Him to Attend Pro-Obama Rally
An anonymous member of the Chicago Plumbers Union is claiming the union is forcing its members to back Pres. Barack Obama.
The plumber said Plumbers Local 130 is required it's members to attend a massive rally at the plumbers hall, where Governor Pat Quinn, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, will urge plumbers to support the President:
"And it's kind of aggravating because I would not go to this unless I'm being forced to, because I don't support Obama and neither do a lot of the guys that are in the same class with me or guys that work with me also."
The plumber says he opposes Obama because the President has been bad for business.
"Most of the guys I talk to, they don't fall for the crap anymore. They know that Obama's not good for business. Even though he's a friend of labor if there's no work out there, you're not working. We got a lot of guys who are sitting and they have been sitting for a long time."
However Local 130 Business Manager Jim Coyne told WLS the plumber is wrong..."No sir, I can't force people to come to this union hall. I've got 55 hundred members. It's a plea to get our members out, get them involved and hear our political allies who support working men and women and the middle class of what we are."
The anonymous plumber claims union leadership has the power to deny work to members who differ from the union politically. "You don't want to, because then they'll black flag you and they can make it harder for you to find work. You know, they can do stuff like that"...
The anonymous plumber told WLS he is frustrated because he not only cannot voice opposition to President Obama, he also cannot publicly oppose Quinn, Madigan, and other powerful Democratic state leaders.
"Oh, they've gotta go. But that's hard to do because they're always at the hall, they support us quite a bit. So all you hear from the union is to vote for them because they're on our side and they're gonna help us out. But they scare away business so then there's nobody building anything and therefore we're not working," he said.
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Editor's Note: Union members can always "hope" for "change," or they can stand-up to their bully leaders and purge their unions of this "crap."
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