May 29, 2005

DUPLICATING SPECTACULAR FAILURE (via Tom Morin):

Ex-Dean leader launches worker site (Stephen Franklin, May 27, 2005, Chicago Tribune)

If the Internet could supply the energy that made Howard Dean a Democratic Party contender, imagine, Joe Trippi asks, what it could do for American workers?

"It could be a real innovative way to get people connected," said Trippi, Dean's former presidential campaign manager and a longtime political activist who on Thursday launched a Web site--www.changeamerica.com--aimed at workers and their companies.

Trippi said he hoped his new effort would follow in the path of the Dean campaign, which amassed an e-mail list of 600,000, by stirring grass-roots activists as well as raising money from them.

Its first campaign is an attack on bankrupt United Airlines' management over its scuttling of workers' pensions. The site features a message board and allows visitors to add their name to a petition designed to urge the airline's board to replace Chief Executive Glenn Tilton and his top advisers because of their efforts to relieve United of its pension responsibilities.


Wow, they sure are using the Dean campaign as a template, whipping up futile anger in a bubble.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 29, 2005 4:42 PM
Comments

Trippi's a one note technophile who thinks the InterNet and WebSites are the answer to any problem, whether political, social, or economic.

Posted by: jd watson at May 29, 2005 7:59 PM

Yes, I'm sure that UAL's management and board of directors will pay close attention to a petition that a bunch of miscellaneous people "sign" on some internet message board.

Not.

Management will -- rightly -- pay attention to only one set of people. The actual owners of the company, that is, the stockholders.

Posted by: ray at May 29, 2005 10:55 PM

Ray:

The bondholders and the bankruptcy judge. The stock is basically worthless.

Trippi's biggest problem is that there are already a number of aviation-related websites full of airline bashing. Just like there were Enron sites, and MCI sites, and so on. Most of the workers are busy looking for new jobs, or building new careers. Perhaps Joe could start a site for ex-political advisors?

Posted by: jim hamlen at May 30, 2005 12:02 PM
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