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AFL-CIO Declares Independence from Two-Party Political System

AFL-CIO Declares Independence from Two-Party Political System

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) convened October 22-25 in St. Louis Missouri. They passed over 50 resolutions, ranging from health care, foreign policy, climate change, and the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico. But two resolutions stand out as declarations of independence from a two-party political system.

AFL-CIO Resolution 2: An Independent Political Voice

“…We must give working people greater political power by speaking with an unquestionably independent political voice, backed by a unified labor movement. The time has passed when we can passively settle for the lesser of two evils…”

AFL-CIO Resolution 48: Exploring New Directions for Labor in Electoral Politics

“…the AFL-CIO also… studies the viability of independent and third-party politics; and explores other reasonable means of advancing the interests of labor in electoral politics…”

With support from labor unions, it is an auspicious time for the rise of a Third Party in America.

References:

AFL-CIO Calls for a Break with “Lesser of Two Evils” Politics | People’s World

Commentary on AFL-CIO Political Independence Resolutions | The Jimmy Dore Show

AFL-CIO Youtube Channel with 2017 Conference Videos

AFL-CIO 2017 Convention Theme: War on Workers


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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends–with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.

17 Comments

  1. John Fioravanti

    High time! I hope your Progressives can pick up some support now.

    Reply
    • JoAnn Chateau

      Things are falling into place. All we need are the unions to join up with the progressive groups that are already coalescing — and a popular progressive candidate. 🙂

      Reply
  2. paulbern77

    well, well, well! looks like the labor unions finally woke up and smelled the coffee. our next objective — have them help sponsor a 3rd party candidate in 2020. you know, like Bernie Sanders, for instance….

    Reply
  3. ashiftinconsciousness

    In reality, we have two factions of the Demipublican party and a handful of people who care that hold their noses while calling themselves democrats. Every member of the GOP and most in the other subgroup are owned by corporations.

    Reply
  4. Animalista Untamed

    I wish them well. It’s not easy to et an independent voice heard in a system that is basically two-party. We have the same problem in the UK.

    Reply
    • JoAnn Chateau

      No it isn’t. But I like that in the UK 3rd parties can win seats in Parliament.

      Reply
  5. Max T. Furr

    This is good news. I, as well, have disavowed the Democratic Party. I am independent. Thanks for the news, JoAnn.

    Reply
    • JoAnn Chateau

      I am also independent. But I signed up with the Dems so I could vote for Sanders, and have continued my pseudo-affiliation in order to be ready for upcoming primaries.

      Of course, I’m out of luck if a great Republican comes along… but I’m not too worried. 🙂

      Reply

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