The power of the Unions

How much does the average union stagehand at Lincoln Center make?

“Stagehands, these are the guys who move the lights and the chairs for musicians at places like the Lincoln Center in New York, you will not believe what the average stagehand earns. Oh, the power of the unions, “ Glenn said.

While not trying to trivialize the hard work done by stagehands, but the average salary made by New York City stagehands blew Pat and Stu away.

“This is a hard job. I'm not saying they stand around and move chairs. They don't. They're hard-working people. How much do they make?”

Glenn said, “At Carnegie Hall, the top paid stagehand makes $422,599, plus $107,455 in benefits and deferred compensation.” The average salary for a stagehand at Lincoln Center? $290,000 a year.

Glenn explained:

“What that means is Carnegie Hall has negotiated with the union saying we can't afford more than $422,000 for the stage hand. Fine. We'll give them $107,000 in benefits and deferred compensation but don't take it now because we can't afford it. We'll pay it in the future. What?! When is Carnegie Hall -- when are they going to make more to pay the deferred compensation for the next stage hand and the compensation that they couldn't afford when they had the last stagehand?! It's not going to work. It's collapsing the system. It's collapsing the system. So, the problem here is that people won't -- they're refusing to live and recognize that the whole system is flying into the side of a mountain.”

Glenn added, “Why is Broadway so expensive? Oh, yeah. That's right. $422,000 for the top stage hand. Oh, yeah. That's right. Maybe some of our unions should start shoveling the damn snow so we can get to the theater and buy those really expensive tickets so the stage hand, you know, the oppressed one, can get his $422,000 plus $107,000 in deferred compensation.”

Glenn compared the issue of that to Social Security.

“I'm 46 years old. I'm not going to get Social Security. I'm not going to get it. And you know you're -- if you're my age, you know you're not going to get it, too. So, now what do we do about it? We do exactly like what we were talking about last hour with the debt ceiling. We understand that some bills must be paid. Those who are on Social Security now or who are about to trip into Social Security, we must honor that commitment. There may be some that paid in that cannot get that because, look, they don't need the check. I know it's their money and everything else. Times have changed.”

For too long, unions and the government have been making unsustainable promises to the American people. And while those benefits may pay off in the short term, ultimately they leave the country and its citizens with a debt they cannot pay.

“Times have changed. I will pay this debt for my parents and my grandparents and your parents and grandparents but that's it, gang. It ain't going to last. Pay the debt that we must pay and stop the insanity and let's come up with something new because this doesn't work.”

The far left is tearing apart the social fabric of our country in the name of "progress." From its emphasis on government dependency, to the $15 minimum wage, to the embrace of Marxist Critical Race Theory in our schools, the Left is destroying our culture and way of life.

On Glenn TV this week, Glenn Beck spoke with Christopher Rufo, director of the Center on Wealth and Poverty, about the latest insane example of the Marxist lies destroying the minds of our kids: A New York school sent parents a "white identities" chart advocating for "white traitors" and "white abolitionists."

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There is an all-out assault on the social fabric of our country. The kids are NOT all right. In the name of "progress," we're destroying their minds with Marxist lies. In the name of "safety," we're destroying their souls by keeping them locked down.

On his Glenn TV special this week, Glenn Beck takes on the national suicide that the Left is committing by destroying our culture and way of life and how it's also leading to actual suicide of our kids. Experts on the front lines expose how the lies of critical race theory are crippling our children's future and provide tools for parents to fight back.

Finally, Glenn hears from a parent who tragically lost his teen son, who took his own life due to COVID isolation. He has a powerful message for parents, teachers, and politicians who he says are failing our kids.

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With as much gas and oil as Texas has — and not to mention its own power grid — why in the world is Texas experiencing such bad power outages?

Center for Industrial Progress president and founder Alex Epstein joined "The Glenn Beck Radio Program" to lay out what he's found.

Alex said he believes the "fundamental" problem is "the insistence on using unreliable wind and solar energy instead of reliable energy from coal, nuclear, and natural gas." And soon, it may not be just Texas, as President Joe Biden pushes for 100% dependency on green energy nationwide. THAT is the "real lesson of Texas," he warned.

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Disney actress Gina Carano was just the latest to be canceled for being vocally conservative — this time for making a Holocaust comparison. But on this week's episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast," renowned Jewish historian Edwin Black explains how Gina's comparison wasn't exactly out of line: The second phase of the Holocaust, exclusion, "is like cancel culture."

Edwin Black is the son of Holocaust survivors and an investigative journalist with awards and best-selling books translated into 20 languages in nearly 200 countries. His book "IBM and the Holocaust" examines high tech's role in killing Jews during the Holocaust and what it can teach us about the dangers of Big Tech today.

Edwin has spent enough time in the media to see all of its warts (there are a lot). And he's speaking out about it and its role in ignoring history at our nation's peril. He told Glenn he believes our culture and our history are being erased. Our ideals are being censored and our values are being mocked.

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