Sarah Palin is the other whom Yoda spoke about.

calendar   Monday - July 13, 2020

Oh Shut Up You Commies

Um, teacher? Your red stripe is showing.

LA Teacher’s Union: Defund The Cops And Pay Us More
Also, Free Healthcare For All
Because White Privilege

United Teachers Los Angeles recently released a research paper on steps needed to safely reopen public schools amid the coronavirus outbreak and pointed to the need to free up additional funding by defunding the police.

“Police violence is a leading cause of death and trauma for Black people [ yes, nearly 5 dozen blacks are killed by cops every year. Meanwhile, every weekend in Chicago ... ], and is a serious public health and moral issue,” the paper said, citing the American Public Health Association. “We must shift the astronomical amount of money devoted to policing, to education and other essential needs such as housing and public health.”

Teachers unions have long been criticized by Republicans as an extension of the Democrat Party. Republicans will likely use the paper to support that claim. The union’s paper also took aim at charter schools and reportedly called for a federal Medicare-for-All program.

The union’s paper did not offer a dollar amount to cut from the police. The Los Angeles City Council already cut the LAPD budget by $150 million and said the money will be earmarked for disadvantaged communities.  The union did not immediately respond to an after-hours email from Fox News.

LAUSD said that educators want to get back into their classrooms, but asked, “given broader societal conditions, how do we open physical schools in a way that ensures that the benefits outweigh the risks, especially for our most vulnerable students and school communities?” [ except that students are absolutely the least COVID vulnerable part of the population ]

The paper pointed out that minority “working communities, where people are more likely to have ‘essential’ jobs” oftentimes have insufficient healthcare and face other risk factors while “the rewards of economic recovery accrue largely to white and well-off communities that have largely been shielded from the worst of the pandemic’s effects.”

Oddly, the LAPD spends an enormous amount of money policing the LA schools, protecting some of the students from the rest of the students.

And damn, don’t all those working poor now have universal ObamaCare already? With massive public stipends to pay for it? By law??? So what’s this “insufficient healthcare BS??


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calendar   Thursday - May 14, 2020

Cop Union Bullshit

Broward County Cop Unions Force Rehire of Parkland Cowards, With Full Back Pay

Fuck that!

Broward Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Brian Miller was fired after hiding behind his car during the February 14, 2018, Parkland school shooting, but has now been rehired following union action on his behalf.

The Miami Herald reports that Miller “was one of the four deputies who were terminated because of a ‘neglect of duty’ in the Feb. 14, 2018, Parkland shooting.” The other three terminated deputies were Edward Eason, Joshua Stambaugh, and Scot Peterson.

On June 4, 2019, Breitbart News reported that Scot Peterson not only lost his job but was actually “arrested for inaction” during the Parkland attack.

Peterson’s inaction centered on him standing outside the building in which the Parkland attack was occurring, instead of going inside to confront the shooter.

Miller, on the other hand, “lost his job after it was found he hid behind his car as the first shots rang out,” according to the Herald. But he challenged his termination “with union backing” and secured an “arbitration ruling” that says, “BSO violated [his] constitutional due process rights and improperly terminated him.”

Miller is being rehired and will receive back pay.

Not one goddam union for any government employee of any kind anywhere ever. They are anathema.

I hear they’re repainting all the Broward County cruisers. Now it says “To Serve And Protect ... Ourselves” on the doors.

How. Dare. They.


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calendar   Friday - March 27, 2020

Standard Union Scamming

SEIU “finds” 39 Million Face Masks, sells them to states at huge mark-up

The union launched an exhaustive search for masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) five days ago in response to pleas from frontline healthcare workers that they need more protection and feel unsafe on the job as they treat the growing number of COVID-19 patients. SEIU-UHW has 97,000 members who work in hospitals across California.

Within 48 hours of painstakingly calling leads and potential suppliers, the union discovered a distributor who had the 39 million masks, and has since found another supplier who says his company can produce 20 million more masks a week. The union also has found a supplier who can deliver millions of face shields.

The union said it will be selling the masks to states, counties and hospitals for $5 apiece and claims it “has no financial interest in the transactions.”

Similar N95 masks are available on the Home Depot website for $23.97 for a box of 20, or about $1.20 apiece.

Sounds to me like someone was hoarding. And you know what happens to hoarders in an emergency, right?

“No financial interest” = Minimum $3.80 profit per mask X 39 million = CHA FRICKING CHING!! That’s a whole lot of slush to add to their Democrat Election funds.

I’ve seen boxes of masks. A box of 20 is half the size of a small loaf of bread. Probably 2 dozen boxes per case and at least 100 cases on a plastic wrapped pallet. That’s 48,000 masks per pallet: 39 million of them is 812 pallets full. 22-24 pallets fills a tractor trailer. 40 trucks worth. So it’s a small warehouse full. Let’s hope that the masks aren’t made in China. 


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calendar   Saturday - February 15, 2014

U-All Not Welcome Round Here

VW Tennessee Votes Down UAW

Even Though Socialist Management Was In Favor Of It

U Ain’t Wanted


Built With Pride In The USA By Free Workers

United Auto Workers Union Stunned by Devastating Defeat in Tennessee

Workers at a Volkswagen factory in Tennessee have voted against union representation, a devastating loss that derails the United Auto Workers union’s effort to organize Southern factories.

The 712-626 vote released late Friday stunned many labor experts who expected a UAW win because Volkswagen tacitly endorsed the union and even allowed organizers into the Chattanooga factory to make sales pitches.

The UAW for decades has tried without success to organize a foreign-owned plant in a region that’s wary of organized labor. The loss now makes it even harder for the union to recruit members at another Southern factory.

“If they can’t win this one, what can they win?” asked Art Schwartz, a former General Motors labor negotiator who now is a consultant in Ann Arbor, Mich.

UAW President Bob King, in a 2011 speech to workers, said the union has no long-term future if it can’t organize the Southern plants.

General Motors worker Brent Watts walks to the United Auto Workers union hall in Spring, Hill, Tenn.

Y’all remember Spring Hill Tennessee right? An hour south of Nashville? That’s where Saturns came from. Remember Saturns? The innovative, independent GM vehicle made by non-union workers? Well, until the UAW got in. Which was about the same time that quality took a nosedive and the brand just stagnated for half a decade. And now, Saturns are no more

Good luck VW. Pity you had to redesign the  A4  Passat into a fatter, softer, bigger, Americanized blob-mobile and stop selling one of the greatest practical sized driving machines ever made, but that’s how it goes.


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calendar   Wednesday - December 18, 2013

oh this will keep the migrants out. wanna bet?

Oh joy.  This will cure things. Three whole months.

Barking effin Moonbats. 


Meanwhile .... Just another good reason to HATE the damn unions.
This guy doesn’t care squat about his country.  Of course, it isn’t just commie union bosses who are that way. But this post isn’t about the political masters in current power. This is what is being encouraged by Red Len McCluskey, the head of UNITE.

Romanians and Bulgarians taught how to claim UK benefits in return for joining union

The Unite union is Labour’s biggest donor
It offers the advice as a reward for signing up to the union
It has even issued membership forms in Romanian and Bulgarian

By Jason Groves

The Unite union is offering to teach unemployed Romanians and Bulgarians how to claim benefits in Britain.

The organisation, Labour’s biggest donor, is courting foreigners from the two countries as part of a membership drive.

It offers the advice as a reward for signing up to the union.

It has even issued membership forms in Romanian and Bulgarian, despite the Government – and Labour – saying immigrants should learn English.

The unemployed are offered the chance to join the union for just 50p a week. In return, Unite says it will offer new arrivals with advice on how to maximise benefit claims.

The decision to target Romanians and Bulgarians is sure to be controversial, given public concern about the lifting of immigration controls on the two new EU countries at the end of this month.

Ministers have refused to estimate how many immigrants will arrive from the two impoverished countries – but some experts believe it could run to hundreds of thousands in the coming years.

Tory MP Priti Patel called Unite’s behaviour shameless, adding: ‘It is incredibly irresponsible and I’m afraid it just sums up the attitude of Labour and the trade unions towards EU immigration.

‘Labour is the party that opened the floodgates to EU immigration with its open borders policy.

read more, source

JS, Somerset, United Kingdom,

They are aiding the destruction of once-Great Britain. Where onearth do they think the benefit money for these hordes is coming from?

oap, wisbech - cambs,

Trade Unions are an anachronism and should be consigned to the dustbin of history.


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calendar   Wednesday - October 02, 2013

more eye candy from the left …

I rather enjoy highlighting left wing eye candy. 

For Americans who do not know, the “old” Labour Party was very, very left. More so I think than the current one.  It’s just that this woman is way further to the left of them.

Her name is Christine Blower.  She is the head of NUT, which is the National Union of Teachers. She is very union of course.

A headline in this morning’s paper referred to her as the “Strike Happy NUT Boss”

If I can ever figure out a way to use my Loony Tune logo, she’d be on my list to go inside it.

Christine Blower: The NUT general secretary has an ‘entrenched socialist agenda’

Wearing a different Easter hat for each day of NUT national conference, Christine Blower attracts attention - and a few sniggers.

But her critics point out that there’s little to laugh about over her entrenched socialist agenda.

She has been pursuing calls for strike action for years and was described by a former NUT general secretary, Doug McAvoy, as “to the left of Old Labour”.

Mr McAvoy warned that she was “certainly the biggest threat to the stability of the union for the past decade and beyond” when she attempted - and failed - to replace him as general secretary in 1999.

He even went as far as writing to NUT members, warning them that Miss Blower was someone “for whom strike action is the only solution to problems”.

He added: “She is controlled and supported by a group of extreme Left organisations including Militant, the Socialist Workers’ Party, the Campaign for a Democratic and Fighting Union, and the Socialist Teachers’ Alliance.”

Ain’t she sweet?



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calendar   Wednesday - August 21, 2013


For American readers who wouldn’t be familiar with it or him, UNITE is a union and is led by a fellow referred to as, “Red Len” and for good reason.
How about having a bust of Lenin on your desk?  Think that might be a clue? Ok, so now ya know if you didn’t before and are new.

Now I can understand any organization that wants to enroll more members.  Natural thing to do.
But til today I had not heard of a drive by a union to bring certain kinds of literature (call it what it is, propaganda) into the schools. 
I am not referring to pamphlets or info explaining why unions exist.  No, no.  This is taking things to a new and different level.
Take a look and see for yourself, see what you think.  For myself I must tell you, anything to do with unions is close and personal.  I had an experience once I won’t ever forget, and while even before that I didn’t care much for them, after the event, my hate grew beyond all way to express it.  Well on second thought I suppose I could have expressed it, but I’d be writing this from prison had I really expressed my true self at that time and place.  Was always sorry I didn’t do something but I was young and with not much experience.  A really frustrating thing is knowing other people know what you are saying and do not doubt you, but themselves are powerless for many reasons that have nothing to do with you, to do anything about it. 

So anyway .... I despise the bastards.  And that’s putting it pretty mildly.

Organize and learn how to protest.  Become ‘activists.’ And oh yes, make sure that business people are seen as evil exploiters of the masses.

The video Unite didn’t want you to see: Union produces film to ‘brainwash’ children with lessons in ‘strategies for public protest’

Pupils would learn how to make placards and fight plans for privatisation

Videos encourage children to defy school rules and question teachers

Unite has joined forces with teaching unions to get material into schools

Children are asked how to push the protest further in free online videos

Unite and production company do not want video published on this website


The Unite union has launched a campaign to teach children how to carry out militant protests.

Pupils could be given lessons through watching videos on how to make placards, oppose local businesses and fight plans for privatisation.

Videos have even been produced which encourage children to defy school rules.

But, despite the videos being freely available online, the production company that helped create them does not want their name published and Unite have refused to grant permission for it to be shown on the Mail Online.

(Which the Mail Online has done anyway and you may see the video at the link below)

The Mail Online has contacted both Unite and the production company to comment on why they do not want the video published here and are awaiting their response.

Unite – run by left-wing firebrand Len McCluskey – has joined forces with the main teaching unions the NUT, NAS/UWT and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers to get the material into schools.

Five videos teach ‘strategies for public protest’ and ‘how organised protest is an effective way of ensuring change takes place’.

The videos show a group of cartoon teenagers protesting against a fictitious company’s plans to ‘take over’ the town of Tethergo – an anagram for ‘together’ – and its ‘big plans to privatise the entire area’.

The children are shown campaigning to save a closure-threatened community centre from laughing businessmen. 

When they fail, lesson plans prepared by Unite urge teachers to think about how they might make protests more threatening.

Children are asked to think of ‘five things you could do to push the protest further.’

They are then urged to make their own placards and ‘consider emotive language used to write letters of complaint’.

Unite also recommends that ‘teachers may wish to create a display of finished protest placards’.

Incredibly, the union also wants children to undermine the authority of their head teachers.

Staff following Unite’s guidance should ask pupils to ‘Think of anything that is unfair in your school. Does anyone make the rules to suit themselves?’

One of the videos asks teachers to read out a quotation from Martin Niemoller – a German pastor who risked his life opposing Hitler.

Niemoller is famous for his poem which starts: ‘First they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist’ and includes the line, ‘Then they came for the trade unionists.’

Last night head teachers and Tory MPs described Unite’s plans as ‘reprehensible.’

Nigel Adams MP said: ‘This propaganda is almost North Korean. It might be acceptable in the schools of Pyongyang, but not in Britain.

‘These cack-handed attempts to pedal trade union ideology in schools would be funny if it wasn’t so dangerous.’

Mike Griffiths, head of Northampton School for Boys, said: ‘If anyone even remotely suggested it where I work they would get short shrift. The notion of encouraging children to undermine teachers is reprehensible.’

Peter Kent, head of Lawrence Sheriff School, a boys grammar school in Rugby, said he would only consider allowing the subject in lessons if it was balanced.

‘If it was part of a lesson about history and the teacher wanted to explore how people used public protest I can see a legitimate angle,’ he said.

‘But they would have to make sure it covered both sides of the argument with respect for authority figures.’

Christian May, spokesman for the Institute of Directors, denounced the negative depiction of businessmen.



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calendar   Wednesday - February 20, 2013

The One Thing Worse Than A Union

Is a French Union.

“Keep Your So-Called Workers,” U.S. Boss Tells France

Tire firm will NOT be relocating to Fwance

The CEO of a U.S. tire maker has delivered a crushing summary of how some outsiders view France’s work ethic in a letter saying he would have to be stupid to take over a factory whose staff only put in three hours work a day.

Titan International’s (TWI) Maurice Taylor, nicknamed “The Grizz” for his negotiating style, told the left-wing French industry minister in a letter published by media on Wednesday that he had no interest in rescuing a plant set for closure.

“The French workforce gets paid high wages but works only three hours. They get one hour for breaks and lunch, talk for three and work for three,” Taylor wrote on Feb. 8 in the letter in English to the minister, Arnaud Montebourg.

“I told this to the French union workers to their faces. They told me that’s the French way!” Taylor added in the letter, which was posted by business daily Les Echos on its website and which the ministry confirmed was genuine.

“Titan is going to buy a Chinese tire company or an Indian one, pay less than one euro per hour wage and ship all the tires France needs,” he said. “You can keep the so-called workers.”

Socialist President Francois Hollande might take some comfort in Taylor’s view of his own country’s business policies: “The U.S. government is not much better than the French,” he said, referring to a dispute over Chinese exports.

Yeah, but, we’re not talking about governments Fwanz-wah. We’re talking about businesses. Factories. You know, real jobs making real stuff and paying real taxes.

Taylor’s comments are the latest blow to France’s image after verbal attacks last year by Montebourg on firms seeking to shut ailing industrial sites prompted international mockery.

Combined with concerned over plans for a 75% “millionaires tax”, Montebourg’s antics drove London Mayor Boris Johnson to remark to an international business audience that it seemed France was being run by left-wing revolutionaries.

Montebourg has also lashed out at cheap imports of manufactured goods from low-wage countries like China and last year told the boss of Indian steelmaker ArcelorMittal he was unwelcome in a spat over a shuttered plant in France.

Despite having per-head productivity levels that rank among the best in Europe, economists blame France’s rigid hiring and firing laws for a long industrial decline that has dented exports. Many also fault the country’s 35-hour work week.

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.’s (GT) Amiens Nord plant employs 1,250 workers, who have been battling demands that they work more shifts or accept layoffs. The government said in January that the site faced imminent closure.

Talks with Titan over a possible purchase of the plant’s farm tire section fell through last September after a failure to reach a deal with the CGT union on voluntary redundancies.

… Wall Street analysts have dubbed Taylor “The Grizz” for his tough negotiating style.
“Sir, your letter states that you want Titan to start a discussion. How stupid do you think we are?” he wrote. “Titan is the one with the money and the talent to produce tires. What does the crazy union have? It has the French government.”

Ouch. That’ll leave a mark.


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calendar   Sunday - January 27, 2013

Right To Work? Not In NJ

[discussing teh Hurricane Sandy disaster repair efforts in the northeast, and lack thereof] CALLER: My question being, I heard a report that in New Jersey they passed a law that said any construction bid from a company that was nonunion would not even be considered. And my question is, how does that correlate with the proclamation of Obama’s that everybody will be getting a fair shot?

RUSH: It doesn’t, and I think for the most part you’re right. I have a story here from back on the 14th of January. “Taking up its first substantial piece of legislation relating to Hurricane Sandy, the [New Jersey] state Senate today passed a bill that would let governments call for all union workers when hiring contractors to rebuild key pieces of infrastructure,” because there was this restriction. You can only be a member of a union. The relief workers had to be unionized or they couldn’t work.

CALLER: Doesn’t compute.

RUSH: Have you ever heard of the Jones Act and the BP oil spill?


RUSH: The Obama administration would not permit international relief workers to help because they were not union.

CALLER: That’s right.

RUSH: Politics comes first!

CALLER: Absolutely.

RUSH: Politics comes first.

He is not kidding:

The bill (S2425), which passed along party lines 23[D] to 13[R], expands the use of project labor agreements, which are meant to settle workplace labor disputes in advance.

New Jersey has had a project labor agreement law on the books since 2002, but highways, bridges, pumping stations and water and sewage treatment plants were exempted. With extensive rebuilding needed on those structures along the shore, this bill includes them.

Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester), who authored the legislation and fast tracked it, said the agreements are key to making sure work goes to New Jersey workers. He noted a Sunday Star-Ledger story about how the Christie administration gave a no-bid contract worth up to $100 million to AshBritt, an out-of-state debris hauling firm.

“AshBritt is coming into the state of New Jersey with many people from Missisippi and Florida and North Carolina,” he said. “AshBritt is not good for New Jersey. It brings people to New Jersey. We have plenty of people out of work and we should put them to work first.”

But Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr (R-Union) said a Corzine administration study showed project labor agreements increase the costs of projects from 18 to 24 percent, which could decrease the number of completed projects.

“So in these days post-Sandy, we’ve been called back to debate only one bill,” he said. “This is one bill that has the potential to change that recovery estimate, if the cost estimates are right, form 10 completed project to 9 completed projects.”

Kean offered an amendment to the bill that would apply pay-to-play restrictions to unions that get project labor agreements. It was quickly shot down by Democrats.

For those who live in states with less rampant corruption than NJ (everywhere other that NY and IL I think), Pay To Play is NJ’s legalized bribery law. You want a government contract? Feed the kitty. Feed it good.

Oh, and in typically sneaky bureaucrat fashion, the bill itself never uses the word “union”. No, they just demand that all workers are drawn from “an organization which represents, for purposes of collective bargaining, employees involved in the performance of public works contracts”. In other words, from the union hall, and paid the union rate.

That ought to send them damn Right To Work out-of-stater scabs the hell home. Pffffug them, thinking they’re up here to “help”. yeah, “help” themselves to OUR federal relief money. Dat money is fo duh yoon-yun, so fuggedabowdit. Sheesh.


The Senate bill has now moved to the Assembly as bill A3679, where it passed the solidly Democrat Labor Committee with an 8-3 vote Thursday. So it will now move Forward! to the general Assembly (48 D, 32 R).


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calendar   Wednesday - December 12, 2012

Stevie Makes The News

ABC, NBC and CBS ignore union thugs’ attack on Fox News contributor


Steve Crowder covers the Michigan Right To Work protest and gets punched up by union thug.

It’s a sad day for American TV journalism when The Huffington Post is a more honest news outlet than ABC, CBS or NBC. On Tuesday, after Michigan union protests escalated into violence, HuffPo led with several stories, including one headlined: “Fox News Contributor Punched.”

That story was about how Fox News contributor Steven Crowder and others were attacked by union thugs during the protest against the new “right-to-work” law. ABC, CBS and NBC covered the protests but only ABC made mention of police having to deal with protesters. None of them mentioned the attack on Crowder or showed the videos of that attack and the thugs tearing down a tent with people in it, both widely available on the Internet hours before the evening news show broadcast. No network quoted Teamsters head Jimmy Hoffa predicting “civil war” between lawmakers and union members.

Network reporters don’t want to show union thugs and conservative victims, especially anyone connected to Fox News. That doesn’t fit with their world view.

NBC anchor Brian Williams referred to it all meekly as “a boisterous day in the state capital.”

According to The Detroit Free Press, three people were arrested and “Capt. Harold Love of the Michigan State Police confirmed police used pepper spray on at least one demonstrator.” The article added that the union protesters “tore down a tent being occupied by Americans for Prosperity, a pro right-to-work group,” while chanting “Tear it down, tear it down.”

Crowder is only slightly hurt, as his appearance later on Hannity shows. Link to the Hannity interview.


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calendar   Friday - December 07, 2012

unless they grant it, unions say pay raise for teachers of merit bad for kids. really.

This says all ya need to know about socialists and unions.
Heck, they tell their own loony tune story while we watch from the sidelines.
I once ran into a serious problem, years and years ago, when working in a place that had a union, that I was forced to join.
Cut to the chase, I put someone well deserving in for a pay raise.
Union came down on my head. Kangaroo court hearing and all. And I wasn’t even allowed to say anything. That was in California more than 40 years ago. And I don’t think too much has changed. Unions! Vermin!
They are also one of the major reasons your grocery bill is so high not just in my home state of Calif., but anywhere they are allowed to flourish.

Union position? 
‘It will be bad for children’s education and bad for the teaching profession’
Sure, merit is bad. Can’t have that. Only raises as approved by the commies in the union. Got it.

Unions’ fury as Osborne scraps national pay deal so that schools can pay better teachers more

· Chancellor gives heads power to reward teachers if they perform better than their colleagues
· NASUWT union: ‘It will be bad for children’s education and bad for the teaching profession’

Unions declared war on ministers today after George Osborne gave schools the power to reward better teachers with higher pay.
The Chancellor said heads should be able to pay teachers more if they perform better in the job than colleagues.
But NASUWT, the largest teaching union, branded the proposals as ‘unfair’ – and said the major unions would be meeting in the next few days to consider their response.

Mr Osborne said national pay bargaining for civil servants, prison officers and NHS staff will continue – meaning staff will all continue to be paid the same.
But he told MPs that there will be greater flexibility for headteachers – giving them more ability to pay good staff more.


the sheep play along in people’s game, Follow the commie-sar . be sure and bring the kiddies too. can’t get them young enough.


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calendar   Friday - November 16, 2012

Crushed By The Unions

Twinkie The Kid Gets The Pink Slip


Hostess to Liquidate, Lay Off 18,500 After Crushing Union Fight

Failing to persuade striking employees to return to work, Hostess Brands disclosed plans on Friday to liquidate its assets and lay off most of its 18,500 workers, bringing the 82-year-old maker of Wonder Bread and Twinkies to the end of its line.

The painful decision to wind down the Irving, Texas.-based private company follows a nationwide strike that Hostess said severely constrained its operations.

Hostess said delivery of its products, which include Ding Dongs and CupCakes, will continue and its retail stores will keep their lights on for several days to sell already-baked products.

“We deeply regret the necessity of today’s decision, but we do not have the financial resources to weather an extended nationwide strike,” Hostess CEO Gregory Rayburn said in a statement.

As a result of the liquidation, Hostess said it will “move promptly” to lay off “most” of its 18,500 employees and focus on “selling its assets to the highest bidders.”

The company will now be forced to close its 33 bakeries, 565 distribution centers, 5,500 delivery routes and 570 bakery outlet stores throughout the U.S.

This is what OUGHT to happen all the time. Getting screwed by the union? Take your money and run. Shut the doors, go start a new company somewhere else. Fuck ‘em. Who is John Galt? Hostess knows.


Killed by unions. It’s no Wonder any more.


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calendar   Tuesday - June 26, 2012

school children to be recruited for unions? if they have their way the answer is yes.

I have had my say on unions so many times here I think I might be out of words.
The only other things I can think to say would only get me arrested.  So best not to mention what my solution might be tho you can guess. 

I will never quite understand how, in the face of history and the damage done to this country, how folks like this disgusting lump can continue to thrive.

Is anyone surprised at the suggestion of union indoctrination of youngsters?  Oh sure. They don’t use that word but you know. A rose by any other name.

Look at this.

Union threatens companies with ‘guerilla tactics’ in campaign criticised as ‘economic sabotage’



Britain’s biggest union is threatening a wave of guerilla tactics against companies in a campaign criticised yesterday as ‘economic sabotage’.

Len McCluskey, the hardline leader of Unite, said he was plotting ‘a leverage strategy’ which will target firms, their suppliers and customers who do not accept its demands.

Unite’s general secretary, nicknamed ‘Red Len’ for his militant background, hailed the strategy as ‘the future of our movement’ and declared: ‘You will hear a lot more about this as the months roll out.’

There are fears the strategy could mirror the long-running campaign against the controversial animal testing lab, Huntingdon Life Sciences.

Extremists waged a wide-ranging international conspiracy of intimidation against a host of companies which supplied HLS.

Mr McCluskey spoke out at Unite’s conference in Brighton in a rambling 44-page speech which quoted Karl Marx and Bob Dylan and hailed last November’s teachers’ strike as ‘magnificent’.

Unite, which has 1.5million members, is the Labour Party’s biggest donor – having given more than £5million to the party since Ed Miliband became leader in 2010. 

Mr McCluskey, 61, who is paid an annual salary of £97,000, said the strategy is aimed at ‘bringing to the table bosses who would have shrugged us off just a few years ago’.

Unite will target ‘bad employers all the way up and down their supply chain and their customer chain’, warning it has a ‘nationwide team of organisers’ ready to start the campaign.


The union, which also plans to target shareholders and enlist the support of foreign unions, has already put its new proposals into action.

Activists picketed cereal giant Kellogg’s Manchester headquarters in a bid to put pressure on packaging supplier MMP during a dispute over sacked staff.

Tory MP Dominic Raab rounded on Unite’s call for militancy at a time when Britain has been plunged into the first double-dip recession since the 1970s.

He said: ‘Having scented weakness, Red Len has the bit between his teeth and has laid out a plan for economic sabotage when Britain is at its most vulnerable.

‘We have a militant minority of union leaders who are hell-bent on damaging the economy and hurting the hard-working majority. They should be faced down, not appeased.’

Last night sources at business lobby group the CBI, said it had been advising its members for some time on how to deal with Unite’s ‘leverage strategy’.

At the same time, Mr McCluskey has said he will take ‘whatever steps are necessary to support members come what may’, believed to be a reference to attempts to water down unions’ powers and rights.



Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 06/26/2012 at 01:48 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - June 06, 2012

An Omen In Wisconsin?

Walker Survives Recall Vote In Wisconsin

A win for Walker means a loss for the unions, and the outcome of this election has been called a bellwether for Obama. As one pundit put it last week, “If Walker wins, Obama is toast.” Hey, you want to spread some jam on that? grin

Wisconsin’s Walker survives recall by wide margin

Wisconsin GOP Gov. Scott Walker wakes up Wednesday knowing he’ll get to finish his term, after voters by a wide margin sided with him in a recall election that attracted national attention and divided much of the state—from opposing political parties to neighbors and even family members.
With nearly all precincts reporting, Walker had 53 percent of the vote, compared with 46 percent for Barrett. The margin of victory was wider than many expected and slightly better than Walker’s 5.8 percentage-point victory over Barrett in the 2010 race. Some 2.5 million voters cast their ballots.

Walker’s lieutenant governor, Rebecca Kleefisch, and at least three Republicans in state Senate races survived recalls. Unofficial results showed the Democrat ahead in the other Senate race, the outcome of which will determine which party controls the Senate at least through the end of the year.

The recall effort began when the first-term governor and Republicans in the state legislature rolled back what they considered excesses in the collective bargaining agreements of public-employee unions—an effort to cut Wisconsin’s estimated $3.6 billion budget shortfall.

Wisconsin went for President Obama in 2008, but the recall results give Republicans hope that their presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, can win there in November.

In plain American, this was a putsch led by the unions. And it failed.

Republicans see Walker’s win as evidence voters across the country want their elected officials to keep government living within its means. They said this paves the way for Romney to become the first Republican candidate to carry Wisconsin since Ronald Reagan in 1984.

The outcome Tuesday is also a blow to the labor movement, which poured considerable resources into the failed effort to oust Walker.
The recall effort started about a year and a half ago, after the legislature passed Walker’s proposal to curb public employee union power, while also requiring most public state workers to pay more for health insurance and pension benefits.

Democrats and unions argued the governor had gone too far, and they helped organize massive statehouse protests and gather 900,000 signatures for the recall vote.
Since taking office, Walker has reduced the state budget and seen a drop in the state’s unemployment rate.

Cup of TEA, sir?


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/06/2012 at 08:31 AM   
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