Union bosses are really, really steamed. In fact, they are throw-the-toys-across-the-room boiling mad.
What’s the cause of their tantrum?
Apparently, the Democrats they spent hundreds of millions of their members’ dues dollars getting elected have let them down…again.
Now, the unions are threatening to take their ball and go home.
According to Politico, union bosses are threatening to sit out (or boycott) the 2010 mid-term elections
Labor groups are furious with the Democrats they helped put in office — and are threatening to stay home this fall when Democratic incumbents will need their help fending off Republican challengers.
The Senate’s failure to confirm labor lawyer Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board was just the latest blow, but the frustrations have been building for months.
“Here’s labor getting thrown under the bus again,” said John Gage, the national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents 600,000 workers. “It’s really frustrating for labor, and a lot of union people are thinking: We put out big time in money and volunteers and support. And it seems like the little things that could have been aren’t being done.”
The 52-33 vote on Becker — who needed 60 to be confirmed — really set labor unions on edge, but the list of setbacks is growing.
The so-called “card check” bill that would make it easier to unionize employees has gone nowhere. A pro-union Transportation Security Administration nominee quit before he even got a confirmation vote. And even though unions got a sweetheart deal to keep their health plans tax-free under the Senate health care bill, that bill has collapsed, leaving unions exposed again.
Union leaders warn that the Democrats’ lackluster performance in power is sapping the morale of activists going into the midterm elections.
“Right now if we don’t get positive changes to the agenda, we’re going to have a hard time getting members out to work,” said United Steelworkers International President Leo W. Gerard, in an interview.
If, by boycotting the mid-term elections, their members’ money won’t be frivolously spent on politicians who care less for the American people than their big labor handlers, we say, go ahead!…
Take your ball and go home.
“I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776
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