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r3020
Senior Advisor

Private sector uniuons say they been sold out

These guys aren't interested in peeing in the girls room. Progressives hate these guys. White working class who support the family unit. Progressive want to destroy the family unit and replace it with Almighty Big Government.

 

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Two of the Democratic Party’s most loyal constituencies, labor and environmentalists, are clashing over an effort to raise tens of millions of dollars for an ambitious voter turnout operation aimed at defeating Donald J. Trump in the November election.

The rift developed after some in the labor movement, whose cash flow has dwindled and whose political clout has been increasingly imperiled, announced a partnership last week with a wealthy environmentalist, Tom Steyer, to help bankroll a new fund dedicated to electing Democrats.

That joint initiative enraged members of the nation’s biggest construction unions, already on edge about the rising influence of climate-change activists. The building-trades unions view Mr. Steyer’s environmental agenda as a threat to the jobs that can be created through infrastructure projects like new gas pipelines.

The dispute, laid bare in a pair of blistering letters sent on Monday to Richard L. Trumka, president of the A.F.L.-C.I.O., underscored the tensions between the two pillars of the Democratic coalition.

For decades, organized labor was among the most powerful forces on the left, financing Democratic candidates and reliably delivering working-class votes, and political foot soldiers, for the party in crucial states and districts.

But with blue-collar white voters shifting to the Republican Party and Democrats growing more reliant on higher-income voters and liberal donors like Mr. Steyer, environmental activists are increasingly muscling out unions.

Nowhere was this more evident than during the tense debate over the Keystone XL oil pipeline, in which President Obama and Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic presidential nominee, ultimately came down on the side of the environmentalists by opposing a project that some of the so-called hard-hat unions fervently wanted.

The friction is not just confined to the Democratic Party: The labor movement itself is changing. As manufacturing has declined, power has flowed away from the unions representing factory and construction workers and toward public- and service-sector workers. The unions that formed the alliance with Mr. Steyer included the two largest teachers’ unions and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

The goal of the new voter turnout “super PAC,” announced last week with an initial goal of raising $50 million, was to ensure that liberal groups did not duplicate their efforts, as had happened in some elections. Some unions were asked to give as much as $1 million. Mr. Steyer, founder of the advocacy group NextGen Climate, announced that he would give $5 million and said it was “highly likely” other unions would participate.

But Mr. Steyer has opposed oil and gas projects like the Keystone pipeline, and the construction unions assailed the A.F.L.-C.I.O.’s willingness to make common cause with him as an abandonment of their members and the federation’s principles.

In one of the two letters sent on Monday, presidents of seven of the nation’s biggest construction unions threatened to boycott the new get-out-the-vote effort, called For Our Future PAC.

“It saddens us that the very labor movement we have fought for and supported for over a century seems to have lost sight of its core mission and has moved away from us and our membership in the interest of headline-grabbing political expediency,” wrote the leaders of the operating engineers, plumbers, elevator constructors, roofers, laborers, plasterers, and heat and frost insulators.

In a separate and even more harshly worded letter to Mr. Trumka, the president of the 500,000-member laborers union, Terry O’Sullivan, called the partnership a “politically bankrupt betrayal” of union members. “We object to the political agenda of the A.F.L.-C.I.O. being sold to a job-killing hedge fund manager with a bag of cash,” he wrote.

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/17/us/politics/democratic-turnout.html?ref=politics&_r=0

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BA Deere
Honored Advisor

Re: Private sector uniuons say they been sold out

Bernie was set up as a punching bag, sparing partner..but the club fighter is beating the hell out of the champ.  Hillary is winning on points, but the longer Sanders stays in the more cracked ribs she`s going to have and when she gets to Trump isn`t exactly going to have the kid gloves on.  These union workers are right up Trump`s alley, the first GOP candidate that actually courts them and won`t take away their deer rifle. 

Milligan Hay - Iowa d:^)
Veteran Advisor

Re: Winning Plan!

Divide

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Conquer!

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schnurrbart
Veteran Advisor

Re: Private sector uniuons say they been sold out

What do you care?  You guys all hate unions and want them gone anyway!

r3020
Senior Advisor

Re: Private sector uniuons say they been sold out

Every government check written is backed by taxes collected from a private sector job.

schnurrbart
Veteran Advisor

Re: Private sector uniuons say they been sold out

Thought you were talking about unions which you have said you don't like.

 

sw363535
Honored Advisor

Re: Private sector uniuons say they been sold out

LABOR Unions......... not just any old union between a smerf and a who.

r3020
Senior Advisor

Re: Private sector uniuons say they been sold out

I'm from Indiana. We are a huge manufacturing state. I have a lot of family members and friends that work for unions. It's not what I think about the unions. It's what the unions think about the progressives who sold them out and who they cast their vote for in November.

schnurrbart
Veteran Advisor

Re: Private sector uniuons say they been sold out

That's what I figured.  You like unions that you and/or your friends and family are in but not for everyone else.

r3020
Senior Advisor

Re: Private sector uniuons say they been sold out

Again. It's not about me and the unions. It's about the progressives and the unions.

 

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A new super PAC partnership between billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer, the AFL-CIO and major public sector employee unions has triggered an angry backlash among the building trade unions -- dividing organized labor just as it ramps up its 2016 political programs.

In letters delivered Monday to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, the presidents of eight building trade organizations called on the AFL-CIO to cut ties with Steyer, whose opposition to an extension of the Keystone XL Pipeline infuriated unions that had championed the jobs that the oil pipeline would have created.

"A growing trend within the federation seems to consistently minimize the importance of building trades jobs and our members’ livelihoods in the pursuit of a coalition strategy with outside organizations that has produced mixed results at best and disastrous results at worst for our members and their employment prospects in many instances throughout the country," the building trade presidents wrote in a letter obtained by The Washington Post.

"The AFL-CIO has now officially become infiltrated by financial and political interests that work in direct conflict to many of our members’— and yes, AFL-CIO dues-paying members’ lives," the letter continued. "This is a disturbing development and one that requires a further explanation."

The missive was signed by the heads of the North America’s Building Trades Unions; the Laborers’ International Union of North America; the International Union of Operating Engineers; the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers; the United Association Union of Plumbers, Fitters, Welders, and Service Technicians; the Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Association; the International Union of Elevator Constructors; and the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers, & Allied Workers.

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/05/16/building-trade-unions-denounce-labor...