Union boss Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO already feels like he bought this President, along with most of the Democrats in the House and Senate. He is also keenly aware that Barack Obama and the leadership of the Democratic Party expect him, and his union brethren to spend upwards of $500 million more to get Obama re-elected. While Trumka has no problem spending $500 million of union dues on Obama’s re-election effort, he is astute enough to know that there is no better time to make demands on Obama.
Trumka recently issued an angry and rather direct threat to Democratic politicians across the nation during a speech at the National Press Club. In his speech, he demanded that Democrats show stronger support for unions or face losing their support.
“We will spend the summer holding elected leaders in Congress as well as the states accountable on one measure: Are they improving or degrading life for working families? We are looking hard at how we work in the nation’s political arena,” Trumka said, according to prepared remarks. “We have listened hard, and what workers want is an independent labor movement that builds the power of working people – in the workplace and in political life.”
Trumka went even further than just saying he’ll hold elected leaders accountable. He said Democrats may be “controlling the wrecking ball” that’s crippling unions, too, and that he plans to stand up to either party.
“It doesn’t matter if candidates and parties are controlling the wrecking ball or simply standing aside – the outcome is the same either way,” Trumka said. “If leaders aren’t blocking the wrecking ball and advancing working families’ interests, working people will not support them. This is where our focus will be – now, in 2012 and beyond.”
Obama is the most pro-union President in history
That Trumka and the unions are in any way disappointed with the support they get from the Obama administration is absurd. Never before in American history has an administration done so much – or hurt so many – to support unions. In fact, Obama has shown that there is nothing he won’t do for the unions.
Time and again, labor unions prove they are never happy, always demanding more, regardless of how unrealistic their expectations may be.
Barack Obama has proven there is nothing he won’t do for unions. He has done everything this side of outlawing capitalism to provide a Socialist Utopia for the Workers of the World Unite crowd. In fact, recent actions by the administration may actually be doing just that.
Since his inauguration, Obama has used various executive branch departments and federal agencies to advance union interests, regardless of how those actions have damaged the economy. At Obama’s behest, cabinet level departments and federal agencies have ignored the law and violated the Constitution in order to benefit unions.
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is attacking Boeing for building a new manufacturing facility in South Carolina because it is a right to work state. Just who do they think they are? Where does Boeing get the nerve to expand and hire thousands of workers like that? This is a bad thing in this upside down world. Of course, it’s only a bad thing because South Carolina is a right to work state, and workers cannot be forced into joining a union just to get a job.
The NLRB and Obama apparently just can’t abide a factory staffed by honest, hard working Americans who need jobs; if they aren’t union workers.
The NLRB is also on the attack in Arizona, South Dakota (and likely Utah) challenging validly called and held elections that amend the state’s constitutions. Their offense? The constitutional amendments protect secret ballots in the case of workplace elections to determine unionization. It doesn’t matter in the slightest to Obama that these states called and held valid, lawful elections to amend their respective state constitutions if the result of those amendments isn’t beneficial to the unions.
The Obama administration has trampled the law, trampled the constitution and is now trampling on the American electoral process. With unwavering union support, Barack Obama has become the most corrupt President in US history.
Trumka and the unions will rattle their sabers and make outrageous demands, but in the end, they’ll spend another half billion dollars to buy Obama another election. Just like the last one.
Scott Schaefer | Intelligent US Politics