THE COMING SEIU TSUNAMI

From the desk of Stephen Cabot: According to an article in The Wall Street Journal (www.wsj.com), the Service Employees International Union, which presently has 2 million members, intends to launch a major offensive against corporate America that will “peak in the summer of 2012.”

The Union intends to recruit new members to its ranks in 10 to 15 major American cities, including Cleveland, Milwaukee, Miami, and Detroit. Its recruitment efforts will take place at political primary events, town hall meetings, and other gatherings. No doubt, its focus will be at Democratic Party events, for the SEIU is a stalwart contributor to Democratic candidates. In the last presidential election, the SEIU spent $70 million! It is reportedly prepared to spend tens of millions of dollars on its aggressive new recruitment efforts.

Many of its members are public sector workers who will receive inordinately large pensions upon their retirement, which will further contribute to the near bankruptcy of states. The Union, obviously, hopes to defeat any legislative measures that will curtail the size of those tax-payer funded pensions. Hence, its forthcoming efforts to beef up its membership rolls and deliver the maximum number of votes to its Democratic allies in 2012.

It is essential that both legislators and Corporate America prepare effective survival strategies to defeat the deleterious efforts of the SEIU. If not, public service pensions will indeed bankrupt one state after another leading to financial devastation throughout the land.

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UNION WANTS TO DECIDE ON DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION

From the desk of Stephen Cabot: UNITE HERE, the union for service workers, wants the Democratic National Committee to choose a city for its 2012 convention that has mostly unionized hotels. Neither Cleveland nor Charlotte, North Carolina meets that criterion. Thus, UNITE HERE has demanded that those two cities be removed from consideration. As the biggest funders of the Democratic Party, unions have the power to decide where the party’s national convention will be held. In 2010, organized labor reportedly spent more than $171 million to help the party elect Democrats to both houses of Congress. While that is certainly a large sum of money, it didn’t serve to convince most voters to vote Democratic; however, it did give the unions more than a mere voice in Democratic political decisions. In other words, the Democratic Party owes unions big time. And though North Carolina is a political swing state that the Democrats hope to win in 2012, it is also a right-to-work state. The Democrats must decide whether to put North Carolina’s electoral votes in jeopardy, or whether to alienate UNITE HERE. Such a dilemma is predictable when a political party sells itself to a single special interest group rather than considering the overall good of the county. The Democrats are locked in a deadly embrace with organized labor, one that the majority of Americas find repugnant and economically destructive.

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