Bridging the gap between unions and other leftists

I’ve always wondered at the alliance between personally conservative union workers and untra liberal academics and government types.  It looks like Obama, with his leftist leanings and strong union support, bridges the gap.

Sadie sends along this interesting story right from Chicago, that may reflect a bit of this:

The lesson: if you are a union member, better to sit on your rear-end and do nothing than find gainful employment.
A poor Chicago-area carpenter who was sick and tired of waiting for his useless union to find him work struck out on his own and got a job with a non-union shop. Big mistake. Once the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters found out they tried to fine him $300,900 for having the gall to find work on his own.