With all the union activity in places like Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Algeria lately, one might think there's a conspiracy afoot. Actually, the global unionists' plans are well documented, so it's no secret what they're up to: total economic control all in the name of worker's rights, unity, justice and universal equity.
The global union movement began in earnest back in the summer of 2005 when the SEIU and Teamsters broke from the AFL-CIO. They put together a new coalition, Change to Win, to emphasize organizing as opposed to political activism. AFL-CIO had been losing membership, and Andy Stern who took over SEIU at the time had plans to increase membership and organize international unions. In 2005 a reporter for the Pittsburgh Tribune laid out the foundations of the uprisings we are witnessing in the world today. They are being fueled by activist unions and they were foreshadowed in that article. Read which big names were involved in globally organizing unions to take down governments.
WASHINGTON -- A small and elite group, many of them connected to Washington's radical think tank, the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), has decided they will create a new international organization for the 21st century. It will be a massive labor alliance to rival the AFL.
Not only IPS is involved with the new concept. There also are Andrew Stern, 54, president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and his ultra-wealthy allies, George Soros and philanthropist Eli Broad.
And there are others. Jimmy Hoffa of the Teamsters; Steve Rosenthal of America Coming Together; Drummond Pike, president and CEO of the Tides Foundation; and a raftful of lefty rebels defecting from the AFL.
The United States' comparative and small advantages do not generally lie in those areas where unions are strongest, as people like Stern, Rathke and Soros know. Already, their concepts for the future of large global unions and meetings with more than a dozen European, Australian and Chinese labor unions have begun to globalize unions on an industry-by-industry basis.
Stern was a regular visitor to the White House in Obama's first year, and now there's news that AFL-CIO boss Trumka has been visiting twice a week, and on the phone with the White House every day. Are union bosses a monopolizing influence in our country's policies? In Egypt's policies? In Tunisia's? In a 2007 interview with Charlie Rose, Andy Stern brags about having branch offices of his coalition in many different countries. On his website, he names three international unions in partnership with SEIU.
Though the movement appears to be a mix of grassroots spontaneity and targeted direct actions, it has achieved political valence through the savvy of organized labor activists. In the days leading up to the uprising, unions were feeding the foment of the demonstrators by calling strikes nationwide, including an 8,000 strong lawyer strike that paralyzed the courts.
Sounds an awful lot like Wisconsin. And now that Obama has made the call to his clamoring minions across the country to put "boots on the ground...not just to help win elections but to strengthen our democracy," the actions of the "massive labor alliance" appear to be in full swing.