Well, here's our take on the article and what it didn't point out...
Despite the all of the hoopla surrounding the break-up of the AFL-CIO in 2005, Andy Stern's Change to Win Federation doesn't have a lot of new members to prove that John Sweeney's political-spending strategy was wrong.
Remember, the whole power play in breaking up the AFL-CIO was the alleged frustration that Stern had with Sweeney over how best to utilize the federation's money--Sweeney likes spending money on politicians, while Stern felt the money would be better spent on organizing.
Well, as of November '06, it looks like Sweeney's strategy has won the day. The old labor boss has gotten himself a liberal and labor-friendly Congress. And, today, all nine of the Democrat candidates are so busy trying to out do each other on getting union endorsements that they've completely left any semblance of moderation behind.
Even so, Stern and his buddies don't want to admit they made a mistake. Although Joe Hansen, the Big Kahuna over at the UFCW came pretty close to it when he said:
“I can’t argue with the numbers. If I didn’t think we’d significantly changed UFCW, I’d say that we’d made a mistake. But we have [changed], and a lot of that is due to Change to Win. We haven’t had immediate success and I can’t say how fast that will come.” [Emphasis added.]
Wow! That's pretty damn revealing if you ask us! And this guy controls 1.3 million workers' lives?!?
Nevertheless, Old Joe still "hopes" he'll add two million more workers dues to his union's coffers in the next 10 years.
[As a friend once said: If hopes and dreams were candy and nuts, we'd all have a merry Christmas.]
Despite Joe's wishy-washiness, break-up artist Andy Stern still has high hopes. At Change to Whine's convention in September, Stern apparently stated:
"We’re at the beginning of another historic moment. We have changed our unions. If we pass the Employee Free Choice Act, these unions will grow by 1.5 million members a year, not just for five years but for 10 to 15 straight years.”
Okay. Let's see if we get this straight, Andy. You and your co-horts broke away from the AFL-CIO because your old boss Sweeney was spending too much money on politics. You allegedly have changed your unions, but the C2W unions really aren't adding any more members. Now, however, you're saying that you'll be able to add more members when the Orwellian Employee Free Choice Act passes?!??
But, doesn't EFCA need politicians to pass it? And, to elect those politicians doesn't that mean you'd have to spend money on...politics? [Gasp!]
Why, Andy....That would mean that the Old Geezer Sweeney was...r-r-right. And, more importantly, Andy, that would mean that you were w-w-w-wrong. Oh my!
Why, Andy, we think you owe John Sweeney an apology.
You see, you really didn't split from Sweeney....You spit on him.
Isn't it time to admit you were wrong? Or, is your ego just too big?