Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Keep on Keeping on Stew


Stewart Acuff is the Director of Organizing at the AFL-CIO and blogger-extraordinaire for the Huffington Post.   His Huffington Post biography includes a generous quote from AFL-CIO head President John Sweeney, where Sweeney notes Acuff’s “strong leadership skills and a deep passion for the potential of unions to lift working people’s lives.”

This “deep passion” is evident in his coherent blog today on the Huffington Post.  A summary follows:

After reminding his readers of the sacrifice many union members made on 9-11, he took today’s anniversary as an opportunity to remind us all of the aftermath “of one of America’s greatest tragedies”—the disallowing of the unionization of the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration.

This is unfair, Acuff says, because unions are the ones “who stand up to the greed and arrogance of the corporations who have ripped off our country for 30 years who believe they have a right to live like kings on the backs of America’s workers.”

He moves onto health care. Health care reform is essential, he writes, because then we can “force ABC rats to pay for healthcare and allow good union employers to better compete with rat bastards.”  Rat bastards, he states, includes the Chamber of Commerce.

And right in the middle of phrases like “sweat of your brow,” “best defenders of democracy,” “Are you not your brother’s keeper,” “love one another,” and “It’s easier for a camel to get through the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”

Acuff intones that the “Radical Rightwing” [sic] says “greed is good,”—before invoking Nazis, Fascists, Dr. King, Frederick Douglas, Sam Adams, and Jesus as a construction worker.

The piece finally ends with this little gem: “Keep on brothers and sisters. Fight on. Don’t lose faith. Don’t lose hope. History is made by people like us. Healthcare for all. Employee Free Choice Act. Let’s make history.”

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