Sunday, August 16, 2009

Labor to Blue Dogs: Stab Us in the Back at Your Own Peril! (Video)

File this under reminders to all who care about winning the health care battle for the people -- the fight has only just begun. Incoming AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (who was also a keynote speaker at Netroots Nation) issues a warning, in the video clip below, to conservative Democrats:

You may have forgotten what the labor movement did to get you elected, but, by God, we never will! If you stab us in the back on Employee Free Choice Act and on health care . . don’t you dare, don’t you dare ask for our support next year!

PaulVA at dkos reports that Labor is THE largest donor to turncoat Dems, and more:

Richard Trumka traveled to Nevada on Monday to address the Sheet Metal Workers International Association (SMWIA) to talk about the new approach the labor movement will be taking towards conservative "Blue Dog" Democrats and Senate centrists like Senators Max Baucus and Blanche Lincoln.

The SMWIA is the first union to have suspended all campaign donations to ALL Democratic candidates until the Employee Free Choice Actand a bill addressing real Health Care Reform are passed. The SMWIA, along with a coalition of over a dozen unions will be running ads next week targeting several Democratic Senators and a Republican.

Art Levine has more on the coming pushback.