Unions May Be Their Own Worst Enemies

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I’m just stunned by the rationale of IBEW Local 102 in endorsing Governor Chris Christie for reelection as New Jersey’s governor.

“The most important remedy to our struggling economy is private sector investment and growth. Governor Christie is the first governor to take seriously the competition within our nation and abroad to attract businesses here,” union business manager Patrick Delle Cava said in a statement.

Huh … wha? Seriously?  The governor who is presiding over the worst employment growth in the northeast is the one you think is serious about creating jobs?

The guy who cancelled the ARC project as one of his first actions?  The guy who inherited a $3.9 billion fund for school construction, and instead of improving school facilities canceled the 50 or so projects in the pipeline?  The guy who has ignored $300 million in federal dollars to stop foreclosures so people can stay in their homes and pay contractors to repair them?

The guy presiding over a nine percent unemployment rate?

Oh, and then there’s the idea that Christie is attracting businesses to New Jersey from other states.  First of all the majority of the money spent to entice employers has gone to keep companies already in the state, not to entice others to relocate here. And today we learn that Hertz is moving from NJ to Florida. Ooops.

All I can figure is these folks believe Christie is going to win no matter what, so they need to get on his good side if they want contracts and his ear.  Because the record doesn’t match the rhetoric.

If Christie is successful in his makeover for President do these unions really think he’s going to be supportive?  That any Republican, no matter how “plain talking” will want to protect the right of workers to organize?  ‘Cause their support of him now is going to propel him in that direction.

My only hope is that the rush of unions to endorse Christie in 2013 will be remembered in 2016 when they all back the Democrat, and the story line is “unions abandon Christie.” It’s a thin hope, but a hope. I guess.

Comments (7)

  1. 12mileseastofTrenton

    been out of step with the union movement.  They are more like guilds, or the Elk’s Club.  They are, or consider themselves to be, skilled laborers and craftsmen.  Separate and apart from unskilled laborers and their unions, not to mention public employees.  And they, historically, were racially exclusive.  While the mainstream union movement was not.  Not to mention the “hardhats” who beat up anti-war protesters during the Vietnam war.

    In short, to the extent they can be considered unions, they are the reactionary tail of the dog.  Their idea of union solidariity is, “I’ve got mine, so screw you.”

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  2. firstamend07

    All I can figure is these folks believe Christie is going to win no matter what, so they need to get on his good side if they want contracts and his ear.  Because the record doesn’t match the rhetoric.

    The hard hat unions look on Buono as a sure loser.

    They are trying to hedge their bets because they need Christie to lay off the PLA’s . They are doing what they think is best for their membership.That is also what the public sector unions are doing.

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