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  •  Here, here. (5+ / 0-)

    I believe that supporting "the lesser evil" may well be required of voters and donors to campaigns who are not linked with an institution.  D-grade economic policies must be tolerated if the alternatives are BOMB BOMB BOMB to the Right and 9/11 CT to the Left.

    Unions, on the other hand, should concentrate on organizing unorganized industries and shops.  To have power, one must build it.  Be sure that your organizing and strike funds are as full as possible.  

    Unorganized industries and shops should be Named and Shamed, and what few union workers and allies remain should be strongly encouraged to look for union labels.  (It seemed to work at the steel mills, where a ban on driving imported cars carried strong informal force.)

    Perhaps a Wal-Mart "Worse Than Scrooge" Christmas Carol would be appropriate, but let Bob Cratchett have to abandon the scantly-laid Thanksgiving table to work at Wal-Mart, where he gets trampled;  then fire Mrs. Cratchett in her widow's weeds for taking Little Tim to the hospital on Christmas Eve.  Then attach real names to those faces.  (If it were 2007, then Little Tim dead on Christmas Day would be plausible, but for ChIP.)

    Or consider an ad that the Super Bowl's broadcasters detest (getting it infinite play on competing stations).  

    On a more cheerful note, how about a mailer with lots of cents-off coupons for products made by union shops?  The health-services industry is poorly unionized and poorly compensated -- why not let consumers know the advantages of choosing a unionized homecare provider?  ("WE make sure that all professional who cares for your beloved knows what they are doing.  Would you rather have an exhausted person earning minimum wage at Grandma's bedside, or an awake, alert professional?")

    I'd also like to make a plea for adjunct professors, but very few of them plan to be adjuncts long enough to endure an organization campaign, and not a few of them detest unions on principle.

    "Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage." -- Lucille Ball

    by Yamaneko2 on Mon May 06, 2013 at 07:49:49 PM PDT

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