sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Sunday, August 31, 2014

6.7%

That's the percentage of private sector employees who are represented by a labor union. 6.7% - that's it. Big Labor no longer represents private-sector workers' interests. Instead, it has become nothing more than a big government shill that puts hard hats on to capture a public relations illusion from decades past. (IBD)

Should we discontinue Labor Day or might it be better to change the name to something more appropriate? Party Day! Trying to show that labor unions represent private sector workers these days is more or less like putting lipstick on a pig.
Before you begin to delve too deeply, recall that September 11 is the day that President Obama designated that we celebrate community organizers. Did anything happen on that day? The World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks by radical Islam 2001, The Benghazi Massacre 2012? Who would know. America follows the President's lead in putting all that behind us because it happened "a long time ago". As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said so memorably, "At this point, what difference does it make?"
Today's Big Labor supports politicians who are committed to destroying unionized mining jobs through the EPA, scoff at the value of more than 10,000 union jobs created by building the Keystone XL pipeline, and actively push for amnesty for illegal aliens who can only drive down the cost of labor, hurting wages. The gravy train these days can be found in public employee unions. A public-sector oriented union's focus will naturally be on helping politicians who support expanding the size and scope of government, even at the expense of the private-sector workforce.

Most Americans will not be thinking about any of that tomorrow when they're at the beach, in the mountains or having what fair weather fun they can before winter asserts itself. Absent that, they will be in the malls celebrating back-to-school sales or other incentives to spend money. It's the beginning of the NFL and college football seasons.



16 comments:

  1. Since the union bosses have all the money, I'd like to see them at this weekend's show.

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    1. Yes, work the deal to your advantage. They'll come swarming up from the Bay with money bulging in their pockets.

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  2. I'm a visual sort of person. Think you could upload a video clip of you putting lipstick on a pig? Just to help drive home the point? Much obliged.
    Happy Party Day!

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    1. Can you REALLY party without a pig adorned with lipstick in attendance?

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  3. Well said LL! I'm off to work, since they don't celebrate that stuff down here... But unions have caused them MANY and continuing problems (like the loss of Ford of Australia, Holden, Toyota manufacturing and others)...

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  4. Is this working holiday over yet, feels like a Monday here...

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    1. I didn't do much work, but the day generally sucked.

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  5. Labor Day turned into Dove Day, for me. Best thing for it.

    Communists hate dove hunting.

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    1. Communists hate everything that I like -- which is why I'm not one of them.

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  6. I've been apart of two "associations" that were non-mandatory, and had a nominal annual fee. They both actually got things accomplished for the employee members, and did not interfere with work…and they had no "power," but they had the respect of management, who were usually all members too. (They were public sector, so the jobs are cush to begin with, but I'm just saying'..).

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    1. As with you, I've been part of those labor associations, myself. For the most part, virulent law enforcement labor unions are created by abysmally bad management - LAPD is an example.

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