Union Leaders: Still Out of Touch with Union Members

Union bosses are spending a fortune this election cycle to support candidates who have pledged to advance the “union agenda,” which contains many proposals that would be devastating to the economy. However, the media reports, this same level of enthusiasm just isn’t shared by the union members whom the union leaders claim to represent. There is growing sentiment that President Obama and Congressional Democrats have not delivered for working families and have not done enough to revive the economy. Well, in many ways we agree. Many of the proposals that have come out of Congress have actually hindered economic growth, such as: allowing the EPA to run roughshod with its regulations, passing the Ledbetter Bill and expanding government – but not controlling costs – through the health care legislation

Union leadership has already shown itself out of touch with what union members want: Above all, it’s jobs. Officials with Big Labor have waged a full-scale battle in support of the jobs-killing Employee Free Choice Act, when most union families disagreed with the provisions of the bill, specifically the effective elimination of secret ballots. At the recent “One Nation” rally, union leaders associated their organizations not with the working man or woman, but with the hard-core political left on issues involving social policy and support for the military.

Here at the National Association of Manufacturers we’ve encouraged candidates and Members of Congress from all parties to rally together for a strategy to support manufacturing jobs – something employers and employees both can get behind. We hope that this election day will serve as a wake up call for union leaders and policy makers alike: We need to work together to strengthen our economy and develop policies that help employers create and retain jobs.

Keith Smith

Keith Smith

Senior Vice President at National Association of Manufacturers
Keith Smith serves as senior vice president of public affairs and mobilization at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). He helps lead the association’s issue advocacy campaigns as well as the NAM’s national grassroots advocacy network.
Keith Smith

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