When I applauded the plan to merge the Chicago Teachers Union with ChiACT, the union organizing charter teachers, former Arne Duncan press agent Peter Cunningham, who I assume is a Democrat, suggested it was just a way for the unions to recruit more members.
I had to explain to Peter that a union recruiting members was the point.
It is called “organizing the unorganized.”
But attacking the electoral base of the Democratic Party is what the Democrats seem to be doing these days.
It was a factor in the national Democrats loss, giving the White House to Covfefe.
Cities simply do not produce the turnout in key states that the Democrats need to win.
Democrat Pat Quinn lost to Republican Bruce Rauner in a blue state by attacking AFSCME and cutting state public employee pensions. Rauner didn’t win by much. He didn’t have to.
While Illinois went blue, Chicago Democratic Party leaders and the Mayor continue to go after the very folks who would be expected to vote Democratic.
And so we see the loss of 150,000 African Americans from Chicago just since 2000 because of Democratic mayors with economic development and policing polices that encourage African Americans to leave.
Inspector General Joe Ferguson, who released a report this morning suggesting City Hall has backed off too easily in labor negotiations in the past and needs to take a tougher approach, now that contracts covering 90 percent of the 30,000-person workforce soon will be open.
This is more of the same stuff. Protect the wealthy and go after the unionized work force.
Get tough with city unions, and do it now, because “tens of millions of dollars” a year in potential taxpayer savings are on the line.
That’s the message from city Inspector General Joe Ferguson, who released a report this morning suggesting City Hall has backed off too easily in labor negotiations in the past and needs to take a tougher approach, now that contracts covering 90 percent of the 30,000-person workforce soon will be open.
The irony of this, if not the purpose, is to give electoral wins to the Rauner’s and Trumps.