40,000 Longshoreman Quit AFL-CIO Blaming ObamaCare


In what is being reported as a surprise move, the 40,000 members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) announced that they have formally ended their association with the AFL-CIO, one of the nation’s largest private sector unions. The Longshoremen citied Obamacare and immigration reform as two important causes of their disaffiliation.

In an August 29 letter to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, ILWU President Robert McEllrath cited quite a list of grievances as reasons for the disillusion of their affiliation, but prominent among them was the AFL-CIO’s support of ObamaCare.

“We feel the Federation has done a great disservice to the labor movement and all working people by going along to get along,” McEllrath wrote in the letter to Trumka.

The ILWU President made it clear they are for a single-payer, nationalized healthcare policy and are upset with the AFL-CIO for going along with Obama on the confiscatory tax on their “Cadillac” healthcare plan.

The Longshoreman leader said, “President Obama ran on a platform that he would not tax medical plans and at the 2009 AFL-CIO Convention, you stated that labor would not stand for a tax on our benefits.” But, regardless of that promise, the President has pushed for just such a tax and Trumka and the AFL-CIO bowed to political pressure lining up behind Obama’s tax on those plans.

McEllrath also went on to say that they support stronger immigration reform than the AFL-CIO is supporting.

One ILWU committeeman was even harsher on both the AFL-CIO and the President. ILWU Coast Committeeman Leal Sundet criticized the AFL-CIO telling LaborNotes.com that Trumka was marching “in lockstep” with Obama both on the “Cadillac healthcare tax” as well as immigration.

Sundet slammed Obama’s immigration plan saying it is “designed to give [only] highly-paid workers a real path to citizenship.”

Private sector unions have fallen to an all time low participation rate in the US workforce. Unionized workers now account for only 11.3 percent of the US workforce

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  • Abby

    I hope more union members leave their unions and take all power away from these crooks for union bosses.

    • Retired Marine MSgt

      Abby,
      The members did not leave their union. They are still enrolled in the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). They (their union) has just ended their association with the AFL-CIO. A good start, but unless their individual states have “Right to Work” laws, they will remain under the thumbs of their union bosses.

      • sovereigntyofone

        Good point there Msgt. the AFL CIO will still get their cut of union dues the long way around and in the back door.

    • Retired Marine MSgt

      Abby,
      The members did not leave their union. They are still enrolled in the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). They (their union) has just ended their association with the AFL-CIO. A good start, but unless their individual states have “Right to Work” laws, they will remain under the thumbs of their union bosses.

    • Retired Marine MSgt

      Abby,
      The members did not leave their union. They are still enrolled in the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). They (their union) has just ended their association with the AFL-CIO. A good start, but unless their individual states have “Right to Work” laws, they will remain under the thumbs of their union bosses.

    • WHTEHEAT

      THE RAL AMERICANS WILL… and save the uhnion dues for their familys

    • WHTEHEAT

      THE RAL AMERICANS WILL… and save the uhnion dues for their familys

    • WHTEHEAT

      THE RAL AMERICANS WILL… and save the uhnion dues for their familys

    • donl

      Obama USED the unions for HIS gain NOT theirs. When your union bosses wake up it will be to late for the people who work as union labor’s. The union “bosses” will still have their big homes and long vacations while you will be out looking for work. I KNOW! ( ex. United States Steel worker, American bridge worker @ Elmira N.Y.)

      • me

        It was all for votes. He did a good job telling em what they wanted to hear.

        • Baf

          That is exactly what Hitler did! Surprise!

        • Baf

          That is exactly what Hitler did! Surprise!

          • garysvent

            Then he made all unions illegal, and made every worker join the Reich’s labor union, called KDF I believe. They collected all the dues; ended up using some of the money to build the VW factory in what is now called Wolfsburg.

          • garysvent

            Then he made all unions illegal, and made every worker join the Reich’s labor union, called KDF I believe. They collected all the dues; ended up using some of the money to build the VW factory in what is now called Wolfsburg.

          • Centurion ‘

            Thats exactly what the Government is trying to do. First it will be the elimination of private medical insurance then if you want a job you’ll have to pay for it by belonging to the Government Union. It’s another ploy to feed the beast. Just as obamacare has been legalized as a tax you will soon be taxed for the right to work above the tax on the money you make.
            If a non government entity attempted this they would be jailed for RACKETEERING.

          • Centurion ‘

            Thats exactly what the Government is trying to do. First it will be the elimination of private medical insurance then if you want a job you’ll have to pay for it by belonging to the Government Union. It’s another ploy to feed the beast. Just as obamacare has been legalized as a tax you will soon be taxed for the right to work above the tax on the money you make.
            If a non government entity attempted this they would be jailed for RACKETEERING.

        • Baf

          That is exactly what Hitler did! Surprise!

        • Douglas W. Rodrigues

          That’s all Obama has ever done: telling people what they wanted to hear. Unfortunately, Obama is a chronic liar. I’ve always thought that Barack Obama would have made a great dishonest used car salesman.

          • Phillip_in_TX

            I’d trust a “dishonest used car salesman” any day of the week when compared to “it’s not my fault Obama!”

          • Phillip_in_TX

            I’d trust a “dishonest used car salesman” any day of the week when compared to “it’s not my fault Obama!”

    • donl

      Obama USED the unions for HIS gain NOT theirs. When your union bosses wake up it will be to late for the people who work as union labor’s. The union “bosses” will still have their big homes and long vacations while you will be out looking for work. I KNOW! ( ex. United States Steel worker, American bridge worker @ Elmira N.Y.)

    • me

      when we get away from unions your insurance going to get more expensive, your wages are gonna drop, You’ll be stuck with a losing 401k retirement. In tne meantime the ceo of your company is going to make 1000% per year more than you. How are you going to like all that. As crooked as some unions were and as ignorant as some workers are you are headed for th bottom in this world. the unions got you 40 hour weeks, paid insurance, paid vacation, and a lot of laws which paid workers. bet you never even knew that.

      • dagov

        Spoken like a true brain (questionable) washed union hack. Unions were good for the working man when John L. Lewis was around but they have become nothing but leaches on the working members of society. This comes from someone who spent almost 30 year dealing with organized labor.

      • dagov

        Spoken like a true brain (questionable) washed union hack. Unions were good for the working man when John L. Lewis was around but they have become nothing but leaches on the working members of society. This comes from someone who spent almost 30 year dealing with organized labor.

      • ranjanclandad

        The unions did get us the 40 hour work week and paid insurance, but the “Affordable” Health Care Act and its tax are undoing that. UPS had DROPPED insurance for spouse and they cite Obamacare. Others likely to follow. Obama talks about new jobs – but check and see what percentage are NOT 40 hours/full time. TIme for the union to stand up and support the 40 hour week and paid insurance. It is all disappearing. The good news – President Obama’s personal net worth had skyrocketed. Looks like he did not include himself on giving up a piece of the pie. Less than 12% of the nation is unionized. It keeps dropping. People working part time are not going to pay union dues when they are taxed or forced to pay for insurance.

      • Mario

        I got some bad news for you. Unions pick and choose what grievances they will fight for, and trade off many, many valid grievances to protect the job of some who rightfully should be fired. How will you feel when you are told that your grievance just wasn’t high enough on the list to not be traded off to the company in the interest of one that will make the union look good? I have seen it time and time again.

        • dogface

          Obama and the unions are in bed together. Simply! The whole country will be like Detroit. Whose going to bail America out? The Russians, China, Japan. Good Luck with that! This country is full of fools and are getting exactly what wanted. Obama’s laughing all the way to the bank, oh sorry, the golf course.

        • dogface

          Obama and the unions are in bed together. Simply! The whole country will be like Detroit. Whose going to bail America out? The Russians, China, Japan. Good Luck with that! This country is full of fools and are getting exactly what wanted. Obama’s laughing all the way to the bank, oh sorry, the golf course.

      • 1badland66

        Democrats are who unions represent and if we can get democrats and RINOs out of office it will be good for this country. Unions take workers money and give it to these socialist pigs.

      • 1badland66

        Democrats are who unions represent and if we can get democrats and RINOs out of office it will be good for this country. Unions take workers money and give it to these socialist pigs.

      • betmegambler

        You are correct that unions played a significant role in developing the middle class and in negotiating health care and retirement accounts for its members. Great job… well done…. fifty years ago. Modern trade unions serve a need in construction and should be always protected. The problem for us all, trade unionized or not. is in the insidious nature of government worker unions. Governments, federal or local, have the monopoly of negotiating their own contracts with themselves, implementing and enforcing it and collecting the money (taxes) to pay themselves. It is a Ponzi scheme that is bound to fail sooner or later (witness the counties and cities either filing for or in danger of filing for bankruptcy.

    • me

      when we get away from unions your insurance going to get more expensive, your wages are gonna drop, You’ll be stuck with a losing 401k retirement. In tne meantime the ceo of your company is going to make 1000% per year more than you. How are you going to like all that. As crooked as some unions were and as ignorant as some workers are you are headed for th bottom in this world. the unions got you 40 hour weeks, paid insurance, paid vacation, and a lot of laws which paid workers. bet you never even knew that.

    • Panors77

      I was in my local musicians union for 13 years. True that the musicians union is more a “vocational” union but it is still connected to the AFL-CIO. Never was able to do a union gig in my years there plus a famous amusement park basically has this local in their pocket, even to the point of giving payola to a local union official to always defend and “talk up” this particular company. Crooked audition process and “who you know” to get in. Top this with their blatant ability to side step our anti discrimination laws. Nowadays this “union” had basically priced its members out of the market. Most live musical work is “non union” and the recording industry is almost non existent with movie productions using orchestras out of the country OR even worse hiring a small team of music tech nerds to write the whole score in “Finale(composing software) then use the next to realistic sound card that comes with that to record the soundtrack.

    • Panors77

      I was in my local musicians union for 13 years. True that the musicians union is more a “vocational” union but it is still connected to the AFL-CIO. Never was able to do a union gig in my years there plus a famous amusement park basically has this local in their pocket, even to the point of giving payola to a local union official to always defend and “talk up” this particular company. Crooked audition process and “who you know” to get in. Top this with their blatant ability to side step our anti discrimination laws. Nowadays this “union” had basically priced its members out of the market. Most live musical work is “non union” and the recording industry is almost non existent with movie productions using orchestras out of the country OR even worse hiring a small team of music tech nerds to write the whole score in “Finale(composing software) then use the next to realistic sound card that comes with that to record the soundtrack.

  • Abby

    I hope more union members leave their unions and take all power away from these crooks for union bosses.

  • Abby

    I hope more union members leave their unions and take all power away from these crooks for union bosses.

  • joecar1949

    The unions use the govt to take more from the corporations. The govt uses the unions as community organizers to keep putting them back into office. 50 years of Democrat socialism/handouts gets you bankruptcy.

    • WHTEHEAT

      THE UNION MEMBERS AR NOTHING BUT PIMPS FOR THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS.. THEY TURNED INTO WHORES OF THE WORST KIND.

      • Leadman

        I’m a union member & I take offense to that.
        I support nothing that BO or the libs try to do.
        Neither do most of the members I’ve talked to.
        You obviously don’t know what you’re talking
        about.

        • Baf

          Then you and your other member need to organize a meeting with the leaders and tell them where their support needs to be or form another Union. You can be offended all that you want but the fact is that unions notoriously support and donate your hard earned union dues to super left-wing democrats. Always have and probably always will. So rather than complain….. change!

          • Dave

            Have you ever been in a union? While some of what you are saying is true, some of it is not. Your expectations of union members toward their leaders are not realistic. Do you apply the same standard to people who disagree with the leaders of our Country? Have you ever been beat up for standing your ground on any issues that you believe in? I have. There are members like myself who have been vocal and taken a stand against wrong doings in the rank and file. It is insulting for you and others to lump all union members together. That is tantamount to classifying all church people as hypocrites. The place where I work, union membership is a requirement for employment. I don’t think that this is right, but if I want to work, I have to go by the rules that the company agreed to. Also at my age I can not just go out and get another job. Incidentally, the Teamsters endorsed George W. Bush for POTUS in 2000.

          • ADRoberts

            Are they waking up or is this just a power play between union socialist leaders. Time will tell.

          • Dave

            I hope that they are waking up. However I’m not holding my breath. This is possibly part of a power play between the unions and the gov’t over pension money.

          • Dave

            I hope that they are waking up. However I’m not holding my breath. This is possibly part of a power play between the unions and the gov’t over pension money.

          • ADRoberts

            Are they waking up or is this just a power play between union socialist leaders. Time will tell.

          • ADRoberts

            Are they waking up or is this just a power play between union socialist leaders. Time will tell.

          • garysvent

            ” Incidentally, the Teamsters endorsed George W. Bush for POTUS in 2000.”

            Guess not even died-in-the-wool Democrats wanted Al ‘CO2′ Gore. Or maybe they knew that Gore would give them something like Obamacare to bankrupt them.

            Nice union you belong to — beating you up for standing up for something — but you stay anyway? I’d have moved or changed professions. And, surely beating people up is against the law, even in a non-right-to-work-state.

          • Dave

            Actually the Teamster leadership thought that Bush would get ANWR opened up for oil production, which would have meant many more jobs. Needless to say the democrats blocked it.

          • Dave

            Actually the Teamster leadership thought that Bush would get ANWR opened up for oil production, which would have meant many more jobs. Needless to say the democrats blocked it.

          • Dave

            I never said they were nice, nor have I defended the unions as a whole. I was simply trying to point out that not everybody that is in a union deserves to be called a “pimp for the liberal democrats” or a “whores of the worst kind”. Leaving would have given the thugs exactly what they wanted. I’m not one to run. If I run from these people over work ethic, then what would I do when the gov’t persecutes us for our belief in the Constitution? While something may be against the law, it doesn’t mean that justice will be served in a court.

          • anarchyst

            Union “violence” is specifically “protected” under Taft-Hartley. . . Unions cannot be held responsible for violent acts committed by their members.

          • garysvent

            What repellant nonsense Taft-Hartley must be. America is supposed to be a place where law and order is celebrated, not ducked.

          • Dave

            Taft-Hartley was an anti-union piece of legislation. Look it up. Also look up United States vs. Enmons, The Supreme Court is to blame for this, not Taft-Hartley.

          • Dave

            Taft-Hartley was an anti-union piece of legislation. Look it up. Also look up United States vs. Enmons, The Supreme Court is to blame for this, not Taft-Hartley.

          • garysvent

            What repellant nonsense Taft-Hartley must be. America is supposed to be a place where law and order is celebrated, not ducked.

          • garysvent

            What repellant nonsense Taft-Hartley must be. America is supposed to be a place where law and order is celebrated, not ducked.

          • Dave

            Taft-Hartley does not protect union violence. Where did you get that from? Taft Hartley was referred to as “The Slave Labor Bill” by the unions. It was an anti-union piece of legislation. Look up United States vs. Enmons. The Supreme Court is the culprit here not Taft-Hartley. Incidentally unions are not the only organizations immune from prosecution for the acts of their members.

          • anarchyst

            Union “violence” is specifically “protected” under Taft-Hartley. . . Unions cannot be held responsible for violent acts committed by their members.

          • anarchyst

            Union “violence” is specifically “protected” under Taft-Hartley. . . Unions cannot be held responsible for violent acts committed by their members.

          • garysvent

            ” Incidentally, the Teamsters endorsed George W. Bush for POTUS in 2000.”

            Guess not even died-in-the-wool Democrats wanted Al ‘CO2′ Gore. Or maybe they knew that Gore would give them something like Obamacare to bankrupt them.

            Nice union you belong to — beating you up for standing up for something — but you stay anyway? I’d have moved or changed professions. And, surely beating people up is against the law, even in a non-right-to-work-state.

          • Frank J. Austin

            Dave ? If the UNION THUGS are beating people because of their beliefs ( and I know that they do ) You REALLY need to find a different line of work.

          • Dave

            If gov’t (or any kind of) thugs were beating you up because of your religious beliefs, would you find a different religion? Leaving would have been giving them what they wanted.

          • JoJo58

            Yes, I’ve belonged to two unions, and got out of them as soon as I was able to. Unions ruin every business they touch, and they were originally created to keep certain people from working…oh…wait….they still do. Not much has changed. Oh, and please spare me the little kids working, and the 40 hour work week.

          • Dave

            What’s your point? I am not attempting to make a case for unions.

          • JoJo58

            My point is that you asked if people belonged in a union. The inference here is that unless WE who respond haven’t been in a union have no idea what it’s like, what it’s about and that we shouldn’t make observations because of it.

            As for the second part of your statement, you ARE making a case because you wrote that we shouldn’t lump all union members together. That’s the entire meaning of the word union. If people didn’t like what was going on, and how their dues money was being used, then they would go against the union. They don’t. They dig the higher pay, better insurance packages, how difficult it is to get fired for incompetence etc. Because of the unions, every industry it touches, it destroys.

          • JoJo58

            My point is that you asked if people belonged in a union. The inference here is that unless WE who respond haven’t been in a union have no idea what it’s like, what it’s about and that we shouldn’t make observations because of it.

            As for the second part of your statement, you ARE making a case because you wrote that we shouldn’t lump all union members together. That’s the entire meaning of the word union. If people didn’t like what was going on, and how their dues money was being used, then they would go against the union. They don’t. They dig the higher pay, better insurance packages, how difficult it is to get fired for incompetence etc. Because of the unions, every industry it touches, it destroys.

          • Dave

            I did not ask “if people belonged in a union”. Where did you get that from? I did asked one person (“Baf”) if he or she had ever been in a union. Your so called “inference” is nonexistent. I also stated that I and others have gone against the union. Did you miss that? The entire meaning of the word “Christian” is “like Christ”. Using your logic, one could conclude that all people who claim to be Christian (ie like Christ) are liars and hypocrites. Do you know anybody who is exactly like the Christ described in the Four Gospels?

          • Dave

            I did not ask “if people belonged in a union”. Where did you get that from? I did asked one person (“Baf”) if he or she had ever been in a union. Your so called “inference” is nonexistent. I also stated that I and others have gone against the union. Did you miss that? The entire meaning of the word “Christian” is “like Christ”. Using your logic, one could conclude that all people who claim to be Christian (ie like Christ) are liars and hypocrites. Do you know anybody who is exactly like the Christ described in the Four Gospels?

          • Dave

            I did not ask “if people belonged in a union”. Where did you get that from? I did asked one person (“Baf”) if he or she had ever been in a union. Your so called “inference” is nonexistent. I also stated that I and others have gone against the union. Did you miss that? The entire meaning of the word “Christian” is “like Christ”. Using your logic, one could conclude that all people who claim to be Christian (ie like Christ) are liars and hypocrites. Do you know anybody who is exactly like the Christ described in the Four Gospels?

          • JoJo58

            There is more than one person debating you on this subject and when you chose one post and asked “have you ever belonged to a union?” it was like asking everyone that dared challenge your opinion that if they didn’t belong, they had no right to do so because they wouldn’t know how unions worked, etc.

            Your dig at Christ, Christians and Christianity is basic Clowerd and Piven.

          • Dave

            You think and respond like a true liberal. That was the first post that I responded to. No one else was debating me prior to that post, as I had not posted anything prior to that. I asked “Baf” and only “Baf” that question, due to the fact that I believe his expectations are a bit high. I don’t give a $#!t who responds to a post, everybody has a right to respond, and I have a right to disagree. Where did I “dig at Christ, Christians, and Christianity”? I would love to watch you under cross-examination in a courtroom.

          • Dave

            You think and respond like a true liberal. That was the first post that I responded to. No one else was debating me prior to that post, as I had not posted anything prior to that. I asked “Baf” and only “Baf” that question, due to the fact that I believe his expectations are a bit high. I don’t give a $#!t who responds to a post, everybody has a right to respond, and I have a right to disagree. Where did I “dig at Christ, Christians, and Christianity”? I would love to watch you under cross-examination in a courtroom.

          • JoJo58

            There is more than one person debating you on this subject and when you chose one post and asked “have you ever belonged to a union?” it was like asking everyone that dared challenge your opinion that if they didn’t belong, they had no right to do so because they wouldn’t know how unions worked, etc.

            Your dig at Christ, Christians and Christianity is basic Clowerd and Piven.

          • JoJo58

            There is more than one person debating you on this subject and when you chose one post and asked “have you ever belonged to a union?” it was like asking everyone that dared challenge your opinion that if they didn’t belong, they had no right to do so because they wouldn’t know how unions worked, etc.

            Your dig at Christ, Christians and Christianity is basic Clowerd and Piven.

          • JoJo58

            Yes, I’ve belonged to two unions, and got out of them as soon as I was able to. Unions ruin every business they touch, and they were originally created to keep certain people from working…oh…wait….they still do. Not much has changed. Oh, and please spare me the little kids working, and the 40 hour work week.

          • JoJo58

            Yes, I’ve belonged to two unions, and got out of them as soon as I was able to. Unions ruin every business they touch, and they were originally created to keep certain people from working…oh…wait….they still do. Not much has changed. Oh, and please spare me the little kids working, and the 40 hour work week.

          • Baf

            Unions were started with a handful of people and one person can rise up if you have support from the others who have the conviction to do so. Your analogy of religion is a poor one. Christian faith is a moral issue and a job is a choice and nothing to do with a belief system. You DO have a choice if the employer is bullying its employees. Same for unions leader thugs. If you don’t know how to mentally fight, then I guess you stay with the status quo. and this is YOUR CHOICE.

            You are correct about GW Bush. He, according to the unions, felt that GW was the lesser of two evils. Gore was and still is a job killing idealist and is mentally unstable. He wanted to shut down ALL coal mines the minute he was to take office and any business that had any manufacturing would have been under Gore’s nose and manufacturing generally has unions controlling the jobs. Again, using union leaders supporting a conservative is a poor example. They didn’t really support any conservative ideas back then and they still don’t.

            Unions, back in the 30′s on up to the 70′s were needed to protect blue collar workers from job abuse on and off of the job. Since unions formed, protections have been adopted through good laws like OSHA, etc and technically, unions are not needed anymore for the most part. Union leaders know this and this is why they put a lot of union dues, your dues, to line the pockets of corrupt politicians to keep them going.

            Obama lied his way into the presidency and convinced them that unions would benefit by his policies, but under a socialist state, all unions would be abolished because eventually, all citizens work for the government. In his second campaign he promised to ALL union leaders and their members would be exempt from the Affordable Health Care Act (the title is a joke in itself) Now you see that it was a lie. In fact, I would like to hear one thing that this POS occupying the White House hasn’t lied about.

            So, I repeat! Stand up to these union leaders and tell them what your dues will support or sit there and deal with it. Union worker pay the salaries of the union leaders and I guarantee you that they would pull the rug right out from underneath you if push-came-to-shove. I applaud the Longshoreman for saying enough is enough. It is the smart thing to do. Keep in mind that coal mines are already shutting down on a weekly basis and what are the union leaders doing to help protect those jobs?????

          • Baf

            Unions were started with a handful of people and one person can rise up if you have support from the others who have the conviction to do so. Your analogy of religion is a poor one. Christian faith is a moral issue and a job is a choice and nothing to do with a belief system. You DO have a choice if the employer is bullying its employees. Same for unions leader thugs. If you don’t know how to mentally fight, then I guess you stay with the status quo. and this is YOUR CHOICE.

            You are correct about GW Bush. He, according to the unions, felt that GW was the lesser of two evils. Gore was and still is a job killing idealist and is mentally unstable. He wanted to shut down ALL coal mines the minute he was to take office and any business that had any manufacturing would have been under Gore’s nose and manufacturing generally has unions controlling the jobs. Again, using union leaders supporting a conservative is a poor example. They didn’t really support any conservative ideas back then and they still don’t.

            Unions, back in the 30′s on up to the 70′s were needed to protect blue collar workers from job abuse on and off of the job. Since unions formed, protections have been adopted through good laws like OSHA, etc and technically, unions are not needed anymore for the most part. Union leaders know this and this is why they put a lot of union dues, your dues, to line the pockets of corrupt politicians to keep them going.

            Obama lied his way into the presidency and convinced them that unions would benefit by his policies, but under a socialist state, all unions would be abolished because eventually, all citizens work for the government. In his second campaign he promised to ALL union leaders and their members would be exempt from the Affordable Health Care Act (the title is a joke in itself) Now you see that it was a lie. In fact, I would like to hear one thing that this POS occupying the White House hasn’t lied about.

            So, I repeat! Stand up to these union leaders and tell them what your dues will support or sit there and deal with it. Union worker pay the salaries of the union leaders and I guarantee you that they would pull the rug right out from underneath you if push-came-to-shove. I applaud the Longshoreman for saying enough is enough. It is the smart thing to do. Keep in mind that coal mines are already shutting down on a weekly basis and what are the union leaders doing to help protect those jobs?????

          • Dave

            First off, I was not making a case for the unions. I was simply pointing out that it is wrong for you to lump all union members to together. Just like not all people who attend church are hypocrites, not all union members are “pimps for the democrats…….”. If “WHTEHEAT” would have said “unions” in his post and not “union members”, I wouldn’t have anything to say about the subject. Religion is also a choice. The big issue that I stood against the union thugs on is a moral one. How much of Christian’s tithe money and donations has been spent on legal proceedings defending the child molesters in their ranks? Let’s apply your standard for union members to you. Your tax money goes to support the left wing agenda, so you need to organize a meeting with your gov’t leaders and tell them where their support needs to be or form another gov’t. So rather than complain………change! Do you really think that you would get very far? You think that OSHA is a good thing? Hmmmm. As far as BO and Gore are concerned you are preaching to the choir. I tried to warn people back in June and July of 2008, that if BO got elected, he would do a power grab that would rival Hitler’s pre-war power grab in Germany. It is also and has been my belief from it’s inception that Obamacare is about more revenue and thinning out Social Security and Medicare recipients from the “Baby Boomer” generation. One thing that BO didn’t lie about was that, he was going to fundamentally change America.

          • Dave

            First off, I was not making a case for the unions. I was simply pointing out that it is wrong for you to lump all union members to together. Just like not all people who attend church are hypocrites, not all union members are “pimps for the democrats…….”. If “WHTEHEAT” would have said “unions” in his post and not “union members”, I wouldn’t have anything to say about the subject. Religion is also a choice. The big issue that I stood against the union thugs on is a moral one. How much of Christian’s tithe money and donations has been spent on legal proceedings defending the child molesters in their ranks? Let’s apply your standard for union members to you. Your tax money goes to support the left wing agenda, so you need to organize a meeting with your gov’t leaders and tell them where their support needs to be or form another gov’t. So rather than complain………change! Do you really think that you would get very far? You think that OSHA is a good thing? Hmmmm. As far as BO and Gore are concerned you are preaching to the choir. I tried to warn people back in June and July of 2008, that if BO got elected, he would do a power grab that would rival Hitler’s pre-war power grab in Germany. It is also and has been my belief from it’s inception that Obamacare is about more revenue and thinning out Social Security and Medicare recipients from the “Baby Boomer” generation. One thing that BO didn’t lie about was that, he was going to fundamentally change America.

          • Baf

            Unions were started with a handful of people and one person can rise up if you have support from the others who have the conviction to do so. Your analogy of religion is a poor one. Christian faith is a moral issue and a job is a choice and nothing to do with a belief system. You DO have a choice if the employer is bullying its employees. Same for unions leader thugs. If you don’t know how to mentally fight, then I guess you stay with the status quo. and this is YOUR CHOICE.

            You are correct about GW Bush. He, according to the unions, felt that GW was the lesser of two evils. Gore was and still is a job killing idealist and is mentally unstable. He wanted to shut down ALL coal mines the minute he was to take office and any business that had any manufacturing would have been under Gore’s nose and manufacturing generally has unions controlling the jobs. Again, using union leaders supporting a conservative is a poor example. They didn’t really support any conservative ideas back then and they still don’t.

            Unions, back in the 30′s on up to the 70′s were needed to protect blue collar workers from job abuse on and off of the job. Since unions formed, protections have been adopted through good laws like OSHA, etc and technically, unions are not needed anymore for the most part. Union leaders know this and this is why they put a lot of union dues, your dues, to line the pockets of corrupt politicians to keep them going.

            Obama lied his way into the presidency and convinced them that unions would benefit by his policies, but under a socialist state, all unions would be abolished because eventually, all citizens work for the government. In his second campaign he promised to ALL union leaders and their members would be exempt from the Affordable Health Care Act (the title is a joke in itself) Now you see that it was a lie. In fact, I would like to hear one thing that this POS occupying the White House hasn’t lied about.

            So, I repeat! Stand up to these union leaders and tell them what your dues will support or sit there and deal with it. Union worker pay the salaries of the union leaders and I guarantee you that they would pull the rug right out from underneath you if push-came-to-shove. I applaud the Longshoreman for saying enough is enough. It is the smart thing to do. Keep in mind that coal mines are already shutting down on a weekly basis and what are the union leaders doing to help protect those jobs?????

        • Baf

          Then you and your other member need to organize a meeting with the leaders and tell them where their support needs to be or form another Union. You can be offended all that you want but the fact is that unions notoriously support and donate your hard earned union dues to super left-wing democrats. Always have and probably always will. So rather than complain….. change!

        • sandraleesmith46

          I don’t believe those are referring to the members so much as the leadership, whose only true interest is in lining their own pockets, not the welfare of their memberships! Whether they support Obamacare or socialized single payer {government} insurance, it’s a disaster, and Obamacare will force the single payer in a short while anyway; that’s it’s purpose. But the union leaders USE your dues’ monies to push the candidates who do those things to YOU as well as the rest of us.

          • Dave

            Your post is very accurate.

          • sandraleesmith46

            Thank-you.

          • sandraleesmith46

            Thank-you.

          • sandraleesmith46

            Thank-you.

          • Dave

            Your post is very accurate.

          • Panors77

            Exactly!! Obamacare’s purpose I think is to run private health insurance companies out of business forcing nationalized government run healthcare.

          • sandraleesmith46

            That’s exactly its purpose.

          • sandraleesmith46

            That’s exactly its purpose.

          • Dave

            I think that Obamacare is designed to ultimately thin out the Social Security and Medicare recipients from the “Baby-Boomer” generation.

          • Dave

            I think that Obamacare is designed to ultimately thin out the Social Security and Medicare recipients from the “Baby-Boomer” generation.

          • Panors77

            Exactly!! Obamacare’s purpose I think is to run private health insurance companies out of business forcing nationalized government run healthcare.

          • JoJo58

            To a certain extent that’s true. BUT…we have to remember these leaders are elected from the lowest shop steward to the highest leader. IF they really didn’t like the way things were going, they would start changing things at the bottom and middle levels. They won’t because as long as they’re getting the ridiculous pay along with the gold plated benefits, they’ll keep going along as long as it suits THEIR needs.

          • JoJo58

            To a certain extent that’s true. BUT…we have to remember these leaders are elected from the lowest shop steward to the highest leader. IF they really didn’t like the way things were going, they would start changing things at the bottom and middle levels. They won’t because as long as they’re getting the ridiculous pay along with the gold plated benefits, they’ll keep going along as long as it suits THEIR needs.

          • sandraleesmith46

            That would work if thuggery wasn’t the prevailing policy within those unions, to the extent that “elections” are NOT all that free, even back in the ”50s and ’60s, and in the relatively more “civilized” unions like the ALPA. In some of the less so, everything up to and including murder is used as the means to maintain what the ones at the top demand/desire.

          • Dave

            Again, you’ve “hit the nail on the head”.

          • Dave

            Again, you’ve “hit the nail on the head”.

          • sandraleesmith46

            Thank-you; a little observation, and a fair memory go a long way sometimes. I grew up in the era of Jimmy Hoffa, Sr in an area where his operations were WELL known. ditto longshoremen’s union, and my Dad was in the ALPA. It’s not really rocket science.

          • Dave

            A little observation and a fair memory are two of the best weapons one can possess when debating ideas or points of view.

          • sandraleesmith46

            Helps having the right information dropped in your lap too, at some point along the way.

          • Dave

            Again, you’ve “hit the nail on the head”.

          • sandraleesmith46

            That would work if thuggery wasn’t the prevailing policy within those unions, to the extent that “elections” are NOT all that free, even back in the ”50s and ’60s, and in the relatively more “civilized” unions like the ALPA. In some of the less so, everything up to and including murder is used as the means to maintain what the ones at the top demand/desire.

          • Dave

            Have you made any significant changes at your local and state levels of gov’t? Remember that your leaders are elected from the lowest local official on up to the POTUS. If you really don’t like the way things are going, you should start changing things at the bottom and middle levels. Have you? Or do you like the way things are going? Are you going against the flow with your actions, or just your mouth?

          • JoJo58

            You seem to be the one running your mouth, but that is very typical of the liberal union mindset. I work with a few organizations. One is against Common Core, and two other groups are focused on local government.

            I only responded in case others were following your nonsense, I’m quite bored with you, so this is my final response to you.

          • Dave

            :)

          • Dave

            :)

          • Dave

            :)

          • JoJo58

            You seem to be the one running your mouth, but that is very typical of the liberal union mindset. I work with a few organizations. One is against Common Core, and two other groups are focused on local government.

            I only responded in case others were following your nonsense, I’m quite bored with you, so this is my final response to you.

          • Dave

            Have you made any significant changes at your local and state levels of gov’t? Remember that your leaders are elected from the lowest local official on up to the POTUS. If you really don’t like the way things are going, you should start changing things at the bottom and middle levels. Have you? Or do you like the way things are going? Are you going against the flow with your actions, or just your mouth?

          • Dave

            Have you made any significant changes at your local and state levels of gov’t? Remember that your leaders are elected from the lowest local official on up to the POTUS. If you really don’t like the way things are going, you should start changing things at the bottom and middle levels. Have you? Or do you like the way things are going? Are you going against the flow with your actions, or just your mouth?

          • JoJo58

            To a certain extent that’s true. BUT…we have to remember these leaders are elected from the lowest shop steward to the highest leader. IF they really didn’t like the way things were going, they would start changing things at the bottom and middle levels. They won’t because as long as they’re getting the ridiculous pay along with the gold plated benefits, they’ll keep going along as long as it suits THEIR needs.

        • sandraleesmith46

          I don’t believe those are referring to the members so much as the leadership, whose only true interest is in lining their own pockets, not the welfare of their memberships! Whether they support Obamacare or socialized single payer {government} insurance, it’s a disaster, and Obamacare will force the single payer in a short while anyway; that’s it’s purpose. But the union leaders USE your dues’ monies to push the candidates who do those things to YOU as well as the rest of us.

        • sandraleesmith46

          I don’t believe those are referring to the members so much as the leadership, whose only true interest is in lining their own pockets, not the welfare of their memberships! Whether they support Obamacare or socialized single payer {government} insurance, it’s a disaster, and Obamacare will force the single payer in a short while anyway; that’s it’s purpose. But the union leaders USE your dues’ monies to push the candidates who do those things to YOU as well as the rest of us.

        • Leeboy

          Just stay with your delusional fantasy,pretty soon you’ll be jobless,benefit less,and homeless just like a lot of other people.You union people as a whole supported the odumbo regime and you’ll live to regret it,after all,aren’t all of you union people “brothers”.

          • Dave

            Aren’t all the “Christians” brothers in Christ? Using your standard, would it be fair for me to judge all “Christians” by the child molesters and other unsavory people in their ranks and positions of leadership?

        • Leeboy

          Just stay with your delusional fantasy,pretty soon you’ll be jobless,benefit less,and homeless just like a lot of other people.You union people as a whole supported the odumbo regime and you’ll live to regret it,after all,aren’t all of you union people “brothers”.

        • Leeboy

          Just stay with your delusional fantasy,pretty soon you’ll be jobless,benefit less,and homeless just like a lot of other people.You union people as a whole supported the odumbo regime and you’ll live to regret it,after all,aren’t all of you union people “brothers”.

        • Fred Jones

          Leadman, you don’t personally support liberal causes because you realize how destructive they are. However, your leaders bankroll — with your dues—liberal politician’s campaigns and get people like BO elected.

          • Dave

            The same is true about your tax dollars.

          • garysvent

            And we are vociferously opposed. ‘course, we don’t get beat up … yet.

            Must be a union thing.

          • garysvent

            And we are vociferously opposed. ‘course, we don’t get beat up … yet.

            Must be a union thing.

          • Fred Jones

            Yes, Obama, for example, travels about on my tax dollar, making thinly disguised campaign stops, but legally and normally, how do candidates get tax dollars to fund their campaigns the way unions support leftist candidates?

          • Fred Jones

            Yes, Obama, for example, travels about on my tax dollar, making thinly disguised campaign stops, but legally and normally, how do candidates get tax dollars to fund their campaigns the way unions support leftist candidates?

          • Dave

            The same is true about your tax dollars.

          • Dave

            The same is true about your tax dollars.

        • Fred Jones

          Leadman, you don’t personally support liberal causes because you realize how destructive they are. However, your leaders bankroll — with your dues—liberal politician’s campaigns and get people like BO elected.

        • Fred Jones

          Leadman, you don’t personally support liberal causes because you realize how destructive they are. However, your leaders bankroll — with your dues—liberal politician’s campaigns and get people like BO elected.

        • Frank J. Austin

          Assuming that you are being truthful, Your union has FAR different stance than all of the unions I have been exposed to
          over the past several years.

        • Frank J. Austin

          Assuming that you are being truthful, Your union has FAR different stance than all of the unions I have been exposed to
          over the past several years.

        • Clint

          Which union? If you are so irate about what is said here, then stand against BO and the unions, and against Obomacare. If you are not with us then you are against us.

        • JoJo58

          If you really are a conservative and you’re paying dues to the union, your money is going directly into the wallets of the fat cat leaders that need more union workers to support their lifestyle and also the union PAC organizations that support leftist politicians and lobby for socialist legislation.

          Maybe you should be more offended by that.

          • Dave

            If you really are a conservative and you’re paying taxes to the gov’t, your money is going directly into the coffers of the fat cat elected officials that need more taxpayers to support their posh lifestyles and evil agenda. You know, like multi-million dollar vacations, socialism, abortion, gun control, Obama-care etc. Maybe you should be more offended by that.

          • Leadman

            I’m offended by pretty much everything this administration does.

          • Dave

            Same here.

          • Dave

            Same here.

          • Leadman

            I’m offended by pretty much everything this administration does.

          • Leadman

            I’m offended by pretty much everything this administration does.

          • JoJo58

            I guess you haven’t heard that you can quit your union job and not have your property taken, all assets frozen, and put in jail. The IRS with the backing of the government can do that. The difference is that union members CHOOSE to pay the dues to support socialist PACs, those that pay taxes do so out of fear of imprisonment. Big difference.

          • Dave

            I guess you haven’t heard that not everybody can up and quit their job just because their place of employment went union. Has it ever occurred to you that many union members are also members of conservative organizations like the NRA? Of course you wouldn’t know that some of us are actually for “Right to Work”. How many places that you do business with support the socialist agenda? Do you buy gasoline, use a telephone, have insurance, have an ISP, eat at restaurants, have credit/debit cards, use a bank, or own a car? If so some of your money is being used to further the socialist cause. Do you buy products from the entertainment industry? If so, you are more than likely supporting socialist PACs and unions with your money. If you have a drivers license, you are voluntarily giving money to the socialistic gov’t. You mentioned “property”, do you pay taxes on that? No one said that you have to own anything. What does your employer (if you have one) do with the money that you help him to make? If you are self employed you can shut down your business and quit supporting the socialistic gov’t. All of the above you can quit doing or give up without repercussions from the IRS or gov’t. You can choose not to work at all with no repercussions from the gov’t. No one says you have to work, you choose to. So, at the end of the day can you honestly say that there is any difference?

          • JoJo58

            Actually, people CAN get up and quit their job. They just like the pay and benefits more than what they know is right. Unions were designed to keep people out, and they still do. You can be one of the best machinists, but would be shut out of a job because the unions won’t let you. They even get their nose out of joint if you DARED to start your own business. Probably be “polite” at first and tell you to close, then later the business would be burned to the ground. You have to KNOW someone in the unions and many times have to be voted in.

            As for your little rant about me (and others that disagree with you) as being JUST AS GUILTY as you are because of the things you listed is ridiculous.

          • JoJo58

            Actually, people CAN get up and quit their job. They just like the pay and benefits more than what they know is right. Unions were designed to keep people out, and they still do. You can be one of the best machinists, but would be shut out of a job because the unions won’t let you. They even get their nose out of joint if you DARED to start your own business. Probably be “polite” at first and tell you to close, then later the business would be burned to the ground. You have to KNOW someone in the unions and many times have to be voted in.

            As for your little rant about me (and others that disagree with you) as being JUST AS GUILTY as you are because of the things you listed is ridiculous.

          • Dave

            Then do what you know is “right” and quit engaging in any of the activities that I asked about in that post. Expecting someone to up and quit their job is just as ridiculous ( in some cases even more so) as quitting some of the things that I mentioned in that post. Maybe you would be happier if they quit their job and went on welfare. I simply asked you some questions and you took them as a personal attack, apparently I hit a nerve. My, my, you are thin skinned.

          • Dave

            Then do what you know is “right” and quit engaging in any of the activities that I asked about in that post. Expecting someone to up and quit their job is just as ridiculous ( in some cases even more so) as quitting some of the things that I mentioned in that post. Maybe you would be happier if they quit their job and went on welfare. I simply asked you some questions and you took them as a personal attack, apparently I hit a nerve. My, my, you are thin skinned.

          • Dave

            I guess you haven’t heard that not everybody can up and quit their job just because their place of employment went union. Has it ever occurred to you that many union members are also members of conservative organizations like the NRA? Of course you wouldn’t know that some of us are actually for “Right to Work”. How many places that you do business with support the socialist agenda? Do you buy gasoline, use a telephone, have insurance, have an ISP, eat at restaurants, have credit/debit cards, use a bank, or own a car? If so some of your money is being used to further the socialist cause. Do you buy products from the entertainment industry? If so, you are more than likely supporting socialist PACs and unions with your money. If you have a drivers license, you are voluntarily giving money to the socialistic gov’t. You mentioned “property”, do you pay taxes on that? No one said that you have to own anything. What does your employer (if you have one) do with the money that you help him to make? If you are self employed you can shut down your business and quit supporting the socialistic gov’t. All of the above you can quit doing or give up without repercussions from the IRS or gov’t. You can choose not to work at all with no repercussions from the gov’t. No one says you have to work, you choose to. So, at the end of the day can you honestly say that there is any difference?

          • Dave

            I guess you haven’t heard that not everybody can up and quit their job just because their place of employment went union. Has it ever occurred to you that many union members are also members of conservative organizations like the NRA? Of course you wouldn’t know that some of us are actually for “Right to Work”. How many places that you do business with support the socialist agenda? Do you buy gasoline, use a telephone, have insurance, have an ISP, eat at restaurants, have credit/debit cards, use a bank, or own a car? If so some of your money is being used to further the socialist cause. Do you buy products from the entertainment industry? If so, you are more than likely supporting socialist PACs and unions with your money. If you have a drivers license, you are voluntarily giving money to the socialistic gov’t. You mentioned “property”, do you pay taxes on that? No one said that you have to own anything. What does your employer (if you have one) do with the money that you help him to make? If you are self employed you can shut down your business and quit supporting the socialistic gov’t. All of the above you can quit doing or give up without repercussions from the IRS or gov’t. You can choose not to work at all with no repercussions from the gov’t. No one says you have to work, you choose to. So, at the end of the day can you honestly say that there is any difference?

          • JoJo58

            I guess you haven’t heard that you can quit your union job and not have your property taken, all assets frozen, and put in jail. The IRS with the backing of the government can do that. The difference is that union members CHOOSE to pay the dues to support socialist PACs, those that pay taxes do so out of fear of imprisonment. Big difference.

          • JoJo58

            I guess you haven’t heard that you can quit your union job and not have your property taken, all assets frozen, and put in jail. The IRS with the backing of the government can do that. The difference is that union members CHOOSE to pay the dues to support socialist PACs, those that pay taxes do so out of fear of imprisonment. Big difference.

          • Dave

            If you really are a conservative and you’re paying taxes to the gov’t, your money is going directly into the coffers of the fat cat elected officials that need more taxpayers to support their posh lifestyles and evil agenda. You know, like multi-million dollar vacations, socialism, abortion, gun control, Obama-care etc. Maybe you should be more offended by that.

          • Dave

            If you really are a conservative and you’re paying taxes to the gov’t, your money is going directly into the coffers of the fat cat elected officials that need more taxpayers to support their posh lifestyles and evil agenda. You know, like multi-million dollar vacations, socialism, abortion, gun control, Obama-care etc. Maybe you should be more offended by that.

        • JoJo58

          If you really are a conservative and you’re paying dues to the union, your money is going directly into the wallets of the fat cat leaders that need more union workers to support their lifestyle and also the union PAC organizations that support leftist politicians and lobby for socialist legislation.

          Maybe you should be more offended by that.

      • Leadman

        I’m a union member & I take offense to that.
        I support nothing that BO or the libs try to do.
        Neither do most of the members I’ve talked to.
        You obviously don’t know what you’re talking
        about.

  • joecar1949

    The unions use the govt to take more from the corporations. The govt uses the unions as community organizers to keep putting them back into office. 50 years of Democrat socialism/handouts gets you bankruptcy.

  • joecar1949

    The unions use the govt to take more from the corporations. The govt uses the unions as community organizers to keep putting them back into office. 50 years of Democrat socialism/handouts gets you bankruptcy.

  • marineh2ominer

    All American unions are now corrupt communist organizations , I go out of my way to avoid buying American unless the product was produced in a non-union plant or factory , like my Toyota Tundra .

  • marineh2ominer

    All American unions are now corrupt communist organizations , I go out of my way to avoid buying American unless the product was produced in a non-union plant or factory , like my Toyota Tundra .

  • marineh2ominer

    All American unions are now corrupt communist organizations , I go out of my way to avoid buying American unless the product was produced in a non-union plant or factory , like my Toyota Tundra .

  • Wade Austin

    These morons voted for Obama so they should stick by him. Their leaders know what is best for the union. That is why the South isn’t unionized. We have some sense. We don’t want someone else telling us when and where we can work. Suck it up union folks you did this to yourself and the rest of us. You want to stop Obama then vote the Liberals our in 2014 or else you’re gong to have the same thing for the next 2 years. Then you will vote democrat again and get one of his followers. Have your democrats done what they promised? He can’t pass anything but body waste legally without Congressional approval. If your democrat liberal representative is passing his waste it’s up to you to vote them out.

  • Wade Austin

    These morons voted for Obama so they should stick by him. Their leaders know what is best for the union. That is why the South isn’t unionized. We have some sense. We don’t want someone else telling us when and where we can work. Suck it up union folks you did this to yourself and the rest of us. You want to stop Obama then vote the Liberals our in 2014 or else you’re gong to have the same thing for the next 2 years. Then you will vote democrat again and get one of his followers. Have your democrats done what they promised? He can’t pass anything but body waste legally without Congressional approval. If your democrat liberal representative is passing his waste it’s up to you to vote them out.

    • actor44

      This is why most of my work has been in the South> Colombia S.A. is the only country in the world to have 70 years of positive economic growth with out debt,from 1930 too 2000! Why? One reason they understand monetary policy,and economics! The people have always vigorusly oposed unions! When the communists did not get thier way they took up arms and have murderd more than 40,000 people! They kill or bankrupt!

      • Linda Lee

        I hope thhis starts something positive!

    • actor44

      This is why most of my work has been in the South> Colombia S.A. is the only country in the world to have 70 years of positive economic growth with out debt,from 1930 too 2000! Why? One reason they understand monetary policy,and economics! The people have always vigorusly oposed unions! When the communists did not get thier way they took up arms and have murderd more than 40,000 people! They kill or bankrupt!

    • actor44

      This is why most of my work has been in the South> Colombia S.A. is the only country in the world to have 70 years of positive economic growth with out debt,from 1930 too 2000! Why? One reason they understand monetary policy,and economics! The people have always vigorusly oposed unions! When the communists did not get thier way they took up arms and have murderd more than 40,000 people! They kill or bankrupt!

    • usmadgirl

      Wade Austin,

      From one common sense Southerner to another from my “Right to Work State”, AMEN & THANK YOU!

    • usmadgirl

      Wade Austin,

      From one common sense Southerner to another from my “Right to Work State”, AMEN & THANK YOU!

    • usmadgirl

      Wade Austin,

      From one common sense Southerner to another from my “Right to Work State”, AMEN & THANK YOU!

  • Wade Austin

    These morons voted for Obama so they should stick by him. Their leaders know what is best for the union. That is why the South isn’t unionized. We have some sense. We don’t want someone else telling us when and where we can work. Suck it up union folks you did this to yourself and the rest of us. You want to stop Obama then vote the Liberals our in 2014 or else you’re gong to have the same thing for the next 2 years. Then you will vote democrat again and get one of his followers. Have your democrats done what they promised? He can’t pass anything but body waste legally without Congressional approval. If your democrat liberal representative is passing his waste it’s up to you to vote them out.

  • Doc

    Why quit now?!? You morons voted for this monster. If you had any balls you would lock down the docks until obamacare went away.

  • Doc

    Why quit now?!? You morons voted for this monster. If you had any balls you would lock down the docks until obamacare went away.

    • Phil

      Yep that was my first thought.

    • Phil

      Yep that was my first thought.

    • garysvent

      That’s what Lech Walensa did, and eventually the Wall came down.

    • garysvent

      That’s what Lech Walensa did, and eventually the Wall came down.

  • Doc

    Why quit now?!? You morons voted for this monster. If you had any balls you would lock down the docks until obamacare went away.

  • Jill

    sit on it Obama, kiss my grits, rotate, eat poop and dye. socialism sucks. G. B. was right

    • gingercake5

      GB was a wee bit progressive, in his TARP decision. The country has been following Keynes, the socialist economist, for decades now, no matter who’s in office. Keynes said that debt was good, and that printing money was fine. Our next president needs to know some sound economics and believe in free enterprise.

    • gingercake5

      GB was a wee bit progressive, in his TARP decision. The country has been following Keynes, the socialist economist, for decades now, no matter who’s in office. Keynes said that debt was good, and that printing money was fine. Our next president needs to know some sound economics and believe in free enterprise.

      • jmortensen

        Me Thinks the only way to do that is to get out and vote for our Tea Party Candidates .. we have some good Conservatives , but we need more to make a difference ..

      • jmortensen

        Me Thinks the only way to do that is to get out and vote for our Tea Party Candidates .. we have some good Conservatives , but we need more to make a difference ..

      • jmortensen

        Me Thinks the only way to do that is to get out and vote for our Tea Party Candidates .. we have some good Conservatives , but we need more to make a difference ..

    • gingercake5

      GB was a wee bit progressive, in his TARP decision. The country has been following Keynes, the socialist economist, for decades now, no matter who’s in office. Keynes said that debt was good, and that printing money was fine. Our next president needs to know some sound economics and believe in free enterprise.

  • Jill

    sit on it Obama, kiss my grits, rotate, eat poop and dye. socialism sucks. G. B. was right

  • Jill

    sit on it Obama, kiss my grits, rotate, eat poop and dye. socialism sucks. G. B. was right

  • lizaz

    Wow!! An unintended positive consequence!!!

  • lizaz

    Wow!! An unintended positive consequence!!!

    • JMWinPR

      You didn’t read the article!!! ILWU dropped the AFL because IlWU wants more free stuff including unskilled immigrants. The AFL is lesser of two evils

      • jmortensen

        that is the thought I had is this now an excuse to hire illegals at a lessor wage .. these longshoremen may have shot themselves in the foot .. unless they are prepared to fight for their jobs and get rid of both unions

      • jmortensen

        that is the thought I had is this now an excuse to hire illegals at a lessor wage .. these longshoremen may have shot themselves in the foot .. unless they are prepared to fight for their jobs and get rid of both unions

  • lizaz

    Wow!! An unintended positive consequence!!!

  • Joanne Long

    How does the AFL-CIo feel now? What day is it now?

    • WHTEHEAT

      A ll Fin Loser Cnts In Obamas pocket.
      You were bought just like common whores..but dont want to get screwed..

    • WHTEHEAT

      A ll Fin Loser Cnts In Obamas pocket.
      You were bought just like common whores..but dont want to get screwed..

    • WHTEHEAT

      A ll Fin Loser Cnts In Obamas pocket.
      You were bought just like common whores..but dont want to get screwed..

  • Joanne Long

    How does the AFL-CIo feel now? What day is it now?

  • 58proudtobe

    Trumka’s mafia organization is not gonna like this. How sweet it is!

  • 58proudtobe

    Trumka’s mafia organization is not gonna like this. How sweet it is!

  • jerry1944

    I am sure he will give them a lie and like sheep they will get back in line. Mafia don’t give in are up

  • Truckie 117

    These unions take your hard earned dollars in dues and the big wigs get very big salaries and golden parachute plans while the regular worker doesn’t get much in return except that the Union supports these Lefties like Obama and an Immigration bill that would cripple our country.

  • Truckie 117

    These unions take your hard earned dollars in dues and the big wigs get very big salaries and golden parachute plans while the regular worker doesn’t get much in return except that the Union supports these Lefties like Obama and an Immigration bill that would cripple our country.

  • Truckie 117

    These unions take your hard earned dollars in dues and the big wigs get very big salaries and golden parachute plans while the regular worker doesn’t get much in return except that the Union supports these Lefties like Obama and an Immigration bill that would cripple our country.

  • warpsix

    Can’t tell you how happy i am, remember the feeling ex-union members and Vote Libertarian or true Conservative Not Rinos. We all saw the true Color of Democrats, Either with them or you are a racist. Rinos will sell out to the highest paying lobby .

  • warpsix

    Can’t tell you how happy i am, remember the feeling ex-union members and Vote Libertarian or true Conservative Not Rinos. We all saw the true Color of Democrats, Either with them or you are a racist. Rinos will sell out to the highest paying lobby .

  • Steven in CA

    I don’t know why this information is particularly helpful in terms of helping the conservative cause. It’s not like the Longshoreman’s Union is complaining that the AFL-CIO has gone too far to the left. If anything, it looks like the Longshoreman’s Union –whose head at one time was Harry Bridges, an avowed Communist– is bailing because it wants “single payer” –i.e., 100% government-operated and funded — health care, and it also wants even wider-ranging “amnesty” for illegal aliens than Obama’s plan!

    • Jugatsu

      Indeed. I wonder how many posters read past the headline. Although I still agree with their anti – union sentiments. Unions have driven up costs and are a boon to China’s industry.

  • Steven in CA

    I don’t know why this information is particularly helpful in terms of helping the conservative cause. It’s not like the Longshoreman’s Union is complaining that the AFL-CIO has gone too far to the left. If anything, it looks like the Longshoreman’s Union –whose head at one time was Harry Bridges, an avowed Communist– is bailing because it wants “single payer” –i.e., 100% government-operated and funded — health care, and it also wants even wider-ranging “amnesty” for illegal aliens than Obama’s plan!

  • Steven in CA

    I don’t know why this information is particularly helpful in terms of helping the conservative cause. It’s not like the Longshoreman’s Union is complaining that the AFL-CIO has gone too far to the left. If anything, it looks like the Longshoreman’s Union –whose head at one time was Harry Bridges, an avowed Communist– is bailing because it wants “single payer” –i.e., 100% government-operated and funded — health care, and it also wants even wider-ranging “amnesty” for illegal aliens than Obama’s plan!

  • WHTEHEAT

    GUESS THEY THOUGHT THE OBAMA DONT CARE PLAN WAS GOOD FOR THE PUBLIC; BUT NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR THEM, FLUX TRUPA AND HIS FREAKIN FREELOADING UNIONS..

  • Jim

    40,000 leaving the AFL-CIO because they’re not liberal enough…I don’t see that as good news. They didn’t leave their union, they just cut ties with AFL-CIO.

  • Jim

    40,000 leaving the AFL-CIO because they’re not liberal enough…I don’t see that as good news. They didn’t leave their union, they just cut ties with AFL-CIO.

  • Watchdogman

    Well union members are entirely stupid,I guess. Now if all unions would just dissolve and join the real working stiffs things might get better for all!

  • Watchdogman

    Well union members are entirely stupid,I guess. Now if all unions would just dissolve and join the real working stiffs things might get better for all!

  • Watchdogman

    Well union members are entirely stupid,I guess. Now if all unions would just dissolve and join the real working stiffs things might get better for all!

  • Al Chemist

    A few union members might not get screwed by Obama Care, but most of the taxpayers will. No surprise here.

  • Al Chemist

    A few union members might not get screwed by Obama Care, but most of the taxpayers will. No surprise here.

  • Al Chemist

    A few union members might not get screwed by Obama Care, but most of the taxpayers will. No surprise here.

  • Deborah G

    If it got to TWO workers in the United states in Unions that would be 2 too many for me. I can’t stand those Commie thugs.ALL unions have become violent , dangerous and try to destroy businesses. I say break them all especially the Teacher’s unions.

  • Deborah G

    If it got to TWO workers in the United states in Unions that would be 2 too many for me. I can’t stand those Commie thugs.ALL unions have become violent , dangerous and try to destroy businesses. I say break them all especially the Teacher’s unions.

  • Deborah G

    If it got to TWO workers in the United states in Unions that would be 2 too many for me. I can’t stand those Commie thugs.ALL unions have become violent , dangerous and try to destroy businesses. I say break them all especially the Teacher’s unions.

  • del

    Time to rid ourselves of unions and obama…..They are ruining our country, our economy, and our jobs….

  • del

    Time to rid ourselves of unions and obama…..They are ruining our country, our economy, and our jobs….

  • del

    Time to rid ourselves of unions and obama…..They are ruining our country, our economy, and our jobs….

  • Randy Thomas

    To march in lock step with Obama right off a cliff and not know what is in the “Bill”….
    How stupid is that?!!!
    Didn’t see this coming. LOL!

  • Randy Thomas

    To march in lock step with Obama right off a cliff and not know what is in the “Bill”….
    How stupid is that?!!!
    Didn’t see this coming. LOL!

  • Azsteve53

    It appears the Longshoreman could care less about the ordinary American as long as their health benefits are not touched, everyone else can take a hike,

    Hypocrisy, greed and stupidity must be their creed.

    • dean29685

      just like 80% of the population

    • dean29685

      just like 80% of the population

      • parlayer

        the 80% want the 20% to earn it for them.

      • parlayer

        the 80% want the 20% to earn it for them.

  • Azsteve53

    It appears the Longshoreman could care less about the ordinary American as long as their health benefits are not touched, everyone else can take a hike,

    Hypocrisy, greed and stupidity must be their creed.

  • dontdoitagain

    Right on one thing, the Obamacare disaster, and completely wrong on immigration reform. Do they really think that flooding our job market with low-skilled, non-English speaking people will HELP their union? It will HELP drive their union out of business. Amazing that they can’t see what a disaster immigration “reform” will be.

  • dontdoitagain

    Right on one thing, the Obamacare disaster, and completely wrong on immigration reform. Do they really think that flooding our job market with low-skilled, non-English speaking people will HELP their union? It will HELP drive their union out of business. Amazing that they can’t see what a disaster immigration “reform” will be.

  • Azsteve53

    The proposed amnesty bill will put the Longshoremen union out of business, replacing them with illegal aliens and adding millions of job applicants for jobs we do not have.

  • Azsteve53

    The proposed amnesty bill will put the Longshoremen union out of business, replacing them with illegal aliens and adding millions of job applicants for jobs we do not have.

  • Niku

    Did the wrong video somehow get attached? I can’t see what this guy’s comments have to do with the title, “40,000 Longshoremen quit AFL-CIO blaming Obamacare”.

  • Niku

    Did the wrong video somehow get attached? I can’t see what this guy’s comments have to do with the title, “40,000 Longshoremen quit AFL-CIO blaming Obamacare”.

  • joespenthouse

    I,m extremely pleased that another union has met it’s demise and will no longer influence workers with it,s do or die methods. Hoping that 40,000 have seen that obuma has never had their best interest in mind,nor those of the coal and oil industries,having said that i hope we have gained some true patriots who have seen the destruction that O dumbass obuma is doing to our country and yes everything they said about ovomitcare and taxes were absolutely correct,to all those hardworking longshoreman may you be blessed and i for one know you have done the right thing,and all i ask is please help us in our efforts to Impeach the fraud pretending to be American.

  • Veteranasm

    What goes around, comes around you dumb azzs !!!

  • Veteranasm

    What goes around, comes around you dumb azzs !!!

  • Veteranasm

    What goes around, comes around you dumb azzs !!!

  • jb80538

    obamacare has to be BAD if the union people are quitting the union because of it!

    • usmadgirl

      But THIS was done because O’Dumbodoesn’tcare isn’t (yet) the more radical single-payer system! What’s wrong with these people? Why on God’s green earth would you want a system of government that has been PROVEN OVER & OVER that it DOESN’T WORK…never has, never will?!

      • jb80538

        Proof that liberalism is a mental disorder!

      • jb80538

        Proof that liberalism is a mental disorder!

        • usmadgirl

          jb80538,
          It HAS to be (a mental disorder or just plain ol’ EVIL)! That’s the only way to explain it!

        • usmadgirl

          jb80538,
          It HAS to be (a mental disorder or just plain ol’ EVIL)! That’s the only way to explain it!

        • usmadgirl

          jb80538,
          It HAS to be (a mental disorder or just plain ol’ EVIL)! That’s the only way to explain it!

      • jb80538

        Proof that liberalism is a mental disorder!

    • usmadgirl

      But THIS was done because O’Dumbodoesn’tcare isn’t (yet) the more radical single-payer system! What’s wrong with these people? Why on God’s green earth would you want a system of government that has been PROVEN OVER & OVER that it DOESN’T WORK…never has, never will?!

  • jb80538

    obamacare has to be BAD if the union people are quitting the union because of it!

  • jb80538

    obamacare has to be BAD if the union people are quitting the union because of it!

  • No Union

    Repubs are happy, right? Unions are bad.

  • sovereigntyofone

    Well, it looks like the unions are getting a ” taste ” of what the rest of us have been forced to eat as far as Obama’s (non) Affordable Healthcare. Did those idiot (union members ) actually think Obama wasn’t going to stab them in the back as well. Unless you are a member of his ” select religious group ” or on Welfare he could care less except to ” reap ” more money out of your pockets and now the unions are seeing this. Well, union people, welcome to the sinking boat the rest of us are forced to ride in. So grab an oar and start rowing to save yourself just like the rest of us.
    Just my 2 cents worth.

  • sovereigntyofone

    Well, it looks like the unions are getting a ” taste ” of what the rest of us have been forced to eat as far as Obama’s (non) Affordable Healthcare. Did those idiot (union members ) actually think Obama wasn’t going to stab them in the back as well. Unless you are a member of his ” select religious group ” or on Welfare he could care less except to ” reap ” more money out of your pockets and now the unions are seeing this. Well, union people, welcome to the sinking boat the rest of us are forced to ride in. So grab an oar and start rowing to save yourself just like the rest of us.
    Just my 2 cents worth.

  • Burlington

    Walter Reuther the CIO boss kicked the longshoreman’s union out because they were too radical when led by Harry Bridges the Australian born Communist. They were on strike in 1940 until Operation Barbarossa when the USSR was attacked then it was balls out for the war. Nancy Pelosi even had a word of praise for him inserted into the Congressional Record noting the 100th anniversary of his birth. She is a closet commie.
    Anyone want to bet that they will not be given some special dispensation by the administration?

  • Burlington

    Walter Reuther the CIO boss kicked the longshoreman’s union out because they were too radical when led by Harry Bridges the Australian born Communist. They were on strike in 1940 until Operation Barbarossa when the USSR was attacked then it was balls out for the war. Nancy Pelosi even had a word of praise for him inserted into the Congressional Record noting the 100th anniversary of his birth. She is a closet commie.
    Anyone want to bet that they will not be given some special dispensation by the administration?

  • Burlington

    Walter Reuther the CIO boss kicked the longshoreman’s union out because they were too radical when led by Harry Bridges the Australian born Communist. They were on strike in 1940 until Operation Barbarossa when the USSR was attacked then it was balls out for the war. Nancy Pelosi even had a word of praise for him inserted into the Congressional Record noting the 100th anniversary of his birth. She is a closet commie.
    Anyone want to bet that they will not be given some special dispensation by the administration?

  • me

    we can’t tell unions are going away. wages are no longer competitive. Retirement pension plans are going away. Jobs are going to parttime with more lesser payed employees, People at the top are raking in the money. we’re headed for modern fuedal system

    • parlayer

      Hey you, (“Hey Me” wouldn’t work) go to school and learn how to get on top. Is whining really getting you anywhere. 10-1 it isn’t. are you taking that bet?? I bet not.

    • parlayer

      Hey you, (“Hey Me” wouldn’t work) go to school and learn how to get on top. Is whining really getting you anywhere. 10-1 it isn’t. are you taking that bet?? I bet not.

  • ONTIME

    I really don’t oppose the private sector unions because you can disassociate from them if the vote is in your favor but in this case of the Cadillac HC, the answer is no. No as a union member you are not government and I despise the government unions because they are illegal and steal votes but I digress. I see nothing all that bad about you as a private sector union member negotiating for yourselves, members only the Cadillac plan as long as you pay a fair share into the cost and your family is separate and the cost for them is on you. As I see it your cost is directly tied to the cost of doing biz and you as overhead drive up the cost of all commodities and services….You would be better off to become a Association and dump the unions and their dues extortion and enjoy being able to control your own member cost…besides that this government HC is not affordable and is built to crash dive, it is a less for more tax scam…

  • a marine .

    Well its about time that the unions get what they deserve, In our family we will not buy any product that is union made period, WE live in henry co, Va , we used to be the furniture and textile capitol of the world with names like Bassett , Stanley. American. and Hooker furn and Tultex, Bassett Walker / Sara Lee,and Dupont are gone. Unions tried to come in and they are gone.We have gone from a county population of over 75,000. to 40,000. we have manufactoring buildings standing empty. And to add insult to enjury our furniture has made in VIET NAM tags on it, Unions at one time were needed in this country but not today, We have gone from being producers to the world to whores to the world. When a union comes to a plant the first thing they want is check off , thats where the union dues are taken from the worker before he or she gets their hard earned pay check they dont trust their members to pay their dues and the big union leaders make 100′s of thousands to over a million dollars a year, The union does nothing to help the good workers but they ensure that the bad ones keep their job no matter what, Trumpka and his cohorts from other unions live the big life that they talk about being against the so called rich, but dont care about the common worker, its all about the power they have. We need a reset in this country its time to get back to basics and bring our country back to the glory we once had and respect of the world, now we are the laughing stock of the world and as we loose more and more industrys to other countries what are we going to do?

    • parlayer

      I boycott union stuff out of principle. What principle you ask?? “They Kill any Business that has them” think of them as moronic or blind enough enough to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.

      • Baf

        Your are right on the money parlayer! I blame the unions for all of the outsourced jobs. I don’t want to pay $1000 for a laptop or cell phone and the union bosses have brought this revolt on themselves. Liberals are the ones who complain about this very thing, but they are the cause of the mess that they complain about.

      • Baf

        Your are right on the money parlayer! I blame the unions for all of the outsourced jobs. I don’t want to pay $1000 for a laptop or cell phone and the union bosses have brought this revolt on themselves. Liberals are the ones who complain about this very thing, but they are the cause of the mess that they complain about.

      • Baf

        Your are right on the money parlayer! I blame the unions for all of the outsourced jobs. I don’t want to pay $1000 for a laptop or cell phone and the union bosses have brought this revolt on themselves. Liberals are the ones who complain about this very thing, but they are the cause of the mess that they complain about.

    • crankyoldone

      I’m a private union member and I must agree to some degree . Unions backed Dems all the time . But what has this done ? Lilly Ledbetter law and obamacare both kinda make paying dues useless . As far as construction goes the “hiring hall” is nice . I hate applications ! I also dislike under-valuing my work . So having the union to put a price on my labor is good too . If inflation wasn’t out of control or the “fees” just to live life weren’t imposed I would not need to make what I do . But for that matter what excuse does the developer have for the money he charges ? Our whole system is screwed up :-(

      • a marine .

        i had a friend that was a union member. He was a welder he said he could not go to a job for less than 25.00 an hour, So ended up working 1 maybe 2 days a week. He shot himself because he lost his home to the bank, he could have worked5o to 60 hrs a week at 15.00 and hour but was too stupid to do that. He let the union set his wage, what a dumb ass plus he had to pay an outrageus union dues, now hes dead. unions are a waste, if you are or were a union member thats your choice but really you need to union . virginia is a right to work state, prob. where you live is a union state, thats called communisim or socialism when your forced to pay your dues to have a job, if thats what you like fine, but it will not work down south, if i owned a company and i had say 10,000 workers and i gave them stady work, as safe as can be made and lets say at 12.0 an hour before i would let a union come in , i would fire every worker tear the buildings down, dig a giant hole and bury at all and take my jobs to another country. I own the company and its mine lock stock and barrel my first obligation is to me, not the worker, if some one does not like what i pay fine, go some where else, but then they will end up like my friend and blow their brains out, good riddance

        • crankyoldone

          Wow you’re pretty harsh ! We all have a choice in the workplace even if it’s NOT WORKING . I am a female who competes in a male dominated field . I like security that a union provides . Maybe you are not a single mom working at Walmart . That is a Non-union shop . Maybe 9 an hour and thanks to obamacare they will get less than 32 hrs . Let’s see that’s 288 before taxes . Albertson’s pays 18 an hour and you get 18-35 hrs . You might not like unions but allot of single mom’s need them !

          • a marine .

            Unless you work in a state that is closed shop what you need to do work for the 18.00 an hour with out the union , save your dues that will give you more money, As far as security goes the union does not guarantee you security, 90 % of job loses are union jobs, because of their stupidity, you pay your dues so the big wheels of your union live like kings and when they tell you that the company makes too much money you belive it. I really do feel sorry for you, When a company goes public by selling stock who is their first care well its the stock holders, if the stock holders did not buy stock to give the company money to build and grow you would not have a job its that simple. If in my case i own my company out right my first obligation is to me, How i spend my money is up to me, if you dont like my way fine, get the hell of my property. if the minimum wage is 7.25 and by my one goodness i pay 12.00 an hour,if you want more, go get you another job i dont want an ungratefull person working at my place. If i heard you talking union i would take you in hand my self and drag you from my property. Its mine and no one elses, i can do with it as i want. My wife works at a job that has a union, they asked her to join she told them to GFY. The only people the union helps is the sorry workers the ones that lay out the most, do the least work and the poorest work, thats what a union is for,

          • crankyoldone

            Do you realize that it’s employers like you that that are the MAIN reason … make that NEED , for a union ?

          • a marine .

            SO WTF GIVES YOU THE RIGHT TO TELL ME WHAT TO DO WITH MY MONEY, ARE YOU FOR FREAKING REAL YOUR ONE DUMB SOB. PEOPLE LIKE YOU AND YOUR UNION THUGS HAVE CAUSED INDUSTRY TO LEAVE THIS COUNTRY, UNION PRODUCTS ARE NOTHING BUT CRAP BUILT BY LAZY SCUM CRAP PEOPLE. GO DRINK YOUR BIG 40 OR SMOKE YOUR JOINT ON YOUR LUNCH BREAK JUST WAIT TILL YOUR DEMONCRATE BUDDIES AND OBAMAASS SHOVE HEALTH CARE DOWN YOUR THROAT AND YOU LOSE YOUR JOB, I HOPE YOU AND YOUR SCUM KIDS STARVE TO DEATH. WHEN THE COUNTRY FALLS INTO CIVIL WAR YOU AND YOUR SCUM WILL PAY THE PRICE FOR YOUR STUPIDITY. WHY DONT YOU GET A BRAIN AND WORK FOR YOURSELF NOT YOUR UNION COMMUNIST LEADERSHIP. WHAT A DUMB F===

          • a marine .

            SO WTF GIVES YOU THE RIGHT TO TELL ME WHAT TO DO WITH MY MONEY, ARE YOU FOR FREAKING REAL YOUR ONE DUMB SOB. PEOPLE LIKE YOU AND YOUR UNION THUGS HAVE CAUSED INDUSTRY TO LEAVE THIS COUNTRY, UNION PRODUCTS ARE NOTHING BUT CRAP BUILT BY LAZY SCUM CRAP PEOPLE. GO DRINK YOUR BIG 40 OR SMOKE YOUR JOINT ON YOUR LUNCH BREAK JUST WAIT TILL YOUR DEMONCRATE BUDDIES AND OBAMAASS SHOVE HEALTH CARE DOWN YOUR THROAT AND YOU LOSE YOUR JOB, I HOPE YOU AND YOUR SCUM KIDS STARVE TO DEATH. WHEN THE COUNTRY FALLS INTO CIVIL WAR YOU AND YOUR SCUM WILL PAY THE PRICE FOR YOUR STUPIDITY. WHY DONT YOU GET A BRAIN AND WORK FOR YOURSELF NOT YOUR UNION COMMUNIST LEADERSHIP. WHAT A DUMB F===

          • a marine .

            lOOKS LIKE THE WONT POST MY REPLY TO YOU , OH WELL . AS AN AFTER THOUGHT IF YOU WOULD HAVE READ WHAT I POSTED IT SAID IF I OWNED A COMPANY THAT IS WHAT I WOULD DO, WELL IT JUST PROVES THE FACT YOU ARE A PRODUCT OF UNION TEACHERS, JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF WHAT UNIONS DO , THEY PRODUCE STUPID PEOPLE THAT CANT READ, I REALLY HOPE THAT YOU DONT HAVE ANY KIDS TO FURTHER POLUTE THE GENE POOL YOUR A DISGUSTING EXCUSE AND MOST LIKELY A VERY BAD EMPLOYEE AND DO CRAPPY WORK, YOUR KEEPING A GOOD PERSON THAT WOULD DO A GOOD JOB FROM HAVING A JOB. GFY

          • crankyoldone

            Once again … I must say WOW ! You have NO IDEA of my SKILL or the Quality of my WORK . NONE !!!!

            And I use my hands to make things not KILL PEOPLE for the EMPIRE . UNLIKE YOU !!!!!!! Furthermore my KID & I both make things “PRETTY” unlike YOU , who JUST MAKES THE WORLD MORE UGLY . I (and my kid) make people HAPPY. While you just perpetrate more SUFFERING ! No happiness unless it’s for you as you KILL & MAIM children !

            You speak of stupid people that schools produce . Tell me , were you drafted ? If not ….. HOW STUPID ARE YOU ????? To war for the EMPIRE , for PROFIT , is as STUPID as you can GET !!!!!!!!!

            WAKE UP FOOL ! Get over your ANGER !!!!!!! Or FOCUS it in the RIGHT DIRECTION !

            It’s YOUR Government that is YOUR enemy ! Not some union worker .

          • a marine .

            Oh wow you make things pretty, You must be on drugs. the only thing that is gonna save this country is violence, if it were done your way, you and your daughter could be stoned for walking down the street with out a male family member and covered from head to toe. there is never going to be a pretty world, I think what pisses me off the most, i fought so stupid people like you can tear this country apart. For your information I joined the MARINES IN 1970 i was not drafted. Today I have a NEPHEW THAT IS A MARINE SCOUT SNIPER AND I AND MY FAMILY ARE SO PROUD OF HIM AND THE LONG DISTANCE SHOTS IN MADE IN RAG HEAD LAND AND ELEMINATED A FEW MORE MUSLIMES.
            As to your empire comment what the hell are you talking about, you mean the place that gives you the life you enjoy , You mean the empire that has an all volunteer military that fights in battles all over the world so you can enjoy the life you have, you mean the empire that gives AMERICANS the best health care in the world, well thats conditioned now that SCUM SUCKING LOW LIFE LIAR THIEF MURDERING BUTCHER OF BENGAZI muslime POS obamaass and his bitch cow moochellllll destroy the health care system we used to have, OR do you mean the empire of your union thug scum that beat people , threaten people and have even killed people to get them to join the union. You should do some reasearch and find out just how many union heads make from 800000 to 1000000 a year, You live in a dream world thats never going to exist except in your own feeble mind. If you thing this country is so evil renounce your citizen ship and move to another country, you will find out just how good this country really is, but your a disgrace to what this nation stands for, go play squat tag in your cucumber patch so you can get your cheap thrills

          • crankyoldone

            I think I know a Vet with PTSD ! Take your Meds ! And as much ANGER as I hear coming from you I can see why the Government calls Vets a DANGER .

            Yes you and your nephew work to build a MURDEROUS EMPIRE !

            EDUCATE YOURSELF !

            And your numbers on salaries are COMPLETE B.S. ! RICHARD TRUMKA PRESIDENT-$301,932.00 and mine makes under 400,000 $

            Too bad they don’t have ” Smart ” pills to add to your other meds !

          • crankyoldone

            I think I know a Vet with PTSD ! Take your Meds ! And as much ANGER as I hear coming from you I can see why the Government calls Vets a DANGER .

            Yes you and your nephew work to build a MURDEROUS EMPIRE !

            EDUCATE YOURSELF !

            And your numbers on salaries are COMPLETE B.S. ! RICHARD TRUMKA PRESIDENT-$301,932.00 and mine makes under 400,000 $

            Too bad they don’t have ” Smart ” pills to add to your other meds !

          • a marine .

            wow are you fooled it was even on CNN (COMMUNIST NEWS NETWORK) OF THE MILLION DOLLAR WAGES UNION BOSSES GET,
            YOU DAMN RIGHT I AM ANGRY AT FOOLS LIKE YOU THAT WANT TO DO NOTHING AND LET THIS COUNTRY BE DESTROYED, THERE WILL COME A TIME, WHEN YOU WILL BE SORRY FOR BEING SUCH A FOOL JUST AS THE LAST STONE HITS YOU AND YOU PASS OUT AND SUFFER, BUT THAT WILL BE A GOOD THING THEN YOU WILL WISH THEIR WAS A MILITARY PERSON THERE TO SAVE YOUR SCUM LOW LIFE BUTT,

          • crankyoldone

            You believe CNN ? Look it up . You have a computer .

            And PLEASE STOP YELLING !!!!!

            Your anger will do nothing but draw the NSA to your home and maybe the DHS ?

            You have a computer , use IT . Do some research ! Your anger is directed at the wrong person . I paid TAXES to PAY YOUR FRICKIN SALARY !!!!!!!! And without my HIGH WAGE’S your EMPIRE could NOT PAY YOU !!!!!!!

            “WANT TO DO NOTHING AND LET THIS COUNTRY BE DESTROYED” ! What would you have me DO ?????? Please tell me ? I really would like to know .

          • crankyoldone

            You believe CNN ? Look it up . You have a computer .

            And PLEASE STOP YELLING !!!!!

            Your anger will do nothing but draw the NSA to your home and maybe the DHS ?

            You have a computer , use IT . Do some research ! Your anger is directed at the wrong person . I paid TAXES to PAY YOUR FRICKIN SALARY !!!!!!!! And without my HIGH WAGE’S your EMPIRE could NOT PAY YOU !!!!!!!

            “WANT TO DO NOTHING AND LET THIS COUNTRY BE DESTROYED” ! What would you have me DO ?????? Please tell me ? I really would like to know .

          • crankyoldone

            You believe CNN ? Look it up . You have a computer .

            And PLEASE STOP YELLING !!!!!

            Your anger will do nothing but draw the NSA to your home and maybe the DHS ?

            You have a computer , use IT . Do some research ! Your anger is directed at the wrong person . I paid TAXES to PAY YOUR FRICKIN SALARY !!!!!!!! And without my HIGH WAGE’S your EMPIRE could NOT PAY YOU !!!!!!!

            “WANT TO DO NOTHING AND LET THIS COUNTRY BE DESTROYED” ! What would you have me DO ?????? Please tell me ? I really would like to know .

          • crankyoldone

            I think I know a Vet with PTSD ! Take your Meds ! And as much ANGER as I hear coming from you I can see why the Government calls Vets a DANGER .

            Yes you and your nephew work to build a MURDEROUS EMPIRE !

            EDUCATE YOURSELF !

            And your numbers on salaries are COMPLETE B.S. ! RICHARD TRUMKA PRESIDENT-$301,932.00 and mine makes under 400,000 $

            Too bad they don’t have ” Smart ” pills to add to your other meds !

          • a marine .

            Oh wow you make things pretty, You must be on drugs. the only thing that is gonna save this country is violence, if it were done your way, you and your daughter could be stoned for walking down the street with out a male family member and covered from head to toe. there is never going to be a pretty world, I think what pisses me off the most, i fought so stupid people like you can tear this country apart. For your information I joined the MARINES IN 1970 i was not drafted. Today I have a NEPHEW THAT IS A MARINE SCOUT SNIPER AND I AND MY FAMILY ARE SO PROUD OF HIM AND THE LONG DISTANCE SHOTS IN MADE IN RAG HEAD LAND AND ELEMINATED A FEW MORE MUSLIMES.
            As to your empire comment what the hell are you talking about, you mean the place that gives you the life you enjoy , You mean the empire that has an all volunteer military that fights in battles all over the world so you can enjoy the life you have, you mean the empire that gives AMERICANS the best health care in the world, well thats conditioned now that SCUM SUCKING LOW LIFE LIAR THIEF MURDERING BUTCHER OF BENGAZI muslime POS obamaass and his bitch cow moochellllll destroy the health care system we used to have, OR do you mean the empire of your union thug scum that beat people , threaten people and have even killed people to get them to join the union. You should do some reasearch and find out just how many union heads make from 800000 to 1000000 a year, You live in a dream world thats never going to exist except in your own feeble mind. If you thing this country is so evil renounce your citizen ship and move to another country, you will find out just how good this country really is, but your a disgrace to what this nation stands for, go play squat tag in your cucumber patch so you can get your cheap thrills

          • crankyoldone

            Once again … I must say WOW ! You have NO IDEA of my SKILL or the Quality of my WORK . NONE !!!!

            And I use my hands to make things not KILL PEOPLE for the EMPIRE . UNLIKE YOU !!!!!!! Furthermore my KID & I both make things “PRETTY” unlike YOU , who JUST MAKES THE WORLD MORE UGLY . I (and my kid) make people HAPPY. While you just perpetrate more SUFFERING ! No happiness unless it’s for you as you KILL & MAIM children !

            You speak of stupid people that schools produce . Tell me , were you drafted ? If not ….. HOW STUPID ARE YOU ????? To war for the EMPIRE , for PROFIT , is as STUPID as you can GET !!!!!!!!!

            WAKE UP FOOL ! Get over your ANGER !!!!!!! Or FOCUS it in the RIGHT DIRECTION !

            It’s YOUR Government that is YOUR enemy ! Not some union worker .

          • a marine .

            lOOKS LIKE THE WONT POST MY REPLY TO YOU , OH WELL . AS AN AFTER THOUGHT IF YOU WOULD HAVE READ WHAT I POSTED IT SAID IF I OWNED A COMPANY THAT IS WHAT I WOULD DO, WELL IT JUST PROVES THE FACT YOU ARE A PRODUCT OF UNION TEACHERS, JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF WHAT UNIONS DO , THEY PRODUCE STUPID PEOPLE THAT CANT READ, I REALLY HOPE THAT YOU DONT HAVE ANY KIDS TO FURTHER POLUTE THE GENE POOL YOUR A DISGUSTING EXCUSE AND MOST LIKELY A VERY BAD EMPLOYEE AND DO CRAPPY WORK, YOUR KEEPING A GOOD PERSON THAT WOULD DO A GOOD JOB FROM HAVING A JOB. GFY

          • a marine .

            lOOKS LIKE THE WONT POST MY REPLY TO YOU , OH WELL . AS AN AFTER THOUGHT IF YOU WOULD HAVE READ WHAT I POSTED IT SAID IF I OWNED A COMPANY THAT IS WHAT I WOULD DO, WELL IT JUST PROVES THE FACT YOU ARE A PRODUCT OF UNION TEACHERS, JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF WHAT UNIONS DO , THEY PRODUCE STUPID PEOPLE THAT CANT READ, I REALLY HOPE THAT YOU DONT HAVE ANY KIDS TO FURTHER POLUTE THE GENE POOL YOUR A DISGUSTING EXCUSE AND MOST LIKELY A VERY BAD EMPLOYEE AND DO CRAPPY WORK, YOUR KEEPING A GOOD PERSON THAT WOULD DO A GOOD JOB FROM HAVING A JOB. GFY

          • crankyoldone

            Do you realize that it’s employers like you that that are the MAIN reason … make that NEED , for a union ?

          • crankyoldone

            Do you realize that it’s employers like you that that are the MAIN reason … make that NEED , for a union ?

      • a marine .

        i had a friend that was a union member. He was a welder he said he could not go to a job for less than 25.00 an hour, So ended up working 1 maybe 2 days a week. He shot himself because he lost his home to the bank, he could have worked5o to 60 hrs a week at 15.00 and hour but was too stupid to do that. He let the union set his wage, what a dumb ass plus he had to pay an outrageus union dues, now hes dead. unions are a waste, if you are or were a union member thats your choice but really you need to union . virginia is a right to work state, prob. where you live is a union state, thats called communisim or socialism when your forced to pay your dues to have a job, if thats what you like fine, but it will not work down south, if i owned a company and i had say 10,000 workers and i gave them stady work, as safe as can be made and lets say at 12.0 an hour before i would let a union come in , i would fire every worker tear the buildings down, dig a giant hole and bury at all and take my jobs to another country. I own the company and its mine lock stock and barrel my first obligation is to me, not the worker, if some one does not like what i pay fine, go some where else, but then they will end up like my friend and blow their brains out, good riddance

    • crankyoldone

      I’m a private union member and I must agree to some degree . Unions backed Dems all the time . But what has this done ? Lilly Ledbetter law and obamacare both kinda make paying dues useless . As far as construction goes the “hiring hall” is nice . I hate applications ! I also dislike under-valuing my work . So having the union to put a price on my labor is good too . If inflation wasn’t out of control or the “fees” just to live life weren’t imposed I would not need to make what I do . But for that matter what excuse does the developer have for the money he charges ? Our whole system is screwed up :-(

  • truthseeker53

    Longshoremen I had the misfortune of having to deal with at New Orleans docks were despicable, arrogant, lazy, rectal units who deserve nothing but trouble..

  • kenhowes

    Important to notice that the Longshoremen’s Union isn’t unhappy with the AFL-CIO for being too radical, but for not being radical enough.
    And anyone who thinks single-payer isn’t coming is kidding himself. We’re on our way to the National Health Service, on the British model. It will get harder, and gradually become more expensive, to run the health system–but it will be “fair”.

    • parlayer

      Nowhere is Fair promised. Only Taxes and Death. You have to find your own opportunity by preparing yourself. You do nothing – you get nothing. “That’s whats fair”

      • kenhowes

        You notice that I put “fair” in quotation marks. There is nothing really fair about destroying the health professions to make a political point.

        • parlayer

          I noticed and am on your thought process side. I just wanted to vent.

        • parlayer

          I noticed and am on your thought process side. I just wanted to vent.

    • parlayer

      Nowhere is Fair promised. Only Taxes and Death. You have to find your own opportunity by preparing yourself. You do nothing – you get nothing. “That’s whats fair”

    • Daniel from TN

      The British Model – It takes 2 to 5 years to approve elective surgery, IF the government agrees it is necessary. If you need emergency surgery then you are in luck. That only requires a six-week wait.

  • kenhowes

    Important to notice that the Longshoremen’s Union isn’t unhappy with the AFL-CIO for being too radical, but for not being radical enough.
    And anyone who thinks single-payer isn’t coming is kidding himself. We’re on our way to the National Health Service, on the British model. It will get harder, and gradually become more expensive, to run the health system–but it will be “fair”.

  • kenhowes

    Important to notice that the Longshoremen’s Union isn’t unhappy with the AFL-CIO for being too radical, but for not being radical enough.
    And anyone who thinks single-payer isn’t coming is kidding himself. We’re on our way to the National Health Service, on the British model. It will get harder, and gradually become more expensive, to run the health system–but it will be “fair”.

  • parlayer

    Trump that Fat trumka.

  • Pupito4u

    LMMFAO!

  • Pupito4u

    LMMFAO!

  • Pupito4u

    LMMFAO!

  • noweareman

    SURPRISE!!!!
    (dopes)

  • noweareman

    SURPRISE!!!!
    (dopes)

  • Nikita63

    Can it be that those few in this country lucky enough to still have jobs are realizing that the democratic party is their enemy and not their friend? If this move were to expand in retaliation against Obamacare dictates as sponsored by the democrats and basically by them alone, we just might retUrn to a right to work environment where you have CHOICES which should be yours under the U.S. constitution. Compulsory union membership as a condition of employment was not one of them. it should NOT be. All that does is expand the power of government over the rights of the Individual to either grant the guarantees implicit in their American citizenship , OR NOT!

    • crankyoldone

      There are allot Private union members who are waking up to scam being ran on the People . There is no reason for Public unions . They only have one employer – the Government ! Private unions encompass many employers so treatment could vary . Then there is the fact that if the union folks don’t make him money he can fire them and/or not sign a new contract . Not with a Public union . They’ll cut you off of things that you have ALREADY paid for or things that you have to depend on in life .

      • Nikita63

        They cannot have it both ways: Unions are supporting the wage increase demands of fast food workers but, If those wages are basically doubled and the employer must cover costs by raising prices, they will look for a viable alternative. That is automation and it in the end, will cost these workers their jobs with few prospects of finding other unskilled employment. The government WANTS this as they wish EVERYONE to be totally dependent on government to survive. That is dictatorship and that is the way we are headed. You cannot seek to overthrow Obamacare for the same reason you want to raise the pay of low wage earners. It is a matter of simple cost arithmetic but, we have so dumbed down our children in the public school systems over the past 50 years that they cannot see the truth that they are gradually being enslaved!

        • crankyoldone

          The AFL-CIO just wants the money the dues will bring . The Fed Res. just wants the taxes that a pay raise would bring . Me ? I just want NON-foamy chicken Mcnuggets !

          • parlayer

            that’s not to much!

          • crankyoldone

            thank you !

          • crankyoldone

            thank you !

          • Nikita63

            Arrgh! we’ll have ‘em sprayed with additives matey, just to make sure ye MUST accept Obamacare as it is all ye may have! Even the unions don’t like what they clamored to have passed in large numbers just 4 years ago!

          • crankyoldone

            Is that what that flavor is ? Blaaaa ! I knew it wasn’t chicken !

          • Nikita63

            It was called ** but I can ‘t print that!

          • Nikita63

            It was called ** but I can ‘t print that!

          • crankyoldone

            Is that what that flavor is ? Blaaaa ! I knew it wasn’t chicken !

          • Nikita63

            Arrgh! we’ll have ‘em sprayed with additives matey, just to make sure ye MUST accept Obamacare as it is all ye may have! Even the unions don’t like what they clamored to have passed in large numbers just 4 years ago!

          • Equationator

            Now that made me laugh! But this is a serious subject.

          • crankyoldone

            It’s not that serious . I think when the public union folks lose their pensions because of some government “Plan” that could become serious . Lets face it , SEIU folks aren’t the smartest ;-)

          • crankyoldone

            It’s not that serious . I think when the public union folks lose their pensions because of some government “Plan” that could become serious . Lets face it , SEIU folks aren’t the smartest ;-)

          • crankyoldone

            It’s not that serious . I think when the public union folks lose their pensions because of some government “Plan” that could become serious . Lets face it , SEIU folks aren’t the smartest ;-)

          • Equationator

            Now that made me laugh! But this is a serious subject.

          • Equationator

            Now that made me laugh! But this is a serious subject.

        • crankyoldone

          The AFL-CIO just wants the money the dues will bring . The Fed Res. just wants the taxes that a pay raise would bring . Me ? I just want NON-foamy chicken Mcnuggets !

    • crankyoldone

      There are allot Private union members who are waking up to scam being ran on the People . There is no reason for Public unions . They only have one employer – the Government ! Private unions encompass many employers so treatment could vary . Then there is the fact that if the union folks don’t make him money he can fire them and/or not sign a new contract . Not with a Public union . They’ll cut you off of things that you have ALREADY paid for or things that you have to depend on in life .

  • Nikita63

    Can it be that those few in this country lucky enough to still have jobs are realizing that the democratic party is their enemy and not their friend? If this move were to expand in retaliation against Obamacare dictates as sponsored by the democrats and basically by them alone, we just might retUrn to a right to work environment where you have CHOICES which should be yours under the U.S. constitution. Compulsory union membership as a condition of employment was not one of them. it should NOT be. All that does is expand the power of government over the rights of the Individual to either grant the guarantees implicit in their American citizenship , OR NOT!

  • wolfman4u

    don’t call it Obama care as he loves it call it what it really is IRS enforced national health care. Wake up folks !

  • wolfman4u

    don’t call it Obama care as he loves it call it what it really is IRS enforced national health care. Wake up folks !

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  • REDWITEBLU

    They are only finding out now….that OBOZZO lied????
    Have they been living under a rock for the past 4 years

    If one could have a do-over……would they still vote for OBOZZO ???

  • REDWITEBLU

    They are only finding out now….that OBOZZO lied????
    Have they been living under a rock for the past 4 years

    If one could have a do-over……would they still vote for OBOZZO ???

  • REDWITEBLU

    They are only finding out now….that OBOZZO lied????
    Have they been living under a rock for the past 4 years

    If one could have a do-over……would they still vote for OBOZZO ???

  • WayneJ

    Bout time they rub two synaps together…..duh!

  • abbe

    Maybe that will wake up this stupid greedy administration and our treacherous congress! Although I think there is scant hope of marring the supreme idiocy of our un-venerated leader!

  • abbe

    Maybe that will wake up this stupid greedy administration and our treacherous congress! Although I think there is scant hope of marring the supreme idiocy of our un-venerated leader!

  • abbe

    Maybe that will wake up this stupid greedy administration and our treacherous congress! Although I think there is scant hope of marring the supreme idiocy of our un-venerated leader!

  • TexRancher

    Question is: Are these union members smart enough to see and understand what the former democrats now socialists are doing to them? Will they be smart enough to vote against this Marxist/socialist president’s agenda?

  • TexRancher

    Question is: Are these union members smart enough to see and understand what the former democrats now socialists are doing to them? Will they be smart enough to vote against this Marxist/socialist president’s agenda?

  • armydadtexas

    MY, MY, MY, one group of gutless, commie thugs got screwed by another group of gutless commie pukes ie. the Obama regime. Yep, B.HO and his REGIME, stabbed the Union Thugs in the back. Promises from Obama are not happening, unless of course they destroy the family, the home, the nation and America’s credibility. Well now AFL-CIO has received a dose of reality. Their god turned on them and spit in their faces

    • GQ4U

      True — and their communist leader Trumka sold them out. Unions are on the way out because of decades of evil leadership.

      • parlayer

        GQ4U — evil leadership is only one of many evil reasons. “Killing the goose that lays the golden eggs” that doesn’t sound smart enough to be evil more like ??Yea I guess evil is the word.

      • parlayer

        GQ4U — evil leadership is only one of many evil reasons. “Killing the goose that lays the golden eggs” that doesn’t sound smart enough to be evil more like ??Yea I guess evil is the word.

      • parlayer

        GQ4U — evil leadership is only one of many evil reasons. “Killing the goose that lays the golden eggs” that doesn’t sound smart enough to be evil more like ??Yea I guess evil is the word.

    • GQ4U

      True — and their communist leader Trumka sold them out. Unions are on the way out because of decades of evil leadership.

  • armydadtexas

    MY, MY, MY, one group of gutless, commie thugs got screwed by another group of gutless commie pukes ie. the Obama regime. Yep, B.HO and his REGIME, stabbed the Union Thugs in the back. Promises from Obama are not happening, unless of course they destroy the family, the home, the nation and America’s credibility. Well now AFL-CIO has received a dose of reality. Their god turned on them and spit in their faces

  • GQ4U

    Trumka is a proud self avowed card carrying communist. Why are they surprised? I was once a member of the AFL-CIO and communists were banned from leadership because “once upon a time” we knew they would destroy the Union and the businesses that provided our jobs. Turns out our conspiracy theories were accurate.

    We “once upon a time” believed allowing communists into positions of power in our government was a direct conflict with Founding principles of Freedom. Turns out our conspiracy theories were accurate. Remember Marx was a Satanist and father of modern communism and their philosphy dictates that the “end justifies the means” so we can never believe what Trumka says or what Obama says. Both have out stayed their welcome so its time for them to go.

  • GQ4U

    Trumka is a proud self avowed card carrying communist. Why are they surprised? I was once a member of the AFL-CIO and communists were banned from leadership because “once upon a time” we knew they would destroy the Union and the businesses that provided our jobs. Turns out our conspiracy theories were accurate.

    We “once upon a time” believed allowing communists into positions of power in our government was a direct conflict with Founding principles of Freedom. Turns out our conspiracy theories were accurate. Remember Marx was a Satanist and father of modern communism and their philosphy dictates that the “end justifies the means” so we can never believe what Trumka says or what Obama says. Both have out stayed their welcome so its time for them to go.

  • GQ4U

    Trumka is a proud self avowed card carrying communist. Why are they surprised? I was once a member of the AFL-CIO and communists were banned from leadership because “once upon a time” we knew they would destroy the Union and the businesses that provided our jobs. Turns out our conspiracy theories were accurate.

    We “once upon a time” believed allowing communists into positions of power in our government was a direct conflict with Founding principles of Freedom. Turns out our conspiracy theories were accurate. Remember Marx was a Satanist and father of modern communism and their philosphy dictates that the “end justifies the means” so we can never believe what Trumka says or what Obama says. Both have out stayed their welcome so its time for them to go.

  • LK

    40,000 Longshoreman Quit AFL-CIO Blaming ObamaCare ?

    Some 40 Years ago or so, we use to unload bananas and pack them into big rigs, and at break time the longshoremen and we would have a little time to have a chat , and I would not never believe they would be locked into anything that is run by a international union like the European Crazed AFL-CIO Czechoslovakia communist mohammedan like president Richard Trumka and the mastermind George Soros. All I can say is that you may not fool them twice with those two huckleberries. Longshoremen have a backbone Called WE ARE THE U.S.A. when it comes down to it. Jesus Christ Saves!

    • GQ4U

      Ditto – Jesus Christ Saves!

      As a former AFL-CIO member I recognized they were screwing over the membership to gain power at our expense. Strikes lasting longer than 3-weeks never made up for the lost wages between contracts. I went to a meeting when we were going to vote to go on strike and I proposed the union reps and leadership go without pay until the strike was settled — I was lucky to get out alive.

    • GQ4U

      Ditto – Jesus Christ Saves!

      As a former AFL-CIO member I recognized they were screwing over the membership to gain power at our expense. Strikes lasting longer than 3-weeks never made up for the lost wages between contracts. I went to a meeting when we were going to vote to go on strike and I proposed the union reps and leadership go without pay until the strike was settled — I was lucky to get out alive.

      • parlayer

        Your guys are great.

        • GQ4U

          The fact that you get it makes you one of the good guys.

          • parlayer

            “Alive” is not being ruled by anything. Hope it was your observations instead of blind luck that you escaped.

          • GQ4U

            I quit and went into business for myself — strictly non-union.

            Sorry, but I can’t agree with your comment; “”Alive” is not being ruled by anything.” It wasn’t until I let God “rule” my life that I was truly FREE. No man should have control of others.

          • parlayer

            I stand corrected. and when i’m not “Parlayer” My business card says: Major Maintenance I tell me how and and my customers tell me when to do what I do. I like it!!

          • GQ4U

            It’s good to be at peace with who you are.
            PS: Most of us need Major Maintenance – you must be busy. lol

            Be well my friend.

          • GQ4U

            It’s good to be at peace with who you are.
            PS: Most of us need Major Maintenance – you must be busy. lol

            Be well my friend.

          • parlayer

            I stand corrected. and when i’m not “Parlayer” My business card says: Major Maintenance I tell me how and and my customers tell me when to do what I do. I like it!!

          • GQ4U

            I quit and went into business for myself — strictly non-union.

            Sorry, but I can’t agree with your comment; “”Alive” is not being ruled by anything.” It wasn’t until I let God “rule” my life that I was truly FREE. No man should have control of others.

          • parlayer

            “Alive” is not being ruled by anything. Hope it was your observations instead of blind luck that you escaped.

          • parlayer

            “Alive” is not being ruled by anything. Hope it was your observations instead of blind luck that you escaped.

        • GQ4U

          The fact that you get it makes you one of the good guys.

        • GQ4U

          The fact that you get it makes you one of the good guys.

      • parlayer

        Your guys are great.

    • GQ4U

      Ditto – Jesus Christ Saves!

      As a former AFL-CIO member I recognized they were screwing over the membership to gain power at our expense. Strikes lasting longer than 3-weeks never made up for the lost wages between contracts. I went to a meeting when we were going to vote to go on strike and I proposed the union reps and leadership go without pay until the strike was settled — I was lucky to get out alive.

  • LK

    40,000 Longshoreman Quit AFL-CIO Blaming ObamaCare ?

    Some 40 Years ago or so, we use to unload bananas and pack them into big rigs, and at break time the longshoremen and we would have a little time to have a chat , and I would not never believe they would be locked into anything that is run by a international union like the European Crazed AFL-CIO Czechoslovakia communist mohammedan like president Richard Trumka and the mastermind George Soros. All I can say is that you may not fool them twice with those two huckleberries. Longshoremen have a backbone Called WE ARE THE U.S.A. when it comes down to it. Jesus Christ Saves!

  • LK

    40,000 Longshoreman Quit AFL-CIO Blaming ObamaCare ?

    Some 40 Years ago or so, we use to unload bananas and pack them into big rigs, and at break time the longshoremen and we would have a little time to have a chat , and I would not never believe they would be locked into anything that is run by a international union like the European Crazed AFL-CIO Czechoslovakia communist mohammedan like president Richard Trumka and the mastermind George Soros. All I can say is that you may not fool them twice with those two huckleberries. Longshoremen have a backbone Called WE ARE THE U.S.A. when it comes down to it. Jesus Christ Saves!

  • Mario

    I think not. “Disillusion” is a long way from “Dissolution” of membership in AFL/CIO. I don’t think the Longshoreman’s Union will ever leave. They have the best of both worlds now – why would they leave? Either there has been a serious grammatical mistake on the part of the person writing this piece, or it has been interpreted to mean something entirely different than it does.

  • 1badland66

    The unions and Obama can take Obamacare and Amnesty and put it where the sun don’t shine. These crooks could care less about this country and only want to line their pockets with taxpayer dollars. They should all go to jail.

  • 1badland66

    The unions and Obama can take Obamacare and Amnesty and put it where the sun don’t shine. These crooks could care less about this country and only want to line their pockets with taxpayer dollars. They should all go to jail.

  • suz

    Unions are out for themselves in union dues. It was a time when unions representing the workers but today they don’t. Just like with Hostess (Twinkies) they sold the company and made a come back with out union workers. That’s your unions at work . Get rid of them.

  • suz

    Unions are out for themselves in union dues. It was a time when unions representing the workers but today they don’t. Just like with Hostess (Twinkies) they sold the company and made a come back with out union workers. That’s your unions at work . Get rid of them.

  • Archangel

    So, now the Comm-UNION-ists are fighting amongst themselves.
    Richard Trumpka of the AFL-CIO and Andy Stern of SEIU are both avowed Communists.

    I wouldn’t purchase anything Union made!

    • parlayer

      My army of 1 is fighting the good fight and taking my biz else where. “When I can’t get what I want, I buy the cheapest.” and that’s not usually Union Label Stuff.

    • parlayer

      My army of 1 is fighting the good fight and taking my biz else where. “When I can’t get what I want, I buy the cheapest.” and that’s not usually Union Label Stuff.

    • parlayer

      My army of 1 is fighting the good fight and taking my biz else where. “When I can’t get what I want, I buy the cheapest.” and that’s not usually Union Label Stuff.

    • crankyoldone

      You know what’s funny is that this is IBEW’s Declaration of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers:

      Our cause is the cause of human justice, human rights, human security. We refuse, and will always refuse, to condone or tolerate dictatorship or oppression of any kind.

      We will find and expel from our midst any who might attempt to destroy, by subversion, all that we stand for.

      This Brotherhood will continue to oppose communism, Nazism, or any other subversive “ism.” We will support our God, our Nations, our Union.

      • parlayer

        I remember when the “Brotherhood” was a lsd supply group out here in ca. the guys were not union. Independents only. oxymoron a brotherhood of independents. ain’t America great.

      • parlayer

        I remember when the “Brotherhood” was a lsd supply group out here in ca. the guys were not union. Independents only. oxymoron a brotherhood of independents. ain’t America great.

      • parlayer

        I remember when the “Brotherhood” was a lsd supply group out here in ca. the guys were not union. Independents only. oxymoron a brotherhood of independents. ain’t America great.

  • Archangel

    So, now the Comm-UNION-ists are fighting amongst themselves.
    Richard Trumpka of the AFL-CIO and Andy Stern of SEIU are both avowed Communists.

    I wouldn’t purchase anything Union made!

  • Archangel

    So, now the Comm-UNION-ists are fighting amongst themselves.
    Richard Trumpka of the AFL-CIO and Andy Stern of SEIU are both avowed Communists.

    I wouldn’t purchase anything Union made!

  • VirgoVince

    THEY finally woke up; will miracles never cease??
    Welcome to the REAL world!!

    • sickpuppy70454

      Now, if we could only get the DC gang to wake up, too.

    • sickpuppy70454

      Now, if we could only get the DC gang to wake up, too.

    • sickpuppy70454

      Now, if we could only get the DC gang to wake up, too.

  • VirgoVince

    THEY finally woke up; will miracles never cease??
    Welcome to the REAL world!!

  • JOE_FELS

    The members are waking up to the fact that Trumka and also the SEIU are only concerned about their pockets and the Dues that they have extorted from the workers and are worrying about the giant expense accounts they have… They have turned their backs and this is the true Marxists agenda to destroy the workers now., and are calling for the legalization to the illegals so that they can unionize them for the dues they will pay… SEIU is hoping and trying to unionize fast food workers because they have lost a couple million in their ranks… They lied to the members they are for striking and closing businesses like Hostess … Russia communists started by having the workers go against the government and look what happened only Marx, Engels, Lenin, and their cronies were the ones with the wealth not the workers all they got was bubkis..Russia for many years and still today the workers get nothing… In closing the only thing the Unions want is total control of the work force and the ability to demand with a strong ..arm and hammer to cut through any opposition with the cycle .. So that the star will rise over their heads……

    • crankyoldone

      SEIU is one of the worst ! Dumb Zombies ;-)

    • crankyoldone

      SEIU is one of the worst ! Dumb Zombies ;-)

    • crankyoldone

      SEIU is one of the worst ! Dumb Zombies ;-)

  • RockyMtn1776

    The unions voted for Owebama, let them live with it !

  • RockyMtn1776

    The unions voted for Owebama, let them live with it !

  • RockyMtn1776

    The unions voted for Owebama, let them live with it !

  • Indiana Conservative

    Wow.talking about a mutiny.There goes millions of dues with them to.Becareful what you pray for you just might get it.Hope to hell that more unions follow suit

  • JBQ21

    There is a potential split in the ranks of the Obama coalition. Labor is very unhappy with the money going to the entitled which is read Blacks and radical feminist women. Labor is traditionally European immigrant which according to the 2010 census comprised 60% of the American population. Blacks and radical feminist women need labor to support their goals of entitlement and power.

  • Panors77

    Typical of this union guy wanting a “single payer nationalized health system”. How socialist/communist can you get with that one eh? How high can the taxes go to support it? Just look at the UK and Canada for starters. UK system sucks big time and they routinely ration care, my inlaws over there not withstanding.

  • Panors77

    Typical of this union guy wanting a “single payer nationalized health system”. How socialist/communist can you get with that one eh? How high can the taxes go to support it? Just look at the UK and Canada for starters. UK system sucks big time and they routinely ration care, my inlaws over there not withstanding.

  • NAVSOG

    PATRIOTS EVERYONE !!!!!!

  • NAVSOG

    PATRIOTS EVERYONE !!!!!!

  • NAVSOG

    PATRIOTS EVERYONE !!!!!!

  • garysvent

    “Unionized workers now account for only 11.3 percent of the US workforce”

    All the rest are government employees, who don’t qualify under the term ‘workforce’.

  • garysvent

    “Unionized workers now account for only 11.3 percent of the US workforce”

    All the rest are government employees, who don’t qualify under the term ‘workforce’.

  • CaptGene

    Isn’t it beautiful when you get a bolshevik like trumpka (lcit) to see the “flaws” in oblamaKare?

  • CaptGene

    Isn’t it beautiful when you get a bolshevik like trumpka (lcit) to see the “flaws” in oblamaKare?

  • Dale

    I was a member of the Teamsters for 29 years. I draw a pention from 2 locals, 33 in Baltimore Md, and 649 in Washington. I can tell you that the majority DO NOT SUPPORT the union leadership or Democrats. I, like most union members, joined a union because we had too to get a good job, for the benefits, and/or because the company didn’t treat its worker’s fair. The members don’t have as much say as some of you think they do. I have never worked to get a democrat elected and have allways made it clear what I support.Don’t judge all union members by the actions of the leadership.

    • crankyoldone

      Thank you . Some of these folks here are brainwashed that ALL unions AND members are bad . They are NOT ! Government unions are BAD Business for us ( the tax payer ) ! And maybe prevailing wage laws could be bad ? We get the “prevailing wage” because non-union contractors (1) don’t fill out the forms (2) that’s what they ARE paying . And yes even a right to work state has Prevailing wage laws . But on the other hand , union construction is usually done by Americans and are well trained . Unlike some non-union shops . Union folks have all the LICENSES . Again unlike some non-union shops .

      But that is my point . Today you have a choice in most states to use a private union or non-union (private).

      But the public should NEVER be held HOSTAGE to get a contract that involves one employer – The Tax Payer ! We , The.Tax Payer should just refuse to sign a new contract .

  • Kioga

    Whatever these union members are considered to be, they are helping to get this damn healthcare program stopped, and I say THANKS !

  • JoJo58

    I don’t know why people are so excited about this, it’s not as if 40,000 workers suddenly realized they were paying money to a commie ponzi scheme. The longshoreman’s union still wants socialist style medicine, feels the AFL-CIO wasn’t tough enough….and union members certainly don’t want to give up THEIR gold plated health insurance, all the while keeping people that want to work, out of work. Unions were originally designed to keep “certain people” out of work. Mainly the Chinese and blacks.

    • bmrtoyo

      yaa and people who look like mexicans {thats a city of Spokane employee joke }, long story

      • JoJo58

        Yeah. I’m originally from Washington state.

    • bmrtoyo

      yaa and people who look like mexicans {thats a city of Spokane employee joke }, long story

    • bmrtoyo

      yaa and people who look like mexicans {thats a city of Spokane employee joke }, long story

  • guest

    It is great to see that unions are losing their grip on America. Hope it continues

  • guest

    It is great to see that unions are losing their grip on America. Hope it continues

  • guest

    It is great to see that unions are losing their grip on America. Hope it continues

  • Art Hock

    I applaud the longshoremen for their move. Trumka is a stooge for Obama and has led the AFL-CIO down the trail of destruction. As a union member for 60 years I know first hand the corruption that has taken place.

  • SFCUSARMYRET

    The sooner the unions disappear the better. They have had politicians in their pockets way too long now, I was a unon member until they screwed me in 91 when I came back from the Gulf War. They stole from me and my family!
    Thugs with a license to steal….

  • pointdan

    Fat Trumpka gets rich and his membership suffers along with the nation.
    There is a special place in hell waiting for you Mr Trumpka.

  • pointdan

    Fat Trumpka gets rich and his membership suffers along with the nation.
    There is a special place in hell waiting for you Mr Trumpka.

  • pointdan

    Fat Trumpka gets rich and his membership suffers along with the nation.
    There is a special place in hell waiting for you Mr Trumpka.

  • depaz

    No wonder they want to organize fast-food workers. .. . .

  • depaz

    No wonder they want to organize fast-food workers. .. . .

  • depaz

    No wonder they want to organize fast-food workers. .. . .

  • FallingRoc

    I’ve been fighting the unions for decades about the union dues going to supporting the Democrats, and their Socialist ideas…glad to see the “chickens have come home to roost”!!! Glad to see the workers are FINALLY AWAKE!!!!
    Only time will tell to see how long they STAY AWAKE!!!!
    Support the Free Enterprise System!!!
    Stop Socialism!!!!
    Preserve and Defend the Constitution!!!
    Freedom IS the WAY!!!!

  • FallingRoc

    I’ve been fighting the unions for decades about the union dues going to supporting the Democrats, and their Socialist ideas…glad to see the “chickens have come home to roost”!!! Glad to see the workers are FINALLY AWAKE!!!!
    Only time will tell to see how long they STAY AWAKE!!!!
    Support the Free Enterprise System!!!
    Stop Socialism!!!!
    Preserve and Defend the Constitution!!!
    Freedom IS the WAY!!!!

  • UnCL3

    I’d feel sorry for them if they hadn’t been so complicit in the DemoncRats ruining of the country over the last, I dunno, 60 to 70 years?
    REAP IT.

  • UnCL3

    I’d feel sorry for them if they hadn’t been so complicit in the DemoncRats ruining of the country over the last, I dunno, 60 to 70 years?
    REAP IT.

  • Navy Vet

    Hey union members. When you jump into bed with the devil, you get BURNED. And you thought that Obama really cared about you. Well, you were simply FOOLED again.

  • Navy Vet

    Hey union members. When you jump into bed with the devil, you get BURNED. And you thought that Obama really cared about you. Well, you were simply FOOLED again.

  • GrizzlyIX

    How about THAT! Even Great Sheikh ObeyMe’s underground army is deserting him! ! ! !

  • GrizzlyIX

    How about THAT! Even Great Sheikh ObeyMe’s underground army is deserting him! ! ! !

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