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1956 GOP platform: "Expansion of social security... Unions have grown... collective bargaining has been strengthened"

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Welcome to the 1956 Republican Party of Dwight D. Eisenhower. Here are excerpts from the GOP platform:

We are proud of and shall continue our far-reaching and sound advances in matters of basic human needs—expansion of social security—broadened coverage in unemployment insurance —improved housing—and better health protection for all our people. We are determined that our government remain warmly responsive to the urgent social and economic problems of our people. [...]

We shall continue vigorously to support the United Nations. [...]

That men are created equal needs no affirmation, but they must have equality of opportunity and protection of their civil rights under the law. [...]

America does not prosper unless all Americans prosper.

Government must have a heart as well as a head. [...]

The Federal minimum wage has been raised for more than 2 million workers. Social Security has been extended to an additional 10 million workers and the benefits raised for 6 1/2 million. The protection of unemployment insurance has been brought to 4 million additional workers. There have been increased workmen's compensation benefits for longshoremen and harbor workers, increased retirement benefits for railroad employees, and wage increases and improved welfare and pension plans for federal employees.

In addition, the Eisenhower Administration has enforced more vigorously and effectively than ever before, the laws which protect the working standards of our people.

Workers have benefited by the progress which has been made in carrying out the programs and principles set forth in the 1952 Republican platform. All workers have gained and unions have grown in strength and responsibility, and have increased their membership by 2 millions.

Furthermore, the process of free collective bargaining has been strengthened by the insistence of this Administration that labor and management settle their differences at the bargaining table without the intervention of the Government. This policy has brought to our country an unprecedented period of labor-management peace and understanding. [...]

The Eisenhower Administration will continue to fight for dynamic and progressive programs which, among other things, will:

Assure equal pay for equal work regardless of Sex [...]

Extend the protection of the Federal minimum wage laws to as many more workers as is possible and practicable;

Continue to fight for the elimination of discrimination in employment because of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry or sex;

Provide assistance to improve the economic conditions of areas faced with persistent and substantial unemployment;

Revise and improve the Taft-Hartley Act so as to protect more effectively the rights of labor unions, management, the individual worker, and the public. The protection of the right of workers to organize into unions and to bargain collectively is the firm and permanent policy of the Eisenhower Administration. In 1954, 1955 and again in 1956, President Eisenhower recommended constructive amendments to this Act. [...]

We have provided more than 1200 badly-needed new post office buildings, and are adding two more every day... We have extended city carrier service to millions of new homes in thousands of urban and suburban communities which have grown and spread under the favorable economic conditions brought about by the Eisenhower Administration. [...]

The Republican Party will continue to fight for eagerly desired new advances for Government employees, and realistic reappraisement and adjustment of benefits for our retired civil service personnel.[...]

We favor self-government, national suffrage and representation in the Congress of the United States for residents of the District of Columbia.

We recommend to Congress the submission of a constitutional amendment providing equal rights for men and women. [...]

The Republican Party supports an immigration policy which is in keeping with the traditions of America in providing a haven for oppressed peoples, and which is based on equality of treatment, freedom from implications of discrimination between racial, nationality and religious groups, and flexible enough to conform to changing needs and conditions.

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H/t: @SherrieGG

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House GOP leadership rammed through bill that would have effectively put National Labor Relations Board out of business

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Yesterday I posted this: "Reince Priebus confirms GOP’s not really serious about reinventing itself; Paul Ryan aids and abets."

One of our astute readers brought one more thing to my attention, something I missed, one more thing that proves that Republicans are all show and no go. While they're busy screaming about freedom and democracy, House Republicans made it clear that they don't want working Americans to have a voice.

 

Via the AFL-CIO:

House Republican leadership rammed through a bill (H.R. 1120) earlier today that would effectively put the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) out of business. 

The NLRB enforces rules established under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), which protects the rights of workers to form unions, bargain collectively and have a voice on the job. 

All Democrats, along with 10 Republicans—Reps. Rodney Davis (Ill.), Mike Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Chris Gibson (N.Y.), Michael Grimm (N.Y.), David Joyce (Ohio), Peter  King (N.Y.), David  McKinley (W.Va.), Pat Meehan (Pa.), Tom Reed (N.Y.) and Don Young (Alaska)—voted to stop this blatant attack on workers' rights. In the end, after much arm-twisting by Republican leadership, the measure squeaked by on a vote of 219-209. [...]

Fortunately, this bill will not be taken up by the Senate, but it is symbolic of the right-wing's anti-worker agenda

outreach my ass reach out inclusive

You can read the AFL-CIO letter opposing H.R. 1120 here.

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Sen. Rand Paul submits national "right to work" (for less) bill

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Via Paul's web site, this lovely press release:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Rand Paul this week introduced the National Right to Work Act, S. 204, which seeks to preserve and protect the free choice of individual employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations, or to refrain from such activities.

"Every American worker deserves the right to freedom of association - and I am concerned that the 26 states that allow forced union membership and dues infringes on these workers' rights," Sen. Paul said. "Right to work laws ensure that all Americans are given the choice to refrain from joining or paying dues to a union as a condition for employment. Nearly 80 percent of all Americans support the principles and so I have introduced a national Right to Work Act that will require all states to give their workers the freedom to choose."

Sen. Paul's Right to Work Act does not add a single word to existing federal law, it simply deletes forced unionism provisions in federal law.

Due to six infringing and freedom-crushing provisions in the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and the Railway Labor Act (RLA), there are currently 8 million working Americans who are required by law to pay union dues. These workers are not required to join a workers union but they are required to pay the dues; and if workers refuse to pay these union fees, they risk losing their jobs to Big Labor.

As you can see, Rand Paul is all about FREEDOM! What happened to being all about jobs? And fairness? And equality? And freedom to, you know, bargain? And having decent working conditions? And pay?

But see, as he introduces the idea of a new national "right to work" (right to work for less) bill, his emphasis is on FREEDOM! Did I mention FREEDOM?

freedom my ass

And don't get me started on "choice."

As NH Labor News reminds us:

They already have the freedom to pay the representation fee instead of joining.

This is exactly the opposite to everything we are taught to believe in the democratic process.  We can have all the debate we want but in the end, the majority rules.  Now they are taking the minority and placing them ahead of the majority.

This is an ideological and blatantly  anti-union piece of legislation.

It's worth repeating that it is already illegal to force someone to join a union.

But if FREEDOM of choice is so important to Rand Paul, why isn't he a proponent of women's reproductive rights?

rand paul on abortion

The text of the legislation is at Paul's site.

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"Those injured by ignorance and corporate crimes lie unattended"

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Today's L.A. Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "Corporations win as workers battle," Column, June 13

Hiltzik is right: In our current form of social interaction, we've become like animals biting at our own afflictions.

We're a nation proud of military prowess, and yet we leave our wounded behind. Those injured by ignorance and corporate crimes lie unattended, even despised, in our cities and elsewhere. We delude ourselves with proclamations of American exceptionalism while letting our national infrastructure and institutions of education and health decay.

We've become a nation of "cannot-do" under the banners of anti-government anarchists and industrialists, whereas our history has shown us to be a people capable of building infrastructure worthy of emulation.

Will we still be a United States of America for another 200 years? Not if we destroy unions and the bargaining power of the middle class.

Eugene Strantz

Altadena

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VIDEO- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: Teachers and firefighters aren’t "big government." Mitt Romney thinks so.

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June 8:

Willard M. Romney:

President Obama "says we need more fireman, more policeman, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.

June 10:

Scott Walker:

"I know in my state our reform allowed us to protect firefighters, police officers and teachers; that's not what I think when I think of big government."

Scotty, Scotty, Scotty, you just contradicted your own presidential candidate. And the reason behind what you now say you did to "protect" firefighters, police officers and teachers was actually to divide and conquer as a strategy against unions.

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Never-before-seen VIDEO bombshell: WI Gov. Walker tells big donor/Koch strategist he'd use "divide and conquer" as strategy against unions

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Documentary filmmaker Brad Lichtenstein videotaped this conversation in which Gov. Scott Walker says he would use "divide and conquer" as a strategy against unions. Video courtesy of Brad Lichtenstein.

Billionaire Diane Hendricks, who you see in the video, has given $510,000 to Scotty's campaign, which makes her his single-largest donor and the largest known donor to a candidate in state history.

The video is from January 2011.

JSOnline fills us where the video left off:

"So for us," the governor continues, "the base we get for that is the fact that we've got - budgetarily we can't afford not to. If we have collective bargaining agreements in place, there's no way not only the state but local governments can balance things out. . . . That opens the door once we do that. That's your bigger problem right there."

He goes on to talk about curbing liability lawsuits and government regulations. [...]

"This is another colossal bait and switch that goes directly to his honesty," [Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Walker's challenger in the June 5 recall election] said. "What he claims he is not in favor of publicly, to the person who has made the largest contribution in state history, he says exactly the opposite. You can't trust him."

Barrett has been hammering Walker on right-to-work legislation for weeks, frequently using the phrase "divide and conquer." Barrett said he used that term because he believed that was Walker's strategy, but did not know until Thursday that Walker himself had used it.

As Russ Feingold says in an email I just received:

This is the work of a dishonest governor and a national corporate agenda....

We all know Scott Walker didn't tell the truth to the people of Wisconsin about his private plans for an ideological civil war.

But now there is never-before-seen footage of Walker talking to a Koch Brothers strategist that proves it.

Please contribute here and here to help beat Scott Walker.

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Gov. Scott Walker financial disclosure: $55,000 to defense attorneys

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About 2,000 protesters, most of them upset at Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's efforts to curtail public employee unions' collective bargaining rights, gathered outside of the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel and Conference Center in Springfield on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, as Walker was speaking to business-related groups inside.

Isn't there a way to recall this guy based solely on his sleaze factor? Via WisPolitics.com:

Gov. Scott Walker owed at least $55,000 at the end of 2011 to the law firms of the two defense attorneys he hired to represent him in the ongoing John Doe investigation, according to his financial disclosure statement. [...]

Walker announced in February that he had hired the pair to assist him with the John Doe probe being conducted by the Milwaukee County DA's office. But the ethics statement shows the pair had gone to work for Walker at least two months earlier. [...]

Walker also listed debts of at least $50,000 to Bank of America and Green Tree, and between $5,000 and $50,000 to Think Bank, Sears Master Card and Frontier Master Card.... He also listed the bet he collected from Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal for a Packers-Saints game...

There are more details about his disclosures at the link.

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