Surprise: Unions set to rally behind Obama this fall

posted at 10:01 am on May 8, 2012 by Morgen Richmond

He enjoyed a a filibuster-proof majority in Congress in 2009 and yet failed to enact the unions’ top legislative priority in the Employee Free Choice Act (card check). He would also disappoint on immigration reform, tax policy, and even health care reform with the defeat of the public option. And yet is anyone surprised to see the unions preparing to direct their organizational muscle towards President Obama’s re-election? Anyone? Via Politico (emphasis added):

For all their gripes, the union giants that were threatening to hold off on repeating the millions of dollars of support and a nationwide grass-roots network have backed off. Like they did in 2008, they’ll organize members and they’ll have those members organize more, mostly through door-knocking, phone banks and person-to-person networking on job sites and in neighborhoods.

Obama can thank two years of anti-union activity in states like Wisconsin and Ohio for overriding labor’s feelings about his inconsistent record on their issues. And he can thank Romney’s past at Bain Capital for kicking labor’s massive effort into overdrive to keep the man the Teamsters tagged a “vulture capitalist” out of the Oval Office.

Despite taking office as the economy cratered, Obama “has led the country down the long road back to prosperity, providing relief for the middle class and fighting for workers’ rights,” Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa said in a statement. Romney represents “everything that’s wrong” with the U.S. free market system, Hoffa said, and a Romney presidency would amount to “the fox guarding the henhouse.”

We went from the summer of recovery in 2010 to the “long road back to prosperity” in 2012. It’s a very long road apparently…a long, long, long road. But is Hoffa actually suggesting we’ve regained prosperity under Obama’s leadership? If so he is truly delusional, but then you would have to be in order to claim that the President’s policies have provided any meaningful benefit to the the middle class. With income and employment growth stagnating, home values still declining, and gas prices only down slightly from all-time highs, most middle class Americans would likely take exception to Hoffa’s ridiculous statement.

If Romney represents everything that is wrong with free enterprise in America, what does Obama represent? He’s borrowed and spent trillions implementing his vision for change, and yet all millions of Americans have to show for it is continued misery. And obviously he hasn’t achieved much for his unions allies either. But then maybe like the Russians they’ve been promised a little more flexibility in a second Obama term. Video via Breitbart TV.

(Corrected the first paragraph to say “filibuster-proof majority” instead of “veto-proof”.)


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Swirling ’round the craptube of history…

Akzed on May 8, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Thankfully for the nation, these idiots are going to blow a ton of their money in Wisconsin, Indiana, Arizona, and a few other states over Right To Work.

teke184 on May 8, 2012 at 10:04 AM

I’m shocked, shocked I tell you.

Bitter Clinger on May 8, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Unions set to rally behind Obama this fall

What else could they do?

But then maybe like the Russians they’ve been promised a little more flexibility in a second Obama term.

I see lots of executive orders coming if Bambi gets a second term.

BacaDog on May 8, 2012 at 10:06 AM

As much as I dislike them, they are smarter than than the ABR’s.

cozmo on May 8, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Obama and his goofballs are in big big trouble. I guess the booming job numbers didn’t help

Today’s Rass

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows Mitt Romney earning 49% of the vote and President Obama attracting 44% support. Three percent (3%) would vote for a third party candidate, while another three percent (3%) are undecide

Conservative4ev on May 8, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Romney represents “everything that’s wrong” with the U.S. free market system, Hoffa said, and a Romney presidency would amount to “the fox guarding the henhouse.”

Would that be the free market system that employs your members, Jimmy Jr.??

Bitter Clinger on May 8, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Trumpka: Old Polish term for “short fat guy whose only positive contribution to the planet will be as plant food in a cemetery”

BobMbx on May 8, 2012 at 10:11 AM

We went from the summer of recovery in 2010 to the “long road back to prosperity” in 2012. It’s a very long road apparently…a long, long, long road.

It doesn’t help that the Teamsters are padding the miles.

unclesmrgol on May 8, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Hoffa: Ukrainian term for “my dad got ground into 500 cans of cat food”

BobMbx on May 8, 2012 at 10:12 AM

I’m shocked, shocked I tell you.

Bitter Clinger on May 8, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Ditto X 10……as shocked as Hollande saying he and Obama would have no difficulty getting along.

cartooner on May 8, 2012 at 10:12 AM

He enjoyed a a veto-proof majority in Congress in 2009

That’s not really what you meant, is it? Filibuster-proof instead? It’s not like Pelosi and Reid were operating in fear of Obama’s vetoes.

On topic: union support = dog bites man? It would be nice and poetic justice for this union dog to bite the Obama dog-eater. But it looks like they will instead fall into line behind Obama just like obedient puppies.

jwolf on May 8, 2012 at 10:13 AM

…I’ve lost all respect for Unions!
There used to be, a need…now, there is nothing but greed!

KOOLAID2 on May 8, 2012 at 10:14 AM

On the face of it it is an excellent investment by the unions.

As before they buy-in is small and the pay outs are huge. For goodness Bark gave one union a fricken car company as a thank you…

CorporatePiggy on May 8, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Thank you for the warning, Mr. Richmond! I was truly worrying about this, which way unions will vote, tr-la-tra-la-tra-la! Wait, is tr-la-tra-la-tra-la appropriate language for the union hall?

ExpressoBold on May 8, 2012 at 10:16 AM

But has Trumka’s hair endorsed Obama?

mwbri on May 8, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Comment caught on rogue mic: “Remember you promised to wear a glove this time.”

sdbatboy on May 8, 2012 at 10:16 AM

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows Mitt Romney earning 49% of the vote and President Obama attracting 44% support. Three percent (3%) would vote for a third party candidate, while another three percent (3%) are undecide

Conservative4ev on May 8, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Take that 3% undecided, subtract those that lied about being undecided and add the rests’ IQs……well, it’s scary.

cartooner on May 8, 2012 at 10:17 AM

“everything that’s wrong” with the U.S. free market system, Hoffa said

That’s the bit you should have bolded.

They don’t even pretend to be anything but Marxists.

mankai on May 8, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Shocker.

dczombie on May 8, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Surprise: Unions set to be told to rally behind Obama this fall

Fixed it

clippermiami on May 8, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Union members:

You don’t have to support their radical leftist agenda with your dues!

The Supreme Court ruled (via the Beck Decision)(no, not that Beck) that if you ask your union for a refund of the part of your dues that they spend on politics, they must comply.

itsnotaboutme on May 8, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Well, I suppose they can’t openly support the communist party candidate, so Obama’s the next best thing.

rhit87 on May 8, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Obama “has led the country down the long road back to prosperity, providing relief for the middle class and fighting for workers’ rights,”

And if you don’t believe him, Hoffa will be more than happy to have you beaten into a bloody heap until your mind is right.

Every mindless enforcer needs a Don to employ them.

Bishop on May 8, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Surprise: Unions set to rally behind Obama this fall

DARN! I lost the bet. I was certain that the unions would go for Romney this time!

(/sarc)

Kingfisher on May 8, 2012 at 10:21 AM

All Romney has to do now to immediately snatch every conservative with a brain and a pulse is to promise voiding the dreaded Executive Order 10988, signed by Kennedy. He’d be a fool not to bring it up now, after they endorsed Zero.

Archivarix on May 8, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Romney represents “everything that’s wrong” with the U.S. free market system, Hoffa said, and a Romney presidency would amount to “the fox guarding the henhouse.”

I wonder of Obama gave Hoffa a $2,000 bonus to say that with a straight face?

Kingfisher on May 8, 2012 at 10:23 AM

I guess the unions are willing to ignore their request for the Keystone pipeline project to be approved for the sake of jobs.

Taking another one for the team.

plutorocks on May 8, 2012 at 10:24 AM

It doesn’t help that the Teamsters are padding the miles.

unclesmrgol on May 8, 2012 at 10:11 AM

And rolling overweight.

JohnGalt23 on May 8, 2012 at 10:26 AM

He enjoyed a veto proof congress to get the union card check, amnesty, gay rights, the whole dem platform thru
But he was laser focused on health care

Epic fail

cmsinaz on May 8, 2012 at 10:27 AM

I guess the unions are willing to ignore their request for the Keystone pipeline project to be approved for the sake of jobs.

Taking another one for the team.

plutorocks on May 8, 2012 at 10:24 AM

I’m guessing Obama told them that the approval would be coming….. on November 7th.

Bitter Clinger on May 8, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Lugar’s primary loss comes today. Heh.

Akzed on May 8, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Unions gave us weekends, you dope-smoking wingnuts.

Bishop on May 8, 2012 at 10:28 AM

He enjoyed a veto proof congress to get the union card check, amnesty, gay rights, the whole dem platform thru
But he was laser focused on health care

Epic fail

cmsinaz on May 8, 2012 at 10:27 AM

We should all say a silent prayer of thanks that it was Barack Obama, and not some Democrat with a demonstrated political acumen.

JohnGalt23 on May 8, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Romney Hoffa represents “everything that’s wrong” with the U.S. free market system, said, and a Romney presidency Union control would amount to “the fox guarding the henhouse.”

weaselyone on May 8, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Please, let them be their usual loud, obnoxious selves – it will remind the undecideds about the importance of junking Obama.

OldEnglish on May 8, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Barry has always counted on the stupidity of others for backing.

GarandFan on May 8, 2012 at 10:34 AM

I’m shocked, shocked I tell you.

Bitter Clinger on May 8, 2012 at 10:06 AM

I’m with Clinger. Who would have ever guessed?

GeorgieGirl9 on May 8, 2012 at 10:36 AM

It’s not like a room full of beta males named Julia would be capable of anything else.

MNHawk on May 8, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Obama “has led the country down the long road back to prosperity, providing relief for the middle class and fighting for workers’ rights,”

Are liberals really that dumb, delusional, brainwashed, blind, stop me when I get too carried away…?

GeorgieGirl9 on May 8, 2012 at 10:38 AM

He enjoyed a a veto-proof majority in Congress in 2009 and yet failed to enact the unions’ top legislative priority in the Employee Free Choice Act (card check).

Technically not, though he had a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate the last half of 2009, and effectively had the same for the remainder of the 111th Congress.

Steve Eggleston on May 8, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Are liberals really that dumb, delusional, brainwashed, blind, stop me when I get too carried away…?

GeorgieGirl9 on May 8, 2012 at 10:38 AM

That’s the “All of the Above” policy Obama is working on.

Bitter Clinger on May 8, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Good point JG

J

cmsinaz on May 8, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Union members:

You don’t have to support their radical leftist agenda with your dues!

The Supreme Court ruled (via the Beck Decision)(no, not that Beck) that if you ask your union for a refund of the part of your dues that they spend on politics, they must comply.

itsnotaboutme on May 8, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Which is why the unions understate the amount spent on political activity.

Before a federal judge tossed out that part of Act 10 here in Wisconsin, a whole host of public unions had to choose whether to even ask their membership to recertify. A whole host of municipal unions decided to not even try, but almost all of the WEAC (teacher’s union affiliated with the NEA) locals overwhelmingly recertified.

Steve Eggleston on May 8, 2012 at 10:44 AM

I’m shocked, shocked I tell you.

Bitter Clinger on May 8, 2012 at 10:06 AM

And today’s Captain Louis Renault Award goes to…

Bitter Clinger

Steve Eggleston on May 8, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Unions set to rally behind Obama in the fall.

Oh, please do, Trumpka, since it’s worked so well in WI.

Kissmygrits on May 8, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Unions gave us weekends, you dope-smoking wingnuts.

Bishop on May 8, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Not my union… I am a Teamster (required union membership at work) and I work weekends (no time and a half nor double time on Sunday) and holidays (no holiday pay)…

All the Teamsters did when my union came under their umbrella was raise my union dues by 33%, and we just signed the worst contract EVER since I hired on with “the railroad”…

And I am subject to random drug testing (no issue from me), unlike welfare recipients (that I support with MY tax dollars)…

Khun Joe on May 8, 2012 at 10:48 AM

I wanted to add, actually, we hope it contributes to Obama’s fall from power.

Kissmygrits on May 8, 2012 at 10:49 AM

so union leadership is on board with re-electing people that support this?

http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=269074

God help us.

God help the lazy Americans that think that groups like this are not seizing power while we live our lives ignoring these efforts of our enemies.

PappyD61 on May 8, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Khun Joe on May 8, 2012 at 10:48 AM

I think you misunderstand, unions gave us actual weekends. Before unions the week was Monday to Friday and then began again at Monday.

Thank you, unions, thank you for weekends and everything else you have given us.

Bishop on May 8, 2012 at 10:57 AM

I think the reasons are supporting Obama are not for what he has done or promises to do, but what he won’t do and Romney will. Romney will make unions contribute more and might even make all states right to work. That is an outcome that would be worse than the status quo.

ArkyDore on May 8, 2012 at 11:06 AM

If Union members were encouraged to vote for Republicans (and they should) as they are for Democrats Reid, Pelosi, Obama, would hire foreign union thugs to take them out.

Speakup on May 8, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Unions gave us weekends, you dope-smoking wingnuts.

Bishop on May 8, 2012 at 10:28 AM

I assume that was a sarcasm. Actually, productivity born of free market competition and efficiency gave us weekends and alot else– like prosperity.

KW64 on May 8, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Alternative headline: Vociferous Neo-Bolsheviks of the World Unite!

locomotivebreath1901 on May 8, 2012 at 11:34 AM

It’s not a road, it’s a mobius loop.

Kraken on May 8, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Think about this if you are in the market for a new car or truck.

When you buy a UAW-made vehicle, you are putting money into little Bammie’s reelection fund. You are also supporting the OWS lunatics.

slickwillie2001 on May 8, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Unions set to rally behind Obama this fall?

Stupid is as stupid does.

Gonna keep trying that dictatorship of the proletariat thingy?

You guys realize, it never ever works, right?

Unless you want to include death camps, genocide, and wholesale destruction of entire societies, and eventually crashing and burning as you are destroyed from within and without.

Ahhh….yes, you do? Obama is awesome?

All we need to know.

Hope you fail.

Truly, deeply, passionately, hope you f-a-i-l.

coldwarrior on May 8, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Slightly off-topic, but not really, since the unions work for the democrats here in Wisconsin too, and vice versa.

Remember fellow Wisconsites, that there is a primary today, so get out there and vote. And remember that the democrats have a fake republican on the ballot, and they’re hoping that enough people vote for their shill so that Walker won’t even be on the ballot come the general election in June.

Sterling Holobyte on May 8, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Unions supporting dems? Naw, it cant be! Hopefully they get slapped around in Wisc.

buckeyerich on May 8, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Walker, Walker, Walker…and to the spineless Minnesota legislators that will not deal with Right to Work…..grow a pair and get a spine…..just sayin

crosshugger on May 8, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Unexpectedly

Wow. Let me put my surprised look on.

DuctTapeMyBrain on May 8, 2012 at 2:17 PM

What about Unicorns? Are Unicorns set to rally behind Obama this fall?

dczombie on May 8, 2012 at 2:20 PM

At first this looked like a Dr. exam in the making and now as I look at the picture again I think O has his hand in the guys back, pulling strings to move his mouth and eyes. The dude is a puppet just like O.

sdbatboy on May 8, 2012 at 3:40 PM