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Union Boss: Too Early for 2018 Targets

Union Boss: Too Early for 2018 Targets

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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 12:09 PM Current | Bio | Archive

AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka surprised reporters Wednesday morning when he refused to name the top political targets of organized labor for the 2018 midterm elections.

“Not right now,” organized labor’s most powerful figure told Newsmax when asked for names of who the AFL-CIO would try most to defeat next year. “It’s too early in the process.”

His remarks were in striking contrast to those he made at the same breakfast (hosted by the Christian Science Monitor) four years ago to the day.

At the time, when Newsmax asked if the AFL-CIO would target Republican Govs. Rick Snyder of Michigan and Scott Walker of Wisconsin — both of whom oversaw enactment of measures strong opposed by unions — Trumka replied without hesitation that the there will be “heightened focus on the names you mention and several others hostile to working people.”

Pressed for more names, the AFL-CIO chief added Ohio Gov. John Kasich and said, “we’ll be in Texas in a bigger way than we were.” (Both Kasich and Republican Greg Abbott of Texas were big winners in races for the statehouse, and both Snyder and Walker were re-elected in 2014.)

This time, however, Trumka would only say “we’re looking at the maps” of states with races for governor and U.S. senator next year and “we’re still developing things.”

But, he assured us, the AFL-CIO would have a target list because, in Trumka’s words, “we have never run away from a good fight.”

Asked by the Monitor’s Dave Cook if the U.S. House was “flappable” from Republican control to a Democratic majority next year, Trumka replied, “Yes, but with the caveat that we have a strong agenda” that includes what he called “a kitchen table economic message that addresses the needs of workers.”

By that, Trumka explained, he meant an agenda “that people discuss at their kitchen able — wages, health care, and retirement.”

“[Hillary Clinton] didn’t have that and there was a dropoff in votes,” he said, recalling how in Pennsylvania alone, Democratic nominee Clinton received 10 percent of the vote less among working families than Barack Obama did in 2012.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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