Bravo to the AFL-CIO
I am so happy to see the the AFL-CIO, via Richard Trumka, lay down the gauntlet here. It’s way past time for Democratic politicians to stop taking support from unions for granted:
The nation’s largest labor federation is weighing whether to pull political support from congressional Democrats who aren’t doing enough to back labor unions.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is expected to issue the warning in a speech Friday at the National Press Club.
In prepared remarks, Trumka said the role of unions is not to build the power of any political party, but to improve the lives of working families. He promised that unions would spend the summer holding leaders in Congress and the states accountable
“It doesn’t matter if candidates and parties are controlling the wrecking ball or simply standing aside,” Trumka said. “The outcome is the same either way. If leaders aren’t blocking the wrecking ball and advancing working families’ interests, working people will not support them.”