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  •  Part must be politics (8+ / 0-)

    (Sorry for not going to AFLCIO2013, I'm a legally blind former union member who can only read so much.)  Public employees, NLRB, OSHA, and other factors demand a political side.  Politicians haven't been doing good by unions.  AFL-CIO & other working people's groups need to establish rating systems for politicians which include criteria under which politicians can't be supported in the future.  Now & then we need to be able to tell politicians, "On this vote you're with us or against us" - and have consequences.  When major party candidate have proven themselves to fail the criteria for support, we must be willing to support alternatives (a Bernie Sanders can win at times and a willingness to go elsewhere might put pressure on Democrats).  Whether it's using politics to limit the impact of attacks on unions, or maintaining government programs for working people in a time of less unions, working people need to push a political agenda.

    "We all too often have socialism for the rich and rugged free capitalism for the poor." - Martin Luther King Jr.

    by workingwords on Mon May 06, 2013 at 01:10:42 PM PDT

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