Earlier this year, Secretary Solis made headlines after she admitted her bias toward unions at the Democratic National Committee’s winter meeting. After announcing the “fight is on” and pledging to aid unionized workers in Ohio, she told the DNC, “Admittedly, I am a little biased . . . because . . . I come from a union household.” Here we go, game on. She has been a busy gal. Then she moves on this week to bashing the Tea Party.
President Obama promised to run the most open and transparent Administration in history. However, his Department of Labor (DOL) just announced more regulations rolling back financial transparency for labor unions. Once again, we have decrees as opposed to law. Now moving down to his Czars.
James Sherk at Heritage.org reports this disturbing, yet not surprising news:
Congress passed the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) in 1959 following hearings documenting links between labor unions and organized crime. The act requires unions to publicly disclose how they spend their members’ money. Congress believed that this would discourage malfeasance and enable union members to hold their leaders accountable.
Former Secretary Elaine Chao then made a series of reforms, strengthening the transparency and accountability requirements of the original Act (detailed in Sherk’s article).
President Obama’s DOL just rolled back these reforms. Union officers will not have to report union leave benefits or payments from union trusts. Union stewards will not have to file at all. The new regulations will leave union members in the dark about union officers’ potential conflicts of interest.
Union members want financial transparency: 89 percent of union members agree that unions should disclose their spending. In part, this is because 66 percent of union members believe their leaders mostly look out for themselves.
I know you all wonder, as I do, whether our country can survive another year, plus a lame duck session under Obama. Seriously wonder. H/T: Before it is news
Now for the Tea Baggers:
As reported by Tallahassee Democrat and Sunshine State News, after voicing her support for large federal programs, Solis warned, “I’ll be darned if I’m going to set that aside now because a few teabaggers want to somehow muzzle my voice,” Solis said. “We don’t have to sit back and allow a minority in the Congress, known as the tea party, to dominate the discussion in our households.”
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz echoed Solis’ sentiment, telling the crowd of Democratic partisans, “the unfortunate thing is that the problem, in fact, stems from a brutally fanatic right wing group of extremists, who put politics and ideology above principles and people.”
“These fanatics are destroying our state and our country and the contrast between their agenda and ours has never been more stark,” continued Wasserman Schultz.
The comments coming from the head of the Labor Department are striking because of the recent attacks from heads of unions on the Tea Party—this despite the fact that many union members are also members of the Tea Party.
While opening for President Obama at a Labor Day rally, Teamsters President James P. Hoffa declared war on the movement. The union head said that the Tea Party has “got a war, they got a war with us and . . . we’re going to win that war.” He added, “President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march. Let’s take these son [sic] of bitches out and give [sic] America back to an America where we belong.” Big government