Unions are among the top sources of funds for the Democratic Party; it is not a stretch to say that without the support of organized labor, the Democrats would have a very hard time winning local elections, much less contests for the presidency.
But according to a new report from the Associated Press, labor leaders are not thrilled with some of the candidates running for the White House in 2020, and they aren’t too wild about the subjects being discussed by the frontrunners, either. Apparently they’re concerned that nonsense like slavery reparations and the rights of transgender soldiers isn’t going to convince millions of moderate voters to support the Democratic nominee against Trump. We can’t say we disagree with their analysis.
From the AP:
The candidates are spending too much time talking about esoteric issues like the Senate filibuster and the composition of the Supreme Court and not enough time speaking the language of workers, several union officials said. Those ideas may excite progressive activists, they said, but they risk alienating working-class voters.
“They’ve got to pay attention to kitchen-table economics,” said Ted Pappageorge, president of the Las Vegas Culinary Union that represents 60,000 hotel and casino workers. “We don’t quite see that.”
Terry McGowan, president of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 139, in Wisconsin, said many of the issues driving the 2020 primary so far are distractions.
“The people that are into politics, the people who like sideshows, they’re into that,” he said, citing the debates over reparations for slavery and immigration as examples. “The masses just want to feed their families.”
“You see where some of the party’s being driven. It’s no secret,” said Rusty McAllister, executive secretary of the Nevada AFL-CIO.
No, no it isn’t.
Frankly, we’re surprised that we haven’t reached a certain kind of turning point when it comes to unions. Yes, many of the labor rank-and-file have already decided that the Democratic Party is not for them, but how long until the leadership wakes up to the damage illegal immigration is doing to workers’ wages? How long until they realize that without a president like Trump who will stand up to China, Mexico, and the companies taking advantage of corporate inversion, plentiful jobs will be a thing of the past? You’d think they would understand that while Democrats are happy to speak their language and take their money, they aren’t really doing them any favors (other than allowing them to keep existing in their current form, that is).
And maybe that’s all there is to it. As long as they can keep collecting their dues and giving their members a song-and-dance, they don’t really care what happens to their workers. Might as well cast a vote for the socialist, comrade. It’s all going to the dogs eventually.