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I have little respect for unions. They promote mediocrity, and often defend the incompetent on the job. They create a disruption between management and employee, the end result often being a loss in productivity. Many tell you that unions defend the middle class. Whatever! Unions are far more associated with corruption and violence. Take for instance the AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. The guy is a thug! The other issue is that they contribute millions to the Democrat party. We would never have had Obozo, the Wicked Witch from the West, and Dingy Harry if this funding instrument was diminished.

Now don’t get me wrong, I believe you have a right to join a union if YOU want to. I just don’t believe you have a right to force your fellow worker into a union. That’s not freedom!

I recently came into contact with an individual that lives here in Clay County. This person had a typical run-in with a union organization effort in their place of employment. I was asked to conceal their employer and gender for fear of reprisal. At some point I would love to tell their story in full. It’s everything you would expect. Anyway this individual wanted to speak out on the Right to Work issue, and I thought I would give them the floor. I believe strongly in the need for making Missouri a Right to Work state and have donated to the National Right to Work Committee.

Update 2/25/2011 I have decided that I am going to start adding some of the videos that keep coming out further proving my point about unions. So check back often, they are providing a lot of great material right now! Current thug video count: 10

I never want to be party to supporting union bosses, financing left wing politicians and their agendas.

But that’s too bad…. as my job was unionized recently……

Even though I am a Republican, my coworkers and I will soon be financing the union boss agenda. But, it’s not because we want to!

In the state of Missouri the law is that union bosses are able to force union members to pay dues as a condition of their employment.

Kansas has a Right to Work law in place that forbids unions from forcing members to pay union dues.  Union members simply have a choice to support the union financially or not.

Many are concerned that that left wingers and democrats have gone too far in the last two years.  A large part of the Democrats financing is through unions.  Non-Right to Work states like Missouri, are a goldmine for union bosses!

In 2008 unions bosses spent 74.5 million dollars of their members money on politics, 68.3 million went to Democrats.

Between 1990 and June of 2009 union bosses spent 667 million of which, 614 million went to democrats or 92%.

http://www.aier.org/research/briefs/1550-obama-thanks-his-friends-government-spending-and-union-support

How can unions be made less politically influential in Missouri or in the U.S?

Missouri can become one more of the 23 other states that have a Right to Work law. At present other states are considering Right to Work laws, some of which are Maine, Indiana and seven other states.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/04/business/04labor.html?pagewanted=all

Union bosses desperately don’t want this legislation and will do their best to confuse the issue and flatly lie about it to the public and to their members.

Studies have been done, and approximately 50% of union’s membership describe themselves as conservative.   In 2009 most union bosses banded together to support Obamacare with their members money.

One problem with forcing members to pay dues in our non-right to work state is that it simply finances the agenda of the left.

Unions are now able to use more of their members’ money as the limits have been lifted in a decision related to campaign finance in early 2010.

‘Steven Law, chief legal officer and general counsel for the Chamber, said the biggest beneficiary of the Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission decision would be the labor movement.’

http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/86655-chamber-unions-to-benefit-most-from-campaign-finance-ruling

What’s more, is that businesses are less inclined to move to non– Right to Work states, like in Missouri.

Unions should look at the evidence of job growth found in the most current data available by the U.S. Department of Labor. Job creation in Right to Work states is growing 2.5 times faster than non-Right to Work states. From 2003 to 2008, the number of private-sector employees in RTW states grew at 9.1 percent compared to forced-union state employee growth of 3.6 percent.”

http://www.nrtwc.org/right-to-work-on-the-move-in-missouri/

http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/2010/nov/16/right-to-work-puts-missouri-first/

Missouri unemployment figures as of Nov 2010 show that we need to do something in our state to make a difference for the economy.

Kansas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate ticked up to 6.7 percent from 6.6 percent in September, compared with 6.8 percent a year earlier, according to preliminary data.

Missouri’s rate likewise nudged upward from 9.3 percent in September to 9.4 percent in October, compared with 9.7 percent in October 2009.

http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2010/11/23/kansas-missouri-unemployment-rates.html

A great deal of hard proof exists to show that Right to Work states fair much better economically, and are more attractive to businesses.

http://www.nilrr.org/files/NILRR%20FACT%20SHEET%20RTW%20States%20Benefit%202010.pdf

Remember…. Right to Work is right for workers and the Missouri economy.

Update 2/25/2011 It’s time to bring in the thugs! Great video from sharpelbows.net from a group of former ACORN members. It’s labeled as an AFGE (American Federation of Government Employees) Union Rally.

This is a great demonstration, here a union protestor proudly proclaims “I will fu** in the a** you fa**ot!” as he engages a cameraman filming him. Such love! I’m pretty sure I never shouted this at a Tea Party Protest, nor would I ever shout it at any protest. But that’s just me, I’m not a union member. Fast forward to about 7 minutes in for the fireworks.

Update 2/26/11: This video comes to us from New Jersey where some are comparing Gov. Christie to Libyan dictator Gaddafi and comparing themselves to the people on the streets of Egypt. I especially enjoy the teacher interviews at the end of this, forget the kids we have a union to protect!

Upon learning that a conservative near her is Jewish, this union protestor decides to take a stand and declares him a “bad Jew.” Not really sure how to respond to that?

Now here’s another clip of fun, this one is sure to warm the heart of AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka. This union member decides to strike the female holding the camera. Peace, love, union violence….wait a minute, that’s contradictory. Oh, well!

The left in this country is the self-proclaimed defender of all who are black and gay, so one would think that when put into a situation with a gay black conservative they might respect his difference of opinion and even try to have a respectful conversation. Apparently not if you are a member of the SEIU (Service Employees International Union). By the way, that’s the one that Obama was really close to when he ran for President.

2/27/2011: Check this out from the union rally in Jeff City yesterday. A union thug accosts a 17 year old kid with vulgar language as he tries to hand out constitutions. This kid does a great job of keeping his cool and acts more like the adult in the situation, the guy making fun of him, easily in his 50s. Maturity at it’s finest.

From Atlanta, this union thug just outright shoves a guy in his way.

From Wisconsin, union protestors chant Fox News lies and then hit one of their reporters.

Same reporter as above, different union thug. This guy threatens to break his neck.

I am a teacher. I am not a member of a teacher union, nor will I ever be. Teacher unions, and other public unions, are fully demonstrating why they are so dangerous in Wisconsin. I stand with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and hope that the Republicans in the state of Wisconsin have the courage to stand up to the union thugs that are currently creating havoc and causing trouble in their state capitol.

I would also like to remind you that unions overwhelmingly support Democrats with their dues.

I am a member of the tea party. Because of this, the far left has indirectly called me dangerous, violent, and racist. The problem for the far left, I stand in the truth and the truth is this:

As some of you may or may not know I am in education (this is also why updates to the blog have slowed down lately, schools back in session). This is an issue that I am incredibly passionate about and one that BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES GET WRONG OFTEN! Many liberals want to shove every penny they can find into education and conservatives are convinced that all we have to do is encourage more competition and the problem is solved. If only the issues in education were so simple, they’re not, politicians and average citizens who don’t have degrees in education think they have all the solutions.

More teachers should be politically engaged, and that doesn’t mean giving part of your paycheck to some union so they can go run their mouth for you. Did you know that 79% of MNEA representatives voted for the MNEA to endorse King Obama in the last Presidential election? This is the same President mind you that selected Arne the Duncan to be our Secretary of Education. If you don’t know about Arne the Duncan I suggest you learn. No degree in education, took the worst performing school district in America (Chicago Public Schools) and pretty much kept it the worst performing school district in America. His solution to America’s educational woes, turn the entire school system in America into test taking factories. Sorry, this isn’t the solution to our troubles.

I digress, back to the topic at hand. Currently there is something going on at the state level that all Missouri citizens should know about. There is a very popular program that teachers participate in called Career Ladder. The basic point of this program is that a teacher puts in extra hours in the district and they get paid for the work that they put it. I guess you could say it’s like a performance bonus. The work they put in is off contract time and can be done in several different areas; examples include student contact like tutoring or enrichment activities to make the teacher a better educator. Rep. Allen Icet and Sen. Gary Nodler sent out press releases in early August announcing that the career ladder program “may” be cut.

I am severely disappointed in these two legislators because “may” is an irresponsible word to use. First, one must understand how career ladder works. This is an ongoing process that starts when school begins and doesn’t end until the end of the year. They begin to accumulate hours and continue throughout the school year. So, if a teacher puts all of their hours in and contributes to the educational environment they “may” get paid for their time? This proves that either Mr. Nodler and Mr. Icet are clueless about the program or they really don’t care and are seeing places to cut in the budget. By using the word “may” it makes me wonder if they don’t want to own up to the fact that they are on the side of cutting this program.

Look I get it, we are in a budget crunch and know that tough decisions are going to be made about the budget. The Missouri state constitution requires in Article IX that we fund education. I am not saying that there is an easy solution but hacking to bits educational initiatives that have positive educational outcomes is not a good idea. The last place we ought to be cutting is education. 

Senator Bill Stouffer has been talking about this issue for a little bit of time now and his most recent Stouffer Report has him on record as supporting Career Ladder. I have asked Rep. Silvey his position and he has told me that he needs to research the issue more before he can state his position. As for the other Clay County Representatives and Senators, I have not contacted them. It is my hope that all Clay County state level officials see the value in career ladder and retain the funding for the budget in 2010. The Stouffer Report from 8/21/09 is below.

The Stouffer Report:

Popular Teacher Program Threatened

A program popular among Missouri’s teachers has been the topic of interest among Missouri’s budget hawks lately.

Early this summer, officials with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) were told the Career Ladder Program may not get its usual funding for the 2009-2010 school year. The short story is simple: folks claim the money is not there. The longer reason is: more school districts take advantage of the Career Ladder Program every year, which makes it more expensive for the state to fund, which becomes all the more difficult in times of declining revenues.

You may not have heard of the Career Ladder Program. According to DESE’s website, the Career Ladder Program is a variable match program established in 1985 by the Missouri Legislature. The purpose of the program is to reward excellent educators for the work they do over and above what is required.

An educator who chooses to participate in the program must meet certain criteria prior to participation and also must agree to complete a career development plan. That plan designates the academic activities that the educator will perform outside contracted time. An educator may progress through the three stages of the Career Ladder as long as he/she meets the criteria for each stage.

One estimate shows at least 100 teachers could be affected by a funding loss just in my district alone. Needless to say, teachers and parents throughout Missouri are hopeful the program will continue to be funded.

The state pays roughly 45 percent of Career Ladder funding, with individual school districts paying the remaining 55 percent. The funding for the program is appropriated retroactively, which means the funding for the 2009-2010 school year will be decided during the upcoming 2010 legislative session. This method of funding the program is causing a great deal of concern for the upcoming year as the Senate Appropriations Committee closely examines the state’s budget obligations.

DESE received a letter from Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Gary Nodler (R-Joplin) and House Budget Committee Chairman Allen Icet (R-Wildwood) in July. In the letter, they explained that when legislators created this program in 1985, they were not aware of what the level of participation or the cost of the program might be.

In that first year, 63 school districts representing 2,400 teachers participated, costing the state $2.6 million. During the 2007-2008 school year, 342 districts representing 17,980 teachers participated in the program at a cost of $36 million to the state. The success of the program is, in a roundabout way, its own worst enemy. The more the Career Ladder is used, the more is costs, but the more successful it is.

I am committed to working with my colleagues to see this program funded through the current budget year; teachers and school districts have already planned accordingly and the state should follow through on its commitment to our kids.

Federal stimulus dollars will keep the Career Ladder Program funded for the time being. After that, it will be back on the Legislature to find a way to keep it going, if deemed appropriate. My hope is we will give this — and everything in our budget — the attention it deserves.

Senator Stouffer serves the counties of Carroll, Chariton, Cooper, Howard, Lafayette, Macon, Ray, Saline, and a part of Clay.