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  •  Dear Mr Trumka, (1+ / 0-)
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    Here is what I would like to see from the leader of the AFL-CIO: fighting leadership.

    When did the AFL-CIO cease being a fighting organization and start being a thank-you society?

    We are facing a new style of Capitalism in the USA which chews up and spits out not only workers, but entire American industries as well.

    We need new and innovative ways to fight back.

    I was at Camp Solidarity for a week in 1989, back when you were still the President of the UMW. We drove up to WV and heard you speak. What an inspiration that speech was. I still have a tape, if not of that speech, then one close to that time. Back then you were the leader of fighting Union. The UMW had conducted an occupation of a plant, strikers were sitting down in the roads, being arrested, putting their homes up as collateral on bail for each other. One miner wept as he told me how a miner who he didn't even know stood up in court to offer up his home. The motto was, "On the line in '89!"

    What the workers are facing now cannot be solved by thankyous, not even by a million thankyous.

    What we need now is to stand up and fight back, and we need a strong leader with some creative ideas at the front of the fight.

    WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For Nov: Voting Rights Martyrs

    by JayRaye on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 01:28:22 PM PST

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