Rahm Emanuel plays hardball

If Rahm Emanuel were a Republican mayor, he would be pilloried in the media as heartless, and become the number one enemy of organized labor. But with barely a yawn from either faction, the Chicago mayor has been carrying out a program of privatizing city jobs, laying off unionized municipal employees and contracting out the work to vendors, who hire nonunion people to do the jobs of a few dollars an hour less than the city employees earned. If Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker had done something like this, imagine the uproar.  But Rahm Emanuel, with his ties to both the Clinton and Obama factions and the insatiable craving for power without which there would be no tyranny, pushes around poorly paid members on not just any union, but the very SEIU itself, and the general public hears nothing about it. A Chicago neighborhood publication, Our Urban Times, tells the story, using the case of more than fifty recently laid-off library janitors who complete Rahm's privatization drive in...(Read Full Post)