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Federal worker union blasts tea party in radio ad

By Ed O'Keefe

The nation's largest federal worker union plans to air a radio ad in seven states attacking tea party-backed Republican Congressional candidates who promise to cut government spending and freeze federal hiring.

In the ad, the American Federation of Government Employees knocks what it calls "bumper sticker solutions" presented by the candidates to pay down the federal deficit, arguing that blanket federal spending cuts would impact Social Security payments, veteran's health care and border security, among other services.

"The Republican tea party Pledge to America says, 'Cut taxes for the rich and cut government,'" AFGE President John Gage says in the ad. "Some have even said, Close the government down. Then what? Food and mine inspection - gone. Forget about border patrol or keeping terrorists locked up. And returning veterans? Give them a cheap voucher instead of a quality VA hospital. Let's dump in the rivers and pollute the air again."

"We're all angry and frustrated," Gage says toward the end. "But when you vote, remember who got us into this mess in the first place." (Hear the ad above and see a full transcript below.)

AFGE -- which represents about 600,000 federal workers -- plans to air the 60-second message in Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia -- states with competitive Senate races and high-profile GOP candidates. The ad will air through Election Day during morning and afternoon drive time shows on news, sports and music stations, costing the union about $500,000 in total. The ad buy is modest when compared to Democratic and Republican campaign committees that spend a similar figure each week in individual states or competitive Congressional districts.

"We're trying to let people see what government really is," Gage said in an interview. "I have a sneaking suspicion that a lot of people really don't get it and really have to be thinking about what alternatives there are after you try to go make up this deficit by cutting government programs." The union aired a similar public awareness campaign last summer.

House Republicans last month unveiled a series of proposals to freeze federal spending, including a one-year federal hiring freeze. GOP candidates have since cited the proposal during debates and campaign speeches.

Asked Thursday about potential government spending cuts, Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell (R) suggested putting "a hiring freeze on non-security personnel. And then, of course, when we're talking about cutting government spending, we've got to talk about waste, fraud and abuse."

"Waste and abuse and saving paper clips is not the answer to this deficit problem," Gage said, urging Republicans to present more substantive proposals. In the meantime, AFGE will fight hard to keep Democrats in office, he said.

"We would love to be very bipartisan, but it's hard to be bipartisan when one side is just trying to cut your throat," Gage said.

Republican congressional aides did not immediately respond to requests for comments. (But we'll add them if/when they do.)

Full text of the AFGE ad:

Voice of a female tea party supporter:
Get government off our backs! We're going to take our country back!

AFGE President John Gage:
That sounds good. But is this the time for bumper sticker solutions?

The Republican tea party Pledge to America says, Cut taxes for the rich and cut government.

Some have even said, Close the government down. Then what?

Food and mine inspection - gone. Forget about border patrol or keeping terrorists locked up. And returning veterans? Give them a cheap voucher instead of a quality VA hospital. Let's dump in the rivers and pollute the air again.

And the tea bagger chanting, "Keep your hands off my Medicare." Sorry. Medicare will be whacked hard. The same for Social Security. Schools, police and fire departments will disintegrate.

So Republican tea party folks, then what?

We're all angry and frustrated. But when you vote, remember who got us into this mess in the first place.

Announcer:
Paid for by the American Federation of Government Employees at afge.org.

Staff writers Aaron Blake and Felicia Sonmez contributed to this report.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | October 14, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
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Public servants in unions.

Crazy... what's next... military unions?

a special one for the navy cause they might drown?

another for the air force because they get air sick?

Entire problem goes away if public servants cannot unionize.

Who allowed public servants to unionize?

Posted by: docwhocuts | October 14, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

It's about time. Go AFGE!!!

Posted by: seaduck2001 | October 14, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

It's about time. Go AFGE!!!!

Posted by: seaduck2001 | October 14, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

It's so ironic that the unions don't see that the American people believe THEY are the ones sucking the life out of this country.


And it's telling that they are having to lie to their own voters to get them to the polls.


This won't work on anybody who isn't in a union.

Posted by: lweaton1 | October 14, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

doctors cannot unionize....

but public servants can....

anyone every think about that?

If you're thinking AMA for even a second... shut up. 30% of doctors are members of the AMA, and they are NOT a union.

Cannot wait until we unionize.... it will happen soon... then... well only 1 in 100k can cut out colon cancer.... good luck with that.

Posted by: docwhocuts | October 14, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

The union leadership just wasted $500,000 of their members money. For all practical purposes, it will probably help the opposition.

Obama is engaging in trade wars and currency wars which will untimately hurt the unions. We still export billions of dollars of union made merchandize all over the world. Trade and currency wars will just reduce our exports.

Posted by: alance | October 14, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

so the people who earn their living working for the government think we shouldn't reduce the size of government? Never woulda saw that one coming ;-)

Posted by: getjiggly1 | October 14, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Sickening what the public unions are doing to this nation. It is time folks to get the unions out of all levels of government.
We have the Dept of Labor and OSHA to protect worker's rights and safety. Why are unions needed in 21st Century. They aren't! Time will come sooner than you think when our cities, states and feds can no longer afford to fix anything due to the high labor, benefits and pension costs.
Insanity! Greece and Spain are prime example, as is the California Prison Nurse paid $170K in overtime in 1 year. LOL Google it! Also google "outrageous pensions" You bet we Tea Party people delike government waste and unions are a huge part of it!

Posted by: usmc1969 | October 14, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Sickening what the public unions are doing to this nation. It is time folks to get the unions out of all levels of government.
We have the Dept of Labor and OSHA to protect worker's rights and safety. Why are unions needed in 21st Century. They aren't! Time will come sooner than you think when our cities, states and fed can no longer afford to fix anything due to the high labor, benefits and pension costs.
Insanity! Greece and Spain are prime example, as is the California Prison Nurse paid $170K in overtime in 1 year. LOL Google it! Also google "outrageous pensions" You bet we Tea Party people delike government waste and unions are a huge part of it!

Posted by: usmc1969 | October 14, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

The union don't get it -nor- do the bureaucrats. America doesn't exist for the benefit of bureaucrats. Being a political patronage hiree who's unemployable outside of government is of no value to anyone but the bureaucrat and the politician,ie. the patronee and the patroner. Just think how much better the country would be without the incompetency, the corruption and the dishonesty found amongst those in government. Proper fiscal stewardship should lead to a massive downsizing of the federal bureaucracy, followed by reduction in pay to minimum wages and employer paid benefits limited to social security and medicare taxes. Retirement benefits should be at the bureaucrat's expense; not the taxpayers. And paid holidays at the level of exceeding those taken during the Roman Empire would be eliminated. Those are stop gap measures to benefit the American society. To benefit bureaucrats and also relieve the American taxpayers, each bureaucrat should be required to seek employment in the private sector where their work performance would be measured against standards beneficial to the one paying their tab, ie. the ownership. Sadly bureaucrats have developed a dependency upon the taxpayers similar to welfare receipients, but such is a vicious cycle that needs to be broken so as to the benefit the individual. Each is a human being and as such deserves to function on their own.

Posted by: individual | October 14, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

We can reduce government by 30-40% and still get everything done! But unions will prevail and we will send up with riots on the streets when the money runs dry and those raping the system don't get theirs.
5 figure income union workers retiring with 6 figure pensions more often than you think. Your tax dollars!

Posted by: usmc1969 | October 14, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

The New York Times has an article on the its home state's pension problems:

"In Yonkers, more than 100 retired police officers and firefighters are collecting pensions greater than their pay when they were working. One of the youngest, Hugo Tassone, retired at 44 with a base pay of about $74,000 a year. His pension is now $101,333 a year.... According to pension data collected by The New York Times from the city and state, about 3,700 retired public workers in New York are now getting pensions of more than $100,000 a year, exempt from state and local taxes. "

There's more talk these days about the coming intergenerational war (such as this article by Anatole Kaletsky), when younger folks balk at paying higher taxes to fund the retirement benefits of baby boomers. But there's another war coming: public vs. private workers. How will citizens like paying higher taxes so public employees can retire early, get inflation-adjusted pensions, and health care in retirement?

Posted by: usmc1969 | October 14, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Labor Unions are at the Heart of the Romanticized version of America the Tea-baggers yearn for.

Who are you people who think that the Capitalist for whom you work are paying you a fair wage because they want to? Who thinks that the CEO's of the world only make you work 40 hours because they care about you as a person?

You people clamor for "free trade" and "globalization" and "capitalism". Free Trade means that if you aren't willing to work 14 hours a day for minimum wage, you won't eat. The immigrants you hate so much because they are stealing "your" job? Free Trade means no government impediments on imports and exports, including labor. Which means no there is no border. There is no minimum wage. Which means the more dire your situation, the less you will accept for your labors.

How you all are so deluded and willfully ingorant about the world you live in never ceases to amaze me.

Posted by: JoeMck | October 14, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Woo hoo. It's about time. That's how you tell it like it is.

Posted by: denise4925 | October 14, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

If a labor union is against something that means that it likely makes a lot of sense.
Any entity that says "everyone gets the same raise regardless of how hard you work" has some inherently flawed logic.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | October 14, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Labor Unions are at the Heart of the Romanticized version of America the Tea-baggers yearn for.

Who are you people who think that the Capitalist for whom you work are paying you a fair wage because they want to? Who thinks that the CEO's of the world only make you work 40 hours because they care about you as a person?

You people clamor for "free trade" and "globalization" and "capitalism". Free Trade means that if you aren't willing to work 14 hours a day for minimum wage, you won't eat. The immigrants you hate so much because they are stealing "your" job? Free Trade means no government impediments on imports and exports, including labor. Which means no there is no border. There is no minimum wage. Which means the more dire your situation, the less you will accept for your labors.

How you all are so deluded and willfully ingorant about the world you live in never ceases to amaze me.
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Isn't Joe Miller of Alaska one of those teabaggers who wants to take away their minimum wage? LOL

Teabaggers = Bunch of Idiots.

Posted by: denise4925 | October 14, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Increasingly I find that Tea Partiers are on the right side of true American principles. There's no Tea Party denial of government; it's rather a complaint of too much government--sicialism. I don't believe in labor unions for government workers. It leads to divided loyalty.

Posted by: Forward11 | October 14, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Sickening what the public unions are doing to this nation. It is time folks to get the unions out of all levels of government.
We have the Dept of Labor and OSHA to protect worker's rights and safety. Why are unions needed in 21st Century. They aren't! Time will come sooner than you think when our cities, states and feds can no longer afford to fix anything due to the high labor, benefits and pension costs.
Insanity! Greece and Spain are prime example, as is the California Prison Nurse paid $170K in overtime in 1 year. LOL Google it! Also google "outrageous pensions" You bet we Tea Party people delike government waste and unions are a huge part of it!

Posted by: usmc1969 | October 14, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

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You teabaggers are so hypocritical. Is it on purpose? You say that you don't want the labor unions. You say we don't need them because we have the government, e.g. Labor Dept. and OSHA. I thought you didn't want government intrusion in your lives. Which is it?

P.S.
The government doesn't pay the unions. Just FYI. Wow.

Posted by: denise4925 | October 14, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

As a retired forty five year federal employee and manager I fully support the claims that Government needs to be reduced. Federal workforce strongly embraces inefficiency in the workplace. Unions stress more pay for less work and qualifications. In forty five years I never witnesses one single act from federal unions that enhanced the service to the tax pay from the federal workforce .

Posted by: amaverick | October 14, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

The government doesn't pay the unions. Just FYI. Wow.

Posted by: denise4925
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Usual liberal "teabagger" nonsense. Apparently anyone who is not a liberal/progressive is a teabagger.

Indirectly we do pay for the unions representing federal employees. We pay the salaries of the federal employees. And, by the way, why would federal employees need to be unionized? How many of them do you think have to worry about minimum wages, fair hiring practices or having their grievances adjudicated? Give me a break!

Posted by: bethg1841 | October 14, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Federal Unions bites the hand that feeds them????

Tsk Tsk TSk.

Insulting 99.99% of the people, only means more people will join the Preppers Depression to make sure that they are out of a job with a shrinking Fed. forced out by no income.

Buy enough food for a year and find a Preppers network like eveyone else is.
Jobless people are not going to salary a
corrupt Fed.
You all are Fresh out of Luck.


Posted by: dottydo | October 14, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Who is paying Federal workers salaries?
Tea Party US citizens or CHINA?
Federal workers forget they work for "We the People" and not the other way around!

Posted by: rteske | October 14, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Unions in the federal government have bred
more and more incompetence. It was a
difficult task to fire a federal employee
before unions; presently it is well nigh
an impossibility. Unions promote sloth,
waste, and incompetence. Look to the
United State Postal Service for a prime
example. Of course, they love Obama so
they will demonize anyone threatening
their personal fiefdoms.

Posted by: ekakuku | October 14, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

For your information, unions have been declining over the last few years, no thanks to corporations pushing them out. If it wasn't for the unions fighting for benefits, you would be working more than 40 hours a week, no paid overtime, no sick leave,no health care or vacation pay. Unions fought hard for these back in the 40's and up so we could enjoy our leisure time. My husband is a federal retired employee, but during his working years, I had to work too to help pay the bills. What has the tea party offered to help? All they say, we're taking our country back, and I ask, from where did it go?

Posted by: maryfh007 | October 14, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Go ahead, keep blasting citizens with microwaves, destroying lives. Your job is at stake and your going to learn the hard way that you were wrong.

Posted by: jackson26 | October 14, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

The Tea Party has it right.
Government deceit and waste is at the heart of America's trouble.

Posted by: jackson26 | October 14, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Further, I have yet to hear any concrete resolutions or a platform from the tea party on solutions. All is just ranting, because Glenn Beck says to. He's not into politics, he is in the entertainment industry, making billions. Which is ok, that is capitalism at work, but why do you buy into his rhetoric when he's said on the air, he doesn't give a "flying crap about politics, we are an entertainment company." (important word - entertainment).
Please don't hitch your star on his wagon, you'll get even poorer than you are now.

Posted by: maryfh007 | October 14, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone really think that an employer would pay a living wage, provide health insurance, vacations,sick leave etc. if workers did not organize themselves into a union to bargain collectively. Before unions it was an indivdual begging for a pay raise and anything else. Workers finally got smart and discovered that numbers of workers make a difference. People who have never had the privilege of belonging to a union either are ignorent or jealous. Unions brought us the middle class where a worker could earn enough to buy the product they made. With unions being denigrated,you will notice the middle class is disappearing. We need more unionism not less. Believe me, the bosses will rarely, if ever, give benefits willingly. The millionaire CEO thinks he deserves his outrageous salary and bonus and he just pushes paper and makes bad decisions that affect the whole nation. While the people in the trenches, get pressured into givng back and then is made to feel unworthy of the meager salary granted him. Bah! We've become a people working against our own interests and those of our fellow workers. Enough--bring unionism back.

Posted by: sunshinegal | October 14, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

You have to be kidding to even ask why is there a need for the Dept of Labor, OSHA, various Airline Workers unions, Mineworkers Unions, Nursing Unions, etc. You have never had to enter an unsafe coal mine, or work in a plant with hazardous conditions for poor wages, min if any benefits, and long hours for 7 days a week, work at the flight desk, or flying the plane, truck or bus for unlimited hours because there was no one to prevent an employer or boss from saying work or be fired. Some unions like companies can abuse the situation but most are out to serve their workers and see that they are entitled to a fair wage and benefits corresponding to the skills he or she brings to a job. For those of you so insistent on downsizing the Fed Govt see who is going to monitor your jobs, provide for your safety and well being, maintain this country and yes collect the taxes that the forefathers behind the Constitution recognized at our founding that taxes were nec and that the wealthy should be the blunt of payment of them - not the middle class and poor. You all need to get your hands dirty in some deep coal mine that is unsafe, working hours with no overtime or benefits, live in a company town and as the song goes owe your soul to the company store!

Posted by: davidmswyahoocom | October 14, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

IT IS REALLY FUNNY. MOST OF AMERICA KNOWS THAT THE FEDERAL WORKERS UNION IS A JOKE. THEY ARE ONE OF THE CAUSES OF THE FINANCIAL PROBLEM WE HAVE TODAY. WHEN WE READ THIS ARTICLE IT IS HARD NOT TO LAUGH OUT LOUD. THEY HAVE ALL OF THE ANSWERS, AND ALL OF THE ANSWERS ARE THE SAME. KEEP SUPPORTING DEMOCRATS BECAUSE WE HAVE ALL OF THE DEM POLITICIANS IN OUR POCKET. THE UNION IS PETRIFIED THAT WHEN TEA PARTY WINNERS ARE IN OFFICE THEY WILL GIVE THE COLD SHOULDER TO THE UNIONS.
GET REAL.

Posted by: MALBENNET | October 14, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Unions...

Works for government contracts. Union wages must be paid. City, state, federal governments near bankruptcy.

Nonunions...
Private contracts, union wage bids too high. Nonunion bidder wins. Automation reduces worker need. Nonunion companies thriving.

Posted by: dcorley | October 14, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Thanks sunshinegal - you got it right.

Posted by: maryfh007 | October 14, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

If you want to know why this country is bleeding money, thank a Union!!!!!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | October 14, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone in the WaPo reader universe have any idea why our nation has the 35-hour work week, the 8-hour day, no child labor, worker safety laws, and (some) pensions? Does anyone know why, between the end of World War II and the beginning of the Reagan Administration, we had a vast, diverse, and always growing middle class that could afford to create a lifestyle that was the envy of the world?

Unions, along with trust-busting Teddy Roosevelt and his Depression-fighting cousin Franklin, saved this country from remaining the feudal estate that the Gilded Age had established during the final third of the 19th century. And union-busing Reagan, Bush, and Shrub have striven to destroy middle-class Americans' prosperity and opportunities in the past 30 years while trying to return to the Gilded Age.

Thank god for unions -- for the right of workers to peacably assemble and stand up to corporate masters, in the same way American citizens can peacably assemble and stand up to government -- or corporate government of the sort Citizens United will return us to.

Any member of the Tea Party who refuses to acknowledge the exact parallel between his or her rights and the rights (and necessity) of unions doesn't deserve the title "American Citizen."

Posted by: adreed | October 14, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

First we need stronger unions specifically in the service industry. How many of you realize that those kids at Micky D's work for min wage? Or a the local quike mart? For most that is their only job, 40+ hours a week for 7.25 no vacations, no retirement, no benefits, and if you are lucky and get hurt on the job workman's comp will pay a PART of the bills. Now that and several underpaid overworked industries could use a strong union. But government workers get a union? Ok to relate my dislike for that specific union Worked in an office, had several federal employees in various capacities. One was hired specifically to fill a quota not based on ability simply to fill a check mark on our EEO forms. This employee when receiving their first quarterly counseling had been late 59 times. This then resulted in a 4 week period of daily tardiness, once only arriving minutes before midday (3hrs 57min). When confronted the employee stated I am a federal employee and union, good luck firing me "personal insult". This went on for over 2 years the employee was only transfered after another employee (non union contractor) was seriously injured due to the federal employee's negligence. As far as I know they continue to work for that federal department, I no longer do.

So tell me why are Federal workers allowed to unionize?

Give us unions that protect us, unions that fight both the government and big business to ensure we the workers are protected.

I say we wake up and quit blaming all unions for the continuing abuses of a few. Focus your anger on the right source, research and listen to those who actually have opposing views only then can we all fix what is wrong.

Oh and I am so very TIRED of the teabagger comments. I find it offensive on very personal levels. Please use your brain and show respect to those who are not wanting to picture such offensive images when reading these comment pages. I don't care how little respect you have for them, show some to the rest of us.

Posted by: opspwcjc | October 14, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

I find it exceedingly hypocritical that Federal employees whose wages are reliant upon the very income taxes coming from members and supporters of the objectives the tea party presents would be critical of the prevailing American desire to halt runaway Federal spending and ever increasing higher tax rates. Those wages of the Federal employees are the result of a healthy economy, one noticeably lacking for over two years, in which the employed in the private sector surrender ever higher percentages of their income for constantly increasing numbers of government workers and the 50% or more of Americans who literally pay no taxes.

I suspect the real reason the American Federation of Government Employees President John Gage has elected to spend $500,000 of the union's money for radio ads to attack the tea party is that he fears those candidates who support their aims may ultimately lower AFGE membership and affect his power and income. I respect the workers of America, be they union or non-union and most work hard, but Congress and union hierarchy have too long been less concerned with the people they have sworn to represent and more concerned with maintaining their power, influence and enhancing their own personal wealth.

Posted by: NoGovtFan | October 14, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

doctors cannot unionize....

but public servants can....

anyone every think about that?

If you're thinking AMA for even a second... shut up. 30% of doctors are members of the AMA, and they are NOT a union.

Cannot wait until we unionize.... it will happen soon... then... well only 1 in 100k can cut out colon cancer.... good luck with that.

Posted by: docwhocuts

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It sure would be nice if the medical profession didn't kill 100,000 patients per year due to incompetence.

What's the doctor's solution to that problem? Litigation reform. It's too much trouble to wash your hands between hospital rooms.

Amputate the wrong leg ... oops. Surgeons are only human. Little mistakes happen. How about a lung transplant where they forget to check compatibility .... oops. Litigation reform. Can't hold medical professionals responsible for checking silly details like compatibility.

If we just granted Al Quaeda medical degrees the number of deaths caused by the medical profession wouldn't substantially change and we would win the war on terrorism.

Thanks doc.

Posted by: James10 | October 14, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Isn't Joe Miller of Alaska one of those teabaggers who wants to take away their minimum wage? LOL

Teabaggers = Bunch of Idiots.

Posted by: denise4925

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That's the same Joe Miller who thinks that unemployment insurance is unconstitutional. ... He laid his own wife off from working for him so she could collect unconstitutional unemployment benefits.

He's also the same Joe Miller that collected farm subsidies. But then Michelle Bachmann is also a big supporter of farm subsidizes. She took $250K in farm subsidies.

Posted by: James10 | October 14, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Ok help me understand this....

Forced union dues, paid by federal government workers, pay for ads which support (Democratic) candidates who will vote to increase federal (union) workers pay.

Federal workers make more than you and I do and then retire with rich pensions and platinum health care at 55.

Next Obama wants to forgive student loans for those who go to work for the government.

This, as Obama bashes business, steals the wealth of bondholders, (in the GM "bailout") and gives it away to the UAW.

Who in their right mind would hire US workers with the threat of bankrupting unions or federal government confiscation looming.

Call me crazy but I think maybe Obama only represents those of us who are in a Union!

Posted by: ELF2 | October 14, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

We have approx 20,000,000 illegals currently in this nation. The DHS says 11,000,000 so lets' use that number!
SEIU and AFLCIO unions want us to grant amnesty to these 11,000,000 and that is well documented and touted by the unions and their supporters. Here is the major issue! Chain Immigration plain and simple! Google it!
That law was sponsored by Ted Kennedy in 1965 and allows each newly legalized illegal to bring into this nation their entire linage of family members. Period! Hillary does not like the term of Chain Immigration and prefers to use the PC word Family Unification Law! Both laws allow an illegal family to sponsor an avg of 84 family members via the family linage better known as the family chain. Do the math democrats!
Unions and democrats demonize business for Free Trade that Clinton signed and now you dems support unions that support amnesty which will do what when the dust settles and 10's of millions move into the work place working hard for $10 an hour.
The unions will win on this issue as their union membership will swell to numbers never see before with these new workers. It is all about union dues and control. We are quickly becoming Greece folks. Do the math and research! Why is border wide open to this day and why is Reid holding Dream Act for lame duck session and why is Obama releasing detained illegals back onto the streets.

Posted by: usmc1969 | October 14, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

How's the math working out for you? Now go to numbersusa.com and watch the Gumball video. It is the truth and it is an eye opener unless you are blinded by the unions. The very people who what massive amnesties are the same people who pay little to now taxes. Let's forget about lack of good paying jobs when amnesty happens. Let's talk taxes for healthcare, schools, roads, hospitals etc when they are filled with millions of low income amnesitzed people. Do you really believe that 48 million Americans on food stamps pay for their medical care? Now, add in tens of millions of people who will qualify for free medical as legal green card holders. Yes, free care, schools and other safety net benefits will be issued to all green card holders. Google: Green card holder benefits
Don't tale my word for any of this! Research and ask yourself this. How can we support the masses and where are your kids going to work! What will be their wages.
Why would a business hire your kids when they will have a New Working Class of cheap labor.

Posted by: usmc1969 | October 14, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

doctors cannot unionize....Posted by: docwhocuts | October 14, 2010 3:49 PM | R


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Garbage. No less a luminary that Milton Friedman has pointed out that the AMA is nothing but a union for doctors. (See Friedman's classic Capitalism and Freedom).

Posted by: twm1 | October 14, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

The headline needs to be changed;

Parasites United Against American Taxpayers

Posted by: illogicbuster | October 14, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Is it legal to blatantly lie? Only if you are Democrats.

"Food and mine inspection - gone. Forget about border patrol or keeping terrorists locked up. And returning veterans? Give them a cheap voucher instead of a quality VA hospital. Let's dump in the rivers and pollute the air again."

Lying, cheating, stealing - join the Democratic Party.

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | October 14, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Sickening what the public unions are doing to this nation. It is time folks to get the unions out of all levels of government.Posted by: usmc1969


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Interesting to see the right wing union haters who admire the Chinese Boshevik government which makes all unions illegal, allows no freedom of association or dissent or anything else. Unions exist because a majority of working people freely choose to organize. This is how democracy is supposed to work. The right wing lovers of Chinese Boshevism hate democracy and especially hate working people and want to make sure they cannot organize to protect themselves. These people want big corporte executives to organize through groups like the Chamber of Commerce and secretly spend unlimited amounts of money to promote their political interests. But they don't want working people to be able to ogranize at all.

Posted by: twm1 | October 14, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Desperation is a stinky cologne.

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Posted by: itkonlyyou316 | October 14, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

More scare tactics from a union---so what else is new? The Republican Party is an entity separate from the tea party but this ad subtlely tries to link them. Republicans have NOT said cut taxes for the rich; they have said that tax rates should stay as they are. Republicans have not advocated closing down the government. And I doubt the tea party has advocated that.

We were promised that the stimulus billions would keep unemployment under 8%; it has been over 9% for months. How long are Democrats going to keep playing this tired old song of blaming everything on Bush and the Republicans?

It's been a Democratic House and Senate since 2007 and a Democratic White House since 2009. If everything were rosy, the Democrats would take all the credit. But things are terrible. Shouldn't Democrats also take credit for this mess?

Posted by: MrBethesda | October 14, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse

All these anti-Union people most likely would be the ones benefiting from what Unions stand for in the first place. But, no, there would rather continue to let those upper level Executive/CEO types screw them over while they laugh all the way to the bank.

Posted by: booboo117 | October 15, 2010 7:22 AM | Report abuse

the great goverment employment purge is coming...
we will start with those that were hired by obama...
we will insure diversity in all federal agencies...
we will not give waivers for criminal records...
unless they are given to all...
I figure 25% of current goverment employees are redundant and need to find new jobs...

Posted by: DwightCollins | October 15, 2010 7:26 AM | Report abuse

Sadly there are a few segments of Gov't that offer valued service, Military, Law Enforcement to name a very few. Why do those in OUR Employ think they can mandate job security when WE THE PEOPLE have none????
BUT please tell me how...
- The Dept of Education educates a single child? IT HAS TO GO!
- How does the Dept of Energy create energy for the nation? IT HAS TO GO!
- How do all the new mandated HC Boards make us healthier and save money? THEY HAVE TO GO!
- Why has the Federal Gov't hired over 170,000 new staff since Barry and his gang took office, give us a more effiecent Gov't? THEY HAVE TO GO!
- IRS EXPANSION when we should be looking at flat tax and very few IRS Agents and Employees! THEY HAVE TO GO!
- How many freaking Presidential Czars and aids to Michele do anything useful? They HAVE TO GO!

Someone needs to remind these Fed Unions that much like the Air Traffic Controllers... WE CAN AND SHOULD FIRE YOU if the fiscal needs of the nation demand it!

Posted by: NeoConVeteran | October 15, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

@ DwightCollins...

ok, when you find a country to start doing this, let us know. Because it WILL NOT be my country or govt! And any anti-american movement will certainly be treated as treason!

The teabaggers have no clue and are spreading the Beck/Palin spew! Take back this country? Oh really? This country just went thru decades of congressional terror and turmoil... and you clowns want to put them back into power? Be very careful what you ask for and what you vote for... We told you for 8 years how corrupt Bush was... and you responded with negativity and anger. Now the truth is coming out about how his administration bankrupt this country, tortured people including citizens, destroyed the fabric of our constitutional rights, spied on ALL americans, granting "get out of jail" to republican bums, started 2 illegal wars and lied to the american people and the list goes on... but you want to put those same thugs back in power? You aren't stupid... you are all merely idiots. Turn the Beck and Palin channel and research and learn on your own. Look at history and the mistakes that were dire. Let's NOT do them again!

Lastly, for all you teabaggers that are anti-union... I wish we could show you what this country would be like if we had no unions... Oh! take a trip to suburban China to live and work... let us know how that turns out too!

Posted by: darbyohara | October 15, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Let's see who got us into this in the first place: Our founding fathers who never suspected that hedonism and socialism would become the replacements for hard work and self-sacrifice. How about FDR, who established in the public mind that the government was a jobs program? How about LBJ, who's massive social legislation was passed without a method of limiting entitlement? And thousands of legislators over the years who bought votes using federal tax dollars, and now use deficit spending to do it? As for union leadership, the nirvana would be a system where no work had to be done and benefits continually increase. AFGE is a leader in this area.

Posted by: ArmyVet1 | October 15, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Industries and interest groups organize themselves to lobby legislators all the time. Bankers, doctors, big pharma and military contractors all do this, The Tea Party does this, Israel apologists do this, and labour unions do this. What's odd to me is, the people who appear most bothered by the existence of a bureaucrat's union don't mention the NON-union appointees (Dem or Rep), who are MOST at fault and LEAST accountable for the "waste" that Tea Partiers rant about. Such inconsistency, or hypocrisy, is to be expected after three generations of red-baiting propaganda by the transnational UNION of corporate ubermensches (and their minions in bipolar politics). The Tea Party serves THIS union's interests quite nicely, I'd say.

Posted by: McMicah | October 15, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

There’s plenty of union bashing going on here. I'v worked for many years both as a Federal employee and in the private sector, but I've never been a member of a labor union. I don’t care one way or another about labor unions. However, if you are going to violently lash out at Government labor unions, at least have enough information about them to make sense. Do you know the answers to these questions:

What percentage of the Federal workforce (excluding and including active military) belong to a Federal labor union?

Can Federal labor union workers lawfully strike?

Do the Federal labor unions bargain wages and benefits for their members?

Are Federal employees required to belong to a Federal labor union?

Are there laws that permit Federal labor unions? Why were those laws enacted?

My guess is that most of the union bashers have no clue about the importance (or lack of importance) of Federal labor unions to the work or effectiveness of the Federal Government, to the Federal employees, or to themselves and their arguments for more limited Government.

Wish this election cycle would just end.

Posted by: finserra | October 15, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Unions members are a source of waste just like promoting on the bases of seniority. No matter how inapt they are the union protects them like a golden cow.
People wake up Obama bailed the union to protect the union pension funds (all for votes as he increases the size of government.)
Public servants have unions to protect their inapt performance on the job.

Posted by: famousfatman | October 15, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Unions members are a source of waste just like promoting on the bases of seniority. No matter how inapt they are the union protects them like a golden cow.
People wake up Obama bailed the union to protect the union pension funds (all for votes as he increases the size of government.)
Public servants have unions to protect their inapt performance on the job.

Posted by: famousfatman | October 15, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Lets get some facts straight.

This is from the Bureau Of Labor Statistics Report.

Union Members Summary
For release 10:00 a.m. (EST) Friday, January 22, 2010 USDL-10-0069

Technical information: (202) 691-6378 * cpsinfo@bls.gov * www.bls.gov/cps

Union Members - 2009

In 2009, the union membership rate--the percent of wage and salary workers who were members of a union--was 12.3 percent, essentially unchanged from 12.4 percent a year earlier, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The number of wage and salary workers
belonging to unions declined by 771,000 to 15.3 million, largely
reflecting the overall drop in employment due to the recession. In 1983, the first year for which comparable union data are available, the union membership rate was 20.1 percent, and there were 17.7 million union workers.

The data on union membership were collected as part of the Current
Population Survey (CPS). The CPS is a monthly sample survey of about 60,000 households that obtains information on employment and unemploy-ment among the nation's civilian noninstitutional population age 16
and over.

Some highlights from the 2009 data are:

--More public sector employees (7.9 million) belonged to a union than did private sector employees (7.4 million), despite there being 5 times more wage and salary workers in the private sector.

--Workers in education, training, and library occupations had the highest unionization rate at 38.1 percent.

--Black workers were more likely to be union members than were white, Asian, or Hispanic workers.

--Among states, New York had the highest union membership rate (25.2 percent) and North Carolina had the lowest rate (3.1 percent).


My Points are
1) Why let 12.3%; of the population push their political agenda on the rest of the U.S. population.

2) If the illegal workers number of 20 Milliom is correct; then there are more illegals working then union members. Agenda to get illegals to join unions?

3) More public sector union workers then private sector; no wonder your taxes are so high.

4) Unionization has its roots in the Communist Manafesto.

"There upon the workers begin to form combinations (Trades Unions) against the bourgeois; they club together in order to keep up the rate of wages; they found permanent associations in order to make provision beforehand for these occasional revolts. Here and there the contest breaks out into riots.
Now and then the workers are victorious, but only for a time. The real fruit of their battles lies, not in the immediate result, but in the ever-expanding union of the workers. This union is helped on by the improved means of communication that are created by Modern Industry,..."

Posted by: tas1spider | October 15, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Typical union positions. Don't do anything that might imperil our "right" to COLAs and well-paid jobs, despite performance. We are government so we can't be downsized; neither should we participate in the general economic downturn. Leave that to the peons on the outside. No statements in any of their blogs can stand the light of close examination. Government has never run ANYTHING efficiently. It may be the only game in town but that doesn't make it good. Most people don't give a damn about unions. Their day is over. They accomplished much many years ago. their day is now over. Get used to it, people!

Posted by: davidg2e | October 16, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse

The link for the Bureau Of Labor Statistics Report.

Union Members - 2009 is
http://www.bls.gov/news.release/union2.toc.htm

Lots of tables / statistics for those that are interested.

As an answer to finserra question on Federal Union percentages. Source above.

Public Sector 2009

Federal Goverment
Total employed: 3,594,000
Members of Unions: 1,005,000; 28.0%
Represented by Unions: 1,192,000; 33.2%

State Governments
Total Employed: 6,294,000
Members of Unions: 2,025,000; 32.2%
Represented by Unions: 2,222,000; 35.3%

Local Governments
Total Employed: 11,244,000
Members of Unions: 4,867,000; 43.3%
Represented by Unions: 5,263,000; 46.8%

Definitely higher percentages then the 12.3% total of all U.S. employed. Can I infer that the unions are trying to take control of the government bureauacracy?

Posted by: tas1spider | October 16, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

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