Lecturer Ann Robinson: What AFL-CIO Did Not Say About Raising Wages

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
COUNTERPUNCH -- Philosophy Lecturer Ann Robinson and Bill Leumer write an opinion piece criticizing the AFL-CIO for being a “puppet of the Democratic party.” On January 7, 2015, the AFL-CIO, in what might be a desperate attempt to seem politically relevant to the labor movement, staged a ‘National Summit on Raising Wages,’ featuring Senator Elizabeth Warren as the keynote speaker, followed by a panel discussion. Leo Gerard, president of the United Steelworkers International Union and part of the left wing of the labor movement, has touted this summit as a significant step forward,” Robinson and Leumer write. “But what was not said at this summit was far more important than what was said.”