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What do you think about Biden speaking at the very lavish AFL CIO conference?

Seems the unions who have so many out of work could of had a more low key affair. Biden showing up in a veil of secrecy seems a bit odd. I thought we were going to have transparency? What do you think of this?

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:34 PM on Mar. 5, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • The AFL-CIO is a federation of international labor unions. As a voluntary federation, the AFL-CIO has little authority over the affairs of its member unions except in extremely limited cases

     If you look at some of the indivual unions the make up the AFL-CIO you would see why they have the money to put on this lavish affair. Here is a small group:

  • Actors' Equity Association (AEA)

  • American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA)


Answer by Anonymous at 12:46 PM on Mar. 5, 2009

  • Here is my take. There are plenty of WONDEFUL RESORTS in hard hit union state Michigan that could have used the tourist money. They should have made a POSITIVE EXAMPLE OF MICHIGAN. But they didn't. IMO, the Union Leaders have just slapped the face of the Union Workers.

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:46 PM on Mar. 5, 2009

  • good for them!

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:48 PM on Mar. 5, 2009

  • No one. There was such an outrage over AIG and Wells Fargo. Unions are part of the reason the automakers are going under. Millions of their members are at risk of losing jobs and they have a huge conference/party in a hotel where rooms are 400 a night. The Vice President shows up to this out of touch meeting. Why are the leaders not in a plain room in a cheap hotel discussing this? There are union members who cannot feed their families right now. Seems the union members should be mad. My step dad is furious and sick of the union. He has been a lifelong member and now is giving it all up at risk of being called names and having his house vandalized.


    Answer by Anonymous at 12:48 PM on Mar. 5, 2009

  • They are not there for their people that is for sure. Neither is our out of touch Administration. Biden knows this is wrong and that is why he went in so secretively. He is a coward. I would have more respect if he was honest and went in the front door of the lavish hotel.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:58 PM on Mar. 5, 2009

  • Special interests? Noooooooo, we aren't about special interests.



    Answer by Anonymous at 1:08 PM on Mar. 5, 2009

  • So Biden needs to take out an add everytime he is going to a meeting? wao

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:51 PM on Mar. 5, 2009

  • I can understand completely why ANYONE would want to keep a Biden speaking engagement a secret.

    Answer by akinbottom2 at 1:58 PM on Mar. 5, 2009

  • Obama let Biden speak???? That was brave of him.

    Answer by SheriSanchez at 2:02 PM on Mar. 5, 2009

  • No they don't need to take out an ad.  Taking him in the back way and not allowing in cameras seems wrong for an Administration that claims they are big on transparency.  Biden is there to discuss EFCA which will affect us all.  We should be able to see what he is saying.  He is not a private citizen and we should know all he is doing at all times. 


    Answer by Anonymous at 2:49 PM on Mar. 5, 2009

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