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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: Obama is ‘as pro-business as any president’

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Steven Nelson
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As Chinese President Hu Jintao visited with President Obama Wednesday, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, the leader of the largest labor union in the United States, delivered a speech at the National Press Club.

Trumka expressed fear of the political environment following November’s midterm elections and disappointment with the lack of accomplishment when Democrats retained majorities in Congress.

Although omitted from a prepared version of the address available on the AFL-CIO’s website, CBS and Bloomberg report that Trumka said that President Obama is “about as pro-business as any president.”

Trumka’s prepared remarks said, “The labor movement has learned something from the last two years about jobs and investment. We can’t count on the political process here in Washington to get the job done.”

The union, Trumka said, prioritizes an increase in federal infrastructure spending. He said that the union was working with local governments and businesses on projects, but that a national scale is needed.

In reaction to the wave of Republican victories in the midterm congressional election, Trumka said that it “has unleashed a coordinated effort to block the path to the middle class with an attack on workers’ rights.”

Trumka continued, “I am talking about the campaigns in state after state, funded by shadowy committees created in the wake of Citizens United, aimed at depriving all workers—public and private sector—of the basic human right to form strong unions and bargain collectively.”

“This attack is fueled by the enthusiasm – and the financial support — of people like Lloyd Blankfein, the CEO of Goldman Sachs, and Rupert Murdoch, the billionaire publisher behind Fox News,” Trumka said, “both participate in a committee formed to raise business funds to attack public employees, based on the proposition that firefighters and nurses and medical orderlies are overpaid.”

Blankfein was one of a select few businesspeople to meet with Obama and the Chinese president Wednesday.

Trumka blended a sense of patriotism and a desire to continue American economic superiority with warnings of a “kind of 21st century peonage to the lords of finance and energy and global supply chains.”

  • erisian

    Right Mr Turmpka, and according to Uncle Joe, Bukharin was a secret supporter of the bourgeoisie.

  • J Baustian

    Comrade Trumka, are you sure you weren’t referring to President Hu and not President Obama?

  • fourleafclover

    “I am talking about the campaigns in state after state, funded by shadowy committees created in the wake of Citizens United, aimed at depriving all workers—public and private sector—of the basic human right to form strong unions and bargain collectively.”

    I think AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka meant to say unions want a basic Human right to intimidate people into joining their ranks. Why else would they want to get rid of the secret ballot. They want to scare people into voting for a union. That is one reason I think unions have gone too far and resemble a crime syndicate. Strong arming people isn’t a basic human right.

  • bozsbusiness

    Trumka and Stern, the Marx and Linen of the american labor movement. Biden’s dance partners have to be stopped. First at the state level, where their unions and unions of the same ilk like the Teacher’s Union are bankrupting america, one state at a time.
    When the job is done at the state level, we should concentrate on eliminating unions in the federal government; all of them.

  • BJC49

    Trumpka knows very well that his time has come and gone. He and Stern have ruined the Unions forever. They are probably regarded lower than they’ve ever been and it’s been because of the “in your face agenda” they have pushed since the day and minute Obowma took his hand off the Koran in January 2008. I for one will be glad to see the fat POS pushing a broom.

  • mundakal

    Looks like the guy just ‘farted’ from up top. Yup, he gets fat off the largess skimmed off hard working folks. Does he have any credibility whatsoever in having accomplished anything except whine about increasing union membership, card check and literally sucking up to our Moron-in-Chief and his botoxed minions?

  • ladylove

    yah Obama has already proven just how pro busniness he is

    actions always speak louder than words.

  • ojfl

    Sure, keep telling yourself that Mr. Trumpka….

  • alpha_male

    Trumpka complaining about “shadowy committees”? “Pot, this is Kettle, Over”

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