“United we stand; divided we fall.”
What is there to not understand?
The Chicago Tribune on 12/3/13 depicted the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Union (AFSCME), a part of the AFL-CIO, as a castrated dog – a dog “fixed” by SB1 “Pension Reform” legislation. This legislation was sought by and passed by Illinois’ Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. (SB1 is presently being brought to court for a Constitutional challenge by unions throughout Illinois.)
Now, the Illinois AFL-CIO President Michael T. Carrigan and the Executive Board endorsed the election of their castraters, including Gov. Pat Quinn.
Quinn has repeatedly and publicly declared that he was “put on God’s Earth” to cut teacher and other public employee pensions. Read HERE.
Carrigan and his cohorts appear like Quinn’s lapdogs to Tribune readers. Union officials appear to be licking the same hand that “fixed” them. The gloating Tribune editorial board who approved this gross, insulting, and disgusting cartoon needs to be held accountable by all union members. Union leaders should use the cartoon often to show just what the Tribune and its gleeful corporate ownership feel about unions and union leaders. Read HERE.
Obviously, the building trade union members were somewhat happy with Quinn for feeding them the capital bill scraps as he destroyed the public sector unions.
Why have Carrigan and his cohorts agreed to the “divide” in divide-and-conquer? If they listened closely, they could hear all of the past union workers screaming from their graves, “United we stand; divided we fall.”
Carrigan and the others appeased the Illinois political class – for the moment.
“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile – hoping it will eat them last.”
– Winston Churchill
The official press release by Carrigan states, “It’s critical that we not only advocate for who we think will be the best candidates for working families, but that we also make sure workers understand who is using them as scapegoats for the state’s problems.”
Quinn is scapegoating us.
Yes, Illinois teachers are National Education Association (NEA) members, and Chicago teachers are American Federation of Teachers members (AFT). But, they and their fates are inextricably linked. Besides, we are all union teachers. United we stand; divided we fall.
HOWEVER – President Carrigan and the Executive Board can still redeem themselves. Show renewed strength with a unified effort.
How? Withdraw the endorsements and get all of the union members to re-learn the most vital of all union principles. “United we stand; divided we fall.”
Union leaders should not throw union members under the school bus.
For full details, sources, perspectives and additional links, read Glen Brown’s blog which also quotes Fred Klonsky, John Laesch, Henry Bayer, and Chris Hedges HERE.