by Kate Childs Graham | April 26, 2012
According to an article in Wednesday’s Politico, this is labor’s big moment. Workers across the country are pulling together like never before to stand up to corporate-backed politicians and their scheme to wipe us out.
The article notes the win against Gov. John Kasich’s SB5 in Ohio last year as one of the reasons not to count labor out. The victories have been piling up, note authors Jonathan Allen and Robin Bravender:
And on Tuesday night, they kneecapped Rep. Jason Altmire in a Pennsylvania Democratic primary — getting payback for his vote against the president’s health care law.
Not bad for a movement that had been read its last rites.
“The labor movement has huge momentum in terms of electoral politics,” said Robert Reich, former Clinton administration labor secretary. “Many union members have been stirred up by the anti-union animus of the Republicans.”
It’s the GOP that threw the unions a lifeline by going too far when it took office after the 2010 election, labor sources say, and it has only itself to blame if the public is more sympathetic to working stiffs than free-marketers.
We could add 1.6 million more reasons to that list of big wins – the 1.6 million men and women of AFSCME who are the true definition of what ‘big labor’ means. Politico’s article makes it clear: Unions, with our people power, are going to turn the tide for working families, and pave the way for fairness in this country.