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April 16, 2003

Teamsters Link With Anti-Labor Group

Well, the Teamsters obsession with ANWR oil drilling has led them to an alliance with a group, the Council of Republicans for Environmental Advocacy (CREA), in forming a new "Labor Environment Alliance." While the press stories make it sound like the Teamsters are teaming up with a moderate GOP group that just matches its pro-drilling agenda, it's far worse.

Look at the links promoted by the CREA here. Who is included? A range of rightwing groups like the Christian Coalition, the Free Congress Foundation, and Citizens for a Sound Economy.

But most outrageously, the Teamsters have hooked up with a group like CREA that promotes the main antiunion group, the NATIONAL RIGHT TO WORK COMMITTEE as experts on "constitutional issues."

The NRWC is so anti-union, they did a mass mailing denouncing the firefighters union for promoting funding for firefighting as making "a shameful post-9-11 power grab at the expense of our homeland security and troops overseas." In the wake of 911 heroism by firefighters in NYC, this was such an obscene comment that even Tom Delay, whose name had been attached to the letter, had to disavow it.

It's a fact of life that unions like other political actors support bills some of their allies don't like. But those are one-off alliances on a particular issue. For the Teamsters to form a permanent organization in league with a group that promotes the National Right to Work Committee is a direct betrayal of other unions. It's disgusting and outrageous.

Posted by Nathan at April 16, 2003 02:01 PM

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Someone please tell me where the guarantee is in ANWR that the work done there will be by unionized firms or firms that will allow unions to organize without unlawful interference by management.

Do the Teamsters actually think they're going to represent these workers - that is, represent them without having to go through all the usual tooth-and-nail fighting to win recognition?

Why are the Teamsters supporting this???

Posted by: The Tooth at April 16, 2003 02:34 PM

There's a duplicate line in your post.
I thought the Teamsters broke with the Republicans after a recent flap (DeLay again, or Bush?). It would be nice to have them canvassing for the Dems, I guess that won't happen.

Posted by: John Isbell at April 16, 2003 03:48 PM

Tooth- actually the ANWR legislation does guarantee that most of the work will be union, under what's called a Project Labor Agreement. Ironically, Bush has banned states using federal money from doing project labor agreements themselves, but used it to get the building trades and Teamsters onboard for ANWR.

See here

Posted by: Nathan Newman at April 16, 2003 03:55 PM

How clued are the rank and file? Is there any opposition group that would bring up the tie with NRWC, and maybe frighten the leadership back a bit??

PS: you gotta fix this line:

>denouncing the firefighters that denounced the firefighters union

Posted by: doesn't matter at April 17, 2003 03:15 PM

Labor Unions, like most democrats, practice an egalitarian ideology of "fairness" and "equality". (?) What it comes down to in the end of their Marxist thought and anti-concept of what is right, is that the ass-kissers, back-stabbers, and other collectivist, subjective do- nothing, power-hungry Pinks in labor unions are the ones to reap the benifits of their extortion. Labor Unions = nepotism, non-productivity, the least able, anti-individualism, anti-work, anti-mind, anti-reason, and anti-rationalism. These, and the theft of workers income, produce nothing more than a non-productive, lazy, useless, and shoddy society. You should all be proud of what you have done; and proud of your leaders: Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, and Josef Stalin. Be proud, union loosers!

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