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Anyone who has visited even once knows my primary concerns include spreading as much information as possible to and for / to and from working people. The blog doesn't lean in favor of one particular union or one trade (though, admittedly, there is more stuff on the site orginating from the Teamsters -- and that is only because it is where I work). We have Carpenters, Electricians, Teachers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters ...we have Dock Workers and Waitresses and even a few Lawyers that stop by ... the site doesn't care what you do or who you do it for, the only real 'rule' is that we don't have rude and obnoxious pissing matches on the site -- that is better saved for emails back and forth or not at all ...

This entry is entirely about John McCain's stance on working people and is meant to help anyone who is out there organizing, mobilizing or educating folks about this forthcoming election.

With all that said and out of the way, I was recently up in NYC for the Labor Day Parade. I had a great time walking with thousands of working people from unions from all around the Big Apple. One interesting moment of the Parade was talking to an Electrician who carried a McCain sticker ...

The Electrician knew I was with the Teamsters Union, and that I was in total support of my union's endorsement of Senator Barack Obama to be our next President. The worker and I talked for about 15 minutes -- and soon I realized it was a waste of time. The guy was talking to me in Fox News-type rhetoric and sideways bullshit than I knew what to do with.

I told the guy that he was nuts for even considering McCain -- speaking for myself of course, not the union. I told him that aside from McCain being totally opposed to everything and anything the labor movement in the United States needs, desperately, his totally obnoxious pick of this virtual nobody Sarah Palin is what it is ... a stupid political move to prove he can shock Americans in the same way some of our favorite shock-jocks do: Tits and Ass. My electrician friend had a good laugh, and while he laughed ... I said, "Seriously, brother ... you and I are probably more qualified for this VP job than this woman..." And he fell silent, he agreed in his own way.

Then he went on with more utter fucking rubbish about McCain ... And that's cool, for him ... I told him I respectively disagreed with everything he told me and that I had to move on. We shook hands and I went to talk with a few thousand Teamsters about Obama.

Earlier today a co-worker of mine at the IBT Communications Department sent me a document she thought I'd "like." I want to share excerpts of this document with everyone and anymore -- but most importantly, I wish for working people all over the United States to take note of the following information:

John McCain on Workers' Rights

McCain crossed a Writers Guild of America strike line to appear on the Tonight Show on Jan. 31, 2008.

McCain opposes union-only Project Labor Agreements.

He opposes the Employee Free Choice Act.

Oct. 9, 2007, Republican debate in Dearborn, Mich.: "This latest ploy of the Democrats of signing people up in the most willy-nilly fashion is something that needs to be rejected, because it will not protect the rights of workers who do not wish to join a union.

Employee Free Choice Act; Bill H R 800 ; vote number 2007-227 on Jun 26, 2007. McCain voted against allowing the bill to go forward in the Senate.  

He believes the Davis-Bacon Act should be repealed.

Senate Bill 1650, Vote #320, Oct. 7, 1999. McCain opposed applying Davis-Bacon to Federal Disaster Areas. McCain supported an amendment to prohibit application of Davis-Bacon requirements for fair wages in declared federal disaster areas. It would have undercut the wages of people working in the harshest conditions.

Senate Amendment 4031, Vote #134, May 22, 1996: McCain Voted Against ‘Sense of the Senate' Support for Davis-Bacon. McCain voted to table a "sense of the Senate" measure saying the Davis-Bacon Act, which protects workers' paychecks on public construction projects, should not be repealed.

Senate Bill 2019, Vote #118, May 18, 1994; House Bill 5132, Vote #105, May 21, 1992; House Bill 2916, Vote #181, Sept. 19, 1989. McCain has repeatedly supported exceptions to prevailing wage rules. He voted against tabling a proposal to require Davis-Bacon Act wage requirements for contractors on federal drinking water projects. He voted to waive the requirements for workers at Davis-Bacon federal construction projects. McCain voted against tabling a proposal to allow building contractors to pay workers less than the Davis-Bacon Act's prevailing wage rules.

He supports deregulation

He admits he doesn't know much about economics. He's the Miss Teen South Carolina of Economics.

Boston Globe, Dec. 12, 2007: "The issue of economics is not something I've understood as well as I should," McCain said.

He voted against protecting workers' overtime rights.
Senate Bill 1637, Vote #79, May 4, 2004. McCain voted against protecting workers' overtime pay from Bush administration rules that threaten the overtime rights of 6 million workers.


He voted to gut the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Senate Amendment 16, Vote #7, Feb. 4, 1993; House Bill 1, Vote #11, Feb. 4, 1993. In 1993, before finally voting for the Family and Medical Leave Act, McCain voted to jeopardize leave for millions of workers by gutting the bill. He voted to suspend the act unless the federal government either certified that compliance would not increase costs for business or provided financial assistance to businesses to cover any costs associated with implementing the law.

He believes OSHA policies need to be reviewed "to ensure it does not overburden American employers."
o House Bill 4577, Vote #143, June 22, 2000. He opposed worker safety and ergonomic standards. McCain voted to block the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) from issuing, implementing or enforcing standards to protect workers from ergonomic injuries.

McCain has voted against extending unemployment insurance benefits.

o Senate Bill 1054, Vote #152, May 15, 2003: McCain Opposed Extending Federal Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Jobless Workers. McCain voted against extending the expiring Temporary Emergency Unemployment Compensation program for another six months, with an additional 13 weeks of benefits for workers who exhaust their federal benefits while looking for a new job. The amendment also called for unemployment benefits for low-wage workers and workers seeking part-time employment. At the time the program was due to expire, more than 1 million long-term jobless workers were nearing the end of their state benefits.

If you are a unionized worker, know someone who is ... please tell that person where Senator McCain stands on labor -- he doesn't, he is sitting on his ass, just like President Bush(ed)

Originally posted to Union Review on Fri Sep 12, 2008 at 08:09 PM PDT.

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  •  Indeed. (3+ / 0-)

    While Americans by the millions are struggling like never before to pay their mortgage, their medical bills, their gas bills, John McCain believes we’ve made "great progress" economically over these same eight years.

    But then how can a man with a net worth a hundred times more than most Americans will ever earn over a lifetime of hard work understand the pain of ordinary folks?

    How can someone who pays more in alimony than most people earn in a year understand the choices that millions of Americans have to make every day regarding money?

    How can a man even begin to understand the housing crisis when he can’t even count how many houses he owns?

    How can a man who pays his household employees over $250,000 per year to put food on his seven kitchen tables understand the problems millions of Americans are having right now, every day, putting food on their own, single table?

    How can a man who believes being middle class means having an income less than $5 million per year understand what it means to live paycheck to paycheck, always one illness, one plant closing, one stroke of bad luck away from family catastrophe?

    And, of course, the all-important question: How can we follow one dull, uninspiring, out-of-touch leader with another? John McCain: Same you can believe in.

  •  I've gotta confess that I lost some empathy (2+ / 0-)
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    for union workers back in the '80's when some, like the Teamsters, supported Reagan.

    I've never had the opportunity to join one, and yet it pissed me off to no end that union members would thumb their nose at the party that made it possible for their ability to earn a decent wage.

    Even then, I never crossed a picket line during strikes. When the Grocer's union (UFCW) went on strike around here, I only went to the approved store in my area, miles out of my way. It lasted for several months, and some of my favorite checkers went off to other jobs in order to make a living, and never came back.

    Thanks for your efforts. Any union member who now supports McCain is an idiot. My hat is off to you and your brothers.

    •  not the same union now (1+ / 0-)
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      And I have also not been happy with that kind of behavior on the part of some of our unions' leadership. After the air traffic controllers were taken away in handcuffs, things changed within a number of unions and a good number did look around and say hey wait a minute.  A little too late, but better than never.

      This year, McCain's anti-worker message has meant that unions that have historically crossed the line to endorse Republicans like IAM (machinists) and IAFF (Fire fighters) have not done so, in fact, they've endorsed Obama. And they're also endorsing dems down ticket.  This year, there's too much at stake, and most unions and those in membership get this. Now, just need to get people to the polls.

      The most important word in the language of the working class is `solidarity.'--Harry Bridges, longshore union leader

      by Bendygirl on Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 09:17:10 AM PDT

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      •  PATCO (0+ / 0-)

        If you are interested in the plight of PATCO: It is now a private union (or independent). The Union's principal officer is a member of and I consider him a friend (he called me last week to tell me of a recent victory in Puerto Rico). If you want to look at how stupid labor can be -- learn of the path taken by the very union Regan broke. When PATCO was OPEIU, the union was forced to be a pencil and pen union, the AFL-CIO, so I am told, wanted nothing to do with PATCO being an organizing union; why ...? Because AFSCME has a local that organizes dental assistants and one of the old guys from the first PATCO was hired as an organizer of sorts. It is from that hire that AFSCME now raids the same members that belong to PATCO (the independent union). It is a stupid and sad part of history. I can tell you from old timers I interviewed that there was little-to-zero solidarity when the massive firings took place after the strike ... all of labor shat itself scared. Right thing, wrong thing ... not for me to decide. The reality is that this happened -- and while it COULD happen again, it is far more unlikely. We are in a different time with a different leadership at the helm of every major union in Big Labor ... though most wouldn't admit it, some of us actually learn from our mistakes. For more on PATCO, go to, go to the search bar at top and type in "PATCO" you will see all of the principal officer's posts on various victories that took place in the last year or so.

  •  He thinks that no American (2+ / 0-)
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    wants to pick lettuce for $50 an hour.

    "Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the president to explain to us what the exit strategy is." - George W Bush

    by jfern on Fri Sep 12, 2008 at 08:38:28 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for the comment (2+ / 0-)
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    bleeding blue, testvet6778

    and the honesty behind it ... The union standing with Ron is a nutty piece of labor history ... When PATCO's back was broke, so was the back of all union labor. I am hard pressed to think that will ever happen again.

    I thank you, personally, for not crossing the UFCW line! We need more consumers like you.

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