Detritus wrote: The Democratic Party has depended on union membership to vote for their candidates, and union money for some of their electioneering, but I don't believe the party has felt beholden or, for that matter, loyal to labor unions for a long time, except perhaps in specific local cases.
True enough. It's a little like the Democratic Party deporting so many Mexicans after collecting Hispanic vote.
I don't want to get into the weeds of policies I agree/disagree with, but I think the way to look at is that the party does not have the exact same interests of its individual constituencies. Of course all are free to influence the platform.
Detritus wrote: You can start with Obama's big fuck-you to teacher unions through his educational policies (celebrating mass firings in NJ, for example) all the way back to the rise of the DLC and Clinton, who was much more beholden (and loyal) to Sam Walton than any labor unions..
I don't blame you for being frustrated, but I would say the problem is we have a two party system rather than a parliamentary system. You would have more say and satisfaction through a Labor Party like in Europe or Israel.
Detritus wrote:I think it's the unions that have mistakenly offered fealty to the Democratic Party long after it no longer cared about them. It's not the only mistake organized labor has made over the past 50 years, but it's an important one.
It's hard to say that this is a mistake when it is best option.
Detritus wrote:Even now, having been shafted by Obama in this life-or-death struggle here in Wisconsin, the union leadership is still swearing loyalty to him.
I'm glad Obama kept away, it would have made a bad situation worse.
Detritus wrote:I think unions have to go back to a pre-collective bargaining mindset, since that's the one the "job creators" have been working with anyway: no justice, no peace. Organize to take action, not to deliver votes to some putz who doesn't give a damn about you once the election is over.
My advice to unions: forget about politics and direct efforts at organizing in private sector. Give up on right-to-work states. Don't donate to Dem politicians anymore. Focus all resources and energy on core mission. Prove that non-right-to-work states can be more economically vital than the feudal areas of the South.
My advice is bitter pill to swallow. But given the landscape, it is least bad option.