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A $15.00 minimum wage is the greedy taking advantage of the unskilled with the help of the Democrats

By Kevin “Coach” Collins

Raising the wages of low to unskilled workers to $15.00 an hour will only help the Democrats and the extortionist unions who “represent” these workers. If low level salaries are doubled to $15.00 an hour, causing half of a shop’s workforce to be fired, the unions are way ahead. They will just double the dues for the remaining workers and not lose a cent in income. Better still, when employers fire half their workers just to survive, there will be half the number of members to bother union thugs with demands for services. The unions will still be able to grease the Democrats.

Anticipating this huge increase in labor costs, some employers are beginning to replace pricey employees with machines. This will enhance their bottom line and make no mistake, the unions will be very pleased. Unions are run for the benefit of union officials and Democrats not their membership. Given that all three benefit at the expense of the low skilled workers, the drive for a $15.00 an hour minimum wage may be pushed by a coalition of unions, employers and Democrats. It will be workers be damned. Their only job, as always, is paying union extortion and voting Democrat.

The only danger for unions is if employers should fire every worker and go fully automated.

A handy example of this is the way drinks are sold at the United Center in Chicago where the Bulls play. The arena has gone “service employee free.” Alcoholic drinks are sold from vending machines called a “DraftServ.” Bartenders are a thing of the past in Democrat/union run Chicago’s basketball arena. Drinks are uniform and no tipping is required or even possible. This means more sales and more profits.

On the fast food front, McDonald’s has responded to the “Fight for Fifteen” with its own move toward automation. The restaurant chain has seen its revenues fall at an alarming pace and asking it to pay more to workers who are already not worth what they are making now is a losing proposition. McDonald’s answer is sharply reducing its staff and labor costs by having machines take burger orders.

It is all clearly a matter of the greedy taking advantage of the unskilled with the help of the Democrats.

Source:  http://conservativetribune.com/mcdonalds-minimum-wage/


By Kevin “Coach” Collins

Of course this group is based in San Francisco – where else?

If this were 1915 rather than 2015, the positions taken by the Pacific Educational Group (PEG) would be properly attributed to the Klu Klux Klan. Even today if any “unapproved of” group said these things the media would ride in with their keyboards blazing to destroy anyone who even whispered what this liberal think tank is saying out loud.

PEG uses what it calls Courageous Conversations to say the things it does; but it’s still idiotic. PEG tells teachers that Blacks are, “…less likely to respond to fundamental ideas like working hard to achieve success, or being on time for school or work…”

PEG is infecting the thinking of government school, K- 12 teachers with the idea that teaching Black youngsters to be responsible and prepared to join our workforce is essentially a waste of time. This means that PEG is supporting the idea that our government schools are really operating to provide cushy “no responsibility” jobs for unionized Democrat voting teachers.

Various government school systems around the country have paid PEG millions of dollars to be given a free pass – absolution as it were – from the responsibility for seeing that Black kids learn anything useful in their classrooms.

Not at all surprising is that in recent years the Baltimore County Public School System paid PEG $427,000 to be told that they can’t teach Blacks how to fit into the greater society.

A review of the lavish manner in which Baltimore schools are funded begs the question, “And why not?” With a student population that is 83% Black and an institutional position endorsing the notion that teaching for a future in the greater (read White) society is not possible, the job of a Baltimore teacher has been reduced by the bigotry of low expectations to marching in place until retirement.

On average just 16 students fill a Baltimore classroom. The ratio of staff to pupils is just 8.3 for every 1 student.

The City of Baltimore spends an eye popping $15,483 on each of these students which places it second in the country trailing only New York City’s jaw dropping $19,770.

Across the board, Baltimore’s schools are far better equipped than most “White” schools. They have modern theaters, Olympic sized swimming pools, free musical instruments and “free” lots of other stuff.
Why then would Baltimore’s schools, that are populated by Black students and run by Black staff, want to pay PEG for its advice to not bother teaching its kids that being on time for work is essential to future success? Unions? Democrats? Low expectation bigotry?


A smarter Walmart now closes store for “plumbing problems” not union rules and still wins

By Kevin “Coach” Collins

The budding “revolutionary guards” among WalMart employees may be learning a lesson about economics in the real world; a course they were never offered during their substandard public educations.

The pressure from militant employees and union thugs has brought about a series of raises for WalMart workers, which is supposed to be good news. But is it?

Some of these raises will start immediately and others will follow until all REMAINING workers will see remarkable increases in their salaries; some will be getting $80 per week raises.

Nevertheless, WalMart has not become the largest retailer in the world by voluntarily shrinking its own already razor thin profit margin. The “hard fought – hard won” raises have a price tag that will be paid by some of the very “revolutionaries” who fought so hard for them.

Since the new pay structure was announced, WalMart has experienced an outbreak of “faulty plumbing” in some of its stores. These suspiciously handy “plumbing failures” have necessitated closing at least five stores due to “ongoing plumbing issues that will require extensive repairs.” A review of the listed stores shows that one, in Pico Rivera California, has been the scene of ongoing employee work stoppages and picketing.

During the widely reported incidents, a worker was quoted as saying, she “walked out …, missing her afternoon shift, because “when we speak out, they cut my hours in retaliation and they have me pull pallets, which is very hard work. I’m a single mom and I can’t afford them cutting my hours.”

Apparently she never heard the story of WalMart’s Jonquiere Quebec store. In 2004 its workers voted to join a union. In response the company closed the store six months later citing the union’s requirement that new workers be added and new work rules be imposed. Yes, the union appealed to the Canadian Supreme Court and won meaning the 190 fired workers may eventually get back pay with interest, but Walmart had made its point. The store has yet to reopen.

This time Walmart has apparently learned its lesson: Say you’re closing because of plumbing problems not union rules!

The Pico Rivera store will be closed for at least six months. Has Walmart now added “lessons from the real world” like “don’t tug on Superman’s cape” to its “employee benefits package?


Are Modern Catholic Academic Viewpoints on Labor a Help or a Hindrance?

By Jerry Todd, staff writer

I’ve always been a great fan of Pope St. Leo XIII’s whose moves to protect the working man during the Industrial Revolution resulted in the rise of labor unions. It saddens me to see how unionism has fallen under totalitarian rule with the leaders thriving on power rather than the welfare of the workers – or the survival of the companies that employ them.

More than one union has committed economic suicide by demanding pay and benefits beyond what an industry can support. They forgot it wasn’t only solidarity, it was also subsidiarity – well-stated in Pope Benedict XVI’s “Caritas in veritate” 57 and 58.  A company has a better chance of prospering with a happy and motivated work force. Companies will move offshore or die if they can no longer compete. The wreckage of heavily unionized industries dots the American landscape. All ignored the “formula” our Founders left us in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

I’m for labor unions, but have a real problem with public employee unions.  There’s a “Catch-22” here, because public employees need some form of collective bargaining at times, but the power they exercise in the body politic has become a possibly terminal cancer in our society. Public employee unions have an evil advantage over the taxpayer who suddenly finds himself paying salaries and perks to public “servants” ranging all the way to near full time pay in retirement at a rate 3 times what the hardest worker in the private sector can hope to amass. It’s a far cry from freely choosing to buy a union shop’s product at any price.

Cities and states under control of federal government funds can benefit from newly printed money against rising debt to cover for their extravagance. Municipal and state bankruptcies result in vast cuts in normal public services and infrastructure – just look at the weeds and ruts along California highways in spite of the highest highway taxes in the nation.

When public employee unions run their own candidates or push the election of others, they are cementing the status quo and bureaucratic inefficiency into the workings of the community and nation.  See what a horrible price our children and wallets have paid to uphold the power of the now well entrenched educational establishment and public service employees unions worldwide!

Though good professors from Catholic institutions may proclaim the human is not autonomous, they do not justify collectivism that ignores the specialness of the individual and his responsibilities to God, family and self. Diversity limited to race, sex and ethnicity has damaged our entire outlook because true diversity is the infinite range of God-given gifts and talents that must be educed from the individual and developed for the good of all for the glory of God. Clayton Sinyai of the Catholic Labor Network said, “as Catholics, we are bound to seek other models to accomplish our ends.” How about considering a Catholic model that combines subsidiarity and solidarity, just as personal responsibility and e pluribus unum made this nation great?

Additional reading:  http://www.webcommentary.com/php/ShowAuthor.php?id=toddgv

Anti-American unions have always said, “Our policy is not to win the war at any cost.”

By Kevin “Coach” Collins
American unions have a long and clear history of anti-Americanism. Virtually since their inception unions have been run by either Communists or the Mafia. But now that is changing for the worse.  While both of these plagues on our working people have been countered in recent years, the reigns of control of unions have apparently been handed off to a new even more virulent strain of anti-Americanism: Islam.
Union anti-Americanism showed itself in 1943 when, during the height a World War whose outcome was very much in doubt, United Auto Workers union head thug Tom Di Lorenzo had no qualms about admitting, “Our policy is not to win the war at any cost.”  
On July 25, the anti-American leaders of the United Steel Workers local 8751 president Steven Kirschbaum and his vice president Steven Gillis proudly attended an Al Quds event in Boston. It is instructive to note that as per a laudatory article in the “Workers World” a Communist newspaper, USW 8751 was founded by Communists.  
These gatherings are anti-Semitic, anti-American hate festivals where calls for murdering Jews are regularly heard.    
During a subsequent public rally held in Boston on August 4th there were chants of support for the Palestinian Intifada which were coordinated and lead by Kirschbaum as his mob of America haters marched along Boylston Street.
Among the chants directed by the anti-American Kirschbaum and Gillis was American Islam’s new favorite, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!” which is a call for murdering every single Jew in Israel.     
By organizing this anti-American rally these two leaders of a bus drivers’ union have shown solidarity with and encouraged Islamic thugs who blow up busses, killing passengers and drivers alike in Israel.
Rallies like these are exactly the kind of signal the 7th century savages of Islam are looking for to start carrying out ISIS threats to bring their war against Israel to the streets of America. Nevertheless, these union thugs – one possibly Jewish himself – don’t care about anything but lining their own pockets.   

Those who still hold the naïve notion that unions represent the epitome of America’s patriotic working men and women shouldn’t hold their breath waiting for the national USW structure to censure Kirschbaum and Gillis. The unions of today make no pretense about siding with America’s enemy. They are increasingly influenced by the far more dangerous Islamist.
Di Lorenzo’s words were, “Our policy is not to win the war at any cost.” Today’s union thugs are saying, “Our policy is not to win the war.”