Wednesday, June 27, 2012

If 'Corporations' are 'people', then Labor Should Become a 'Person'

by Len Hart, The Existentialist Cowboy

If corporations are people so too are UNIONS! But --should UNIONS assert 'personhood', corporations (which don't like unions in ANY case) would scream bloody murder being comprised as they are of liars, psychopaths and hypocrites who cannot be held to their own 'standards'!

I have urged unions to INCORPORATE! What's to prevent them from fighting fire with fire? Nothing!!! And in this case SCOTUS would have no choice to but to support them having already said that any corporation that they may form is 'A' person.


It should strike terror into the hearts of the crooks, liars, hypocrites and robber barons which now makes up the so-called 'corporate community' so dear to the hearts of crooked justices like Clarence Thomas.
THE NATION'S LARGEST UNIONS could --in fact --INCORPORATE and, in one stroke, strike fear and trembling into the hearts of so-called 'corporate AmeriKa':
As of 2003 these were all of the unions in the US with over 100,000 members in order from the largest:

  • NEA - National Education Association - 2,679,396
  • SEIU - Service Employees International Union - 1,464,007
  • UFCW - United Food & Commercial Workers - 1,380,507
  • IBT - International Brotherhood of Teamsters 1,350,000
  • AFSCME - American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees - 1,350,000
  • LIUNA - Laborers' International Union of North America 840,180
  • AFT - American Federation of Teachers 770,090
  • IBEW - International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 700,548
  • IAM - International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers 673,095
  • UAW - United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America 638,722
  • CWA - Communications Workers of America 557,136
  • USWA - United Steelworkers of America 532,234
  • UBC - United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America 531,839
  • IUOE - International Union of Operating Engineers 390,388
  • NPMHU - National Postal Mailhandlers Union 388,480
  • UA - United Association of the Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada 325,914
  • NALC - National Association of Letter Carriers 294,315
  • APWU - American Postal Workers Union 292,901
  • PACE - Papter, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Engineering Workers International Union 274,464
  • IAFF - International Association of Fire Fighers 261,551
  • HERE - Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union 249,151
  • UNITE - Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees 209,876
  • AFGE - American Federation of Government Employees 200,600
  • AGVA - American Guild of Variety Artists 182,597
  • UAN - United American Nurses 152,000
  • OPEIU - Office and Professional Employees International Union 150,882
  • SMW - Sheet Metal Workers International Association 148,378
  • BSORIW - International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers 130,928
  • IUPAT - International Union of Painters and Allied Trades 115,511
  • BCTGM - Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union 114,618
  • TWU - Transportation Workers Union of America 110,000
  • AACSE - American Association of Classified School Employees 109,188
  • IATSE - International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States and Canada 104,102
  • AFM - American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada 102,000
  • NRLCA - National Rural Letter Carriers' Association 101,810
  • BAC - International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers 101,499
  • TCU - Transportation Communications International Union 101,228
  • UMWA - United Mineworkers of America 100,570
Add up the membership of all these unions! How much money could be raised with the sale of stock?

I would urge this SUPER UNION, INC to sell stock! Few corporations could be so large so quickly. Should this stock sell publicly, this SUPER-UNION, INC could be a major player literally overnight. With that kind of clout, UNIONS could have their own lobbyists on K-Street!

Congress would --to say the least --pay attention and, one hopes, get a clue! Such a powerful 'corporation' could, at the same time, hire an army of lobbyists to lobby for the REPEAL of 'Citizens-United' which congress could easily do by merely, re-defining the word 'corporation'.


Anonymous said...

This is great insight. The idea that unions can incorporate is awesome, and something I've never thought of. Think of how many lobbyist and PAC's that would be swayed or created because of this. And the thought of a super super corporation would a great equalizer. Thanks for the post.
The Coward

Len Hart said...

Thanks for your comment. I have added 'The Anonymous Coward' to my blog roll. Cheers mate.

Anonymous said...

It would be a twofer. Not only could unions sell stock to raise revenue, if unions incorporate, thereby becoming 'A Person' under the definition invented by the SCOTUS cretin 5, then when corporations kill-bust-destroy unions (as they so love to do) they could be tried for murder. The SCOTUS cretin 5 would have no choice but to lock them up.

Len Hart said...

Indeed --entire unions were 'murdered' by Ronald Reagan during his horrible and fucked up admin. The 'air traffic controllers' union comes to mind. Too bad it too late to charge, try, sentence and execute numerous GOP admins for the various acts of murder against any organization that in any way assisted working men or defended their rights. But --sadly --pursuing bullshit to its logical conclusions has NEVER been a GOP strong suit.

Len Hart said...

Anonymous, INDEED! Fascist corporations could be tried for murder should their 'union busting' activities result in the dissolution of a 'union', in fact, a PERSON in the eyes of the law.

Corporations can only get away with this shit for as long we allow them do!

It's time to fight back and win!!!

Frater A.M. said...

I just did a search for "if corporations are people how about labor unions?" and found your post! Much food for thought...

Len Hart said...

The best way for a union to go is to become a 501c3 'non-profit' corporation.

Len Hart said...

I know of no reason why a 'union' cannot become a 501c3 'non-profit' corporation. Section 501(c) of the IRS Code lists some 28 types of nonprofit organizations exempt U.S. income tax. As many unions have involved themselves in various programs to assist workers, the non-profit may be the way to go. To deny unions this right would tyrannical.

501(c)(3) exemptions apply to any community chest, fund, cooperating association or foundation, organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary, or educational purposes. Unions can EASILY be shown to participate in both CHARITABLE and EDUCATIONAL activities.