Labor Unions and the Democratic Party

Growing Rifts in the Coalition
Capital Research

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Recently AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka compared recent efforts to curb union power to a “wrecking ball.” He warned, “If leaders aren’t blocking the wrecking ball and advancing working families’ interests, working people will not support them. This is where our focus will be—now, in 2012 and beyond.” Of course, “Working families’ interests” is union-speak for union interests just as “working people” is a code word for labor unions. And 2012 is a reference to the upcoming elections. What is interesting is where Trumka directed his threats—at Democrats.