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  •  'Unions only care about their Members' (2+ / 0-)
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    farleftcoast, kraant

    Not true. Unions want to organize and build power, you can't do that effectively if you are only looking out for yourself. If unions only care about their own members, how come millions of dollars are being invested in organizing hundreds of thousands of workers across the country right now?

    There are small Locals that have low memberships and small operating budgets. They don't have the funds for organizing and tend to have to fight for every contract. In these cases, the local union tends to be more cautious and watches out for it's own but it's certainly not the norm.

    "How do you ask a man to be the last to die for a mistake?" -John Kerry, 1971 but what we needed to hear in 2003/2004

    by Demise on Tue Jun 13, 2006 at 09:28:53 PM PDT

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    •  Even small locals that I represent as a lawyer (3+ / 0-)
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      Marek, farleftcoast, kraant

      do what they can, with limited finances and personpower to help local political candidates, organize worksites, and support area job actions.  I can't think of any union, no matter how small, that won't support a "brother" or "sister" union in need, in whatever small way it can.  They do have to watch out for their own membership, but they are always reaching out to help the needy (union or not), those fighting similar battles, and those allies who will help them fight those battles.

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