Obama’s National Labor Relations Board OKs Union Paying Workers To Protest Walmart

Labor Relations Board OKs Union Paying Workers To Protest Walmart – Washington Examiner

National Labor Relations Board lawyers OKed a major union’s practice of paying people to protest against Walmart in a legal memorandum earlier this month. The federal labor law enforcement agency said the practice of paying workers $50 apiece to join protests “did not constitute unlawful… coercion of employees.”

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In a Nov. 15 memorandum from the NLRB’s general counsel office regarding the so-called “Black Friday” protests staged by United Food and Commercial Workers against the nonunion retailer last year, the NLRB lawyers determined that the UFCW’s offer of $50 gift cards to the first 700 Walmart employees who showed up to protest “was a non-excessive strike benefit.”

The lawyers said there was “no evidence to indicate that the gift card was meant to buy support for OUR Walmart.” (CORRECTION: See below.)

OUR Walmart, which presents itself as a group of disaffected Walmart workers, is identified as a subsidiary of UFCW in the memorandum. Along with another UFCW-backed group, Making Change at Walmart, UFCW has been orchestrating a series of public relations attacks against the retailer.

Peter Schaumber, a former NLRB chairman who now works with pro-business groups, agreed the practice would not be illegal, “but really, what it says is that those people are out there protesting because they are getting paid.”

UFCW’s members mostly work for Walmart’s rivals. The union has tried for years to organize Walmart’s 1.3 million-member U.S. workforce with no success.

The groups are planning another wave of anti-Walmart strikes this week, highlighting the low pay of some employees. They claim they will have events at as many as 1,500 store locations across the country.

What the protests seem to be largely lacking, though, are actual Walmart employees. At events across the country last year, local media struggled to find anyone on the picket lines who also worked at the store. Some events had none at all.

A second NLRB advice memorandum released on Nov. 15 highlighted this problem for the protesters. It found that Walmart management’s forcing picketers to leave at two different Nov. 22, 2012, protests in Texas was not illegal because one group of protesters had only one Walmart employee. The other protest had none at all. Only when the protests involve employees does the law allow them on company property.

An NLRB spokesman declined to comment on the memos. A spokesman for UFCW or OUR Walmart could not be reached.

The gift-card advice memo is not the first time an action from the NLRB’s general counsel has helped the anti-Walmart crusade. On Nov. 19, the counsel’s office revealed it was investigating complaints of alleged retaliation by Walmart against employees for participating in last year’s Black Friday strikes.

The announcement was made not by the NLRB, but by OUR Walmart during a media call to announce its Walmart protests. Also present at the media call was AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and UFCW President Joe Hansen.

The NLRB’s lawyers had apparently alerted OUR Walmart just before its media call. The NLRB itself did not publicly confirm the news until hours later.

The agency’s general counsel is Richard Griffin, a former NLRB boardmember and, before that, a top lawyer for the AFL-CIO-affiliated International Union of Operating Engineers. Labor officials had campaigned hard for both his board nomination and his appointment as counsel.

News releases from the union-backed activist groups include the unusual disclaimer: “UFCW and OUR Walmart have the purpose of helping Walmart employees as individuals or groups in their dealings with Walmart over labor rights and standards and their efforts to have Walmart publically [sic] commit to adhering to labor rights and standards. UFCW and OUR Walmart have no intent to have Walmart recognize or bargain with UFCW or OUR Walmart as the representative of Walmart employees.”

The disclaimer serves to protect OUR Walmart from charges that it is engaged in illegal union organizing activities. Under labor law, groups cannot protest a company for more than 30 days without filing notice that they seek to organize its workers. After that, the protests must end. The disclaimer allows OUR Walmart to stage continual protests despite the fact that it is an arm of UFCW.

CORRECTION: The article incorrectly stated that OUR Walmart’s $50 gift cards were available “to anyone who showed up to protest” implying that non-Walmart employees could get them. The NLRB memorandum states that the cards were only offered to Walmart employees. The article’s headline has been amended.

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Caught On Tape: Walmart Union Protester Admits He’s Getting Paid (Video) – Gateway Pundit

This is how the left operates -
** The local unions pay protesters to march outside Walmart on Black Friday.
** The lapdog media carries the story – but does not disclose the fact that the protesters are getting paid.
** Democrats hope to create the impression that this is a large grassroots movement against the retail giant.

But it’s all astroturf.

This weekend a Walmart protester was caught on camera admitting he was getting paid to protest Walmart.

Via Revealing Politics:

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From the video: About 200 people protested a Walmart in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. But one man admitted as he was marching that he was a member of the Local 7 and was being paid to protest.

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Lions and Tigers and Neo-Confederate Judges? Oh my!

Oh Lordy, the Left does have “Confederacy Obsession Syndrome” don’t they? Stacy McCain notes that one Scott Lemieux, no, I have never heard of him either has contracted a serious case of C.O.S.

Why did Scott Lemieux reach for the “neo-Confederate” epithet (he clearly means it as such) to describe the three federal judges who ruled against President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board? I’m old enough to remember when liberals claimed to oppose the “imperial presidency,” but I suppose that was because Nixon was president back then. Liberals are OK with imperial authority when that authority is wielded by Barack Milhous Obama.

Lemieux may have gotten “neo-Confederate” from the Random Epithet Generator software that is installed on the laptops of progressive bloggers, to help them express their Manichean worldview.

It is not true that liberals are moral relativists. In their worldview, that which helps Democrats is good; that which helps Republicans is evil.

Because the appeals court ruled against the Democratic president, the court is evil, and the question for the Random Epithet Generator to solve is, “What kind of evil is this?” Racist? Sexist? Homophobic? Greedy? Reactionary? Climate change denialist? These possibilities were crunched through the algorithmic progression of the Random Epithet Generator and rejected in favor of “neo-Confederate.”

Yet another Liberal Malady is diagnosed by me, with a great deal of help from RS McCain of course, who just blew the lid off the Random Epithet Generator software that Liberals use. Of course, it might also be true that Lemieux, who is a professional idiot, so do not try to write such foolish things on your own kids, has just been indoctrinated to scream NEO-CONFEDERATE at anytime someone actually wants to abide by the Constitution.

Obama Touts S.C. Boeing Plant That His National Labor Relations Board Sued

Obama Touts S.C. Boeing Plant That His National Labor Relations Board Sued – Washington Examiner

President Obama rallied with union workers at a Boeing plant in Washington, but he praised the manufacturing conducted by Boeing in South Carolina, even though his National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) tried to close the South Carolina plant at the behest of the Washington union workers.

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“So this company is a great example of what American manufacturing can do in a way that nobody else in the world can do it,” Obama told the assembled workers this afternoon at the Everett, Wash., Boeing plant. “And the impact of your success, as I said, goes beyond the walls of this plant. Every Dreamliner that rolls off the assembly line here in Everett supports thousands of jobs in different industries all across the country. Parts of the fuselage are manufactured in South Carolina and Kansas,” Obama also noted before mentioning factories in other states.

The NLRB tried to close that South Carolina plant, though, after union workers in Washington argued that Boeing had built the new factory in South Carolina – which is a right to work state – in retaliation against the Machinist Union strikes that had slowed production in Washington state. The NLRB dropped the complaint in December after Boeing signed a new contract with the machinists

The Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein argued that the NLRB “helped unions shake down Boeing” by pushing the complaint, which would have cost over 1,000 non-union jobs in South Carolina, until the union received the new contract.

“What’s happening here in Everett can happen in other industries,” Obama added today during his discussion of American manufacturing.

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Well, isn’t that special

Let’s see here, Boeing tries to build a plant in a right-to-work state, South Carolina, and the National Labor Relations Board raises Hell. But, G.E. a BIG Obama supporter wants to build in Alabama, another right-to-work state, and the NLRB is silent! HMMMMMMMMMM, Doug Ross smells something, fishy You know, maybe it is like Obama said, it is just math

Do the math:

1. Alabama is a wonderfully free “right-to-work” state, which simply means it prevents unions from extracting dues from workers who do not wish to join.

2. General Electric’s CEO Jeff Immelt is the poster-boy for crony capitalism, having backed Obama’s rush to socialized medicine and green energy to benefit various of its business units.

3. It turns out that GE’s Aviation division is breaking ground on a new factory in Alabama. And, unlike Boeing, which tried to build a factory in a right-to-work-state, the National Labor Relations Board hasn’t uttered a peep. But I’m sure that’s just a coincidence.

Darn those coincidences! Doug Ross also notes the difference in right-to-work states versus states that force workers to pay union ransoms, I mean dues. So much for unions being pro-workers

The Lonely Conservative and Wyblog are also all over this

Let Obama be clear……….

Obama if fond of saying “let me be clear yet, he seldom is clear. If Obama were clear, he would just say, “I have no use for the Constitution, nor do I believe in that useless piece of paper!”

President Barack Obama last week unveiled his latest attempt to divert attention away from his horrendously failed economic policies and record.  In his ongoing effort to “fundamentally transform America and his loomingly piteous campaign to get reelected, the newest phraseology is “We Can’t Wait.

From his weekly radio address on Saturday:

“The truth is, we can no longer wait for Congress to do its job….So where Congress won’t act, I will.”

There is so much disingenuousness contained in just this tiny excerpt.  The truth is, there is nothing at all new about this.  President Obama has been end-running Congress to unilaterally “fundamentally transform America” since (at least) November 2, 2010. That election day was a stinging, historic rebuke of the Leftist, Big Government policies of President Obama and his Democrats.  Not just in D.C. but throughout the nation, at the state and local levels as well.  It was a crashing, crushing wavethat Obama himself described it as a shellacking.”

We the People elected Republicans in huge numbers up and down the ticket to (amongst other things) serve as a blockade to the Socialism being further emplaced by Donkeys. Unfortunately, the will of We the People remains utterly irrelevant to Obama. After the brutal Congressional slog that was the jamming-through of ObamaCare, over the expressed objections of We the People, the President had enough of the legislative (or constitutional) way of doing things, so he began his regulatory fiat power grabs.

Can’t pass the energy sector-assault that is Cap & Trade?  No problem, President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will start imposing large swaths of it as if it has. Can’t pass the workplace-assault that is the Big Union-payoff Card Check?  No problem, President Obama’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)  and Department of Labor will start imposing large swaths of it as if it has.

We have elected a committed Marxist, and yes, this is the number one reason that we must send President Obama packing next November, along with enough Democrats in the Senate to give us the majority in Congress as well. The Leftist ideology of Reid/Pelosi/Waxman/Obama has done enough damage to our Republic.

GOP seeking to head off Obama power grab

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Obama wishes to, by Executive Order, force government contractors to disclose their political donations before they get any government contract. The House GOP, has other ideas

Republicans are working on multiple fronts to stop President Barack Obama from making companies bidding on federal contracts disclose their donations to third-party political groups.

The chairmen of the House Oversight Committee and the Small Business Committee have introduced legislation that would ban the federal government from collecting or using information about the political expenditures of federal contractors, allowing them to keep their political donations to third party groups secret. Yesterday, the House passed an amendment to the 2012 defense bill which would prevent federal agencies from collecting such data.

Introduced by Reps. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Tom Cole (R-OK) in response to a leaked draft of an executive order the Obama administration was considering which would have mandated federal contractors disclose their donations to third-party groups, the legislation is titled the “Keeping Politics Out of Federal Contracting Act of 2011.”

A companion bill is being introduced in the Senate by Susan Collins (R-ME), Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Rob Portman (R-OH).

Center for Competitive Politics President Sean Parnell called Cole’s amendment to the defense bill a “strong rebuke to the executive branch’s effort to bring politics into the federal contracting process and enable the creation of a Nixon-style Enemies List.”

I think it is safe to say that this power grab by Comrade Obama is not about “transparency” but rather about political strong arming tactics. Unions, by the way, would not be forced to give up inf o on THEIR political contributions under Obama’s vision. And I believe we all know the love between Obama and unions thugs don’t we? Sen. Jim DeMint sure does.

Senator Jim DeMint, R-S.C., sat down for an interview with Coffee and Markets, a podcast hosted by Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech. When asked about the National Labor Relations Board’s attempt to keep Boeing from building a factory in his state, DeMint had some exceptionally harsh words for the NLRB:

DeMint: I mean, they’ll lose the first couple of appeals because they go back to the board that the President has stocked with union thugs basically, and –

Cianfrocca: “Union thugs”, may we quote you? That’s a great word.

DeMint: Once this gets in front of a fair and impartial judge they’ll win, but it’s only after millions of dollars in legal expenses and several years of chilling effect.

Cianfrocca: Yes.

DeMint: What they’re trying to do is to tell any company in America, don’t even think about moving to a right to work state or expanding to a right to work state or you’re going to have to go through millions of dollars of legal expenses and this type of government harassment. It’s pretty amazing in America that we’re dealing with this type of third world tyranny.

BINGO Senator!