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Liberal politicians at the state and national level pass laws that bar free market labor from state and federal projects, and according to the Labor Department, pay an average of 44.4% higher wages to unionized workers than non-union labor would receive for equivalent work.  In return, unionized labor votes as a block to elect the liberal politicians who continue to grant workplace advantages to them at the expense of non-union workers. The blatantly corrupt system of pay-offs insulates union labor from free-market forces that would otherwise foster competition and efficiency, and reward workers and employers who provide the highest quality products and services to the consumer for the lowest possible prices (a phrase you are unlikely to find in any labor union mission statement).

Unionized labor in industry often wins demands under the threat of walk-outs, but at the expense of the employer whose increased cost reduces its ability to compete based on value. Non-unionized workers also lose, as they are barred from competing for jobs based on the value they could offer. In time, employers unable to compete begin outsourcing components or complete products from manufacturers in worldwide locations having more favorable labor rates--or move entire manufacturing plants abroad--so from then on, American workers lose a block of jobs while the American trade deficit grows to unsustainable levels.

General Motors' cost per vehicle was estimated at approximately $2000 higher than the price of an equivalent vehicle from Toyota due to union salaries and entitlements, enabling Toyota to A) offer its vehicle for $2000 less, B) add $2000 more desirable content, C) earn $2000 more profit per vehicle, D) pay $2000 more to its workforce or D) a combination of all four. The fact is, most Americans (including unionized labor) purchase the highest quality products offered at the lowest price, regardless of where they were made, who made them, or whether they had a defined benefit pension plan--the major reason Toyota is thriving, and GM and Chrysler went bankrupt.

Would all of those unemployed GM and Chrysler union workers have listened to their union bosses if they knew then what they know now? Do union bosses and liberal politicians really have the best long-term interest of workers in mind, or their own short-term political power?

Imagine what would need to change at GM and Chrysler to build higher quality vehicles at lower prices than Toyota. Those changes would require merit-based compensation competitive with the rest of the world, because the world—including America—is blind when it comes to anything but quality and cost.

This Stuff Is Not Supposed to Happen in America

Posted by Erick Erickson
Monday, May 24, 2010

"...In Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe or Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela or in Thailand or in former Eastern Bloc countries it would not be unheard of for union goons to show up on a man’s doorstep to intimidate the man into submitting to the thugocracy’s will. It is not supposed to happen here.

A couple of weeks ago, Barack Obama told Wall Street that he, personally *he*, was all that stood between them and pitchforks. Well, Obama’s SEIU buddies decided to break out the pitchforks.

500 SEIU goons showed up on the front porch of a house belonging to a Bank of America Executive. The man’s 14 year old son was home alone and, fearing for his life, barricaded himself into a bathroom..."

Now playing in NJ theaters:
THE CARTEL I education + politics = $

Waste and corruption beyond your wildest imagination occurs every day in NJ public schools. The Teachers' union is the winner—NJ's children and property-tax payers the losers. Finally, a documentary exposes exactly what's wrong with NJ's education system. This is a shocking, must-see movie for every property owner and every parent of school age children.
Big Labor’s investment in Obama pays off

By Michelle Malkin, May 13, 2009

"'We spent a fortune to elect Barack Obama — $60.7 million to be exact — and we’re proud of it,' boasted Andy Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union, to the Las Vegas Sun this week. The behemoth labor organization’s leadership is getting its money’s worth. Whether rank-and-file workers and ordinary taxpayers are profiting from this ultimate campaign pay-for-play scheme is another matter entirely."

Corzine cut sweet deal with Communications Workers of America, the state's largest public-employee union, in the middle of an economic crisis
"There is a lot of pain in the state's proposed budget - as homeowners losing their property-tax rebates next year know so well. Gov. Jon S. Corzine has repeatedly said that pain would be shared.

But the sweet deal he just cut with the leadership of the Communications Workers of America, the state's largest public-employee union, indicates that pain will scarcely be felt by public employees."
Employee Free Choice Act: Under the radar, but still scary
by Tim Gould

All the coverage of the Obama administration’s efforts to pass a health reform measure may have pushed the proposed Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) into the shadows. But don’t be fooled — the pro-union legislation isn’t going away.



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