AFL-CIO chief Trumka to campaign with Clinton in… Pennsylvania

posted at 10:01 am on November 5, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

In yet another sign that Team Obama is increasingly worried about their prospects in Pennsylvania, they’re bringing in the big guns of big labor to do some damage control in the Keystone state’s coal country. Earlier this year, the longtime Democrat-endorsing United Mine Workers of America conspicuously abstained from endorsing President Obama as they did wholeheartedly in 2008, reflecting the growing sentiments of energy and mining workers in Appalachia and across the country that President Obama doesn’t exactly have their best interests at heart — and how. As much as Team Obama would like us to believe that Team Romney’s recent bid for Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes is one of the last “desperate” acts of a dying campaign, bringing in Richard Trumka to do some last-minute campaigning there demonstrates that the very real problem of Obama’s “war on coal” is definitely rearing it’s ugly head. Via The Hill:

In prepared remarks shared with The Hill, the head of the nation’s largest labor federation will say at a Pittsburgh, Pa. rally with former President Bill Clinton that Romney would cut back on clean coal technology jobs and that Romney, as Massachusetts governor, opposed the coal industry.

“Mitt Romney says there’s a war on coal, and he’s right. But it’s a war he started in Massachusetts when he sued the EPA to force new regulations to kill coal jobs. Today, Mitt Romney has campaigned against those same exact regulations and he blames them on President Obama. But we know the truth,” Trumka will say.

“Mitt Romney says he’ll be a coal president, but he swore he’d cut funding for clean coal technology. And you know and I know that clean coal technology creates jobs, good jobs. And if that funding gets cut, those jobs will get cut,” Trumka will say.

I get that they need to counter the Mitt-mentum surge and quell workers’ fears about the policy-and-regulatory onslaught killing their jobs (fears which are more than justified, by the way — the mining and resource extraction sector shed 9,000 jobs in October alone), but unless Trumka holds some sort of unbreakable sway over mine workers, I feel like this could actually backfire.

Can anyone honestly believe that Mitt Romney would be worse for the coal industry than a second term for Barack Obama, who can already boast of a definitive rap sheet of actions that have inflicted the coal industry with immediate damage? Why is pointing out a few of Romney’s policies as governor (of Massachusetts) going to do any good, when Obama has done all that and much more as president? As for clean coal technology, it’s a longtime federal-subsidy recipient but plants are still prohibitively expensive to build and operate, and those supposedly “good” jobs are largely dependent on the government dole — a task lately made even less realistic by the natural-gas boom.

Anyhow, this just goes to show that the Romney-surge is real, that coal country is indeed still feeling skittish about the president’s policies, and that Team Obama is nervous. On CNN this morning, Pennsylvania’s Republican Senator Pat Toomey added his to the chorus of voices intoning that Romney’s chances of taking the state are looking better and better:

Oops: I accidentally had Toomey as Pennsylvania’s governor earlier; fixed it to senator!

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Bmore on November 5, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Those of us who flew for Emery Worldwide Airlines as union members of ALPA Council 110 can tell anyone how unions actually work. It’s all for union management. ALPA worked hand in glove with the company and the FAA to destroy Council 110.

wukong on November 5, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Always avoid the union label when you can, whether it’s retail outlets, cars, contractors, clothing, or food. Greedy unions are dinosaurs.

slickwillie2001 on November 5, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Die Trumka, Die.

rayra on November 5, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Pay no attention to what they say. Only what they do. And this speaks volumes…

Jaibones on November 5, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Hey Trumka – STFU. What you are trying to tell people is just the opposite of what is happening. Oh well, all you commie bastages lie anyway.

BobK on November 5, 2012 at 12:49 PM

A disgraced former President and a union thug. How desparate can you get? Oh yeah, Biden. That’s how desparate.

DAT60A3 on November 5, 2012 at 12:50 PM

I didn’t know what the Gadsen flag was, so I looked it up. Perfect!

Contemporary significance

Since the Revolution, the flag has seen times of reintroduction as a symbol of American patriotism, a symbol of disagreement with government, or a symbol of support for civil liberties.

FlatlanderByTheLake on November 5, 2012 at 12:56 PM

In our moment of triumph?

DarthBrooks on November 5, 2012 at 1:41 PM

And in today’s news, a criminal thug campaigns with an impeached pathological liar in Pennsylvania…

woodNfish on November 5, 2012 at 1:51 PM

How can we take you serious Erika, when you don’t even know that Pat Toomey is the Senator from Pennsylvania???

Tom Corbett is the Governor of Pennsylvania.

portlandon on November 5, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Get over yourself. I’m sure Erika doesn’t need any assistance to tell you to stop being a douche, but stop being a douche. I bet you are right all the time…..yeah that’s what I thought.
Kind regards,

Simonsez on November 5, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Oh my

Schadenfreude on November 5, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Look for the union label and run away as fast as you can. It is made up for THUGS, SLUGS and BLOWHARDS. It will eventually price you out of a job and dictate to you how to eat, sleep, breathe, what to buy, where to shop and how to vote and who to vote for. All this will probably not be what you think, but the union thinks for you.

j bo on November 5, 2012 at 2:02 PM

The Republicans (hopefully Conservatives) have a REAL chance to increase their House seats and take over the Senate by several seats.

Worthwhile reading for the day before the presidential election 2012:

Romney for President
The Obama record is unimpressive.

AdrianS on November 5, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Rumor has it that Trumka will be wearing his “lucky” black lace panties – just in case.

Pork-Chop on November 5, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Trumpka is like kryptonite to union members, force us to show up to your event, and then we go vote against the elitist union bosses

burserker on November 5, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Got to thank Trumka, if you want to be sure to drive off the average American, have that union thug show up.

StevC on November 5, 2012 at 6:04 PM