#1 Big labor gives Obama, Democrats big cold shoulder07-17-2012, 12:03 PM
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Thursday that his union will not be at the Democratic convention, “do[es] not intend to put any money into the convention” and will be hosting its own convention — without Obama.
Speaking in Washington, D.C., Trumka said the labor group “will not be doing extravagant events” at this year’s convention like “we’ve done in the past.”
Instead of giving money to the Obama campaign and Democrats they are focusing on their own event that rivals the Democratic convention. The event, called “Workers Stand for America” will be held on August 11 in Philadelphia.
“We will be having a bigger on the ground effort than we have ever had in the past” said Trumka. “This time around, unlike in past elections, we’ll be able to talk to non-union workers. So not only will we be educating, mobilizing, and getting out the vote of unions … we’ll also be talking to non-union workers”
When asked whether President Barack Obama or Mitt Romney had been invited to speak at the convention, AFL-CIO representatives appeared visibly uncomfortable and told reporters that they are “still working on the speakers … so no, we don’t have anything official. It’s about the workers — really, what the focus of the rally is.”
Trumka also vowed to be more aggressive with “friends and foes in the next election.”
“We’ll be forcing people,” he said. “We’ll be a little more aggressive with friends and foes in the next election when it comes to things like fair treatment and dignity on the job and the ability of workers to have a place that they call home. We’ll be a little more aggressive with those things and a little less, let’s say, understanding.”Good men sleep peaceably in their beds at night because
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07-17-2012, 02:30 PM
In other words, they have a lot less cash to play with than they thought they would, thanks to sinking membership numbers, more right-to-work states, and a recent Supreme Court decision, on top of which Obamussolini failed to deliver the goods on card check. I'll bet Trumka and the rest of the head office didn't take any hit on compensation though.
07-17-2012, 02:35 PM
The democratic party has not fought for working people. It's about time organized labor took a stand.Originally Posted by Adam Smith - Wealth of Nations
07-17-2012, 02:51 PM
Let's look at conservatives and the Republican party though. Every time I visit this site I see people proudly and openly stating that they'd vote for a shoe or they'd vote for a radish or they'd vote for a diaper as long as it had an R by it's name and it was running against Obama. You guys don't even try to hide it. You are so firmly in the bag for the Republican party that you don't even care who is running on the ticket. You will eagerly shift your hoverround into 3rd gear and speed over to the voting booth to vote for any damn person as long as they are Republican.
When you have people openly stating "I'd vote for anyone, even a bow-legged cactus, over Obama" That is called "being in the bag". You people wonder why the Republican party keeps nominating "RINOs". It's because they know damn well that 99% of you will do exactly what they want, regardless of who they nominate or what their policies are.Originally Posted by Adam Smith - Wealth of Nations
07-17-2012, 03:04 PM
I spent hours hunting for information about obama in 2008, and found next to nothing. I can't justifiably vote for somebody who, for all intents and purposes didn't exist prior to around 1996 and has nothing to back up his statements. I didn't like McCain, but at least I could find his records and votes on various issues.
Now, after 3 1/2 yrs in office, obama's past is pretty much confirmed. He appeared to be a masterful campaigner, running against a campaign that never got going, and has been a total disaster since winning the office. obama is incompetent, the most incompetent president maybe in history. At least Jimmy Carter must be smiling now. He's dropped to the second worst.
So, yes, I'd vote for our cat before I'd cast a vote for obama.The poster formerly known as chuck58 on the old board.
07-17-2012, 03:22 PM
Now, don't you have some questions to answer in other threads?--Odysseus
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07-17-2012, 03:39 PM
Well, I think the UAW is picking up some of the slack. There is no way in hell tha t they aren't supporting Obama and the dems, considering their membership would currently be much lower without the bailout.
I'm already getting UAW election flyers in the mail, and the magazine and the local newsletters are already publishing pro-Obama columns.
07-17-2012, 05:41 PMEducation without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.
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