With all the commercials which I guess are paid for by union dues, it was easier this year for me to remember what Labor Day is really about. And there was a time I did feel like being reminded about how far we have come. Now I think greed and power has slowly crept in and is accelerating as I post.
This is not greed by the average union member. I am talking greed and power by the leadership. Maybe I am overreacting. You tell me.
On NPR's Weekend edition Sunday, Liane Hansen interviews Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO Richard Trumka. This is another organization that I find it surprising to learn that they support a public option. The reason so many people do not support a public option is because they fear employers will stop offering private health insurance and dump employees into the public system. And I think that is what the Obama Administration wants.
IMO, the bottom line is this. It has been painfully obvious that Obama cut alot of deals to get endorsements. I think one of those included eliminating secret ballots to join a union. This is the only explanation I can come up with for union leadership for a public option. Any thoughts?