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Big Labor, NOT Tea Party, Is Workers’ Worst Enemy and an Astroturf protest; FBI investigates SEIU Andy Stern; ACORN Very Much Alive -Funding Ban Dies This Week?; Unions to Save Democrats – spending millions

September 29, 2010

Big Labor, Not Tea Party, Is Workers’ Worst Enemy
By Michelle Malkin

The Service Employees International Union plans to send 25,000 rank-and-file workers on 500 buses to Washington this weekend to protest the tea party movement, Republicans and Fox News. If SEIU members had any sense, they’d be demonstrating at their own bosses’ D.C. headquarters. It’s the Big Labor Left, not the Tea Party Right, that is flushing rank-and-file union workers’ hard-earned dues down the collective toilet in these hard times. Read More

FBI investigates prominent labor leader Andy Stern

By Sam Hananel September 28, 2010 1:38 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI and the U.S. Labor Department are investigating prominent labor leader Andy Stern in their probe of corruption at the Service Employees International Union, according to two people who have been interviewed by federal agents.

 The two organized labor officials met with federal agents this summer to answer questions about a six-figure book contract that Stern landed in 2006 and his role in approving money to pay the salary of an SEIU leader in California who allegedly performed no work.

 Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the investigation. The FBI and the Labor Department’s office of inspector general declined to comment for the record.

 The disclosure about the federal inquiry of Stern – who abruptly resigned as president of the 2.2-million member SEIU in April – comes just weeks ahead of contentious congressional elections in which the union is spending an estimated $44 million to support its favored Democratic candidates.

 The SEIU has been plagued with several financial scandals since 2008… Stern remains a member of President Barack Obama’s deficit commission and a highly influential figure in the White House, where he was one of the most frequent visitors last year. He is also a research fellow at Georgetown University and a paid consultant for the SEIU.

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ACORN Is Very Much Alive; Funding Ban Dies This Week

By on 9.28.10 @ 10:50AM

As I reported yesterday, federal investigators are recommending that government funding for ACORN‘s still operating housing affiliate be cut off immediately. In a recently completed probe, the inspector general for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) found that ACORN Housing (now renamed Affordable Housing Centers of America) appeared to have committed massive fraud against the taxpayers of the United States.

Investigators must have felt it was necessary to urge the funding cutoff because the federal government’s prohibition on funding ACORN isn’t a permanent ban. It exists at the whim of lawmakers and (because it was attached to annual appropriations bills) runs out at the end of this month. There is no indication currently that the federal ban on funding ACORN, whose last day in effect is Sept. 30, will be extended.

As of writing (Tuesday morning) spokesmen for the House and Senate appropriations committees told me they had no idea if the funding prohibition was going to be extended. Ellis Brachman, spokesman for the House Appropriations Committee said the Senate was taking the lead on the continuing resolution that will fund the government past Sept. 30. (Note: Inserting the ban into the continuing resolution would be the logical way to extend the ban.) John Bray, spokesman for the Senate Appropriations Committee, told me yesterday he had no idea if the ACORN funding ban would be extended and that he would get back to me. He hasn’t call me back.

Many Americans -and some lawmakers- seem to believe Congress cut off ACORN from any sort of funding permanently, but this belief appears to be unfounded.

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Unions Going All In to Save Democrats

Tuesday, 28 Sep 2010 12:34 PM

By: Dan Weil, Newsmax

Unions are supposed to be a dying force, but they’re doing all they can to keep Democrats in Congress. The AFL-CIO will spend $53 million on 400 of November’s races, while the SEIU Service Employees International Union will dole out $44 million, up 26 percent from the last mid-term elections in 2006, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees will spend $50 million, CNBC reports.

“If the GOP takes control of the House in November, we predict things will be very, very bad for working people, especially given the Republican track record over the past two years,” United Auto Workers President Bob King told CNBC.

The good news for Republicans is that only about 12 percent of American workers are part of a union, down from 35 percent in 1953.

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