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    :: Sunday, October 15, 2006 ::

    How Our Inept Leaders Bungled Campaign To Stop NLRB's Attack on Worker Rights - LaborTalk By Harry Kelber
    Our labor leaders are still relying on e-mails to win political battles in Washington and they can't achieve anything for working people. Washington regards organized labor as a toothless tiger that can easily be ignored.

    Since 2003, hourly wages, adjusted to inflation, have declined two percent while productivity and profits have continued their steady rise. Those slogans, like 'Make Work Pay' and 'America Needs a Raise,' haven't added a dime to a worker's paycheck.

    There are more than 13 million men and women in the labor movement that, potentially, represent a massive economic and political force. What we need are leaders who can win our respect, trust and cooperation. There are, as yet, no candidates that have come forward with these qualifications. But until that happens, we will have to endure a spineless, inept and unimaginative leadership.
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