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Warren Goes All In for Unions: Eliminate Right-to-Work, ‘Remake’ Federal Courts

Warren Goes All In for Unions: Eliminate Right-to-Work, ‘Remake’ Federal Courts

The millionaire candidate preaches against evil corporations once again, but makes no mention of the corruption and lies deep inside these beloved unions.

https://youtu.be/BxVoXVwriOM?t=1195

2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) continues to showcase her love for big government and socialist ideas. Now she has an idea she considers “the most progressive and comprehensive agenda for workers since the New Deal.”

Warren released her latest plan to bolster unions, which would eliminate right-to-work laws in states, $15-an-hour minimum wage, and “remake” federal courts with nominees who take a pledge to “support working people.”

Warren’s Plan

Warren, who is worth $12 million and resides in a #3 million home, splattered the plan with her usual dog whistles blasting corporations, Wall Street, the rich, etc.

The senator believes her plan will “empower workers and raise wages.” The details offer a different story based in fantasyland similar to her Medicare-for-All plan.

According to Warren, the collapse of unions caused workers to lose protections. She blames it on “giant corporations and their allies in Washington and in state governments.” Of course, the unions share non of the blame:

A key reason is the systematic attack on unions by giant corporations and their allies in Washington and in state governments. The percentage of unionized workers has plummeted from roughly 35% to just over 10% since the 1950s, leaving too many workers without a strong voice in the workplace. But the problem goes beyond this frontal assault. Decades of accumulating decisions in corporate boardrooms and in Washington have shifted more and more power into the hands of Wall Street managers, CEOs, and other elites – and money along with it.

We cannot have a truly democratic society with so little power in the hands of working people. We cannot have sustained and inclusive economic growth without a stronger labor movement. That’s why returning power to working people will be the overarching goal of my presidency.

Here’s a disturbing portion. Warren wants to “remake” federal courts with nominees who pledge to “support working people.” She wrote:

That starts at the top: I pledge as President to nominate a demonstrated advocate for workers to fill any Supreme Court vacancy. We can’t afford more decisions from the Supreme Court and appellate courts that strip workers of rights and hand more power to corporations.

Basically Warren wants the federal government to control all these evil corporations through regulations and rules. These labor rights must extend to all employees, which means she wants to eliminate the term “independent contractors.” Graduate students will also be known as employees. She wants to expand the definition of “employee” so those at franchises can unionize. Her plan also expands the definition of “supervisor,” which means anyone who worked under that term may join one.

Then comes the attack on right-to-work states because God forbid people choose not to join a union or pay dues to the union they do not join:

Prohibiting states from enacting so-called “right to work” laws: Twenty-eight states currently have “right to work” laws, which prohibit unions and employers from agreeing that any employee who benefits from a union contract should have to pay dues to support the union. These state laws deprive union treasuries of funds needed to represent workers, bargain contracts, and organize new workers, and are associated with significantly lower wages for workers. I’ve led the fight to repeal the federal law that permits states to pass these anti-worker laws, and enacting that change will be a top priority of mine as President.

Warren then promises a $15-an-hour minimum wage for all workers, reviving the mandatory overtime pay, and protect pensions. She also promises to help union workers smoothly transition to her socialist Medicare for All socialist plan.

The Truth

In Warren’s utopia world everyone is the same. Every person has the same needs and wants. Individuality does not exist. Warren wants to force people to work something like eight-hour days. What if I want to work 12 hours? What if I want to put in the extra time?

John Stossel pointed out on September 4 that at one point we needed unions, but now many leaders are corrupt and incite violence:

When I worked for ABC, delivery trucks for the New York Daily News were attacked with sticks, stones and fire on the first day of a strike. Some drivers were beaten.

Not satisfied with attacking the company and threatening violence against “scabs” who want to work, union protestors threatened newsstands that continued to sell the Daily News. Protestors seized copies of the paper and set them on fire.

Police did little to quell the violence.

No wonder many companies prefer to work with nonunion labor.

Will Warren do anything when confronted with this ugly truth about unions? Look at the United Auto Workers (UAW) in Detroit, MI. The policies from the union “have hurt more than just blue-collar workers” and “helped destroy Detroit’s economy.”

The feds investigated the UAW for four years, which led to numerous raids, including the home UAW President Gary Jones. The investigation “secured prison sentences for eight people connected to the union, Fiat Chrysler, and Automobiles NV.”

Authorities supposedly “have evidence of blatant corruption, including ‘wads’ of cash and files that confirm long-held suspicions that the union’s leaders spent workers’ dues on vacations, private villas in Palm Springs, and other luxuries.” The investigation expanded into the possibility those “union leaders made money from tax-exempt nonprofit organizations connected to the UAW and kept cash from union funds intended to pay for flowers for workers’ funerals.”

All in all, the people may face “charges under federal racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations [RICO] laws.”

If convicted the UAW faces federal oversight. The feds had federal oversight of the Teamsters after domination from the Mafia for 30 years. Get this. The oversight forced the Teamsters “to adopt new election practices and fairer wages.”

Ironic, isn’t it?

Google “union corruption” and you’ll find numerous stories of corrupt unions taking advantage of the “little people” they swore to protect.

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Unions – such a good deal that you have to use the law to force people to be part of them!

“These state laws deprive union treasuries of funds needed to represent workers, bargain contracts, and organize new workers, and are associated with significantly lower wages for workers…”

…the funds needed to represent THE DEMOCRAT PARTY…..

FIFY

As a law professor, she should know better than to expect judges to tell everyone how they’ll rule on issues in the future. But for a liberal like her, I guess the law goes out the window.

I wonder why Lizzie thinks she needs to do this – perhaps to bolster her standing on the left? These are votes she has already.

“These state laws deprive union treasuries of funds needed to represent workers,”
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If the unions were actually representing the workers’ interests and doing so effectively, then there would be no need for a law forcing workers to join the unions — they’d want to join. But in fact, the unions are serving themselves and their corrupt leadership, and the workers see this which is why so many now want no part of the unions.

But keep running your pie hole, Lizzie. The more you talk, the better the American people can see what an anti-American crackpot and fraud you really are.

I’ve carried two union cards in my life. Never again. During a summer break from college, the only job I could find was a bagger at a grocery store. It was considered part time (20 hours a week) work. I had to join the UFCW. One week, people were calling off work and I was asked to come in a couple extra days. I ended up clocking close to 40 hours. The next week, the union steward came in and reamed the front end manager publicly because “that new guy” had so many hours. Nevermind that people with higher seniority didn’t want to work. She had to cut my hours to next to nothing. Shortly after that, the union hit my paycheck for an initiation fee, that made my take home pay about $3.

After graduation, my first job was in state government. I had to join the American Federation of Teachers. I was told that if I didn’t want to join the union, I’d still pay the union an “agency fee” (same as dues) for “negotiating my wages”. So I joined the union. A couple years later, when the local political patronage people came knocking for their cut of my wages, I complained to the local union president. She said there was nothing the union could do about that.

Needless to say, I said good bye to union jobs after that. The dollars that I paid in union dues (plus the associated payroll taxes on those dollars) will never benefit me. I may as well have been paid less.

If you belong to a union, pay attention to the wages and perks the leadership gets. Ask them how many union executives worked in your industry and truly understand the plight of the worker. Ask them how many people in the union staff belong to the union. I think you’ll figure out very quickly who is really exploiting the workers.

well at least she can’t get fired from running for potus for being preggers amirite?
shes just a really bad liar, forgts to make sure what lies are refuted by her own interviews years ago.

sounds a lot like fascism to me.

’empower workers and raise wages’

Newspeak for “tank the economy and create double-digit unemployment.”

The trouble with unions is that two people X and Y should not have greater rights against Z by joining than they have separately. In particular they can’t force Z to negotiate only with them.

Once that’s ruined, nothing works.

I’m confused, does she want to “help” working people or the unions?

The Friendly Grizzly | October 3, 2019 at 6:09 pm

“Police did little or nothing…”

Cops are union. What did anyone expect?

Most union membership is now comprised of public-sector employees. Attack them, and watch unions disappear.

A former colleague left my old place to work for a local union. So it was great to find out a while later the union fired him. Sweet irony.

JackinSilverSpring | October 3, 2019 at 6:15 pm

If Fauxcahontas wants better wages for lower paid workers why doesn’t she support President Trump’s border wall? Can’t she connect the dots that more foreign workers mean lower wages for lower paid workers? Also doesn’t she realize that pushing a $15 minimum wage is going to hasten automation and lower paid workers will get no wage? The cognitive dissonance here is appalling.

I thought Hitler was dead!

A union story: a fellow at a paper mill in Wisconsin called crime stoppers with a tip about the theft of a coil of copper, pretty dear stuff. The local police asked union officials to listen, to see if they could I’d the fellow. They did. The next day the remorseful fellow tied his hands behind his back, beat his own face, and committed suicide by tying a 75 pound weight to his neck and jumping in a deep vat if wood pulp. They found his body when cleaning the vat.

Unions gained power to counter evil corporations. Many laws now help keep evil corporations in check. Not all corporations are evil, and not every union is bad. But some employees really need to be fired.

To me, the story below pretty much tells one everything he needs to know about unions

“Staff members of the Service Employees International Union, one of the nation’s largest labor organizations, have accused it of union-busting and mounted a stepped-up campaign against it in the last week. The staffers have walked out, hung a banner from the union’s Washington D.C. headquarters accusing it of hypocrisy, and attacked it on social media.”

19 September 2019

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/economy/seiu-accused-of-union-busting-by-its-own-staff

This is an interesting move by Warren. She desperately needs the union vote – the white male Union voters in Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

The way it’s going, tacking to the identitarian left, she’s been losing them badly.

Again, this is an interesting move. Don’t know how well it’s going to play. We’ll see.

She’s mental, a fringe candidate. That she’s a frontrunner tells you a lot about where the Dim Party is these days.

The Burnmeister has owned the union racket for the last 35 years,it was the Burlington city employees union that first backed him as mayor of Burlington.

I think Warren would be suprised at how many solid republicans are rank and file union members. Sure the big shots at the top swear fealty to dems but not at all in the trenches. I’m retired Teamster and have seen firsthand the support for Republicans. It didn’t help dems when Carter deregulated trucking industry in 1978 and cost Teamsters thousands of jobs. IIRC they endorsed Reagan both times.
I think Lizzie must be after the public sector unions. The ones that are bankrupting their state and then when they retire with their very generous pensions they move. See IL perfect example.

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