Friday, 30 September 2011

US: union movement launches permanent political campaign

The American union federation AFL-CIO will from now on wage a permanent political campaign, president Richard Trumka told the New York Times. In addition, Trumka says the federation will no longer automatically support the Democratic Party and assess more critically whether endorsed candidates actually support workers’ rights. Reportedly, the new course has caused some concern among Democratic politicians.
The union movement takes advantage of a ruling that makes it easier to support politicians. As a result, unions may also target non-members in their campaigns, which will make their efforts far more efficient. Incidentally, corporations benefit far more from the eased regulations on engaging in politics.
In addition to the AFL-CIO, services union SEIU has also adapted its political strategy.

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