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  •  I live in southeastern NC, which is a (7+ / 0-)

    right-to-work state.  In the past couple of weeks, I have seen on our local channels, a hate ad against unions.  There are two really tough looking guys and they are in a third person's house, shoving a union sign-up card in his face and demanding he sign.  The guy's wife is in the background, looking horrified.  The guy they are trying to sign up looks Hispanic, although his wife does not.  It is scare tactics, pure and simple.  There are numerous Hispanics in my county, due to plenty of farm work and also because it's a resort area.  I have not heard of any union organizing going on, but this might be a pre-emptive strike.  (Where have we heard that word before).
    Now, my Dad was a union man for 65 years and I met many of his union leaders and colleagues over the years and none of them scared me, as a child or adult.

    The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all - JFK- 5/18/63-Vanderbilt Univ.

    by oibme on Mon Sep 03, 2007 at 11:50:58 AM PDT

    •  Center for Union Facts (6+ / 0-)
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      The ads are from the Center for Union Facts, a project run by Rick Berman, the notorious tobacco and restaurant industry lobbyist who was the model for the sociopathic antihero of the movie Thank You For Smoking.

      Berman's outfit runs these ads all over the country, though in southeastern North Carolina they may be trying to undermine the gritty campaign for Justice at Smithfield in Tar Heel. Many of the union leaders there are Latino, and have faced the threat of deportation during the campaign. The boss holds racially segregated "captive audience" meetings where they tell the Latino workers that "when the union gets in" it will really be run by the Blacks who will call ICE to deport them all; then they tell the Black workers that the union will be run by Latinos who will bring in "illegal immigrants" to steal their jobs.

      •  Thank you for your response. (4+ / 0-)
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        Yes, my viewing area would cover Smithfield, so I think you are correct.  I don't know much about what goes on in the Smithfield area. And yes, too, the ads are run by UFC.  They use the initials only.  We have many, many migrant workers where I am and so thought the ads were aimed at them.

        The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all - JFK- 5/18/63-Vanderbilt Univ.

        by oibme on Mon Sep 03, 2007 at 12:11:42 PM PDT

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        •  They probably are (4+ / 0-)
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          The ads probably are aimed at Latinos, including workers who are of dubious legal status and most vulnerable to intimidation campaigns like this. Polling research -- and plenty of anecdotal experience -- shows that Latinos are much more likely than whites to join and support unions. Only Blacks are more likely.

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