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Tue Feb 12, 2013, 07:09 AM

 

AFSCME leader says: "I am sick and tired of the fair-weather Democrats."

Lee Saunders, President of the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees, slammed Democratic politicians who have turned their backs on unions.

I am sick and tired of the fair-weather Democrats. They date us, take us to the prom, marry us, and then divorce us right after the honeymoon. I am sick and tired of the so-called friends who commend us when they’re running for election, but condemn us after they’ve won. I am sick and tired of the politicians who stand with us behind closed doors, but kick us to the curb in front of the cameras. I’m here to tell you that’s bullshit and we’re not gonna take it anymore...We’ve come to expect union-busting, anti-worker tactics from ultra-conservatives like Scott Walker and John Kasich. But now, everybody’s on the bandwagon.

Look at Nutter. AFSCME members in Philadelphia haven’t had a contract in four years, and Sister Baylor knows it. What does the mayor do? He goes to the Republican-controlled Pennsylvania Supreme Court to get a legal decision that would let him shove his contract down our throats. He’s no different from Governor Snyder in Michigan, who went to his state’s Supreme Court to get legal cover for cutting school employees’ pay. Different political parties, same political games.

Look at Governor Quinn. He has waged a relentless war on state employees – slashing pensions, driving down incomes and wiping out jobs. Last year he took the unprecedented step of terminating our contract. He is the first and only Illinois governor, Republican or Democrat, to take such a blatantly aggressive action.

I have had enough of these turncoats, and it’s time to make them pay.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/11/afscme-pat-quinn-michael-nutter_n_2662879.html


Gov. Quinn responded by saying, "Of course I'm pro-union, but they need to go so we can balance the budget." or something like that.


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Reply AFSCME leader says: "I am sick and tired of the fair-weather Democrats." (Original post)
HiPointDem Feb 2013 OP
KG Feb 2013 #1
leftyohiolib Feb 2013 #2
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RandiFan1290 Feb 2013 #3
leftyohiolib Feb 2013 #6
RandiFan1290 Feb 2013 #7
leftyohiolib Feb 2013 #11
xchrom Feb 2013 #4
TransitJohn Feb 2013 #5
madrchsod Feb 2013 #8
stevenleser Feb 2013 #9
Coolest Ranger Feb 2013 #10
Overseas Feb 2013 #12
Dustlawyer Feb 2013 #13
SCVDem Feb 2013 #18
RedstDem Feb 2013 #14
ProfessionalLeftist Feb 2013 #15
nineteen50 Feb 2013 #16
WilliamPitt Feb 2013 #17

Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 07:19 AM

1. who else they gonna vote for?

two-party politics is killing this country

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Response to KG (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 07:30 AM

2. well there is another way but that's forbidden talk

 

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Response to leftyohiolib (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 07:33 AM

3. *

*unless it's Charlie Crist

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Response to RandiFan1290 (Reply #3)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 08:07 AM

6. fan of randi .. rhodes?

 

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Response to leftyohiolib (Reply #6)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 08:15 AM

7. Yep

I live in Lake Worth, FL home of Randi Rhodes
Listener since 97-98

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Response to RandiFan1290 (Reply #7)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 08:53 AM

11. Love her too - been listening since a.a.

 

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 07:34 AM

4. du rec. nt

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 07:35 AM

5. K&R

Thanks for posting.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 08:29 AM

8. my wife is a afscme union official and people chair...

ya, afscme has had it with quinn and the rest of the democrats in this state.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 08:33 AM

9. There is never a good reason to throw unions under the bus. nt

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 08:35 AM

10. We need to start primaring the ones that won't play ball

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 09:06 AM

12. Sad K&R.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 09:19 AM

13. We need strong unions now more than ever! They are the Ying to the business owner's Yang!

The owners have been attacking and waging a Blitzkrieg (lightning war)! The unions have been falling like the French in WWII. Now is critical in shaping our future economy!

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Response to Dustlawyer (Reply #13)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 10:12 AM

18. Please note the French resurection

in Mali.

Our demographic shift should allow Unions to also rise.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 09:32 AM

14. working people in this country

whether union or not, have a little bit above ZERO representation in our government.
business interest have the remaining 99.8%

the only thing left to reverse our fortunes, is a mass uprising, and that wont happen until conditions get a lot worse.
so, nothing will change in our lifetimes.....

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 09:38 AM

15. Damn right. Any DEMOCRAT ought to be unabashedly PRO-union.

It's time to bring unions BACK and with them the middle class. When unions stop supporting union-busting Dems - Dems will be in trouble. I hate to say it but ... maybe some of them need a damn wake-up call.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 09:38 AM

16. The effort

should be state by state first.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 09:43 AM

17. When unions come out strong for the Keystone pipeline,

because it's a national multi-state jobs program to them, the conversation on DU will get a lot more interesting. I should start bookmarking this and every other "Support unions no matter what!" threads.

And yes, I'm in a union.

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