Overworked media unionizer of the week

A while back, Politico hired Mike Elk as a labor reporter. Now Elk is attempting to unionize the Politico staff (pass the popcorn).

Why does Elk want to unionize? Get a load of this:

Overwork is a problem that Elk plans on addressing in his union drive. “I can’t work the kind of hours I did when I was 24,” says Elk, who is 28. Putting in too many work hours, he says, is a problem of journalism as an industry and not exclusive to Politico. “Everyone works so much, it’s almost tough to get people to get together to talk about” forming a union, he says.

If my calculations are correct he’ll be unable to even get out of bed in the morning by the time he’s 36.

Enjoy the union-loving rabble-rouser you hired, Politico!

(h/t @cjciaramella)

Aw: Union that emphatically endorsed Obama whines about Obamacare killing wages

These clowns eagerly ushered in the era of Hope & Change, so break out the tiny violins as they whine about being victims of their own idiocy:

A national union that represents 300,000 low-wage hospitality workers charges in a new report that Obamacare will slam wages, cut hours, limit access to health insurance and worsen the very “income equality” President Obama says he is campaigning to fix.

Unite Here warned that due to Obamacare’s much higher costs for health insurance than what union workers currently pay, the result will be a pay cut of up to $5 an hour. “If employers follow the incentives in the law, they will push families onto the exchanges to buy coverage. This will force low-wage service industry employees to spend $2.00, $3.00 or even $5.00 an hour of their pay to buy similar coverage,” said the union in a new report.

Too bad they had to drag the rest of the country down with them.

The above story needs some music to accompany it:

Supersized Stupid: McDonalds Workers Strike for ‘Living Wage’

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So what if your Big Mac costs $12, the unions want in!

Beginning a day of protests that organizers say will spread to 50 cities and 1,000 stores across the country, a crowd of chanting workers gathered Thursday morning at a McDonald’s in midtown Manhattan to call for higher wages and the chance to join a union.

About 500 people, including workers, activists, religious leaders, news crews and local politicians, gathered outside the McDonald’s on Fifth Avenue. The protesters chanted “Si Se Puede” (“Yes, We Can”) and “Hey, hey, ho, ho $7.25 has got to go,” holding signs saying “On Strike: Can’t Survive on $7.25,” referring to the federal minimum wage.

Nobody ever told these pinheads that making French fries isn’t really supposed to be a lifetime career option? There are a bunch of people who have a really rude awakening in store.

This is really all about unions wanting to get their porky snouts deeper into the fast food biz, because they’re losing membership everywhere else. But that’s what they do these days — bleed an industry dry and then move on to cripple another.

Update: “I’m libbin’ it” — new striking fast food worker mottos.

Update II:

Obama Tells Michigan Governor He is Displeased with ‘Right to Work’

It’s hardly a surprise that Obama-the-Spiteful is incapable of letting states legislate without putting in his two cents (which were worth five cents when he took office, by the way) worth of federal intimidation:

Lots of folks scoffed in town when reports surfaced that Democrats had petitioned the President of the United States to insert himself into the unseemly debate over Right to Work. Some asked out loud, doesn’t POTUS have more important things to do than lobby Gov. Rick Snyder on that?

But lobby the president did.

During an exclusive one-hour sit down on WKAR-Public TV, the governor confirms that he and President Barack Obama shared a few minutes in private and the president looked the governor in the eye and said, “He wasn’t pleased with Right to Work,” Mr. Snyder reveals for the first time.

And the governor’s response?

Short, sweet and to the point. “I said thank you for sharing that with me.”

And that was it?

“Pretty much, yeah,” the GOP governor glibly recalls.

Too bad Snyder didn’t reply, “Yeah, well I wasn’t pleased when Obamacare passed either, but we can’t always get what we want.”

White House Issues Statement Condemning Union Violence, Threats in Michigan

And here is that statement:

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Update: If this would have happened at a Tea Party rally (which of course it never would) the president would already be out holding a full blown emergency press conference as we speak.

What happened to Mr. Tarver is a shame. Not surprising in the least considering the goon-squads that were out in force yesterday, but a shame nonetheless. Clint and his hot dogs are a staple downtown, and you won’t meet a nicer guy.

Democrat Michigan State Rep. on Right-to-Work Passage: ‘There Will Be Blood’; Updated

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Strong-arm thuggery and intimidation tactics are all they know. The Michigan House Dems’ Tweet was deleted but WZ has a screenshot along with video.

There are also reports that union protesters stormed the Americans for Prosperity tent and tore it down. I don’t know if any of these goons have seen Schoolhouse Rock, but the way to go about getting legislation repealed isn’t pulling the tent of somebody who disagrees with you to the ground.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled “Tea Partiers promote violence and need to adopt a new tone” story from the mainstream media, which will completely ignore the above stories.

Update: Video of the tolerant mob destroying the AFP tent:

Update II: Michael Moore is happy schools had to close. Probably because less educated people will be more likely to believe things Michael Moore says.

Update III: More footage of the goonery.

Glenn Reynolds asks: “And will President Obama condemn this violent behavior?”

Condemn it? Hahahahahahahaha!

They’re just doing what he asked them to do. “Get in their face”:

‘Right to Work’ Passes in Michigan; Governor Expected to Sign Legislation

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Cue the union outrage:

Republicans slammed right-to-work legislation through the Michigan House and Senate Thursday, drawing raucous protests from throngs of stunned union supporters, whose outnumbered Democratic allies were powerless to stop it.

Just hours after they were introduced, both chambers approved measures prohibiting private unions from requiring that nonunion employees pay fees. The Senate quickly followed by voting to impose the same requirement on most public unions.

Although rumors had circulated for weeks that right-to-work measures might surface during the session’s waning days, the speed with which the GOP-dominated Legislature acted Thursday caught many onlookers by surprise. Details of the bills weren’t made publicly available until they were read aloud on both floors as debate began.

The chaos drew raucous protests from hundreds of union supporters, some of whom were pepper-sprayed by police when they tried to storm the Senate chamber.

And of course some “SEIU for Obama” shirts were spotted.

Some of the reactions were predictable:

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley repeatedly gaveled for order during the Senate debate as Democrats attacked the legislation to applause from protesters in the galley. At one point, a man shouted, “Heil Hitler! Heil Hitler! That’s what you people are.” He was quickly escorted out.

Giving workers more freedom to make their own choices and helping protect them from being strong-armed by more powerful entities — just like Hitler did!

Calley lives not too far from me and I’ve spoken with him at some events. I’d assure them that he’s about the farthest thing from Hitler you’d find, but it wouldn’t really matter.

Update: Union hypocrite Michael Moore is having the predictable and somewhat comical meltdown. Yep, Krispy Kreme ran out of glazed raspberry. He’s pissed about the union thing too.

Sorry Unions: Wal-Mart Reports Record Black Friday Sales

The unions tried to disrupt things, but it looks like that effort will fail big time:

After opening earlier than in previous Thanksgiving weekends, Wal-Mart reported its “best ever Black Friday” sales, including bigger crowds than last year, the company said Friday.

The retailer rolled out deals starting at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. From 8 p.m. to midnight, Wal-Mart processed nearly 10 million register transactions, handling 5,000 items a second, the company said. Mmore than 22 million shopped in Wal-Mart’s stores during the four-hour period.

Last year, the chain opened at 10 p.m.

More than 1.3 million employees are staffing the holiday weekend, Wal-Mart U.S. chief executive Bill Simon said in a statement.

Protesters made an effort though. I can’t help but wonder if the union sent those protesters out to picket in favor of a “living wage” while paying them minimum wage and offering zero benefits. They’ve been known to do that. Look for the union irony label.

I guess one thing Big Labor can consider a resounding success is this: Nobody was able to buy Twinkies at Wal-Mart today. That’ll teach ’em!

Twinkies Coming Back From the Grave?

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More than 18,000 workers are set to lose their jobs because of Hostess halting operations due to a union strike, but a bankruptcy judge/possible huge Twinkie lover wants the two sides to mediate before shutting down for good:

Hostess had requested Judge Robert Drain of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in White Plains, N.Y., who is overseeing the company’s bankruptcy, to be able to liquidate its assets after a dispute with the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM).

But the judge was not ready to move forward with the liquidation yet.

“Many people, myself included, have serious questions as to the logic behind this strike,” said Drain. “Not to have gone through that step leaves a huge question mark in this case.”

If mediation on Tuesday afternoon is not successful, Hostess will likely request to move forward with the liquidation on Wednesday.

If the mediation doesn’t go anywhere, union workers are hoping that a new buyer comes along and re-hires them. Because nothing’s more attractive to a potential owner than knowing they’ll have a shot at employing the same people who helped put the previous owner out of business.

Union Ad: Don’t Vote for Romney… He Doesn’t Even Appreciate His Garbage Man

I’m a little more confident of Republican victory next month if this is the best even Big Labor can do:

Actually I think that Romney does understand the people who pick up garbage… more than they think. Not that AFSCME would have bothered to look into it.

Frankly I’m surprised they didn’t go into more detail about what’s in Romney’s garbage. “He throws out brand new shoes, TVs and bottles of medicine just so the less fortunate can’t have it!”

Drew M. at Ace of Spades:

Here’s my question for the butthurt garbageman…Have you ever thanked Mitt Romney or anyone else for working hard to pay the taxes that cover your salary?

It’s bad enough so many public sector workers demand high wages and outrageous benefit and pension plans, now they expect us to kiss their asses for the privilege.

Oh, and there’s another similar ad out now.

We’ll find out more about Romney as soon as subsequent ads featuring his put upon paper boy and neglected mailman are released.