President Obama and his administration have demonstrated some questionable judgement and gross incompetence on matters of national security. Drone strikes on American citizens, running guns to Mexican drug cartels and Syrian rebels who also just happen to include members of Al Qaeda and other extremist Islamic groups. And now the union representing the officers who lay their life on the line trying to secure the dangers Mexican-American border ridiculed union boss Richard Trumka and the Obama administration for ignoring their concerns about the dangers on the border.
Many in the media ignored Chris Crane, National Immigration Council 188 president, the American Federation of Government Employees, and his testimony last week where he blasted national union leaders and the White House.
On January 30th, he said in a press release, “We went directly to the Obama administration as well as the AFL-CIO with real matters of life and death for unionized American law enforcement officers and they shunned us…we’re talking about 50,000 AFL-CIO affiliate members. We asked both the AFL-CIO and President Obama for help with corruption within our respective Federal law enforcement agencies, climbing officer suicide rates, assaults against officers, and perhaps most alarming, offenses against pregnant female employees. Following the White House meeting, the Obama Administration cut us off. Cecilia Munoz refuses to correspond with us, and President Tumka hasn’t so much as made one public comment fighting for the safety of AFL-CIO federal law enforcement officers. He just doesn’t speak on behalf of our union workers.”
Glenn wondered why no media outlets were reporting this story, especially when President Obama has been pushing for immigration reform. He is expected to address the issue in his State of the Union address Tuesday night.
Human Events reported:
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka this week angered the rank and file members of the National ICE Council when the labor giant denied the contentious issue had divided many members.
“Unions did have at one point some differences on the [immigration] issue, but the entire labor movement is entirely behind this now. We’ll be at the table the whole time this thing is being developed to make sure it meets the needs of workers,” Trumka said in an interview with Yahoo! News.
Chris Crane, president of the ICE Council that represents 7,600 border and immigration employees, blasted Trumka and the White House for downplaying their concerns.
“We went directly to the Obama administration as well as the AFL-CIO with real matters of life and death for unionized American law enforcement officers and they shunned us,” Crane said. “We’re talking about 50,000 AFL-CIO affiliate members.”
Crane reiterated that this isn’t the first time border and immigration officials have been excluded from the process. Last February, and top Obama aide Cecilia Munoz ignored the workplace dangers they faced, Crane said.