Are union leaders more concerned with the polices that will actually benefit their workers or with the cozy relationship they have with Democratic politicians whose policies have consistently hurt the American worker in general and union workers in particular?
By S.A. Miller – The Washington Times – Sunday, September 1, 2019
Labor union leaders have launched their biggest mobilization ever for the 2020 campaigns, determined to reassert their political power and beat back the inroads President Trump has made with blue-collar workers.
At the heart of the plan is an overhaul of the way the leadership courts and connects with members, with an emphasis on listening and responding to dues-paying members. They wanted to give the unions more of a grassroots ethos, said Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, the country’s largest federation of labor unions.
“We started talking to our members,” he told a group of Washington reporters last week at a roundtable interview hosted by The Christian Science Monitor.
He credited the revved-up outreach with helping Democrats win a House majority and make other gains in elections last year.
The midterm mobilization included 2.3 million door knocks, 5 million flyers, 250,000 text messages, 12 million pieces of mail, a digital ad campaign that had 69 million impressions, and the unions’ largest-ever TV and radio campaign targeting black and Hispanic voters.