Guest MINDSETTER™ Stu Mundy: Teamsters for Trump? I Don’t Think So!
Sunday, March 20, 2016
I recently was surfing for Facebook Groups. I came across a very interesting group called “Teamsters for Trump”, a group with 74 members. Being a Union Member, my entire life, I found this quite strange. Donald Trump has publicly stated that his 100% in favor of National Right to Work, Repealing Davis Bacon, and lower autoworkers wages to attract jobs that have traveled to Mexico, and abroad. He surely sounds like a candidate that is not a friend of labor.
A phenomenon has been created in this country. Many union members have had their PAC contributed money to so called “labor-friendly” candidates that have turned their backs on the membership. It is quite disturbing to see that in some parts of the country labor has become insignificant in moving their “Bread and Butter” issues forward.
Last year during the Omnibus budget bill, Congressman Kline snuck in disastrous legislation that allowed over 450,000 Teamsters pensions to be cut. For many retirees it will be a difference of having a home, or being homeless. We have seen Congress ignore many of our core issues and choose to serve their corporate masters instead. We have been fortunate in Rhode Island; we have a Congressional delegation that listens to their constitutions. Washington has become a place where the citizens are given a deaf ear and corporate America always gets what the need to maximize their profits. We have a Republican Congress that does not respect an elected President and defies every issue that he brings forth, and has chosen to ignore any protocol.
Dangers of Not Knowing Trump's Stance on Issues
What has now happened is you have Donald Trump who has not spoken about the issues. But, has so enraged people that every hate group possible is supporting him. He has used an old Roman tactic at his rallies, make a violent example of someone, what will happen is the fearful people will leave, and the border-line bullies will become followers, and the bullies will hurt people. We live in a very dangerous time. If Trump is elected history may repeat itself. Not too long ago we had the same occurrence in Germany, and we all know what the result was. Unions were suspended, and most of labor, was forced labor, with no conditions, except work until you die. The racist, sexist, xenophobic, and fascist behavior of Trump and his supporters is quite disturbing. Unions were very much involved in the civil rights movement; we have always advocated for women’s rights. The majority of hard working dues paying Teamsters, do not want to go backwards to the ugly times in America. Our former General President James R Hoffa, walked many a rally with Martin Luther King.
Back to Teamsters for Trump, members that involved in this movement are just so aggravated with the state of affairs in this country, that Trump has given them a leader “that can straighten America Out”. For a Teamster or any other union, a Trump election will be a disaster. He has stated that he is 100% Right to Work, which will lead to the demise of all the unions. When the Culinary workers organized his hotel in Las Vegas. They hired the worst union busters in the country, ran a vicious anti-union campaign of fear and intimidation, and refused to recognize the union after the United States Government Certified the election. He has now committed so many unfair labor practices that the government has issued orders for him to bargain in good faith. In the history of unionization of Las Vegas, there has never been such an anti-union employer. He states that he had a good relationship with the Teamsters while doing project in New York, and Atlantic City. He had no choice, all the concrete in those areas were unionized by the Teamsters. While building many of his projects in New York he was caught, and fined for using untrained illegal aliens, with no real training, many from Eastern Europe as one member stated “so we can blend in”.
This is disgusting, whatever happened to paying “A Fair Wage for a Fair Days Pay," and it is a proven fact that union members are better trained, have less accidents. and are more productive on, promoting. He is dangerous, reckless, and is against everything that a union stands for. It unions did not exist, there would be no 40 hr. workweek, holidays, vacations, pensions, job safety, equal pay, and non- discrimination clauses.
Being a retired member of Teamsters Local 251, I contacted the Local Union to see what their position was, Michael Simone, Director of Organizer responded with the following: “A Trump Presidency would be catastrophic to all of organized labor, and the working class as a whole.” “As a union member I cannot fathom supporting Trump as President of our great country. We must educate our union members, and working families alike. Trump’s agenda will ultimately destroy the entire labor movement if he is elected.” A vote is a valuable right, I ask all union members to educate, get out to vote, and vote for what is best for our country.
Stuart B Mundy Retired Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters local 251
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Universal Health Care
Despite sitting on opposite sides of the aisle, Trump and Sanders essentially share the same healthcare plan. But you don’t have to take our word for it—Ted Cruz, Trump’s chief rival, said himself that Trump and Sanders “have basically the same healthcare plan," in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity.
"Donald Trump enthusiastically supported the TARP bailout of big banks. I opposed it. He enthusiastically supported Barack Obama's stimulus plan. He thought it should have been bigger. I think it was a disaster and a waste of money. Actually, Donald not only supported both of those, but he argued that Obamacare should be expanded to make it socialized medicine for everyone,” Cruz told Hannity
Reforming Wall Street
Both candidates have made serious noise talking about reforming Wall Street. Bernie Sanders has just about made his whole career on taking on financial kingpins, and has attracted many young fans in the process.
While the uber-capitalist Trump may seem like the candidate to take on his fellow one-percenters, his words say something different. Trump blasted hedge fund managers on CBS, saying they are “getting away with murder,” on CBS’ “Face the Nation" in 2015.
"The hedge fund guys didn't build this country. These are guys that shift paper around and they get lucky,” Trump said.
They Don't Take Money from Wall Street
It’s not just that the candidates criticize Wall Street and big banks—plenty do that. But Trump and Sanders back up their tough talk by not attracting campaign donations from those same financial institutions.
Sure, Hillary Clinton has taken aim at the major financial mavericks during her time on the campaign trail—what self-respecting Democrat hasn’t? But a closer look at her campaign financials shows that she isn’t putting her money where her mouth is.
Their Campaigns are Populist Movements
Neither Trump nor Sanders are what you would call a “party darling.” Both have taken aim at the lions and leaders of their own parties have been unafraid to make controversial statements regarding the political establishments.
Instead, their campaigns have been buoyed by passionate, typically politically apathetic people. People who have finally found someone they can relate to in the political landscape and someone they feel they can trust. Despite repeated predictions of failure, regular people continue to respond to their campaigns, as both Sanders and Trump remain near or at the polls as the primaries begin.
The Most Unusual Candidates (Ever?)
Trump and Sanders are certainly the most unusual candidates this year, as both the Republican and Democratic fields contain typical governors, senators and congressman vying for the ultimate government job. It goes one step further, however—they may be the most unusual candidates a Presidential campaign has ever seen.
Sure, Trump isn’t the first rich eccentric to take a run at the Oval Office (just google Ross Perot if you don’t believe us.) But he’s certainly the first candidate to speak about immigrants and other races as he has.
Political candidates of any variety like going where they are wanted. They make sure that there are plenty of warm well-wishers to make campaign events see exciting and full.
Trump and Sanders, however, seem to be able to attract raucous crowds that are more akin to rock concert or playoff game than a political rally. People come in costume, dressed as their favorite candidate. Teenagers, even though they cannot cast a vote, turn out in full face paint to support their candidate.
It’s happened all over the country. Record-setting crowds packed the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon and thousands filled the DCU Center to see Trump in Worcester, Massachusetts. Everywhere these candidates go, people rush to see them.
Lots of Small-Money Donations
Typically, leading Presidential campaigns are powered by big money donations, but that’s not the case for Trump and Sanders.
As Graphiq shows us below, Sanders and Trump are one and two, respectively in the amount of campaign donations under $200—a sure sign of grassroots support.
How often do you watch and listen to a political speaking, and find yourself drifting off to sleep or reaching for your iPhone?
That rarely seems to be the case when Trump or Sanders are on the mic. You never quite know when Trump will insult an entire religion or ethnic group in one thirty-second soundbite.
Not to be outdone, Sanders folksy and frantic style of speech has attracted attention—and plenty of jokes and memes—from all across the internet.
Slated for Failure
Since the first day that each candidate announced their campaign, the political intellectual and elite have told everyone that they just don’t stand a chance. Trump and Sanders are too controversial, their too radical and they are too inexperienced. How many times did political analysts or other talking heads say they would be out of the race before the first votes are ever cast?
Yet here we are, just a few days away from the first caucuses and primaries. Neither Trump nor Sanders are out of the race. Neither is on their dying breaths. They are thriving. And, as you’ll see in our next slide, they are winning
Leading in Iowa (and New Hampshire!)
If the latest polls are to believed these massively unusual candidates—one socialist, one real estate magnate/reality tv star, both with tons of small donations, both told they never had any chance—will be making victory speeches in Iowa and New Hampshire soon.
According to CNN, Trump has an 11 point lead among Republicans and Sanders an eight point lead among Democrats in Iowa just a few days before the caucus.
And in New Hampshire, as you’ll see below, Trump and Sanders have double digit leads as we approach the first true primary.
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