The Daily News is reporting that a deal is close between the Working Families Party and Governor Andrew Cuomo to provide him with the parties endorsement.
This is the most frustrating thing about organized labor - and more importantly, the leadership of organized labor when it comes to todays political arena. When they have an opportunity to exert any influence, they generally back down.
The Albany press is painting this as an "all labor leaders" decision, however, the problem is, it is only a select few unions that seem to be in agreement on this and pushing the WFP activists towards Cuomo - mainly the CWA and SEIU 1199.
If labor can no longer form working coalitions to face down politicians like Cuomo, organized labor is dead. Period. It has no way to ever gain back any of its power and to be able to help the working class. Even if the activists win the vote and decline to endorse Cuomo, CWA, SEIU 1199 and other unions have threatened to pull their funding from the party.
Either way, Cuomo apparently wins, and the working class of New York State loses. Hooray assholes.
It's apparently "more official" - the WFP essentially bows to Cuomo for peanuts:
1. He'll support local control for minwage increases.
2. He'll work to turn the state Senate over to Democratic control.
Excuse me, but shouldn't a real fucking Democrat be doing that ANYWAY? How the fuck is this a "concession?"