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CPUSA: Labor Unions Will Not Be Denied

From the Communist Party USA’s Peoples World (formerly the Daily Worker):

AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker, with United Mine Workers leader Cecil Roberts and other UMWA activists, during the 2008 presidential campaign. [Note the ‘Working Families’ banner.]

‘We will not be denied,’ top labor leader says

By John Wojcik
March 1, 2010

ORLANDO, Fla. – As the nation’s union leaders gather here for a meeting of the AFL-CIO executive council, the federation’s executive vice president, Arlene Holt Baker, scoffed at media reports that unions have lower expectations now than they did when Barack Obama was elected president.

"Why should we have lower expectations?" she asked. "His election was a big victory for working families and it remains a major reason we can and will fight like hell for all the thing American workers need – starting with jobs.

Interviewed here this weekend, Holt Baker said, "There are more than 15 million unemployed in need of jobs. This is why we have a five-point jobs program to create massive numbers of public service jobs, infrastructure jobs and extensions of unemployment and COBRA benefits. We will plan this week how this fight will be taken forward and we will not lower our expectations, because the American people are not lowering their expectations. They expect jobs and they expect health care."

The labor movement is aware that the changes are nor coming "as fast as we would like" but that this is due to "the intransigence of powerful forces arrayed against us," she said. "The American people have taken these forces on before and they are doing it again and they and we will not be denied."

Asked about the difficulties in getting health care reform through the Congress and whether labor had hoped for more to be accomplished much sooner, she said, "Again, the message coming from the people is ‘We will not be denied.’ Majorities want health care reformed and labor has helped lead that fight. Because we didn’t get it as fast as we would have liked, that is no reason to give up. We continued to fight and now you see the president fighting. I am proud that the labor movement has helped keep this going."

Turning to labor law reform and passage of the Employee Free Choice Act, which has been stalled in Congress by Republican senators determined to prevent its passage, Holt Baker declared, "Working people will not be denied this either. A clear majority supports unions and a majority of those without unions want to be in unions."

She noted that "we have a president who says it better than anyone else: ‘Unions are not part of the problem. They are part of the solution.’ And we will continue to hold him to that."

The AFL-CIO leader took issue with those who interpret the election of Scott Brown, a Republican, to the Senate in Massachusetts as another sign of labor’s weakening clout at the hands of the Tea Party movement. "Nothing could be further from the truth," she said. "People voting for Scott Brown were expressing frustration about the slow pace of change. The Tea Party opposes health care reform, opposes jobs programs and opposes unions. This is not true of the majority of Scott Brown voters."

Union leaders will use the next three days here to map out a strategy for a massive jobs campaign and for their continuing fight for health care reform. They expect to carry out these battles in the context of the 2010 mid-term elections and say they will be mounting their biggest effort ever during those elections.

Vice President Joe Biden is meeting with the labor leaders on Monday.

Once again, we find Mr. Obama’s and the Democrats’ true agenda most clearly expressed in the pages of the house organ of the CPUSA.

After all, they are speaking to the choir there.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, March 1st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “CPUSA: Labor Unions Will Not Be Denied”

  1. tranquil.night says:

    It’s true. Whenever it’s difficult understanding the President’s willing detachment, vague ideological professions, and hypocritical campaign promises, just look to CPUSA for clarification.

    Now the unions have a 5 point pentagram – err pentaplan – to create massive job growth. MASSIVE! What, is the SEIU going to use it’s own swelling campaign chests to create their very own stimulus for people now? Of course not, they’ll have the UAW liquidate the rest of GM before they use their own (stolen taxpayer) money.

    Years later, it’s still hard to believe that this side of America even exists.

  2. NoNeoCommies says:

    “Unions aren’t part of the problem”
    They ARE the problem.
    Like the ties men wear with dress shirts, unions are an anachronism that need to go away.
    At least the ties are decorative, union thugs are not.

    Workers can collectively bargain without a union and unions can only justify their existence buy highlighting, exacerbating, or causing friction between the employer and employees.

  3. proreason says:

    Everywhere you look in the Dimwit coalition, there are wall-to-wall adolescents stomping their feet and insisting on their rights, at the expense of everybody else.

    I wanna I gotta i needa, me me me me me.

    And at the other end of the bottle (you pick whether its a baby bottle or a booze bottle)…..congressional criminals desperately trying to hang on long enough to ascend to the aristocracy before the golden goose is cooked.

    • jobeth says:

      When are they going to understand the cost of every so called “right” is “responsible behavior”? ( privilege is the correct term for their demands BTW)

      You can’t have one side of that coin with out the other coming with it.


    • JohnMG says:

      …..”the intransigence of powerful forces arrayed against us,”…..

      Who the hell put these words into her mouth? I’m surprised she could pronounce them, and I’d be willing to bet she couldn’t define them if her life depended on it.

      Who is it here at S&L who coined the phrase ‘supercilious twit’? I have a nominee!

    • Petronius says:

      “the intransigence of powerful forces arrayed against us . . . .”

      During the Cold War, members of the Communist Party would respond to criticism of the Soviet Union in precisely these terms. Coincidentally, these are quite the same terms that Nerobama now uses to respond to criticism of his Administration.

      Thus Nerobama always blames his troubles on bad economic conditions that he inherited from Bush, or on the intransigence of Republican obstructionists in Congress and the uncompromising hostility of American capitalists.

      Similarly, whenever a critic pointed out the massive failures of the Soviet economy, whenever someone pointed out that workers in communist countries were much worse off than workers in the West, the Communists would invariably blame this on the backwardness of the economy taken over from capitalists, or on hostile pressure and intransigence from surrounding capitalist, imperialist countries.

      Here the similarity in ideological language chosen by Nerobama, his union pals, and Cold War communists is uncanny.

  4. GetBackJack says:

    1. Royalty in numerous European countries just before their people rose up; … epic slaughter followed.

    2. Assemblies of like minded criminals who ‘vampire’ the society they feed upon. Eventually the people they feed on rise up and … epic slaughter follows.

    3. Religions that pervert the standards of freedom and Conscience; eventually the people so burdened rise up and … epic slaughter follows.

    4. Conglomerates of money, gold and Law who hold the people in bondage, feudalism and indenture through legalisms and brute force; eventually the people rise up and … epic slaughter follows.

    Unions are all of this, plus the hellish insanity of bring born out of the hive that produced Communism. Unions are designed for slavery, and nothing else.

    When the Beast that lies in wait in the general population gets loose, those targeted cry and cry.

    But the slaughter follows nonetheless.

  5. David says:

    Drives me nuts that every one of my paychecks is robbed and part goes to these thugs. Under the “fair” pay system my paycheck gets a cut to pay for a bunch of other graduate students to sit around and eat pizza, waste the Universities time and part goes to the coffers of the AFL-CIO for the further privilege of association with these thugs. Of course if I want to have a say about it and actually join the union then I need to pay even more.

  6. mjwooten says:

    The most recent Gallup poll I could find was from 2005, but it stated that one in ten Americans were in some kind of a labor union.

    OK….10%? If that is true…then we could call this the “Tyranny of the Minority”? I think thou dost think you are a bigger fish than you really are in the grand scheme of things…but…like many of can see…follow the money trail……………….

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