Took em long enough:
Facing what AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka called a “crisis” of membership, officials took the dramatic step at their annual convention of adopting a resolution that invites anyone in the country to join, regardless of union affiliation.
This is alarming some people – but too little, too late, dude:
Harold Schaitberger, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters, told The Hill on Sunday that, “this is the American Federation of Labor. We are supposed to be representing workers and workers’ interests. … We are not going to be the American Federation of Progressive and Liberal Organizations.”
…because frankly the AFL/CIO already is that. This merely regularizes the group’s status.
PS: Practical results: none. The membership isn’t any more likely to vote Democratic because of this, and the leadership isn’t any less likely to vote Democratic. This really is simply formalizing an already existing relationship.