Richard Trumka, President of the AFL/CIO labor union has visited the Obama White House every two and one-half weeks since he was elected to the head of the labor union in September 2009! In fact, he admits that he speaks to someone in the White House every day! Is that a surprise to you? Maybe not, but it is to me! Before his stint as ALF/CIO president, he was an official with the United Mine Workers. Trumka has a long history of confrontation with management of various companies. But, that is his job….defending the rights of his members and trying to improve wages and working conditions! The question is: When does the labor union rights override the rights of the companies that supply the jobs that fund the union activities? In Trumka’s case, there is nothing that he won’t do that will tie the hands of management even it the result is a strike that cripples a town…..or an economy!
It may interest you that less than 7% of PRIVATE sector employees are represented by unions; whereas 36% of FEDERAL employees are in a union. Overall, in 2010, unions represented only 12% of the American workforce. Yet, their influence on the political landscape would suggest that the unions are far more effective than private companies in shaping the policies of the federal government. Perhaps, Trumka is earning his pay….$250,ooo per year plus benefits and an ample expense account!
It seems incredulous to me that any lobbyist would have a need to visit Obama or someone in the White House as often as Trumka has been in Washington. What about you?