AFL-CIO announces their new chosen victim … Millennials!
Art Levine explained in his blog that our Millennials (those under the age of 35) have little hope in these economic times with jobs being so scarce. He said that this generation doesn’t earn enough to pay their own bills let alone live on their own. Many of these folks reside with their parents to make ends meet.
And the solution of course is: The Free Choice Act. Join the act now. Bring back unions strength. They’ll set you free! They promise you health care. They promise you sick leave. They promise you paid vacations. They promise you pensions. All you have to do is join their movement now for you NEED unions in your life – pay their dues and they’ll work for you! And they want you – Millennials – badly!
As Richard Trumka (incoming hopeful AFL-CIO president) declared in a speech Monday at the Center for American Progress (via Working In These Times blog):
“The challenge facing unions isn’t just to change the way labor laws work; it’s to change the way we work. It’s to reconfigure ourselves to respond to the needs of a new generation of working Americans…
We all hear a lot about unions coming back into the AFL-CIO — and that’s a personal priority of mine – but, ultimately, it won’t matter how many unions are in the AFL-CIO if we fail to capture the imagination of Millennials.”
If I understand our Millennials correctly (and I am the parent of four plus surrogate parent of all of their friends allowing me the right to say I know them) they are a very savvy and intelligent generation. I look to them to lead us well in our future and have tremendous hope in them as a generation. I suspect they will see quite clearly this manipulative, emotional ploy using false hope as the lure.
I suspect they will realize union’s financial base is diminishing because of the retiring boomers. I suspect they will realize that the union’s promise of vacations, health care, paid leaves and pensions are meaningless. I suspect they will realize what unions aren’t promising them are what they need most – JOBS!