Democracy is DEAD in unions. If anyone disbelieves this, all you need to do is point to today's actions of the union bosses controlling the Change to Win federation. Not only did they hand-pick the original leader of their federation, Greg Tarpinian, they got rid of him AND they hand-picked his successor--ALL WITHOUT THEIR MEMBERS VOTING OR HAVING ANY VOICE IN THE MATTER AT ALL.
According to left-wing writer John Tasini (on Tarpinian's own Labor Research Association's Working Life blog), Greg Tarpinian's replacement, Chris Chafe, the new-handpicked ED at Change to W(h)in(e), is a real mensch.
Apparently, Tasini received an e-mail from his "mensch" this morning before the rest of the world knew that Tarpinian was out and Chafe was in, boasting that he "will be announced as the new Executive Director at Change to Win, a labor federation of the SEIU, UNITE HERE, the UFCW, LIUNA, Teamsters, Carpenters, and United Farm Workers, representing six million workers across the US. My appointment will begin in July, and I am honored and excited by this new challenge, and humbled by the CTW Leadership Council's confidence in me."
Obviously, the six million rank-and-file workers represented by these politburo-bred, baby bureaucrats have no idea, no voice and no say on these appointments--as they didn't with the break-up of the AFL-CIO.
Like most leftists, apparently today's union bosses don't get the correlation between themselves and other leftist leaders like Chavez, Castro, Mao, Stalin, Stern...and the list goes on.
It is little wonder they want to end workers' right to vote on unionization entirely through their hallucinogenically-named Employee Free Choice Act.