Well, I won't get into the details of this article, but it's not surprising that the Teamsters are willing to deal with Bush. The Teamsters went over to the Republicans when Robert Kennedy mounted his vendetta against Jimmy Hoffa, which was supposedly an anti-corruption crusade. But how were the Teamsters more corrupt than any of the other unions.
Then clinton screwed them over again, again on the pretence of controlling corruption--but in fact acting more corruptly than any previous teamsters had ever done. So as soon as it was safe to do so, it's not surprising that Jimmy Hoffa Jr. went back to the Republicans.
Labor has long connections with the Democrats. But many of the rank and file are social conservatives. They don't necessarily follow their leaders in supporting abortion and perversion.
posted on 03/28/2002 9:19:26 AM PST
This must be the first article ever in the "New Republic" excoriating the Teamsters for their corruption and ties to organized crime. Of course, the bigger issue for leftists is ANWR and not the 25,000 union jobs ANWR will create, once again demonstrating that the working man and the left have fewer and fewer things in common.
"...how were the Teamsters more corrupt than any of the other unions?"
By being somewhat more willing to kill off dissident members than, say, the Garment Workers.
posted on 03/28/2002 9:37:28 AM PST
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