SURPRISE! In what may have been a marriage made in hell, after an often tumultuous relationship, 40,000 longshoremen, members of International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) broke ties this Labor Day with the AFL-CIO citing Obamacare and immigration reform as the straws that finally broke the camel’s back.
Canada Free Press
… In an August 29 letter to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, ILWU President Robert McEllrath cited quite a list of grievances as reasons for the disillusion of their affiliation, but prominent among them was the AFL-CIO’s support of Obamacare.
‘We feel the Federation has done a great disservice to the labor movement and all working people by going along to get along,’ McEllrath wrote in the letter to Trumka….Continue reading
(See letter referenced above at bottom of post.)
They intentionally alienated themselves from the American people as if they were to be held to a higher standard.
With union membership down to 11.3%[i] these days, it would be a consoling to watch union members squirm if only the rest of the country weren’t suffering along with them because of their ignorance, selfishness, their vote and insatiability to drain the pockets of every American and business entity.
.@AFLCIO President Richard Trumka was paid $301,932 in money taken from workers last year. Happy Labor Day! #solidarity
— Jason Hart (@jasonahart) September 2, 2013
In the meantime, Trumka is performing what collective bargaining and Progressives refer to as a dog and pony, pretending to feel the heat but the rat bastard is laughing all the way to the bank and collective bargaining be damned.
Maybe the next time, they will remember that elections have consequences and that as Americans, we are all in this together. In reality though, I doubt it.
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[i] In January 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in 2012, union membership declined from 11.8% to 11.3%.
This being September 2, 2013, and with everything else going on in the workplace across the United States as a direct result of the implementation of Obamacare, i.e., the loss of full-time employment, the increase of part-time, it is more than safe to assume 11.3% quoted earlier this year by BLS is no longer accurate. http://www.bls.gov/news.release/union2.nr0.htm