WASHINGTON—The nation’s unions plan “to focus on our members” in the run-up to the 2018 election, bringing them a pro-worker economic platform, highlighting candidates who pledge to push it and showing 2016’s Trump voters how the Republican president broke his promises to them, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says.

But in an August 30 session with reporters, anticipating Labor Day, Trumka admitted that means unions have a lot of work to do – politically and otherwise.

Trumka spoke as the nation’s unions face a concerted assault from the radical right, its business backers and its political handmaidens, from Trump through the GOP-run Congress, state governors’ mansions and legislatures and big rich “dark money” in politics.

That coalition ganged up to push so-called “right to work” laws through GOP-run states, hamstring organizing and enact other anti-union measures – such as denial of teacher tenure and abolition of Project Labor Agreements – on the state and local level.
Trumka: Unions focusing on members