In last year's state elections, Nebraska's AFL-CIO and NEA both stayed neutral rather than endorse the Democrats' candidates. My supposition is that it was because they knew Stormy Dean had no chance at all of getting elected. The withdrawal of support not only guaranteed that Dean wouldn't get elected, but it torpedoed the only viable constitutional candidate Nebraska had. Moreover, the unions at both the state and national level started trying to play footsie with the GOP.
Here's what it has won them:
Representative Tom DeLay, the House majority leader, yesterday disavowed an anti-union fund-raising letter that bears his signature after several union leaders condemned the letter because it accuses "big labor bosses" of seeking to expand their power at the expense of national security.
The letter, which raised money for the National Right to Work Legal Defense and Education Foundation, criticized "the union bosses' drive to use the national emergencies we face today to grab more power." It said this drive "presents a clear and present danger to the security of the United States."
Needless to say, DeLay is doing a fast tapdance to disclaim the letter, which bears his signature. But the damage is done.
What the hell do you expect, labor leaders? A chorus of "Solidarity Forever" from Karl Rove?
Allow me to remind you that the GOP is the party that brought you the breaking of the Air Traffic Controllers' Union and Nebraska's current "right to work" laws which give NO protection to workers at all, with or without a contract. If you are naive enough to believe that you will get any support for your membership from the GOP, you are like unto the pigs in the final chapter of Animal Farm, seen through the window standing on their hind legs, drinking and smoking with the human farmers as they sell their fellow animals for slaughter.
Thanks to Daily Kos for the tip.