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Labor union quits alliance with greens over Keystone pipeline (RATS in disarray)
The Hill ^ | 1/20/12 | Andrew Restuccia

Posted on 01/20/2012 3:45:50 PM PST by Libloather

Labor union quits alliance with greens over Keystone pipeline
By Andrew Restuccia - 01/20/12 02:35 PM ET

The Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) left the BlueGreen Alliance on Friday, citing a disagreement with the group’s members over the Keystone XL pipeline.

LIUNA, a vocal Keystone supporter, took aim at other unions for opposing the project.

“We’re repulsed by some of our supposed brothers and sisters lining up with job killers like the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council to destroy the lives of working men and women,” LIUNA General President Terry O’Sullivan said in a statement.

The BlueGreen Alliance, a coalition of environmental groups and labor unions, confirmed LIUNA’s exit Friday afternoon.

“The BlueGreen Alliance regrets the decision of the Laborers' International Union of North America to leave our strategic partnership of labor and environmental organizations,” the group’s executive director, David Foster, said in a statement.

The move underscores the intense political divide among unions over the pipeline, which would carry oil sands crude from Alberta, Canada, to refineries along the Gulf Coast.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said earlier this month that the group’s membership has been unable to come to a unified position on the pipeline.

Many unions — including the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the Teamsters, the United Association of Plumbers and Pipe Fitters for the United States and Canada and others — support the pipeline. But some labor groups, including the Amalgamated Transit Union and the Transport Workers Union, oppose it.

LIUNA’s decision to leave the BlueGreen Alliance comes just two days after President Obama rejected Keystone, blaming the decision on a 60-day deadline imposed by Republicans. The GOP has vowed to work to reverse the decision legislatively.

A group of unions applauded Obama’s decision in a statement this week.

The Blue-Green alliance was formally launched in 2006, and grew out of a less-formal collaboration between the Sierra Club and the United Steelworkers.

It now also includes the Service Employees International Union, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Communications Workers of America, the National Wildlife Federation, the United Auto Workers, the Union of Concerned Scientists and several other unions.

The group has not taken a position on the Keystone XL pipeline.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: greens; keystone; pipeline; unions
...alliance with greens...

Isn't that racist?

1 posted on 01/20/2012 3:46:04 PM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

lol!


2 posted on 01/20/2012 3:47:51 PM PST by brivette
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To: Libloather

Well, a withdrawal of an alliance would certainly be.

Calling uncle Martin. Uncle Martin, please pick up the white courtesy phone.


3 posted on 01/20/2012 3:48:18 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Listen up RNC. If we wind up with Mitt Romney, you're not getting my vote in November.)
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To: Libloather

Wake me up when the union endorses a Republican for anything.


4 posted on 01/20/2012 3:51:48 PM PST by Argus
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To: Libloather

This is all a front!! They will toe the line come November!


5 posted on 01/20/2012 3:51:48 PM PST by Forrestfire (("To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society." Theodore Roosevelt))
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To: Libloather

More examples of the failure of the educational system, especially in math. This decision was obviously politically motivated. Obama will retain one vote for every eight he loses on this. Keep up the good work, and perhaps not even the Republicans will be able to lose.


6 posted on 01/20/2012 3:52:07 PM PST by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Libloather

meaningless, they will support the Dems as always


7 posted on 01/20/2012 3:55:17 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Libloather.


8 posted on 01/20/2012 4:05:08 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: Libloather

I never thought I would be on the side of Unions.


9 posted on 01/20/2012 4:05:13 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Libloather

And in Michigan we have a group of UAW members calling for right to work legislation.


10 posted on 01/20/2012 4:08:29 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Libloather

Worry not. The 0 will give them North Dakota as a toy.


11 posted on 01/20/2012 4:09:40 PM PST by chooseascreennamepat (The response to 1984 is 1776.)
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To: Forrestfire
They will toe the line come November!

You got that right, plus the cash they will contribute.

12 posted on 01/20/2012 4:15:47 PM PST by radioone (Obama 2008 -“If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.” GO NEWT)
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To: Libloather

“I am become Barry, destroyer of jobs...”


13 posted on 01/20/2012 4:17:54 PM PST by NeverForgetBataan (I am become Barry, destroyer of wealth......)
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To: Forrestfire

I respectfully disagree. Unions are hurting right now (money wise) because of a reduction of union workers thus dues. The pipeline would be a boon for the unions and they know it. People vote with their wallets and this panic by the unions is a demonstration how important this pipeline is to our economy.


14 posted on 01/20/2012 4:18:30 PM PST by Son-Joshua (son-joshua)
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To: Libloather

Welding and pipefitting workers in a fight with TWU (railroad) union.

Guess we all know why that is don’t we?

Warren Buffet bought a railroad and wants the oil shipped by train and Obama supports him and his banker buddies on it.


15 posted on 01/20/2012 4:19:18 PM PST by Chewbacca (woof woof. That's my other wookie impression.)
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To: GeronL

We shall see.


16 posted on 01/20/2012 4:21:41 PM PST by firebrand
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To: GeronL
meaningless, they will support the Dems as always

The leadership will -- and the money they contribute to the Dems means something, too. But I'm not so sure about the members. They've known for a long time that the Dems support their Marxist organizing, but the Republicans support their jobs.

None of what I just said applies to public employee unions, though, which is where all the union power now lies.

17 posted on 01/20/2012 4:24:18 PM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: Libloather

and the RATS, take another one in the.........HA ha!!!

18 posted on 01/20/2012 4:26:40 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Forrestfire

They will tow the line on a promise from the great one.


19 posted on 01/20/2012 4:27:27 PM PST by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: Libloather
Oops.


20 posted on 01/20/2012 4:52:58 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Obama's War on Prosperity is killing me)
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To: Libloather

Sooner or later, labor is going to realize that even really right wingers - like me - really DO want workers to have good jobs, and that folks like me respect laborers much, much more than we respect ANY liberal marshmallow slime mold.

My garbageman is much higher in rank than my (currently democrat) representative.


21 posted on 01/20/2012 4:55:10 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Libloather

Awesome when Lib constituencies start falling out. Zero has to balance Labor vs. Greenies with Keystone, and also Hollywood vs. Silicone Valley with SOPA. It’s what you get when you refuse to be President for *all* the people. Let the crackup continue....


22 posted on 01/20/2012 4:59:58 PM PST by kevao
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To: Libloather

These other folks have been “the greens” for a long time. ...keeps the riff-raff from getting any ideas about starting new businesses.

The Fragmenting of the New Class Elites, or, Downward Mobility
http://volokh.com/2011/10/31/the-fragmenting-of-the-new-class-elites-or-downward-mobility/


23 posted on 01/20/2012 5:12:04 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: Libloather

Obama chose the WORRIES of his environmentalist cronies over the FAMILIES of union workers.
The union workers are all going, “So this is what the underside of a bus looks like.”


24 posted on 01/20/2012 6:07:41 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: GeronL

Unions must learn—Obama isn’t your friend. He sold you out for a few liberal votes—What can you expect from a man who never worked a day in his life.


25 posted on 01/20/2012 9:08:44 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Libloather

26 posted on 01/21/2012 6:40:17 AM PST by KeyLargo
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