What can this be? What does this mean? Simply put, are Unions today good or bad? We know that Unions had begun early with Coal Miners and helped them obtain good working conditions and the Unions did help improve the working conditions across the United States. But have they done what is right for the people or have the Unions moved into the realm of Socialist, Communist, and Marxist? This question must be asked, it must be discussed especially now when it seems that the Unions can determine national elections and when they do it would seem to indicate that Unions now back the very groups our nation has fought to stop and many lives have been lost to keep the Socialist, Communist, Marxist, and all other Anti-United States groups from becoming powerful. But in recent decades, these Unions that had helped the people now “use” the people to obtain their friends and these friends are not friends of the United States!
Before the great Depression the unions were helping to make jobs better and the money derived from dues was used to help the members through relief funds and so on, but these ideas changed soon after when the Unions were infiltrated by members of the Communist Party. Once the Unions saw this begin to happen, they cleaned house and got rid of all these Communist Party people. In 1947 Congress saw that a law was needed to stop this Communist influence within the Unions. It was then that Congress passed the Taft-Hartley Labor Act, this act made it a requirement for Unions to file financial reports and affidavits showing that none of their officers were affiliated with or members of the Communist Party.
“From the 1950s through the mid-1990s, union leadership tended generally to be politically centrist. This trend was personified by such figures as Albert Shanker, who served as president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) from 1974 to 1997; George Meany, who led the AFL-CIO from 1955 to 1979; and Lane Kirkland, who succeeded Meany as AFL-CIO president from 1979 to 1995. When Shanker and Kirkland's respective tenures ended in the 1990s, however, they were replaced by leftists like Sandra Feldman (AFT), and John Sweeney (AFL-CIO). These individuals, along with other leftist ideologues at the helm of powerful unions, quickly transformed the labor movement into a “progressive” crusade.”
As can be seen here and at other sites not listed here, the Unions began a strong move to the left. It should be most important to mention here or maybe remind everyone that the key word in the paragraph above is “Progressive”. Once again it has to be told that this one word, “Progressive” has and is used in place of Socialism/Communism. These Union people would never get anyone to follow them if they used either Socialism or Communism as what they really want, so they replaced those words with a seemingly harmless word of “Progressive” and now this one word is looked at as being good, but it is a shadow word, one that has a meaning that does not openly show what it truly is and the Unions have today moved into the “Progressive” movement so they could disguise their real intent to move toward a more Socialist/Communist ideology. But just why did the Unions make such a wild decision?
One of the largest Unions in the nation with about 1.8 million members has had a man associated with some known Socialists. This man, according to DiscoverTheNetworks, “Andrew Stern, the former New Leftist, served as president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) from 1996 to 2010. As Ryan Lizza, associate editor of The New Republic, notes, today’s SEIU leaders "tend to be radical, even socialist."
“In 1996, for instance, Andrew Stern told SEIU officials that he expected “every leader at every level of this union, from the international president to the rank-and-file member, to devote five working days this year to political action” in support of the Democratic Party and its candidates. Meanwhile, another major union, the National Education Association (NEA), has assembled a permanent, paid, full-time staff of at least 1,800 United Service (UniServ) employees who function as political operatives -- more than the Republican and Democratic Parties combined. Beyond this, leftwing unions like the SEIU and NEA contribute huge sums of money to Democratic candidates during every election season.”
Trevor Loudon, former vice president of ACT New Zealand, a political party that promotes free-market classical liberalism in the New Zealand Parliament, writes:
"[t]he U.S labor movement is now completely dominated by socialists and communists."
In March 2011, Loudon reported that 96 union leaders and activists from 26 states had recently gathered for an "Emergency Labor Meeting" in Cleveland to “explore together what we can do to mount a more militant and robust fight-back campaign to defend the interests of working people.” This closed-door meeting was endorsed by many of the most radical socialist labor leaders in America, including affiliates of such groups as the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, the Democratic Socialists of America, the Communist Party USA, the Party for Socialism and Liberation, the Socialist Party USA, and the International Socialist Organization.”
Now this does not represent nor help the working people of the United states. It is more like a bunch of union people at the higher levels gathering together to see what they can do to make the United States become the United Socialist States! President Obama is also in line with their ideas or he would not have met with these leaders first, before those in Congress. What good could be had with a meeting of a bunch of people that are in deep affiliation with socialists and communists. Remember, Richard Trumka, the head of the AFL/CIO, has done the following actions:
“During the 2008 U.S. presidential election, Trumka said: "There's not a single good reason for any worker, especially any union member, to vote against Barack Obama." By Trumka's telling, whatever anti-Obama sentiment existed among American voters could be attributed largely to the racism of "right-wing race-haters" who "just can't get past the idea that there's something wrong with voting for a black man."
In February 2009, President Obama named Trumka to his Economic Recovery Advisory Board.
On September 16, 2009, Trumka was elected president of the AFL-CIO, replacing the retiring John Sweeney.
On November 3, 2010 -- the day after mid-term elections in which Democrats lost 6 Senate seats, more than 60 House seats, and 7 governorships -- Communist Party USA Labor Commission chairman Scott Marshall emphasized that his organization had worked collaboratively on political campaigns with Trumka.
On February 18, 2011, Trumka revealed the extent of his involvement with the Obama administration: "I'm at the white House a couple times a week -- two, three times a week. I have conversations every day with someone in the White House or in the administration. Every day."
During his career as a union leader, Trumka has aligned himself with the agendas of the Progressive Caucus on numerous matters, most notably opposition to welfare reform and support for a single-payer healthcare system.”
Here it is shown that Trumka, the head of the AFL/CIO, of which all unions are a part of, aligns himself with the agenda of the Socialist/Communist Caucus, or more commonly known as the “Progressive Caucus”. This should be very troubling to many union workers because they actually believe that the union is working to make a better work place for them while the union heads are sitting at the table with socialists and communists and supporting their ideology, which the union members will end up hating. Our nation will become a poor and miserable place to live.
The protests on Black Friday by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and other unions against Wal- Mart and others are taking place with the idea to increase wages, which will increase the prices at these stores to cover the higher pay they would have to pay the workers if they do get the Wal-Mart employees to join a union. The protesters are being used by the unions so they can obtain even more money to elect more progressives that will help them obtain a single wage that everyone would make. It is a very bad situation because the unions do not really have the employees concerns in mind. They are just looking at the additional dues they can collect to place into their PACS for the election of more politicians that support the Socialist/Communist ideology!
“Now it has to be shown that the 1.8 million-member Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which ranks among the largest and fastest-growing unions in North America. Led by the former New Leftist Andrew Stern from 1996-2010, SEIU is a major component of the so-called “Shadow Democratic Party,” a nationwide network -- conceived and funded by George Soros and his political allies -- of unions, nonprofit activist groups, and think tanks whose agendas are ideologically to the left, and which are engaged in campaigning for the Democrats.”
DiscoverTheNetworks has so much information about why these unions want to have the United States “changed” into the Socialist/Communist state. This alone should scare and make people question why the unions have aligned themselves with the Socialists and Communists! Why do the unions do this? The unions were first developed to help the people and protect them from the huge corporations that nearly made the workers nothing more than slaves. But today, all the labor laws and rules that have come about due to the first unions that actually worked for better working conditions, have helped the people that are not in unions. What has to be looked at very closely is the Shadow Democratic Party, which is a very bad group and they only have one purpose and that is to rule with an iron hand and control all phases of government and corporations. This group encompasses nearly all the union heads and that is not a group with workers true concerns at hand.
As noted by the posting of the Tea Party National Director, it can be shown that some of these union actions are based directly upon one or more ideologies of either, socialism, communism, facism, or even Marxism.
Terminology is everything. Are we using the correct words to define the edicts being issued by the Obama Administration that ignore Congress and the government system that the United States has in place?
Let us first take a look at the definition of Socialism so we can begin to understand what the Unions have jumped into with their members not even being aware of unless they are blind!
1.a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.
2.procedure or practice in accordance with this theory.
3.(in Marxist theory) the stage following capitalism in the transition of a society to communism, characterized by the imperfect implementation of collectivist principles.
1. Compare capitalism an economic theory or system in which the means of production, distribution, and exchange are owned by the community collectively, usually through the state. It is characterized by production for use rather than profit, by equality of individual wealth, by the absence of competitive economic activity, and, usually, by government determination of investment, prices, and production levels.
2. any of various social or political theories or movements in which the common welfare is to be achieved through the establishment of a socialist economic system.
3. (in Leninist theory) a transitional stage after the proletarian revolution in the development of a society from capitalism to communism: characterized by the distribution of income according to work rather than need.
Now this shows just what these unions are stating. The people need their union leaders to “direct” them to a better and more “equal” standing where everyone makes the same or very close to the same amount of money while working at a government owned facility that is not based upon profit, but just to keep the people working for the elite, also known as the politicians, to continue to show just how good they are at helping the unions and the people. Now as we can see from the definition of this one word it is almost the same idea that most of the unions have and that is they wish to be paid more, while at the same time they want cheap prices. If one looks at what the unions do, they always seem to force companies to accept the union and then they get mad when the companies raise the prices to pay the new union workers. Black Friday seems to have brought out the socialist unions in force and the best part is that it is the unions that want things to change, not the workers at Wal-Mart!
We had worked at unions and found that had the union not been there, the people still had ways to go to file complaints against the company and win. But the unions want all the people to join them and that will end up costing the very union workers more money. A very good example of this is the Auto Workers Union. If one pulls into the parking lot of one of their union shops, the people would see many more foreign cars than the very cars and trucks they get paid extremely well to make. Why? Because they want the cheaper, foreign car over the much more costly car or truck they make big bucks to make. How does that work for you? Is it any wonder that one sees more foreign cars on the road today than ones made here in the United States?
Now what about the word-Communism?
1. advocacy of a classless society in which private ownership has been abolished and the means of production and subsistence belong to the community.
2. any social, economic, or political movement or doctrine aimed at achieving such a society.
3. ( usually capital ) Marxism Marxism-Leninism See also socialism a political movement based upon the writings of Marx that considers history in terms of class conflict and revolutionary struggle, resulting eventually in the victory of the proletariat and the establishment of a socialist order based on public ownership of the means of production.
4. ( usually capital ) a social order or system of government established by a ruling Communist Party, esp in the former Soviet Union.
5. chiefly ( US ) ( often capital ) any leftist political activity or thought, esp when considered to be subversive.
6. communal living; communalism
What do we see here? It is that Communism is closely related to both Socialism and Fascism. But Marxism, the one developed by Karl Marx, is the one President Obama studied while he was at Occidental College. It really does not matter which one of these ideologies is connected to the unions. What does matter is the fact that they are even associated with them! Unions were at one time very good, but today with the leaders of nearly all the unions going to the extreme left, they do not represent the people as they had begun to do. If the unions are aligned with these anti-business, anti-United States, anti-individual ideologies, then why should anyone be a part of them if they do indeed believe in freedom and the Constitution? These unions now seem to vilify the very things our nation was built upon. The question now becomes, what good is the union if they do not represent freedom and the Constitution? Ask that the next time a union member asks you to help them.