Team Obama to unions: Bail out our convention, will ya?

posted at 11:21 am on April 25, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

The ongoing scandal in the North Carolina Democratic Party isn’t the only dark cloud on the horizon for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte this year.  Even though the lovefest on the Left has been reduced to three days from the traditional four, the Democrats are still coming up millions of dollars short in the funds necessary to pay for the event.  Barack Obama’s campaign has had to go hat in hand to the unions for the cash, thanks to his insistence that corporate money is too dirty:

President Barack Obama’s political advisers are pressing labor unions to contribute to the Democratic convention in September to cover a fundraising shortfall resulting from their self-imposed ban on corporate donations, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Democratic officials gave representatives of the major U.S. unions, including the AFL-CIO, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the United Auto Workers, a tour of the convention sites in Charlotte, North Carolina, April 23 in advance of a request for donations, according to the two people, who requested anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss internal strategy.

The three-day convention will culminate in Obama’s re- nomination in Bank of America Stadium on Sept. 6. So far, the host committee in Charlotte is roughly halfway to its $36.6 million goal.

Four years ago, unions contributed more than $8 million to the Democratic convention in Denver, according to financial disclosure reports.

That may be a tough sale.  Obama hasn’t delivered on much for the unions, although Democrats in the Senate did last night.  In timing that can only be called curious, Democrats united to keep an NLRB rule in place that allows “ambush elections” to take place:

Let the “ambush elections” begin: The Senate today rejected an attempt to overturn a National Labor Relations Board   rule that will speed up union elections.

That rule is scheduled to go into effect Monday. Business groups pleaded with Congress to overturn the rule and will now have to turn to the courts if they want to get their way. They contend employers won’t have enough time to make their case against union representation if elections are held in as little as 10 days after an organizing petition is filed.

Today, however, a resolution overturning the streamlined elections rule got only 45 votes in the Senate, short of the 60 votes needed to clear procedural hurdles. Republicans voted in favor of the resolution; Democrats voted against it.

What a coincidence!  Just after Democrats made their sales pitch to the unions to bail out their convention, Democrats in the Senate united to give them a gift rule that will force businesses to hold snap unionization elections, rather than give businesses time to make their case.  I’m sure one has nothing to do with the other … right?

Oh, and this is probably a coincidence, too:

Though the president has also proposed some streamlining of existing programs, he wants to expand the job training budget by $2.8 billion. While upgrading our workforce could make sense, the administration may have a secondary purpose – payback for  Labor’s $400 million support of his 2008 campaign, and its expected boost to his reelection effort.

Here’s how: the government funds job training programs administered by organized labor. Through such efforts, unions can expand their outreach to the unemployed and disaffected. In the process, they sign up new workers. Meanwhile, Big Labor is offering workers “green” certification through these programs.  At the same time, the White House wants to funnel money into “green” industries. It is only a matter of time before such works demand “green” certification, guaranteeing union workers preferred status.

Sound farfetched? Perhaps, but I’m not alone in making the connection. Consider a study undertaken last year by the University of California at Berkeley’s Center on Employment in the Green Economy. It assesses the labor needs of the state’s mammoth sustainability drive. The authors encourage “high road economic development” – code for union labor – and embrace the dual strategies of “high-road agreements and certification strategies.”

Organized labor and environmentalists are joining in this effort. The Blue Green Alliance, a “strategic partnership” founded in 2006 between the Steelworkers and the Sierra Club, claims it has grown into a massive collaboration among our nation’s largest unions and green groups, uniting “more than eight and a half million people in pursuit of good jobs, a clean environment and a green economy.” They combine forces to push environmental spending and workers’ rights.

In one sense, Team Obama and the Democrats have a good case to make for insisting that Big Labor cover the convention costs.  They’ve already bought the Democratic Party; why not pay the bill?


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We’re in bad need of our money back.

Bmore on April 25, 2012 at 11:23 AM

That’s one nasty bed they are all in together.

Roy Rogers on April 25, 2012 at 11:24 AM

ROFL How the mighty have fallen; PBHO will have to use miniature columns instead of the full size version, ala Spinal Tap.

I’m wondering though, what exactly is a “green certification” from a union?

Bishop on April 25, 2012 at 11:25 AM

I’m wondering though, what exactly is a “green certification” from a union?

Bishop on April 25, 2012 at 11:25 AM

It must have a Ben Franklin portrait on it.

Archivarix on April 25, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Maybe the Dems could have paid for the convention more easily if they hadn’t muscled out the local, non-union, North Carolina workers in favor of their more connected buddies.

teke184 on April 25, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Forget the money. See if you can get the Teamsters to provide security for the event. Add in the Occupy folks and it’ll be better than the Hell’s Angels at Altamont.

forest on April 25, 2012 at 11:28 AM

awwwwwww

TX-96 on April 25, 2012 at 11:29 AM

In one sense, Team Obama and the Democrats have a good case to make for insisting that Big Labor cover the convention costs. They’ve already bought the Democratic Party; why not pay the bill?

Sorry, guys, but we already spent the dough in WI fighting for our azzes there.
How much money do these people have anyway? I’m just amazed at the intricate web of back scratching goin’ on.

Kissmygrits on April 25, 2012 at 11:30 AM

See if you can get the Teamsters to provide security for the event. Add in the Occupy folks and it’ll be better than the Hell’s Angels at Altamont.

forest on April 25, 2012 at 11:28 AM

It really would be fitting.

VegasRick on April 25, 2012 at 11:31 AM

I’m wondering though, what exactly is a “green certification” from a union?

Bishop on April 25, 2012 at 11:25 AM

I would guess it means you’ve been properly indoctrinated to respond with the right talking points – like bayam and libtardfree.

dentarthurdent on April 25, 2012 at 11:32 AM

I’m wondering though, what exactly is a “green certification” from a union?

Bishop on April 25, 2012 at 11:25 AM

It must have a Ben Franklin portrait on it.

Archivarix on April 25, 2012 at 11:27 AM

LOL

LEED Certification it is world wide, and if I remember right, the UN is a part of it.

upinak on April 25, 2012 at 11:33 AM

I trust that Romney, should he win, will get rid of the NLRB – stat!?

OldEnglish on April 25, 2012 at 11:33 AM

to cover a fundraising shortfall resulting from their self-imposed ban on corporate donations

I wonder where they think the unions got their money from.

bernverdnardo1 on April 25, 2012 at 11:34 AM

BIG Labor union members are dumber than they look.
And that’s one high hurdle to overcome!

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on April 25, 2012 at 11:34 AM

I mean, these Unions aren’t going to vote for anyone else…might as well dig deep and pay up. Oh, but unions are “for the common man” I forgot.

search4truth on April 25, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Follow the green.

CurtZHP on April 25, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Forget the money. See if you can get the Teamsters to provide security for the event. Add in the Occupy folks and it’ll be better than the Hell’s Angels at Altamont.

forest on April 25, 2012 at 11:28 AM

..A+++ in history, forest! Good image.

The War Planner on April 25, 2012 at 11:38 AM

I’d love it if my union dues were going to pay for the Dem convention. whoo hoo! /sarc

ctmom on April 25, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Not gonna be much money left after union spend all those millions trying to unseat Scott Walker. Maybe Mr. Ed can help out..NOT!

mike0993 on April 25, 2012 at 11:39 AM

What sweeteners are the DNC offering Big Labor/Big Environment? Forced nationalizatiion of the Ford Motor Company? A compulsory windmill attached to every car? An organic high speed railway between Washington DC and Boulder, Colorado?

Scriptor on April 25, 2012 at 11:40 AM

What sweeteners are the DNC offering Big Labor/Big Environment? Forced nationalizatiion of the Ford Motor Company? A compulsory windmill attached to every car? An organic high speed railway between Washington DC and Boulder, Colorado?

Scriptor on April 25, 2012 at 11:40 AM

they won’t have to use obamacare.

upinak on April 25, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Seriously, how is a donation from Walmart any different than a donation from the AFL-CIO?

BKeyser on April 25, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Seriously, how is a donation from Walmart any different than a donation from the AFL-CIO?

BKeyser on April 25, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Walmart does not extort money from their employees.

VegasRick on April 25, 2012 at 11:44 AM

VegasRick on April 25, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Ooof. Good point.

BKeyser on April 25, 2012 at 11:46 AM

I hope the union thugs have spent so much trying to get Walker and others out in WI that they don’t have much money to give bho?

I wonder why the union thugs are still supporting bho? Don’t they want the keystone pipeline that bho won’t agree to do?
L

letget on April 25, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Obama hasn’t delivered on much for the unions

Not much . . . except for the hundreds of billions of “stimulus” dollars that went to the states and funded salaries for lots of unionized employees like teachers and police. Not much . . . except the hundreds of billions of federal tax dollars that were used to save union autoworkers’ jobs and gift the unions with a bigger ownership stake in GM and Chrysler. Not much . . . except for all those union “shovel ready” jobs on roads and other infrastructure projects that were also funded by the non-stimulating “stimulus” billions.

AZCoyote on April 25, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Judging by the logo for this event, it would appear that the Democratic party is putting all of their eggs into the 0bama basket for the 2012 elections.

Sounds like a winning plan! Go for it, Dems! After all, it worked out so well for you in the 2010 elections…..

“The big difference is, you have me.” – Barack 0bama

UltimateBob on April 25, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Seriously, how is a donation from Walmart any different than a donation from the AFL-CIO?

BKeyser on April 25, 2012 at 11:42 AM

You have the option to spend money at walmart. The union forces you to give them money.

lorien1973 on April 25, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Walmart does not extort money from their employees.

VegasRick on April 25, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Perfect. Great answer.

Scriptor on April 25, 2012 at 11:48 AM

S l u t s !
pay the
P I M P !

KOOLAID2 on April 25, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Seriously, how is a donation from Walmart any different than a donation from the AFL-CIO?

BKeyser on April 25, 2012 at 11:42 AM

The AFL-CIO has GOOD intentions. Wal-Mart has BAD intentions. See! It makes perfect sense!

stvnscott on April 25, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Barack Obama’s campaign has had to go hat in hand to the unions for the cash, thanks to his insistence that corporate money is too dirty

What’s wrong with money from Solyndra and LightSquared?…….. Oh, wait…..

Bitter Clinger on April 25, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Can you imagine the outcry if the GOP convention was paid for by Walmart? Why is this more acceptable?

WitchDoctor on April 25, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Grifter Government

Naturally Curly on April 25, 2012 at 11:56 AM

The well is running dry. If the unions are wise they will see Obama as a losing proposition. How many times can the dems tax their remaining donors?

Let’s not forget that unemployment puts a dent in union coffers too. The unemployed are not paying dues or buying unions made goods and services.

The unions are being doubly hit by Zero and the clown posse. The question is, are the union bosses smart enough to engage in some self preservation?

dogsoldier on April 25, 2012 at 11:56 AM

I trust that Romney, should he win, will get rid of the NLRB – stat!?

OldEnglish on April 25, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Like outlawing abortion, eliminating the NLRB is not something Romney can do by executive fiat, even if he wanted to. He’d first need the legislature to pass a law eliminating the NLRB (or repealing the law which created it), which does not appear likely to happen.

But you’ve reminded me of some of the other things Obama has done for unions (other than directing hundreds of billions of tax dollars into their coffers) — he has appointed (including the illegal non-recess appointment of Cordray) pro-union, anti-business stooges to the NLRB.

AZCoyote on April 25, 2012 at 11:56 AM

The signs are all there.

This year’s election will be rigged far beyond any election in our nation’s history.

And Holden’s DOJ will do NOTHING about it ……….. other than accuse protesting republican lawyers as racists.

fogw on April 25, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Not much . . . except for all those union “shovel ready” jobs on roads and other infrastructure projects that were also funded by the non-stimulating “stimulus” billions.

AZCoyote on April 25, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Yeah but what has he done for them lately? :0

Seriously, the unions aren’t exactly able to contribute the way they have in the past. Don’t forget that thanks to the Obama economy there are far fewer union members than there were four years ago- except of course for public sector employees which seem to have the survivability skills one would expect from any cockroach. You also have a few states that have managed to get themselves out of the business of collecting dues for the unions and it gets a bit awkward having to actually ask the member for their dues when you are just going to blow it on a GSA-style convention for a bunch of Dem Party fat cats. And finally, there is all that money the unions have already spent on recall drives, protest rallies, and the bankrolling of OWS.

Happy Nomad on April 25, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Seems logical for the Dems to demand that unions voluntarily provide an abundance of funds for their convention…the unions have been part of the Dem Party for decades.

Both are hell bent on robbing the “rich” to produce more and more poor in America.

And both are dangerous to Liberty.

coldwarrior on April 25, 2012 at 12:02 PM

And in related Union News-
SEIU has entered an amicus brief in the the Arizona immigration law being reviewed by SCOTUS today.

Are we gonna talk about this Ed, AP?

OkieDoc on April 25, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Happy Nomad on April 25, 2012 at 11:59 AM

But…just look at the growth of those service worker unions under Obama.

Lots of unionized federal jobs, too.

Who cares about actually producing anything anymore?

Building anything?

So long as service workers can make a buck off the backs of the taxpayers, that’s the ticket.

coldwarrior on April 25, 2012 at 12:05 PM

OkieDoc on April 25, 2012 at 12:04 PM

The SEIU…the civilian defense force of which Obama spoke, perhaps?

Now, why would a service worker union be interested in striking down immigration law?

Illegals have driven down the wages of many sectors of semi-skilled and unskilled labor all across America.

Must be trying to grow the number of Democrat voters. Keep the regime in power.

coldwarrior on April 25, 2012 at 12:08 PM

What are they hiring the union thugs to do — shutdown the OWS demonstrations at the Convention?

unclesmrgol on April 25, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Well, the people in the logo are certainly the right color. I wonder if that was intentional. Goota keep CPUSA happy.

contrarian on April 25, 2012 at 12:09 PM

What, a trillion dollar stimulus and they can’t afford to pay for my convention, well we’ll see about that, says Mr. President.

DDay on April 25, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Can you imagine the outcry if the GOP convention was paid for by Walmart? Why is this more acceptable?

WitchDoctor on April 25, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Of course, the left hates Wal-Mart because they are not unionized. Funny how you still see loads of bumper stickers for Obama in the parking lot. I guess principles are trumped by everyday low prices. Nevertheless, having the Koch Brothers underwrite the convention would be about the only thing that would be worse as far as the left is concerned.

Personally I have no problem with free market captialism. If it were me, I’d try to sell naming rights and have no problem with the Taco Bell Republican Convention or the Purina Dog Chow Democrat convention.

Happy Nomad on April 25, 2012 at 12:12 PM

The signs are all there.

This year’s election will be rigged far beyond any election in our nation’s history.

fogw on April 25, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Yes, there is good reason why Van Jones and Color of Change are conducting a vendetta right now against ALEC (the non-partisan organization that tries to promote honest elections, among other things): they know Obama probably can’t win the election outright, so they’re doing everything possible to ensure that electoral fraud is as easy for the Obama campaign as possible.

AZCoyote on April 25, 2012 at 12:12 PM

The cost of Styrofoam must’ve skyrocketed since 2008.

coldwarrior on April 25, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Obama hasn’t delivered on much for the unions,

Really, Ed? Didn’t most of the stimulus package go to preserving union jobs? Special bankruptcy protection for GM/Chrysler that resulted in bondholders and stockholders losing their stakes but union members keeping their jobs and owning much of the companies? All while destroying the businesses, livelihoods, and equity of dealership employees who are largely more conservative and non-union? NLRB decision that tied Boeing’s hands and prevented some degree of future profitability?

Who says he hasn’t delivered for them? The Unions themselves? That’s what all Democratic-voting constituency groups say–after all, that’s why they are Democratic-voting constituencies, because they think they are entitled to more favors than they have received.

Unions should be happy to pay for this convention–especially if they can “prove” business’ money is unnecessary while doing so.

rwenger43 on April 25, 2012 at 12:21 PM

I trust that Romney, should he win, will get rid of the NLRB – stat!?

OldEnglish on April 25, 2012 at 11:33 AM

.
Why make it so much work.
THE PRECEDENT has been set by this WH A$$clown-

Its WAIVER-MANIA Time!! The NEW and IMPROVED tool of governance-WAIVERS !!!!

(Waivers don’t have to be just for obiecare anymore !)

FlaMurph on April 25, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Seriously, how is a donation from Walmart any different than a donation from the AFL-CIO?

BKeyser on April 25, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Walmart is an evil company that gives workers money. The unions take workers’ money so they are good. At least if you think like a liberal/Democrat.

talkingpoints on April 25, 2012 at 12:26 PM

That DNC Convention logo needs re-working.

h/t HA commenter Immolate

de rigueur on April 25, 2012 at 12:31 PM

What is faster to hold snap union elections, or print pink slips? We are going to find out.

anikol on April 25, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Are labor unions not incorporated? Because if they are, accepting their money would violate his self-imposed ban on corporate donations.

Jeff A on April 25, 2012 at 12:57 PM

LEED Certification it is world wide, and if I remember right, the UN is a part of it.

upinak on April 25, 2012 at 11:33 AM

LEED certification drives up the cost of construction.

GBCI is a non-profit, but many of it’s directors have ties to industry.

“We feel a personal and organizational responsibility for creating global change that is economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable and lasting.”

First they came for your light bulbs…..

MichaelGabriel on April 25, 2012 at 1:18 PM

What are they hiring the union thugs to do — shutdown the OWS demonstrations at the Convention?

unclesmrgol on April 25, 2012 at 12:08 PM

They are one and the same: UAW Orchestrates, Leads ’99% Spring’ Campaign, Records Show

slickwillie2001 on April 25, 2012 at 1:20 PM

ROFL How the mighty have fallen; PBHO will have to use miniature columns instead of the full size version, ala Spinal Tap.

I’m wondering though, what exactly is a “green certification” from a union?

Bishop on April 25, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Here is your Spinal Tap analogy to Obama’s Greek columns. 18″ inches high!

Intro to the band manager
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMVMHNG68m8

On display at the concert. An Irish jig!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMVMHNG68m8&t=2m44s

islandman78 on April 25, 2012 at 1:32 PM

President Barack Obama’s political advisers are pressing labor unions to contribute to the Democratic convention in September to cover a fundraising shortfall resulting from their self-imposed ban on corporate donations,

Please forgive me if this has been said before, but this distinction between unions and corporations smacks (to me) like some legalism determined by the same folks (politicians) who’ve gotten us to the brink of disaster. What’s the difference?

Kind of like Slick Willie: “It depends on what your definition of ‘is’ is.”

RedCrow on April 25, 2012 at 2:02 PM

I don’t buy that the Democratic Party can’t pay for their convention. Something else is going on here.

lea on April 25, 2012 at 2:25 PM

That DNC Convention logo needs re-working.

h/t HA commenter Immolate

de rigueur on April 25, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Immolate…I need a larger version of this. I see yard signs, car magnets, etc……

BobMbx on April 25, 2012 at 2:29 PM

de rigueur on April 25, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Cute, but I somehow think that this needs to be worked in seeing as it is a major theme of the convention

Happy Nomad on April 25, 2012 at 2:36 PM

I don’t buy that the Democratic Party can’t pay for their convention. Something else is going on here.

lea on April 25, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Perhaps the dems thought their kickbacks from the unions should have been bigger?

RedCrow on April 25, 2012 at 2:37 PM

The DNC should TAX the UAW !! After all Obama saved millions of union jobs and the UAW pension fund costing the US taxpayers tens of billions. Where is the 10% kickback ?? ROFLMAO !!

KenInIL on April 25, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Cute, but I somehow think that this needs to be worked in seeing as it is a major theme of the convention

Happy Nomad on April 25, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Good point. Also more clenched fists, flaming torches, flying rocks and Molotov cocktails… in anticipation of OWS holding a joint convention with the DNC.

de rigueur on April 25, 2012 at 3:39 PM

uh, Mr. President, unions are corporations too…

old school on April 25, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Team Obama to unions:
Bail out our convention in right-to-work North Carolina, will ya?

mrt721 on April 25, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Why doesn’t Chevy Chase bust out his checkbook? He seemed to have such a great time at the last Dem convention?

St Gaudens on April 25, 2012 at 4:50 PM

The Dems seldom use union labor for thier labor and when they do they pay slowly or stiff the bill. On the other hand the Repubs always use union labor and pay at the end of the week.
I worked the convention in Houston and our union did a 750 man hour rigging job in 350 man hours and were rewarded with the rest of the labor for the convention and our union was the only union to ever receive a letter of thank you from the Republican Party.
I think you would be surprised how many of our members vote for Republicans.

rocrio15 on April 25, 2012 at 8:15 PM