employees how bad and weak the Unions are but they tell each other a different story. I have read what the corporations are telling each other. See if this sounds like they think the Unions are weak.

They are scared because the Employee Free Choice Act “EFCA” passed in the House with Both Democrat and Republican Support.

Here is a summary of what employers and “Union avoidance” experts are telling each other.

The EFCA will severely limit the right to oppose Unionization. The card checks substituting for NLRB secret ballot elections would make it too easy to start a Union.

Both the AFL-CIO and Change to Win have promised $750.000.000 for new organizing.

Union Win Rate Explodes to 60% of NLRB Elections in 2006

They pay experts to tell them they are getting bad press. They pay to learn that church leaders and elected officials don’t like lousy treatment, low pay, and having the taxpayer foot the bill for a rich employer that could afford to give employees benefits.

The avoidance experts get paid to tell the employer to have an issue free workplace and become the type of employer employees want to work for. They don’t mention anything about paying more or giving benefits.

The “Union avoidance experts teach employers how to deny first amendment rights and how to threaten employees that may use blogs, podcasts, or You Tube to broadcast messages in support of Union organizing.

I love this quote

Today’s Unions Have

Changed to Win.

_____Unions including the SEIU, UNITE-HERE, UFCW, and the Teamsters left the AFL-CIO to form CHANGE TO WIN to start aggressive new organizing. ——–the AFL-CIO threw its support to the remaining unions further bolstering union organizing efforts nationwide. The Unions have had extraordinary union organizing victories in both NLRB elections and card checks.

In 2006, Labor political activity elected the most pro-labor Congress in over 25 years. .

In 2007, EFCA passed with overwhelming support in the House by both Democrats and Republicans. This bill will be back.

Andy Stern and Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. have become the most successful labor-leaders of the last decade.

The Union’s new targets are health care, retail, elder care aids, building services, janitorial workers, nurses, telecommunications and call centers, finance and insurance, and more. Of course they still remain strong in many governmental jobs.

The Unions are fighting for health care benefits and costs, job security, employee rights, and outsourcing, by blaming corporate greed and irresponsibility.

The AFL-CIO has started HUGE political and publicity campaigns to pass union-friendly laws including EFCA, protect labor agreements, state health care mandates, local living wage laws, expanded prevailing wage laws, and state card check statutes.

Attend the training and you can learn how to define nearly anyone as a “supervisor” under the latest NLRB decision. Under the Bush NLRD a supervisor can’t be a Union member.

They go on to tell the employer that the “weak” Unions using new techniques won twice as many members as they did through the old fashion election.

E.T.I. 2009

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August 12th, 2007 Posted by narsbars | Uncategorized | no comments

"They" don’t think the Unions are weak. They are scared.

E.T.I. 2009

The claim is made over and over that the Unions are growing weaker. Membership has gone down and now it will start to go up! The fact that tens of thousands of Federal employees were denied rights to a Union because they were in Homeland Security shows that the real threat Bush was fighting was the Unions, not Osama.

The claim is made mostly to potential Union members, employees that will be voting to join a Union.


I wondered if the Unions were so weak why are they so scared? I did some research and put together information that shows what the Union haters are telling each other. They don’t seem the think the Unions are ready to fade!

They tell their employees how bad and weak the Unions are but they tell each other a different story. I have read what the corporations are telling each other. See if this sounds like they think the Unions are weak.

They are scared because the Employee Free Choice Act “EFCA” passed in the House with Both Democrat and Republican Support.

Here is a summary of what employers and “Union avoidance” experts are telling each other.

The EFCA will severely limit the right to oppose Unionization. The card checks substituting for NLRB secret ballot elections would make it too easy to start a Union.

Both the AFL-CIO and Change to Win have promised $750.000.000 for new organizing.

Union Win Rate Explodes to 60% of NLRB Elections in 2006

They pay experts to tell them they are getting bad press. They pay to learn that church leaders and elected officials don’t like lousy treatment, low pay, and having the taxpayer foot the bill for a rich employer that could afford to give employees benefits.

The avoidance experts get paid to tell the employer to have an issue free workplace and become the type of employer employees want to work for. They don’t mention anything about paying more or giving benefits.

The “Union avoidance experts teach employers how to deny first amendment rights and how to threaten employees that may use blogs, podcasts, or You Tube to broadcast messages in support of Union organizing.

I love this quote

Today’s Unions Have

Changed to Win.

_____Unions including the SEIU, UNITE-HERE, UFCW, and the Teamsters left the AFL-CIO to form CHANGE TO WIN to start aggressive new organizing. ——–the AFL-CIO threw its support to the remaining unions further bolstering union organizing efforts nationwide. The Unions have had extraordinary union organizing victories in both NLRB elections and card checks.

In 2006, Labor political activity elected the most pro-labor Congress in over 25 years. .

In 2007, EFCA passed with overwhelming support in the House by both Democrats and Republicans. This bill will be back.

Andy Stern and Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. have become the most successful labor-leaders of the last decade.

The Union’s new targets are health care, retail, elder care aids, building services, janitorial workers, nurses, telecommunications and call centers, finance and insurance, and more. Of course they still remain strong in many governmental jobs.

The Unions are fighting for health care benefits and costs, job security, employee rights, and outsourcing, by blaming corporate greed and irresponsibility.

The AFL-CIO has started HUGE political and publicity campaigns to pass union-friendly laws including EFCA, protect labor agreements, state health care mandates, local living wage laws, expanded prevailing wage laws, and state card check statutes.

Attend the training and you can learn how to define nearly anyone as a “supervisor” under the latest NLRB decision. Under the Bush NLRD a supervisor can’t be a Union member.

They go on to tell the employer that the “weak” Unions using new techniques won twice as many members as they did through the old fashion election.

E.T.I. 2009

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August 12th, 2007 Posted by narsbars | Uncategorized | no comments

"They" don’t think the Unions are weak. They are scared.

E.T.I. 2009

The claim is made over and over that the Unions are growing weaker. Membership has gone down and now it will start to go up! The fact that tens of thousands of Federal employees were denied rights to a Union because they were in Homeland Security shows that the real threat Bush was fighting was the Unions, not Osama.

The claim is made mostly to potential Union members, employees that will be voting to join a Union.


I wondered if the Unions were so weak why are they so scared? I did some research and put together information that shows what the Union haters are telling each other. They don’t seem the think the Unions are ready to fade!

They tell their employees how bad and weak the Unions are but they tell each other a different story. I have read what the corporations are telling each other. See if this sounds like they think the Unions are weak.

They are scared because the Employee Free Choice Act “EFCA” passed in the House with Both Democrat and Republican Support.

Here is a summary of what employers and “Union avoidance” experts are telling each other.

The EFCA will severely limit the right to oppose Unionization. The card checks substituting for NLRB secret ballot elections would make it too easy to start a Union.

Both the AFL-CIO and Change to Win have promised $750.000.000 for new organizing.

Union Win Rate Explodes to 60% of NLRB Elections in 2006

They pay experts to tell them they are getting bad press. They pay to learn that church leaders and elected officials don’t like lousy treatment, low pay, and having the taxpayer foot the bill for a rich employer that could afford to give employees benefits.

The avoidance experts get paid to tell the employer to have an issue free workplace and become the type of employer employees want to work for. They don’t mention anything about paying more or giving benefits.

The “Union avoidance experts teach employers how to deny first amendment rights and how to threaten employees that may use blogs, podcasts, or You Tube to broadcast messages in support of Union organizing.

I love this quote

Today’s Unions Have

Changed to Win.

_____Unions including the SEIU, UNITE-HERE, UFCW, and the Teamsters left the AFL-CIO to form CHANGE TO WIN to start aggressive new organizing. ——–the AFL-CIO threw its support to the remaining unions further bolstering union organizing efforts nationwide. The Unions have had extraordinary union organizing victories in both NLRB elections and card checks.

In 2006, Labor political activity elected the most pro-labor Congress in over 25 years. .

In 2007, EFCA passed with overwhelming support in the House by both Democrats and Republicans. This bill will be back.

Andy Stern and Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. have become the most successful labor-leaders of the last decade.

The Union’s new targets are health care, retail, elder care aids, building services, janitorial workers, nurses, telecommunications and call centers, finance and insurance, and more. Of course they still remain strong in many governmental jobs.

The Unions are fighting for health care benefits and costs, job security, employee rights, and outsourcing, by blaming corporate greed and irresponsibility.

The AFL-CIO has started HUGE political and publicity campaigns to pass union-friendly laws including EFCA, protect labor agreements, state health care mandates, local living wage laws, expanded prevailing wage laws, and state card check statutes.

Attend the training and you can learn how to define nearly anyone as a “supervisor” under the latest NLRB decision. Under the Bush NLRD a supervisor can’t be a Union member.

They go on to tell the employer that the “weak” Unions using new techniques won twice as many members as they did through the old fashion election.

E.T.I. 2009

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August 12th, 2007 Posted by narsbars | Uncategorized | no comments

"They" don’t think the Unions are weak. They are scared.

E.T.I. 2009

The claim is made over and over that the Unions are growing weaker. Membership has gone down and now it will start to go up! The fact that tens of thousands of Federal employees were denied rights to a Union because they were in Homeland Security shows that the real threat Bush was fighting was the Unions, not Osama.

The claim is made mostly to potential Union members, employees that will be voting to join a Union.


I wondered if the Unions were so weak why are they so scared? I did some research and put together information that shows what the Union haters are telling each other. They don’t seem the think the Unions are ready to fade!

They tell their employees how bad and weak the Unions are but they tell each other a different story. I have read what the corporations are telling each other. See if this sounds like they think the Unions are weak.

They are scared because the Employee Free Choice Act “EFCA” passed in the House with Both Democrat and Republican Support.

Here is a summary of what employers and “Union avoidance” experts are telling each other.

The EFCA will severely limit the right to oppose Unionization. The card checks substituting for NLRB secret ballot elections would make it too easy to start a Union.

Both the AFL-CIO and Change to Win have promised $750.000.000 for new organizing.

Union Win Rate Explodes to 60% of NLRB Elections in 2006

They pay experts to tell them they are getting bad press. They pay to learn that church leaders and elected officials don’t like lousy treatment, low pay, and having the taxpayer foot the bill for a rich employer that could afford to give employees benefits.

The avoidance experts get paid to tell the employer to have an issue free workplace and become the type of employer employees want to work for. They don’t mention anything about paying more or giving benefits.

The “Union avoidance experts teach employers how to deny first amendment rights and how to threaten employees that may use blogs, podcasts, or You Tube to broadcast messages in support of Union organizing.

I love this quote

Today’s Unions Have

Changed to Win.

_____Unions including the SEIU, UNITE-HERE, UFCW, and the Teamsters left the AFL-CIO to form CHANGE TO WIN to start aggressive new organizing. ——–the AFL-CIO threw its support to the remaining unions further bolstering union organizing efforts nationwide. The Unions have had extraordinary union organizing victories in both NLRB elections and card checks.

In 2006, Labor political activity elected the most pro-labor Congress in over 25 years. .

In 2007, EFCA passed with overwhelming support in the House by both Democrats and Republicans. This bill will be back.

Andy Stern and Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. have become the most successful labor-leaders of the last decade.

The Union’s new targets are health care, retail, elder care aids, building services, janitorial workers, nurses, telecommunications and call centers, finance and insurance, and more. Of course they still remain strong in many governmental jobs.

The Unions are fighting for health care benefits and costs, job security, employee rights, and outsourcing, by blaming corporate greed and irresponsibility.

The AFL-CIO has started HUGE political and publicity campaigns to pass union-friendly laws including EFCA, protect labor agreements, state health care mandates, local living wage laws, expanded prevailing wage laws, and state card check statutes.

Attend the training and you can learn how to define nearly anyone as a “supervisor” under the latest NLRB decision. Under the Bush NLRD a supervisor can’t be a Union member.

They go on to tell the employer that the “weak” Unions using new techniques won twice as many members as they did through the old fashion election.

E.T.I. 2009

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August 12th, 2007 Posted by narsbars | Uncategorized | one comment