Union equates lavish benefits to black civil rights

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    Oh brother.:lol:

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    By: Byron York 03/17/11 7:10 PM
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    Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, speaks at the Keep the Promise rally, a rally to protest pension reform in Maryland, Monday, March 14, 2011, in Annapolis, Md. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has proposed changes to address a troubling$19 billion in unfunded pension liabilities and$16 billion in retiree health liabilities. It would require increased contributions from state employees.-Nick Wass/AP"Madison is just the beginning!" AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka told a union rally in Annapolis on Monday. "Like that old song goes, 'You ain't seen n-n-n-n-nothing yet!' "
    Fresh from defeat in Wisconsin, union leaders are planning a new campaign not just to head off future challenges to their collective bargaining powers but also to make the case that organized labor's benefits and prerogatives -- wages, health care, and pensions that are more generous than those of comparable workers in the private sector -- are the moral equivalent of rights won by black Americans during the civil rights movement.

    To make the point, the AFL-CIO is planning a series of nationwide events on April 4, the 43rd anniversary of the day the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated after speaking in Memphis, Tenn., on behalf of striking black garbage collectors. The message: King's cause, and that of angry schoolteachers in Madison, are one.

    "April 4 [is] the day on which Martin Luther King Jr. gave his life for the cause of public collective bargaining," Trumka said in another speech, in Washington, on Wednesday. And on the AFL-CIO blog, there is this notice: "Join us to make April 4, 2011, a day to stand in solidarity with working people in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and dozens of other states where well-funded, right-wing corporate politicians are trying to take away the rights Dr. King gave his life for."

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    Will it work? After all the demonstrations, and all the speeches, will the public watch protests by angry, nearly all-white, middle-class school teachers with excellent health and retirement plans and think of Martin Luther King? Trumka's AFL-CIO and the big unions are very rich and very powerful. They have the ability to get their message out. But their April 4 strategy might be too ambitious even for them.

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    Union equates lavish benefits to black civil rights | Byron York | Politics | Washington Examiner
     
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    are the moral equivalent of rights won by black Americans during the civil rights movement. I'd be hard pressed if I were black to keep my cool about this. The activists risked violence and death to be treated equal. these union fucks risk nothing to get treated better.

    "April 4 [is] the day on which Martin Luther King Jr. gave his life for the cause of public collective bargaining," That's a blatant lie.


    Wow, I'm a little shocked here. I certainly hope the army of black Rev's come out and denounce this lying asshole.

    If this isn't proof to blacks that the left is using them, nothing can wake them up.
     
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    Where's the outrage from the good Reverends Sharpton and Jackson on this?
    They SHOULD be pissed.
     
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    As usual, the headline isn't backed up by what's in the article.
     
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    "Join us to make April 4, 2011, a day to stand in solidarity with working people in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and dozens of other states where well-funded, right-wing corporate politicians are trying to take away the rights Dr. King gave his life for."

    "It's important for people to make the connection. Martin Luther King was so important to the labor movement. Workers' rights and civil rights go hand in hand. It's a time to remind people what he was fighting for."

    "It is delusion, bordering on abomination, to try to equate what Martin Luther King was doing in Memphis to public workers getting Cadillac benefits for which they contribute very little, or nothing, at taxpayers' expense," says Peter Kirsanow, a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights who has also served on the National Labor Relations Board. "The sanitation workers in Memphis were receiving wages that were so significantly below that which are enjoyed by middle-class teachers in Madison that to try to draw that comparison is offensive. Truly offensive."

    "Union rights are no different than civil rights," Labor Secretary Hilda Solis told officials of the Communications Workers of America during a Wisconsin strategy conference call two weeks ago. "It's a part of our history, it's a part of our culture, it's a part of what has made this country so great."




    Oh yeah, one has NOTHING to do with the other.

    Damn dude, if you are going to lie, try not to be so blatant.
     

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