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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Communist Recruiting Labor Studies Class Funded by Unions

Recently it came to light that the University of Missouri Labor Studies course, at the St. Louis and Kansas City Campuses, allowed an Organizer from the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) to talk to their college students in their class for two hours. This Organizer then was allowed to recruit for the CPUSA with the encouragement of the Professors, Judy Ancel and Don Giljum.

Don Giljum and Judy Ancel were even caught on tape encouraging industrial sabotage and violence while discussing Marxism during the Labor Studies course but the University defended the Professors claiming the Videos were taken out of context. But the University still hasn't released the videos of the classes in their entirety to back up their claims. (Makes you Wonder Why Doesn't it?)

Judy Ancel is the Director of the Institute for Labor Studies which encompasses the Labor Studies Courses at the University of Missouri as well as a radio program called the Heartland Labor Forum on KKFI.

Surprisingly the Institute for Labor Studies is not only funded by tax payers through the University, but is also funded by unions as the video below demonstrates:

In 2007 the Institute for labor Studies was slated to be terminated, and according to a cached version of an article on Free Exchange on Campus.com, the Institute is indeed union funded:

"ILS (Institute for Labor Studies) serves not only UMKC and the Kansas City community but two other UM system campuses and communities in Columbia and St. Louis. While the reason given for termination (ex post facto) was budgetary, the decision to terminate is purely ideological. The UMKC fiscal contribution to ILS is miniscule, most funding comes from organized labor."

How much comes from organized labor?

Well according to an article on Inside Higher Ed.com, Judy Ancel claims a little over Half is Tax Payer Funded:

"The institute’s supporters have also argued that the university will save little money by cutting it: Ancel said the entire program has about a $100,000 budget (including her salary), about $57,000 of which is provided by the university and system-wide extension funds. Tuition and fees comprise another main source of revenue. "It doesn't [seem to] matter," Ancel said, "that the program generates more money than [the university is] going to save."

How do the unions fund the Institute for Labor Studies besides supporting Judy's radio Program? Through "Custom Training" for union members (Referred to as "Fees" in the above quote) which includes:

  • Steward and Grievance Training
    • The Steward's Role
    • What is a Grievance
    • Grievance Investigation
    • Grievance Writing
    • Grievance Presentation
    • The Rights of Stewards and Members
    • Alternative strategies for problem solving
  • How to Increase Participation & Mobilize the Members
  • Strategic Planning and Leadership Training
  • Preparing the Local to Organize Using Volunteer Organizers
  • How to Deal with Labor-Management Participation Programs
  • Highlights of Labor History - and how to educate the members about it
  • Understanding the Global Economy and How It Affects Us
  • The AFL-CIO Common Sense Economics Course
  • The Family & Medical Leave Act

  • Ironically in 2007, the University of Missouri was also going to cut the economics department possibly because of Radical, Socialist ties:

    "Other concerns expressed about the cuts lie in a perceived bias against the economics department itself, which specializes in heterodox – or non-mainstream – approaches to economics. In listing the affiliations of various department members, the Web site names the Association for Heterodox Economics, Association for Institutional Thought, Association of Social Economics, Conference of Socialist Economists, and the Union for Radical Political Economics, as some examples."

    Makes you wonder if the University was once trying to purge their ranks of Marxists but somehow failed. Now it looks like that failure is coming back to haunt them.

    Isn't it nice to know that a person with Communist Connections , that doesn't believe in buying American and doesn't think that it's a "Crime" if illegals steal your ID as well as a person who allowed a CPUSA member to recruit in their class, is also responsible for training union members?

    And isn't it a comfort to know that as an American Loving Union Member, and a Tax Payer, that your hard earned money is going towards an Institute that promotes an Organization, like the CPUSA, that was founded and run by the sworn enemy of the United States, the U.S.S.R.?

    Kind of makes you wish that certain Republican Rhinos would have made a Right to Work law here in Missouri a priority so you could decide which unions are worthy of your hard earn money and support...

    Doesn't it?


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