Lee Saunders - AFSCME President

There is an interesting schism developing on the American left between unions, suffering declining membership, and the broader American population.  The recent public fights in Wisconsin, and more generally across the nation regarding education reform, have put unions in a position where they are not seen favorably by many Americans.  According to a study by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, “[t]he favorability ratings for labor unions remain at nearly their lowest level in a quarter century….”

This creates a particularly difficult quadary for the Democratic Party, traditionally the beneficiary of the vast majority of union support in elections.  As the public moves further away from a positive opinion of unions, the Party necessarily moves away from strident pro-union positions.  This leads in turn to less enthusiastic support by unions for the Democratic party, and some significant frustration from the unions, as expressed most recently in the on-stage behavior of the newly elected President of the AFSCME, Lee Saunders, in Charlotte.  According to BuzzFeedPolitics:

“Saunders isn’t the only frustrated labor leader at the Democratic National Convention this year. American unions, in the throes of a long slide, have had perhaps their worst run ever facing not only the usual declining membership rolls, but also a public repudiation in a Wisconsin recall vote that centered on the place of public sector workers. Adding to that, the Democratic Party’s choice of Charlotte as the convention was a slap in the face: North Carolina has right-to-work laws and virtually no union presence. The fact that unions couldn’t influence the Democrats’ decision on location a testament to their less-than-omnipotent position.”

You can read the whole thing here.

 

 

 

About The Author

Mark Meckler

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.