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Union boss–“more challenging this time” to motivate union support for Obama

You have to love the implicit threat included with the quote.   Here’s the full quote from Obama “friend”, Richard Trumka, head of the AFL-CIO:

“It will be more challenging this time than it was last time to motivate our members,” Trumka, 61, said in an interview today at Bloomberg’s offices in Washington.

Why will it be more “challenging”?  Well, because Mr. Obama hasn’t come through on all the pro-union, anti-free trade stuff he promised.

Obama’s support for free-trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama has disappointed his union supporters, Trumka said.

“During the campaign, he made significant promises to do an inventory of the trade agreements” to be certain they protected worker rights, Trumka said. “He’s obviously forgotten that promise.”

The results announced last week from Obama’s review of regulations throughout the government that burden business produced little of substance, Trumka said.

So … Trumka is implying that unless he sees some improvement on the “pro-union” side of the ledger, the unions just may not be quite as enthusiastic as they were in 2008 when it comes to Mr. Obama’s re-election.  They might no be able to put as much money into the campaign, participate as heavily in GOTV or provide rent-a-mobs, er, crowds for campaign events.

In fact, the unions plan on really tightening the screws on the politicians they put in office, er, helped elect during the last presidential campaign:

Trumka said the AFL-CIO will spend this summer “holding candidates on both sides accountable.” Candidates who have wavered — those he called “acquaintances” — won’t receive support, he said, declining to name such politicians.

“Those Democrats that are friends are going to get more” aid than in the past, he said.

Of course at the moment, Obama is still considered a “friend”.  The treat is just being put out there for their “friend” to consider I suppose.

Trumka also had some other policy ideas like, “more government spending to create jobs would revive the economy and lead to a reduction in the deficit.”

Ye gods.  You have to wonder how someone with that much influence in the White House could be so apparently blind to history, economics and current conditions.  Oh, wait:

Trumka said he’d like to see the U.S. become more like a European nation that provides pensions and health care for all its citizens. He said he is accustomed to criticism and doesn’t mind if conservatives call that socialism.

“Being called a socialist is a step up for me,” he said.

Agreed.

~McQ

Twitter: @McQandO

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10 Responses to Union boss–“more challenging this time” to motivate union support for Obama

  • I am all in favor of the unions not pumping tens of millions of union dues dollars into the political process so I am encouraged to hear that they are not motivated.

    • On an “investment” of $200million in 2008, unions got a payback of around $600 BILLION. That’d put Warren Buffet to shame.

  • Trumka said the AFL-CIO will spend this summer “holding candidates on both sides accountable”

    >>> Heh, he sounds like Erb

  • Maybe they will sit out this election.
    No I don’t think so.
    “Trumka said the AFL-CIO will spend this summer “holding candidates on both sides accountable.” Candidates who have wavered — those he called “acquaintances” — won’t receive support, he said, declining to name such politicians.”
    Yeah those socialist policies are working out so well in Europe aren’t they.
    I have thought for a long time if the democrats and the unions were honest in what they wanted they wouldn’t have nearly as much support as they do.

  • Did the chubby chipmunk face offer an alternative to Obama for the Unions?  if not Obama, who ARE they going to support?
     

  • Political theater.
    The union leaders have more to lose not supporting the President. Same same for the Democrats in the House and Senate. You know how the mushy Republicans are always saying that the Social Cons have no place else to go. That applies to the unions in equal measure. You don’t get a seat at the table if your guy is not chairing the meeting.
    With 9% unemployment, I wonder how many union voters are out of work? Who did they vote for last November?

    • This is like a drug dealer threatening to call the police when someone steals his stuff.

    • You know how the mushy Republicans are always saying that the Social Cons have no place else to go.

      >>  The difference there is that the Social Cons actually WILL stay home on election day

  • From on thug to his thug Collective….
    “We WANT MORE…”

  • Why will it be more “challenging”?  Well, because Mr. Obama hasn’t come through on all the pro-union, anti-free trade stuff he promised.
     
    Like most US trading partner deals, the deal is not free trade.  But it also is not in the favor of the US either.