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Wisconsin union battle ‘helped define’ Democrats, Trumka says (RATS expected to flee again?)
The Hill ^ | 4/04/11 | Kevin Bogardus

Posted on 04/04/2011 9:15:24 PM PDT by Libloather

Wisconsin union battle ‘helped define’ Democrats, Trumka says
By Kevin Bogardus - 04/04/11 05:14 PM ET

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Monday that standoff between public sector unions and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has highlighted the contrasts between the two political parties heading into the 2012 election.

"By and large, I think this helped define the Democratic Party,” Trumka told reporters, adding Democratic lawmakers are now more likely to say that they support unions’ collective bargaining rights than before. “They now say that regularly. Before, it was not as clear-cut.”

He said the skirmish has also put Republicans firmly among the opponents of the labor movement.

“It also helped define the Republicans who say, 'We hate collective bargaining and we will do everything we can to destroy it and working people,'” Trumka said.

Trumka’s comments came on the same day that labor groups, partnering with civil rights and environmental activists, held rallies across the country for union rights on the anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination. King was killed in Memphis, Tenn., in 1968 while leading protests for collective bargaining rights for sanitation workers.

With the MLK events, unions were trying to capitalize on what they say was an outpouring of support for workers' rights in Wisconsin. That energy is being funneled into recall and referendum efforts in Wisconsin and Ohio over union legislation.

Trumka said the rejuvenation of the labor movement should bolster President Obama’s reelection campaign, which officially began Monday. The union leader said labor had problems motivating their members during the 2010 elections, but he predicted that wouldn’t be the case in 2012.

“Will we able to motivate them this time? Thank Scott Walker. Thank [Republican Ohio Gov. John] Kasich. Thank a couple more for giving us a clean-cut edge,” Trumka said. “They support workers and collective bargaining; they don’t.”

While much attention has paid to battles over labor rights in Wisconsin and Ohio, other efforts to curb union influence have popped up in other states. Trumka said this is a coordinated strategy to not just curtail labor but other progressive groups. He cited examples of voter identification bills being introduced in several statehouses and other measures that could limit voting by young people and immigrants.

“When you look at from 30,000 feet down, it is definitely a well-put together strategy by the Republicans to kill or to sap the strength of all progressive groups,” Trumka said. “This is just isn’t against labor.”

Asked if President Obama could have done more to fight back against Walker’s anti-collective bargaining rights bill, Trumka said the White House provided the appropriate response.

“All of us could have done more. Every last one of us could have done more both before, during and now. So yeah, he could have done more, but I think he made the appropriate things,” Trumka said. “One, he said publicly that he supports workers and the right to collectively bargain. Two, he faced up those governors.”

The labor leader said it was important that workers know that the president supports collective bargaining rights.

“I think he said that,” he said.

Trumka also said he would bet on Obama winning the White House again.

“If I was wagering on the next election, I would rather be in Obama’s shoes than anyone else’s,” Trumka said.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: democrats; govtunion; trumka; unions; wisconsin; wisconsinshowdown
So much for unions being bipartisan.
1 posted on 04/04/2011 9:15:29 PM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather
TRUMKA MONGO
2 posted on 04/04/2011 9:18:47 PM PDT by FrankR (The Evil Are Powerless If The Good Are Unafraid! - R. Reagan)
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To: Libloather

I agree. The Democrats fled the state and refused to deal with the realities of the massive overspending that tanked our states and federal government. It is now crystal clear the Democrats have their head in the sand.


3 posted on 04/04/2011 9:19:41 PM PDT by ilgipper
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To: Libloather

Yes, it defined Democrats as looters and moochers.


4 posted on 04/04/2011 9:21:11 PM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: Libloather

Oh yeah...most are full bore libtards...

Of course....there are other people in unions too...

Greedy capitalist pigs who are only using the mouth breathers for the money...

Myself being the latter...

*grin*


5 posted on 04/04/2011 9:23:17 PM PDT by Crim
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To: Libloather

I think this battle DEFINED the Democrats in ways he may not want to have to accept.


6 posted on 04/04/2011 9:24:00 PM PDT by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts))
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To: ilgipper
It is now crystal clear the Democrats have their head in the sand.

And their hands in the cookie jar!

7 posted on 04/04/2011 9:30:13 PM PDT by vigilante2 (Reelect nobody)
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To: BobL

“I think this battle DEFINED the Democrats in ways he may not want to have to accept.”

Communists!


8 posted on 04/04/2011 9:32:49 PM PDT by A Strict Constructionist (Oligarchy...never vote for the Ivy League candidate.)
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To: BobL
Cut and run...then claim it's just like fighting in Afghanistan... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwixYYFmSHI&feature=player_embedded needs to go viral...
9 posted on 04/04/2011 9:35:54 PM PDT by Crim
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To: BobL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwixYYFmSHI&feature=player_embedded


10 posted on 04/04/2011 9:36:41 PM PDT by Crim
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To: Libloather

The article mentions SEIU-organized union solidarity rallies. I looked for news of them and they barely registered a blip. Yay for our bigger and better side!


11 posted on 04/04/2011 9:37:01 PM PDT by tunedin
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To: TigersEye

Yes, it defined Democrats as looters and moochers.

Naw, more like looters and scooters


12 posted on 04/04/2011 9:37:30 PM PDT by gunner03
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To: Liz; AT7Saluki; writer33
"I would rather be in Obama’s shoes than anyone else’s," Trumka said.


13 posted on 04/04/2011 9:39:31 PM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: vigilante2

It’s more like suffering from cranial rectilitus.


14 posted on 04/04/2011 9:42:20 PM PDT by willibeaux (de ole Korean War vet age 81)
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To: FrankR
"By and large, I think this helped define the Democratic Party,”

Yep. Communists. Every one of them...

15 posted on 04/04/2011 10:08:43 PM PDT by April Lexington (Study the Constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: Libloather
He said the skirmish has also put Republicans firmly among the opponents of the labor movement.

Porky the Communist got that one right...

16 posted on 04/04/2011 10:10:01 PM PDT by April Lexington (Study the Constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: FrankR
'We hate collective bargaining and we will do everything we can to destroy it and working people,'”

Hey,Trumka, you smelly socks communist! What does collective bargaining have to do with working people who pay taxes? Nothing, you *sshole...

17 posted on 04/04/2011 10:11:50 PM PDT by April Lexington (Study the Constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: Libloather
I would rather be in Obama’s shoes than anyone else’s,” Trumka said.

I think you mean pants, Trumka...

18 posted on 04/04/2011 10:12:59 PM PDT by April Lexington (Study the Constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: Libloather
“When you look at from 30,000 feet down, it is definitely a well-put together strategy by the Republicans to kill or to sap the strength of all progressive groups,” Trumka said. “This is just isn’t against labor.”

Chubby little pecker isn't completely wrong here...

19 posted on 04/04/2011 10:14:04 PM PDT by April Lexington (Study the Constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: Libloather

I get some of these union bosses mixed up...is Trumpka the one making $520,000 per year or was it $640,000.

I think the NEA Boss is the one making $640k.


20 posted on 04/04/2011 11:10:48 PM PDT by proudpapa
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To: Libloather
"By and large, I think this helped define the Democratic Party,”

Yes, it does.

It CONFIRMS what most of us have known all along, which is that the Democrat Party is run by the Union thugs, the Democrat politicians are assholes who will shirk their duty to The Will of the People, and put their survival first; public second.

Running away because you LOST and WERE A MINORITY because a change was wanted is somehow heroic?

Gimme a break....these extortion and strong-arm tactics deserve public hangings, jail terms, etc.

21 posted on 04/05/2011 1:25:39 AM PDT by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: Libloather

At least they and their Dem lackeys had to come out openly against American voters & taxpayers; they are the anti-TEA Party (at a time when the most Americans feel they are Taxed Enough Already).


22 posted on 04/05/2011 3:23:12 AM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: Libloather

Today, April 5 will help RE-Define the November 2010 election here in WI. GET OUT and vote Supreme Court Judge PROSSER today. This is a national battle, not just a Wiscosnin battle.

This is NOT a small election, but a very, very important one. I sense a groundswell like in November here in Wisconsin for this SC Judge Prosser vote. Similar to the feeling in November 2010. Hope I am right.

Get your Wisconsin family and friends out to vote today. It’s SHOWTIME here in WI. Let our light shine!

Don’t you just LOVE flyover country?


23 posted on 04/05/2011 6:32:18 AM PDT by WaterWeWaitinFor (Prosser needs our VOTES on April 5. Bring your whole family and friends)
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