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May 31, 2005

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I brought this up at a local party board meeting. No one believed me when I suggested it might be a problem. Mind you, I live in UAW land. But still--local Dems have been taking unions for granted for too damn long and will be really hurt in places that are more exposed to an NUP pullout.

To a Californian who frequently works with labor on political campaigns, this is a nightmare scenario. I tend to believe that the networks of functional cooperation (outside the labyrinthine official labor structures) will survive for awhile -- lots of places SEIU outweighs the local labor council in campaigns and folks have more or less worked around that. Still, it is going to be tougher if SEIU goes.

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