Labor union membership continues to be blind to the fact that the support of its “leadership” to President Obama and his political allies is coming at the cost of the members. Big Labor bosses and their political allies are happy to continue to throw the membership under the bus for their own personal gain. For President Obama, this is the prospect of re-election; for the labor bosses, this is the survival of their “way of life.” This can be seen through the President’s actions and comments over the past three years.
Early in his presidency, President Obama made disparaging remarks about business owners whose companies had corporate jets. This was done in a blatant attempt to incite class warfare, despite the fact that the country was in a deep recession. By his words, the President willingly sacrificed the jobs of the very people who supported him through union dues. He knew the liberal media would not expose the tragic result his words would have on the private jet and airplane manufacturing industry.
In Wichita, Kansas, the home of private aircraft manufacturing has suffered tremendously, as thousands of union employees employed by Cessna and Beechcraft have been laid off, not to mention the thousands of jobs affiliated with general aviation lost across the country including manufacturers, part suppliers, fuel, pilots, mechanics, FBO services and insurance providers. Additionally, due to the loss of significant sales, use, income environmental and aviation tax revenues, thousands of local, state and federal employee positions, many of which were union jobs, have disappeared.
Adding insult to injury now the White House Defends User Fees of $100/flight on general aviation and corporate aviation to raise revenues in Obama’s continued class warfare and redistribution of wealth scheme in his effort to bring down America. Ironically this will cost more jobs, many of them union, as revenues ultimately will be reduced as fewer aircraft are purchased and general aviation travel is curtailed due to the added expense. The vicious cycle will continue to perpetuate itself at the expense of American jobs.
Further evidence was seen in December when Obama began his campaign against the Keystone XL pipeline (see White House, GOP Battle for Supremacy on Keystone) and again recently when he voiced his opposition of the Keystone XL pipeline that would have created or saved some 20,000 union jobs. He did so to cement campaign support from his environmental buddies. His reasoning:
The President says he’s turning down the project not because it isn’t worthy, but because of what he calls an arbitrary Feb. 21 deadline he was given by Congress to make a decision. The deadline was set by a GOP-written provision as part of a tax bill that Obama signed into law just before Christmas.
This is the same President that rejected a Republican controlled house offer in December 2011 to extend employee payroll deductions until December 31, 2012, and instead demanded a two month extension so he could further evaluate the Keystone XL pipeline (see Obama’s Keystone Delay Flouts the Law). This is despite the fact 56% Favor Building the Keystone Pipeline, Think It’s Good for the Economy (see Obama Ignores His Own Energy Goals in Rejecting Keystone XL). It should be apparent this President has no loyalty to anyone, except himself. It is another perfect example of his intent to Rule by Fiat and move America to totalitarian socialism.
Based on these comments, the President has riled certain labor leaders (see Job Killers-2, American Workers-0). It is apparent that some union members are now questioning who the President is looking out for.
Knowing he had to mollify union members and Big Labor bosses after throwing them under the bus the last three years, Obama recess appointed radical members to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in an effort to achieve Card Check. The Rogue NLRB has responded by reversing previous pro-business decisions and proposing new regulations designed to promote union Corporate Campaigns in a blatant attempt to achieve EFCA Through the Backdoor. Additionally, the NLRB decided to take on Boeing in an effort to further big labor power and suppress Right to Work in South Carolina and across the country. However, despite the fact that the Machinists’ union and Boeing came to an agreement and the NLRB has rescinded its charge this Sleight of Hand from the Rouge NLRB has actually resulted in the loss of union jobs, not reported by the liberal media. Boeing recently announced it will be closing its 85 year old plant in Wichita, which will result in the loss of approximately 2100 jobs, most of them union (see Kansas Common Sense – Kansans Troubled by Boeing’s Announcement to Close Wichita Facility).
Again, Obama’s media friends provided little coverage of this disastrous loss of jobs seemingly oblivious to the fact America Needs an Effective Leader, Not a Politician. Their liberal ideology blinds them to the fact Obama’s Rule by Fiat is A Death Penalty for Employees and Employers. When Will the Main Stream Media Wake Up and realize they are adding and abetting the loss of the very middle class they claim to support?
It is inconceivable that rank and file union members will continue to allow the Big Labor bosses and the President to sell them down the river. However, with little mainstream media coverage most of them are going about their daily lives taking care of their families, doing their jobs and trying to enjoy life. It is a shame that the President’s delusional ambition of Political Aspirations & Payback Ahead of American Jobs combined with Big Labor boss greed and quest for survival are rapidly destroying the middle class dream they purport to defend.
About the author: David A. Bego is the President and CEO of EMS, an industry leader in the field of environmental workplace maintenance, employing nearly 5000 workers in thirty-three states. Bego is the author of “The Devil at My Doorstep,” based on his experiences fighting back against one of the most powerful unions in existence today.