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The Morning Joe crew was bashing on unions this morning, when the NYT‘s Andrew Ross Sorkin, a guest, declared:

“Name a successful unionized company. Think. You’re going to go to [commercial] break before you come up with one. And that’s the problem.”

At that point, I expected the union workers in the studio to drop a rack of lights on the cast. Was the rest of the cast’s acquiescence in Sorkin’s broadside a concession that NBC is not a successful company? Poor Jeff Zucker.

So I throw it out to readers. Can you give us examples of major successful unionized companies? And for purposes of clarity, let’s define “successful” as turned a profit in 2008. That’s a pretty high standard since 2008 was such a dismal year. But not an unreachable standard, I don’t think. Send us your examples, preferably with links.

Late Update: Media Matters is already on the case and offers UPS as a prime example. It’s biggest union is … horror of horrors … the Teamsters. We’ll be listing reader examples here.

Later Update: Reader email deluge in response. You can see the growing list here. But please try to include links in your email to the company’s 2008 profitability and to the fact of its unionization.

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David Kurtz is Managing Editor and Washington Bureau Chief of Talking Points Memo where he oversees the news operations of TPM and its sister sites.
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