Are Labor Unions Preparing to Dump Obama and the Dems?


The left corralled a variety of groups with conflicting interests into a coalition using a combination of bribes, threats and promises. Everyone from the NAACP to unions to the labor movement to gay rights groups climbed on board and backed Obama Inc. to the hilt, but now patience may finally be wearing thin.

Labor leaders who have spent months lobbying unsuccessfully for special protections under the Affordable Care Act warned this week that the White House’s continued refusal to help is dampening union support for Democratic candidates in this year’s midterm elections.

Leaders of two major unions, including the first to endorse Obama in 2008, said they have been betrayed by an administration that wooed their support for the 2009 legislation with promises to later address the peculiar needs of union-negotiated insurance plans that cover millions of workers.

Their complaints reflect a broad sense of disappointment among many labor leaders, who say the Affordable Care Act has subjected union health plans to new taxes and mandates while not allowing them to share in the subsidies that have gone to private insurance companies competing on the newly created exchanges.

Unlike the NAACP, labor unions are more united and organized and less dependent on Third Party cash. And that means that they have options.

Already, the Laborers’ International Union has established warm relations with one potential GOP presidential candidate, Chris Christie, endorsing his 2013 reelection as New Jersey’s governor. The union gave $300,000 to the Republican Governors Association, now headed by Christie. And there have been preliminary discussions between labor officials and aides to the governor over a possible appearance by Christie at a union convention.

While labor unions aren’t going to go Full Republican, they are going Part Republican by donating to GOP Congressional candidates benefiting from the lack of a common agenda in the Republican Party. Even some unlikely suspects, such as teachers’ unions are focusing on the GOP.

The obvious reason is that a midterm surge is expected. And unions are smart and organized enough to do what black voters aren’t doing, show that they have options.

While a GOP-labor alliance would seem implausible, we are witnessing a GOP-amnesty coalition that makes even less sense and has fewer rewards. Considering that the GOP’s fiscal reform talk has been mainly empty talk, it makes as much or as little sense as anything else. A lot of union members already vote to the right, that is in actual working unions, not SEIU.

And finally, with the GOP leadership increasingly talking about replacing rather than repealing ObamaCare, labor leaders may be thinking that they can get what they want more easily through that door.

  • Marco

    We need labor unions. I have heard white collar managers say so. I have a retired military officer say so, who went onto a second career. Heck, my old man told me so. He worked blue collar and was a manager of getting a degree in business management.

    However, we need better ones than what we have now. Not ones that give us leftist platitudes hobnob with Democrats and retire to their million dollar homes.

    AFSCMe sucks. They took money out of my paycheck and compensation still sucked. I made more when i switched to the private sector. The SEIU leaders from where I am standing are just plain thieves.

    New questions raised about decision to let SEIU represent Illinois home health care workers

    A lot of middle management has been cut due to the internet and computer technology. Organizations have gotten flatter. Why not unions.There is a lot of overhead. And one more thing. If term limits are good for politicians, they should be good for union leaders.

    I am flat out tired of seeing national level union leaders get elected and staying there until they ossify like some Soviet politburo member or die in office like our patrician noble Ted Kennedy.

    So we will see what comes next.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      It seems like the nationalization of unions is a big part of the problem. They represent a political structure instead of workers.

      • Inane Rambler

        Unions have always been associated with political action.

        • alericKong

          They profit from breeding contention, today solely in public sector unions by electing candidates who pay them back.

          They would be much better served and more profitable if they focus on their workers. The dirty secret of modern American employment is there’s a huge backlog because of a lack of qualified workers.

          • Gavin

            Unfortunately, I haven’t encountered a union yet that didn’t degenerate into perverse incentives, like protecting immoral or lazy employees at the expense of everyone. I’m sure they exist, though. It’d be nice to see more of a trend back to mutual aid rather than extracting concessions politically; everyone has an incentive to make sure everyone else is pulling their end.

        • veeper

          Union leaders are politicians without the campaigns and voters……

      • JiveAssNiggerBoy

        They have never represented workers.

        • A Z

          Every time I see a post name similar to your I ask them to change it.

          I did so at the Blaze, when a person posted under the name “big lip nagger”, and I will do so here.

          If you are for freedom and justice, you will of your own volition drop the name. If not I will assume your are a LEFTY pretending to be a conservative/libertarian to discredit them (a FALSE FLAG operation).

          • Skeptic7

            Exactly. I’ve seen it before where they use an offensive name or posting, and then get some major component wrong of the conservative position. Clearly trolls.

        • Skeptic7

          No decent conservative uses racial slurs.

          Change your name.

          • A Z

            Thank you for also tagging the troll.

  • veeper

    Are Labor Unions Preparing to Dump Obama and the Dems?…..

    Of course not…..they’re just buying some republicans to add to their collection of Dem. politicians….

    • Steve

      Maybe, we have to seriously consider this possibility.

      If they are caught talking to Republicans saying one thing and the later at a union meeting ranting about evil Republicans, we will know.


    I notice the Unions don’t give a damn about the rest of the country suffering under ObamaCare, which they helped pass. They just want their own special exception.

    Labor Unions – Marxist dirtbag thugs!

  • WillieJohn

    New England politics wrote the book on dirty
    and Jersey is #1 when it comes to payola, mob, crooked pols, judges, etc, name it
    –nothing to see here, business as usual