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Backstabbers 

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Dear Reader,

I found nothing out of the ordinary in your article about the labor strife at Treasure Island ["The Battle for Treasure Island," June 25]. Stripped of your obfuscations, it's fairly typical union busting by owners of a less-than-perfect union that of course always bears the brunt of the blame in these formulaic stories. As to why some workers are more apt to be intimidated or quit rather than fight, your story answers its own question.

Chicago papers like the Reader owe their existence to advertisers who love cheap, free, powerless (slave) labor, thus they will get no voice there. (Two subtle antiunion stories, and the summer isn't over yet--a record!)

Owners will always find some class traitors like O'Connor and Connolly (whose outrage at the union is as artificial as their union-loving credentials) to stab fellow workers in the back for an extra nickel.

Political leaders like Daley and Tom Tunney would turn all of Chicago into a Wal-Mart if they could get away with it.

And God forbid the bloated north-side rebulicrats go without their imported foods for a while, even if it could help give the foundation of our civilization some equal voice.

John Rosen

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