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Ottawa Taxpayers Should Rejoice Over ACORN’s “Living Wage” Defeat

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By —— Bio and Archives June 25, 2011

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The infamous American radical group ACORN suffered a rare defeat in the Canadian capital city last week.

Ottawa City Council committee gave a thumbs-down to the ACORN-backed plan that would have forced contractors with the city to fork over at least $13.25 per hour, a full three dollars more than the general minimum wage in the province of Ontario.

The city council previously turned down the same “living wage” proposal a few months ago because it would have required millions of dollars in local tax increases.

ACORN has long supported raising the minimum wage and enacting so-called living wage policies. In the U.S., ACORN claims it organized community and labor coalitions that succeeded in enacting living wage laws in 41 cities by the end of the 1990s. A living wage is usually several dollars higher than the minimum wage prescribed by law.

But ACORN’s motives are not pure.

ACORN, which stands for Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), is a Saul Alinsky-inspired urban terrorist group that uses violence and intimidation against businesses and governments to spread its version of “social justice.” President Obama worked for ACORN and represented it in court as its lawyer.

ACORN’s end goal is the kind of radical transformation of society that the Democratic Party and President Obama are attempting in the United States.

Ideologically similar to Jack Layton’s socialist New Democratic Party (NDP), ACORN is a profoundly antisocial organization. Like the NDP, it aspires to destroy everything that’s good in society, including free political institutions.

In recent years ACORN has metastasized to Canada. It maintains offices in Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa, and Vancouver. (ACORN, incidentally, is also one of the evil groups New York Times bestselling author Ann Coulter writes about in her new book Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America.)

Not surprisingly, NDPer Nadia Willard helped lead ACORN’s living wage campaign in Ottawa. Willard was an NDP candidate for the Saskatchewan legislature. She’s also been a Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) organizer.

Even though ACORN pretends to want to help workers its goal is to massively expand the size and scope of government, as I write in my new book, Subversion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers (WND Books).

How do we know ACORN doesn’t give a farthing’s cuss about the well being of workers?

Because it has a long track record of shamelessly screwing over its employees.

While ACORN pressured jurisdictions across the U.S. to adopt living wage statutes, it sued the state of California in hopes of winning an exemption from the law that requires it to pay its own employees a minimum wage. ACORN had the temerity to argue in a legal brief that paying its employees more would reduce their activist zeal for the poor.

ACORN’s unique approach to labor relations doesn’t stop there.

Though the group supports the continued imposition of equal employment opportunity laws on the rest of the United States, it argued it shouldn’t have to comply with those same laws.

A 2003 study of ACORN found the group paid a wage of $5.67 per hour, which was “less than half the level demanded by many proposed ‘living wage’ ordinances that ACORN supports.”

Although it demands all workers be allowed to organize unions, ACORN doesn’t like it when its own workers try to organize. It has tried to block its own employees from signing up with unions, and in 2003, the (U.S.) National Labor Relations Board determined it had unlawfully blocked its workers from organizing.

It’s all just another day in the life of ACORN.

Matthew Vadum -- Bio and Archives | Comments

Matthew Vadum, Bombthrowers, and, is an investigative reporter at a watchdog group in Washington, D.C.

His new book Subversion Inc. can be bought at (US), (Canada)

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