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Fri Jan 11, 2013, 12:59 PM

Jack Lew’s union-busting past



http://www.salon.com/2013/01/09/jack_lews_union_busting_past/

Jack Lew’s union-busting past
In a little reported episode, our possible next treasury secretary played a critical role trouncing an NYU union

Wednesday, Jan 9, 2013 05:00 PM EST
Josh Eidelson

With President Obama poised to tap current chief of staff Jack Lew as his next treasury secretary, Republicans are already attacking Lew for supposed slights during budget talks. Some progressives may bring renewed scrutiny to his time at CitiGroup. But if history is any guide, there will be little talk about another line on Lew’s résumé: The key role he played in New York University’s campaign to rid itself of a graduate student workers’ union.

Lew, the former director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Clinton, joined NYU as chief operating officer and executive vice president in 2004. At the time, NYU was the only private university in the United States whose graduate students had a union contract. By the time Lew left two years later, NYU graduate students had lost their collective bargaining rights. In between, picketers hoisted “Wanted” posters with his face on them.

Reached over email, Andrew Ross, NYU professor of social and cultural analysis, charged that “the administration followed every page of the union-busting playbook, as instructed by the anti-union lawyers retained for that purpose.” Ross, a co-editor of the anthology “The University Against Itself: The NYU Strike and the Future of the Academic Workplace,” wrote that despite broad faculty and community support for the union, “students on the picket line were threatened with expulsion. There was no indication that Lew, as a senior member of the team who executed this policy, disagreed with any of these practices. To all appearances, he was a willing, and loyal, executor of decisions that trampled all over the students’ democratic right to organize.”

When contacted for a response, White House spokesperson Eric Schultz emailed: “Jack Lew has been a strong supporter of the right of workers to organize – as has the President. And that support will not change in his new role as Treasury Secretary.”

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brentspeak Jan 2013 OP
1StrongBlackMan Jan 2013 #1
MotherPetrie Jan 2013 #2
1StrongBlackMan Jan 2013 #3
JoeyT Jan 2013 #4
1StrongBlackMan Jan 2013 #8
forestpath Jan 2013 #9
TheKentuckian Jan 2013 #5
1StrongBlackMan Jan 2013 #7
TheKentuckian Jan 2013 #11
1StrongBlackMan Jan 2013 #12
Octafish Jan 2013 #6
Oilwellian Jan 2013 #10

Response to brentspeak (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 01:48 PM

1. More smeer from the left? ...

Never-mind that this "activity" occurred in a different role 10 years ago and his more recent record. All of recent history is irrelevant when posing attacks.

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 01:53 PM

2. Would it still be irrelevant if Bush were the president appointing him?

 

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Response to MotherPetrie (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 01:58 PM

3. Not to me ...

see I believe in a person's ability to evolve ... and where current acts out-weigh past conduct.

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Response to MotherPetrie (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 05:21 PM

4. Hell no.

There'd be fifty OPs about this right now if it was a Bush appointment. Basically there's no transgression that Obama can't absolve someone of. He can even accept apologies on behalf of minorities he doesn't belong to. Isn't *that* the most awesome thing you've ever heard?

Edited to add: And anyone that tells you otherwise is full of it. Witness all the OPs about how awful Romney was for assaulting someone and cutting his hair which was a damned sight more than a decade ago. (Which is right: It was awful. But so is this.)

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Response to JoeyT (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 06:05 PM

8. Do you not see a difference? n/t.

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Response to JoeyT (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 10:05 PM

9. +1

 

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 05:41 PM

5. Truth now equals smearing, huh?

We'll account for his time at CITI during the crash too, better?

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Response to TheKentuckian (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 06:03 PM

7. Yes ...

going back a decade or pointing to a lawfully act done in the past and in a different role, while ignoring subsequent acts is a smear.

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #7)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 10:14 AM

11. Charles Manson hasn't hurt a fly in years!

Hell, the fucker was just running CITI into the dirt.

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Response to TheKentuckian (Reply #11)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 04:39 PM

12. That's a ridicuous remark ...

And Manson has done nothing positive either.

Okay, you don't like Lew. Let's leave it at that ... rather than your continuing to find outrage.

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Response to brentspeak (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 05:42 PM

6. NYU is a model institution.

And union busting is a model application.

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Response to brentspeak (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 12:19 AM

10. He was also for...

protecting entitlements (yeah, right) before he was willing to cut them.

"This is not a guy who won't put spending cuts on the table, who won't even entertain -- he's a guy who would entertain cuts to entitlements"

JARED BERNSTEIN, Former Chief Economist to Vice President Joe Biden

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/politics/jan-june13/lew_01-10.html


Just another neo liberal globalist with fascist tendencies.

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