Some labor skates are buzzing with speculation that the incredible shrinking AFL-CIO President John Sweeney (“Pyrrhus” to us) may have found his exit strategy. As many of you know, he has since 1994 promised to “take back the House” for the Democrats, pouring hundreds of millions of his members’ hard-earned dues money down the rat hole, whether or not they agreed with him. Time and time again, he’s been unsuccessful, squandering ever greater sums in each election cycle.
But now as he begins to taste victory for the Dems next month, we are hearing from sources inside the labor camp that the 72-year-old Sweeney may indeed declare victory and get out, “Even if [he] had nothing to do with it,” as one insider wrote to us. This may be real, it may be hope, not sure. Said our source, “Some even speculate that, with him gone from the scene, this ridiculous bifurcation of labor, AFL-CIO vs. Change to Win, can come to an end.”
There’s no doubt that Sweeney presided over the split in the AFL-CIO, a feat none of his predecessors could manage. And he’s presided over a steady decline in membership. Any other CEO would have long since been shown the door with performance like this. It just may be that after years of dismal failure, he’s stumbled upon his exit strategy after all.
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