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Labor unions will pick and choose their own candidates when it comes to money in the wake of 2009 legislative session

Post by News Tribune Staff on July 17, 2009 at 3:02 pm with No Comments »
July 17, 2009 3:02 pm

Labor unions are still upset about how they were treated by the Democrat-controlled Legislature this last time around, so they no longer will give blindly to legislative leadership committees.


I missed the original announcement about the creation of the DIME (Don’t Invest in More Excuses) political action committee. But Tom Geiger over the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21 sent out a news release that said UFCW and the Machinists are buying into the concept.


“The DIME PAC is a way for unions to be able to control how and where our political contributions are spent. Up until now we have often given money to the Democratic Party’s various political funds, and then the Party leadership has determined who gets it or how it should be spent. It has proven to be a failed model.”


Pretty strong language for the labor folks.


Here’s some background on the DIME PAC, courtesy of the Seattlepi.com post on Monday.


It will be interesting to see how all this works out for the 2010 legislative races.


UFCW 21 and Machinists 751 issue statement on new DIME PAC


7/17/09

From: Dave Schmitz, President UFCW 21,

Larry Brown, Legislative & Political Director Aerospace Machinists 751


UFCW 21 and the Machinist Union are strong believers in the recently announced change in how we in the labor movement in our state will act in future elections. The DIME PAC is a way for unions to be able to control how and where our political contributions are spent. Up until now we have often given money to the Democratic Party’s various political funds, and then the Party leadership has determined who gets it or how it should be spent. It has proven to be a failed model.



Why do we feel a need to change the way we operate? Because our Democratic leaders are serially putting corporate profits ahead of our state’s workers and a healthy economy. On the campaign trail Democratic leaders conveyed that workers and their unions build the middle class. During the legislative session, these same leaders delivered on the agenda of wealthy corporations.



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