Even democrats don’t like unions

Posted in at 14:09 by RjZ

Denver Post reports today that choosing Denver as the site for the 2008 Democratic National Convention is being held up by concessions from the stagehands union to forgo its right to strike during the convention. If they won’t pledge not to strike during the convention, then democrats won’t come.

Aren’t the democrats the party of the unions? Don’t they support unions right to strike? I guess that support only goes so far as big business and that protecting the individual is secondary to the success of the media events that are the national party conventions.


  1. tim r said,

    January 2, 2007 at 16:50

    I think this is misleading. The concern is more about whether Denver’s hotel industry and its largest indoor venue (the Pepsi Center) are anti-union, which in fact they generally are.

    The no-strike pledge is something that the DNC requires in part to force a city (ie the city’s hotel/convention industry) that wants to host to work out fair labor agreements with its unions before the Dems show up, and in part to make sure the convention runs smoothly b/c the ideal time to strike is when the employer is busiest. One can both support a right to strike and negotiate that the major union-business concerns be resolved before bringing in such a large event as this.

    But it’s probably a moot question anyway as Denver doesn’t really have enough hotel/convention space. Too bad. Denver could use an event of this magnitude to showcase its urban renewal. But I think it is probably going to be another decade before there will be enough downtown hotel space.

  2. Traveling Hypothesis » 2008 Presidential Convention to Be Held in Denver said,

    January 12, 2007 at 14:48

    [...] This does not mean that the democrats actually like unions after all. Indeed, they haven’t even solved those problems. New York apparently couldn’t get over its obstacles either, so Mr. Dean (wisely) went for Denver! It is great news for Denver and Colorado. A huge range of business should enjoy a boost from the huge attention and visitation that Denver and Colorado will receive from the democratic convention. It should contribute strongly to the debate in Colorado and elsewhere, because most, even those in Colorado, would probably describe the state as red, or republican voting. That’s clearly not our recent track record, but the presidential race (for which Colorado did go republican) is higher profile. [...]

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