This is sure to help contract negotiations. A source leaked to the Huffington Post that national AFSCME President Lee Saunders slammed Michael Nutter (along with Illinois Governor Pat Quinn) for being a FOLINO (it’s a term I just coined that means ‘Friend of Labor in Name Only’). Point Saunders for good metaphors.
I am sick and tired of the fair-weather Democrats. They date us, take us to the prom, marry us, and then divorce us right after the honeymoon. I am sick and tired of the so-called friends who commend us when they’re running for election, but condemn us after they’ve won. I am sick and tired of the politicians who stand with us behind closed doors, but kick us to the curb in front of the cameras. I’m here to tell you that’s bullshit and we’re not gonna take it anymore.
Look at Nutter. AFSCME members in Philadelphia haven’t had a contract in four years, and…what does the mayor do? He goes to the Republican-controlled Pennsylvania Supreme Court to get a legal decision that would let him shove his contract down our throats. He’s no different from Governor Snyder in Michigan, who went to his state’s Supreme Court to get legal cover for cutting school employees’ pay. Different political parties, same political games.