Monday, October 22, 2007

Blatant hypocrisy at the Federal level

The current Democrat controlled Congress is harping constantly about openness and disclosure in government. They have gone hard after business and corporations. But when it comes to the big unions, well, that is a different story.

This morning the Examiner published Rick Berman’s op-ed on Dems slashing the Office of Labor Management Standards (OLMS, which provides union oversight) budget by $2 mil (4%). That number is $11 mil less than what the President requested.

As Pelosi/Reid increased the Dept. of Labor’s budget across the board, it was this office alone that saw cuts. Ironic, given the Dems' and unions' penchant for increasing oversight on businesses.

Here is an except from the "examiner.com" It talks about what is happening in Washington right now.

Within the last several weeks, the AFL-CIO’s second-in-command sent letters to major accounting firms asking that independent auditors give a more thorough going-over of corporations’ financial disclosures and stock options grants. The unions are for disclosure, and they mean business (or would that be “anti-business”?).

Yet at the same time, union-funded politicians in Congress are successfully pushing forward in their campaign to slash the budget for the Department of Labor agency responsible for overseeing how union leaders spend their members’ money. Think of this organization — the Office of Labor-Management Standards — as the SEC for unions.

There’s rank hypocrisy in this union ploy. Worse, there are real-world consequences for union members.

You can read the rest of the article at this site: http://www.examiner.com/printa-1002533~Richard_Berman:_Union_friends_in_Congress_slash_watchdog_agency’s_budget.html?cid=tool-print-side

1 comment:

Jason Gillman Jr. said...

I think this just emphasizes the point that current legislation effectively allows the government to act as an extortion agent on behalf of the unions. I briefly explained this over on a posting I made at the Michigan Students for a Free Economy blog. It shouldn't be much of a surprise that union lobbyists are pushing to keep their books opaque.

Obviously I think that legislation requiring business to deal with unions should be repealed. However, I see making union books more transparent as a key tool to garner support for this end if people are able to see what unions might be blowing their members dues on.

Here is a link to the website that the OLMS runs for looking up union disclosures.