July 6, 2005

Is labor still relevant to Democratic politics?

Via Atrios, I was taken to Digby's thought provoking post about labor's importance in this day and age to the Democratic party.

Digby in turn links to the ongoing discussion on Joshua Micah Marshall's Talking Point Memo's Labor discussion board in the TPM Cafe. (Whew!... it's sounds more complicated than it is. Perhaps a flow chart? Atrios -> Digby -> TPM Cafe -> Labor page -> Post -> comments.)

Anyway, go check out the discussion here . The post suggest that Dems would be fools to ignore labor, but some in comments are suggesting that labor is no longer important to progressive politics.

I think labor support is critical, especially in our area, and nationally as well. What do you think?


At 7/06/2005 5:18 PM, Blogger youngridemocrat said...

I think organized labor remains a very valuable force to be reckoned with, and many of their issues and members deserve a voice in the process. But neither party should cater to labor or big business.
I see too many Democrats around here without any backbone regarding labor. If labor is wrong, stand up to them. If the're right, thank them and help them. Don't be a 100 percenter with labor or business or any interest group.

At 7/06/2005 7:10 PM, Blogger youngdem503 said...

Everything that a labor union stands for coincides with the Democratic ideology. As Democrats, we believe in standing up for the working people and what are labor unions made up of? Working people. Yes, labor support is critical because unlike large corporations unions are made up of people, people who can vote. While someone could win without the support of labor, it just makes it easier when you have labor on your side.

At 7/06/2005 9:33 PM, Blogger diehard said...

Labor tends to be faithful to the Democratic Party.And the Democratic Party needs to stand up more for orginized labor.
I think that would help Labor unions with orginization, Get out the vote and informing members about who their friends are.
But its not easy getting union members to do anything. More pressure has to come from individual buisness managers.
If the buisness manager or local labor org does not actually put in the time helping the candidated the members will not see it as important.

At 7/07/2005 2:59 PM, Blogger hud50 said...

even the frame of the discussion is powerful. we're asking if labor is still relevant... unthinkable years ago. the turning point was probably a long time ago but it really hit home for me when gephardt got crushed.


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