THE most powerful wing of the Democrat Party – labor unions – are not happy with Barack Obama and the Democrat National Committee, but that’s a story that won’t garner much attention from the Democrat National Media covering the 2012 convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. The punishment they’ll mete out could hurt Obama’s cause far more than you’d initially think.
Democrats are big spenders and their convention affords them the opportunity to put on the “show of shows”. The cost seemingly is unimportant. At least that’s the way it’s been for many years, because those costs have always been borne by millions of dollars in labor union contributions. Not so this year.
Kevin Binversie, writing at Watchdog.org, put it this way:
“Labor will be most conspicuous by its absence at next week’s Democratic National Convention. That’s because labor, provider of the Democrats’ most loyal ground troops — the people who walk the precincts, work the phone banks and distribute literature outside supermarkets — is having a hissy fit.
Oh, a few labor leaders will be wandering the convention. But the big event for unions next week won’t be at the DNC in Charlotte, N.C. It will be in Philadelphia starting Saturday, where labor leaders will hold a shadow convention as a display of their anger at Democratic leaders.
Other unions will picket the Charlotte convention while delegates meet.
What’s with all the hostility? Simple answer: Location.
North Carolina has a Democratic governor, Bev Perdue, and sent its electoral votes to Barack Obama in 2008, but it’s still a right-to-work state. That means employees in the Tar Heel State are free to choose to join a union — or not. Because of this, North Carolina has the lowest percentage of union membership in the nation, just 2.9 percent as of 2011.
But Obama’s victory in North Carolina was barely under 14,000 statewide. So for Democrats looking to expand the electoral map, a convention in North Carolina was seen as helping to solidify a potential swing state into a winner for President Obama in November.
On the other side, labor looks at the convention — with delegates staying in non-union hotels and dining at non-union restaurants, and Obama accepting his nomination at a football stadium built with non-union workers — as a poke in the eye. As a result, many in labor will boycott the convention outright. The AFL-CIO, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Laborers International Union of North America and others have withheld an estimated $10 million in contributions that would have helped pay for the convention — a radical change from 2008, when unions helped pitch in more than $8 million to help the DNC pay for its national convention in Denver.
The drop in union donations, along with fundraising troubles, is one reason the DNC went from being a four-day to a three-day event. In addition, a number of unions haven’t purchased skyboxes in Charlotte to wine and dine, as they lobby elected officials, and they won’t be sending battalions of union employees to staff booths, wave placards and enjoy the party.”
Read the entire post by Binversie by clicking right here.
In a nutshell, the union bosses are sending a message that flexes the strongest muscle of all – the checkbook. And this is just a hint of what’s to come if the Democrats continue to raise the ire of their strongest faction.
You can rest assured that while the union bigwigs are glad handing the delegates and drinking North Carolina dry, there have been private meetings with the man himself and strong warnings were issued. After all, the unions feel as though they put Obama in the White House and they demand a substantial return on that “investment”.