Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Labor News

This afternoon Joe Lieberman is holding a press conference with a slate of top labor union leaders who plan to re-endorse him. No word yet on who those top labor leaders actually are. The conference is scheduled for 12:00PM at the Yale Campus Construction site. I'll post an update when the names are unveiled.

Also at noon John DeStefano and Mary Glassman will be holding their own labor related press conference in Hartford. The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has endorsed their ticket joining the Connecticut Education Association (CEA) who endorsed them last week. Combined these two unions represent over 45,000 Connecticut public school teachers.


Source
Gerstein, Dan. "Top Labor Leaders to Announce Re-endorsements
Of Lieberman Tuesday at Job Site in New Haven". Official Campaign Media Advisory. 8/21/06

Slap, Derek. "Connecticut 's public school teachers endorse DeStefano & Glassman". Official Campaign Media Advisory. 8/21/06

48 comments:

Anonymous said...

teachers endorsed Curry in '02...yawn.....

matt w said...

Jimmy Olsen, Cub Labor Leader, no doubt. We'll probably see personal endorsements rather than full unions -- and of course what the AFL-CIO will do afterwards will be interesting to watch.

I wonder what'll lead in tomorrow's paper -- the Lieb's press conference, or the Rasmussen poll?

Anonymous said...

I love irony.

Connecticut Democrats take out the only national Democrat with national security credentials to send a message to Bush.

National Republicans use the primary to cast all Democrats as liberal doves not to be trusted with our security.

Republicans retain majorities in both chambers despite virtually every trend working against them.

AND LIEBERMAN WINS!!!!

Political historians will look at August 8th as the day Democrats lost the House and the Senate.

AnonAndOnAndOn said...

The unions are going to endorse the Destefano/Glassman ticket??

Woah... stop the presses.

That's like Joe Torre having an announcement that the Yankee Fan Club is backing this year's drive to the World Series.

Translated= A penniless campaign desperate for free media. (Otherwise, they would have waited until Labor Day.) All this will do, though, is highlight the split between labor and Dems on the Senate race.

Placement= Read about it in the Courant tomorrow (Back of the Connecticut section, next to obits.)

How ticked do you think Destef/Glassman are at Gerstein today??

Anonymous said...

A few guesses: John Worobey, the union president at Electric Boat and John Hollis of the Teamsters will give their personal endorsements. They've been out campaigning for Lieberman after his loss.

Since the event is at the Yale Campus construction site, Robert Proto of Unite-Here Local 35 is likely to join the list.

I suspect that after what happened at the AFL-CIO convention, John Olsen will think twice about appearing, and I'll be he doesn't show up.

Lamont's campaign will probably come out with some labor endorsements soon enough and this is probably just a pre-emptive strike to try and take a little luster off of Lamont's gain among labor.

Anonymous said...

anonandonandon said: "Translated= A penniless campaign desperate for free media. (Otherwise, they would have waited until Labor Day."

Bingo! LMAO

An article in late August - Rell must be really nervous now - great campaign strategy guys!

Anonymous said...

The Union endorsements Lieberman gets are a joke.Not one Volunteer from any union showed up to work at any Lieberman office to date.

Every Union Guy you see today at this Presser represents the reason Union membership is on the decline.The only unions that are vibrant and growing and whose endorsements means soldiers on the ground have endorsed Lamont already.

PS-Olsen will NOT be there today.

rell for VP said...

Rell for Governor is not worth much discussion especially since she will win by such a wide margin. The real question is, can she elevate herself to a national power figure?

Picking up a few seats in the Senate and House won't do it in a non-Presidential year. If she is at all Reaganesque, look for some long coat tails. 4-6 Seats in the Senate….. 12+ in the House….one or two constitutional seats. IF this was to happen, you looking at a potential V.P. candidate in 2008. If not, four more lackluster years and out. Any thoughts?

Anonymous said...

Hey GC, I have an idea for an "open thread" post and it is similar to previous discussions on this board. Here goes:

In the past, we have had discussions about whether the Republicans were going to force Alan "Gold" Schlesinger out of the race and replace him with a real candidate. Indeed, many questioned whether AS was just a place holder. So perhaps it is time to ask whether DeStefano is just a place holder, and whether the Democrats should replace him with a real candidate. What do you think of the idea? I know Malloy would be willing to jump in; afterall, he could raise money (JDS cannot), and he would work well with the LG candidate (JDS still smarting over the Slifka mistake).

Oh well, just a thought.

Anonymous said...

Go ahead and keep dreaming of Rell for VP. Weren't they doing the same thing for Rowland after 1998?

The GOP nominee will likely be a centrist (McCain/Romney) who will need a conservative ticket into the bible belt/christian coalition votes, plus someone who totes more the 8 electoral votes and/or is from a crucial state: Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL) comes to mind--he's also the right touch on what will be a key issue: immigration.

Rell's best hope for any veep chatter is if it's a conservative southerner (Frist/Allen) nominee. The problem is that Rell and her co-Gov. wear their hearts on their sleeves and don't schmooze well with people they are ideologically opposed to--but then again, who the f$#k knows?

Anonymous said...

What's the story on this supposed Rasmussen poll?

meteskyjr said...

Rell as a vice presidential candidate? She runs her office and leads her party as if she's auditioning for a remake of "Being There." Four more years and then a cozy federal sinecure a la Julie Belaga.

ObiWan said...

I still have my Rowland for President placard over my crapper!

bluecoat said...

speaking of fair pay for fair work:Imprisoned Former Mayor Wants Pay For Unused Sick, Vacation Days August 22, 2006
Associated Press

disgruntled_republican said...

LMAO...

bluecoat, nice find. What a joke that guy is.

Anonymous said...

bluecoat: Great article about the former Waterbury mayor. Yup, no slime or evil in Waterbury.

Anonymous said...

Anon. 10:42 Do you really think McCain and Romney are centrists? Aren't they both strong conservatives? Well, on second thought, I guess when compared to Lamont they are centrists.

Paul Vance said...

Hey Anon- 11:13 AM, August 22, 2006- Giordano lives in Newtown. We send our slime and evil out of town.

ken krayeske said...

From my inside scoop, 1199 and SEIU endorsed Lamont last night.

Anonymous said...

From my inside scoop, CCAG endorsed Lamont last night.

bluecoat said...

to Lamont's credit he has begun to flesh out hisposition on healthcarea little better - click on the word document at the bottom of his link. I don't agree that healthcare is a basic right anymore than I think a job is a basic right but I give him credit for getting beyond the soundbite.

Anonymous said...

From my inside scoop, Union endorsements are worthless. Everyone now assumes either the Democrat or the unbeatable Republican will get them. They no longer carry any weight.

Anonymous said...

more interesting is all the union people who were with Joe in the primary and weren't there...

AnonAndOnAndOn said...

From my inside scoop: Johnny and the Mothers are playing Stompin' at the Savoy in Vermont tonight.

Anonymous said...

Orchulli !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Jodi Rell for Vice President in 2008 Why would she give up running the Great State of Connecticut to be #2 behind John McCain or Rudy Giuliani.

Jodi is going to stay here and finish her full term until Jan 2011 then she retires to Brookfield and spends more time being a Grandparent.

Then we see Dan Malloy in 2010 run against Lt Gov Michael Fedele in a battle of Stamford residents.

Anonymous said...

Rell is not VP material.

bluecoat said...

Orchulli?????????

Anonymous said...

Word on the street is that Alan Gold will be BACK on Hardball tonite!!

More must-see TV!!

Anonymous said...

Rell as VP, that's almost as funny as saying Rell is a competant governor. Check out her website, no issues section. Check the capital building, how many times does she actually go there??? Republican Governor Rell has shown no leadership, offered no solutions and refuses to confront the problems the state is facing.

She's riding on the "I'm not John Rowland" rollercoaster and it's about to take a dip. People are going to realize that she has shown no leadership and will vote her out.

Anonymous said...

AnonAndOnAndOn...

LOL!!!!!! Great J. Dangerously quote. How does stuff like this go unnoticed?

Anonymous said...

Orchulli !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

its still not too late !!!!!!!!!!!

TrueBlueCT said...

Yes, the news wire said he has gone to DC for two days.

Should be fun.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 8:00 said "teachers endorsed Curry in '02...yawn....."

When was the last time the teachers ever endorsed a Republican?

Anonymous said...

Someone should start polling the name "Alan Gold." I'll bet it has higher recongition than Schlesinger.

Anonymous said...

Repost (with changes):

Gold will be back on Hardball hawking his new book, "I did it, you can too: an idiots guide to humiliating yourself." Co-author Dick "Mad Dog" Foley will be batting clean-up on Ellen tomorrow morning.

Anonymous said...

Rell will beat DeStefatroll who has no appeal outside of New Haven County.

DeStefatroll wants to be Mayor of Connecticut (LOL)

Maybe Ned Lamont should move to New Haven and run for Mayor Im sure he could beat DeStefatroll.

Orchewli said...

It's too late.

A Different Anonymous (No! Really!) said...

TrueBlue/DeanFan:

That's your fourth bite of the apple on this lame Rell-hasn't-done-anything meme, TB/DF. (Even posting anonymously you're getting boring, and "competently" still doesn't have an "a" in it.)

No one's buying it, not even Democrats, as you are all-too-painfully aware. Tell Shonu to go back to the drawing board, will ya?

But before you do, please check out the latest from SurveyUSA. My favorite is the part that shows Democrats approving of Rell 59-38, while independents are 71-20.

In the immortal words of Jimmy Durante, "Dat's gotta hoit."

TrueBlueCT said...

DiffAnon--

Can you be so clueless? First, Shonu Gandhi no longer works for DeStefano. She hasn't in quite a while.

Second, I know how to spell competently. Whichever anonymous poster you might be referring to wasn't me. (but keep hallucinating.)

Since you seem so upset about Rell's resume, could you maybe list her two or three biggest accomplishments from the past two years?

Thanks.

And just so you know, DeanFan84 has been my Kos handle for several years. When the CT blogs started rocking and rolling about a year ago, I switched over to TrueBlueCT, which handle I've used consistently since then. So I don't know what you're making a big deal over.

Anonymous said...

Truebluect .... your participle is dangling ....

Anonymous said...

From this morning's New Haven Register:

Keith Crane almost gets a beat-down from New Haven Labor. Don't mess with Fifrefighters Keith. As one, I can assure you that we are an extremely loyal bunch and you were about 10 seconds from "taking a ride" with some members of the IAFF. LMAO!

Anonymous said...

According to the New Haven Register, Ned Lamont's cable operations company is non-unionized. My oh my! Perhaps this is the begining of the end for Ned.

Anonymous said...

Maybe we should do a post titled: "Will the Real Ned Lamont Please Stand Up?"

The Hartford Courant story today reports that George Jepsen is Lamont's new campaign chairman, an obvious move to get Tom Swan away from the public and reporters.

Read the various quotes about Lamont from very active Democrats:

Donna King, a former chairwoman of Norwalk's Democratic Town Committee and a member of the state central committee, supported Lieberman in the primary race.

She hoped Jepsen would provide a balance to Swan's "far-left voice and message."

Jepsen said Lamont has always been "a moderate, mainstream Democrat."

So who is the real Lamont? Is he the DLC member that Jepsen claims he is (and George has known him for over 20 years)?

Or is he the far left "progressive" Democrat that Donna King sees, and DFA and MoveOn.org claim that he is?

Very interesting!

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

The budget bill Governor Rell signed in May allocates an additional $245.6 million from the anticipated budget surplus to fully finance the Teachers’ Retirement Fund at 100 percent for Fiscal 2006 and Fiscal 2007.

When was the last time their fund received full funding?

So after running a complete ad campaign seeking what is after all rightfully theirs and then getting it from a Republican Governor the CEA endorses her opponent.


Perfect - we'll remember that!

Teamster for Lamont said...

This news about the Oman Free Trade Agreement endangering our ports just makes the whole affair this week with Lieberman and the "Magnificent" 20 labor unions look ridiculous. Over 400 organizations were against OFTA from the start. Included in the 400 were UFCW, CWA, UNITE HERE, Laborers, and Teamsters, all on the International level. Individual locals included 9 CWA, 9 Teamster, 6 UNITE HERE,
and 5 UFCW locals. Representatives of these locals were all on the podium with Joe Monday. What the hell were they thinking?

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, from 1998 to 2005 Connecticut lost 52,000 manufacturing jobs. But Joe continues to vote for every free trade bill that comes along. NAFTA, WTO, or China PNTR, it was all the same to him. These free trade bills he supported did not include tough labor standards or strong human rights provisions but it didn’t stop Joe. He didn't think twice about supporting George Bush and screwing those 400 organizations when he voted for this OFTA only a few months ago. Senior Senator Chris Dodd, Representatives Rosa DeLauro and John Larson, and even Republican Rob Simmons voted against this anti-labor bill. Not Joe, he's the gift that keeps on giving, to multi-national corporations. I think these unions made a big mistake endorsing Joe regardless of past favors due. At least with Ned Lamont they would have supported a candidate who wants to level the playing field with free trade. A Senator who will insist on strong labor standards that won't sell us out, as GI Joe did. I happy to say our Teamster local endorsed Ned and I hope others do the right thing and follow suit.

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

>>Teamster for Lamont said...

What?

Now Neddy's pulled off the offical Mafia endorsement too?

Wonderful!

Teamster for Lamont said...

Wow, blew me away with your comeback. Guess it's too much to expect any kind of intelligent response that requires thinking. Oh yeah, Rush doesn't come on till noon.