Unions and OWS openly together at last: “Day of Action” planned for next week

posted at 4:00 pm on November 13, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Three major national unions plan to join members of the Occupy Wall Street movement for “We are the 99 percent” protests next Thursday. The AFL-CIO, the Service Employees International Union and the Laborers’ International Union of North America are eager to piggyback on the press of OWS — all to call for increased infrastructure spending. MoveOn.org and the American Dream Movement also plan to join the party.

The Hill reports:

Bill Samuel, the AFL-CIO’s director of government affairs, said labor has been frustrated by Republican-led filibusters in the Senate to block the parts of President Obama’s jobs bill that would increase infrastructure spending.

“It is an effort to focus public attention on repairing bridges and help with the jobs crisis. The Congress seems to be unable to do either at the moment with Republicans blocking these measures,” Samuel said.

The “Day of Action” will feature one march from Albany to New York City and another from a Verizon call center in Maryland to McPherson Square in Washington D.C. (Why Verizon? The company has been embroiled in a labor union dispute.) MoveOn also hopes a little protesting will occur at structurally sketchy sites to illustrate the need for funding for repairs.

It’s true Republicans recently opposed the Rebuild American Jobs Act, a portion of the president’s jobs bill that calls for $60 billion in increased infrastructure spending at the price of tax hikes. Even Republicans who have previously supported increased federal funding for infrastructure voted against it, including Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who serves as the ranking member on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent suggests this opposition was motivated by a desire to spare the rich a teensy-tiny surtax. But I’d argue that it says something that even those who consider infrastructure important still opposed the bill. In other words, Republicans didn’t oppose it because they like potholes. They just recognize the president’s bill is unaffordable. Furthermore, the only bipartisan position on the bill was against it. Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska both opposed it, as well.

As a reminder, other options exist to improve infrastructure. State and local governments are best positioned to know what needs improvement in the first place. In Indiana, for example, Mitch Daniels tackled the problem of a money-losing toll road head-on by selling a toll road to a private (foreign) company. His decision was highly unpopular at the time, but, ultimately, proceeds from the deal “unclogged a massive backlog of projects and funded hundreds of new proposals without increasing taxes or adding to the debt,” as one writer put it. Federal funding isn’t the only way to tackle the infrastructure problem.

Why aren’t the labor unions asking for infrastructure improvements at the state level? Might it be because state governments would be better positioned to balance their own budgets if public-sector unions weren’t bleeding them dry? Gas taxes and toll road fees are rarely reinvested in infrastructure because states are overcommitted. If these unions really want better infrastructure, perhaps they ought to show a little more support for efforts to balance state budgets.


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LOL. As if the SIEU, AFL-CIO, and Laborers’ International hadn’t been behind OWS from day one.

petefrt on November 13, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Sounds more like a “Day of Inaction.” We are after all talking about labor unions and unemployable people.

Tommy_G on November 13, 2011 at 4:11 PM

I’m going to go out on a limb here and predict that all of this will gradually escalate over time and, just by coincidence, converge just before the election. /Great Carnahan

FloatingRock on November 13, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Huh two groups trying to kill even more jobs. This cannot go well.

CW on November 13, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Wait just a second now, I thought the OWS protesters were against money influencing politics?

Of the top 20 donors in the last 22 years, 12 of them are unions.

And Wall Street is who they’re occupying?

It’s clear they don’t have a problem with money in politics. They have a problem with money in politics going against their selfish interests.

ButterflyDragon on November 13, 2011 at 4:13 PM

What’s going to be funny is if all of this stuff fizzles as bad as OWS has and everybody sees through their tricks. (I think they will/do.)

FloatingRock on November 13, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Wait? What? OWS is a democrat front group? You’ve got to be kidding!

Rational Thought on November 13, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Three major national unions.

Composed of Socialists, BTW..

Chip on November 13, 2011 at 4:16 PM

“Day of Action Vandalism”

yubley on November 13, 2011 at 4:17 PM

MoveOn.org and the American Dream Movement also plan to join the party.

Surprise, surprise!

GarandFan on November 13, 2011 at 4:22 PM

OWS protesters: Useful idiots for the left.

UltimateBob on November 13, 2011 at 4:22 PM

OWS is a dying movement and they’re trying to shore it up. Just finished clearing several sites, which was hard to do; few people left at the sites. Mainly empty tents (propbably went home to Mommy’s basement for the weekend).

michaelo on November 13, 2011 at 4:22 PM

“We are the 99 percent”

I never liked that name. Then I remembered that chimpanzees are about 98% human, so 99% might be just about right.

trubble on November 13, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Same old crap. The real question has been raised on this website a thousand times: “Why is this at the Federal level in the first place?”

Legislation does not need to contain Constitutional authority for its enactment. What it needs is a statement as to why such legislation cannot or should not be accomplished by the States.

But then Congress – Republicans included – wouldn’t get to play their stupid games with our money.

ss396 on November 13, 2011 at 4:25 PM

The battle lines are forming with clarity, which is good. It will be clear who is fomenting next spring and summer’s riots.

GaltBlvnAtty on November 13, 2011 at 4:26 PM

I wonder how many weirdos they’ll collect along their route. Glad I don’t live there and lock up the valuables if you do.

jeanie on November 13, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Well, the occupiers rode their camping trip as far as it would take them, so it makes sense to call up the reserves and start having protest marches. Will they ignore requirements for ‘permits’ for these marches in an attempt to provoke law enforcement into trying to shut their protest off?

Skandia Recluse on November 13, 2011 at 4:30 PM

trubble on November 13, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Good one!

FloatingRock on November 13, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Total grass roots movement. So much more so than the tea party….wait…what?

SPGuy on November 13, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Guess who is up for Time Person Persons of the Year?

Yeah, you got it.

bloggless on November 13, 2011 at 4:37 PM

Ha! They’re going to “march” from Albany to NYC? On foot? Riiight.

Buy Danish on November 13, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Their money didn’t work, their yelling didn’t work, the chants ditto, so what now?

Will the baseball bats work???

tarpon on November 13, 2011 at 4:39 PM

P.S. If it’s infrastructure dollars they want, the Keystone Pipeline would have created between 250,000 and 500,000 shovel ready jobs.

Buy Danish on November 13, 2011 at 4:41 PM

“all to call for increased infrastructure spending”

Bwahahahahahahahahahhahahahaha

I GUESS DA KEYSTONE PIPELINE AND DEM 20,000 JOBS AIN’T INFRASTRUCTURE.

HUH…BARRY??????

rOfLmMfAO

donabernathy on November 13, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Where does the Union invest their pension funds?

Divest boys, then I might listen!

Wander on November 13, 2011 at 4:49 PM

When did this become an anti-Republican party movement?/duh
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RalphyBoy on November 13, 2011 at 4:50 PM

“The system is broken!!! Re-elect and strengthen the system!!!”

Bruce MacMahon on November 13, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Mob rule is the order of the day . . . anarchy and revolution can’t be far behind.

rplat on November 13, 2011 at 4:54 PM

How much to the heads of these unions make? I haven’t been able to find it published anywhere. If they make over about $365K/year, then they themselves are members of the 1%.

crosspatch on November 13, 2011 at 5:01 PM

O Portland is now chanting “this is what community looks like”… Obama will be so proud!
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RalphyBoy on November 13, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Let us all bow our heads and pray for rain for the mid-Atlantic next week (at least until Thanksgiving).

Wethal on November 13, 2011 at 5:04 PM

If I were a republican I would simply say that the federal government under this administration has morally forefited the right to confiscate further money from taxpayers for such discretionary projects until it comes before the people and satisfactorily explain the billions of lost money on the stimulus and the further lost billions on green energy.

rrpjr on November 13, 2011 at 5:09 PM

“So join us, bring your families, and have a day of fun which will include pooping on cop cars, smashing windows, spray-painting graffiti, shooting-up heroin, banging on plastic pails, throwing bricks at the police, and seeing how many diseases you can catch.”

Bishop on November 13, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Maybe SEIU can get more states to force union dues contributions to their political coffers from family care-givers, like they do in Michigan. Here’s an alternate to the story that appeared last week on Hot Air.
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In any case, the unions are quite willing to impose dues contributions from most any source so the citizen has to be vigilant about this theft at the state and local level. ØBlama should be warned about this. I bet he doesn’t know!

ExpressoBold on November 13, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Infrastructure Spending = Bailout Unions = Campaign Funding = Obama Re-election = Socialist Onslaught = Death of America

Game, set, match.

fogw on November 13, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Day of Action? I thought they had a couple of those already.
What happened on bank transfer day? I thought that was when the world was suppose to come to an end.

JellyToast on November 13, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Instead of infrastructure spending, why don’t they demonstrate against uuuuhbama’s decision the halt the pipeline from Canada.

herm2416 on November 13, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Awesome. Public chaining of OWS cretins, union thugs, and the insipid Democrat party, all together in one big public display of contempt for… everyone else.

Delicious.

Midas on November 13, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Wait just a second now, I thought the OWS protesters were against money influencing politics?

Of the top 20 donors in the last 22 years, 12 of them are unions.

And Wall Street is who they’re occupying?

It’s clear they don’t have a problem with money in politics. They have a problem with money in politics going against their selfish interests.

ButterflyDragon on November 13, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Funny how they represent at most 11.9 percent of the workforce and yet they are extremely monied and influencial. That’s a lot of little guys having dues taken out of their paychecks to extravagantly fund their union bosses’ political cronies.

Fallon on November 13, 2011 at 6:08 PM

If I were a republican I would simply say that the federal government under this administration has morally forefited the right to confiscate further money from taxpayers for such discretionary projects until it comes before the people and satisfactorily explain the billions of lost money on the stimulus and the further lost billions on green energy.

rrpjr on November 13, 2011 at 5:09 PM

If you were a Republican congress person?

GaltBlvnAtty on November 13, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Isn’t Van Jones behind the American Dream Movement?

onlineanalyst on November 13, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Why don’t some enterprising groups who are against this blackmail flood the airwaves with Obama’s laughing words that he guessed some “shovel-ready jobs weren’t shovel ready” when he blew off the waste of the porkulus dollars? Expose the con man for what he is.

onlineanalyst on November 13, 2011 at 6:18 PM

The purpose of the jobs act is to funnel money to the Unions, it should be called the Union Jobs Act, so democrats can get themselves elected in 2012. They want the American people to fund their own demise.

Dr Evil on November 13, 2011 at 6:22 PM

The Unions are going to commit suicide if they keep this up.

If I am employing the public sector workers through my payment of taxes, why are they protesting me? Why is that? Am I enslaving them? Am I beating them? All I do is pay my taxes.

How ’bout if I STOP paying my taxes? Will that then shut them up?

Key West Reader on November 13, 2011 at 6:35 PM

Isn’t Van Jones behind the American Dream Movement?

onlineanalyst on November 13, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Er. It sorta turned into the American Bowel Movement.

Much to his chagrin. Van Jones is a failwhore.

Key West Reader on November 13, 2011 at 6:37 PM

The idiots think we’ve all forgotten about the last big stimulus they were going to spend on infrastructure. That’s the problem with lying. Pretty soon nobody believes you.

Murf76 on November 13, 2011 at 6:38 PM

The idiots think we’ve all forgotten about the last big stimulus they were going to spend on infrastructure. That’s the problem with lying. Pretty soon nobody believes you.

Murf76 on November 13, 2011 at 6:38 PM

They always loot the Treasury before they get voted off the island.

Key West Reader on November 13, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Is it just me or is anyone else absolutely amazed that 12% of American workers(union)in tandem with about 500,000 whacked out hippies, socialists, communists and anarchists can cause this much chaos and dominate the national discussion day in and day out?

These people are nucking futz, plain & simple.

WTF?

Tim Zank on November 13, 2011 at 6:57 PM

Lawyer up. The unions have ample reserves in their “retirement” funds to pay for all the damage and any personal torts which might arise.

Want to shut this garbage down, hit them where it hurts most…their wallet.

(Fail to do so, and we just legitimize them all the more.)

And, if anyone thought that the unions were not part of the initial OWS, you really haven’t been paying attention.

coldwarrior on November 13, 2011 at 8:09 PM

Day of Inaction

ama on November 13, 2011 at 8:54 PM

The Keystone pipeline was essentially vetoed by Obama.

Tens of thousands of jobs lost.

Where’s the protest?

profitsbeard on November 13, 2011 at 10:06 PM

Via The Ulsterman report
“…if these Occupy protesters are angry in part, over the influence that money has on politics in America, why are they so willing to march with Big Labor?  Are these protesters unaware that Big Labor makes up 12 of the top 20 all time political donors – representing BILLIONS of dollars in political donations?
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One would hope that most Occupy protesters could figure out that 12 out of the top 20 is over HALF. Or is that giving those protesters too much credit?
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1 ActBlue                                                    $56,856,922 99% 0%    
2 AT&T Inc                                                    $47,737,462 44% 55%
3 American Fedn of St, Co&Municipal Emp $46,366,658 94% 1%    
4 National Assn of Realtors                    $40,823,776 47% 49%
5 Service Employees International Union    $37,634,117 75% 2%  
6 National Education Assn.                    $37,146,129 82% 5%  
7 Goldman Sachs                                    $36,046,453 60% 39%
8 American Assn for Justice                    $35,021,304 88% 8%  
9 Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers    $34,445,372 97% 2%    
10 Laborers Union                                    $32,096,950 88% 7%  
11 American Federation of Teachers            $31,882,616 90% 0%    
12 Teamsters Union                                    $31,401,292 89% 6%  
13 Carpenters & Joiners Union                    $30,784,258 86% 9%  
14 Communications Workers of America    $30,287,648 94% 0%    
15 Citigroup Inc                                            $29,068,282 49% 49%
16 American Medical Assn                            $27,914,135 40% 59%
17 United Auto Workers                            $27,540,152 98% 0%    
18 United Food& Commercial Workers Union$27,509,308 93% 0%    
19 National Auto Dealers Assn                     $27,164,458 32% 67%
20 Machinists & Aerospace Workers Union.    $26,934,727 98% 1%    
Information provided via OpenSecrets.org”

Last 2 columns are percentage breakdown of donations to Democrat v. Republican- sorry in advance for format being screwed up. After 4+ yrs I should know how to fix that.

NightmareOnKStreet on November 14, 2011 at 12:59 AM