[sixties-l] Nader & labor

From: Ted Morgan (epm2@lehigh.edu)
Date: Thu Aug 31 2000 - 15:47:21 CUT

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    Following up on past posts about Ralph Nader's candidacy, I'm passing
    this news along to the list:

    Electrican Union Endorses Nader

                      The Associated Press
                      Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2000; 4:14 p.m. EDT

                      ERIE, Pa. An electrical workers' union voted
    Wednesday to endorse
                      Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader, its
    first departure from
                      backing Democrats.

                      "We have to become aggressive. If it means not being
    popular, so be it,"
                      said Dennis Crawford, an Erie member of the United
    Electrical, Radio and
                      Machine Workers of America.

                      Nader spoke to the union's 200 delegates at its 65th
    national convention
                      on Tuesday. The consumer advocate offered himself as
    an alternative to
                      Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore, even
    though the
                      Democratic Party has traditionally been labor's
    partner in politics.

                      Of the union's 35,000 members, 3,500 work at GE
                      Systems Inc. in Erie.

                      The union usually declines to endorse presidential
    candidates. Before
                      Nader, it endorsed only four in its history Franklin
    Roosevelt, Lyndon
                      Johnson, George McGovern and Michael Dukakis.

                      "We're very excited about the endorsement," said Laura
    Jones, a Nader
                      spokeswoman. "From the California Nurses Association
    on the West
                      Coast to the UE here on the East Coast, there is
    growing enthusiasm
                      among workers and union members all across the country
    for this

                                    Copyright 2000 The Associated Press

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