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Dropkicks lend their voices to labor battle
Boston Herald ^ | September 14, 2010 | Christine McConville

Posted on 09/14/2010 2:02:39 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement

It didn’t take much to convince Ken Casey, frontman for the Dropkick Murphys, to jump into one of the state’s most pitched labor battles.

“It seems like the right thing to do,” Casey said yesterday about the Boston band’s work with 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, a controversial labor group that represents 35,000 Massachusetts nurses, nursing home assistants and at-home health aides.

Labor organizers say The Dropkicks’ shoutout to a Service Employees International Union local is the first time a music group has used a union campaign as a central theme in a video.

“It seems like a cruel irony that the very people who provide care for us sometimes cannot afford health care for their families,” Casey told the Pulse. So next week, right before the Sept. 21 Red Sox [team stats] game, the Dropkick Murphys and 1199 SEIU members will hand out free copies of the band’s new video - which illustrates the organizing campaign - to 10,000 members of Red Sox Nation.

Later, the band will host a party at McGreevey’s Irish Pub and Sports Bar on Boylston Street.

In a very punk rock way, the band is lending its voice to the SEIU affiliate’s push for higher wages and improved benefits, better working conditions and increased training opportunities for current and future members.

“I grew up in a union family, so the subject has always been near and dear to me,” said Casey, 41, a Milton native who spent some of his formative years at St. Mary’s of the Hills and Catholic Memorial High School.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: boston; dropkickmurphys; music; rockandroll; seiu; unions
Sweet, their music is as bad as their politics.
1 posted on 09/14/2010 2:02:43 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement

Flogging Molly is better anyway.


2 posted on 09/14/2010 2:07:06 PM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: ConservativeStatement

I like the DKM ... heavy metal with bagpipes.

They did that song from The Departed (”I’m shipping off to Boston”), the Red Sox song (”Tessie”), and a pretty slick version of “When Johnny comes marching home”.

Don’t care much about their politics

SnakeDoc


3 posted on 09/14/2010 2:10:42 PM PDT by SnakeDoctor ("Talk low, talk slow, and don't say too much." -- John Wayne)
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To: ConservativeStatement; 537cant be wrong; Aeronaut; ├čudda├čudd; bassmaner; Bella_Bru; ...
Labor organizers say The Dropkicks’ shoutout to a Service Employees International Union local is the first time a music group has used a union campaign as a central theme in a video.
4 posted on 09/14/2010 2:17:53 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ask yourself,where does Saudi Arabia fit on a scale of "passive" to "moderate" to "extremist" Islam?)
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To: SnakeDoctor

The Clash was a lefty political band but there were a few songs I liked. I just never got into this band.


5 posted on 09/14/2010 2:18:10 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: ConservativeStatement

Nothing good from them after DO OR DIE!


6 posted on 09/14/2010 2:19:13 PM PDT by filospinato
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To: SnakeDoctor
Give me the Real McKenzies...


7 posted on 09/14/2010 2:19:33 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ask yourself,where does Saudi Arabia fit on a scale of "passive" to "moderate" to "extremist" Islam?)
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To: ConservativeStatement

The Clash were more talk and posture. Same as the MC5.


8 posted on 09/14/2010 2:20:14 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ask yourself,where does Saudi Arabia fit on a scale of "passive" to "moderate" to "extremist" Islam?)
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To: a fool in paradise

When will the Shanty Irish stop being tools for the dems? I guess about the same time as the plantation mentality blacks.


9 posted on 09/14/2010 2:21:41 PM PDT by marlon ("They talk about me like a dog" Barack Obama)
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To: ConservativeStatement

London Calling was my favorite album when I was a kid.

Still love it, even though I now know Joe Strummer was a bit out there.


10 posted on 09/14/2010 2:43:11 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: marlon

Real McKenzies were a Canadian band with a Scottish singer.

Then you’ve got singers like Billy Bragg who are outright Communists.


11 posted on 09/14/2010 2:46:49 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ask yourself,where does Saudi Arabia fit on a scale of "passive" to "moderate" to "extremist" Islam?)
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To: Retired Greyhound
I have a cousin who had that in an 8-track. Clampdown and Brixton were two of their best songs, too, in addition to the title track.
12 posted on 09/14/2010 3:04:06 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: ConservativeStatement

...cause if there’s anything that union workers need...it’s higher pay (rolling eyes)


13 posted on 09/14/2010 3:06:31 PM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: ConservativeStatement
Dropkicks rooting for the SEIU?












LOL. I kill me!
14 posted on 09/15/2010 1:48:57 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Pardon him...he is a barbarian, and thinks that the customs of his tribe ... are the laws of nature)
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