I looked at the room I was in and looked at everybody and continued" The Democrats go to our conventions in vegas and other places, talk platitudes about "workers rights" and we give them money. We are the ATM for the democrats, they in turn go to the environmental lobby and do whatever the environmental lobby wants. Who's interest is being served here?" I then sat down. The instructor commented" very interesting points." I don't know if I changed any minds, but I made my point known.
AFL-CIO president cites 'crisis,' calls for overhaul according to USA Today
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has said that the organization is in crisis and he will call for an overhaul, according to a story in Thursday’s edition of USA Today.
The story notes that Trumka says he will push far-reaching changes at the federation’s convention next month, including accepting as members non-labor groups such as the Sierra Club.
Some of the changes will require amending the AFL-CIO’s bylaws and are part of a strategy aimed at reviving the labor movement’s “falling clout” amid the declining ranks of dues-paying members, the story said.
Trumka acknowledged resistance within his organization and the possibility of conflicts ahead. For instance, the Building Trades, which represents construction workers, supports the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline as a project that will generate jobs; the Sierra Club opposes it as a threat to the environment.
“What we’ve been doing the last 30 years hasn’t worked real well. We need to do things different. We are in crisis,” Trumka said.
The story went on to note that last year 11.3 percent of American workers were unionized, the lowest percentage in nearly a century.
The AFL-CIO’s current membership is made up of traditional labor organizations, including the IAM and the AFA-CWA.
If this is successful, this will confirm my belief that the union will become an lobbyist organization for the Democratic party and the original beliefs in worker rights will be forgotten. Walter Reuther and the other founders of the AFL-CIO would roll in their graves.