Having ruined nearly every city in the east and midwest, the failed labor unions are looking to the final frontier in their War on America as they plan a big push in southern states. Good luck with that. Let’s hope they bankrupt themselves in this uphill battle.
The AFL-CIO, at its quadrennial convention this week, adopted a resolution to come up with a “Southern Strategy” that includes “a long-term commitment to organize the South.” Union officials told The Hill that the labor movement needs to follow the workforce, which is moving down south, as well as learn how to better operate with right-to-work laws in the region designed to weaken union power.
Linda Bridges, president of the Texas AFT, a teachers’ union, said only bringing more workers into labor will lead to changes in the South’s laws that restrict labor’s influence.
“Just because most of the workers are in right-to-work states, it’s time that we have real strategies about how to organize, about how to bring them into the labor movement in great numbers. I think that’s how we eventually change the laws in the South, through organizing,” Bridges said.
Facing what AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka called a “crisis” of membership, officials took the dramatic step at their annual convention of adopting a resolution that invites anyone in the country to join, regardless of union affiliation.The move faced stiff resistance from union officials who fear the AFL-CIO’s primary mission of representing workers will be left behind if the federation becomes a mouthpiece for liberal and progressive groups.