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Richard Trumka: How a tired old union hack misses the point completely

November 20, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Once upon a time, the union boss was hated and feared on Wall Street, now he or she is just ridiculed or ignored – or propped up in front of the TV cameras to serve as a convenient scapegoat for why you’re paying for Wall Street failures.

Little does the Party of Wall Street suspect that, indeed, they are right – union hacks like Trumka are precisely the reason why you are footing the bill for GM mismanagement, and Goldman Sachs’ venality. The unions sold you out to cash in on the virtuous cycle of ever bigger defense budgets, rising employment fueled by wars and economic predation, and an ever growing slush fund of union dues.

Now the bills have come due, and Goldman Sachs wants to blame the UAW because Ford, GM and Chrysler can’t build a decent automobile at a competitive price – a price that requires that an American standard of living be readjusted to conform to Chinese wage levels.

Watch below as Richard Trumka whines like a bitch for a return to the good old days when American union bosses marched hand in hand with corporate predators in support of the Johnson-Nixon carpet bombing of Vietnamese villages.

Richard L. Trumka’s remarks at the Spotlight on Jobs Crisis forum.

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  1. Maria Gibeault
    November 20, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    The first soundbyte that caught my attention was how he “is sure we would have been in a depression”, as opposed to recession. There is no definition, or mark that changes a recession to a depression. This is just a name given to the major recession of the past. It wasn’t even named that until shit got better. Now I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m feeling a little depressed. Perhaps in the future we will call this “the second great depression.” To maintain that it could be worse, we could be in a depression; is one more way to pull the wool a little further over the eyes of the plumbers with six packs. At this point though, it is not so much a wool cap over the eyes but wool socks being pulled off. Misinformation is out of control.

    • charley2u
      November 24, 2009 at 11:19 am

      Oh, yes! Of all things the stupid American worker must always be informed that it could be worse. He/She must always live with the implied threat that the chronic misery of slavery is preferable to absolute starvation resulting from capital flight.

      At least until absolute starvation becomes necessary.

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