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Union member organization condemns UAW for long-standing ties with Planned Parenthood
Non-profit president is urging Michigan autoworkers to sever their ties with any union tied to a ‘Culture of Infanticide for Profit’.
(Ypsilanti, Mi.) – August 4, 2015 – Terry Bowman, president and founder of Union Conservatives, Inc., UAW member, and former US Congressional Candidate in Michigan’s 12th district, today blasted UAW officials for their long-time relationship with America’s premier Abortion provider. Union Conservatives is demanding that the UAW condemn and sever all ties with Planned Parenthood, and to apologize to its membership for using worker’s money to promote the organization.
“Unfortunately today we observed the fifth stomach-churning video released from the Center for Medical Progress that has clearly shown Planned Parenthood to be a harvester of baby parts and organs for profit. Unions like the UAW have been using workers money to both promote the organization, and to donate funds to Planned Parenthood,” Bowman said to supporters this morning. Federal LM-2 records show donations to Planned Parenthood by the UAW, as well as other unions.
“Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, was the keynote speaker at the UAW’s 2012 convention. Then president Bob King praised Ms. Richards and Planned Parenthood in a clear indication that the UAW is using worker’s money to promote the organization. Most autoworkers will be horrified when they learn that their money is being used by union officials to promote this incredibly evil organization. All Michigan autoworkers should exercise their Right to Work protections and sever their union membership at the earliest possible date after the contract expires on September 15th, 2015.”
Bowman also calls out the UAW’s Chaplaincy Committee to fight against the union as well. “For all the Chaplains in each UAW local, you have a Godly duty to condemn the UAW for its relationship with Planned Parenthood. If you choose not to speak up due to internal politics, than you should immediately resign from your position.”
Union Conservatives is a 501(c)4 non-profit organization formed in 2010.
UAW contract renewals are always stressful on autoworkers. Both the union and the auto companies publicly position their goals, hoping to gain an advantage. Promises of jobs and investments from the manufacturers along with hardline union rhetoric keep workers anxious about the future.
Two big events will make this year's negotiations very interesting. The passage of the Affordable Care Act and Michigan's right to work law are now in play.
Most union officials fought for the passage of Obamacare, but later broke with their party and recognized its potentially shattering impact on workers and the "foundation of the 40-hour work week." In a 2013 letter written by numerous labor leaders including James Hoffa, president of the Teamsters, they stated that unless the ACA is modified it will "destroy the very health and wellbeing of our members along with millions of other hardworking Americans."
The UAW however dug their heels in the ACA quicksand and continued to praise the passage of the bill. They even dedicated their November-December 2013 Solidarity newsletter to the implementation of the ACA.
This high praise for Obamacare and blind obedience to their political agenda leads to troubling problems for autoworkers.
The UAW's reverence to Obamacare provides auto companies a monstrous bargaining chip. After the preliminary handshakes and the doors close, there is nothing stopping company negotiators from exploiting the UAW's public stance on the ACA and declaring that all health care benefits will be cut, and all workers and their families will be placed into the ACA. The cost savings to auto companies by slashing health care expenses would easily cover wage increases for employees and help to eliminate the lower tier wage system — the two stated major goals of the UAW. Workers may get a contract with hourly wage increases and the elimination of the tier system, but at the loss of private health care.
The union cannot fight or negotiate against autoworkers being forced into Obamacare without publicly admitting that the ACA may be good for others, but not good enough for their workers — thus creating class warfare and exposing their hypocrisy.
In fact it has already happened. During recent negotiations with Faurecia, a former Ford factory in Saline, a local reporter stated that the union was "resisting efforts to move toward Obamacare."
UAW officials have painted themselves into a corner, all due to a blind political ideology that will ultimately hurt their own power at the negotiation table.
The other big change is that for the first time since the right to work bill passed in 2012, Michigan UAW autoworkers will be able to exercise those rights, freedoms, and protections. For the many thousands of workers who disagree with the union's political agenda and have grown weary of their money being used to promote harmful policies like the ACA, they can finally keep their money and withdraw. Thousands more are still angry at union officials for outsourcing their bad decisions onto the backs of workers by raising dues last year by 25 percent in one fell swoop. The exodus of workers leaving the UAW could be much bigger than union officials are willing to admit.
In the end, the union's political agenda is coming back to roost, and the consequences may have long-lasting effects for Michigan's autoworkers.
Terry Bowman is a Ford-UAW worker and the president and founder of Union Conservatives Inc.
In September, the UAW four-year contract once again comes up for renewal. While many of the normal contract issues will be on the table, the negotiations this year will be the most unusual — and critically important — that the union has ever had to face. The upcoming contract debates will show workers whether the UAW is willing to boldly change with the times.
Because of past actions of UAW officials, and that Michigan is now a right-to-work state, those at the helm of the union have much to fear. Many workers feel no benefit from union membership or are angry that their dues are used to fund a far-left political agenda. After the contract expires, they will be free to exercise the rights, freedoms and protections that come from the right-to-work law passed in 2012. The union may try intimidation or legal and strategic tactics to deny workers their rights, but ultimately they cannot stop the inevitable growth of freedom and choice in the workplace...
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As a UAW member who spent all day on the grounds of the Capitol, I remember being awestruck when I received the phone call that the Governor had signed the bill. At long last, Michigan was the newest home for workplace freedom. I could not stop smiling.
Since then, union officials have repeatedly confirmed why workers needed the protections granted to them with the new bill. It also confirms that our battle is far from over, and it’s time to get back to work...
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|Union Conservatives 'Blasts' UAW Executives for considering Dues Increase
Union member organization demands Accountability and Transparency
(Ypsilanti, Mi., 12/5/13) -Terry Bowman, president and founder of Union Conservatives, a non-profit organization with members in 35 states, today blasted UAW officials for considering an outrageous 25% dues increase on their already burdened membership. "This blatant notion by UAW officials to outsource their failed policies onto the backs of hard-working members will not go unanswered," vowed Bowman, a 17-year UAW member who works for Ford Motor Co. "If UAW executives go down this ruinous path, we will put forth a call to action to the membership to publicly demand the UAW opens its books to a 3rd party auditor. We will find out exactly what union officials are spending our money on, and why they have not instead looked at deep cuts in expenses."
Bowman, who in 2012 testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in Washington, D.C. in a hearing entitled, "The Right to Choose: Protecting Workers from Forced Political Contributions", is concerned that the UAW may be padding their coffers in anticipation for spending large amounts on the 2014 political season. "As union workers, we have seen the expensive evidence of failed UAW political actions in 2012 such as the disastrous fight to pass proposal 2, and the bizarre and image-damaging attempt to create an 'Occupy' type grassroots movement called the '99% spring'. We remind UAW executives that up to 40% of their membership base disagrees with their political agenda, and we will remind those workers of their 'Beck' rights and the upcoming opportunity for Michigan workers to exercise their protections under the new Right to Work law."
As the nation's 24th Right to Work state, UAW members in Michigan can opt-out of the union beginning when their contracts expire; for auto workers that is not until September, 2015. "Beck" rights relate to a 1988 Supreme Court case entitled: The Communication Workers of America v. Beck. The Supreme Court ruled that workers should not have to pay for unwanted union political activity, and gave workers an avenue that requires first resigning their union membership, and then only paying an 'agency' fee which is supposed to be devoid of any political spending.
Bowman also vows to educate workers in Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi of the proposed increase in union dues. "For workers in the southern states, this additional information will give them extra ammunition to fight back against continued attempts by union organizers to ignore worker's desires to remain non-union."
Describing exact actions, Bowman said that if there is any dues increase, Union Conservatives would:
|Union Conservatives, Inc., is a 501(c)4 non-profit organization formed in 2010. Donations are not tax-deductible for income tax purposes.|
Have you ever wondered how Union Conservatives was started?
President and founder Terry Bowman reveals the beginnings of Union Conservatives during this 1-hour radio interview with host of
"The American Dream", Jay McNally
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December 11, 2012
Michigan becomes the nation's 24th Right to Work State