What Unions Are Doing to Protect American Democracy

“For me, protecting democracy right now means rebuilding the blue wall in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania,” said Steve Rosenthal, former AFL-CIO political director. “Without these states, there is no way that Donald Trump or the next Donald Trump or any other anti-working class candidate can win in 2024.”

According to Rosenthal, if unionized households totaled 25-30% of the vote in these three industrial states, as they did 25 years ago, instead of totaling 15-20%, as they do today, Trump would never have won Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin in 2016 – and with them the election. Nor could he win those states again in 2024. There are hundreds of thousands of former union members in those three states, who are no longer contacted by their union, who no longer receive union political literature, who no longer have more union members. knocking on their doors, and that, according to many political pundits, helps explain why Trump was able to narrowly win those three states in 2016. (Many unions were so confident that Hillary Clinton would win those states that they didn’t not mounted as much of a campaign effort as they could have.)

For many labor leaders and Democratic lawmakers, a major concern is that many blue-collar workers — union members, former union members, and unorganized workers — have been drawn into a right-wing echo chamber that amplifies Fox News messages. , Sinclair Broadcasting, Breitbart, Mark Levin, Charlie Kirk, Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson. “Where we fail is with the sound machine and the echo chamber on the right – their message is constantly reinforced,” Larson said. “We have to understand, how are we going to counter this story? The only thing we know is that workers value their union as a source of information. At a time when people don’t trust news sources, we consistently see people see their unions as a valid source of information, even if workers don’t always agree with their union.

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