Worker's Take

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Jonathan Tasini, executive director of the Labor Research Association, reacts to the Obama cabinet picks.


Jonathan Tasini

Comments [16]


Loved what Jonathan had to say. Was pretty disappointed in Amy, though. I appreciate that you have to ask tough questions but I thought your conduct was just way out of line - personally biased and anti-union.

Dec. 03 2008 01:46 PM
Rich Perez from Bay Shore

Sec of State Maxine Waters?!? WTF?

Dec. 03 2008 11:51 AM

The automakers are "reacting" now, after Toyota has been doing it for years.

In the latest Dwell Magazine, Ford has an ad for their Flex. The ad boasts: Refrigerator, changing interior mood lights, limolike legroom, Multipanel vista roof...

And they want government help? Let the ship sink and rebuild on its own merit.

Dec. 03 2008 11:50 AM
Gary from UWS

Did this guy say he would have wanted Maxine Waters for Secretary of State? This guy is a total liberal nut.

Dec. 03 2008 11:49 AM
Smokey from LES

If we priced gasoline sensibly like Europeans have for 40 years, we'd have been making the right cars all along and wouldn't be in this mess.

Dec. 03 2008 11:48 AM
Karen from Manhattan

Okay; let me rephrase what I wrote to Edward.

Many people who are pro-choice do not believe that embryos are "alive." Others do, but keep religion separate from government. Pro-choice people believe that those others who, like you, think that embryos are "alive," are entitled to practice their religion, but should stop harassing everyone else.

I think that meets the guideline standards.

Dec. 03 2008 11:46 AM
Catherine from rockville centre

what does your guest think of the Fair Trade movement?

Dec. 03 2008 11:40 AM
robert from park slope

why doesn't organized labor make a more aggressive push for national health care? by decoupling healthcare and employment, employers would be rid of their greatest handicap vis-a-vis foreign competitors?

Dec. 03 2008 11:39 AM
Hugh from Crown Heights

Contrary to popular belief, unions have very little power in the US today with the possible exceptions of the automotive industry and the public sector.

In the private sector, fewer than 8% of workers are unionized -- eight percent.

Could not agree more with Tasini.

Let's stop pretending that there is any "team of rivals" on the Obama team. Obama is _alone_ on this team (so far) in vocally opposing the Iraq war. He has put together a team of hawks (no wonder that conservatives like Karl Rove have _approved_ of Obama's picks).

And the total absence of labor or progressive voices gives the lie to the claim that this is a representative selection.

Dec. 03 2008 11:38 AM
Catherine from rockville centre


No, the unions should not concede anything. To the contrary, the billions we are spending should be to bring up all laborers to the basic decent standards that unions have been arguing for. If we'd done that all along, we wouldn't be collapsing now.

Dec. 03 2008 11:38 AM
KC from NYC

Why in the world does Tasini have to defend treating working people with basic human decency? Is that so crazy? Have we slid this far?

If we had universal health coverage (like Germany and Japan and other countries that manufacture cars), the UAW wouldn't have had to fight for coverage for its members. But they did, and they did a good job, and now they're getting blamed for it? Outrageous.

Dec. 03 2008 11:35 AM

"would rather see that money spend on auto bailout than the iraq war"

-- then make that your argument. that's about what it would take for me or anybody who still believes in a regulated but free market to agree with bailing out the lazy clods.

Dec. 03 2008 11:35 AM
Tony from San Jose, CA

Don't you feel that the UAW is responsible for driving GM et al. into the ground. Why should the government sponsor your health insurance when it doesn't sponsor others. That strikes me as fundamentally unfair.

Dec. 03 2008 11:30 AM
michaelw from INWOOD


everyone is pro "life" - no one is pro "death"

except people like you who are ani abortion but love to execute people including the mentally disabled, children and innocent.

a million plus abortions a year keep the world from being over populated

Dec. 03 2008 10:50 AM
michaelw from INWOOD

Obama campaigned on "Change".

How is it change when he keeps Gates as Secretary of Defense?

Obama criticized Bush across the board when it came to Iraq and Afghanistan but Obama likes his choice of Gates?

This is not change. This is more of the same.

Remember Gates was a champion of the serge and Obama was not.

Now Obama wants Gates to manage Bush's colossal mistakes?

This is not change and I have no hope.

Dec. 03 2008 10:43 AM
Edward from Larchmont

It's clear that President-elect Obama is selecting the best and the brightest. But sometimes reason is not enough. You need justice and goodness, and his anti-life policies are neither.

Dec. 03 2008 09:31 AM

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