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flpoljunkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 02:07 PM
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Molly Ivins on the split in the AFL-CIO and why we "owe labor, big time"
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AUSTIN, Texas -- Solidarity Forev ... ooops, make that, Solidarity Later.

<>Organized labor is weak, but unorganized labor is a hell of a lot weaker. That's what's splitting the AFL-CIO. You may think this is none of your beeswax, but if you work in this country, you owe labor, big time. And I'm talking to you, white-collar worker.

This is not about the old stuff -- 40-hour workweek, unemployment insurance, health benefits, safety regs, etc. This is about right now, today. The money that controls this administration is out to screw you -- it's your pension on the line, your salary on the line and your job on the line. If your company can replace you cheaper, you are gone, buddy. And this administration is pushing jobs overseas just as fast as it can.

<>To oversimplify, Sweeney pretty much bet his wad on the Democrats on the theory that labor will never come back unless it gets a level playing field. Setting aside the spinelessness and incompetence of the Democratic Party (I think Democrats who voted for the bankruptcy bill alone should be run out of the party), it sure looks like a losing strategy. Labor skates with the Change to Win Coalition cite the old definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. To oversimplify again, the CWC wants to move all the artillery over to grass-roots organizing.

<>Both sides are slugging hard in this fight but are still talking and negotiating, too -- they realize a split can only weaken labor in the short run. This is not so much a left-versus-right fight as it's old strategy versus new -- restructuring labor in ways that make more sense for a de-industrializing economy. Pretty much everyone who supports labor has friends on both sides. I'm supporting Stern and the CWC because the AFL is way too much about protecting turf.

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bullimiami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 02:13 PM
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1. i support the seiu and they are opting out of the aflcio.
they won all of my respect with the enormous effort they put out in the 2004 election.
they are fighters and put themselves out there while the afl and sweeney prevaricated.

i agree with molly that the cwc is the way to go.
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Eloriel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 02:39 PM
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2. My sense is you're right, as is Molly
We all need to do what we can to support Labor, I think. I don't see nearly enough about Labor here at DU.
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