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zoosareprisons Donating Member (17 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:16 AM
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Labor unions adjust to new reality under Obama
http://news.yahoo.com/labor-unions-adjust-reality-under...

"unions have begun shifting money and resources out of Democratic congressional campaigns and back to the states in a furious effort to reverse or limit GOP measures that could wipe out union rolls.

The AFL-CIO's president, Richard Trumka, says it's part of a new strategy for labor to build an independent voice separate from the Democratic Party."

Very interesting development in my opinion.

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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:18 AM
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1. Welcome to the DU
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zoosareprisons Donating Member (17 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:28 AM
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5. Thank you
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TBF Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:20 AM
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2. I agree completely.
Welcome to DU.
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zoosareprisons Donating Member (17 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:29 AM
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Thank you. A strong indepenent labor voice is important.
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Brickbat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:23 AM
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3. I've been agitating for this for some time and fully support it. K&R.
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MannyGoldstein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:23 AM
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4. "I've had a snootful of that shit!"
Edited on Sun Sep-04-11 08:33 AM by MannyGoldstein
'For too long, we've been left after Election Day holding a canceled check, waving it about `Remember us? Remember us? Remember us?' asking someone to pay a little attention to us,' recalled Trumka, who like many union leaders was frustrated with the failure of the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress to pass the Employee Free Choice Act and other needed labor law reforms. 'Well, I don't know about you, but I've had a snootful of that shit!'


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/06/12/984484/-Unions... !

Go Trumka!
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coalition_unwilling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:29 AM
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6. Long overdue, imho. Labor needs to build not only an
independent voice, but an independent party, leaving Dems and Repukes to fight over the minority of right-wing voters in this country.
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zoosareprisons Donating Member (17 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:30 AM
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8. A Labor Party in the U.S.? Where do I sign up?
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Tesha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:45 AM
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11. Well I'd be perfectly happy if Labor helped us rip our Party back from the filthy hands of the DLC..
...and their successors/cronies.

And in my city, my local Democratic city committee
seems to be doing just that!

Tesha
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TBF Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:31 AM
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9. Agree.
We're not supposed to advocate 3rd parties on DU, but I am 100% with you.
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zoosareprisons Donating Member (17 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:38 AM
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10. Oops. No harm no foul I hope.
Edited on Sun Sep-04-11 08:38 AM by zoosareprisons
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Divernan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:48 AM
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14. Your OP didn't advocate. You just reported a development.
No foul there, in my book. And welcome to DU!
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coalition_unwilling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:46 AM
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12. You know something? I really don't care any more. If the mods
decide to start selectively enforcing silly rules that inhibit free discussion, there is little I can do to stop it or them.

It is like if, for example, back in 1858, WhigUnderground.com declared that no one could advocate a new anti-slavery party. :)

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TBF Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 09:15 AM
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17. Well it certainly should be discussed somewhere -
Trumka is doing some heavy lifting right now, and it would be great to support him in a bigger way.
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Oceansaway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:29 AM
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7. K&R..n/t
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Riley18 Donating Member (883 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:48 AM
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13. Thank you.
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fasttense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:48 AM
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15. And yet sometimes labor has sided with RepubliCONS
As when the Air Traffic Controller's Union sided with Raygun before the election. And then Raygun decimated their union (after he committed treason with terrorist and got himself elected). Can't trust the RepubliCONS and can't seem to trust Democratic leaders either.
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MannyGoldstein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 09:40 AM
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20. Unions have changed course since 30 years ago.
Edited on Sun Sep-04-11 09:41 AM by MannyGoldstein
They realized that appeasement doesn't work.
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Brickbat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:49 AM
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16. There's folks of every color, they're ridin' side by side, from the swamps of Louisiana, and across
the Great Divide.

From the wheat fields and the orchards, and the lowing cattle plains, they're rolling on to victory on the Farmer-Labor Train.

This train rolled into Washington one bright and happy day,
When she pulled into the station, you could hear the people say
"There's that Farmer-Labor Special, she's full of union men,
Heading for the White House on the Farmer-Labor train."

-- Woody Guthrie, "Farmer-Labor Train"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0rEtUcKOcU
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Divernan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 10:16 AM
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21. Thanks! Great lyrics!
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 09:23 AM
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18. kick'd and rec'd
They declared war on unions in many states. I say let's give them war then.
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MrScorpio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 09:26 AM
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19. Frankly, that's where the money should go, to the states
Besides, Obama's coffers are mighty impressive indeed with all the small donors so far.

Union cash for the states does the best good.
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