AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Thursday that his union will not be at the Democratic convention, “do[es] not intend to put any money into the convention” and will be hosting its own convention — without Obama.
Speaking in Washington, D.C., Trumka said the labor group “will not be doing extravagant events” at this year’s convention like “we’ve done in the past.”
Instead of giving money to the Obama campaign and Democrats they are focusing on their own event that rivals the Democratic convention. The event, called “Workers Stand for America” will be held on August 11 in Philadelphia.
Considering how little Democrats in Washington, D.C. have done on behalf of their “allies” in organized labor (anyone remember what happened to the Employee Free Choice Act?) I think it’s time for organized labor to refocus on electing Democrats who’ll stand up for the middle class, instead of Democrats who do little more than pay lip service to the issues folks who are members of labor unions care about.