Sunday, September 25, 2005

Unions supporting Republicans?

I don't understand how any unions can support Republicans, don't they realize the decline in Union membership started with Ronald Reagan? ....from Opensecrets.com:

Hart, Melissa (R-PA)
2005-2006 PAC Contributions: $223,622
Based on data released by the FEC on Monday, May 09, 2005.

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Building Trade Unions $5,500

Carpenters & Joiners Union
3/28/2005 $2,500

Laborers Union
5/5/2005 $2,000

Operating Engineers Union
5/18/2005 $1,000

Transportation Unions
6/8/2005 $2,500

Air Line Pilots Assn
6/8/2005 $2,500

The Unions still haven't recovered from the anti-Union Reagan presidency, why on earth would they ever contribute to a Republican?...I'd sure like to know.

From the Baltimore Sun:

An important turning point came in 1981, shortly after Reagan took office, when he fired about 12,000 federal air traffic controllers who went out on strike.

The controllers - represented by one of the few unions that supported Reagan in his bid for presidency, the Professional Air Traffic Controllers' Organization or PATCO - were fired for violating a law that forbids federal workers from striking.

By carrying out his threat to fire the controllers if they did not return to work Reagan not only set limits for public employee unions, but also signaled that it was OK for businesses to play hardball with private sector unions.

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