What’s Going on Between Boeing, the Ex-Im Bank and 32 Advisors?
The Export-Import Bank’s charter expires on June 30, so it’s only natural that we would be exposed to a barrage of lobbying, public relations and advertising to pressure legislators to reauthorize the corporate-subsidizing agency. But, much like the agency itself, the whole affair reeks of cronyism at its worst. Take Robert Wolf, President Obama’s golfing buddy and a member of the President’s Export Council. How | Read More »
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, Arthur Andersen
, Austan Goolsbee
, Carter Lawson
, Council of Economic Advisors
, Export-Import Bank
, John Schuster
, Justin Oberman
, Kevin Varney
, President Obama
, President’s Export Council
, Robert Wolf
Unions’ Pelosi-Like Pitch To Workers: You Have To Pass The Union To Find Out What’s In It…
In 2010, during the debate over the so-called Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare), then-House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) 16% [D-CA] made the statement “you have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it.” Within two weeks, employees at Boeing’s plant in North Charleston, South Carolina may* be voting to determine whether or not to become unionized | Read More »
JUST SAY NO: Boeing Unionization Poses An Existential Threat To South Carolina’s Economy
With union efforts in North Charleston ramping up, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has taken to the radio airwaves in an effort to save the economic future of the Palmetto State. In radio ads that aired over the weekend, Haley urged Boeing’s North Charleston employees to reject unionization by the International Association of Machinists. Haley’s efforts are not an effort to merely save the company | Read More »
Is It Hubris Or…? Undemocratic and dysfunctional Machinists’ union blames Amazon for employees’ rejection
Whether it is extreme hubris or blatantly deceptive spin, the International Association of Machinists does not seem to realize that, over the last several months, the union has done a number of things sully its own reputation in the minds of its members—as well as the general public—which is likely costing it potential new members.
On Tuesday, a group of 27 Amazon workers employed by the company in Delaware overwhelmingly rejected representation by the Machinists in an NLRB-supervised election by 21-6.
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Does the Auto Industry Recovery Predict Anything for the Broader Economy?
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss Boeing’s new union deal, the rebounding auto industry and what it may predict for the 2014 economy.
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Now, Here’s A Shocker: A Hypocritical Union Boss Who Endorses Secret-Ballots
It’s D-Day in Seattle. Or, more specifically, it’s decision-making time for the Machinists’ union members
who work at Boeing in the Puget Sound are.
Regardless of how the vote at Boeing turns out, here’s something of an interesting twist:
Do you remember the hallucinogenically-named Employee Free Choice Act (aka EFCA)?.
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Union Bosses Outrage Members By Denying Them A Vote On Boeing’s Final Offer
Union leaders in Puget Sound exercise veto power over rank and file members Machinists union members in Puget Sound are “outraged” their local leaders did not give them the chance to vote on a final offer from Being last week. If members had been given the chance to vote and accepted the offer, work on Boeing’s 777X would have likely stayed in Washington State. Following | Read More »
Seattle Councilwoman-Elect On Boeing: “The workers should take over the factories…”
At a rally on Monday, Seattle’s newly-elected Socialist councilwoman, Kshama Sawant, accused Boeing of “economic terrorism” should the company decide not to build the new 777X in Puget Sound and urged the union members to “take over the factories.” Her comments follow the members of the Machinists’ union in Puget Sound rejecting a Boeing offer that had been negotiated secretly with the company by IAM | Read More »
Boeing Bombshell: Machinists Union Bosses Negotiated Secretly Behind Local Members’ Backs
With the news last week that Machinists’ union members employed by Boeing in Puget Sound overwhelmingly rejected a proposed contract that would have meant years worth of work on the new Boeing 777X, much of the attention was focused on what it would mean for union members’ future and where the work would go following their rejection. As the long-term contract they voted down had | Read More »
Labor and Election Days Dropouts
If only Democrats celebrated non-government, non-union and non-Obama-crony labor on non-Labor Days. Five Labor Days after the housing bubble burst in the Fall of 2008 and Democrats’ February 2009 passage of President Barack Hussein Obama’s signature American Recovery and Reinvestment (“stimulus”) Act, less Americans hold jobs this Labor Day than were employed when he was first inaugurated at Noon, January 20, 2009. Long-term unemployment remains | Read More »
Tags: Barack Obama
, collective bargaining
, Democratic Party
, great depression
, Housing Bubble
, Jimmy Carter
, Keystone XL Pipeline
, Labor Day
, Labor Unions
, Mitt Romney
, Public Sector Unions
, retail sales
, Ronald Reagan
, Senate Bill 5
, South Carolina
, stimulus bill
Obama war on coal just the latest Democrat attack on the poor
Cheap energy and free market capitalism-produced jobs made poverty less onerous and built the middle class The Democratic Party is built upon a host of Big Lies including that they are the party of the “little guy” and the “working man”; and that the Republican Party is the party of “racists, bigots, Big Business and the rich”. Yet, yesterday President Barack Obama renewed possibly his and his | Read More »
Tags: "Carbon Emissions"
, Barack Obama
, Climate Change
, DREAM Act
, Global Warming
, Green Energy
, Greenhouse Gases
, Keystone XL Pipeline
, le sueur peas
, Man Made Global Warming
, power plants
, war on coal
Congress should rein in the Export-Import Bank
Another sign of the blatant cronyism involving the Export-Import Bank emerged this week.
First Solar, a solar panel manufacturer, is by most standards a failing company. It suffered a net loss of $39 million in 2011, and an even greater loss of nearly $100 million in 2012. The company threw away $215 million at one point on solar panels that ended up failing at high temperatures. (A solar panel that can’t withstand heat?)
But First Solar has political connections within the Obama Administration. And it also has a trump card: First Solar is a member of the “Business Alliance,” a secret clique of corporate donors to the Center for American Progress (CAP). CAP, in turn, lobbied Capitol Hill for First Solar, without disclosing the financial support it receives from the flailing solar energy company:
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Union Briefs for Mon., March 24, 2013: AFL-CIO Boss Wants Immigration Reform to Include Workers’ Families?
With the immigration debate front and center, union bosses are on the march to get as broad an immigration measure as possible in any deal that politicians come up with–including, apparently, a pathway for any new immigrants to bring their families too.
Of course, eight million “new progressive voters” (and their dues) is incentive enough any union boss to be excited.
It’s Monday, March 25, 2013 and these are your Union Briefs…
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, immigration reform
, Richard Trumka
, Union Briefs
, United Steelworkers
Did Washington State House Democrats Make A Backroom Deal With Boeing?
Could it be that a back room deal was made between the Democrats and Boeing? What if Boeing promised to make off season campaign donations to key Democrats in the House? What if the Democrats offered to kill the bill in exchange for Boeing’s public support of legislation that’s bound to be wildly unpopular with Washington voters, like a massive hike on the State gas tax? Would that shock you?
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The Blind Offers to Lead the Blind
Billionaire Elon Musk’s offer to help Boeing with its 787 Dreamliner battery issues is like a drowning man being offered rescue by a man who cannot swim. Musk, is the founder of Tesla Motors, the electric car company that received billions from the Obama Administration in its continuing failed effort to promote electric cars. Tesla was profiled in the New York Times for an incident | Read More »