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    "The fight is never about grapes or lettuce. It is always about people."
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    :: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 ::

    Labor bosses who got sons hired hurt their unions - BY CAROL MARIN, Chicago Sun-Times
    Andy is the son of Tom Ryan, a high-ranking official of the Carpenters Union Local 13. Back in 2004, Andy managed, at just 19, to get a coveted, $50,000-a-year job as a building inspector for the City of Chicago.

    It was mind-boggling to think a kid who looked so young, who was so young, had accumulated all the requisite credentials to qualify for such an important job.

    What made his hiring even more shocking was it came just a year after a fatal porch collapse and a nightclub disaster. Those tragedies had, in the starkest terms, established the life-and-death significance of city inspections.

    So why did young Andy get hired?

    Because the fix was in.
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