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Thoughts and Experiences from the Mile High City of Denver, Colorado

AFL-CIO & Teamsters Need to Leave Well Enough Alone


Union leaders from the east should leave well enough alone. They don't know crap about the west, the independent spirit, and how things are done around here. Unions in Denver and in Colorado just don't cut it anymore. For those of you who don't know the Teamsters and the AFL-CIO are threatening to ask the Democratic Party to move their convention from Denver because it is being hosted at the non-union Pepsi Center. There are many non-union hotels in Denver. Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. even threatened Governor Ritter at a dinner in Washington, D.C., this last weekend.

What is upsetting the unions is that Governor Ritter vetoed a bill that would have made it easier to unionize workplaces. But this would only have hurt the pro-business climate that is in Colorado now. These people would not even have jobs, if we didn't have a good business climate.

Unions once served a giant purpose in this country when business owners abused their workers and there were no pensions available. But this time has passed and unions only serve to hurt business and charge a lot more for services than it should cost to get something done.

I hope the Democratic Party does not cave into these people who think they know what they are doing, but they will only drag them back in time. These leaders should stop threatening people and get on the train or get off the track because they are going to get run over. (Figuratively, not literally.)

The Democrats are coming West to Denver to make gains in the mountain west where they made great gains in the mid-term elections. But I have to agree with Power Line who has a post, "How the West was Lost?". If the Democrats keep giving in to the fringe elements of the party, they will lose badly in the West.