Wednesday, August 24, 2011
We've reported on some of the recent discontent with Democrats that is felt among labor leaders. In a similar vein, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumpka, in an interview with The Huffington Post, signaled a shift in the union's political strategy. Although he reiterated his support for Obama, he decried the current environment as the worse he had seen. As a result, he is going to attempt to shift the union's campaign operations from focusing primarly on elections to a broader effort aimed also at lobbying lawmakers after the election.
Some specifics appear to be establishing permanent campaign operations that don't end after an election, creating a super PAC, and bolstering their network of local community workers. The results of these changes remain to be seen, so stay tuned.
Hat Tip: Michael Duff