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  •  I grew up in a union household. (29+ / 0-)

    Both my father and his father were full A-Journeymen of New York City's I.B.E.W. Local #3. Each of them logged time on many major projects, including the Empire State Building, the Midtown Tunnel, One Penn Plaza, Lincoln Center, the Verrazano Bridge, LaGuardia and JFK Airports, and the World Trade Center towers, and even I worked as a college summer helper on the remodeling of the Holland Tunnel.

    On their single incomes, the each bought a home that was a fine suburban house in one of the best school districts on Long Island, and with their union's help, each of their kids went on to all the college we could muster.

    I myself went on to be a teachers' union member as a community college math professor, and when I became disabled, the union was there to help me keep outstanding health insurance benefits for my entire family.

    Don't let anyone ever tell you that unions are not worth joining: They saw my grandfather through the Depression in the 1930's and my father through the deep recessions of the 1970's and 1980's. I think New York has done pretty well over the last 100 years with it infrastructure built by union labor.

    How much better off would the American workers be right now if unions had not been successfully demonized by Conservatives since 1981? It's time to reclaim their pride!

    President Obama doesn't need to be more progressive;
    he needs to be less conservative.

    by Jimdotz on Mon Sep 06, 2010 at 03:39:32 AM PDT

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