The Washington Post is reporting that AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is crafting a new plan to remake the American labor movement, — moving it further to the political left.
In an interview taped for C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” program,Trumka said he was seeking a more formal alliance with other key elements of the Democratic Party’s liberal base, including civil rights organizations and women’s rights groups. The hope, he said, is to then broaden union membership beyond the traditional realm of workplace-based organizing.
Trumka once was an advocate of getting the union out of politics and back into organizing for workers. No longer.