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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka hints, third political party formation for 2012 elections

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AFL-CIO President Richard
Trumka, hints at union need
to form a possible third party
for the upcoming 2012 elections

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka sent his strongest signal yet about unions’ frustration with the dysfunctional politics, where Republicans go to extremes on behalf of big banks and multinational corporations and Democrats compromise, with working families are left out of the equation.

Speaking last Tuesday to the National Nurses United conference in Washington, where more than one thousand nurses from across the country rallied to begin the push to replace the politics of setting for less with unapologetic demands for a new economic agenda, Trumka found a plenty of takers for his agressively progressive message.
“We want an independent labor movement strong enough to return balance to our economy, fairness to our tax system, security to our families and moral and economic standing to our nation,” declared Trumka, who in recent months has been repositioning the AFL-CIO as a force that will hold Republicans and Democrats to what he describes as “a simple standard: “Are they helping or hurting working families?”
“We can’t simply build the power of any political party or any candidate. For too long we’ve been left after the election holding a canceled check and asking someone to pay attention to us. No more! No more!” the federation president.
Then he described a scenario all too familiar to union activists: that of trying to get officials who are supposed to be allies of the working Americans to act on their behalf with the same energy that Republicans bring to aiding corporations.
“For too long, we’ve been left after Election Day holding a canceled check, waving it about—‘Remember us? Remember us? Remember us?’—asking someone to pay a little attention to us,” recalled Trumka, who is  frustrated with the failure of the Obama administration and Congressional Democrats in Congress failure to pass the Employee Free Choice Act, with needed labor law reforms. “Well, I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a snootful of that shit!”
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