It's my Party, and I'll cry if I want to...Part II
CHICAGO (AP) -- The AFL-CIO succumbed to division Sunday, with its largest union deciding to bolt the 50-year-old federation and three others poised to do so in a dispute over how to reverse organized labor's long slide.
"Our differences have become unresolvable," said Anna Burger, chairman of the Change to Win Coalition which is setting itself up to be a rival of the AFL-CIO. "Today will be remembered as a rebirth of union strength in America."
A divided labor movement worries Democratic leaders who rely on the AFL-CIO's money and manpower on Election Day.
In the 2004 campaign, unions ran nearly 260 phone banks and mailed out at least 30 million pieces of political literature in 16 states, mostly on behalf of Democrats.
Experts said the split might deepen labor's woes.
Others said competition might be good for the labor movement.
I've said it before, (in Part I) it's long past time for unions to quit blindly following the Democrat agenda...which isn't what it once was.
Not that the Republican Party is perfect; no human institution can be, but for all its faults, it seems to be the best thing going right now.
I'm a member of several unions, and while I understand the necessity of the political aspects of "the game", I also know that it's futile to back the losing team. By mindlessly "latching onto the coattails" of the Democrat Party, the unions have been doing just that...which is counterproductive.
(Pun intended, of course)
As I also said in Part I, I'd still like to see a viable opposition Party.
Checks and balances are a good thing...