Posts tagged ‘Unions’

March 4, 2014

Teachers Sought by Union to Oppose Evaluations

by lewwaters

Amazing the steps the teachers union apparently will take to fight basing teacher evaluations on student test scores. Following is a full email sent to me that is claimed to have been sent out to all members of the WEA, along with the request to not reply, print or forward the email.

Fortunately, someone decided the public has a right to know.

You in the private sector do not receive the opportunity to miss work, with pay and have your travel paid to support or oppose legislation that effects your children. But the teachers union apparently does.

June 13, 2012

“My Employer Makes More Off My Labor Than I Do”

by lewwaters

It seems that at just about any “progressive” protest rally, union unrest or occupy tantrums, it doesn’t take long before someone either in the crowd or on a speakers platform will state words to the effect of, “my employer make more off my labor than I do,” trying to build sympathy that they don’t receive proper wages for whatever their labor may be and whip up emotions to support demands of more.

In those crowds of envious and jealous malcontents, it is just what many desire to hear and speakers know it all too well. In the case of unions, demands follow for even more with no realization that any increases in business costs to employers must be passed along to consumers in order for their employer to remain in business and afford to pay them what they demand.

In a vicious circle, even those making the demand end up with less value for their dollar as consumer prices continue to climb.

Invariably, comparisons will be made that the laborer works hard, an undeniable fact and that while they may earn a decent wage, the employer is “raking in the dough” and enjoying large profits.

Some even claim that they end up investing in the “tools of the trade.” Mechanics, machinists, mill workers and more may end up owning over $30,000 worth of tools needed to perform their jobs and believe that to be a major investment, even though spread out over 30 or 40 years.

February 28, 2012

TriMet GM Sees A Problem, Will CRC and C-Tran Take Note?

by lewwaters

The excessively high cost and expense of the Columbia River Crossing project is no secret. This blog, other Conservative blogs such as Clark County Politics, Couv.com and even the Columbian sometimes have spoken about it.

The Oregonian, Willamette Week and the Reflector in Clark County have lent their voices to the problems seen by citizens and some elected officials, to no avail. Any and all voices are written off as “designed to stop the project” of replacing the aging Interstate Bridges and dragging Portland’s financially ailing Light Rail into Clark County, even though 3 times in the past voters indicated in election we did not want it.

Even an independent forensic audit was soon shoved aside by WSDOT officials who seem to have no problem with millions of our tax dollars being unaccounted for in this project.

Tiffany Couch, the forensic auditor stands behind her report.

Couv.com recently informs us of how business owners downtown Vancouver are being left “in the lurch” as CRC admits their scheduled date of 2013 to start likely will not happen until 2014 or later.

They also inform us of officials looking for new ways to squeeze funds out of citizens for transportation upgrades, realizing there just is not funds readily available in this “Great Recession.”

So what possible problem could Portland’s TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane see that hasn’t been already seen?

December 12, 2011

Democrats Shameless Support of the Occu-Twits

by lewwaters

For a group that continues to claim no leadership and being non-partisan, it is obvious that partisanship is what fuels the mobs.

If you believe this is a newly formed mob, you’re wrong.

November 27, 2011

Democrats Prepare to Further Destroy Washington State’s Economy

by lewwaters

Governor Gregoire of Washington State has called the state legislature into Special Session, beginning Monday, November 28, 2011 to deal with the states ongoing budget gap and promoting her call for a “temporary” sales tax increase statewide. If you believe any sales tax increase will be temporary, I’d like to sell you a nice bridge I just happen have.

I covered the reason the “deep, obscene” cuts in the budget had no effect in the post Sorry People, But You Have No “Right” To Other People’s Money! where it was brought out how unions and special interest groups file lawsuits against those budget cuts, often being overturned by activist judges.

As House Ways and Means Chairman Ross Hunter, Democrat from Medina put it, “What we’re doing in the budget now is like full employment for lawyers,” addressing the numbers of lawsuits to counter any effort to reduce spending in the state.

Gregoire now says, “It’s a new day for me. I have seen the ramifications of the cuts. I can’t live with it” in an article from the Columbian Saturday. Maybe she will tell us which cuts actually stood and didn’t get overturned by activist judges.

So, the main thrust in our still Democrat controlled legislature is raising taxes, even though some appear hesitant at this time. Rep. Jim ‘Da Taxman’ Moeller, D-Vancouver, seems to still be chomping at the bit to “plug tax loopholes for the wealthy.”

September 27, 2011

Of Union Thugs and Newspaper Writers

by lewwaters

AP photo by Don Ryan

The Longview Longshoremen have been making a lot of news lately, none of it very favorable to them. Since they are in a dispute with the EGT Grain Terminal in Longview over their hiring a another union to do the work, local 21 of the ILWU have resorted to vandalism of trains, threats towards the Police, assaulting the Police, breaking down fences and smashing out windows, keeping people against their will by blocking them from leaving the grounds during their early A.M. rampage a couple weeks ago, carjacking a security car and driving it off into a ditch an interfering with interstate commerce by repeatedly trying to block shipments of grain into the facility by sitting down on train tracks and holding up trains.

These are actions we most commonly refer to as “thuggery,” the actions of a ruffian; a hoodlum or as many of say, union thugs when they don’t get their way. You can also call it violent extortion, forcing a company to cave to their demands of higher wages or benefits, or else risk vandalism and destruction of the companies’ property.

Not all unions engage in such despicable conduct, but the ILWU in Longview recently has. Many suspect it was someone associated with or supportive of them that tampered with railroad tracks and shut down rail traffic for hours on Monday, September 26, 2011.

We all see whenever thugs of any type engage in such nefarious conduct. Be it union violence or thuggish teens and anarchist rioting, it is apparent and if reported in the local news outlets, even if not national media.

But how many of us have noticed or paid any attention to any media thuggery?

July 1, 2011

Should We Outsource CRC to China?

by lewwaters

I can hear what you’re thinking already. Lew are going out of your mind? Have you gone completely off your rocker?

No, I haven’t nor do I actually think we should outsource anything more to China than we already do. But, I do ask the question for a reason.

China as we know is rapidly becoming the world’s preeminent manufacturer, manufacturing sections for the Bay Bridge in California and contracting infrastructure projects in some other larger American cities. We in America are bellyaching about our jobs going overseas to countries like China, but they continue to operate at a much lower expense we cannot match. We cannot even come close to matching their low costs.

Few infrastructure projects point out that fact more than does the Bay Bridge project I mentioned and our own Columbia River Crossing.

The Bay Bridge Eastern Span being replaced is some 1400 feet in length and is costing around $7.2 Billion to construct.

January 12, 2010

Tell Olympia, Cut Spending, NO NEW TAXES!

by lewwaters

Once again our state legislature has convened facing yet another massive budget shortfall of some $2.6 Billion.

As can be expected, our tax happy Democrat legislators are proposing a plethora of new taxes to make up the difference. We are told in the Seattle Times which would include “suspending or modifying Initiative 960, which required a two-thirds legislative majority or voter approval for tax increases.”

Also included is a general tax increase, increasing the sales tax we already pay, placing the sales tax on candy, muffins and bottled water and as we can always expect now, increasing tobacco taxes.

Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Spokane says, “It’s not the desire to raise revenues. It’s what we believe is the moral necessity.”

Maybe it is that “moral necessity” that prevents her from mentioning SB 6520 (to implement an income tax for Washington) and SJR 8219 (Amending the Constitution to allow an income tax) in the latest attempt by Democrats to stick Washington Citizens with an Income Tax.

A more complete list of proposed bills may be seen at Washington Votes.

In her first proposed budget, governor Gregoire proposed to “gut services to the poor and suspend programs such as all-day kindergarten. Subsidized health insurance for thousands of low-income families and aid to people unable to work because of disabilities.”

Of course, she’ll be happy to withdraw those provided we get stuck with tax increases.

Evergreen Freedom Foundation is sponsoring an online petition No New Taxes in 2010 – PUSH BACK demanding no new taxes be placed on the already over-burdened Washington Citizens.

More information may be seen at WWW>PUSHBACKNOTAX.COM

Part of what they recommend,

“Pursuant to RCW 41.80.010(6) and effective immediately, we hereby direct both parties to all state collective bargaining agreements to immediately enter into collective bargaining for a mutually agreed upon modification of the agreements that results in a significant reduction of state spending.

Moreover, we hereby direct a revision of allotments of appropriations from the state General Fund to all state agencies including those agencies headed by elected officials and to the budgets of the Legislature and Courts. Each affected agency shall reduce its expenditures from the state General Fund by 8.4 percent of the agency’s total biennial state General Fund appropriations to be effective January 31, 2010, unless the legislature takes action prior to that date to save a corresponding amount.”

Even the Columbian joins in seeing the need for Public Employees to share in the hardships we are facing and urging the state to get Public salaries and benefits under control.

I urge all who believe we are already taxed too much, you that are struggling to make ends meet and see that paying more taxes will only hurt you more to please sign the petition by January 24th when they hope to deliver it to the legislature.

It is time for Olympia to learn they answer to us, not the other way around. We The People must take our government back if we are to survive and thrive again.

August 24, 2009

Democrats and Unions Coordinate Meetings On Healthcare Again

by lewwaters

Once again, word has gone out to members of the WSLC Washington State Labor Council (AFL-CIO) and Democrats of scheduled meetings with State Senator Karen Keiser, chair of the Senate Health & Long-Term Care Committee, and Rep. Eileen Cody, chair of the House Health Care and Wellness Committee.

Senator Keiser’s web site says, “Space will be limited, so participants are encouraged to arrive early.”

The WSLC site tells readers, “Congressional town hall meetings and other forums on national health care reform continue this week across the state. Union members and other advocates for universal health coverage with the option of a public plan are urged to attend these events, speak their minds and demonstrate their support.”

Is there a reason word is given out only to Democrats and Union members?

Both sites list pending meeting sites and times scheduled.

January 1, 2009

To Protect And To Serve: Comparing Two Unions

by lewwaters

vancouver-pdFresh on the heels of Vancouver, Washington’s Firefighter’s Union vote to forgo their annual pay raise, we read that Vancouver, Washington’s Police Department Union will not forgo theirs.

Well deserved kudos were expressed when the Firefighter’s Union announced that 91% of their members voted to forgo the pay increase at a time that the city is facing severe financial problems.

Fire Capt. Bill Garlington, a 22-year veteran of our Fire Department, expressed concern over the economy as he explained his vote to forgo the raise,

People are losing their jobs. The people losing their jobs are the people who are paying our wages.”

Sgt. Scott Creager, secretary of the Police Union said,

Our position is we are due to start negotiations in June. We aren’t interested in opening the contract for six months,” adding, “The spirit of collective bargaining is that you sign a contract and you honor it. If we were going to make a concession on our wage, would the city be responsible to make us whole for the vacation that was given up?”

Vancouver’s Police pay scale ranges between $53,016 to $83,844. Firefighters seem to have a similar pay scale, maybe slightly higher for the Fire Captain.

Average household income for Vancouver is just under $50,000.

Do not think for a minute that I consider the Police as over paid, I do not. Their jobs are worth every dime they receive and yes, even more when they are faced with danger protecting us. I have nothing but the utmost respect and honor for these people, but they are in jobs they volunteered for.

Contrast that with our Military, whose base entry pay is about $17,000 a year. A mid-rank NCO with time in grade earns perhaps $48,000 a year with mid-grade Officers making as much as $78,000 a year.

I imagine the lower ranks earning less are doing the most in the Military and they have no union to negotiate their pay scale nor do they get to vote in their pay raise, as do politicians.

All across the nation, Americans are being asked to sacrifice in order to help in these economically depressed times. People are being laid off. Business are going out of business and closing their doors. Jobs, including Union jobs, are being lost as more people are seeking other employment to weather these troubled times.

Vancouver’s Firefighters have shown the way to keep their jobs and help the community they serve by voting to forgo their pay increase right now. Even with them now being allowed to accrue 24 hours a month sick leave, an increase over what they previously earned and which cannot be ‘cashed in’ should they leave the employ of the city, says Vancouver’s assistant city manager, Betsy Williams.

City managers and non-union city employees will not be receiving pay increases either this year.

Congress is facing scorn for accepting a scheduled pay raise.

Chief Justice Roberts continues his push for a pay increase for Federal Judges.

Our paychecks are declining, tax revenues are decreasing, homes being foreclosed, jobs lost, public debt is rising and unemployment is up. Stimulus checks and corporate bailouts will only go so far before there is nothing left from us citizens to give.

Vancouver’s Firefighters deserve the kudos they are receiving as they have led the way to continue serving the public and keeping their jobs safe.

I don’t see what harm it would have done for the Vancouver Police to follow suit and help Clark County citizen’s weather this storm and to keep their numbers up as well.

They too deserve what they earn and in better economic times, perhaps even more. At this time with revenues scarce and politicians seeking more revenue sources, don’t be surprised to see traffic citations increase in Vancouver to help offset the failing economy.

I hope they don’t pull this old trick, but many other communities across the nation have swelled their coffers with the “speed trap” mentality over the years.

If Vancouver ends up reducing their number of Police Officers, look no further than a Union that demands increases while the rest of us are being asked to sacrifice and facing decreases in our livelihood and lifestyle.

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