Whose Agenda is it, REALLY?

Have you ever noticed that President Obama and the left leaners in Congress seem to push components of the agenda like a broken record?  Or does it sometimes seem like something’s out of place?  Do you find yourself asking “Why are they being so aggressive on this policy? Why won’t they be flexible at all?”

Well, we all know how powerful certain organizations and labor unions are in politics. I mean, that’s not new news.  But I sat down and looked at the published agendas of some of the lefty darlings who frequently brag about their strong roles in getting Barack Obama elected.  These have been their agendas since BEFORE the presidential election.

When you compare them side by side, and then think about the issues and policies this administration and his Democratic Congress are pushing so aggressively, it just seems clear as day this way.  So let’s be honest here, whose agenda is it, really?  Sure, we know this president shares the same views as these groups, as do many of the far left Congress members. But do you think there might be more debate, more flexibility under other circumstances? Who’s really calling the shots in this country? And is there a “REAL” Middle Class anymore? I’m beginning to think the voices of the average American workers – those who* aren’t* in unions – are gone.  We’ve got to start showing Washington that we are the bigger majority, folks.  Stop the apathy, and get out there.

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Change to Win
Coalition of unions totaling
6 million members
.
AFL-CIO
Coalition of unions totaling
11 million members.
Working for Us &
They Work for Us
(PAC & Non-profit group comprised of unions & others)
Government should create a health care system with guaranteed coverage and benefits for all

Protect workers rights.

Freedom to Join Together in Unions; provide living wage & benefits, and stop right-wing attacks on unions

Pass immigration policy that protects undocumented workers, providing workplace protections, including the right to join together into unions

Preserve & strengthen Social Security; Ensure a Guaranteed Income & Pension Plans for all

Be sure to read their comprehensive series of reports and surveys from their American Dream Project. Filled with all kinds of “Hopey and Changey” stuff.

Health Care for all.

Retirement Security

Freedom to Join a Union

An Economy That Works For All

Education: No More Charter Schools and Vouchers, increase public school teachers

Civil, Human & Women’s Rights

Immigration protection for undocumented workers.

Access to affordable health care

Promote a living wage for all workers

Fighting for domestic jobs – keep jobs here instead of shipping them overseas

Protecting retirement security, including social security, pensions, and personal savings accounts

Sound corporate governance

Read related article

See who’s behind these groups:
hint, Daily Kos is one.

SEIUUnion consisting of 2 million members SEIU’s Anna Burger  also runs the Working Familiesagenda: ACORN400,000 members in 110 cities and 40 states.
Affordable, quality health care for all.

The freedom for all workers to form a union without employer interference.

Pass the Employee Free Choice Act Now.

An economy that rewards all workers, not just a few at the top. Pass an economic recovery plan…

Provide a significant investment in green jobs as a pathway to a strong middle class and a sustainable future

Provide quality services in our communities with fair, reliable funding. Social Justice for All program.

Citizenship for hard-working, taxpaying immigrants.

Build a permanent pro-worker political majority that can win and sustain “a more just and humane society

Public transportation is the country’s lifeblood. But without new funding, maintaining an affordable, reliable mass transit system for the millions who depend on it is impossible.

Pass economic stimulus plan that includes balanced tax relief for working people and investments in jobs, education, healthcare, roads and bridges

Pass SCHIP so more children have the healthcare they needStrengthen the voice of Americans to fight discrimination with the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

Pass a budget that puts a real down-payment toward guaranteeing the quality, affordable healthcare Americans deserve

Provide a significant investment in green jobs as a pathway to a strong middle class and a sustainable future

Fill Cabinet positions with nominees that working families can count on to stand up and fight for them

Provide a pathway to legal status for young people who were brought to the U.S. as undocumented immigrant children

Give workers a choice, free from intimidation and harassment, to bargain for job security, better wages and health care

Keep an open dialogue with labor, business, community, faith and constituent leaders with top White House officials

Health Care for allLiving Wage

Paid Sick Days for All American Workers

Affordable Housing

Better Schools

Fair Tax Fees

Stop Foreclosures

Immigration

Stop Predatory Lending

Reform Utility Practices

Voter Engagement

Here’s another good example.  This is a document from Change to Win that outlines their agenda. It was published in June of 2006.  It reads like it’s January 20, 2009.  Even funnier, some of the exact wording can be found in the Stimulus Bill…a 2009 bill.  Coincidence?  Hardly.

Click to download the PDF

Click to download the PDF

Current Organizing Campaigns:

Below is a list, certainly not all inclusive, of many of the campaigns on which the unions are spending YOUR hard earned tax dollars. Oh, they’ll say member dues are paying for it. But we know otherwise.

Click to view SEIU Money & Influence

Click to view SEIU Money & Influence

Collaborative Campaign (Multiple Coalitions, Unions & Organizer Groups)

Health Care for America Now (HCAN)
From the HCAN website:   “Health Care for America Now (HCAN) is a national grassroots campaign of more than 1,000 organizations in 46 states representing 30 million people dedicated to winning quality, affordable health care we all can count on in 2009. Our organization and principles are supported by President Obama, Vice President Biden, and more than 190 Members of Congress.

We are building a national movement to win comprehensive health care reform by helping mobilize people in their communities to lobby their U.S. Senators and Representatives in Congress to stand up to the insurance companies and other special interest groups to achieve quality, affordable health care in 2009.”

HCAN Steering Committee:

ACORN, AFL-CIO, AFSCME, AFT, Americans United for Change, Campaign for America’s Future, Center for American Progress Action Fund, Campaign for Community Change, Children’s Defense Fund Action Council, Communications Workers of America, International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace & Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW), MoveOn.org, NAACP, National Council of La Raza, National Education Association, National Women’s Law Center, SEIU, UFCW, USAction, Women’s Voices, Women’s Vote and Working America.

Complete list of more than 1,000 member organizations

Change to Win Campaigns

  • Walmart Workers For Change: Organizes workers in Wal-Mart stores.
  • Warehouse Workers United: Demanding their share of the prosperity. Also claiming warehouses are a net drain on our communities, increasing air pollution and congestion and contributing little to our tax base – demanding environmental justice..
  • Cure CVS: Claims CVS fails to provide equal access – not enough stores in areas of color. Calling on CVS to unlock condom cases in stores in minority and low-income communities. Also claims CVS overcharges for its products, especially in low-income and minority neighbrhoods..
  • Put Pharmacy First: Fighting for working conditions of retail pharmacists.
  • Alarmed About CVS Caremark: Protesting CVS and Caremark merger; fighting for better wages from the combined company.
  • Hotel Workers Rising: Boycotting hotels that don’t hire union workers, and those that pay union workers minimum wage.
  • Ports Protection: Working with The Teamsters unions, demanding permanent jobs and higher pay for truckers that deliver goods into and out of nation’s ports. Boycotts at security borders.
  • Uniform Justice: Demanding higher pay and job security for workers at uniform and laundry companies. Protecting immigrant workers from being fired and/or deported.

SEIU Campaigns:

  • Fire Ken Lewis: A coalition of unions join in fighting to get Ken Lewis ousted from Bank of America for lobbying against the Free Chice Act/Card Check bill, and demanding affordable health care benefits for all BoA workers.
  • Stop the Swiftboating of Health Care: Tell TV Networks: Prevent the Swift-Boating of Health Care; boycott Conservatives for Patients Rights. Boycott and complain to TV networks who are scaring Americans away from Health Care reform. (See the anti-Sean Hannity video)
  • American Rights at Work:  an “Employee Free Choice Act” supporting campaign. NOTE: This campaign has the ‘audacity’ to rip apart “Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW)” for a “misleading” name.  Wait, this is coming from the unions fighting for a cause that takes away a worker’s right to a secret ballot and calls it the “Employee Free Choice Act”?  And then, they slam CDW for trying to protect average American workers from being bullied and harassed by aggressive union organizers. More importantly “Coalition for a Democratic Workplace” is fighting to protect our Constitutional rights to freedom and liberty.
  • Take Back the Economy: The unions’ campaign to End Corporate Excess.
  • Fight the War on Greed: (SEIU with Brave New Films)  “Take Back the Economy” was to Vote Ken Lewis out as chair of Bank of America. Now that he’s been ousted, see who’s next on the chopping block to fight the war against greedy corporate workers.
  • Send a message to Gov. Schwarzenegger: No cuts for public workers. Demand Congress withhold stimulus cash if the Governor cuts union jobs.

ACORN Campaigns

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