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Tom DeLay's war on unions

By Eric Ruder | February 14, 2003 | Page 2

WHEN IT comes to waging war on workers at home, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) figures it's time to go nuclear. In a six-page fundraising letter for the anti-labor National Right to Work Foundation, DeLay attacked union leaders for trying to "grab more power" after the September 11 attacks.

"It is truly sickening that, at a time when we desperately need everyone in America to pull together, the big labor bosses are willing to harm freedom-loving workers, the war effort and the economy to acquire more power," wrote DeLay.

His evidence? The work stoppage on the West Coast docks. But DeLay neglected to mention that the shipping bosses--not dockworkers--brought the ports to a halt when they locked workers out.

DeLay went on to denounce the International Association of Fire Fighters for trying to win collective bargaining rights "as the World Trade Center and Pentagon still smoldered." That's a pretty sick statement--given the fact that 343 union firefighters died in the World Trade Center.

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