Doubtless Trumka will try again. He sees the future of the AFL-CIO as including every worker, along with every feminist, all environmentalists and the zanies at MoveOn.org who already outnumber his workers in the private-sector unions by one million. There may be some bumps on the road ahead, for instance, when the United Mine Workers of America's 75,000 workers have to join with the Sierra Club whose 1.4 million members believe that coal power is "an outdated, backward and dirty 19th-century technology." Yet Trumka will persist.
Of course, in persisting, Trumka is only proving a point I made years ago. These groups, the Sierra Club, the NAACP, the National Organization for Women and other organizations allegedly serving a noble cause (the environment! civil rights! women's rights! workers' rights!), are in reality just clandestine agents of the Democratic Party. They are left-wing clandestine agents of the Democratic Party, but what other forms of clandestine agents does the party have? The whole Democratic Party has moved steadily leftward ever since the McGovernites took it over in 1972.
Now Trumka's clandestine agents in the AFL-CIO are maneuvering to stave off irrelevance and doom by throwing in with the other groups. It will do them no good. They are goners. Can the feminists and the other clandestine agents be far behind?