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On the heels of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s victory over organized labor last month, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a further blow to union politicking on Thursday, ruling that unions may not arbitrarily run up a tab for political lobbying and expect members to pay for it later.
The Supreme Court held by a 7-2 vote in Knox v. Service Employees that unions must give nonmembers an immediate chance to object to unexpected fee increases or special assessments that all workers are required to pay.
The case was brought by Dianne Knox and other nonmembers of the Service Employees International Union’s Local 1000, who wanted to object and opt out of a $12 million special assessment the union required from its California public sector members for political campaigning.
“This is a huge decision — a real spank to the unions that they can’t just spend money,” GOP political strategist Bradley A. Blakeman tells Newsmax. “Basically, the court’s saying ‘you don’t have a blank check for political purposes.’”
Can you blame them?
The AFL-CIO has told Washington Whispers it will redeploy funds away from political candidates smack dab in the middle of election season, the latest sign that the largest federation of unions in the country could be becoming increasingly disillusioned with President Obama.
The federation says the shift has been in the works for months, and had nothing to do with the president’s failure to show in Wisconsin last week, where labor unions led a failed recall election of Governor Scott Walker.
“We wanted to start investing our funds in our own infrastructure and advocacy,” AFL-CIO spokesman Josh Goldstein told Whispers. “There will be less contributions to candidates,” including President Obama.
via: Washington Examiner
Two new and disturbing polls just out suggest that the road to reelection is getting tougher for President Obama.
In the most significant, Gallup found that union member support for the president is weaker than it was on Election Day. While Obama took 67 of the union vote, according to 2008 election night polling by Peter Hart for the AFL-CIO, Gallup discovered that just 58 percent of union members back the president now. Some 35 percent support Mitt Romney, 5 percent more than Sen. John McCain won in 2008.
Gallup said the union vote is a significant block for Obama, though, “their impact on the presidential race will be limited by their size — just about 12% of employed voters are union members.”
It’s not like Obama didn’t have a lot of things to do – he did. In fact, during the final days leading up to the recall, he held three fundraisers in Chicago, and another three in Minneapolis. Oh well.
It was inevitable that someone was going to create a “Downfall” parody to the failed recall attempt in Wisconsin.
So without further ado:
So, Andrew over at BuzzFeed tweeted this yearbook photo of a young Barack Obama with a couple of classmates ‘On Strike.’
From L to R, the signs read: Strike, We Strike, Boy’s Liberation, and No Homework.
It all makes too much sense.