June 7, 2005


AFL-CIO President Vows To Reach Out to the Republicans (JOSH GERSTEIN, June 7, 2005, NY Sun)

The president of America's national labor federation, the AFL-CIO, has won the support of a wavering union president by vowing to boost the labor movement's outreach to the Republican Party.

The AFL-CIO's president, John Sweeney, 71, who is up for re-election at a convention in Chicago next month, made the promise recently as he worked to beat back a challenge from dissenting unions that have charged Mr. Sweeney with moving too slowly to overhaul the labor federation.

The change in political strategy was disclosed yesterday by a labor leader who has long advocated a more bipartisan approach, Harold Schaitberger of the 250,000-member International Association of Fire Fighters.

"While the AFL-CIO will continue to support and maintain relationships with those Democrats who have historically and continuously supported the goals of our movement, it will also build bridges over party lines to Republicans who can be with us on selected issues," Mr. Schaitberger said in a statement announcing his endorsement of Mr. Sweeney's re-election bid.

...Democrats are in deep.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 7, 2005 10:13 PM

Not enough. The administration should take real steps to clip the wings of unions as political organizations.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at June 7, 2005 11:26 PM

BTW, I predicted this. The unions have no use for a minority party.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at June 7, 2005 11:29 PM

The real question, as Robert alluded, is whether the unions will stop being the electoral foot soldiers of the Democratic Party.

Posted by: jd watson at June 8, 2005 12:22 AM

what do the unions have to offer the gop, that they don't already have ?

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Posted by: oj at June 8, 2005 7:13 AM

If union leaders can get over their reflexive "Republicans are the spawn of Satan" cant, I'll be amazed. Isn't it, like, hard-wired?

Posted by: Roy Jacobsen at June 8, 2005 8:47 AM

Federalists, Whigs, Democrats--". . .unmerciful disaster, follows fast, and follows faster."

Posted by: Lou Gots at June 8, 2005 10:21 AM