Labor’s Lost Agenda.

Rich Trumka and Mary Kay Henry

After it was too late to make a difference, SEIU President Mary Kay Henry denounced the debt-ceiling agreement as “a raw deal for working people and the 30 million Americans who are still looking for work.” In fact, neither SEIU, the AFL-CIO, nor AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka aggressively mobilized union members against the deal over the past month. True, emails to labor listserves were sent, but where were the rallies or marches demanding that Obama invoke the 14th Amendment rather than slash domestic programs? Where was the civil disobedience against Democratic Senators who owe their seats to union support but now refuse to go public against Obama’s proposals? Labor’s inaction reflects a deeper problem: its strategic reliance on electing Democrats to boost union power has failed, but it is staying on this course heading into 2012.  Read more by Randy Shaw at the Beyond Chron.  here.


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