Unions Lean Democratic, but Donald Trump Gets Members’ Attention


NY Times:

Unions Lean Democratic, but Donald Trump Gets Members’ Attention

WASHINGTON — Of all the voters who might be expected to resist the charms of Donald J. Trump, the two million members of the Service Employees International Union would most likely be near the top of the list.
The union, which endorsed Hillary Clinton in November, is widely regarded as one of the more progressive in the labor movement. It skews female and racially diverse — roughly the opposite of a Trump rally, in other words.

But the union’s president, Mary Kay Henry, acknowledged that Mr. Trump holds appeal even for some of her members. “There is deep economic anxiety among our members and the people we’re trying to organize that I believe Donald Trump’s message is tapping into,” Ms. Henry said.

  In  expressing her concern, Ms. Henry reflected a different form of anxiety  that is weighing on some union leaders and Democratic operatives: their  fear that Mr. Trump, if not effectively countered, may draw an  unusually large number of union voters in a possible general election  matchup. This could, in turn, give Republicans a boost in swing states  like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, all of which President  Obama won twice.

The source of the attraction to Mr. Trump, say union members and leaders, is manifold: the candidate’s unapologetically populist positions on certain economic issues, particularly trade; a frustration with the impotence of conventional politicians; and above all, a sense that he rejects the norms of Washington discourse.
“They feel he’s the one guy who’s saying what’s on people’s minds,” Thomas Hanify, the president of the Indiana state firefighters union, said of his rank and file.

I think the Democrats have been taking a lot of their constituencies for granted with a sort of “Whaddaya gonna do, vote Republican?” attitude.
Plus the leadership of unions havs grown apart from the membership. I’d love to have a union but it looks to me like they spend half their time pushing agendas like immigration reform, gay marriage, &c.


Not all Democratic politicians are so supportive of unions. It depends on the union, the state, and several other factors. In New York, for example, the teacher’s union has been at odds with Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo regarding contract negotiations for the City University of New York, whose faculty has not had a contract for over five years. Generally speaking, Cuomo cannot be said to be supportive of the higher educational school system.

It is assumed by many liberals that Republicans must be even worse; but again, that may depend on the type of union and the individual state.


Trump isn’t that conservative, really. Not if you look at what he’s said in interviews prior to running for President:
•Supports raising taxes
•Supports eminent domain
•Pro-Choice, including partial birth abortion
•Loves Hillary and Bill Clinton
•Thinks Obama did a good job with the bailouts
•Thinks highly of Nancy Pelosi
•Voted for Obama
•Supports a single payer health care system
•Supports amnesty

I can’t say I’m surprised that unions are supporting him. He’s basically a democrat claiming to be a republican.


One of them just knocked on my door, ask for a donation and support of an equal pay initiative.

Told him I’m for equal pay for equal work, but he was lying with statistics by claiming the pay gap was 23%.


What I can’t understand is that the Democrats are pro-choice (or I mean pro-abortion) and the Republicans are pro-life – I am a staunch Republican but if there was a problem about pro-life as a Democrat I could never vote pro-choice!!! It’s killing a baby!!!


Political leaders regardless of party in many cases are being forced to make decisions that unions do not like for the mere sake of solvency. Some unions either don’t understand that the money isn’t there or they are just being stubborn—maybe it’s both. :shrug:


:thumbsup: I agree…


Obama did a good job on the bail outs.


As long as you agree that increasing our deficit by over $1T was good.


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