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Unions Push Unemployment ‘Extension’

From The Hill:

Union ramps up jobs bill push

By Michael O’Brien – 05/24/10

Organized labor is ramping up pressure on lawmakers to support a jobs bill that’s likely to come up for a vote this year.

The AFL-CIO put House members on notice that a planned vote this week on the "Promoting American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act" would be key in the union’s endorsement and election-year decisions.

The legislation, which costs around $180 billion, would extend some expired programs and benefits, provide some tax breaks and provide a temporary "doc fix" long sought by lawmakers.

That sentence should read: “would extend some expired [unemployment] programs and [unemployment] benefits.” But oddly enough the word ‘unemployment’ doesn’t appear once in this article.

"Our message this week is, ‘If you aren’t for this bill, you aren’t for jobs. Period,’ " an AFL-CIO spokesman said.

Right. Extending unemployment benefits for another six months on top of two years is all about “jobs.”

The vote would be central in the labor group’s work through November, in an election cycle where the AFL-CIO has already played aggressively. The union has spent heavily to bolster Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter’s Democratic primary challenge to Sen. Blanche Lincoln.

"Arkansas shows we are dead serious about only supporting D’s who stand with workers," the spokesman said.

Other labor groups have also said they planned to spend around $100 million on behalf of Democrats this year.

$100 million is the tip of the iceberg.

Meanwhile, the Democrats and the Obama administration are doing all they can to prevent corporations from contributing one thin dime.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, May 24th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Unions Push Unemployment ‘Extension’”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Classic example of how to keep the peasants
    and do nothings stupid and dumber.

    “YOU AREN’T DOING US ANY FAVORS PAL!!”
    Unions………Grrrrrrrrrrr

  2. bobdog says:

    In related news today,

    “A Democratic senator is introducing legislation for a bailout of troubled union pension funds. If passed, the bill could put another $165 billion in liabilities on the shoulders of American taxpayers.

    “The bill, which would put the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation behind struggling pensions for union workers, is being introduced by Senator Bob Casey, (D-Pa.), who says it will save jobs and help people.”

    http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2010/05/24/lawmaker-introduces-b-union-pension-bailout/

    Mmm-mmm-mmm.

    • BannedbytheTaliban says:

      Perhaps the ‘Union’ should have put more of the money they confiscated from the ‘workers’ towards pensions instead of supporting corrupt politicians. (Had to use the famous BBC quotes, we all know that unions are anything but and the people they represent do nothing that resembles work.)

    • Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

      Hey Banned,

      Careful with that “broad brush”. Not all union “members”, such as myself, are in that situation voluntarily.

    • BannedbytheTaliban says:

      I was union once. I was 16 and worked in a supermarket. They paid me well above min wage, but after the ‘dues’ I was making less. Basically they were milking the supermarket out of their money and me out of what I should have been making at minimum wage. That is when I lived in Delaware and you were forced to join the union. I don’t know how that is legal given unions are really nothing more than fund raising organizations for the DNC. Even at 16 that pissed me off.

      If someone is a voluntary member in a right to work state, more power to you. I’ve seen where unions can be a good thing, like back in the 1920s. But like every other socialist organization, they don’t know when to stop. Once they have achieved fair compensation and benefits, they continue to rape the company/country of more benefits so they can stay relevant. They can’t just rest on their laurels and expect the workers to stand by and give up their money.

  3. JohnMG says:

    …..”The AFL-CIO put House members on notice that a planned vote this week on the “Promoting American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act” would be key in the union’s endorsement and election-year decisions……”

    How nice it is to see the democraats getting a taste of the same medicine that conservative Republicans have had to deal with from their own centrist-moderate wing for years. Namely, who are the unions going to support if they don’t vote democrat? Republicans?

    Couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch of jerks.

  4. proreason says:

    Where is the outcry to regulate unions?

    Aren’t unions the largest ‘businesss’ entities in the country?

    Don’t they have more control over workers than any private business?

    Don’t they have more political influence than any private business?

    Haven’t they recked more havoc on the economy than any private business?

    Aren’t they a bigger monopoly than any monopoly the country has ever seen?

    They need to be broken up and their power taken away.

    • JohnMG says:

      In a sane world they would be squashed like the cockroaches they are. But we know the inmates are running the place.

      Now, though only about 8% of the population are union members, and since their pension plans are in a shambles due to gross negligence, mis-management, and unfettered political expenditures to the campaigns of left-wing political hacks, Obama and the brute squad are trying to prop up the failing programs. Thus, the other 92% of the taxpayers will be subsidizing these criminals. Remaining true to form, those pensioners of the failed programs, instead of being pissed at their own leadership–past and current–and holding THEM accountable for their criminal behavior, wail about the unfairness of it all and expect the government to make it all better.

      It must be GWB’s fault


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