Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Union Uses Unemployed To Push Political Agenda

Union Uses Unemployed To Push Political Agenda
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) has been quite aggressive with its recruiting as of late. In case you missed it, I recently reported that the IAM has "salts", paid union officials whose job is to recruit union members, operating in the new SC Boeing plant. Now, the IAM is "unionizing" the unemployed. From the Daily Caller:
America’s jobless are unionizing, or at least furthering an agenda of one of the nation’s biggest unions. The Union of Unemployed (UCubed) Activists is an Internet-centric “community service project” of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) — one of the country’s largest industrial trade unions.
Okay, sounds harmless enough. The unemployed could use all of the assistance they can get, right? The IAM might succeed in gaining a few new pledges through this campaign, but such a small percentage of the assisted unemployed would be applying for aerospace jobs that the threat of union expansion would be negligible. So the campaign is just good PR, right? Read on.
“Our objective is to pull together unemployed Americans in a way that allows them to connect, communicate and press their political leaders for policies that will get them back to work,” Rick Sloan, UCubed’s executive director and IAM communications director, told The Daily Caller.
Ah ha! The IAM is offering assistance to the unemployed in exchange for political infantry work. What's the agenda? Pushing for government-funded manufacturing and construction projects that would potentially utilize union work! Specifically, New Deal projects:
The group is currently pushing passage of New Jersey Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s recent “21st Century WPA Act” to reinstate the New Deal employment program and Ohio Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur’s attempt to rejuvenate another New Deal program with her “21st Century Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Act”. 
So the IAM is amassing instant grassroots support of keynesian Great Depression programs from which unions would directly benefit! The annual cost of these programs? $250 billion and $16 billion, respectively.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Mr. Schiff Returns To Washington

Incredibly, after having laid down the smack during his 2011 jobs bill testimony, Congress invited Mr. Schiff to testify about proposed subprime mortgage lending mandates that would require Fannie and Freddie to assume more toxic debt. Schiff, by the way, was the only person testifying who wasn't a lobbyist for subprime lenders.