The AFL-CIO plans to “organize” non-working leftists and invite them to join the AFL-CIO in order to address a crisis in membership. The Center expects that these new associations will be referred to as “leisure unions” and will advocate for higher government assistance payments to those who vote Democrat for a living.
In addition the AFL-CIO will attempt to union-organize the South because “the labor movement needs to follow the workforce, which is moving down south” [to escape the labor movement].
New Jersey’s very own version of the New York Times, the Newark Star-Ledger, will stop the presses permanently at year’s end unless it wins major concessions from its production unions. The newspaper, according to publisher Richard Vezza, feels “pushed into a corner” by the unions.
The Star-Ledger’s lament is made without a trace of irony despite its relentless vilification of other businesses threatened and destroyed by union tactics.
The unions reacted predictably:
“Vezza’s announcement that he will cease publication unless a settlement is reached with all the unions is another sad and pathetic attempt to pound all of our union brothers and sisters into a state of submission,” said Ed Shown, president of the Council of Star-Ledger Unions and one of the Teamsters locals.
Perhaps the Star-Ledger can again follow the lead of its mentor, the New York Times, and crawl, hat in hand, to Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim.