Teamsters Scold Pa. Members for Voting Trump

Washington Free Beacon | 10/10/2018 | Bill McMorris
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BY: Bill McMorris

The Pennsylvania Teamsters scolded its members for helping President Donald Trump capture the White House in 2016 and warned of dire consequences if they break from the union slate in 2018.

Union - Leadership - Newsletter - Members - September

Union leadership sent out a newsletter to members in September calling on them to stick to the labor organization's preferred slate of candidates in order to avoid doomsday. The legislative action alert led off with a photoshopped mushroom cloud warning of the "Total Annihilation Of Unions."

"Face it, we screwed up by not voting or voting the wrong way," the alert said. "Union members in the 2018 elections must support candidates who pledge to protect unions, your collective bargaining agreement, your pension and the working men and women, and who also commit to working across partisan lines to produce practical approaches to the challenges facing the country."

Newsletter - Supreme - Court - June - Janus

The newsletter pointed to the Supreme Court's June Janus decision, which overturned decades-old precedent allowing public-sector unions to collect fair share agency fees from nonmembers. It also warned of the spread of right-to-work laws in traditional labor strongholds.

"We are stuck with an anti-union court and Congress. Failure to correct the course we are on will result in the total annihilation of unions and the loss of your collective bargaining agreement that provides you with good wages and benefits down the road," the letter said.

Teamsters - Council - Request - Comment

The Teamsters council did not return request for comment.

Union members were a key voting bloc for Trump in 2016, helping him become the first Republican nominee to win Pennsylvania in decades. Their votes flew in the face of near universal opposition from official union endorsements. The surprising result led AFL-CIO state president Rick Bloomingdale to say that union leaders "may have gotten too close to one party" after embarking on a listening tour. The state AFL-CIO has endorsed mostly...
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