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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (L) speaks at a campaign rally with Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in Exeter, New Hampshire January 8, 2012.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder    (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
This is ... let's start with "short-sighted" and go on from there. The Laborers' International Union of North America apparently plans to endorse New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for a second term. NJ.com coverage focuses heavily on one leader of the union:
Ray Pocino is vice president of the LIUNA region including New Jersey, New York City and Delaware. An endorsement would come from LIUNA’s 20,000 members in New Jersey, who are mostly work in heavy and highway construction and building construction.

LIUNA spokesman Rob Lewandowski declined to comment.

“It’s common knowledge here that he’s expected to endorse the governor,” Assemblyman Thomas Giblin (D-Essex) said. “The governor has worked hard at that relationship, appointing him to the Port and Turnpike authorities.”

One hopes that Pocino's support alone doesn't translate directly into the union's endorsement. And it's questionable strategy to endorse Christie before it's even clear what the Democratic primary field looks like, let alone who will challenge him.

But this could be a Christie strategy bearing fruit; at the same time as he has fought to weaken public sector unions, Christie has sought to divide the labor movement by courting some private sector unions, particularly in the building trades, touting construction projects he supports. Never mind the ones he halts and the ones he lies about his reasons for opposing.

Endorsing a guy who currently looks like a sure winner and says he'll help get jobs—in the short term, at least—for the members of your union is almost understandable. But to get from almost to understanding, you have to forget about the part where Christie's tax policy benefits corporations and the wealthy, not working people, and the part where there's a decent chance that in 2016 he'll be running to lead a party openly seeking the destruction of unions, bringing his war with public sector unions as one of his chief credentials in a Republican primary. Like I said, short-sighted is just the beginning of the problems with this.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 03:14 PM PST.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Soooo? (1+ / 0-)
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    irate

    How can they be so short-sighted?

    And what is Romney smirking at in that picture?

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 03:17:05 PM PST

  •  Amazingly stupid! (1+ / 0-)
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    Olkate

    "Remember, Republican economic policies quadrupled the debt before I took office and doubled it after I left. We simply can't afford to double-down on trickle-down." Bill Clinton

    by irate on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 03:19:13 PM PST

  •   then I guess Steve Sweeney is out of the race... (0+ / 0-)

    and the Dems will run Cory.

    Yawn.

    LIUNA is the most diverse of the Building Trades unions.  More Black and Latino members than the IBEW or Ironworkers.  Interesting to see how this plays out.

    It's not a fake orgasm; it's a real yawn.

    by sayitaintso on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 03:21:08 PM PST

  •  Good grief! (1+ / 0-)
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    jomsc

    This seems amazingly short sighted and frankly, stupid. How is it that people can't see Christie for who he is and how he's governed? Gaak!

    "I'd like to find your inner child and kick it's little ass." -Don Henley.

    by Olkate on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 03:22:26 PM PST

  •  YOU IDIOTS. HE PLANS TO CUT YOUR THROATS (1+ / 0-)
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    wintergreen8694

    Just like his little buddies in WI, OH, FL and MI.

  •  this is wrong on so many levels (1+ / 0-)
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    wintergreen8694

    this is wrong on so many levels. the first thing he will do is cut all the benefits and pensions of all state employee. he will privatize everything and will put this state in another republican hole that we will never get out of any time soon. the fix is in. the pay off are done. the sad part is that this may happen. oy vey.

  •  If labor is to be saved then labor has to stop (0+ / 0-)

    this shit. My brother is in the Painters and Operators Union. Never served an apprenticeship. Jumped ahead of much more qualified people. He had to pay a bribe. Same as my dad. Bought his union card. Did not know how to paint. Just showed up with his card and asked what do I do?

    My wife and I are strong union supporters. She belongs to UNITE and was in UFCW. But these trades unions and the teamsters will back anti labor candidates just for a promise of special treatment. And that short shortsightedness has cost labor support.

    Reagan is credited with the destruction of PATCO but union airline pilots crossed the strike line. And that doomed the strike. If those pilots had refused to fly Reagan would have had to settle the strike. But union pilots let Reagan destroy a brother union. Solidarity has been an empty slogan for decades.

    •  PATCO endorsed Reagan in 1980. (1+ / 0-)
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    •  Painters and Operators? wtf? (0+ / 0-)
      Painters and Operators Union. Never served an apprenticeship
      Since when are painters and operators in the same union?
      Just because your brother did not go through formal training does not mean he isn't good, or that he wasn't trained by more experienced people. And it doesn't mean there was a bribe or anything.
       A lot of people learn how to operate machines by working as a laborer, checking grades, or working on a pipe crew. If you are experienced at those things, you are well on your way to running dirt equipment. Most crane operators learned by being an oiler, doing the maintenance on cranes under an experienced operator.  Being an oiler was the training for union operators before any local had a training center.
       

      Where are all the jobs, Boehner?

      by Dirtandiron on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 04:49:17 PM PST

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      •  My brother holds two cards. And gets benefits from (0+ / 0-)

        both. His started as a painter and he used to hot wire bulldozers as a kid. So he is a member of both unions. Illegal as hell I know. Corrupt as can be. But this is in Chicago. To be connected is to be made for life.

        I know there was a bribe because I helped pay it. My brother's that is. My father's US citizenship was bought from a judge. Because my mom's uncle was a precinct committeeman in Chicago in the 50s and 60s.

        There are protest marches in Chicago every year by men of color (mostly men) who are properly trained and can not get a union card. My brother has worked for the same guy for 30 years. Under various shell companies. Minority ownership, female ownership, etc. All completely corrupt. He has worked on the Bean in Grant Park. Ohare and Midway Airport. City Hall. The parking garage at Millennial Park. The CTA. Lower Wacker Drive. And countless buildings in Chicgao. His company got the contract to install all wrought iron displays before the 96 convention. His boss was very well connected to the Daleys.

        So that is how my brother is in the Painters and Operators Union.

  •  Giblin is head of the Boilers Union local 68 (1+ / 0-)
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    Dirtandiron

    and he won't be endorsing Christie.

  •  Chickens for Colonel Sanders ... (1+ / 0-)
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    wintergreen8694

    wow. (BTW, not my original thought :-))

  •  I think they are afraid of Christie (0+ / 0-)

    Just my opinion, for what it's worth. Either they think a Christie win is inevitable, and they fear he will destroy them without the endorsement. Or the Laborers will endorse him, the other trades will go with the Democratic candidate-so whichever one wins one or another of the unions will be able to get a phone call returned from Morven.

    Where are all the jobs, Boehner?

    by Dirtandiron on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 04:21:36 PM PST

  •  I'm thirty years removed from COPE involvement (0+ / 0-)

    but when I attended a Regional COPE convention in Chicago in the early '80s, one of the hottest topics of conversation was the fact that the Laborer's Union was totally mobbed up.

    I do not know the history of the Laborer's Union since then, but given that they were totally controlled by the Mafia then, it's hard to believe that the Mafia isn't pulling their strings now.

    The more Democrats fight, the more we win.

    by Mark Gisleson on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 07:33:50 AM PST

  •  Yeah, let's endorse the guy that... (0+ / 0-)

    turned down the NY/NJ multi year Federal stimulus tunnel project. That project would have provided several hundred of LIUNA members many years of well paid steady employment.

    Christie? really ILUNA?

    If CEO's and their brethren have employment contracts, why do they insist that their employees don't need one?

    by JDPITALIA on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 12:04:36 PM PST

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