• COMMENTARY: Corrupt South Carolina Unions Seeks More Dues to Fund Leadership Slush Fund

    The Donald Trump era has begun. Today is the day America launches on a roller-coaster ride led by one of our nation’s most successful businessmen. He’s made a lot of promises and shocked the world with his brash behavior and confident air. Now we will all see what really will get done. Will the swamp get drained? Will American businesses come home from overseas?

    These and many more questions will be on the minds of the citizens of America as the Trump presidency begins. Bringing home companies from overseas and keeping them from leaving will take more than a few threatening tweets. It will require that the Unions be taken head on and put in check.

    When the Unions of the world were founded they had a place. They filled a need, but that day is gone. The Unions of today have become synonymous with bloated government, corruption, and organized crime. Today the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is filing a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to hold secret-ballot elections to unionize the 2850 employees of Boeing in South Carolina.

    The story surrounding the leadership at IAM is a picture of corruption and nepotism. Abusing the hardworking people of America is at the core of IAM.

    The President of IAM, Robert G. Martinez Jr. made close to $300,000 in 2015 when he was still only the Vice President, as President he is most certainly making a lot more than that. I personally, would have no problem with the President of a company making hundreds of thousands of dollars. That seems appropriate. However, isn’t it a little hypocritical for Martinez as the union president since he makes his living by trashing the leadership of other companies as overpaid. The problem starts to become more clear when you find out that President Martinez isn’t just overpaid, he has helped his family into some sweet positions of power within the union as well.

    Might as well get the whole family in on a good gig! Two of the Martinez children are on the IAM payroll. Robert G. “Sonny” Martinez III made about $50K as an “Organizer”. Another son, Alexis, enjoyed a six-figure income from the union as a typist. Crystal Garcia, the mother of “Sonny’s” child, also made $61K as a clerk typist.

    That must be some pretty amazing typing in that family! Are Boeing employees excited to pay for that typing? Led by patriarch, Robert Martinez, the IAM union is nothing more than the personal enrichment plan for his extended family. The fact that it is built using money taken from the pockets of working class folks is beyond wrong.

    Unions have had their time. They have evolved into a cesspool of corruption and nepotism. At the end of the day, unions like IAM crush once vibrant companies and drive them overseas thus actually eliminating American jobs. They do this by robbing the very workers they are promising to help and simply enriching the union leaders and their families in the process.

    The sun has set upon the time of the union in America.

    S.C. Sherman

    Senior Editor

    Steve Sherman is an author, popular radio commentator, and former Iowa House candidate. His articles have appeared nationally in both print and online for Townhall, Human Events, Clash Daily, Washington Times, Washington Examiner, Red Alert Politics, Forbes, NRATV and others. All of his novels including his most recent tome, Lone Wolf Canyon, a modern day western that infuriates the left and all "Snowflakes," are available here.

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