President of the AFL-CIO warns Democrats, says workers want a more ‘independent’ labor movement

From the Hill (H/T to Third Party and Independent Daily):

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Friday that workers want an “independent” labor movement designed to help the working class, not a specific party or candidate…

“Our role is not to build the power of a political party or a candidate. It’s to improve the lives of working families and strengthen our economy, our country…”

In a question-and-answer session after his speech, the labor leader elaborated on how unions plan to change their political operations for the 2012 election cycle.

“We are actually redoing our entire political program and the way we do things,” Trumka said. “We will change the way we spend … the way we function in a way that creates power for workers.”

The AFL-CIO, which spends most of its funds on member education and get-out-the-vote efforts, wants to better coordinate with their affiliated unions that tend to make direct campaign contributions to candidates. In addition, the labor federation wants to mobilize its members year-round to campaign on issues dear to labor, instead of dismantling its political program after every election, which makes it harder to motivate workers when the next election comes around in two years, Trumka said.

Asked if labor will campaign against Democrats, Trumka responded, “Ask Blanche Lincoln.”

9 thoughts on “President of the AFL-CIO warns Democrats, says workers want a more ‘independent’ labor movement

  1. Michael Cavlan RN

    Libertarian Friends and Allies

    Scott McLarty was a key supporter of David Cobb.

    The Green Party nationally is dead.

    Take a good look at Wayne Allen Root.

    Just a heads up and warning from a friend.

  2. Robert Milnes

    Hmmmmm.
    This is interesting.
    About 10 days ago I sent an email to Trumka.
    Could this be his way of trial balloon in case my campaign gets some traction?

  3. Upstartgreen

    Why single out the Greens for being less than perfect in challenging the Democrats. Even the so called Revolutionary Parties are enmeshed to varying degrees with the Dems.Most of the glorious American Left wants change without losing any of its privileges.

  4. Don Grundmann

    Trumka is, as with ( unfortunately ) virtually all labor ” leaders,” simply blowing smoke. When Bill Clinton steered NAFTA to passage the labor movement harumphed that there would be hell to pay and that they would remember that betrayal in the next election. So of course they did squat, went right back to the Democratic Party Plantation, and are still working the fields and clanking their chains now years later with no freedom in sight; and this simply because they wear their chains voluntarily while the labor movement has been destroyed because of the anti-worker and anti-economy policies of the the Democrats and their mini-me clones of the Greens/environmentalists ( not to mention the fraud of the ” moderate ” Republicans ). The ONLY real political party friend of the working people of our state and nation is the Constitution Party with its California state affilates of the REAL AIP and the Constitution Party. As just one pro-worker/prosperity example out of many we are the ONLY party opposing the job slaughtering fraud/scam/lie known as Global Warming/Climate Change; a New World Order campaign which is totally backed by every nutcase anti-worker political party including the Democrats, the Greens, and the ” moderate ” Republican establishment. The REAL AIP and the Constitution Party of California have a $10,000 standing bet against the fraud science of this scam; a bet which its anti-science THE-SKY-IS-FALLING proponents dare not take and which shows which political parties support the working people of our nation and state and those who are more than willing to give them the shaft.

    Don J. Grundmann, D.C. Chairman American Independent Party, California branch of the Constitution Party

  5. pete healey

    Hey, Trumka, quit talking and prove it. Put your money and your “muscle” where your mouth used to be.
    Somebody make sure this lawyer-son-of-a-miner gets this message?

  6. Kleptocracy and You

    @2 Mr. Milnes would you answer a ? please ? From following your many post here or from others about you I understand you have a disability for which you receive a disability check each month. What % of that check is for mental illness ?

    Former Gov. George C. Wallace had a 10% mental disability from his WW 2 days. The people of Alabama elected him 4 times as Gov. and he had the best third party electoral college results for POTUS of anyone since Teddy. So you can keep dreaming I guess.

    @5 NICE ! “As just one pro-worker/prosperity example out of many we are the ONLY party opposing the job slaughtering fraud/scam/lie known as Global Warming/Climate Change; a New World Order campaign which is totally backed by every nutcase anti-worker political party including the Democrats, the Greens, and the ” moderate ” Republican establishment. The REAL AIP and the Constitution Party of California have a $10,000 standing bet against the fraud science of this scam; a bet which its anti-science THE-SKY-IS-FALLING proponents dare not take and which shows which political parties support the working people of our nation and state and those who are more than willing to give them the shaft”

    Global Warming was “hatched” at the think tank “Club of Rome” in the 80’s (research it, if you think I lie) on directions from the Rothchilds. It has fooled some so-called intellectuals as well as too many of the regular masses. Rather sad to think smart people think carbon dioxide is BAD when plants must have it to survive and produce oxygen which humans must have to survive.

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