AFL-CIO Chief Pleading for Union Support of Dems in Nov.

August 5, 2010 | Filed Under AFL-CIO, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Government, House of Representatives, Liberals, Public Employees Unions, Senate, Socialism, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The AFL-CIO plans to spend another $50 million coming to the aid of Democrats during this campaign season for the 2010 midterms. But all is not well in uniondom as many unions are very, very unhappy with various and sundry Democrat candidates across the country.

Still, AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka has issued a call to arms for the Democrats anyway. “We know you’re angry,” Trumka said to his membership. “We know you’re frustrated. We know we haven’t achieved everything that we worked for. But we’ve made progress, and we have to keep it going.”

Unions are a smaller political constituency than ever before, however, with only about 12% of America’s workforce being unionized. Despite the hundreds of millions that unions gave Democrats in the 2008 election cycle, their diminished numbers may have made some small dent in the once Pavlovian response that Democrat politicians had to the union beck-and-call. Despite the money, the votes are not there like they once were.

On top of that, unions have contributed to the crashing economy and the debt laden state budgets and at an ever increasing rate, even Democrats are being forced by reality to confront the union problem in the economy. Unions are detrimental to the bottom line in both the private and public sector — especially the public — and everyone is beginning to see it plain as day.

Unions have been so mad at their once slavishly lapdog Democrat Party that some Democrats even found unions opposing their reelection campaigns. In the Arkansas primary, for instance, unions heavily criticized Democrat Senator Blanche Lincoln and even worked against her in some cases. In North Carolina the unions there even banded together to try and create a whole new political party abandoning North Carolina’s Democrats (the attempt failed, the state would not certify the new party as legit). And those aren’t the only two examples.

But Trumka knows that his only hope is to keep electing Democrats. Even though Democrats are increasingly wary of unions and the damage they do, Democrats are still far more welcoming to union meddling than Republicans, truth be told. So, even as their hand is weakened, Trumka knows that his only chance to push the left-wing agenda is to rely on the Democrat Party.

But union’s days in America seem numbered at the very least.

Far from getting cocky, though, Republicans should understand that Democrats will easily return true to form of unionism if things seem politically advantageous to do so. With the economy in the tank and state budgets in the red in nearly every state, unions are at low ebb but constant pressure must be applied, especially on public employees unions to further weaken them.

One thing that should be emphasized is that public employees unions are not that old an idea. They never existed prior to the the late 1950s and their power was slight until the 1990s. Due to the decision of New York Mayor Wagner to allow public employee unions and JFK, whose Executive Order 10998 allowed collective bargaining for federal employees, these unions have grown to the menace they are today. The undemocratic nature of pubic employees unions does not have to be a permanent fixture as they are relatively new to government. This fact is important.

But the most important point to reiterate is that the cycle of influence peddling between unions and Democrat politicians is entirely anti-democratic and obviates the representative nature of our Republic. Unions give millions to Democrats to get them elected, Democrats then pass laws favorable to unions, unions then give more to Democrats who pass even more favorable rules and laws for unions, etc., etc. and the worms turns, and turns in a never ending cycle. Notice who is completely cut out of this cycle of influence? The voters. Public employee unions are antithetical to good government because of this unbreakable cycle of political favors and pocket filling donations excludes any power of the voters to affect their own government.

But the crash is here. These practices have destroyed fiscal reality for our federal, state, and city governments and as we continue pressing the matter unions are losing the battle to keep their ill-gotten power.
“The only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life, or better to endure it.”
–Samuel Johnson

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s,, and, as well as,,,, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.

For a full bio, please CLICK HERE.

Leave a Comment

If you would like to make a comment, please register to do so. I hate to do that but there are so many spam-bots out there that deleting spam comments would be a full time job if I were to just open it up for anyone without asking them to jump through a few hoops first.

You must be registered and logged in to post a comment. Anyone can register. No registrant's information is kept, used, or sold. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Social Networking

Help the Soldiers!

American Genius

Our Founding Ideas

"Governments are instituted among men,deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed." Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776

Enter your Email

Powered by FeedBlitz

Subscribe in a reader

Recently Written

  • Food Stamp Sign-ups in Obama’s Illinois Larger Than State‚Äôs Job Growth
  • A Growing Number of Teen Girls in West Volunteering for Islamist Terror Group ISIS
  • Populist Hillary To Award Clinton Foundation Honors to Leo DiCaprio at Gala
  • Still a Slavish Flack: Carney Blames TV Networks for Fewer Obama Speeches
  • Chicago’s Emanuel May Find His Millions Won’t Save His Re-Election
  • [VIDEO] Hotonomics: Big Gov’t Vs Small Govt Knockout
  • Illinois Worst Again With Highest Home Foreclosure Rate in Nation
  • Illinois Website Beats Attempt to Silence its News Coverage
  • Ted Cruz Does Right–Walks Out on Mid Eastern Scumbags Claiming to be Christians
  • Cities That Have Used Military Equipment for Riot Control Might Owe Feds Millions

  • What THEY Say:
    Foreign News In English

    Click HERE for information
    on my fedora collection.
    Antique Stetsons, hat history...

    Contact Us

    Email Publius' Forum


  • September 2014
  • August 2014
  • July 2014
  • June 2014
  • May 2014
  • April 2014
  • March 2014
  • February 2014
  • January 2014
  • December 2013
  • November 2013
  • October 2013
  • September 2013
  • August 2013
  • July 2013
  • June 2013
  • May 2013
  • April 2013
  • March 2013
  • February 2013
  • January 2013
  • December 2012
  • November 2012
  • October 2012
  • September 2012
  • August 2012
  • July 2012
  • June 2012
  • May 2012
  • April 2012
  • March 2012
  • February 2012
  • January 2012
  • December 2011
  • November 2011
  • October 2011
  • September 2011
  • August 2011
  • July 2011
  • June 2011
  • May 2011
  • April 2011
  • March 2011
  • February 2011
  • January 2011
  • December 2010
  • November 2010
  • October 2010
  • September 2010
  • August 2010
  • July 2010
  • June 2010
  • May 2010
  • April 2010
  • March 2010
  • February 2010
  • January 2010
  • December 2009
  • November 2009
  • October 2009
  • September 2009
  • August 2009
  • July 2009
  • June 2009
  • May 2009
  • April 2009
  • March 2009
  • February 2009
  • January 2009
  • December 2008
  • November 2008
  • October 2008
  • September 2008
  • August 2008
  • July 2008
  • June 2008
  • May 2008
  • April 2008
  • March 2008
  • February 2008
  • January 2008
  • December 2007
  • November 2007
  • October 2007
  • September 2007
  • August 2007
  • July 2007
  • June 2007
  • May 2007
  • April 2007
  • March 2007
  • February 2007
  • January 2007
  • December 2006
  • January 2006
  • December 2005
  • November 2005
  • October 2005
  • September 2005
  • August 2005
  • July 2005
  • June 2005
  • May 2005
  • April 2005
  • March 2005
  • February 2005
  • January 2005

  • Add to Technorati Favorites

    Clicky Web Analytics