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  •  Agreed. I graduated HS the year the passed NAFTA (0+ / 0-)

    and frankly, I don't know a world where there are anything like serious labor protections.

    I do remember going to the MEA (Minnesota Education Assocation) convention with my dad one year.  I have fond memories of the Minnesota State Fair and all the free giveaways from AFLCIO and others... just in time for the start of the school year!

    But people don't have jobs anymore.  We have "gigs".  I've been stuck in a 40-hour-a-week job for 5 years and it has absolutely no upward mobility.  And what's worse - the South (Tennessee, for example, where I live) has been absolutely atrocious in its union-busting, blatantly anti-worker policies and politics.

    Picking fights with the DLC has led to some pyrrhic victories.  I think it's great that Howard Dean did such a good job with the 50-state strategy and his successes in 2006 and 2008.  It's great that we have some folks who act like Democrats in elected office, on occasion.

    But like the feminist movement on abortion rights issues, the labor movement has increasingly seen its brand deteriorate and its value wane.  We do need to "tell the story" better and frankly, it's not the fault of 20-somethings that we/they don't get it (I'm 36, but consider myself part of this age group of young workers who have never seen a strong labor movement working for us.).

    Stop clapping. Stop screaming. Open your mind. Listen. (Oh, and I support President Obama in 2012.)

    by Benintn on Tue Jul 19, 2011 at 02:04:35 PM PDT

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