UNION WANTS TO DECIDE ON DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION

From the desk of Stephen Cabot: UNITE HERE, the union for service workers, wants the Democratic National Committee to choose a city for its 2012 convention that has mostly unionized hotels. Neither Cleveland nor Charlotte, North Carolina meets that criterion. Thus, UNITE HERE has demanded that those two cities be removed from consideration. As the biggest funders of the Democratic Party, unions have the power to decide where the party’s national convention will be held. In 2010, organized labor reportedly spent more than $171 million to help the party elect Democrats to both houses of Congress. While that is certainly a large sum of money, it didn’t serve to convince most voters to vote Democratic; however, it did give the unions more than a mere voice in Democratic political decisions. In other words, the Democratic Party owes unions big time. And though North Carolina is a political swing state that the Democrats hope to win in 2012, it is also a right-to-work state. The Democrats must decide whether to put North Carolina’s electoral votes in jeopardy, or whether to alienate UNITE HERE. Such a dilemma is predictable when a political party sells itself to a single special interest group rather than considering the overall good of the county. The Democrats are locked in a deadly embrace with organized labor, one that the majority of Americas find repugnant and economically destructive.

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