By Harry Kelber | LaborTalk | December 30, 2012
With only nine months before the start of the AFL-CIO’s 27th convention, unions are beginning to elect delegates and prepare resolutions to describe how they feel about Richard Trumka and his group of sell-serving, self-perpetuating bureaucrats, who have had a hammerlock on the organization’s policies and activities for years.
If AFL-CIO affiliates, down to the local unions, vote for pro-workers’ delegates, it would open up an opportunity to challenge Trumka’s "do nothing" policies at the convention. As they elect convention delegates, union members should be reminded that no officer or member of a State AFL-CIO or Central Labor Council has ever been elected to be a Vice President on the Executive Council.
Thus, delegates from state and local bodies have absolutely no power in election contests or policy decisions, since their single convention vote is dwarfed by the hundreds of thousands of votes allotted to big unions.
It is worth noting that neither Trumka nor any Council member has ever opposed the corrupt, shameless, lopsided and outrageously discriminatory rule. Why should they, since it guarantees their re-election against all potential challengers?