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  •  Which trades unions? Where? (0+ / 0-)
    Many trades unions do not respect public worker unions or retail unions.
    Please be specific.

    Where are all the jobs, Boehner?

    by Dirtandiron on Mon Jul 09, 2012 at 05:58:32 PM PDT

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    •  My brother is in the painters union and (0+ / 0-)

      the operators union and he tells me that Walmart employees do not deserve a union. Nor do public sector workers and teachers. The carpenters union splilt off from the AFL-CIO years ago because of disagreements about politics. Now on the other hand the UBEW and its members are great allies for all labor and very generous.

      I certainly did not mean to imply all tradesmen and did not say so. I said many. And if you look at the endorsements from the operators unions in local races many times they endorse right wing republicans.

      Many union members fail to honor boycotts even within their own industry. My wife was a grocery worker and a member of the UFCW and her fellow UFCW workers happily shopped at Walmart even though Walmart was a competitor the their union shop employer. And this was in Illinois, which is a closed shop state.

      •  Not everyone who has a union membership is (0+ / 0-)

        a good member. Some people are members the way Blue Dogs are Democratic. The Carpenters split was not over politics. It was over jurisdiction.

        Where are all the jobs, Boehner?

        by Dirtandiron on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 05:29:36 PM PDT

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        •  But that is the point isn't it. When you have (0+ / 0-)

          union members who resent the union and the activities of the union then the union has got a real problem. When more than 10% of union families vote for the union buster you have a problem of needing to educate the union membership.

          This is like Blue Dogs voting for the Republican leadership slate to run the House and Senate.

        •  How many times have unions endorsed Republicans (0+ / 0-)

          in local and national races? PATCO endorsed Reagan and then found out the true meaning of loyalty. Operator unions have been endorsing local Republicans in races for decades.

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