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ATTACK ALERT: You hear children singing about bridges falling down on the radio?

March 8, 2012

If you were listening to the radio in Louisville, Lexington, or Bowling Green this week chances are you heard a radio advertisement called “London Bridge.” The ad was made by a group called Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) and urges the passage of the Highway Bill. Contrary to the assertion in the ads, Senator McConnell has been working to pass the highway bill in the U.S. Senate, which is currently slated for a vote on final passage next week.

SENATOR McCONNELL WORKING TO PASS HIGHWAY BILL:

NATIONAL JOURNAL: Reid, McConnell Agree on Transportation
(“Reid, McConnell Agree on Transportation,” National Journal, 03/08/12)

“The long-stalled transportation bill is showing some movement. The measure would keep money flowing to the nations highways, bridges and other infrastructure and has been closely watched around the country. Senators reached a deal on amendments to a two-year highway reauthorization bill, Senate leaders announced Thursday morning. The agreement puts the bill on course for passage on Tuesday.” (“Reid, McConnell Agree on Transportation,” National Journal, 03/08/12)

WHO IS LIUNA?

LIUNA is a liberal labor organization that has most recently partnered with the radical “Occupy” protests. The group has contributed over $4 million to elect liberal Democrats to office in the last two election cycles despite the projected insolvency of a pension plan for LIUNA workers.

OCCUPY WALL STREET CONNECTIONS

Terry O’Sullivan, General President of LIUNA: “The only way to turn back the assault is to strengthen unions and build movements, such as Occupy Wall Street. The workers who build America – the half-million men and women of LIUNA – are united behind the fight against corporate tyranny and for economic prosperity for all and stand with the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City and across the United States.” (LiUNA, Press Release, 9/30/11)

“The AFL-CIO, the Service Employees International Union and the Laborers’ International Union of North America will partner with Occupy Wall Street for ‘We are the 99 percent’ rallies on Thursday.” (“Labor Unions, Occupy Wall Street Plan ‘Day Of Action’ Urging Lawmakers To Invest,” The Hill, 11/12/11)

CONTRIBUTIONS

“Over the past 10 years, LIUNA’s political fund has been among the top 10 political action committees in the country, totaling $2.5 million in each election cycle to elect federal candidates who will work for LIUNA members.” (LIUNA, Politico Mobilization Tool Kit Book)

Among The Top 20 PAC Contributors To Democratic Candidates in 2008 and 2010:

2008: Laborers Union: $2,355,850 (“Top 20 PAC Contributors to Democratic Candidates, 2007-2008,” Open Secrets Website, Accessed 3/7/12)
2010: Laborers Union: $2,127,000 (“Top 20 PAC Contributors to Democratic Candidates, 2009-2010,” Open Secrets Website, Accessed 3/7/12)

2010 Contributions To Senate Candidates:

Total to Democrats: $168,500
Total to Republicans: $0 (“Laborers Union Contributions To Federal Candidates,” Open Secrets Website, Accessed 3/7/12)

2012 Contributions To Senate Candidates Thus Far:

Total to Democrats: $28,000
Total to Republicans: $0 (“Laborers Union Contributions To Federal Candidates,” Open Secrets Website, Accessed 3/7/12)

NEGLECT FOR OWN WORKERS PENSIONS

The Laborers National (Industrial) Pension Fund, affiliated with the Laborers International Union of North America, was forced almost two years ago to institute a rehabilitation plan when projections showed that the pension s funding level would drop below thresholds set by federal law. The federal Pension Protection Act of 2006 considers pension funds endangered when the money set aside to pay benefits is less than 80 percent of the benefits already earned by workers and retirees. When that drops below 65 percent, the fund is considered critical. Both levels require plans to fix the problem, with critical funds requiring a more aggressive approach. The unions rehabilitation plan includes reducing benefits 25 percent to 50 percent, depending on contribution levels, for benefits earned after 2007, and raising the retirement age from 62 to 65 for workers joining the plan after 2007. As of Jan. 1, 2010, the latest numbers available, the Laborers pension fund had 72.8 percent of the money it needed, but that was projected to drop by 2013, moving the fund into critical status.” (“Underfunded Union Plan In Rehabilitation,” Providence Journal, 11/3/11)