Labor unions in full force at Democratic National Convention
By: Jim Kouri, CPP
As the Democratic Party conducts its official business at the convention in North Carolina, union officials and delegates from labor organizations in both the private and public sectors descended on the city of Charlotte in large numbers that included stalwarts such as SEIU’s Andy Stern and AFL-CIO’s Richard Trumka.
The goal of labor leaders is, of course, the re-election of President Barack Obama, but it’s also about garnering more power in order to increase its membership numbers. For example, while unions have requested waivers for Obamacare, they were completely onboard with passing the unpopular health care law for Americans.
Stern, Trumka and others hope to expand Obamacare to the point that larger numbers of health care workers will translate into larger numbers of government union members. And these labor leaders have their sights on workers inChina,Indiaand other successful economies.
But the story doesn’t end there, according to political strategist and attorney Michael Baker in an Examiner exclusive: whileU.S.labor unions complain about corporations “going global and sending jobs overseas,” it may escape notice that American union members are being sacrificed for the good of a world labor consortium, according to a Washington,D.C.source.
On more than one occasion, the head of the Service Employees International Union, Andy Stern, has uttered the Marxist battle cry, “Workers of the world unite!” And he’s been hard at work making that vision a reality in these troubled economic times, notes Michael Baker.
To American labor leaders, theUnited Statesis merely the “home office,” according to Baker. “The loss of union jobs in theUnited Stateshas forced the labor movement to turn their sights on increasingly successful nations such asChina,Indiaand elsewhere. We’re talking tens of millions of potential union members and billions of union dues largess.”
In 2010, when Chinese President Hu Jintao made a rare visit toChicago, Teamsters Joint Council 25 had already met and signed an official memorandum of exchange and cooperation with the Shangdong Provincial Federation of Trade Unions of China (SPFTU), according to political science professor Wilson Davis.
The Teamsters, including Joint Council 25 President John T. Coli, welcomed five delegates from the SPFTU toChicagoin September 2010 to sign the agreement in an effort to promote more cooperation between organized labor inChinaand theUnited States.
“President Jintao’s visit toChicago… is a reminder that real opportunities exist to improve communication and understanding between our nations,” said Coli at the time. “Teamsters inIllinoishave taken a major step towards global cooperation to work with a labor movement that brings its own ideas and challenges to the table. It’s about time we recognize the progress that can be made for workers inAmericaand around the world.”
Representatives from Joint Council 25 and the SPFTU will begin making biennial visits betweenChinaand theUnited Statesas part of the agreement. The union leaders claim delegations will share views and common concerns on a variety of labor issues, including the benefits of collective bargaining and protection for workers’ rights. The unions expect to share information on organizing and management techniques, and will be looking for new opportunities to support and communicate with workers, noted Baker.
“Joint Council 25 and the SPFTU will examine the obstacles all workers face in the fight to organize and negotiate contracts with their employers,” said Coli in a press statement. “Every day, the Teamsters negotiate powerful contracts and bargain for more rights and benefits for our members. In this same vein, we have to find a way to ensure representation exists for the millions of workers beyond our borders who deserve these same protections.”
“We can do neither until we start communicating with each other,” he said.
In September 2011, members of the American Joint Council 25′s executive board met with Wang Lihua, Vice-Chairwoman of the SPFTU, and Li Yueliang, First Vice-Chairman of the Yantai City Federation of Trade Unions, among other Chinese labor officials.
Shangdong isChina’s second-most populous province, home to approximately 95 million people. Agriculture, mining and petroleum industries are large components of the regional economy, although Shangdong’s industrial production surpasses most other Chinese cities. The province produces some of the most well-known Chinese brand names, includingTsingtaobeer and Haier and Hisense electronics and appliances, according to records.
A memorandum of understanding similar to Joint Council 25′s agreement was signed between Change to Win and the All-China Federation of Trade Unions. Change to Win’s claim to fame is its ongoing attacks — with the help of the Democrat Party — against Walmart.
“American workers who are depending on unions for job security and better work conditions are oblivious to their unions’ leaders who have a hidden — and sometimes not so hidden — agenda that includes fulfilling the dream of ‘workers of the world unite,’” said Baker.
“And it doesn’t hurt the Democrats to have such a coalition funneling money into their coffers for future elections,” he noted.
“And that brings us full circle,” according to white-collar crime expert Lucas Terrencia, a former federal investigator. The Obama EPA givesChinamillions of dollars for a ‘green’ project. The Chinese bring in a unionized company represented by the American-Chinese Labor Coalition. TheU.S.labor leaders bring home their share of union dues and contribute millions of dollars to the Democrats.”
“It’s theChicago Wayon steroids,” he said.
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for The Examiner (examiner.com) and New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc. To subscribe to Kouri's newsletter write to COPmagazine@aol.com and write "Subscription" on the subject line.