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Rice's Protest Video

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 03:02 PM

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Mott's factory workers in Williamson are getting lots of attention from New York politicians. The latest, Kathleen Rice, who is out with this video of her trip to visit the striking workers.

The solidarity with workers is, I think, a sentiment not entirely shared by voters, according to a Quinnipiac poll released today. Then again, unions do have an unignorable role in Democratic Party politics.

In late May, about 300 workers at the iconic applesause producer went on strike after management sought wage cuts. Worker refused, and said the company made more than $500 million in profits last year, making wage cuts unnecessary.

UPDATE: A colleague is rolling his eyes at Rice: there’s no real direct relationship between the responsibilities of the AG’s office and a strike at a private factory.  Then again, the colleague notes, AG candidates are CONSTANTLY campaigning on issues that they'd have little or no impact on as the state's top criminal and civil attorney.

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