AP: Unions Worry 2020 Democrats Ignoring ‘Kitchen-Table Economics’ for Divisive Far-Left Issues

H/T Breitbart.

Even these union thugs are smart enough to know these extreme leftist ideas are losers.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Ardently liberal, pro-labor and anti-corporate cash, the field of Democrats running for president may look like a union activist’s dream. But some key labor leaders are starting to worry about the topics dominating the 2020 conversation.

The candidates are spending too much time talking about esoteric issues like the Senate filibuster and the composition of the Supreme Court and not enough time speaking the language of workers, several union officials said. Those ideas may excite progressive activists, they said, but they risk alienating working-class voters.

“They’ve got to pay attention to kitchen-table economics,” said Ted Pappageorge, president of the Las Vegas Culinary Union that represents 60,000 hotel and casino workers. “We don’t quite see that.”

Terry McGowan, president of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 139, in Wisconsin, said many of the issues driving the 2020 primary so far are distractions.

“The people that are into politics, the people who like sideshows, they’re into that,” he said, citing the debates over reparations for slavery and immigration as examples. “The masses just want to feed their families.”

The unease may be an early warning sign for Democrats, who watched as many white, working-class voters, including many union members in key Rust Belt states, chose Trump three years ago. Democrats are hoping to win back some of those voters next year, a challenge that is made harder, some argue, by labor’s struggle to build its membership and influence its rank and file. Democrats’ early messages may not help, some said.

“You see where some of the party’s being driven. It’s no secret,” said Rusty McAllister, executive secretary of the Nevada AFL-CIO.

McAllister pointed to “Medicare for all” — the health care proposal of choice for several candidates — as an example of Democrats’ not seizing on labor’s top priorities. Many unions already organized and fought for private health insurance for their members. “That’s not something that I think that labor is as much focused on as some of the progressives are.”

Such concerns — which stretched from the progressive-minded organizing halls of Nevada to the Rust Belt precincts — were typically focuse on the conversation, not the candidates. The early 2020 primary has included detours into debates over the Senate filibuster, the composition of the Supreme Court and breaking up technology companies.

Ken Broadbent, business manager of the Pittsburgh-based Steamfitters Local 449, worried that Democrats are too focused on environmental plans like the Green New Deal, a blueprint for shifting the U.S. economy away from fossil fuels, and will neglect the importance of swing-state Pennsylvania’s rich natural gas deposits in creating jobs.

“Jobs is where we’ve got to keep things focused,” Broadbent said.

To be sure, many unionists are excited about the presidential field. Contenders include liberal stalwarts like Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose campaign became the first in U.S. history with a unionized work force, and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who joined striking Stop & Shop workers on a picket line in New Hampshire on Friday. California Sen. Kamala Harris hired a top Service Employees International Union executive for her campaign and made her first proposal one to raise teacher’s pay.

Former Vice President Joe Biden made clear that he plans to appeal to union workers, if he gets in the race. “You are coming back,” he told the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers last week. “We need you back.”

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, said the competition in the crowded field has amplified workers voices and issues.

She noted that prominent presidential candidates quickly supported Los Angeles public school teachers when they struck in January. Warren, Sanders, Harris and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker have all proposed various taxes on higher-earning families, a departure from most past Democratic hopefuls who have treaded carefully on the issue.

“It feels different than at other times,” Weingarten said. “There is far more attention and focus on working people’s economic needs.”

Major endorsements are likely several months away, especially because the labor movement is treading carefully after complaints that its leadership was too quick to back Hillary Clinton in the 2016 primary over Sanders.

For labor, much is at stake. Despite Republican gains, particularly with trade union members, labor remains an essential part of the Democrats’ coalition. Unions spent $169 million in 2018 on federal elections, largely on Democrats’ behalf, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Democrats won union workers by a strong 59%-39% margin in 2018, according to AP VoteCast, a national survey of the electorate.

But other big donors and — small, online ones, too — increasingly compete with labor’s organizing muscle as key to Democratic victories. Activists on a broad array of issues, from gay rights to criminal justice, compete with unions for candidates’ attention. And the labor movement itself is split on its priorities, with some pushing for a focus on trade while other who represent more diverse workforces want to zoom in on immigration.

All this comes as Republicans have pushed several state laws weakening organized labor. And, last year, the Supreme Court ruled that government workers can’t be forced to contribute to the unions that represent them in collective bargaining, dealing a blow to public service union’s pocketbooks.

As candidates court unions for endorsements, labor leaders say they are listening for a comeback plan.

Any proposal aimed at workers “must include ensuring the opportunity to join a union, no matter where you work, since that’s the best way to raise wages, improve working conditions, create family-sustaining jobs and begin to fix our rigged economy and democracy,” said SEIU president Mary Kay Henry.

At a National Association of Building Trades Unions in Washington on Wednesday, several Democratic contenders talked about outlawing so-called “right to work” laws that prevent unions from automatically deducting dues from members, said the group’s president, Sean McGarvey. But, he added, he heard “very little about the actual structural changes to the National Labor Relations Act, or things they could put in place to give people a real free choice to join a union.”

Hypocrite Cher is All For Illegals… But Not In HER Neighborhood

H/T Godfather Politics.

This is so typical of those in the looney liberal world “Do as I say to do but not in my backyard.”

Pop singer Cher has been a nutty leftist for years claiming that America MUST let illegals come here at will. But after Trump said he might ship all illegals to sanctuary cities, suddenly Cher was outraged by the idea that millions of illegals could end up in HER town.

Cher — who, let’s face it, really does not have a single classic song that stands the test of time in her entire 50-year career — was very upset after President Trump tweeted that he thought it was a great idea to send millions of illegals to those liberal parts of the country that have declared themselves “sanctuaries” for lawbreaking illegals.

If you can decipher her barely literate writing style, on April 14 Cher wrote the following:

I Understand Helping struggling Immigrants,but MY CITY (Los Angeles) ISNT TAKING CARE OF ITS OWN.WHAT ABOUT THE 50,000+🇺🇸Citizens WHO LIVE ON THE STREETS.PPL WHO LIVE BELOW POVERTY LINE,& HUNGRY? If My State Can’t Take Care of Its Own(Many Are VETS)How Can it Take Care Of More

Cher

@cher

I Understand Helping struggling Immigrants,but MY CITY (Los Angeles) ISNT TAKING CARE OF ITS OWN.WHAT ABOUT THE 50,000+🇺🇸Citizens WHO LIVE ON THE STREETS.PPL WHO LIVE BELOW POVERTY LINE,& HUNGRY? If My State Can’t Take Care of Its Own(Many Are VETS)How Can it Take Care Of More

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Cher added:

There must be a process.Ppl who are looking 4 asylum,& Qualify,must be given access 2 judges,&properly interviewed. Then They can be sent”EVENLY” 2cities🇺🇸.Not Just THOUSANDS Bussed 2Calif,NY,Etc 4 revenge. These are ppl.WE ARE SANCTUARY CITIES BECAUSE WE DONT THROW PPL 2 DOGS

Cher

@cher

There must be a process.Ppl who are looking 4 asylum,& Qualify,must be given access 2 judges,&properly interviewed. Then They can be sent”EVENLY” 2cities🇺🇸.Not Just THOUSANDS Bussed 2Calif,NY,Etc 4 revenge. These are ppl.WE ARE SANCTUARY CITIES BECAUSE WE DONT THROW PPL 2 DOGS

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This is the same woman who attacked everyone who wanted to limit the number of immigrants and said they are racists.

This is also the same woman who claimed that she would take illegal immigrants into her own home:

“Those Who Can Must Take a DREAMER In2 Their Home & Protect Them‼️I’m Ready 2 Do This & 🙏🏻Others in MY BUSINESS WILL DO THE SAME‼️SANCTUARY”

Cher

@cher

Those Who Can Must Take a DREAMER In2 Their Home & Protect Them‼️I’m Ready 2 Do This & 🙏🏻Others in MY BUSINESS WILL DO THE SAME‼️SANCTUARY

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Naturally, she didn’t ever actually take any illegals into her home.

In any case, many conservatives gleefully jumped to Twitter to joke about how Cher had seen the light and come to realize that the nation can’t take millions of illegals.

Michael Knowles

@michaeljknowles

I’ll never forget where I was and what I was doing the moment @Cher became a Republican.

Cher

@cher

I Understand Helping struggling Immigrants,but MY CITY (Los Angeles) ISNT TAKING CARE OF ITS OWN.WHAT ABOUT THE 50,000+🇺🇸Citizens WHO LIVE ON THE STREETS.PPL WHO LIVE BELOW POVERTY LINE,& HUNGRY? If My State Can’t Take Care of Its Own(Many Are VETS)How Can it Take Care Of More

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Nick Short

@PoliticalShort

Your city is run by Democrats who don’t believe in Americans First. See your @MayorOfLA for example. He helped set up a $10M fund to provide assistance to illegal immigrants facing deportation. Did he set up a $10M fund for homeless Americans/Veterans too? https://www.lamayor.org/mayor-garcetti-announces-legal-fund-fight-immigrant-rights 

Cher

@cher

I Understand Helping struggling Immigrants,but MY CITY (Los Angeles) ISNT TAKING CARE OF ITS OWN.WHAT ABOUT THE 50,000+🇺🇸Citizens WHO LIVE ON THE STREETS.PPL WHO LIVE BELOW POVERTY LINE,& HUNGRY? If My State Can’t Take Care of Its Own(Many Are VETS)How Can it Take Care Of More

1,993 people are talking about this

Kurt Schlichter

@KurtSchlichter

Wait wait wait I thought illegals are good for the community.

Cher

@cher

I Understand Helping struggling Immigrants,but MY CITY (Los Angeles) ISNT TAKING CARE OF ITS OWN.WHAT ABOUT THE 50,000+🇺🇸Citizens WHO LIVE ON THE STREETS.PPL WHO LIVE BELOW POVERTY LINE,& HUNGRY? If My State Can’t Take Care of Its Own(Many Are VETS)How Can it Take Care Of More

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Scott Adams

@ScottAdamsSays

There might be a cure for TDS after all.

Cher

@cher

I Understand Helping struggling Immigrants,but MY CITY (Los Angeles) ISNT TAKING CARE OF ITS OWN.WHAT ABOUT THE 50,000+🇺🇸Citizens WHO LIVE ON THE STREETS.PPL WHO LIVE BELOW POVERTY LINE,& HUNGRY? If My State Can’t Take Care of Its Own(Many Are VETS)How Can it Take Care Of More

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James Woods Goes Beast Mode, Exposes How Trump Shredded Dems’ Sanctuary City Narrative to Bits

H/T Flag And Cross.

JamesWoods has a straight forward no nonsense take no prisoners attitude toward the left.

GAME OVER!

Conservative actor James Woods calls it like he sees it.

When Democrats do something silly, Woods is quick to let them know – which makes him very active on Twitter.

With a bunch of quick tweets on Saturday afternoon, Woods exposed how President Trump annihilated the Democrats’ narrative on “sanctuary cities.”

Check this out…

Trump is the toughest President we’ve had since Harry Truman. He takes the fight right to the enemy. If he dumps the invaders in the #Democrats’ backyards, they’re going to be doing some serious thinking about whether hijacking America with illegal votes is worth it. Great move.

James Woods

@RealJamesWoods

Trump is the toughest President we’ve had since Harry Truman. He takes the fight right to the enemy. If he dumps the invaders in the ’ backyards, they’re going to be doing some serious thinking about whether hijacking America with illegal votes is worth it. Great move.

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#Pelosi, whose personal abode is a walled fortress, doesn’t want the invading swarm in her district, of course. Firstly she’s an elitist and is sick of poop and needles on her streets. More importantly the whole plan of imported illegal votes is wasted in deep blue San Francisco.

James Woods

@RealJamesWoods

, whose personal abode is a walled fortress, doesn’t want the invading swarm in her district, of course. Firstly she’s an elitist and is sick of poop and needles on her streets. More importantly the whole plan of imported illegal votes is wasted in deep blue San Francisco.

4,301 people are talking about this

If Trump does this, it will be the funniest thing ever. He should literally drop them by the busload in front of the governor’s mansion. Trump could actually do this. He’s that politically savvy. The Democrats want street theatre? What a visual!!!

James Woods

@RealJamesWoods

If Trump does this, it will be the funniest thing ever. He should literally drop them by the busload in front of the governor’s mansion. Trump could actually do this. He’s that politically savvy. The Democrats want street theatre? What a visual!!!

CBS News

@CBSNews

Gavin Newsom says Trump proposal to release immigrants into sanctuary cities is “asinine” https://cbsn.ws/2P4pFXo 

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Every single week busload after busload of dropped in front of the governors’ and mayors’ mansions in CA and NY. The sheer volume would be such a stunning visual, with such delicious irony, it would be literally mind-blowing. Do it, Mr. President.

James Woods

@RealJamesWoods

Every single week busload after busload of dropped in front of the governors’ and mayors’ mansions in CA and NY. The sheer volume would be such a stunning visual, with such delicious irony, it would be literally mind-blowing. Do it, Mr. President.

CBS News

@CBSNews

Gavin Newsom says Trump proposal to release immigrants into sanctuary cities is “asinine” https://cbsn.ws/2P4pFXo 

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Put 100,000 of these guys a month in front of Nancy Pelosi’s walled mansion.

James Woods

@RealJamesWoods

Put 100,000 of these guys a month in front of Nancy Pelosi’s walled mansion. https://nypost.com/2019/04/11/fiend-charged-with-raping-killing-jogger-had-been-deported-twice/ 

Jorge Rios

Fiend charged with raping, killing jogger had been deported twice

The fiend busted for raping a New Jersey jogger before drowning her in a lake is an illegal immigrant from Honduras who had already been kicked out of the US twice before, authorities said

nypost.com

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We all know that if illegal aliens voted Republican, Schumer and Pelosi would be out there laying bricks on the border themselves.

James Woods

@RealJamesWoods

We all know that if illegal aliens voted Republican, Schumer and Pelosi would be out there laying bricks on the border themselves.

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Dropping the hordes into #SanctuaryStates is a brilliant strategic move. Doing so completely neutralizes the entire Democrat plan behind the invasion (illegal votes). Thanks to our beloved Electoral College, a million more illegals will have ZERO EFFECT in CA and NY. #Perfecto

James Woods

@RealJamesWoods

Dropping the hordes into is a brilliant strategic move. Doing so completely neutralizes the entire Democrat plan behind the invasion (illegal votes). Thanks to our beloved Electoral College, a million more illegals will have ZERO EFFECT in CA and NY.

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And one more:

James Woods

@RealJamesWoods

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If it hasn’t happened already, there’s probably a decent chance Time Magazine will at least consider the migrant caravans for their “Person of the Year.”

A few have already made their way through Mexico to the U.S. border, with multiple thousands being allowed entry due to border patrol being overwhelmed.

Now, another caravan has formed in Honduras.

They are upwards of 1,000 strong.

From AFP:

Almost 1,000 people gathered Tuesday night in the town of San Pedro Sula in northern Honduras to form a new caravan to reach the United States, police said.

“There are more than 800, almost a thousand,” a police official told AFP, with the Red Cross reporting the same number.

The caravan, which followed a call on social media, took the authorities by surprise after similar appeals since February failed to muster numbers.

President Trump is done playing games. Just one day after threatening to close the southern border, 45 cut off foreign aid to three Central American countries.

The reason? Migrant caravans.

The message is clear: either stop the caravans before they make it to the American border or no more cash.

Simple.