Apparently, AFSCME leadership doesn’t think it needs to represent its members. Apparently, AFSCME leadership thinks it just needs to do whatever the Democrats tell them to do. I’m fairly certain that AFSME’s leadership is misreading the situation badly. Here’s what’s shaping up to be a helluva fight:

This month, 19 Democratic presidential candidates gathered in Las Vegas to court the union vote at a forum hosted by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the country’s largest public-sector union. Some candidates took this opportunity to plug their plans for a government takeover of the nation’s health care system, which AFSCME supports.

But labor unions should be careful what they wish for. Union workers currently have some of the best health benefits around. “Medicare-for-All” would take those benefits away and leave union members with long waits for poor-quality care.

Democrats are treading on slippery turf. If AFSCME leadership sides with the Democrats, especially if their nominee is Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders, they’ll lose union rank-and-file members. Unions negotiated for Cadillac plans while not pushing hard for bigger pay raises. This wasn’t accidental.

If the Democrats’ presidential nominee pushes Medicare for All, they’ll lose lots of votes from public employee union members. President Trump doesn’t have to win a majority of the AFSCME or SEIU vote. He simply has to cut into the Democrats’ margin of victory with those voters.

I’ve said for years that the worst thing that could happen to unions, especially public employee unions, aka PEUs, isn’t defeat. It’s political irrelevance. If you think that Democrats court the union vote because of some deep kinship with their union brethren, you haven’t done your homework. Democrats court unions, especially PEUs, out of political necessity. The minute that PEUs stop producing sufficient margins of votes, they’ll get thrown under the bus.

That’s what’s happening now with coal miners, steel workers, construction unions that build infrastructure like natural gas pipelines or other important infrastructure. Notice how progressive elitists treat Trump’s army of coal miners. Remember this?

Democrats care about their extremist agenda far more than they care about unions. That’s why Democrats won’t hesitate in throwing unions under the bus for the opportunity to implement Medicare for All.

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