You know, when two of the nation’s most powerful union bosses attack an idea on the same day, it says three things: First, it means that the union bosses are following the GOP candidates very closely; second, an idea that strikes their sacred cows makes them nervous; and, third, there’s probably something to the idea that is worth looking further into.
Apparently, Herman Cain‘s plan to create “opportunity zones” as part of his “999” plan is something that makes AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka and Teamsters boss James P. Hoffa uneasy, both of whom seem fine keeping lower income Americans unemployed and poor, as long as it doesn’t disturb their union fiefdoms.
According to Fox News:
Taking aim at minimum wage laws, union protections, and even local building codes, Herman Cain has put the finishing touches on the last missing piece of his signature “9-9-9” plan – an elaborate proposal to create “opportunity zones” in inner-city America that the GOP presidential candidate will unveil during a major campaign appearance in Detroit on Friday morning.
To qualify for zone status under Cain’s plan, a given jurisdiction will have to enact policies the unions consider anathema – such as the elimination of the minimum wage, the provision of school vouchers, or the declaration of a zone as a “right-to-work” area.
Leading figures in organized labor swiftly attacked the Cain proposal.
Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa told Fox News in an emailed statement: “Herman Cain’s ‘Opportunity Zones’ appear to be an opportunity for corporate America to exploit workers and turn the United States into a third-world country.” [Emphasis added.]
It probably isn’t worth mentioning to Hoffa that America’s multi-trillion dollar debt, the Obama Administration’s attacks on business (urged and coordinated with union bosses), as well as the policies promulgated by the Left for the last 80 years are driving the nation to third-world faster than a Teamster-driven truck.
Cain’s proposal also drew fire from AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka.
Unfortunately for those who live in what could be ‘opportunity zones,’ union bosses seem to want to keep the unemployed and impoverished under the union yoke.
“I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776
Cross-posted on LaborUnionReport.com