Skip to comments.Unions splitting from Democrats in 2012, Trumka says
Posted on 08/25/2011 2:07:07 PM PDT by Uncledave
The media likes to push the notion that the Republican Party will split in two because of the Tea Party, but they may have missed a real split on the other side of the aisle. AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka announced the creation of a union super-PAC that will “build our own structure” rather than “build structures for others.” And by “others,” Trumka means the Democratic Party:
The growing rift between labor and their Democratic allies was on full display Thursday, as AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told reporters that labor groups are planning to scale back their involvement with the Democratic Party in advance of the 2012 elections.
Going forward, Trumka said, the labor movement will build up its own political structures and organizations rather than contribute to and depend on the Democratic Partys political operation. …
Labor has traditionally been a major contributor to Democratic candidates and causes around the country. Trumka said that their outside effort will help keep union-backed candidates more accountable for promises made on the campaign trail.
Lets assume we spent $100 in the last election, he said, explaining the unions position.
The day after Election Day, we were no stronger than we were the day before, said Trumka. If we had spent that [$100] on creating a structure for working people that would be there year round, then we are stronger.
That’s not just an expression of disapproval with the Democratic Party. It’s a public vote of no confidence. Unions spent heavily in the 2010 midterm elections; they accounted for three of the top five high-spending outside groups in that cycle. They also spent tens of millions of dollars in Wisconsin this year in an attempt to wrest control of the state Senate away from Republicans, and failed to achieve their objective. Trumka’s comments make it clear that he doesn’t see a great prospect of electoral success in 2012, either.
Trumka also directly criticized Obama for his inaction on job creation:
Hes going to give a speech in a couple of weeks on job creation, Trumka told reporters. If hes talking about another percent or two break from a tax here and doing something with patent control, and doing three years down the road something with infrastructure bank, thats not going to get the job done.
This puts the AFL-CIO into a position where the creation of a third party is not just a theoretical possibility, but perhaps a likely outcome. The Tea Party doesn’t have deep pockets for organization, but the unions have a mostly-mandated grip on the pockets of their members, thanks to closed-shop rules in many areas of the country. They can generate hundreds of millions of dollars for elections and candidate recruitment, especially in areas of high union concentration. Unions might not be strong enough to run their own presidential candidate, but they could win House seats and perhaps a few Senate seats as well, or more likely just provide a competitive third choice for voters. In fact, there’s really no other way to read Trumka’s statement but as a threat to compete with the Democratic Party on their own terms.
And that’s where the Democratic Party will suffer most. If unions start running well-funded alternative candidates, the vote will split and allow Republicans to make gains in Congress and in state legislatures. Either Democrats will have to start endorsing union candidates or start falling hopelessly behind the GOP in power and influence.
Even if this turns into just a one-cycle phenomenon, it couldn’t come at a worse time for Obama. In order to win a general election, Obama needs to run to his right — and in order to keep the union funding he desperately needs, he will have to move to his left. Either way, Obama loses, as does his party.
Trumka is a communist. Don’t trust what he says.
Isn’t that moron for Idiot-stick?
Who WILL unions be voting for then? LMAO
There’s only one game in town for these goons, and they damn well know it.
This is such a phony story, what a media the Dems have!
The CPUSA has stated that there is no need for them to run a presidential candidate - the democrats have that covered.
Yes, I’m series - they officially stated that.
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They are seeing their power being stripped away. In states where the unions iron grip is being broken, the economy is growing.
A few more states and who knows.
Everywhere mandated contributions for elections are overturned, contributions drop 80/90 pct.
They’re finally going to go to their true home, The Communist Party.
Where are they going when they leave the democrats?
To the Communist Party USA (CPUSA)?
Or isn’t that far enough to the left for them either?
I may be wrong, but it’s my take the their power is being stripped in Republican controlled states. Subsequent to that, we (and they) are seeing the economies favorably impacted. You are right. A few more states and who knows?
Yes, everywhere mandated contributions for elections are struck down, said contributions drop by 80 to 90%.
In light of this Trumpka wants us to believe that with-holding support for the Democrats, the only viable alternative to the Republicans, makes sense to him?
It’s my premise that you and I both know different.
By the way, where does the unions find such Neanderthal looking thugs for big shots? They must be watching too many old gangster movies.
Trumka will have some ‘splaining to do to his commissar.
this is a fake move.
They are just going to funnel money into their PAC and still support democrats. This is to fake “independence.”
This is all about mandatory dues deductions.
it is the lifeblood of the unions.
Exactly!!! Where else are they going to go?
no kidding...can you imagine millions of dollars of the lemming union workers money going to a realistic, honest, truly progressive party....I think not. They will continue to blindly follow their "leaders" right down the porcelain convenience. Their blind allegiance to the group that has taken them and the black community down the tubes boggles the mind....come to think of it, when you receive monies taken from groups by force....I guess you can build yourself an empire and enjoy life......right union/demo bosses?????
“Where are they going when they leave the democrats?
To the Communist Party USA (CPUSA)?
Or isnt that far enough to the left for them either?”
Trumka is a lying SOS, says crosshairs.