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Letter to the Editor
Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

Unions & liberalism

Regarding the news story “AFL-CIO president Trumka is calling for liberal alliance” (Sept. 16 and TribLIVE.com): Richard Trumka is either delusional or deceitful. Why would he want to partner with liberal groups to try to turn union membership around?

Blind faith to liberal ideas and concepts is precisely the reason why unions are losing membership and not getting new members. Union workers typically do not trend liberal.

Steelworkers, autoworkers, mine workers, carpenters, iron workers, boilermakers, electricians, police, firemen, etc., are rarely liberals, nor do they subscribe to liberal dogma and policies. These union people are hardworking, self-reliant, patriotic and gun-loving, to name a few things that are anathema to liberalism.

The story states that “(u)nions partnered with student groups to oppose the Vietnam War.” That is simply nonsense!

Union members and their blue-collar brethren were the people who fought the Vietnam War. I recall when construction workers used to harass and rough up the war protesters when the protesters got anywhere near them.

The unions, like any other entity that embraces liberalism, suffer in the end.

Bill Soost

Bellevue

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