Skip to comments.Union Boss 'Repulsed by Some of Our Supposed Brothers and Sisters Lining Up With Job Killers
Posted on 03/10/2012 11:24:48 AM PST by Mount Athos
Unions may be united in working to re-elect President Barack Obama, but their leaders also are trying to repair bitter divisions over his rejection of an oil pipeline from Canada to Texas.
Trade unions representing workers who stand to benefit from thousands of new construction jobs from the Keystone XL pipeline are furious at other unions that joined environmentalists in opposing the project.
The issue reflects a decades-old conflict between union leaders who believe creating jobs is paramount and others who are more strongly aligned with progressive groups on environmental and social causes.
After the White House blocked the pipeline in January, Laborers union president Terry O'Sullivan said he was "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."
His harsh words were directed at groups such as the Transport Workers Union and the Amalgamated Transit Union, which said the risk of possible oils spills and environmental contamination outweighed the benefit of new jobs.
Several larger unions, including the Communications Workers and Auto Workers, also jumped in with praise for Obama, agreeing with his administration's arguments that a quick deadline forced by Republicans didn't provide enough time for a fair review.
O'Sullivan was livid that unions whose members had no jobs to gain or lose from the project would make their opposition public while construction unions struggling with 17 percent unemployment in the industry are desperate for any jobs.
Union workers were disappointed when Alaskan lines were stopped, too. Apparently, the Unions do as they are told....and part of that is “shut up”.
Maybe if we're really lucky, we can watch one group of union thugs "cross the line" of another group of union thugs. Howsabout that hope-n-change now?
Unions tend to cut their noses off to spite their faces.
They all need to focus on getting oil and gas prices down to fuel the economy, and they need to focus on what it take to create manufacturing jobs in the USA, including lower wages, breaking down the minimum wage laws so that companies have more flexibility for lower skill positions, and basically telling the “progressive” democrats to pound sand.
What, this guy thinks unions are about jobs? He better hope his members never figure it out.
Pray for America
We tend to think of the guy with the shovel only, but there is a myriad of support entities with this kind of project.
hell, even the daily-work guys would get a piece of that pie.
I love it when they feed on their own. No better way to expose the hypocrisy to the zombies.
Thanks Mount Athos.
Economic forces created the Reagan Democrat. It can happen again.
I remember “Reagan Democrats”.
They were a lot like this.
If the union guys want to settle this between themselves in the street,I’ve got plenty of baseball bats,pipes and pitchforks I’d be willing to loan them.
If the union members ever learn how to think for themselves and make their own decisions, things will get ugly fast for the commie union bosses.
The Wisconsin job killers. The Democrats in the Senate voted unanimously to kill the mining bill that would have provided thousands of union jobs in Nothern WI.
On Tuesday, Sen. Miller, along with Sen. King, Sen. Jauch, Sen. Carpenter and the rest of their caucus, voted to kill the only bill that could have passed the full Legislature and brought thousands of jobs to Wisconsin. When the mining company pulled up its stakes hours later, it was his caucus vote, not ours, that caused it.
Its clear that Sen. Miller is feeling major pressure from citizens, businesses, unemployed workers and even one labor leader who said that Senate Democrats are certainly not job creators, and in fact they’re job killers. Hes also likely feeling pressure from members of his own caucus, because he led them over the cliff on the states top issue.
For other members of a labor confederation to actively work against jobs for unions in the same confederation seems to be, well, unseemly. Indeed, I might even choose the word "repulsive", as Mr. O'Sullivan did.
If members of a labor confederation cannot even abstain from working actively against other members' interests, then maybe the confederation idea itself isn't working.
Perhaps LIUNA should consider removing itself and its considerable funding from the AFL-CIO. They have already left the BlueGreen Alliance over the Keystone issue.
It doesn't make much sense for LIUNA to fund a labor confederation that actively works against its members' interests.
Unions used to represent people with hard hats and lunch buckets, but since the 70’s, Industrial unions have been killing off industries like auto and steel. Now, unionized workers predominantly represent white collar types who work in organizations that regulate manufacturing companies out of business. Oil companies are next.
Unions exist to intimidate by threatening violence and to launder money for the Democrat party. They have squat to do with creating or protecting jobs. Is this guy repulsed enough to leave the plantation?
Unions. Collective stupidity with an ID card.
Let’s cut the BS - the unions don’t give a damn about the hard-hat working man. They know their growth industry is in govt and they sold blue-collar Joe out years ago to the enviros. It’s time someone pointed out the elephant in the room.