Well, the unions are fighting back.
D.C.’s union bosses shifted their fight with Mayor Adrian Fenty to the Democratic National Convention, slamming the District’s chief executive as an anti-labor leader who ignores the plight of workers.Both the Quick and the Ed and Matthew Yglesias weigh in on the subject.
Full-color fliers being handed out in Denver condemn the “image-conscious Fenty” as a “budget-shattering, union-busting, promise-breaking political boss whose poor performance and bad management are costing DC taxpayers millions of dollars.”
The Metropolitan Washington Council AFL-CIO also chided the mayor for the “badly bungled” summer jobs program and castigated his administration for ignoring unions, the D.C. Council and community groups in policy decisions. The flier, which dubs Fenty the “un-reformer,” promises to “expose his anti-union, anti-democratic record whenever he campaigns around the country.”
Fenty’s “hostility to workers and unions is completely at odds with the Democratic Party’s long-standing commitment to these major constituency groups,” Joslyn N. Williams, metropolitan council president, said in a statement.
“The handouts from the union are consistent with the First Amendment,” Fenty responded in a statement. “Everyone has a right to their opinion.”