The same “Titans of Industry” that are begging for our tax dollars to bail them out (a.k.a. save their million dollar bonuses) are already strategizing how to keep unions down under Obama.
Wikileaks has released the contents of a “secret hour-long telephone recording between US heads of industry discussing efforts to prevent the emancipation of unions under an Obama administration.”
Here’s a brief description of the call posted over at HuffPo written by Sam Stein:
Three days after receiving $25 billion in federal bailout funds, Bank of America Corp. hosted a conference call with conservative activists and business officials to organize opposition to the U.S. labor community’s top legislative priority.
Participants on the October 17 call — including at least one representative from another bailout recipient, AIG — were urged to persuade their clients to send “large contributions” to groups working against the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), as well as to vulnerable Senate Republicans, who could help block passage of the bill.
Bernie Marcus, the charismatic co-founder of Home Depot, led the call along with Rick Berman, an aggressive EFCA opponent and founder of the Center for Union Facts. Over the course of an hour, the two framed the legislation as an existential threat to American capitalism, or worse.
Let’s hope Obama takes this as a direct attack on his agenda and acts quickly and harshly to reprimand this sort of collusion.
Here’s the Wikileaks post with audio: Anti-union call between Bank of America, Bernie Marcus, et al. and Rick Berman, 17 Oct 2008.
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