Chicago’s National Labor Relations Board ruled Wednesday that Northwestern football players are employees of the university and can unionize. The regional director of the NLRB said that the players’ time commitment and their scholarships tied to their performance make them eligible for union rights.
The leftist fix was in.
They want this cancer to be spread throughout the country and for all college football players and players in other sports to unionize which would be quite a payday for the union leaders.
From another point of view, the problem is the NCAA is a fascist organization that doesn’t even let its players keep part-time jobs. The colleges, the coaches, and the NCAA are making big money off these kids but employing the services of a union headed up by a socialist is not going to make things better.
The College Athletes Players Association brought the suit with the United Steelworkers Union which is led by a foreign-born and foreign-national Canadian Leo Gerard. The union tweeted that they hailed the decision.
The university should cancel their scholarships immediately. That would render them ineligible. The university needs to worry about educating students and forget about football if this is what the players are going to do. Someone needs to take a stand. This is absurd.
The University is going to appeal the decision by the NLRB.
So who is Leo Gerard? It’s an important question to answer.
Leo Gerard, President United Steelworkers Union
Gerard had previously called for a resistance movement in the United States, is a strong supporter of the Occupy movement, AND was involved in the infamous 1999 WTO riots in Seattle?
Just in case the Occupy movement fails, or rather when it does, Gerard wants union members to engage in “more militancy.”
Here’s the clip of Gerard making a pitch for this on Ed Schultz’s radio show Monday and actually making Schultz sound normal in comparison – no small feat (audio) –
SCHULTZ: What does that mean, more militancy?
GERARD: I think we’ve got to start a resistance movement. If Wall Street occupation doesn’t get the message, I think we’ve got to start blocking bridges and doing that kind of stuff. This doesn’t have to be this way. The economy doesn’t have to be this way. It’s being put this way because the Wall Streeters are getting their way.
Gerard then suggested that unions go beyond “blocking bridges.” Occupying cities isn’t enough in the view of this man who began his career in labor activism at age 11 by handing out leaflets before a strike. The Canadian union leader then denounced Americans’ 2008 [Another stupid attempt at some revisionist history] election of Tea Party representatives to the House as “nut jobs,” and called for more force and illegality. (audio) –
Then we lost the House ’cause the House got blamed for what the Senate didn’t do and now we got a bunch of right-wing nutjobs running the House of Representatives. [Revisionist history] And in the last period of time, what do we got now, almost two years, a year-and-a-half, that the only thing they’ve done is bring forward social bills, they haven’t brought forward one jobs bill, not one jobs bill, Ed, not one jobs bill and that’s what they ran on.
And no wonder people are occupying. We oughta be doing more than occupying parks. We oughta start occupying bridges. We start oughta occupying the banks places themselves.
Yes — “we start oughta occupying the banks places themselves,” along with an exaggerated timeframe since Republicans regained the House and the oft-repeated lie of alleged GOP indifference to jobs legislation. Schultz’s less than hardy endorsement in response –
SCHULTZ: Mr. Gerard, always a pleasure, keep up the fight, always enjoy visiting with you on the issues of the day and what’s happening. It’s, uh …
GERARD (sensing Schultz’s lack of enthusiasm): We can never give up, Ed, we can never give up ’cause we’re right.
SCHULTZ: We are correct on the issues, no doubt. United Steelworkers international president Leo Gerard here on the Ed Schultz radio show, telling the truth again …
When Big Spender President Obama didn’t spend enough to suit him, Gerard said, “If Obama won’t move forward with big new spending plans then it’s time to bring out the baseball bats, Gerard said. “We better face up to the fact that we have to hit the streets, kick some ass, and mobilize to do something about it,” he said.
To Gerard, it is not radical leftist agitation that leads to violence but capitalism itself. Economic “inequality,” he says, “leads to instability and violence.”
And unions are on a holy mission to combat the evils of the market, he argues. “Unions are instruments of social and economic justice, and they’re instruments of democracy.”
Gerard has close ties to the neo-communist Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and to Canada’s socialist party, the New Democratic Party (NDP).
In 2009 and 2010, Leo Gerard, the globalist, engaged in an aggressively hostile labor strike against Brazilian mining giant Vale, and its then-CEO Roger Agnelli. Within a year of that strike’s conclusion, the Brazilian government ousted Agnelli as Vale CEO, and President Barack Obama was promising billions in U.S. taxpayer-paid aid to the Brazilian government and affiliated corporations. Coincidence?
It appears Leo Gerard set off to break the back of former Vale CEO Roger Agnelli – himself a far stronger proponent of free markets than most of Brazil’s government-controlled CEO’s, and replace him with the far more cooperative and union-friendly Murilo Ferreira.
Regarding Ferreira, Gerard said the following…he’s very accessible and always ready to listen to the concerns of the union.
The one to close the deal was none other than Barack Obama – who in essence, jumped at the demand of union leader Gerard that the American president travel to Brazil post-haste with the promise of U.S. dollars – not only in the form of a multi-billion dollar loan package – but the further promise to purchase billions more of Brazil’s natural resources, all of which will further grow the power and influence of the Brazilian government and its now quickly growing labor unions – headed by none other than Leo Gerard.
The Brazil deal is yet another in a long line of examples of how American labor leaders are not in fact opponents of world free trade as they so often indicate – but are rather strong supporters of world trade that they and their unions control. No other president in the history of the United States has given so much of that control to union groups as has Barack Obama.
In 2009 Gerard served as a co-chair on the board of directors of Healthcare-Now! – along with such notables as Quentin Young, Medea Benjamin, and Lucius Walker. The following year, he was a board of directors member with the Progressive States Network. In September 2011, Barack Obama appointed Gerard to serve on the President’s Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations.
In June 2011, Gerard was a guest speaker at Netroots Nation (NN) annual conference. They begin their Good Morning on their website like this: Good morning all you liberals, progressives, socialists, leftists, environmentalists, civil libertarians, feminists, queer activists, radical freegan communists and everyone else!
Today Gerard serves on the board of directors of the Economic Policy Institute along with such far-left extremists as Bob King, Julianne Malveaux, Robert Reich, and Richard Trumka. He is also a national advisory board member with the Apollo Alliance, along withJulian Bond, Jesse Jackson Jr., and Carl Pope. And he is a board member of the Campaign for America’s Future, alongside Eli Pariser and several others.
Further, Gerard sits on the advisory committee of Wellstone Action, a self-described “national center for training and leadership development for the progressive movement.” Fellow committee members include Robert Borosage, Julian Bond, Heather Booth, Peter Edelman, Keith Ellison, Russ Feingold, Al Franken, Tom Harkin, John Lewis, Frances Fox Piven, Robert Reich, Mark Ritchie, Andrew Stern, and Antonio Villaraigosa.
An advocate of protectionist tariffs on imported steel, Gerard takes pride in the fact that the New York Times has called him the “No. 1 scourge of free traders.” Arguing that economic “inequality … leads to instability and violence,” Gerard views labor unions as “instruments of social and economic justice” to combat the inequities of the free market.
Gerard is a Marxist thug, adviser to Barack Obama, and these football players are a disgrace.