17-070617-IM to MR Is Labor choking itself?

During the 2016 Democratic National Convention (DNC), the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), both major teachers’ unions — the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) — and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) decided to caucus separately from the rest of labor. They formed what became known as the neo-liberal caucus, endorsed Hillary Clinton early and funded her campaign lavishly. Has their endorsement of neo-lib, republicon-lite candidates resulting in the slow strangulation of the complete labor movement been since Reagan or has it accelerated just in the past two years?
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Please see JACOBIN:
“Unfortunately, while the cancer may be most developed in the four breakaway unions, it isn’t confined there. It infects all too much of the institutional labor movement. But militant struggle against neoliberalism within the movement can stem the tide, such as Labor For Bernie’s success in keeping the AFL-CIO at least neutral in the primary. In the past year over one hundred local unions, several internationals, and countless rank-and-file activists endorsed Sanders and coalesced as Labor For Bernie in an upstart rejection of status-quo conservative unionism. To alter the old adage, the friend of our enemy is our enemy — labor activists must broaden the struggle to fight against not only corporations, but also corporate-minded politicians and unionists. Union members and leaders must do everything in their power to halt the march of neoliberal unionism, before they march the labor movement straight into its grave.

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2016/09/labor-unions-clinton-stern-bernie-seiu-democrats/

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