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  • The Real Reason Behind the Card Check Push

    The Wall Street Journal reports today:

    As recently as 2000, the [AFL-CIO's] 8.5 million members had a $45 million surplus. By June of last year it had $90.6 million in liabilities, or $2.3 million more than its $88.3 million in assets. … As for the SEIU, as recently as 2002 total SEIU liabilities were about $8 million. According to its 2008 disclosure form, the union owed more than $156 million, a 30% increase over the $120 million it owed in 2007. Its liabilities now equal more than 80% of its $189 million in assets.

    The Washington Examiner reported yesterday:

    Almost half of the nation’s 20 largest unions have pension funds that federal law classifies as “endangered” or in “critical” condition due to being underfunded, an Examiner review of federal actuarial reports shows. … The average union pension has resources to cover only 62 percent of what is owed to participants, according to the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC). Less than one in every 160 workers is covered by a union pension with required assets.

    Unions sap the economic vitality out of every firm they unionize, which is the real reason only 7.6% of private sector workers are unionized. Government, on the other hand, can never go out of business. That is where unionization has exploded over the last 25 years. 36.8% of public sector workers are also union members. But the growth of public sector unions is just not fast enough to cover the pension obligations and operating losses of big labor. They need more young members at the bottom of the pyramid. Huge operating deficits and runaway pension fund liabilities: these are the real driving forces behind big labor’s push to pass the Employee Free Choice Act.

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    6 Responses to The Real Reason Behind the Card Check Push

    1. Bob Shipman, St. Pau says:

      I couldn't agree more: "Unions sap the economic vitality out every firm they unionize which is the real reason only 7.6% of private sector workers are unionized. Government on the other hand, can never go out of business." I think the statement that 36.8% of public sector workers are also union members is way low, however. Here in Minnesota the figure is roughly 85% union membership for state and local government workers. Governments can simply raise taxes to meet their unfunded pension liabilities. In Minnesota, the Legislature approved roughly $260 million in new annual employer (taxpayer) contributions in 2005-2006 and is considering additional hundreds of millions in this post-2008 downturn. This at a time when the "employers" (the taxpayers) are seeing their lousy 401(k) plans disappear in a puff of smoke.

    2. Spiritof76, New Hamp says:

      New Hampshire is no exception. Unfunded liability tops $3B in a state that has a little over 1 million people. The payment into the fund is only 62% of the required amount to cover the accruing liability. The pension board which oversees the funds and lobbies for benefits consists of majority from the public employee union pool. It is the fox watching the chicken coop.

      The unions and trial lawyers are two parasites that are eating away at the economic vitality of our country like the hidden mounds of termite colony under the house.

    3. Barb -mn says:

      It seems highly unethical and a conflict of interest to have UNIONS in GOVERNMENT. Especially when they're both working against us with OUR MONEY!

    4. Andrew Luck - Phoeni says:

      All shouldhave thr right to a private and not be terrorized by union thugs or co-workers.

    5. John, Maine says:

      If you agree with the U.S. Chamber that this bill is not the right path to take, please visit http://www.friendsoftheuschamber.com/takeaction/i… and sign our petition

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