[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Once upon a time, labor unions in America were infused with the nefarious types- Mafioso who relied upon greed, extortion and racketeering in order to ensure the success of their endeavors.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]Today, labor unions no longer require the Mafia to do these things for them; they are happy to do their dirty work themselves.
Under the guise of serving as representatives of workers, labor unions represent a severe danger to our nation as they “lean-on” union members to support left-leaning candidates. As the race for 2016 heats up, Democrats are becoming more and more worried about the lackluster support enjoyed by the left’s darling, Hillary Clinton. As a result, the largest federation of labor unions in the nation is reminding dues-paying members that they need to support Hillary, not the other socialist, Bernie Sanders.
Richard Trumka, the head of the AFL-CIO, has issued a memo to subordinate chapters of the labor federation reminding them that support for Sanders will not be tolerated as the AFL-CIO is endorsing Hillary.
POLITICO reports on the strong-arming:
In a memo this week to state, central and area divisions of the labor federation, and obtained by POLITICO, the AFL-CIO chief reminded the groups that its bylaws don’t permit them to “endorse a presidential candidate” or “introduce, consider, debate, or pass resolutions or statements that indicate a preference for one candidate over another.” Even “‘personal’ statements” of candidate preference are verboten, Trumka said.
The memo comes amid signs of a growing split between national union leaders — mindful of the fact that Clinton remains the undisputed favorite for the nomination — and local officials and rank and file, who are increasingly drawn to the Democratic Party’s growing progressive wing, for whom Sanders is the latest standard-bearer.
The South Carolina and Vermont AFL-CIOs have passed resolutions supporting Sanders, and some local AFL-CIO leaders in Iowa want to introduce a resolution at their August convention backing the independent senator from Vermont. More than a thousand labor supporters, including several local AFL-CIO-affiliated leaders, have signed on to “Labor for Bernie,” a group calling on national union leaders to give Sanders a shot at an endorsement.
All that’s missing is a menacing-looking, fedora-adorned goon standing behind Trumka offering thinly-veiled threats.
Though it’s often entertaining to watch the left eat their own, it’s saddening to see the state of politics in America and know that millions are being forced to pay dues to union extortionists who maintain a tight grip on their members and their political activities.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]