Labor for Obama

We went to a fancy labor reception at the St Regis Hotel tonight. I used to work as a union organizer for HERE and ACTWU and Edward was an executive vice president of UNITE! before he semi-retired, so it was fun to see and commiserate with old friends and comrades. Put me in mind of the days, weeks, months that I spent on union campaigns in various parts of the country, trudging house to house, dragging myself out for dawn picket lines, living out of hotel rooms. I had some very interesting conversations with people about the bill pending in Congress, the Employee Free Choice Act; the Act makes it easier for employees to organize unions without the intimidating anti-union onslaughts that employers rain down on them prior to secret ballot elections. More important, the Act would also make it a lot harder for employers to stonewall negotiating first contracts. I snapped a nice photo of AFL-CIO President John Sweeney, and we managed to chat every so briefly about organizing…

John Sweeney, at th St Regis Hotel

John Sweeney, at th St Regis Hotel

Men on the Dais

Men on the Dais


Edward Clark, Mark Fleischman and Edgar Romney

Edward Clark, Mark Fleischman and Edgar Romney

Bruce Raynor, Joan Raynor, me, Edward Clark

Bruce Raynor, Joan Raynor, me, Edward Clark


Mark and Edgar gave us tickets to the inauguration!
Silver Meaningless Inauguration Ticket, But Still Precious

Silver Meaningless Inauguration Ticket, But Still Precious


We were happy about that; little did we (and almost everyone else!) know that inauguration tickets in the crowd of almost 2 million would prove practically meaningless. But we were glad to have them anyway, at the time!
Laura, being silly

Laura, being silly

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