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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

POL, Emil Jones looks for scapegoat to change the subject on "Big Box" law

Rich Miller (Capitol Fax Blog) pulled this quote from Chicago Tribune (Dan Mihalopolous):
In black wards, incumbents already are trying to counter the unions by alleging that labor discriminates against African-Americans, particularly in the high-paying building trades.

"They can't influence voters," said former 7th Ward Ald. William Beavers, whose daughter and successor faces Sandi Jackson, the congressman's wife, at the polls next month. "People in the community know what the unions are about. How can you tell blacks how to vote when you are freezing them out of unions?"

Unions should push for more construction jobs for blacks, said Illinois Senate President Emil Jones (D-Chicago). "I told the unions, 'Don't come messing with me and my aldermen, but then you're silent about breaking down the walls of discrimination'" in the trades, Jones said.

Lots of unions serve almost entirely Black and immigrant membership, especially the unions pushing the "Big Box" law. So Beavers and Jones are sorta like Republicans who blame hippies for lack of loyalty to George W. Bush.

I sorta feel like saying, "Have you left the house in 35 years?"

To the extent unions aren't being as inclusive as they should be in the trades that problem should be addressed.

But lets assume the Black aldermen actually believe their own rhetoric on the "Big Box" law. According to Black aldermen if Chicago passed a "Big Box" law Walmart would not open stores in Chicago it would otherwise open.

How would this affect "White" guys in the trades? Wouldn't unionized construction workers lose jobs?

The move to pass the "Big Box" law is driven by the unions that organize low wage workers--the unions that do represent Blacks and immigrants.

So Jones and Beavers attacking the trades unions is dishonest. And I expect if you looked at Jones' record he's done very little to push the trades unions to include more Blacks. He's only raising this issue because he knows the Black political elite screwed working class Blacks on "Big Box". The Black political class took Walmart's money to screw regular Black folk. Just like they took ComEd's money to screw regular Black folk. And just like Black members of Congress took the telecom money to vote against net neutrality.

6 Comments:

  • You should take a logic class.

    Premise: Assume they believe their own rhetoric

    Conclusion: They are being dishonest, selfish, and couldn't possibly believe their own rhetoric

    Behold, the Houdini of logic!

    By Blogger Roy, at 2:06 PM, January 17, 2007  

  • Unfortunately, the jobs that are given to minorities are what I would call Non-Trade jobs, if you go to a job site, you will see many minority Laborers, but you will not see many Minority Plumbers, or Electricans, or Carpenters, or Pipefitters

    These are still Tradtionally the Venue for the Irish, Many call the Electricians union (IBEW) The Irish Brotherhood of Electrical Workers..

    The high paid jobs are kept for the whites, and the minorities get the slops,

    so to say that that many unions cater to minorities is true

    but the jobs making 75K a year are not for them

    By Anonymous someone who knows, at 10:57 PM, January 17, 2007  

  • How does punishing Blacks who have low wage jobs apply pressure to trades unions to open their ranks to more Black members?

    Emil Jones and Bill Beavers are just trying to change the subject.

    Afterall, if the "Big Box" law would keep Walmart from building in Chicago, this would hurt the trades unions.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 9:06 AM, January 18, 2007  

  • Oh bearded one, you truly are quite dense, you really cannot see the forest through the trees

    The point that Jones and Beavers are making is that the Unions hold no weight in the African American Community, as the doors to the union halls, have been shut to Minorities since the beginning of time...

    and yes, while punishing blacks, who have low wage doors will not loosen those locks

    Jones, kiling construction contracts will :)

    By Anonymous Someone Who Knows, at 10:11 AM, January 18, 2007  

  • There are plenty of locals of SEIU, Unite/HERE, UCFW and other unions that are majority people of color.

    These are the unions pushing the "Big Box" law, not the IBEW and other trades unions.

    Here's the choice facing Emil Jones on construction contracts:

    a. hold up the contracts and demand reform on union membership, or
    b. take some money from the people who will make money off the construction

    Which option do you think Emil Jones would take?

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 10:16 AM, January 18, 2007  

  • So yeah, African Americans can get a job in an open shop like jewel, starting at $10/Hour

    But are shut out at the High Paying Trades Jobs

    Do you realize what a carpenter makes an hour?

    By Anonymous someone who knows, at 10:40 AM, January 18, 2007  

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