By now, everyone knows that on November 2, 2017, the Sandoval County commission voted to publish the Right-to-Work (RTW) Ordinance. The next step in the process is to allow two weeks for public comment then vote to pass the ordinance.
I attended the meeting and wish to pass on some observations and personal opinions of what happened that evening. There were several union members that spoke out against the ordinance plus representatives from ATP, NMBC, RGF, AFP and several from economic development departments that spoke in favor. The comment section of the meeting was orderly and civil.
Those who spoke for the unions were mostly rank and file long time members and all spoke passionately of all the benefits they received from their union. But here is the odd part – everyone who spoke for the union communicated a fear that this ordinance would kill their union and they would lose their pensions, benefits and health care. This in spite of the fact that there is significant evidence that in some states, union membership actually increased.
The Unions need to understand that times are changing and the old paradigm is not working anymore. The brainwashing of the membership that RTW will take away their high wages, benefits and pensions doesn’t jive with today’s facts. Suing every state or county that implements RTW only costs the tax payers and the union members and enriches the lawyers. Since they almost always lose those court battles, what is the point?
I truly believe that, if unions make their organizations worker-focused and add value to their members post RTW, it will not cause a decline in membership. It makes sense to me that in those states where RTW has been initiated and memberships have grown that the unions have gotten it right and their members see value in their dues. Where memberships have dropped and unions have gone under, my guess is the members saw no value for their dues.
Unions need to consider themselves as businesses and know who their “customers” are and how to meet their needs. RTW is not a threat but an opportunity.
The article in the Journal stated: “The Justice Department announced that it has settled 2 lawsuits - one for millions of dollars – in connection with the IRS scrutiny of TEA Party groups….” This is misleading.
There have been multiple law suits. The two groups the paper is referring to are 1) ours with the ACLJ (American Center for Law & Justice) and 2) a class action lawsuit with a private legal firm, which we decided not to join. Our lawsuit is complete except for the final step of submitting the agreement signatures of the participants.
We won the constitutional protection part of our law suit. The other group has NOT settled yet; and if they do get the award that the paper mentioned, the lawyers will take their 40% cut with the rest divided up among all the participants – which will amount to about $1,000 - $2,000 each.
We feel the constitution protection for the future is much more important.
It is true, history repeats itself. In 1616, Copernicus was tried and judged guilty of "formally heretical" and "at least erroneous in faith" for his view on the earth revolving around the sun. That was against the Church’s belief. Then in 1633. Galileo was found "vehemently suspect of heresy", forced to recant his support of Copernicus, and spent the rest of his life under house arrest. Now 400 years later, there are elements in our society that are calling for arrest and conviction of “climate change deniers”. Hasn’t mankind learned anything about science?
History of science is full of those who suggested theories counter to popular belief and, yes, many times they were ridiculed until they were proved right. The idea of a “consensus of scientists” agreeing on any theory making it an absolute law has never stood the test of time. Any scientific theory must go through a rigorous process of examination and testing before it is accepted as valid.
Merely stating two “events” (in this case “rising” earth temperatures and two hurricanes) as having a cause and effect relationship without even an explanation of the cause/effect process and asking us to accept it or be damned is the same as insisting the earth is the center of the universe.
Any real scientist knows that scientific theories will be challenged until the evidence is solid, including the process in the cause – effect. Until we reach that point in climate change, many of us will continue to question and try to understand the mechanisms involved. That includes the impact of man-made greenhouse gases, the atmosphere’s ability to stabilize atmospheric gas ratios, other sources of warming just to name a few.
We know we do not have all the answers, but we are not willing to take the climate change theory on faith alone. If the theory turns out to be true, we will be better able to logically attack the problem.
WARNING: ABQ Paid Sick Leave Ordinance will Hurt Employees and an Already Struggling City Economy! Read, Share, Vote NO
ACHE [Albuquerque for a Healthy Economy] provides the following copy of the paid sick leave ordinance on the upcoming Municipal Elections, October 3, 2017. ACHE has highlighted some of the most damaging elements of this ordinance. Read, share and vote No come October 3!
Each year, the Albuquerque tea party hosts the ATP Constitution Day Dinner Celebration. Join us again this year for another great program!
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Saturday September 16 from 5:30 to 9:30 PM, the Albuquerque Tea Party's yearly Constitution Day Dinner Celebration at the Marriott Uptown Hotel, I-40 & Louisiana Blvd. Speaker: Tara Beam, constitutionalist and educator, presenting "The Apple of Gold and The Frame of Silver," on the relationship between the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. [More Info]
After six long years and endless appeals, the IRS has finally granted the Albuquerque Tea Party (ATP) its long-overdue status as a nonprofit 401c(4) organization! ATP President Graham Bartlett states, "The decision by the IRS is a win for free speech for all parties."
ATP is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to educating the public on the importance of the core principles of constitutionally limited government and the free enterprise system.
As an example of ATP activities, on July 18 we are hosting a Mayoral Candidates' Forum at the UNM Continuing Education Building, 1634 University Blvd. NE, in which all eight of the mayoral candidates have promised to attend. The event will be moderated by the League of Women Voters. Refreshments will be provided at a "Meet and Greet" starting at 6:30 PM, with the Forum beginning at 7:00 PM.
ATP hosted a similar event, also moderated by the League of Women Voters, for Albuquerque Public School Board candidates back in January of this year.
These events illustrate just how unjustified the long delay in granting ATP's nonprofit status really was. We hope the IRS will continue what appears to be its new and more balanced approach to evaluating applications for nonprofit status by conservative organizations interested in public affairs.
The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) represented the ATP pro bono before the IRS.
For more information, contact Graham Bartlett at email@example.com.
Save the Date
On the 3rd Tuesday of each month the ABQ Tea Party meets with fellow conservatives at the UNM Continuing Education Conference Center from 7 to 8:30 PM. Come early and bring a friend or two!
The ATP Newswire is a collection of choice headlines that speak to Liberty and highlight big government malfeasance.