Monday, September 6, 2010

A desperate struggle for survival

From Terrence Scanlon at The Washington Times:

On this Labor Day, things are looking blue for Big Labor. Private-sector union membership continues to plummet - just 7 percent of the private work force is unionized, down from 15 percent just 25 years ago. And the union-cherished "card check" legislation, which would restrict the use of secret ballots in union elections - and therefore make it easier for the unions to swell their ranks - has had a rocky road in Congress and looks unlikely to become law anytime soon.
But Big Labor is not going gently into that good night. In fact, the shrinking membership rolls are making Big Labor organizations and their bosses more dependent than ever on their liberal allies in government, more desperate than ever for support from liberal politicians who hold the reins of power and can transfer taxpayer dollars to their pockets.
To that end, labor is gearing up for the political fight of its life. The twin labor powerhouses, the AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), are pooling their resources and coordinating efforts to help elect as many pro-union candidates (read: liberals) as possible. As the Wall Street Journal reports, the terrible twosome claim to have a combined $88 million to deploy in support of favored candidates in 26 states, including congressional, gubernatorial and state legislature races in scorched-earth battlegrounds like Pennsylvania and Ohio.

And in the INDIANA 9th District!  Here is a list of major donors to Baron Hill's campaign:

Top 20 Contributors to Campaign Cmte

Rank  ↓Contributor  ↓Total  ↓Indivs  ↓PACs  ↓
1Eli Lilly & Co$19,500$9,500$10,000
2Cook Group$16,336$15,336$1,000
3Covanta Holding$12,000$4,000$8,000
4Barnes & Thornburg$11,650$9,650$2,000
5American Federation of Teachers$10,000$0$10,000
5American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees$10,000$0$10,000
5AmeriPAC: The Fund for a Greater America$10,000$0$10,000
5AT&T Inc$10,000$0$10,000
5Blue Dog PAC$10,000$0$10,000
5BRIDGE PAC$10,000$0$10,000
5Carpenters & Joiners Union$10,000$0$10,000
5Laborers Union$10,000$0$10,000
5Operating Engineers Union$10,000$0$10,000
5PAC to the Future$10,000$0$10,000
5United Auto Workers$10,000$0$10,000
16Grocery Manufacturers Assn$9,000$1,000$8,000
17Indiana University$8,919$8,919$0
18Wal-Mart Stores$8,500$0$8,500
19Verizon Communications$8,000$1,000$7,000
20Altria Group$7,500$0$7,500
20International Longshoremens Assn$7,500$0$7,500
20MWH Global$7,500$0$7,500
20Plumbers/Pipefitters Union$7,500$0$7,500
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Note that EIGHT of the top twenty contributors are UNIONS!  How do you think Baron will vote on "card check"?  If you are concerned about the union bosses getting more taxpayer money/power then send Todd Young a contribution today!  Here is the link! -SP

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