Labor News Round-Up: DNC Asks Unions For Money, ‘Right-to-Work’ Stalled in MN, Miners Win Victory
At the end of each week, Working In These Times highlights important labor struggles and protests that contributors weren't able to cover.
This week Alec MacGillis of the New Republic reported that IBEW President Edwin Hill told the AFL-CIO Executive Committee about his conversation with Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz regarding the Democratic National Convention. After Hill told Wasserman-Schulz of the union’s decision to boycott the convention because it was being held in the “right-to-work” state of North Carolina, Wasserman-Schultz apparently responded to Hill’s complaint by saying, “No one cares about you.”
Now it appears that Democrats do care about getting unions to fund the DNC. From Bloomberg:
President Barack Obama’s political advisers are pressing labor unions to contribute to the Democratic convention in September to cover a fundraising shortfall resulting from their self-imposed ban on corporate donations, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Democratic officials gave representatives of the major U.S. unions, including the AFL-CIO, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the United Auto Workers, a tour of the convention sites in Charlotte, North Carolina, April 23 in advance of a request for donations, according to the two people, who requested anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss internal strategy.
—It appears that a measure to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot to make Minnesota a so-called “right to work” state has died. Earlier this year, I reported from Minnesota that labor leaders there were worried that if a right to work constitutional amendment got on the ballot, it would pass. From Minnesota Public Radio: