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Tue May 26, 2015, 02:01 PM

Labor for Bernie

Jacobin is a publication I often share with the socialist progressive group, and I thought folks here might wish to know about it as well. Steve Early, author of this article, was a Boston-based organizer for the Communications Workers of America for twenty-seven years.

Bernie Sanders has a long record of supporting pro-worker policies. Organized labor should back his presidential run.
by Steve Early 5.26.15

When I first met Brooklyn-born Bernie Sanders, he was a relatively marginal figure in his adopted state of Vermont. It was 1976 and he was running, unsuccessfully and for the fourth time, as a candidate of the Liberty Union Party (LUP). Liberty Union was a radical third party spearheaded by opponents of the Vietnam War who had, like Sanders, washed up in the Green Mountain State as the sixties subsided. At its historic peak, the LUP garnered maybe 5 or 6 percent of the statewide vote for some of its more presentable candidates — in short, nothing like the winning margins racked up in recent years by the far more savvy and effective Vermont Progressive Party, which now boasts a ten-member legislature delegation and attracts growing union support.

During Sanders’s quixotic mid-1970s bid to become governor of Vermont, I accompanied him to a meeting of local granite cutters, teamsters, and electrical workers. This was not a “flatlander” crowd, nor one dominated by full-time union officials. His audience was native Vermonters, some of them Republican, who were still punching a clock at local quarries, trucking companies, and machine tool factories in an era when the future home state of Ben & Jerry’s and Vermont Teddy Bear Co. still had impressive blue-collar union density.

These local union delegates had come together to make candidate endorsements under the banner of the Vermont Labor Forum, a coalition of unions outside the AFL-CIO. Sanders then delivered what is now known — due to its essential continuity over the last four decades — as “The Speech.” (For one of its longer iterations, see his 2011 book by the same name.)

Sanders’s persuasive message to the Labor Forum was that corporations were too powerful, workers were getting screwed, and both major parties were beholden to “the bosses” (or, as Sanders might call them today, “the billionaire class,” a social category not yet invented forty years ago) ...

More here: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/05/bernie-sanders-president-primary-hillary/



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Tue May 26, 2015, 02:07 PM

1. Labor today doesn't have much to lose…(nt)

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Response to Jackpine Radical (Reply #1)

Tue May 26, 2015, 02:15 PM

2. Nothing to lose but the chains -

and any remaining jobs before they are shipped off to Malaysia with Hillary's blessings.

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Response to TBF (Reply #2)

Tue May 26, 2015, 02:20 PM

3. "Arise, ye pris'ners

of starvation…"

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Tue May 26, 2015, 04:36 PM

4. It makes absolute sense that he would have the support of Labor. Unions have been helping

him win for years, I expect that he will probably get the endorsement of the big Unions as his campaign progresses and he begins to show them he IS going to win this.

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #4)

Tue May 26, 2015, 04:59 PM

5. I believe the momentum will build -

and Hillary will get nasty. I think he will handle that well. He is a bigger challenge to her than many realize because he has kept independent for a long time. He isn't beholden to the special interests like she and Jeb Bush are. He's a real threat to them both.

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Response to TBF (Reply #5)

Tue May 26, 2015, 08:34 PM

6. Hillary supporters are already nasty.

To me it is quite obvious they are scared, and rightly so.

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