September 6th, 2010
07:36 PM ET
4 years ago

Trail running: John King on union turnout

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6:32 p.m. ET: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Good union turnout for the Labor Day parade in Pittsburgh. Traditional campaign kickoff – and this week the AFL-CIO kicks its voter contact/turnout operation into gear.

Jack Shea, the veteran Allegheny County Labor Council president, says he knows it's a tough year and many conservative union workers probably thinking of voting GOP. But he says they will get between eight and 12 contacts over next eight weeks – phone calls, work site visits etc. – and he predicts when they hear the "full story" turnout will be strong and vote strongly Democratic.


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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. barry

    The Big Unions are a joke. They served a purpose years ago but with OSHA, EPA, and laws to protect workers there is not a need for Unions anymore. Union Bosses are closely tied to organized crime and corrupt politicians. It is sad to see the hard working Union members work hard just to hand over Union dues that does nothing for their members. The Union Leaders are just thugs. It is also sad to see Politicians that are owned by the Unions and the actions they take. The so called Stimulus was just a payout of millions of dollars to Big Union Bosses. I guess what else could we expect from Chicago Politics.

    September 6, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  2. southern cousin

    How many of those 8 to 12 contracts that the slimy, corrupt union boss gets will drive the company out of business or make them ship jobs overseas. It is to bad union members have to pay somebody to do their thinking for them, but that has been the result of this NEA (a union) dominated education system. They poor out dummies that are susceptible to the liberal bs.

    September 6, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  3. Former Republican, now an Independent

    If every worker in America would stand up for themselves, we would see candidates elected that suppoted the middle class instead of Wall Street and big business. The problem is, the American worker is largely uninformed and apathetic and will continue to be taken advantage of by candidates who are being paid billions by Wall Street and big business.

    September 6, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Obama hasn't figured out that unions destroy jobs. The problem is union contributions are more important to him than fixing the economy. The truth is Obama gives the unions what they want he gets their money and you the tax payer get screwed.

    September 6, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  5. Ancient Texan

    The "bosses" will spend the workers retirement funds again trying to keep the Democrats they've already paid for once (or more) in office in November. Then the Obama Administration will come up with still another taxpayer funded bailout of Unions for payback. Kind of a vicious circle, Huh?

    September 6, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  6. Berry

    Yeah, I wonder what the full Union story is, "If you don't vote for the Democrat we'll break your fingers." Union thuggery– worksite visits– really? Wow. No wonder business owners don't want their places unionized.

    Union thugs. And the madder Obama gets the more he is going to turn off those in the middle.

    September 6, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  7. USN

    Then act like a president for all NOT you!

    September 6, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  8. jenn, philadelphia

    And now the answer to the $50 billion dollar question. Why spend more money on infrastructure? To buy the union vote.

    September 6, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  9. Just...Wow

    Have to love the corruption in the Unions – march in lock step – do as we say. Don't think just act like sheep. And if you dare to think for yourself, we'll sure that you don't.

    September 6, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  10. Kenneth M. smith

    Mr. King,

    I watch all three news channels daily, so I am very politically informed.

    I normally like your reporting, but your report from Pittsburgh, PA was very one sided and disappointing. Braddock truly is a predominately african-american community that is depressed. With a little more research you would have found two african -american communities that are on the upswing likeThe Hill District and East Liberty.

    Pittsburgh is a city on the move. There is a new hockey arena,GREAT football and baseball staduims, a great cultural district which is the home of a really nice convention center the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. This just a few postive things going on in " The Burgh".

    September 6, 2010 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  11. mary

    Hi John
    it seems that CNN trends toward the right at times. I hope America isn't really going to be convinced that losing its social security, or giving up health care for their families, or denying Americans extended unemployment benefits,or dealing with the war vets on the cheap will somehow appease the bully Republican. If elected Republicans will want more tax cuts for themselves and their wealthy buddies and more benefits for big business giving jobs overseas. Why do some Americans trust so much after losing so much.. that the Republicans if voted back in will help them or their families?

    September 6, 2010 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  12. Colorado Liberal

    Unions: just remember–the GOP isn't your friend. Indeed, the GOP, is not the friend of American or Americans.

    September 6, 2010 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  13. scott

    Union members voting for Republicans is like a fish voting for the fisherman.
    The platform of the GOP is to destroy Unions, so if the Unions want to survive, they better purge the insurgents within their own ranks. Otherwise they will disappear and their jobs with them in a decade.

    September 6, 2010 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  14. Ridgeway

    Nice. Screw the Constitution vote socialist. Union first, America second. Dinosaurs. No one else is guaranteed a job. If you hate your employers so much quit and start your own business so you can put up with a bunch of bed wetting socialist sucking on the union nipple.

    September 6, 2010 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  15. Gary's Thoughts

    President Obama took contributions from the Unions and has been paying them back over the last two years...but has he helped them? Running up the deficit jeopardizes our economic growth and therefore jobs. New healthcare obligations and new taxes increases the costs of doing business which encourages companies to move manufacturing over seas...again loss of union jobs. Everything President Obama has done has been anti-business and as a result the recession lingers on and Union jobs and membership dwindles. Unions need a new approach to negotiating so that everyone (stock holders, management, customers, Americans and Union workers) wins. They need to stop this "us vs. them" approach. There is no future for Unions with Obama.

    September 6, 2010 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  16. D.

    Union people as well as others like them, though basically democrats, nevertheless know incompetence in government when they see it, so they will vote to put some competent people to help balance the situation.

    September 6, 2010 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  17. CNN=The Antichrist

    Hey did you see what the Republican candidate for state senate is doing in Arizona? He was pulling a DeMint and registering street people as Green Party candidates in hopes of siphoning votes from the Dem party. Of course, any sentient potential voter from that state would most likely wonder why this shill isn't out there trying to win people over with his message. Then of course most would then realize he's a republican and therefore void of any positive message as to how to run a government. In fact, the repulblican platform is merely to either abolish or turn over government to the private sector. And they get paid by the taxpayer to do this! I think the Democratic candidate should hang around outside senior centers and recruit candidates for the Medicare Party. Might improve his chances of winning. (Wha?) And of course, CNN is right there front and center reporting this story. NOT. If you want to read about it, its on the front page of the times website. In fact if you want journalism and not corporate propoganda I suggest you go just about anywhere but CNN to get your news.

    September 6, 2010 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  18. Jon

    I think the current pres is very very unpresidential. We elected a president, not a dog, to do the job. The pres' job comes always with the criticisms and if you don't believe it, please ask President George W. Bush. Obumer and democRATs have been criticizing Bush continuously for 10 years until today and beyond. If you don't like the heat, then get out of the kitchen. No American pres before Obumer ever complained about the criticisms coming with the job in the manners like Obumer. It is about time for American people to impeach him. Otherwise, the country will be ruined.

    September 6, 2010 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  19. jay

    LIncoln didn't free the people from slave labor, unions did.

    September 6, 2010 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  20. Snow

    BULL, you do not know how union people will vote once they get into the voting area. Oh yes, obama says they talk about him like a dog, well I would not insult my dog that way.

    September 6, 2010 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  21. phoenix86

    Obama is a union president. They own him, and he's the gift that keeps on giving to them. He gave them GM, then he gave them $872 billion in porkulus. Now he is going to give them another $50 billion.

    Obama is the best investment the unions' ever made. Even Jimmy Hoffa would be proud of BHO.

    September 6, 2010 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  22. Greg Hodges

    Finally Barack Obama is starting to realize that being nice to those who hate him is an utter waste of time! The only thing the power hungry wing-nuts on the Right know is to to viciously attack anyone who dares stand opposed. I am sorry that the President took so long to realize how pathetic their attempted character assasinations would become; but anyone who has been paying the slightest attention over the last 30 years should have figured out long ago that the zealots on the extreme right (Tea Party anyone?) will say or do anything to satisfy their lust for power. Hopefully it is not too late to reming mainstream America who wrecked their economy in the first place. Have they really forgotten the idiocy of the Bush years already?!

    September 6, 2010 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  23. joe

    When is this country going to wake up. He only goes to programed rallies with Union Memebers. No regualr people that are fed up with him. More stimulus. What about the first one that was supposed to create jobs and rebuild our infrastructure??? Here in Cal there is a road being built. They about to stop work on it because there is no money left. Where are the funds from the first stimulus that was supposed to be used for exactly this purpose. This guys needs to be voted out of office in 2012 and his cronies voted out in 2010. Wkae up America.

    September 6, 2010 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  24. Not a Lackey

    I am a conservative union member, who has most of the time voted against the union backed candidate. I surely did in 2008. After they supported obama, I will never vote for the candidate the afl-cio backs again. Conservative union members need to stand up and vote this bunch of losers out.

    September 6, 2010 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  25. Jeff

    People who call the president names and act repugnant and arrogant just because they are of a different political party ARE NOT the type of people we want controlling our government and setting policy........think about it people, these people are repulsive and intent on dividing the country so they can conquer.

    September 7, 2010 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
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