GOTV: AFL-CIO Boss Urges Members to Fight 'Economic Treason'

With seven weeks left before one of the most important elections in American history, the fight for America’s future is far from over.  As Democrats panic, the Left is turning to its allies in Big Labor to do the heavy lifting for them in getting out the vote (GOTV).

To that end, AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka has been busy beating the bushes, urging the federation’s members across the country, to engage in a “knock-down fight” against the “false populism and name calling” of tea partiers and John Boehner:

Trumka: Union Votes Can Beat False Populism and Economic Treason

When U.S., corporations sit on more than $800 billion without creating jobs [read post on risk aversion here], when banks hoard more than $1 trillion in profits without lending to small businesses and consumers and when health insurance companies with tens of billions in profits demand huge premium increases, there are only two words to describe such greed says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka:

“Economic treason!”

Addressing the Ohio AFL-CIO convention in Columbus today, Trumka called on union members to mobilize and rally behind “economic patriots” in a “knock down drag-out” fight against the “false populism and name calling” that Tea Party and Republican leaders like House minority leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) are employing in this fall’s elections.

In Ohio, Trumka told union members:

Our Ohio opponents are over-confident. They’re celebrating already. But if they want the election prize, they’ve got to come through us. Because the door to America’s future swings right here! Right through Ohio! They want to pass that threshold! But we’re standing in the way! Shoulder-to-shoulder!

Are you going to let them come back in our house? I didn’t think so!

This is where we live! Let’s stand together! Let’s fight together! And we’ll turn them back together!


Kasich, Portman and Ganley, equal one ugly future for America! It’s a bleak vision of a weak nation in decline.

That’s their true promise for America, hidden behind a wall of false populism and name-calling.


But Boehner won’t be Speaker of the House. Not on our watch! Because it’s going to come down to us and we’re going to make the difference — district by district, a few thousand votes, a few hundred votes. Those will be the margins — the difference we make.

Listen closely, it is solely within our control to re-elect Gov. Strickland. Period. We have the votes.

It won’t be the bankers who put America back together. It won’t be the Tea Partiers. It won’t be the Party of No.

It’ll be you. It’s going to be your vote. Your members. Your worksite leafleting. Your neighborhood walks. Your commitment to Labor 2010. Your programs.

In Las Vegas, Trumka gave a similar speech, stating:

OK, maybe you’ve been watching the headlines about the upcoming elections and the poll numbers, and you’re thinking: ‘Shoot, this doesn’t look good.’  Ignore the polls. The election’s not today.  The pundits are calling us “depressed”, “lackluster”, and “unmotivated.”  Well, you don’t look unmotivated to me.

It’s 50 days until Election Day.  And there are races all over this country that we can win, that we’re going to win if we do what we know how to do.

It won’t be easy.  But we understand hard work. We always fight against the odds — and we win!  That’s what we do.  We’re union.

Unions and their allies know the fight ahead.  They see November 2nd as a direct threat to their agenda. While union bosses have the voting apparatus in place to turn out the vote, there are growing signs that union members are turning on the agendas coming out of the House of Labor in Washington, D.C.

On the other hand, conservatives, independents and tea party activists have the motivation and passion, but they lack the basic coordination to counter the unions’ massive GOTV efforts. . . .Until now.

Last week, the Concord Project was launched as a tool for individuals, activists and groups to coordinate their Get Out the Vote efforts to take back our country.  With its simple, easy to use lessons in GOTV strategies, as well as its wiki-platform for sharing GOTV events, the Concord Project is a tool that gives ordinary Americans the ability to knock down the firewalls Big Labor has erected.

Seven weeks left.





“I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.”  Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776

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