DNC site choice irritates unions

  • Article by: TRACIE MAURIELLO , Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Updated: September 3, 2012 - 8:20 PM

Having convention in a right-to-work state is keeping some in labor away from Charlotte, but they say support in November is undaunted.

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nakedjaybirdSep. 3, 12 7:53 PM

It really doesn't get any better than this. What were they thinking?

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jbpaperSep. 3, 12 8:05 PM

Unions don't support anyone that isn't in the union yet they expect all of us to support them.

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kingtutskySep. 3, 12 8:43 PM

"But, labor leaders say, don't confuse the message of the boycott. Unions still support President Obama and Democratic policy." What else are unions- public and private- going to do? The Republicans want to take away their excuses. Better to throw a tantrum publicly and then pass the money privately.

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endothermSep. 3, 12 9:02 PM

I generally respect unions, but I think this sort of boycott is petty and self-defeating. As for the Keystone oil pipeline from Canada to Texas, President Obama did not block it. He delayed it pending a through environmental impact study of the new route. Given that it is going through crucial cropland and watershed areas, this is only common sense. Water and food supplies are going to be VERY important in the 21st century. We shouldn't put them at risk so that a few big oil companies (and a few union workers) can make a quick buck.

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jcinmnSep. 3, 1210:53 PM

"National labor leaders are angry that the Democrats chose to have their convention in a right-to-work state and in a city they say has too few unionized workers." Consider this your opportunity to educate to educate the minimum wage earners, the workers without health insurance or retirement plans. The workers in sweat shops who've never had the opportunity to organize because their bosses control the politicians. Show them how the other half lives and they can have it to if they just rise up as a political force and say "stop exploiting us'!

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jcinmnSep. 3, 1211:02 PM

" 'That's not to say we disrespect the workers in North Carolina who are not union members. We wish they were union members, but the way the laws are in North Carolina it's very difficult for them to become union members without going through intimidation factors by their employers," Smith said" You're abandoning your brethren because they live in a right to work state? All of America was a right to work state in 1881. Do you think Samuel Gompers had an easy time of it? How about John L. Lewis? How about the men who were beaten because they marched in Chicago or St Paul? You wouldn't have your organizations today without their sacrifices. You can at least show up.

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JanglesSep. 4, 12 5:24 AM

What do the unions expect? The party is way off the mark on fund raising and union labor simply costs too much.

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drfranktSep. 4, 12 6:34 AM

"Unions will be around, especially in state and local elections, where they feel they have more control over the politicians they help elect."...More "control" over the politicians..." Do you see the problem with unions, now???

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jaylitSep. 4, 12 7:07 AM

To me this is just another reason why unions have become too powerful, particularly in their own mind. This is a slap in the face to Obama who more than likely had no input on the choice. Union leaders should be ashamed of themselves for boycotting the Democrat's party convention who is their biggest supporter just to satisfy their own over-inflated ego's.

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jcinmnSep. 4, 12 7:16 AM

Jangles "What do the unions expect? The party is way off the mark on fund raising and union labor simply costs too much." How much is too much? The extra $ million or two that the CEO is getting now? The extra $billion or two that can be used to cannibalize another company? Enough money to lift the lowest paid worker out of poverty? Enough out of ones paycheck that can be put toward a 401 K because the companies leadership would rather buy a new BMW? The middle class lost 28% of its purchasing power in the last decade. As a result, the middle class has been unable to pull this economy out of the mess that the last president made. Don't blame the unions for the war currently being made by the Koch bros and corporate America. Put the blame right at their greedy feet.

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