Unionizing America Agenda:

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    Unions banking on “card-check” in Obama’s second term

    Tue, 11/06/2012
    by Jason Pye

    Big Labor had high-hopes for President Barack Obama. On their wishlist was the misnamed “Employee Free Choice Act,” also known as “card-check,” which would likely bolster their ranks by removing worker protections, allowing organizers to bully them into signing off on forming a union.

    Legislation was introduced in both chambers, but never made it out of committee, despite Democrats holding sizeable majorities.Republicans managed to take the House in the 2010 mid-term election, stalling any hope unions had of pushing the bill through Congress, which became a sore spot for union leaders.

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    Union membership has steadily declined for decades, along with middle class incomes in the U.S.

    So I don't see any reason for your concern.
     
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    Unions don't play fair.
     
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    Yea, how dare workers have protection from abusive employers.
     
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    Why Unionized Auto Workers Have The Election Day Off And You Don’t

    Micheline Maynard
    11/6/12

    Politico thought it got itself a scoop this morning, when it reported that Chrysler was giving its workers the day off to vote.

    "The car company that attacked Mitt Romney for falsely claiming it was moving operations overseas is going a step further, ostensibly for President Obama," Politico declared.

    Then, Chrysler's Ralph Gilles muddled up the situation further when he tweeted, "Chrysler gave its entire workforce the day off to Vote Today! Let's Go! #America"

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    Why Unionized Auto Workers Have The Election Day Off And You Don't
     
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    It looks like "your employer" has no respect for democracy, then.
     
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    What union support of Obamacare may mean for dentistry

    By William T. Brown, DDS,
    DrBicuspid.com contributing writer
    October 24, 2012

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    The unions' agenda

    First they would move private medical practices into large hospitals. Once healthcare workers are employed by hospitals, they can be unionized as private hospital workers as government employees if they work for government hospitals. This plan is already moving forward; for example, by next year only 33% of medical doctors will be in private practice, down from 57% in 2000.

    Next on the unions' agenda is to use a new organizing model to unionize self-employed people, including the remaining healthcare workers in private practice. Mallory writes:

    Service Employees International Union (SEIU), American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and other government employee unions have tested out this organizing model on health care providers and in-home child care providers over the last decade. These providers are partially or fully paid from government programs that subsidize the cost of their client's care. The unions' allies in state government use the fact that these individuals receive payments under government programs to treat them as 'government employees' who can be unionized.
    According to Mallory, Obamacare legislation dramatically increases the number of healthcare workers receiving payment for their services under a government program. He continues with a scenario in which the government employee unions can enlist pro-union state governments to treat these healthcare workers as "government employees" and unionize them just as they unionized the care providers.

    He believes that as we move closer to a single-payor system, many more healthcare workers will be compensated through government programs. He thinks that eventually virtually all healthcare workers ("except Park Avenue plastic surgeons") will receive at least part of their compensation from a government payor, which transmutes into the status of a "government employee."

    99% of U.S. dental practices have 50 or fewer employees.

    What's in this plan for the unions is huge. For every million additional healthcare workers unionized in the 27 non-right-to-work states, the unions stand to earn a billion dollars in dues.

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    Dentists are folks that failed medical college.
     
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    I'll take your word on being an expert on that subject...:D
     
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    Labor seeks more liberal, pro-union agenda after helping Obama win battleground states

    by: SAM HANANEL
    November 10, 2012


    WASHINGTON - After two years of getting pummeled in Wisconsin, Indiana and other battleground states, leaders of the nation's big labor unions were beaming on election night.

    Labor's massive voter turnout effort played a major role in helping President Barack Obama win Ohio, Nevada and Wisconsin, according to exit polls, and its leaders are now looking for a more liberal, pro-union agenda from the White House.

    "There are things the president can do, and we'll be expecting that leadership from President Obama," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told reporters after the election.

    Topping labor's wish list — for now — is a push to raise taxes on wealthy Americans and discouraging Obama from agreeing to any deal with Republicans over the looming "fiscal cliff" that cuts into Social Security and Medicare.

    But unions are also pressing for new measures that might help boost their sagging membership rolls. New investment in infrastructure would bring construction jobs for trade unions. Immigration reform — and a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented Latino immigrants — would create a vast new pool of potential union members. And new regulations could remove some obstacles to union organizing.

    Business groups that have vigorously opposed efforts to help unions draw new members say they will keep playing defense.

    "My primary concern is in the regulations," said Randel Johnson, vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for labor issues. "We are afraid that on employment issues, the administration will stay firmly to the left and follow the lead of the unions."

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    An analysis by the Sunlight Foundation, which tracks money in politics, found that unions and other Democratic-leaning groups were far more successful than outside conservative groups in targeting money toward winning House and Senate campaigns. The SEIU spent more than 70 percent of its funds on winners, for example, while Karl Rove's American Crossroads and its nonprofit affiliate had only a 6 percent success rate.


    In addition to measures that may help increase union numbers, labor leaders are also expecting the Obama administration to issue more regulations targeting workplace safety. Proposed rules to protect workers from cancer-causing and lung-damaging silica, often found in the dust at construction sites and glass manufacturing operations, have languished at the White House for more than a year. The administration also has delayed new standards for combustible dust that can cause explosions.

    Business groups have opposed the regulations, saying they overreach and would raise employers' costs by millions of dollars.

    Labor seeks more liberal, pro-union agenda after helping Obama win battleground states | StarTribune.com
     
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