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How electricians' union became huge force in Pa. elections
Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 05/19/2014 | Bob Warner, I

Posted on 05/20/2014 5:14:50 PM PDT by Kid Shelleen

A relatively small Philadelphia union has become the biggest independent source of campaign money in the state.

Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers has poured $25.6 million into political races since 2000, an Inquirer analysis of campaign records found - more than statewide powerhouses such as the trial lawyers, teachers' unions, or Marcellus Shale gas drillers.

The donations, financed by members' paycheck deductions, have helped turn the local and its business manager, John J. Dougherty Jr., into a potent and even feared political force --snip-- The money Local 98 spends on politics comes entirely from members' paychecks, as a percentage of electricians' pay, which now exceeds $80 an hour (including wages, health benefits, pensions, dues, and other deductions) on standard union jobs

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1 posted on 05/20/2014 5:14:50 PM PDT by Kid Shelleen
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To: Kid Shelleen; Albion Wilde; Tribune7; TAdams8591; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; wireman; Mr. Binnacle; ...
**** Philly Metro Ping ****



2 posted on 05/20/2014 5:18:18 PM PDT by Kid Shelleen (Beat your plowshares into swords. Let the weak say I am strong)
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To: Kid Shelleen

The IBEW “brothahs” around here are a hoot. They have an “I’m The NRA and I Vote” bumper sticker on one end of the rear bumper of their pickup truck and an “Obama/Biden” bumper sticker on the other end. Duh? Some people just don’t “get it.”


3 posted on 05/20/2014 5:21:16 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Shocking!


4 posted on 05/20/2014 5:25:24 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: bigbob

Watt?


5 posted on 05/20/2014 5:34:46 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: Kid Shelleen

That is nice work for a tradesman, $80.00 and hour, and you don’t have to take any risks and face the challenges of being self employed or owning a business.


6 posted on 05/20/2014 5:45:13 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Interesting insight into an organized criminal enterprise. The best part is how easy it is to buy politicians these days.


7 posted on 05/20/2014 5:50:05 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: exit82

Ohm my.


8 posted on 05/20/2014 6:00:07 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: ansel12

But with that comes the loss of freedom, the pressure to be a herd at some mortal man’s call.


9 posted on 05/20/2014 6:01:06 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Most people work for someone, in fact almost everyone does, it isn’t unusual, or bad.


10 posted on 05/20/2014 6:02:15 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: ansel12

You seem particularly clueless here. No wonder you hate and mischaracterize libertarians who know what actual spiritual freedom is about. “Working for someone” on an earthly plane is a jillion light years from letting them harness your soul. These IBEWians are harnessed in Satan’s harness.


11 posted on 05/20/2014 6:07:22 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Oh Jeez, the stalking again?

You came to this thread to bring up some old grudge and make up some nonsense in a personal attack?

Your post isn’t relevant to the thread, nor to my posts, nor does it even make any sense.


12 posted on 05/20/2014 6:13:13 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: ansel12

You keep on showing your dark fire everywhere you go. I was here before you were. But you whine and wail.


13 posted on 05/20/2014 6:14:13 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck; Jim Robinson

You have to end this stalking and personalizing everything, of carrying grudges for months and years, from thread to thread to thread.


14 posted on 05/20/2014 6:18:47 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: ansel12
I was a Chief Steward and an Assistant Business Agent in the IBEW, before Republicans became pariahs.

The $80 buck an hour guys are those that hope to get a 40 hour week. If you work out of the Hall those 40 hour weeks are few and far between in this economy.

The real good guys are grabbed up and paid a different maintenance rate and hope to get enough hours to retire.

15 posted on 05/20/2014 6:35:18 PM PDT by Little Bill (EVICT Queen Jean)
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To: Little Bill

Unions have always been anti-republican, their voters were part of the New Deal coalition.

Even Eisenhower’s reelection of 1956 couldn’t change that.


16 posted on 05/20/2014 6:43:09 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Ohm my.

A good word play gets no resistance from me.

17 posted on 05/20/2014 6:49:28 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: ansel12
Members of my family were founders of the Typographers Union in 1858, they were also active in the Knights of Labor and helped found the AF Of L.

We had been printers in Dublin, Anglo-Irish since 1640, and in Illinois, Iowa and Tennessee. We fought for the Union in The War Between the States.

We were Whigs before 1856 and Republicans there after, as my Aunt used to say, “Billy, we were always Republicans.”

18 posted on 05/20/2014 7:00:23 PM PDT by Little Bill (EVICT Queen Jean)
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To: exit82

True, but how do you rectify the situation?


19 posted on 05/20/2014 7:02:58 PM PDT by Raven6 (Psalm 144:1 and Proverbs 22:3)
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To: Raven6

It’s inductive.


20 posted on 05/20/2014 7:05:38 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: EEGator

That’s what my neighbor Henry says, as well... But his wife has no capacitance for him.


21 posted on 05/20/2014 7:08:09 PM PDT by Raven6 (Psalm 144:1 and Proverbs 22:3)
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To: Raven6

She sounds well grounded.


22 posted on 05/20/2014 7:08:55 PM PDT by jimpick
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To: EEGator; Raven6

Then again, she never knows watts up...


23 posted on 05/20/2014 7:10:17 PM PDT by Raven6 (Psalm 144:1 and Proverbs 22:3)
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To: Raven6

Well, her maiden name is Siemens.


24 posted on 05/20/2014 7:13:09 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: jimpick

She worked as a transformer until she started smoking...


25 posted on 05/20/2014 7:14:31 PM PDT by Raven6 (Psalm 144:1 and Proverbs 22:3)
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To: Little Bill

That makes your family unique, as unionists they must have taken a lot of heat for voting republican.

Unions have always been anti-republican and a part of the left, and democrats.


26 posted on 05/20/2014 7:18:05 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: EEGator

Her first name is Violet, and she has a bad reputation for being a little too willing.


27 posted on 05/20/2014 7:18:12 PM PDT by Raven6 (Psalm 144:1 and Proverbs 22:3)
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To: ansel12
Not really, the AF of L was fairly Republican, the CIO brought the commies in. In order to get organizers John L Lewis made a pact with the devil with the CPSU to obtain what he needed.
28 posted on 05/20/2014 7:37:43 PM PDT by Little Bill (EVICT Queen Jean)
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To: Kid Shelleen

So has any Democrat EVER complained about this type of money being spent to buy politicians.

...of course not.

Just tells you who the Democrats are.


29 posted on 05/20/2014 7:39:37 PM PDT by BobL
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To: Little Bill

Yes really, when were the majority of union members voting republican?


30 posted on 05/20/2014 7:45:26 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: Raven6

Her reputation may have been better with a little resistance.

Some very clever posts in this thread..


31 posted on 05/20/2014 7:50:22 PM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: ansel12

1946, 1948, 1953, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1984. 1986.


32 posted on 05/20/2014 7:53:12 PM PDT by Little Bill (EVICT Queen Jean)
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To: SueRae

“””Some very clever posts in this thread”””

I know it’s shocking and electrifying at the same time.


33 posted on 05/20/2014 8:05:17 PM PDT by jimpick
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To: Little Bill
You can't just make up things.

Here is the union vote from 1948 to 1964 for instance.

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34 posted on 05/20/2014 8:15:21 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: ansel12

That is a chart of the portion of the vote the democrats received, from the two groups listed.


35 posted on 05/20/2014 8:16:57 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: Little Bill

You also seem to have shifted periods, from the distant past that you were making your claims about.


36 posted on 05/20/2014 8:20:14 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: SueRae

It has indeed been fun keeping up with current news concerning the electricians’ unions in PA... ;-)


37 posted on 05/20/2014 8:22:10 PM PDT by Raven6 (Psalm 144:1 and Proverbs 22:3)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Man would I be ticked if I was in that union. Robbing their “working man’s” wages.


38 posted on 05/20/2014 11:42:30 PM PDT by vpintheak (I will not comply!)
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To: Raven6

The resistor mnemonic...nice. :)


39 posted on 05/21/2014 2:06:39 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: HiTech RedNeck

So watts the problem?


40 posted on 05/21/2014 5:05:36 AM PDT by ABN 505
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To: Kid Shelleen
Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers has poured $25.6 million into political races since 2000... - more than statewide powerhouses such as the trial lawyers

More than trial lawyers? Whuut...?

41 posted on 05/21/2014 6:56:22 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The commenters are plenty but the thinkers are few." -- Walid Shoebat)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Union support in NE Philly was the major factor in Brendan Boyle winning the Dem nod for the 13th - he had the least funding of the four candidates. Plus, it helped that there were 3 Montco candidates splitting the vote in that half of the 13th.


42 posted on 05/21/2014 7:19:56 AM PDT by dirtboy
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