Obama Administration Blows $2.2 Million to Strengthen Labor Unions in Haiti and Peru

Obama administration hopes to help unions in Haiti. (SacBee)

On Thursday Obama Labor Secretary Hilda Solis announced a $2.2 million grant to strengthen labor unions in Haiti and Peru. The taxpayer money will fund projects organized by the AFL-CIO’s Solidarity Center.

It’s the Obama Administrations special way to say “Thank You” for the union’s support during the election.
CNS News reported, via Free Republic:

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis on Thursday announced a $2.2 million grant that will be used to strengthen budding labor unions in Haiti and Peru.

The taxpayer money will fund projects organized by the AFL-CIO’s Solidarity Center, which aims to build a global labor union movement.

“Supporting the ability to organize and protect their rights is important to leveling the playing field for all workers,” Solis said in a news release. “This grant will help organizations in Haiti and Peru engage in productive, effective negotiations with governments and employers on behalf of vulnerable workers.”

In Haiti, the Solidarity Center will work with the apparel export sector, focusing particularly on issues related to freedom of association (the right to unionize), sexual harassment and forced overtime.

In Peru, the project will focus on the needs of temporary and fixed-term contract workers.

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  • http://none tommy mc donnell

    couldn’t american workers use that money to help pay their mortgages of offset the high price of food and gas that the president is always talking about.

    what are we doing interferring in the internal affairs of other soverign countries. did the people of those countries vote to have our government officials make their policies. marxists think the world is theirs.

  • Granny

    Why are we giving a single red cent to ANY union project anywhere? That is not even remotely a legitimate concern of our government – never mind an appropriate use for our limited foreign aid dollars.

    Who authorized this anyway? Federal expenditures require Congressional approval by law.

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  • bad actor

    Granny’s right. I want to know who voted for this atrocity. Shouldn’t we be using US taxpayer’s dollars more wisely? This guy thinks he’s the king of the world. Is it 2016 yet?

  • Sam Stone

    It is not foreign aid any longer with Obama in the WH. It is the LOOTING of our resources plain and simple. LOOTING!

  • Gravelyvoice Jim

    Good. Better there than here – less money to pay off unions in America. Wouldn’t it be great to see ALL of the money he gives to unions in this country go to foreign unions?

  • dtih

    The slobs that voted for Obama like this kind of stuff. They feel they are doing good and there is no downside for them personally. The money isn’t coming from them, they haven’t seen their standard of living change because of this type of gov’t spending. Unfortunately, in the near future their standard of living will be affected. Their response will be to demand the gov’t restore it!

  • cavt

    Isn’t the house suppossed to control the purse strings? Sure doesn’t look like it. They should defund this program plus the whole dept–

  • Larry E

    Same-old same-old. Obama runs true to form.

    His entire purpose as president is to bash his enemies and reward his homies/friends/allies.

    He bashes England, Israel, doctors, rich white people, insurance companies, bankers — anyone who is perceived as a villain in his Marxist/Black Muslim worldview.

    And he rewards his friends — poor black people needing a mortgage, unions, students with loans, poor people needing medical care, Muslim countries, anti-American countries.

    That’s ALL his presidency is about — his own personal proclivities and predilections. This Mussolini for morons is the puniest, tiniest, most minuscule president in out history.

  • Limousine Barry

    These are my people! …the grossly over paid Union people! I love the Unions because they know now to organize – with brass knuckles! And, they know how to skim money!

    I love those Haitians so much that I think they should become the 58th state! I am sure that they would vote for me! Besides some of the best coke comes from Haiti and Peru! Bill “Nose Candy” Clinton will back me on that!

    My limousine is belching fumes and I have a meeting with Davy Axelrod. I think we can work-out the details of the 58th state of Haiti!

    We just have to give them 10.6 million absentee ballots and work out the logistics of stuffing many more ballot boxes!

    I have more jobs to kill and more taxpayer money to spend! I cannot answer any more questions. Good day.

  • Bigkahuna

    Take it out of the biotch Solis’ pocket. Then start taxing union dues @ 50 % they are not paying their fair share and have tons more money than taking care of union members as it is now just a money laundering operation or dummycrats .

  • Bigkahuna

    We need to pass a law that says any where union dues are forced they have to give equally to both parties.

  • Linda

    While he clearly hates the American people, HE HAS NO SHAME STEALING OUR MONEY!


  • Sam Stone

    Start the PETITION.

    ALL Campaign donations are TAXABLE to the receiver of the donation and at the same rate as his income at the time. Time to treat campaign donations as INCOME to the candidates just as every dollar you and I earn or receive for some other transaction is taxable as income.

    At say just 30% rate on the $2 trillion or so received in 2011 is $600 billion!
    TAX THE RICH so to speak!

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  • Whiskeytangofoxtrot

    Of course! Think about the relationship between the unions and communism. So similar to the relationship between the Nazis and Muslims in WWII and beyond. Support those organizations while throwing this nation under the bus! I would have said “his nation” but then I would have to ululate and I refuse unto death to do that…

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    The taxpayer money will fund projects organized by the AFL-CIO’s Solidarity Center,…

    What the hell? It’s the AFL-CIO’s project, so let them fund it themselves.

    Why does it need to be done on the back of the U.S. taxpayer?

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