Mon Jan 14, 2013, 09:55 PM
Omaha Steve (38,782 posts)
Alan Grayson: Why Unions Are Different
When I was elected to Congress in 2008, I asked to join the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). Why? Because I was a government employee. The AFGE negotiates benefits for government employees, including me. If I were going to benefit from that, I felt that I should pay my dues. I'm not the "free rider" type.
I was told that this was an unusual request. In fact, no one could remember any Member of Congress making that request before. That didn't bother me in the least. I joined the AFGE, and paid my dues.
There is another, deeper reason why I wanted to join the union: I don't see a lot of other organizations fighting for the common good.
After I was elected again in November, I was inundated with correspondence from all sorts of groups who wanted me to do something for them. Not for us. For them. Gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme. Now, to be fair, some of these requests were for worthwhile causes. More were not. Either way, it was "gimme."
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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)
Tue Jan 15, 2013, 12:15 AM
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Thanks, Omaha Steve, for posting this message from Alan Grayson, which looks like one he wrote back shortly after he was reelected. He truly cares about the people he represents as well as people beyond his district. We are lucky to have him on our side, i.e., in the Democratic Party as a Representative in the U.S.House. Also, we are fortunate to have him as a fellow DUer!