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NFIB Takes on Union Dues Collection

Did you know that we the taxpayers pay for our governments (state, county, school board, municipal) to deduct (collect) labor union dues and PAC contributions from public employees, required as a condition of employment to belong to a labor union, and then turns the dues over to the respective labor union?

So basically, government serves as the collection agent for public sector labor unions.

I thought you might be interested in the attached video produced by our friends at the PA Chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business on efforts to correct this injustice:

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This Week on Lincoln Radio Journal: Union Impact on Municipal Budgets

Radio Program Schedule for the week of August 17, 2013 – August 23, 2013

This week on American Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with Eric Telford of the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity about the GOP’s lagging use of technology and social media
  • Andy Roth of the Club for Growth has the Real Story on what congressmen are hearing from voters during their summer recess
  • Benjamin Yount has a Watchdog Radio look at what it means to be a journalist in the digital era
  • Dr. Paul Kengor from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College has an American Radio Journal commentary on the passing of Reagan advisor Bill Clark

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • Eric Boehm and Melissa Daniels have news headlines from
  • David Taylor of the PA Manufacturers Association and Matthew Brouillette of the Commonwealth Foundation have a Capitol Watch discussion on the impact of organized labor on state and municipal budgets
  • Lowman Henry has a Town Hall Commentary on why cutting the size of the legislature is not real reform

Visit the program web sites for more information about air times. There, you can also stream live or listen to past programs!

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The Inhumane Side of Forced Unionism

By Jennifer Stefano

There’s not person alive on the Right that doesn’t want to see “Right to Work” passed this year in Pennsylvania…

But too often, those of us committed to ending the abuses of union bosses and their cronies….forget to take the time to explain what “Right to Work” really means —

Our opposition – the Union Bosses – call Right to Work a form of union busting. Wrong. Union Busting is what a bunch of union guys did to the Quaker Meeting House in Philadelphia just a few weeks ago…when they burned part of it to the ground because the Quakers had the audacity to take the lowest price bid on renovations…the lowest bid NOT being a union shop. That “union-busting” or “busting by the unions” cost the peaceful, non-violent, pacifist Quakers more than $500,000 in damages. They must be thanking God the damages were in building material and not in lives…

Although – lives are up for grabs in the world of Union Bosses willing to go to any length to stop non-union workers from having a fair shot at putting food on their table.

In Philadelphia — union workers were caught – ON CAMERA – crushing a non-union worker behind a gate – as he tried to cross their picket line and get into work on his construction job. You can see clearly on the video the man…someone’s husband, father…brother…son….screaming out in agony….then you see him slump to the ground – motionless – as the union members laugh and callously walk away…

Since when did Union Membership cause one to lose their humanity….to hurt, kill or destroy another person’s property – or worse….their life – because they chose not to join your group? Does being a union member mean you can harm any person – even maiming or killing them – so your group can prosper? Is this what the unions have become? An illuminating example of man’s inhumanity to man?

Frankly, Right to Work and companion bills like Employee Paycheck Protection – are designed to protect union workers. Yes, to protect union workers. There are many, many good people – union members – who look at the video of the crushed man or the burned Quaker meeting house and recoil in horror.

But we in Pennsylvania don’t protect those union workers – the ones who disavow the violence and the thuggery – the ones who want to put food on their own table – not steal it from another – the ones who want to reject and walk away from the unions. Our laws don’t allow it. Those people…those decent union workers…are left behind – FORCED – BY LAW – to pay dues up to the union bosses who encourage and demand such demonic action from their members – and forced to associate with the members who do that bidding willingly.
Can you imagine what happens to the union worker who says to the boss, “NO, I will not go out to a job site and stop another man from going to work.” Can you imagine what would happen to the union worker…who…if at the job site where the man was crushed — went over and actually helped that man? Would the Union Worker’s life be at risk too?

Of course it would. The remarkable thing about freedom is that it works in more than one way. For instance, in America, we have freedom of speech. One can, in almost all circumstances, say what one wants – but the reverse is true as well….one can say nothing all. In fact, we have an entire amendment…the 5th – dedicated to that ideal.

That’s why it is time now – for all of us to join in solidarity and say – we support the right of a person to freely associate and join a private organization like a union if he or she so chooses – but we also support a person’s right not to.

Anyway – if Unions are as great as the Big Labor Union Bosses say they are…why do they have to thug people up to join?

And in that deafening silence where the answer should be….it is time for Governor Corbett to stand up, stand strong and stand for ALL the workers of Pennsylvania by giving them their freedom NOW by passing Right to Work – RIGHT NOW.

In Liberty and Solidarity – Jennifer Stefano

You can find out more about Right to Work at and

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Bully Pulpit: Losing the policy debate, unions resorting to violence

By Lowman S. Henry

Bully n. pl. bul-lies: A person who is habitually cruel or overbearing; a hired ruffian; a thug; v, to treat in an overbearing or intimidating manner.

The subject of bullying has gotten a lot of attention in recent years, focused mostly on K-12 schools where children all-too-often are the subject of harassment by their fellow students. In some cases the emotional toll of bullying has driven youngsters to suicide. These highly publicized cases have caused parents and the general public to demand more action from our schools to address the problem.

But what happens when bullying occurs among adults? What happens when bullying tactics are employed by those who don’t get their way in a business deal, or who lose a contentious public policy debate? In that context, the public and the news media tend to turn a blind eye or even condone such tactics.

Bullying and thuggery have for generations been a tactic employed by organized labor, especially when all other forms of persuasion have failed. Philadelphia, in particular, has a long history of labor violence. Union thugs have been known to sabotage work sites, and even to inflict serious physical harm on those who refuse to give into their demands.

The most recent example of this came shortly before Christmas in Chestnut Hill where a Quaker meetinghouse is being built. Destruction of equipment and property belonging to a private company is bad enough. That the damage was done to a church – especially a Quaker congregation best known for its religious commitment to non-violence, makes the act especially appalling.

Philadelphia police have determined that the vandalism, which caused over $500,000 in damage, was definitely union-related. This particular construction site was targeted because the company, E. Allen Reeves, is a merit shop or non-union construction firm. Unions – violently at times – work hard to prevent merit shop contractors from getting business. This stems from a union mindset that only they have the right to work in Pennsylvania. Merit shop companies don’t have to fund bloated union bureaucracies, therefore they consistently under-bid union contractors for projects.

Robert Reeves, president of E. Allen Reeves, reports that several days prior to the vandalism union representatives had visited the site seeking work, and left uttering threats when their request was denied. A short time later the cab of a crane was arsoned and the building damaged.

Reeves chalks up the damage to union bullying tactics. Drawing the analogy to schoolyard bullies Reeves asked the Philadelphia Inquirer, “Why do the politicians and the institutions and business community remain silent and reward unions for a long history of bullying?”

Such bully tactics go well beyond the construction site. Unions have long employed bully tactics in the realm of politics and public policy. Several weeks ago, when the Michigan legislature was in the process of passing Right to Work legislation, union thugs attacked an Americans for Prosperity tent set up on the Capitol grounds, bringing the structure down upon the children and elderly inside. They then attempted to torch a propane tank, fortunately failing and averting what could have been a major disaster.

Here in Pennsylvania legislators promoting the freedom to work have been shouted down on the Capitol steps by union thugs unable to win the argument with words. Many lawmakers recoil from any legislation that is opposed by labor unions fearing aggressive tactics will be used against them at election time. Despite the fact that union membership in the private sector has fallen to the mid-teens, state legislators still tremble at the mere thought of enacting the type of free market reforms that have put states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana on the road to economic prosperity. And when it comes to campaign contributions, labor unions have bought the allegiance, or at least the acquiescence of enough members of both political parties to prevent reform legislation from even coming to the floor for a vote.

But the wave of free market reforms sweeping the country will not be stopped and will even someday make its way to Penn’s Woods. As unions continue to lose politically look for the bullying, the thuggery, and the intimidation tactics to increase. From sabotaging construction sites to physically attacking those who support opposing policy positions, to using union money to cower elected officials who don’t bend to their will, union bullying is more likely to increase than to diminish in the months and years ahead.

And just like in the school yard, it is time for society to stand up to the bullies and let them know we aren’t going to take it anymore.

(Lowman S. Henry is Chairman & CEO of the Lincoln Institute and host of the weekly Lincoln Radio Journal. His e-mail address is

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