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  • DoctorJ (291 posts)
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    Labor's Stockholm Syndrome

    http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/37081-labor-s-political-stockholm-syndrome-why-unions-must-stop-supporting-anti-labor-candidates-in-primaries

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    Stockholm syndrome: Feelings of trust or affection felt in certain cases of kidnapping or hostage-taking by a victim towards a captor.

    In the 2016 Democratic primary, US labor unions overwhelmingly endorsed Hilary Clinton and invested millions of dollars in ensuring her nomination. Few eyebrows were raised, despite Clinton’s questionable record and platform towards workers. Why not? Organized labor’s support for political enemies of unions and workers is so common it has become expected. The labor movement suffers from a political Stockholm syndrome, embracing the very politicians who attack them. The embrace of Hillary Clinton, openly hostile to the current campaigns of some of the very unions who endorsed her, exposes the self-destructive absurdity of the situation. An intervention is needed or unions will be hard-pressed to reverse their current decline if they do not shake the Stockholm syndrome and adopt different political strategies.

    Endorsing less-than-friendly politicians is nothing new for US unions but the widespread endorsement of Hilary Clinton is a reductio ad absurdum of the practice. Clinton, in addition to maintaining a general anti-labor slant, has opposed the principal campaigns of some of the very unions endorsing her……

    Great read as usual from truthout

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    Thanks a lot, Turd Way.  You insisted, while we were hemorrhaging seats for 8 years, that Obama was "kicking their ass".   Time to wake up from your dream and get back to what made us great for 60 years.

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  • daleanime (1310 posts)
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    1. Labor really needs to open it's eyes…..

    and look for some real friends.

    When the going gets tough, the tough take care of each other
  • Rosa Luxemburg (908 posts)
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    2. some unions seem like part of the establishment

         
  • Marym625 (12037 posts)
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    3. this is a great article

    I wish it received more attention here.

    Thank you for posting it

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