Sunday, February 5, 2012

Walking in Obama's Comfortable Shoes

Remember when President Obama said, "If American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain when I’m in the White House, I’ll put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself — I’ll walk on that picket line with you as president of the United States of America"?

So far, we're gotten a lot of talk, but no walk.

Enter Dennis Kucinich. Cooper Tire workers, 1100 of them, were locked out. Kucinich got out his walking shoes, marched on down to the union hall, and talked to the workers.

Mr. Kucinich says he wants to thank the workers for taking a stand.
"As a result of you taking a stand, now the company is saying they want to talk. Now that's progress," said Mr. Kucinich.
Mr. Kucinich says the Cooper lockout as well as a year old one in Sandusky is a dangerous trend in America.
He claims it's an attempt to crush the rights of the worker to negotiate for fair wages and benefits.
"Absolutely, workers here are helping to create wealth. And if you create wealth, why shouldn't they get a little more. That's all they're asking for. Not asking for the store," said Mr. Kucinich.

That's how easy it is, Mr. Obama. 


NYC Educator said...

Great point, Mr. Talk. I've been wondering for some time where the hell our President left his comfortable shoes. Maybe he's forgotten about those of us who don't have private planes to shuttle us from place to place.

Stu Bloom said...

Obviously he hasn't been in Indiana while the governor and his Republican buddies made us a Right To Work state...or when they took away workers collective bargaining rights...

I guess a red state (even though we went for Obama in 2008) doesn't need his help...

Maybe he doesn't have any comfortable shoes.

I noticed that... said...

How can the president walk in those "comfortable shoes" if he has no "sole" for these workers?