Unions To Abandon Democrats?
It would be nice, but color me skeptical…
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.”
In any event, I really doubt that unions will “scale back” their efforts all that far. As the CPUSA piece says, there’s only one party with the ability to beat the Republicans, and that’s the Democrats, so for the unions it’s either support the Democrats or see a Republican wave come into DC in January 2013.