President Obama, Democrats Is Losing The Support Of Labor Unions
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President Obama, Democrats Is Losing The Support Of Labor Unions

Columbus : OH : USA | Sep 04, 2011 at 8:37 PM PDT
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WASHINGTON - In the early days of the Obama administration, unions grand visions of taking out a comprehensive program to help boost sagging membership and help increase the strength of unions.

Now, faced with the reality of labor unions of civil servants are grueling struggle for survival in Wisconsin, Ohio and other states where Republican lawmakers have held the rights to collective bargaining.

Moreover, many union leaders are grumbling that the President was working hard to elect concentrated enough to create jobs, and other bold plans for its members back to work.

"Obama has campaigned large, but small govern," said Larry Hanley, president of Amalgamated Transit Union.

Work remains a key sector of Democratic and EU leaders will be held alongside Obama in Detroit this Labor Day, where he will address thousands of rank and file members in the annual parade in the city Monday.

But at the same time, unions have begun to move money and resources of the Democratic Republic of Congress and the country to the States in a furious effort to reverse or limit the actions that the GOP might end up with rolls of the Union .

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, said he is part of a new strategy for the work to build an independent voice separate from the Democratic Party.

EU grants to federal candidates in the beginning of this year was down about 40 percent over the same period in 2009, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Last month, a dozen unions said they would boycott next year's Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, frustration on the economy and protest, whose position in a right to work the state.

"The pendulum has established a long journey," says Ross Eisenbrey, Vice President of the Institute of liberal economic policy. "Next year, I think all unions can really hope for is to keep bad things happen, and get as many jobs as possible, the program provided."

Unions below last month in his recovery campaign to wrest control of the Wisconsin Republicans in the Senate. This fight was a result of Governor Scott Walker proposed to eliminate collective bargaining rights for public employees and unions as part of an effort to reduce costs. Now spend millions more in Ohio, where they hope to pass a statewide referendum in November that the repeal of a similar measure restricting trade union rights.

It is far from the initial optimism of the trade unions had, after coming to power of Obama. At the time, the unions were hoping for a Democratic controlled Congress to pass legislation to make it easier for unions to organize workers. But business groups fought the proposal hard and he never came to a vote.

EU leaders have been more disappointed when the president overhaul health care does not include an insurance option managed by the government. So Obama has agreed to extend the tax cuts President George W. Bush for the rich.

Obama spoke in favor of trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama that most unions say will cost American jobs. Despite campaigns to promote the increase in the minimum wage of $ 7.25 to $ 9.50 per hour, Obama has not touched the issue since he took office.

It did not help that Obama declined invitations to go to the Wisconsin Union, where thousands of protesters mobilized against the anti-union measure. The candidate Obama promised to "put tennis" and walk a picket line themselves when professional rights were threatened.

Obama gave the job of the smallest victories have not had to go through Congress, as the grant of 44,000 of the nation's airport screening rights to collective bargaining for the first time limited. The National Labor Relations Board and other appointments filled with Obama have made it easier for unions to organize workers in the airline industries care, railways and health.

NLRB has taken players from Republicans after the presentation of a lawsuit that accuses Boeing has opened a new plant in South Carolina in retaliation against the workers in Washington State.

"The field is tilted against the work, so whatever small victories they get is just tinkering and get the huge discharge of conservatives," said Nelson Lichtenstein, director of the Center for the Study of the workplace, work and Democracy at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

But the frustration of working with Obama to new heights this summer, Trumka accused him of working with Tea Party Republicans on deficit reduction instead of "intensification of the plate" on the job.

Trade unions and other liberal groups want to push Obama to a significant stimulus bill hundreds of billions of dollars in new spending for infrastructure projects like roads, bridges and transportation systems. Although it was rejected by the GOP-controlled House, the unions want to see Obama show more leadership and courage to take a stand for spending stimulus.

It is not likely to occur. Hampered by budget cuts and a tight debt ceiling, Obama should propose a restricted set is much less than the recovery of $ 787 billion approved in 2009.

The plan urges Congress to extend the current payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits, money for new construction and provide incentives for companies to hire more workers.

James Hoffa, general president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, said Mr. Obama should challenge businesses with bottom lines healthy to spend more money in the U.S. by hiring new employees, the construction and expansion of operations. If they do not, Hoffa said Obama should call unfair.

"I think the president should challenge the patriotism of those U.S. companies that are sitting on the sidelines," Hoffa said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union".

He added: "We must reverse this trend and say, 'Well, we are a U.S. company. We have an obligation to the United States. What America back to work."

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, Barack Obama, defended the liberal critique, saying the administration has established many programs to create jobs, worked to extend unemployment insurance benefits and helped save the automotive industry.

"The president is very concerned about job creation," Solis told reporters at the National Press Club. "It is our priority since day one."

Union faces a more difficult challenge in the United States.

Walker wanted to bridge the budget deficit of the state, requiring state employees to pay more for health care and pension benefits. He said curbing the rights of bargaining, it was important to prevent long-term move to close the trade unions in future negotiations.

State Rep. Robin Vos of Wisconsin said the money spent by pro-labor forces in the return of the election shows that are "not in protecting the rights of workers who are on the protection of political power. "

"This is the last to understand their political leaders to be able to demonstrate why they need to have political power, and they lost," he said.

The Conservatives say the measure Walker has done exactly what you promised, closing budget deficits by laying off teachers and other employees.

"As the changes have had time to flow, people seem to accept, and seems to be part of the status quo," said James Sherk, a political analyst at the Heritage Foundation.

The measure passed this year in Tennessee concluded in collective bargaining, the state teachers 'unions'. Oklahoma, legislators repealed the law that had required large municipalities to bargain collectively with municipal employees.

"The fact that you do not see much push in those states, I think, is important," said Sherk.

EU leaders see a more sinister, not only to reduce trade union benefits, but to completely crush the unions, with their democratic political largesse. Wisconsin law, for example prohibit the automatic revocation of union dues and the unions require the annual public vote to avoid revocation.

In Ohio, unions are more optimistic they can win November 1 referendum to cancel the trading of state law, passed in the spring. A Quinnipiac University poll in July found that 56 percent of voters say that the Ohio law new collective agreement should be repealed, compared with 32 percent who prefer to keep it in place.

"To win in Ohio would be a tremendous blow against the bow of the Republicans not to mess with the unions," said Lichtenstein.

It could also help unions to show they are still a political force to reckon with the state and national levels.

kensai is based in Cebu, Central Visayas, Philippines, and is a Stringer for Allvoices.
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