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AFL-CIO head: Labor to ditch Democrats

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posted on Aug, 26 2011 @ 02:19 PM
Among the last things the Democratic Party and their candidates for office would want to hear: labor is leaving you. Like a divorce after decades of marriage, in the beginning it was a beautiful love and the two seemed so happy together, but over the years like many marriages that spark began to die. The Democratic Party found someone else to love, they had much more money to offer, and so over years they slowly begun to drift apart, as the Democrats moved swiftly into the arms of organized capital which had previously been the lover of the Republican Party.

Labor felt abandoned, rejected, and abused, its devotion rejected and its loyalty ignored. Well Labor finally decided to call the relationship quits, if the other did not care about them why should they care about the other? So the story has now begun to unfold.

The growing rift between labor and their Democratic allies was on full display Thursday, as AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told reporters that labor groups are planning to scale back their involvement with the Democratic Party in advance of the 2012 elections.

Going forward, Trumka said, the labor movement will build up its own political structures and organizations rather than contribute to and depend on the Democratic Party’s political operation.

“We’re going to use a lot of our money to build structures that work for working people” Trumka said. “You’re going to see us give less money to build structures for others, and more of our money will be used to build our own structure.”

Trumka’s remarks follow the news that the AFL-CIO will set up a so-called super PAC, allowing the nation’s largest labor federation to spend unlimited amounts of money on political activity for next year’s elections and beyond. Trumka confirmed Thursday that the union is moving forward with plans to create the PAC.

So what is the future for the Democratic Party – Labor relations in our political landscape? Will this open the doors for the labor movement to revert back to its old stand in national politics of being relatively ignored or attacked by the major parties and having to rely solely upon its own developed political institutions to drive forward? If that be the case then perhaps the long history dating back to the 1930s of the Democratic parties base as a working man’s party has finally come to its end, an end which slowly began to develop in the 1980s.

This evacuation of the party by the traditionally reliable working class groups of America was highlighted in a recent report by the Pew Research Center here.


posted on Aug, 26 2011 @ 02:26 PM
Unless they form their own party, they won't leave the Dems. It's not like they'll vote Republican, so they will still vote for that (D) at the end of the name. The Democrats have figured this out, which is why they don't care anymore. Why pander to anyone, if you already know that you're going to get their vote regardless? It would be like Republicans NOT getting the vote from the NRA crowd.

This means nothing, because, like I said, the AFL-CIO will vote Democrat, regardless. It would be interesting though, if the Democrat party would fracture into Democrat and Labor, and the Republican party would fracture into Republican and Tea Party. We might actually get some REAL change (not the dribble Odumbass brought us).

posted on Aug, 26 2011 @ 02:32 PM
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