Steelworkers Tell Gov. Palin to Stop Using Them as a Prop
by alexmhogan, Tue Sep 09, 2008 at 05:59:41 AM EDT
Gov. Sarah Palin's has tried to puff up her populist, blue-collar credentials by bringing up her husband's membership in the United Steelworkers union, but Steelworkers International President Leo Gerard isn't buying it.
Ms. Palin needs to stop trotting out her husband as an exhibit until she explains her positions on workers' issues. Just exactly where does she stand on the Employee Free Choice Act?
Her family has benefitted from her husband's ability to be part of a labor union. Workers in labor organizations earn higher wages and are more likely to have pensions and health insurance. Because he works for BP and is a member of the USW, which collectively bargained a good contract for workers at BP, Todd Palin earns a good wage and has good health insurance. The Employee Free Choice Act would make it easier for other Americans to join unions and earn better money and obtain health insurance. Polling shows that 70 percent of Americans support for the Employee Free Choice Act.
Inquiring minds want to know, Ms. Palin. Where do you stand on Employee Free Choice? Where do you stand on privatization of social security? Where do you stand on job-killing free trade?
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