President Barack Obama is “our first union-label president,” professor and author Mallory Factor tells Newsmax.TV in an exclusive interview.
“He started out as an organizer for the SEIU,” said Factor, referring to the Service Employees International Union. “He is truly the first union president, and he has allowed union members to literally be at the White House almost every day.
“Some of the shadow bosses boast that they get to talk to the White House every single day, including weekends,” Factor said.
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Factor, the John C. West Professor of International Politics and American Government at The Citadel, is author of the book, “Shadow Bosses — Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind.”
According to Factor, these “shadow bosses” are heads of public employee unions that “spend a lot of money to get bought-and-paid for politicians,” who give them the right to organize such workers — even employees who do not want to join unions.
“These unions take in billions of dollars,” Factor said. For instance, he cited the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, which represents 1.5 million members in more than 3,000 local affiliates nationwide, according to its website.
“They take in $2 billion a year in dues — and a lot of that they use for political purposes. So they have ads. They have ‘Get out the vote.’ They do all sorts of things like that to move their agenda forward. And their agenda is real simple: more union members.
“Almost all the money these unions spend is for Democratic candidates,” Factor continued. “They are the ones that they buy and sell — and if they don’t do their bidding, they get rid of them.
“We go into real great detail and explain how money moves from the politicians to the union bosses and from the government employee unions back to the politicians. It is one of the great scams and one of the great corruptions of our political system.”
And, American taxpayers subsidize this activity.
“We subsidize unions, government employee unions, to the tune of over a billion dollars a year in just one area,” Factor said. “We take union officials and union members and we allow them to do union business while getting paid to do government business.
“We pay them 23 million man-hours a year to do government work — and they’re doing union business instead.”
While the time estimate comes from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Factor said no one really knows how these public-employee union bosses spend their time.
“We don’t really know because 70 percent of their time they say they use for general administrative purposes. So we really don’t know what they’re doing. But our government is not looking into it strongly.”
Factor expects SEIU to expand ever further as Obamacare moves forward. The union has more than 2.1 members in healthcare, property services and public services, according to its website.
“Our healthcare system has about 17 million people in it today, and only about one and a half million are unionized. But when you start taking money from government, you will be able to unionize more of them as government employees.
“They’ll go up to 21 million people in the healthcare industry when you get to Obamacare full force,” Factor added. But here’s the thing that you’ve got to understand: One million members is approximately $1 billion in dues to the shadow bosses.
“This is a huge way of adding huge amounts to their coffers — billions and billions of dollars. They will be able to unionize more and more people in the healthcare industry, as healthcare keeps taking money from government.
“They did this — the government allowed this to happen — in 10 states already with people who were independent contractors like home healthcare workers and childcare workers.”
Factor added that so-called card check legislation would also play a larger role in growing unions.
Known as the Employee Free Choice Act, workers would sign cards indicating whether they want a union. The cards would be public documents, thereby eliminating the current system by which workers vote confidentially.
The legislation, which had been supported by the Obama White House, died in the Senate in 2009 because of bipartisan opposition. The National Labor Relations Board reportedly is seeking to circumvent Congress to make changes to the National Labor Relations Act that can accomplish most of the goals of the card check legislation.
“Unions want to organize more and more people — and the people they want to organize a lot of times don’t want to be organized,” Factor said. “Card checks take away the secret ballot. It allows union officials to go in and literally intimidate people to sign a ballot joining a union.
“People do not want to be forced into unions. They don’t want to be forced to pay dues to unions to keep their jobs.”
And, Factor said, this sentiment was behind the pushback against unions in Wisconsin, where Gov. Scott Walker became the first governor in U.S history to survive a recall vote. The victory dealt a huge blow to the labor movement.
“Wisconsin’s a battle. It is not the war,” he said. “These unions know that there’s a lot of money at stake.
“Remember, we were saying one million people equal about $1 billion in dues. That’s huge amounts of money at stake. They’re going to put their resources, their money, into making sure they don’t lose union members.
“And keep in mind that in the forced-dues states — states where you can’t keep a job unless you’re a member of a union — that’s where 87 percent of their money comes from,” Factor added. “They want to keep forced dues in there.”
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