"Convention start on Labor Day miffs some workers; But event creates jobs for unions" by Brian C. Mooney, Globe Staff | September 1, 2008
ST. PAUL - Some union activists were peeved that the GOP was kicking off its convention on a holiday won by organized labor.
"I think it's a slap in the face to me as a labor person. . . . They could've waited one more day," said Mary Ransom, a 35-year member of the machinists' union from Newport, a suburb of St. Paul. Ransom, a baggage handler for
"It's stupid; it's bad," snapped Sam Fusco, a retired member of the painters' union visiting the fair from Roberts, Wis., who dropped by the labor pavilion with his wife. "The Republicans are ruining this country," said Fusco, who described himself as an independent voter.
"I won't feel too good about the convention starting on Labor Day if I get arrested on Monday," said Bob Velez of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees unit that represents social services workers in nearby Hennepin County. "I'll be marching to protest the war in Iraq," he said.
The Coalition to March on the RNC and Stop the War is sponsoring what organizers say will be a massive protest march starting this morning at the state capitol building and ending at the
Organized labor is not a monolith, however, and Bob Zick, a 30-year member of the electricians' union from North St. Paul, said he has been among the roughly 30 percent of labor union members who frequently vote Republican.
Zick, who described himself as a conservative on many social issues, said he has left the Republican Party to become an independent after supporting Representative Ron Paul, the maverick Republican from Texas who ran unsuccessfully for the GOP presidential nomination on a platform based on libertarian principles and opposition to the Iraq war.
Paul and his devotees are planning a series of activities, including a large counterrally in Minneapolis tomorrow during the Republican convention.
Which the MSM will ignore the rest of the week, watch.
Notice how the MSM doesn't cover the tyranny?