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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

AFL-CIO President Dick Trumka to union members: We're being targeted

(By Kerry Picket, The Washington Times) - AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka addressed Communication Workers of America (CWA) union members on a conference call Tuesday evening and relayed his concern about the current battle across the United States over union collective bargaining power, immigration, and education among other issues:

"See, the fact is the fight for workers' rights and immigrant rights are cut out of the same cloth, because the politicians and their CEO backers are targeting all of us... all working people. They're targeting immigrants. They're targeting our collective bargaining rights. They're targeting professors...trying to silence them if they dare teach something right or a progressive value. They're going after the poor, trying to take away their voting rights by passing legislation that would say you have to have a driver's license in order to be able to vote, like the old poll taxes did to us. They're targeting every progressive group out there to promote their corporate backed political agenda and to continue a power grab."

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