Jan 19, 2004
A top aide to Congressman Richard Gephardt, Joyce Aboussie, threatened to have Missouri revoke the collective bargaining rights of public employees unless Missouri locals of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) stop aiding Dean against Gephardt. It seems Gephardt is all for unions – unless you endorse his rival!
Meanwhile, Dean's opponents in Iowa point out that when he was governor of Vermont he contracted out government work to for-profit companies that paid less than government workers got.
The Democratic primaries certainly are irrelevant for workers, but they have one merit – they have revealed a little bit about the anti-worker stances of the two candidates the unions have endorsed.