Gov restricts employers rights

Just when you think you have seen everything, and government invading or intruding on any private sector act, along come these new rules to take it to a whole new level. Basically, it infringes on employers’ being able to use outside legal council or seek advise on unionization. An attempt to restrict and limit employers seeking union advice.

New labor regs could violate First Amendment, lawyer-client confidentiality

By Eric Boehm / March 24, 2016 |

Employers will have the federal government looking over their shoulder if they discuss unionization issues with outside legal counsel under a final rule released Wednesday by the Department of Labor.

Unions are vocal supporters of the new regulations, which give them a leg-up in organizational activities, but some lawyers worry that the new regulations violate employers’ First Amendment rights and privileged communication between attorneys and clients.

The so-called “Persuader Rule” has been a contentious issue since it was first proposed more than four years ago. The final version requires businesses to disclose whether they sought outside consultation or legal assistance as part of any effort to oppose their workers’ unionization.

The Department of Labor is greatly limiting businesses’ ability to obtain labor relations advice from attorneys, consultants and trade associations, said Kristen Swearingen, vice president of political affairs for the national branch of Associated Builders and Contractors, a trade group of open shops.

Since most small businesses don’t have in-house legal teams, the rule piles new mandates on small businesses, ABC warned.

“No employer should have to wade through the final rule’s 446 pages to figure out whether they can safely get advice on what they can say to their employees,” said Swearingen. “The final rule is clearly an attempt by DOL to restrict employers from communicating the potential pros and cons of unionization.”

The National Association of Manufacturers says the new rules violate employers’ First Amendment rights and promised to challenge them in court. […/]

“It’s a matter of basic fairness,” Perez [Sec of Labor] said. “This new rule will allow workers to know whether the messages they’re hearing are coming directly from their employer or from a paid, third-party consultant.”

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Basic fairness? Only government can do something overtly unfair and biased then call it “fairness.” So pry into management’s office and board rooms. Once again, issued as a rule. No legislation, just instituted as a rule. It also puts a target on any lawyers giving advice. They can be subject to retaliation. So it limits businesses and inhibits attorneys.

Hillary wedded to Planned Parenthood, with union support

Now we can see that Hillary Clinton is clearly Planned Parenthood’s nominee of choice. She is by far the biggest beneficiary of PP money. Bernie Sanders gets a measly 500 dollars. Hillary 10,000 so far.

The president CEO of Planned Parenthood also has a well-worn path to the Obama White House too, logging visits to many prominent staff — meeting 5 times with Valerie Jarrett and 4 with David Plouffe. Remember that when Obama conjures up Ronald Reagan.

Washington Free Beacon

July 31, 2015 — Planned Parenthood pours cash into Clinton

On Thursday, the White House came to the defense of Planned Parenthood calling the stream of damning videos against the organization “fraudulent.” The talking points used by the White House came straight from Planned Parenthood itself.

Now, according to the visitor log, it was discovered that the president of Planned Parenthood has made 39 visits to the Obama White House since he’s taken office.

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The dirty little secret is the money Planned Parenthood receives from unions. Apparently they aren’t shy about supporting a controversial organization amidst repulsive agendas.

Free Beacon “Unions Send Dues Money to Planned Parenthood”

Nearly half a million to top abortionist, mostly for political purposes

Three of the nation’s largest unions—the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), and Service Employees International Union (SEIU), contributed $435,000 to the nation’s largest abortion provider.

Almost all of that money was spent on political advocacy. AFSCME donated $400,000 to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, which spent about $1 million helping Democratic campaigns in 2014, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. UFCW categorized its $10,000 donation as political activity in federal labor filings. [More]

My how they all love giving to all causes political. Of course by political I mean Democrats. It appears that the other major side of Planned Parenthood, its political action fund, operate more like a slush fund for political fundraising. Speaking of fundraising.

Even the recent outrage over the exposure of the body parts agenda and political climate is just more fundraising opportunity for PP’s agenda. Using public outrage to raise money.

PP fraiser

At least there’s no question who PP and the AFT teachers’ union endorse, president Randi Weingarten calling Hillary “champion of working families”.(based on?) Working families must love cronyism. It also means Hillary will be against “choice” for parents.

However, Weingarten’s premature endorsement of Clinton is one many union members would like to see aborted. The NEA is taking a more cautious look at candidates trying to avoid premature blowback. Therefore NEA’s surveys and talks with candidates are being kept deliberately secretive.

O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!” — Walter Scott

Media Matters fighting SEIU

Media Matters Forces Secret Ballot Union Election

Lefty org adopts tactics it has decried to stifle workers rights

BY: Bill McMorris | Free Beacon
April 17, 2014 1:53 pm

Leftwing lapdog Media Matters for America is taking advantage of the Republican’s “anti-union” agenda to stonewall the SEIU’s attempt to unionize its staff.

MMFA is forcing its employees to conduct a secret ballot election that will determine whether or not they can join SEIU Local 500, a Maryland union, according to papers filed with the National Labor Relations Board.

The liberal organization, which is headed by Hillary Clinton cheerleader David Brock, has hired management-side labor attorneys at Perkins Coie, a firm that has represented dozens of Democratic candidates and liberal PACs, to oversee the process.

It is unclear why Media Matters did not opt to allow its employees to organize through a card check campaign, in which a union submits signed petitions from employees expressing their interest to join the union. MMFA, its attorneys, and the SEIU did not return requests for comment.

Media Matters has a long record of slamming Republicans and conservatives who want to protect secret ballot union elections.

The organization published multiple pieces celebrating the Democrat’s so-called Employee Free Choice Act, which would make it easier for unions to organize through card check campaigns and prevent employers from forcing a secret ballot election.

Media Matters researcher Meagan Hatcher-Mays took to the organization’s blog to criticize “a wave of Republican anti-union legislation [that] has placed obstacles between workers and union representatives and disrupted opportunities for workplace productivity.”

Hatcher-Mays cited a Wall Street Journal editorial that noted card check campaigns are far more likely to produce union victories than secret ballot elections.

The Journal’s “characterization of the card check process as a ‘deceptive procedure,’ is wholly misleading. Research shows that secret ballot elections, which the WSJ suggests are somehow more equitable than card checks, are deeply flawed,” Hatcher-Mays wrote.

Liberal writers criticized Media Matters for refusing to allow a card check campaign. Nick Baumann, a writer at Mother Jones, which is unionized by the Teamsters, tweeted out his support of workers on Thursday.

“Lefty orgs should walk the walk,” he said.

Labor watchdogs, including Richard Berman, executive director of the Center for Union Facts, slammed the perceived hypocrisy of Media Matters.

“One can only laugh at the number of ironies and hypocrisies in this situation,” he said in a statement. “It epitomizes the ‘not in my backyard’ complex that is also shown by unions themselves.”

Media Matters treatment of the SEIU undermines the pro-union rhetoric peppered on its website, according to Berman.

“Actions always speak louder than words, and what Media Matters’ actions show is that maybe unions aren’t that great after all,” he said.

When the Left starts to cannibalize themselves, get out of their way.

Welcome to AmeriKa

Where in government’s infinite wisdom it sets up drug-free zones around schools, to protect children and toughen penalties, but where a teacher is shooting heroin in the faculty lounge they can’t figure out what to do about it !

Ladies and gentlemen, you have just entered the twilight zone.

And the answer to poor schools and education will always be “Mo’ Money”.

By Leonard Sparks
Times Herald-Record
Published: 2:00 AM – 02/20/14
Last updated: 4:43 PM – 02/20/14
FALLSBURG (NY)— Two days after news broke that police were investigating six teachers and an aide after twice finding heroin and paraphernalia in the faculty men’s bathroom at Benjamin Cosor Elementary, Fallsburg’s school board faced questions from angered parents.
About 100 people showed up for Wednesday evening’s board meeting, which was moved to the auditorium at Fallsburg Junior/Senior High School to accommodate the crowd.
Many criticized the administration’s decision to withhold information about the first of the two discoveries, which occurred just before winter break in December.
Others criticized the district’s unions for teachers and aides, and called for the suspension of the seven faculty members until they reversed their refusals to provide urine samples to police.
Dawn Ciorciari of Hurleyville kept her 5-year-old daughter home from prekindergarten on Wednesday and said she felt uncomfortable sending her to school on Thursday.
“It’s really sad to me that I had to sit her down this morning and say something about drugs,” Ciorciari said of Wednesday’s decision.
The Fallsburg administration, the Fallsburg Teacher’s Association and the Fallsburg School-Related Professionals union have come under fire over the investigation, which began in December.
A quantity of heroin and several needles were found in the faculty restroom at Cosor the Friday before the Dec. 23 winter break. Then, sometime between the morning and afternoon of Feb. 11, a school staff member reportedly found a heroin baggie.
Camera footage was used to identify eight people who used the bathroom before Monday’s discovery, police said.
One, a contract employee providing occupational therapy, voluntarily gave a urine sample. The others — the six teachers and the aide — got legal representation and refused requests for urine samples, police said. /… Continue

“All of your comments are valid….and I can assure you that we are taking everything quite seriously”. 

Help me….since December the person is using the Faculty Lounge for a shooting gallery, in an elementary school….”seriously“? You are kidding, aren’t you?

RightRing | Bullright

ObamaCare, we know what’s in it… voter registration

Its finally out of the bag. An army of brownshirts, partial to Obama, will be unleashed to help people “navigate” the ObamaCare wonderland. You will be paying them well.

You are here = *D*

Tens of thousands Obamacare ‘navigators’ to be hired

April 3, 2013 | 4:44 pm

Tens of thousands of health care professionals, union workers and community activists hired as “navigators” to help Americans choose Obamacare options starting Oct. 1 could earn $20 an hour or more, according to new regulations issued Wednesday.

The 63-page rule covering navigators, drawn up by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, also said the government will provide free translators for those not fluent in English — no matter what their native language is.


The rules allow navigators to come from the ranks of unions, health providers and community action groups such as ACORN and Planned Parenthood. They are required to provide unbiased advice.

Some in Congress are already wary of the navigators. Louisiana Republican Rep. Charles Boustany Jr., chairman of the House Ways and Means Oversight subcommittee, has raised questions about a voter registration provision in the Obamacare application Americans will have to fill out to receive health care, and whether Democratic-leaning activists will influence which party people choose to join.

The 61-page online Obamacare draft application for health care includes asking if the applicant wants to register to vote, raising the specter that pro-Obama groups being tapped to help Americans sign up for the program will also steer them to register with the Democratic Party.

On page 59, after numerous questions about the applicant’s identity and qualification for Obamacare, comes the question: “Would you like to register to vote?” The placement of the question could lead some to believe they have to register to vote to get health care.

In the introduction of the document, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services declare: “This document — the ‘questionnaire’ — represents each possible item that may need to be asked for successful eligibility determinations.”

Did we think it was just about healthcare? That’s a jioke. Now comes the Casablanca moment: they are “shocked” and nobody knew this was in it. Just another one of those pesky irrelavent details.

Maybe now you’ll have to register “to find out what’s in it”? Guaranteed to be “just another manufactured problem by Republicans“.

Makes one curious what the qualifications will be for “navigators”?

“The brownshirts are coming…the brownshirts are coming!”

Mob Mentality


There have been discussions and studies on mob mentality. Christians are familiar with it as well as anyone. Its been used as a defense and excuse, and its been used as blame. There must be lots of studies about it.

It occurred to me that what we see a lot of today is mob mentality. (or as much as any other time) Most conservatives understand we have a republic not a pure democracy or mobacracy. Mob rule is not difficult to spot, we know it when we see it. How many evils were committed by the mob mentality? But it is not an excuse that should leave the individual off the hook like it is sometimes used. After all, conservatives strive to recognize the individual.

My issue here is not about the definition. Its about the effects. We just saw how a gang rape in India touched off a firestorm of protestors that came out to denounce those acts. I was shocked to see details where a witness saw long strands of intestines being pulled from the woman, who did not survive. If that is not disturbing I don’t know what is. What would cause people to commit such things? Mob mentality? But history is filled of these kind of things. They make TV shows about them. I’m not saying it was the mob mentality that caused all of them because individuals do disturbing things as well.

We tell children “if everyone else was jumping off a bridge, would you too?” Kids can understand those examples. We don’t want them to participate and blindly follow others in acts of evil. We warn them about peer pressure. We tell them just say no. Sadly, its nothing new; it’s part of humanity.

Christians understand mob mentality in the crucifixion. It was the exceptions and examples like Mary we remember. And other individuals who stood up to buck the trends in the New Testament. There was Stephen the martyr. Roman soldiers mocked Jesus. And Jesus tells the thief he would be with him in paradise. We see over and over the damage mob mentality can do. Look at Pilate.

We’re continually reminded of gang and mafia related violence and killings. They can rule neighborhoods.

We’ve seen stories of out of control mobs in stores at sales, where people were trampled. Police have crowd control tactics. Rodney king was a famous as a victim. Crowds form protests and they boycott businesses.

Media have their own wolf pack mob mentality. They can get in the way of the story they are covering.

I’m not just trying to list all the various forms, and you probably know where this is heading.

We see the mob mentality encouraged. Unions and organizations try to use mobs by organizing people. We have a president who comes from that background.

Of course, you don’t have to think too hard to wonder how mob mentality applies in our government and in Congress. I’ve been thinking how it is the same thing. The effects are all around. We see the pork they pass in bills and the idea is everyone does it. They follow the mob. It’s part of the process. There’s the “I got mine” philosophy.

Hey kids, if everyone is doing it, so guess who just HAS to do the same thing as everyone else? Our honorable reps. Don’t try that at home. We may not have a mobacracy but they do have the mob mentality working there.

So I started to wonder how much the mob mentality really plays into our process? It’s the same damaging philosophy. We hear about polls every day. The “big momentum”. The election process starts way early, mobs form. No different with legislators and the legislative process.

Years ago, we saw John McCain and his gang of 14. We see legislators hold government hostage to preserve their power and agenda. The mob mentality is the culprit, and they act as if its the solution. Politicians will lecture us against mobacracy and mob rule, while they use it as a vice. The founders warned about it in Federalist 10.

“By a faction, I understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or a minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adversed to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.

There are two methods of curing the mischiefs of faction: the one, by removing its causes; the other, by controlling its effects.

There are again two methods of removing the causes of faction: the one, by destroying the liberty which is essential to its existence; the other, by giving to every citizen the same opinions, the same passions, and the same interests.”

But instead of working toward the cure, we have a part of our political process who plays the game of encouraging and using factions for its political benefit – like a tool. Another side wants to encourage or support the individual in general. And some see themselves only in the group identity and demographics. How do we control and combat the effects of the extreme identity politics the left has created?

The point is the Right believes in idividuals and appeals to them. But you know how the Dems always tell us about diversity? Yea and the party of quotas and supposedly of minorities has a mob problem. They don’t see Latinos or minorities as individuals but as a group. All part of their extreme identity politics Democrats engage in. They pander and talk to them the same way, by the group. One set of policies for illegal immigrants, one set for blacks, one set for gays, one set for unions, and for women. And they use class warfare in economics.

They cater to the group or mob, it is not about the individual. A person just fits into his/her identity group. They relate to the person through one’s identity group. In the Obama campaign, his website had lists for various groups. You could search your group to see the policies related to being a Latino, a gay, a woman, et al, or even Christian.They were proud of the way they organized it. That is if you want to be known by that. Imagine having lists of Indians, Arabs, Asians, Mexicans Christians, blacks, Buddhists. It seems like it would be insulting. The same people attacked Romney for having binders of women for jobs.

Its mob politics – identity or group politics. No wonder it seems like mob rule. In the capitol they have their caucuses by identity group, the black caucus and the Hispanic caucus. They probably would have a communist caucus but they seem to overlap other groups. You caucus with your identity group — except if you are a black conservative. Then they lecture the Right on quotas and identity politics. Obama got over 90% of the black vote, what’s going on there? Yet the left will complain about large, powerful groups of conservatives. And they’ll talk about Republican “dog whistles”.

Obama on education next term.

The myth of education reform

Here is what Secretary Arne Duncan said:

“”Our basic theory of action is not going to change,” …
“The real work of improving schools doesn’t happen in Washington. Our job, in a second term, is to support the bold and transformational reforms at the state and local level that so many of you have pursued during the last four years.”

Wow, sound like music?
If reforms at the state and local level are so great, what does that say about the Dep of Ed? It would be nice to think Washington had a genuine respect for state and local actions or decisions. But that is a good laugh rather than a symphony.

Duncan also said:

“”We will continue to provide incentives and support for states and districts to engage in systematic change and expand their capacity to boost student achievement and close opportunity gaps.” -[blah, blah, blah filler]

“We’re going to continue to provide incentives and support for states and districts to strengthen the teaching profession, develop useful systems of teacher and principal evaluation, and recruit world-class talent to our schools.”

But what he really means, by “transformational reforms”, is probably what leftisit unions and educators were doing in Wisconsin and Chicago strikes, etc. He probably means those state and local “reforms”… holding the picket line, not the bottom line. Sorry, you just can’t get me to believe that they are interested in supporting local education reforms on the up and up — unless they fit the general Marxist indoctrination plan.

Or a plausible explaination is that they believe there are enough Marxists throughout the country, in key positions in the education field, to sufficiently back flush their real Marxist agenda/indoctrination using them. (the way a septic system backs up) Then claim it was a state and local effort, while making unions and Marxist educrats happy and furthering the administration’s own radical agenda.

So what Republicans in Congress should do while all this strategizing and obfuscation is taking place, is call for a clean audit on the Dep of Ed for starterts.

Reference: Obama’s 2nd term to test his education program
And “Educators” Flock To MARXIST CONFERENCE At Northwestern University”

Bait and Switch

Heritage asked Duncan questions getting few answers:

4. No Child Left Behind Waivers and True Flexibility for States
Duncan touted the Administration’s NCLB waiver plan, stating that it gives “local districts” flexibility, “instead of applying rigid, top-down mandates from Washington.”

In reality, the waivers are anything but, replacing the federal overreach of NCLB with another federal overreach by requiring states to implement the Administration’s preferred policies in exchange for a waiver. The waivers fail to provide true flexibility and open wider the gates for increased federal control.

Heritage reported in September:

By issuing waivers from the law, the Administration has signaled to Congress that legislators have met the end of the Administration’s arbitrary timeline for regular reauthorization, despite movement on the many congressionally generated proposals. The waivers, along with other instances of executive indifference toward legislative process, show a “disregard for the powers of the legislative branch in favor of administrative decision making without—and often in spite of—congressional action.”.

Reference: No Child Left Behind Waivers: Bogus Relief, Genuine Overreach
Further: How Escalating Education Spending Is Killing Crucial Reform

Teachers and leeches

Just an observation

I feel compelled to say I don’t have a hatred of teachers. That is not the point. I’ve known quite a few. But that does not change the problem. Secondly, this is my observation and your mileage may vary. I don’t know about any statistics or polls.

I’ve had the chance to talk to some people who I know are pretty big Democrats.(Big D) This is not about changing their positions or arguments. What they have offered, to my surprise, is how they are fed up with the teachers, what’s going on, and what’s in the news. I couldn’t tell you about any teacher approval polls. I base it just on these conversations.

They are fed up and see them as part of the whole problem. Now I’m not putting words in their mouths, its just what they have told me. And sure, these same people are fed up with a lot of things, politically. It crosses the board from Washington politics to local boards. I’ve never seen that before where they blurt it out so freely, almost knocking me off my feet. Really, I didn’t instigate it. Some of them are fairly close to teachers, or always have been, and worked in related professions. Only one elderly person I know, who has always supported teachers passionately, is somewhat sympathetic but even that is changing.

Back up, “it’s the economy, stupid.”

Maybe the economy is a big part of it. I watched class warfare in the Democratic Party for years and never noted this discontent before. It’s a growing unrest. But it is not toward the rich and powerful, as the DNC mouthpieces claim. It is at the cushy government jobs, powerful unions, and their never-ending line of benefits or perks — paid for on the public dole. Like the big teachers unions and tenured teachers protected by the same, no matter what they seem to do.

Call it inter-class warfare or whatever code word for resentment that you want to use. The phrase “enough is enough” comes up frequently. The implication is it must stop. Teachers are part of it and just one of several symbols. It’s across the spectrum toward the public sector. It involves bureaucrats, teachers, unions, and politicians; like I said from DC to main street.

The economy has people in a pickle. If you aren’t feeling it then check your pulse. That is the kind of feeling out there. Then they see the unions and the public sector politically organizing, calling out strikes and it is just a reminder of that resentment. Here are people who are above most working class folks, leveraged, making the same demands they have all along while everyone else is under threat of cuts or already lost so much.

And these teachers, in particlular, expect sympathy from the public and taxpayers in general. People who inevetably pay for their wishlist. Well, it doesn’t look to me like they have Joe citizen’s support. Some are homeowners and some not. But they see and feel this perpetual squeeze the public sector and unions have strapped onto the tax base. Then every few years they demand increases, whatever the shape of the budget or economy. Plus, their perks are far above what regular people have, even other professionals. Then teachers or whatever expect our sympathies even in these times. It looks like they’ve stretched that rubber band to a fault. Generally, they could count on it before — teachers to public servants.

No, it isn’t just the current strike or so that is bringing it to the front burner. It is when you look across main street clear to Washington. Everyone seems to feel we are on a train as mere passengers; and it is going to take us somewhere regardless how we feel about it. Dems I know freely tell me.(not all)

And they are asking what can we do to stop it? It must be stopped. Well, it may not be to the level of Rick Santelli yet, but there sure is open disgust. And they admit it. If it were only partly as rampant, the Dems should not be whistling past this graveyard the way they do. Maybe it doesn’t matter much but the resentment and discontent is there.

Obama is hoping for ‘no change’

We tried Hope, now we want Change.

It’s clear those catchy slogans and chants didn’t do it. They didn’t put gas in the tank; they didn’t counter high energy costs; they didn’t create jobs; they didn’t cut the debt; they didn’t fix government; they didn’t change the way Washington worked; they didn’t give us transparency; they didn’t end cronyism; they didn’t close the revolving door; they didn’t stop the influence of special interests; they didn’t cause us to be liked any better around the world; they didn’t calm the seas nor instill confidence. “Just words?”

“Don’t tell me words don’t matter”, Obama said.

But they did get Barack Obama elected. They did stir people up. They did work for Obama. But they were empty rhetoric and promises, dead end roads for America on the ropes. He ran on “Hope and Change”, and asked people to “believe” in him. He asks people to keep believing in him again to get reelected. The problem with their sloganeering is they never thought past the sound bite. And they never saw how it would work in a reelection. He never saw beyond his lofty rhetoric.

He asked people to vote for “hope and change”, now folks hope he changes.
America tried Hope, now it’s time for Change.

Obama showed what he puts first when he said, “you didn’t build that”. But we can tell Obama, “you didn’t build that”. You didn’t didn’t build anything, in fact, you tore down what we built. You ripped apart the confidence of Americans, you assembled roadblocks in front of them, you created multiple agencies of bloated bureaucracy. You mocked the efforts of small businesses and entrepreneurs trying to succeed. Then you even said they misinterpreted your words, and your actions.

You revealed your priorities when you said “the private sector is doing fine.” The problem, you said, was in the public sector with loosing public sector jobs. The private sector lost millions of jobs, the private sector which has been struggling to add jobs, despite his policies. Jobs you then took credit for. Then you tell us “the private sector is doing fine”. Your concern is for the “public sector”. When you ran, why didn’t you say you wanted to be president of the “public sector”; why didn’t you say you wanted to be president of the unions and union workers; why didn’t you say you wanted to be president of the middle class? If people were listening they could have figured that out, based largely on your total lack of experience.

Another lie just to get elected.