Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind Hardcover – 6 Sep 2012
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"The greatest threat to limited government and individual liberty today is the threat posed by the huge government employee unions...In SHADOWBOSSES, Mallory Factor has written a compelling and alarming account of the growing power of these radical leviathans..." ---David Horowitz, author, founder of Freedom Center "Mallory Factor's SHADOWBOSSES puts the torch to the political keg of dynamite beneath the Democratic Party. By exposing the government workers unions, Factor has ripped the lid off the greatest single scam in American political history...No more important book has ever been written for the American taxpayer." ---Ben Shapiro, "Breitbart News" Editor-At-Large, Bestselling Author of "Primetime Propaganda"
The government employee unions that have become the shadowbosses of our country, are causing an economic death spiral for our nation. We the American people are footing the bill without even knowing it. This is the book that exposes the truth.See all Product Description
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One especially outrageous example pertains to the Memphis sanitation workers who famously went on strike in 1968. This labor dispute is remembered today largely because Dr. Martin Luther King, a close ally of union officials despite their long history of condoning racial discrimination in employment, was assassinated while he was visiting Memphis is support of the strike. Despite the fact that the assassination was otherwise unconnected to the labor dispute, government union kingpin Jerry Wurf cynically exploited it to get the strike settled on his chosen terms.
While the Memphis strike was going on, union propaganda bemoaned garbage collectors' miserable working conditions. They had to lug leaky tubs with 40 gallons or more of trash in them through people's backyards for low pay. By 1968, technology had already been available for decades to make the santitation workers' jobs less onerous and dangerous, as well as more productive and better compensated.
But it took another 13 years, "until late 1981, for the city of Memphis and the AFSCME Local union to eliminate the back-breaking tubs with the introduction of curbside collection and wheeled garbage bins."
Obviously, improving sanitation workers' lot wasn't government union bosses' goal. Shadowbosses shows what government union chiefs really want is more coercive bargaining power over employees and more political clout.
The theme of the authors is that the union hierarchs (SEIU, NEA, UAW, AFL-CIO, etc) run leftist politicians today--not the other way around. They call the shots and drive the Democrats agenda. Never was this more evident than over the summer when the DNC turned to the unions to make up for the deficits they had in their funding: No unions, no convention. The unions made it happen. Factor wrote this book before that particular event, but hundreds of others are covered in these pages.
Factor illustrates that when politicians don't do what the union wants--as Blanche Lincoln didn't in 2010--the unions back someone else and that candidate loses in the Democratic Party primary...which is precisely what happened to Lincoln. The behaviors of private sector unions are not our collective business, and if they succeed in breaking an industry there is not much we can do about it. The public sector unions are another matter altogether. We, the taxpayers, pay them, and often we pay them far more than we make ourselves. It's a complete scandal.
There is no better statistic in this book than the one revealing that nearly 500,000 federal bureaucrats make over 100k a year in salary. That's outrageous. They're not public servants, but rather, public scammers. There's no reason to overpay them as they steal liberty from us, and any president who was serious about solving the budget crisis would lower the maximum federal wage to $74,000. This would allow all the lawyers and overlords we currently possess in the federocracy to "scratch buy" on a wage that's still far higher than most of us make.
Overall, this book is outstanding. It's erudite and an inspiration. We, the people, are the ones who should run the country...not the Shadowbosses. Let's put some light on them, and free ourselves in the process.
We the people, the taxpayers of this country need to take a stand and stop the mandatory withholding of union dues and the electronic transfer of them in to the union coffers. Let the Union Stewards try and collect the dues on a weekly basis. They would be like rooming bookies with visors and notepads tying to keep the accounting straight; weekly deficient would be astounding! I would love to see that!
Hopefully there is a big prison in the great beyond for all the tainted politicians and the Shadowbosses because none would ever be jailed here on earth.
Great book and I recommend it 100%.