Notorious Union goon and boss Democrat Richard Trumka
By Michelle Malkin at Conservative Review
The AFL-CIO’s Richard Trumka took the stage this evening at the DNC in Philadelphia to taunt Donald Trump.
Channeling Lloyd Bentsen, the union boss bellowed: “”I know tough guys. They’re friends of mine. And Donald, you’re no tough guy.”
Here’s what the liberal media and macho man Trumka won’t tell you: He’s more than just a Big Labor goon who rose up the ranks. This powerful, deep-pocketed ally of Hillary and Barack has a history of inciting violence—and profiting off of it.
And then there’s the murdered mine worker, Eddie York:
He was a workingman whose story will never scroll across Obama’s teleprompter. A nonunion contractor who operated heavy equipment, York was shot to death during a strike called by the United Mine Workers 17 years ago. Workmates who tried to come to his rescue were beaten in an ensuing melee. The head of the UMW spearheading the wave of strikes at that time? Richard Trumka. Responding to concerns about violence, he shrugged to the Virginian-Pilot in September 1993: “I’m saying if you strike a match and you put your finger in it, you’re likely to get burned.” Incendiary rhetoric, anyone?
A federal jury convicted one of Trumka’s UMW captains on conspiracy and weapons charges in York’s death. According to the Washington, D.C.-based National Legal and Policy Center, which tracks Big Labor abuse, Trumka’s legal team quickly settled a $27 million wrongful death suit filed by York’s widow just days after a judge admitted evidence in the criminal trial. An investigative report by Reader’s Digest disclosed that Trumka “did not publicly discipline or reprimand a single striker present when York was killed. In fact, all eight were helped out financially by the local.”
In Illinois, Trumka told UMW members to “kick the s**t out of every last” worker who crossed his picket lines, according to the Nashville (Ill.) News. And as the National Right to Work Foundation (pdf), the leading anti-forced unionism organization in the country, pointed out, other UMW coalfield strikes resulted in what one judge determined were “violent activities … organized, orchestrated and encouraged by the leadership of this union.”
Trumka washed off the figurative bloodstains and moved up the ranks. As AFL-CIO secretary, he notoriously refused to testify in a sordid 1999 embezzlement trial involving his labor boss brethren at the Teamsters Union. No surprise. Thugs of a feather: Trumka’s violence-promoting record echoes the riotous Teamsters strikes dating back to the 1950s, when the union organized taxicab companies to target workers with gas bombs, bottles and fists.
Now an entrenched Beltway fat cat, Trumka was not for workers then and he isn’t for workers now.
According to a Center for Union Facts analysis of DOL filings, 153 union presidents earned more in gross salary than the average CEO in 2015. John Niccolai, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 464, made $598,914 last year. Terry Sullivan, president of the Laborers’ International Union, wasn’t far behind at $501,648. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka made off with $272,250 in 2015, far more than your typical CEO.
And union bosses can expect more than just a salary. Expense accounts and other forms of compensation drove Sullivan’s 2015 earnings to $672,804, while Niccolai’s total surpassed $600,000. Union bosses have been chronicled spending member dues on anything from $160 entrees and luxury wines to pricy limousine services. One Pennsylvania union, for instance, spent more than $264,000 on Philadelphia Eagles tickets in a single year. (The union then claimed the tickets were used “to promote job creation.”)
These types of expenditures fall on top of political spending: From 2012 and 2014, union bosses sent nearly $420 million to Democrats and closely aligned liberal special interest groups. That $420 million amounted to well over 90 percent of Big Labor’s political budget, even though roughly 40 percent of union members vote Republican.
All brought to you at the expense of forced union dues.
Heckuva cushy life there on the backs of working people, tough guy.
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