Big Unions = Liberal Activism

The union workers I grew up around weren’t liberals by any stretch.  They were Archie Bunker (and I mean that in a good way).  Since the early 1980s, though, their unions have abandoned putting workers first in favor of putting leftwing ideology first.  The result has been a massive exodus from the union shops into non-union companies. 

But the unions have also done a disservice to the entire middle class.  By concentrating on politics instead of labor issues, the AFL-CIO and other big unions have favored policies that destroy middle class jobs.  In a sense, they suffer from the same problems abortionists do–they’re killing their own. 

The WSJ has an insightful, short analysis of the problem:

[The AFL-CIO] became part of the ideological left and its regulatory and high-tax agenda. So instead of favoring oil drilling in Alaska, which would create thousands of new middle-class jobs, Mr. Sweeney’s shop leaned toward the rich liberals of the Sierra Club. And while many union members are cultural conservatives, the AFL-CIO has spent its scarce political capital fighting conservative judges. No wonder millions of workers look at union organizers and shrug.

While I don’t necessarily favor a major move back into unions, I do wish that what remains of the labor movement would return to its original purpose and let Hollywood liberals fight their own battles.

Author: William Hennessy

Co-founder of St. Louis Tea Party Coalition and Nationwide Chicago Tea Party Persuasive design expertLatest book: Turning On Trump: An Evolution (2016)Author of The Conservative Manifest (1993), Zen Conservatism (2009), Weaving the Roots (2011), and Fight to Evolve (2016)I believe every person deserves the dignity of meaningful work as the only path to human flourishing.

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