Unions Out Of Control

As the battle between Boeing Corporation, the unions, and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continues, the unions continue to use questionable tactics in an attempt to unionize Boeing in South Carolina.

The Daily Caller reported last week on some of the recent union activities in South Carolina.  Workers in the new Boeing plant in South Carolina rejected the attempts of the International Association of Machinists (IAM) to unionize them, but the IAM representatives are still hanging around Charlestown.  Union bosses have paid visits to the homes of Boeing workers to instruct them on the benefits of unionization.  Workers have been told that if they form a union, the IAM will get the NLRB to drop its case against Boeing. 

The article concludes:

“But if union organizers are indeed suggesting to South Carolina workers that unionizing could secure their jobs and dispense with the NLRB case, the IAM could be in serious trouble. Gowdy, who worked as a federal prosecutor before entering politics, told TheDC what the IAM is allegedly doing might be illegal.

“”I’ll liken it to a prosecution: A complaining witness doesn’t have the authority to dismiss a prosecution,” Gowdy said. “And now that [NLRB acting general counsel] Lafe Solomon is in for a dime, in for a dollar with his complaint, it would be highly improper if not illegal to threaten to withdraw the complaint if they unionize the South Carolina plant.””

One of the reasons the unions are so desperate to grow membership is that their pension funds are unfunded.  I ran an article at rightwinggranny in April of 2010 based on a Big Government article which stated:

“The worst part of the Obama executive order is the real reason for it.  According to a September, 2009 report by Moody’s Investor Services, construction union pensions in 2008 were just 54% funded.  Just like Social Security, the promised union pensions were too fat.  They were built on the similar demographic flaw of social security.  The system would pay full benefits to the earliest retirees, but would only be able to continue to do that if the ratio of workers to retirees is sustainable.  So what does it mean when the ratio fails?  How do you restore the footing on a plan so underfunded when the ration of worker to retiree continues to get worse?”

The crunch point of this ponzi scheme is about to be reached.  That is why the unions are desperately trying to change to rules of unionization–to save face on their pension funds.  If more members do not join quickly, the whole pension scheme will collapse.