Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Labor and Obama and the Dems' convention in Bank of America StadiumLabor reporter Mike Elk (@MikeElk on Twitter) has a story about the labor movement very mixed feelings about the results delivered by Democratic President Barack Obama, At 35,000-Member Rally, AFL-CIO Attempts the Herculean In These Times 08/27/2012.
He has a great quote from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: "A worker voting for Mitt Romney is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders."
Elk describes the basis of the labor movement's discontent with Obama and with the Democratic Party's choice for its convention:
Many in organized labor fault Obama for opening the attacks on public sector workers. In a famous speech at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 2009, the president called for the getting rid of “bad teachers”; the next year, he endorsed the mass firing of unionized teachers in Central Falls, Rhode Island. Campaign for America's Future Co-President Bob Borosage has likened Obama's decision to freeze the pay of federal workers to Reagan's devastating 1981 break-up of the air traffic controllers' strike, which opened the door for more demands for cuts from other workers. Most recently, the president signed a bill in February making it more difficult for airline workers to unionize, which resulted in an unprecedented anti-union ruling by a federal district court that blocked 10,000 American Airlines customer service agents from holding an election.The Democratic Convention is being held in Bank of America Stadium next week in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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