Are Unions Abandoning President Obama?

“It will be more challenging this time than it was last time to motivate our members,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

Democrats may feel their campaign pockets a little lighter if union leaders decide to pull support from those candidates that haven’t put big labor’s interests first. The International Association of Fire Fighters isn’t even investing in federal races, saving it’s money for state-level campaigns only.

However, those Democrats who are solidly in big labor’s camp will get more money than usual. Trumka cited several factors that have led to unions being discouraged by President Obama’s administration including “hysteria” over the federal deficit, the free trade agreements, and a review of regulations.

Maybe less union support will help candidates who actually care about growing our economy. Because the full faith and credit of the United States is more important than union benefits, Congress should move ahead to the free trade agreements which will create thousands of jobs and remove burdensome regulations which will also help businesses create jobs easier. Perhaps union leaders should get their priorities straight.

If the economy gets better, more jobs can be created as well (union and non-union), but keeping the economy where it is, hindering businesses with union control and demands, and we’ll never begin to grow again.

Hidden at the bottom of a Bloomberg article on unions fading support for Congress, was this little gem:

“Trumka said he’d like to see the U.S. become more like a European nation that provides pensions and health care for all its citizens. He said he is accustomed to criticism and doesn’t mind if conservatives call that socialism.”

“Being called a socialist is a step up for me,” he said.


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