NEA President Eskelsen Garcia. Buyer’s remorse?
AFT President Randi Weingarten thinks political election campaigns are like differences in her union.
It’s works like her vision of democracy.
All she has to do is declare it so and that’s the way is.
So she tell’s the New York Times that all labor union members support Hillary. There is no other opinion. And it is so. Facts don’t get in the way.
In an effort to dispute what they say is a false narrative that union voters are closely split between Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Hillary Clinton, a group of more than 20 unions representing more than 10 million workers is releasing a statement on Monday reaffirming support for Mrs. Clinton.
“Secretary Clinton has proven herself as the fighter and champion working people and their families need in the White House,” the statement says. “That is why, of all unions endorsing a candidate in the Democratic primary, the vast majority of the membership in these unions has endorsed her.”
Leading the charge for Hillary among labor union leaders is the AFT President.
“Because there’s now a story where there should not have been one — certain people in the Bernie camp wanted to take advantage of it — the unions that endorsed Hillary want to make really clear to people that we are incredibly supportive of her.”
How dare the news report a story without Randi’s approval.
Even if it’s true.
It is obvious that the union leadership that supports Hillary would not feel the need to issue a statement like this if they were feeling comfortable.
Saturday’s Nevada Democratic Party caucus voters were split between Sanders and Clinton in heavily unionized Las Vegas with Clinton squeezing out a win.
The AFL-CIO is hedging their bets and has decided to stay neutral. Their neutrality contrasts with the NEA and the AFT making early primary endorsements with no demands made of the Clinton campaign or strings attached.
What I find interesting is that the NEA and its President, Lily Eskelson Garcia have been relatively silent about the presidential race since declaring their early support for Clinton.
Her name does not appear in the New York Times article.
There was a lot of unhappiness among the rank and file when the NEA and AFT early endorsement was made.
Not only is labor divided, maybe Lily has buyer’s remorse.