Skip to comments.Repulsive: Richard Trumka's Hyper-Political 9/11 Essay
Posted on 09/10/2011 12:29:29 AM PDT by Impala64ssa
As you read this 9/11 "memorial" missive to rank-and-file union members, bear in mind that its author -- AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka -- was an honored presidential guest at last night's campaign rally disguised as a "jobs speech." This is much, much more offensive than Jimmy Hoffa, Jr.'s juvenile "SOB's" slur on Monday. Without further ado, I present top White House ally Richard Trumka's reflections on the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001 (emphasis mine):
All of us will remember the horror and anguish we experienced 10 years ago. Whether we lost loved ones ourselvesfamily members, union brothers and sistersor felt the shock of a society that lost nearly 3,000 people and was forever changed, we need no reminding.
Instead, I would like to reflect on doors that were opened on Sept. 11, 2001, and what has come of them in the 10 years since. Working men and women rushed through doors to danger and became Americas everyday heroes. Firefighters, construction workers, nurses and EMTsall kinds of professionals and volunteerswere there not just on the fateful day but some for weeks and months and even years after. And we swore we would never forget.
Doors opened within us to each other. We came together. We flew the flag. We comforted one another. In our grief, we found the best in ourselves. What an overwhelming sense of unity we shared, all across our nation. And it was this unity that allowed us to begin healing and rebuilding. There is no time in my memory of a more proud example of what we can accomplish when we work together. Solidarity, the cornerstone of the union movement, flowed through all of us and carried us.
So far, so good. Then, the floodgates open:
But other doors opened, toodoors to hate, suspicion of others
(Excerpt) Read more at townhall.com ...
Trumpka fights for Al Qeda
What’s going on here? A week ago, I never heard of this guy. Now he is everywhere.
If you never heard of trumka, you need to familiarize yourself with him and his history. trumka is one of the most dangerous men in America. He has gotten away with murder as UMW president, literally. He is a bonafide gangster and ANY means is justified by his union goals.
This is an excerpt. I recommend you read the full article:
During Trumka’s tenure as UNW president (1982-1995), a number of his union’s strikes were marred by violence. For example, in a 1985 strike against A.T. Massey Coal, a union man who crossed the picket line received a serious gash in the head in an attack by angry strikers.
Eight years later, UNW thuggery proved fatal. In the spring of 1993, Trumka, in an effort to ensure that no one would be able to find employment as a miner without paying dues or agency fees to the UMW, ordered more than 17,000 mine workers to walk off their jobs. Moreover, he explicitly instructed striking miners to “kick the sh— out of every last one” of their fellow employees and mine operators who resisted union demands. In response, UMW enforcers vandalized homes, fired gunshots at a mine office, and cut off the power supply to another mine, temporarily trapping 93 miners underground.
Then, on July 22, 1993, a UNW member shot 39-year-old, non-union worker Eddie York in the back of the head as York was driving home from his Logan County, West Virginia job, killing him. Eight UMW strikers were present at the scene of the shooting. When guards subsequently came to check on York’s condition, those eight strikers threw rocks at them. Rather take any disciplinary action against the UMW strikers who had behaved so badly, Trumka explained metaphorically: “[I]f you strike a match and put your finger in, common sense tells you you’re going to burn your finger.”
Soon thereafter, York’s widow charged Trumka and other UMW officials in a $27 million wrongful death lawsuit. After fighting the charges for four years, UMW lawyers quickly decided to settle out of court in June 1997 once federal prosecutors announced that they planned to release evidence from the trial of Jerry Dale Lowe, whom a federal jury had previously convicted of conspiracy and weapons charges in connection with York’s murder.
UMW strikers perpetrated their acts of violence with the encouragement and approval of Trumka and their other union leaders. As Virginia Circuit Court Judge Donald McGlothlin Jr. declared in 1989, the evidence shows beyond any shadow of a doubt that violent activities are being organized, orchestrated and encouraged by the leadership of this union. The Virginia Supreme Court concurred: Union officials took active roles in these unlawful activities. Notwithstanding the large fines, the Union never represented to the court that it regretted or intended to cease its lawless actions. To the contrary, the utter defiance of the rule of law continued unabated.
In 1994, Trumka was honored at the annual Eugene Debs Award Banquet in Terre Haute, Indiana; The award was named after the man who founded the Socialist Party of America and ran for U.S. President five times on the Socialist Party ticket.
In 1995 Trumka was one-third of a troika elected to head the AFL-CIO. His running mates for election were Sweeney, head of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and Linda Chavez-Thompson, who had been Executive Vice President of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Calling themselves the “New Voice,” this threesome pledged to replace the policies of the moderate AFL-CIO leaders who had preceded them. Trumka would go on to serve as the AFL-CIO’s secretary-treasurer from 1995 to September 2009, second in command to its president, John Sweeney.
Trumka, Sweeney, and Chavez-Thompson represented a turn away from blue-collar industrial unionism and the AFL-CIO’s traditional emphasis on raising wages and improving working conditions. Rather, they focused on recruiting ever-growing numbers of government workers who would benefit from higher taxes and bigger government, and who therefore ould reliably support socialism and America’s pro-big government Democratic Party.
In 1996, Trumka was one of approximately 130 people who played a role in helping Robert Borosage and Roger Hickey found the Campaign for America’s Future. Among the other notables were: Mary Frances Berry, Julian Bond, Heather Booth, John Cavanagh, Richard Cloward, Jeff Cohen, Ken Cook, Peter Dreier, Barbara Ehrenreich, Betty Friedan, Todd Gitlin, Heidi Hartmann, Tom Hayden, Denis Hayes, Roger Hickey, Patricia Ireland, Jesse Jackson, Joseph Lowery, Steve Max, Gerald McEntee, Harold Meyerson, Frances Fox Piven, Robert Reich, Mark Ritchie, Arlie Schardt, Susan Shaer, Andrew Stern, and John Sweeney.
When Trumka and his successor as UMWA president, Cecil Roberts, made a joint speaking appearance in Bentleyville, Pennsylvania, approximately fifty rank-and-file union members gathered to protest their leaders’ policies. “Within minutes,” wrote leftwing journalist Paul Scherrer, “a group of UMWA officials and their supporters attacked the protesting miners ... Several miners were punched, knocked to the ground and kicked repeatedly.... Richard Trumka [afterward] refused to answer questions about the assault.”
As an AFL-CIO leader, Trumka has developed and promoted radical strategies and tactics like those of the 1960s New Left for signing up workers. These tactics include labor alliances with media, government, and radical activists. The objective is to intimidate companies by threatening to inflict a “death of a thousand cuts” via negative-publicity campaigns, harassment of corporate investors, alliances with government regulators, and more.
Soon after winning their election in 1995, Trumka and his fellow triumvirs instituted “Union Summer,” an effort “to recruit and train hundreds of young people as organizers and political activists.” The “Union Summer” indoctrination materials endorsed by Trumka use explicit anti-capitalist, class-warfare rhetoric, instructing young participants to recite a pledge called “Working Class Commitment” that includes the Marxist dogma “that we [union workers] produce the world’s wealth ... [and] will end all oppression.” Unlike their more moderate predecessors, Trumka and his fellow AFL-CIO bosses see free-market capitalism not as essential to worker prosperity but as something to be despised and destroyed. Their ultimate aim is not to boost members’ wages, but to radically transform society. Trumka would confirm this in a September 2010 moment of candor, when he stated that he had gotten “into the labor movement not because I wanted to negotiate wages,” but “because I saw it as a vehicle to do massive social change to include lots of people.”
Trumka seems bent on driving unions into irrelevancy. Parasites, after all, need a living host to survive.
Before he goes, he will fight. And he will fight dirty. Forewarned is forearmed. Do not underestimate this man. And do not underestimate the mindset of those within his sphere of influence.
I am by no means saying that every union member is a complete monster, but we have seen what they have done in Wisconsin, California, Washington state, South Carolina....
There are enough of them that when they join up,SEIU, NEA, AFLCIO, UAW, they can do a tremendous amount of damage...especially with their thug in the White Hut using the power of the US government agencies to back them.
We are entering a very dangerous time, maybe the most dangerous time internally that we have ever faced.
What a dirty little man. And while he trashes real Americans, he forgets that it was and is our sons and daughters, husbands and wives, grandchildren, cousins, aunts and uncles, and close friends who followed 911 by going to Iraq and Afghanistan. All of us know someone who died or were wounded. My son and two grandchildren were in Afghanistan and/or Iraq. Many of the soldiers are so young, and barely remember that horrible day, but they love America, evidently much more than Trumpka. To degrade all of us, so that he can keep his unions and power, makes him one of the smallest men in America. I wish all rank and file union members health and prosperity, but not on my back. Our soldiers are doing the heavy lifting; they aren’t.
Here's the little pig snout. Maybe someone will take out this SOB, right Hoffa?
Look for the Union label... and then by something else.
Thanks for posting that Trumka history. I didn’t know, and I’m sure most freepers still don’t.
Somebody might get the idea to take out that violence-advocating thug.