What was Rahm doing at the memorial honoring Pullman workers?

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Rahm went after the Chicago Teachers Union in 2012. 

– Posting from Brooklyn.

President Obama came to Chicago to dedicate the Pullman national monument.

The monument is not there to honor capital’s robber barons of industry. It’s not there for George Pullman. It is there to honor its workers, labor unions, the African American union of sleeping car porters.

Much is being made of the fact that Governor Private Equity was kept off the stage when the President was signing the paper establishing the monument.

Capitolfax posted these tweets:

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Even Crain’s pro-business Greg Hinz was forced to admit that Governor Private Equity appears to be in the tradition of George Pullman.

Rauner acted like a rich guy protecting his class in one key area: While poor people and middle-class people and workers and transit riders and just about everyone else is being asked to take it in the ear in the name of “shared sacrifice,” people of means get off scot-free. In fact, they’re actually better off.

Yet everyone agrees that the timing of Obama’s trip to Chicago had more to do with saving Rahm Emanuel’s behind than honoring labor.

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The very same mayor who used the most offensive gutter language to the country’s most beloved teacher union leader?

Also kept off the stage was Rahm’s primary opponent, Alderman Bob Fioretti.

Ald. Bob Fioretti, 2nd, questioned why he was not granted a ticket to attend the event, given his history as a past president and current member of the Historic Pullman Foundation board.

Considering the mutual contempt with which Governor Private Equity and Rahm hold unions, they both should have been kept behind the velvet ropes.

But honoring labor, unions and the Pullman porters wasn’t really what today was all about.

4 thoughts on “What was Rahm doing at the memorial honoring Pullman workers?

  1. I watched the speech live on CLTV. Half the speech was about the labor struggle, but I can’t find good video. C-Span has all of Rahm’s introduction, but only part of the president’s speech, stopping well short of the story of the labor struggle:

    http://www.c-span.org/video/?324433-5/president-obama-announces-pullman-national-monument-chicago

    Lynn Sweet posted the text of the speech:

    http://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/7/71/381139/obama-chicago-historic-pullman-monument-transcript

    Does anyone have good video of the entire speech? Despite the way the Trib reported on it, it was a great slap in the face to both Rahm and Rauner.

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