BREAKING: AFL-CIO Head Richard Trumka Releases Statement Opposing Obama’s NAFTA-Style Korea Free Trade Deal

By: Thursday December 9, 2010 9:41 am

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka On Korea Trade Deal For more than a decade, the labor movement, environmental groups, development advocates and others have advocated for a new trade policy that is part of a more coordinated and coherent national economic strategy. The proposed U.S.-Korea trade deal does not live up to that model [...]

Trumka: Catfood Commission Co-Chairs Just Told Working Americans to “Drop Dead”

By: Wednesday November 10, 2010 12:05 pm

What does AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka think about the recommendations made by the co-chairs of the Catfood Commission? The chairmen of the Deficit Commission just told working Americans to ‘Drop Dead.’ Especially in these tough economic times, it is unconscionable to be proposing cuts to the critical economic lifelines for working people, Social Security and [...]

Why Is Richard Trumka Taking Money From College Students to Pay for Union Fix?

By: Thursday March 25, 2010 7:53 am

Richard Trumka was all about the public option back in September, when he said in no uncertain terms that the AFL-CIO “won’t support the bill if it doesn’t have the public option in it.” And to his credit, one of the only reasons it stayed in the debate as long as it did was because [...]

Tentative Deal Reached for Unions to Sell Out Middle Class

By: Wednesday January 13, 2010 2:53 pm

You could see this one coming down Sepulveda, ever since the Senate started doing carve-outs for individual unions to exempt them from the excise tax: Unions tentatively struck a deal Tuesday to exempt collectively bargained healthcare plans from a tax on high-cost plans expected to be used to help raise revenue for the healthcare overhaul. [...]

Trumka Supports McEntee’s “Bullshit” Verdict on Baucus Bill

By: Tuesday September 22, 2009 11:46 am

Ben Smith gets a quote from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Gerry McEntee’s — er, “colorful” description of the Max Baucus bill:

“Gerry has much wisdom,” Trumka said in an interview today, referring to AFSCME President Gerald McEntee, who attacked the bill last week. “We don’t think that the way to provide benefits for everybody is to tax people’s benefits so they end up losing their benefits.”

McEntee, as you’ll recall, led the AFL-CIO convention in a chant of “bullshit” in response to the Baucus bill.  Which, I would concur, is the response of someone with “much wisdom.”