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Tuesday, Mar 9, 2010, 3:17 pm

Flanders: Working Families, Unions Losing Patience With Dems (VIDEO)

BY Jeremy Gantz

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Laura Flanders offers a succinct take on the current mood of working families and organized labor, as the recession wears on and President Obama—the man for whom unions spent $200 million during the 2008 election season—fails to deliver on key pieces of labor's agenda.

"Union Families expect more—and top union officials are already expressing strong concerns," Flanders says, referring to leaders' statements at last week's AFL-CIO meeting in Orlando, "that if they don't get more, soon—don't expect them to be able to deliver or Democrats in the fall."

To watch the video at GRITtv at full size, go here. (And as a side note, since I'm a GRIT fan, Flanders' "'F' Word" segment is a regular feature on GRITtv, the daily cable/public TV/satellite/web program she hosts. The show has just taken up residence at its new online home at www.grittv.org. Lookin' good, GRIT!)

Jeremy Gantz is a contributing editor at the magazine. He is the editor of The Age of Inequality: Corporate America's War on Working People (2017, Verso), and was the Web/Associate Editor of In These Times from 2008 to 2012. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, he worked as a reporter for The Cambodia Daily in 2007. After graduating from Carleton College in 2004, he lived in Sri Lanka on a Fulbright scholarship, studying the intersection of ethnic politics and public education. His articles have also appeared in Chicago-area newspapers, Alternet and the Onion’s A.V. Club.

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