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A Sad State of Affairs

I am now in Seattle seeing what the Kshama Sawant campaign is doing. I just went to a meeting of some members of the International Association of Machinists. These are members who opposed the last contract – naturally some of the strongest unionists in their union. I introduced myself as a retired carpenter and an expelled member of the carpenters union. Before I had the chanceto give a single word of explanation, one of the IAM members jumped up, ran over to me, gave me a hug and said “that’s my kind of guy.”

It used to be that such an introduction would immediately raise suspicion — did this guy steal union money? Did he scab? Nowadays it’s just assumed that he stood up to the representatives of the employers who are running our unions.

That is a sad state of affairs in our unions.

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