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Why Unions Prioritize ‘Wokeness’ Over Their Own Blue-Collar Workers


Bill McMorris, senior editor for the Washington Free Beacon, discusses how identity politics has fractured the labor movement.


On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Bill McMorris, senior editor for the Washington Free Beacon, joins Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky to discuss his recent article, “Unions’ Focus on Woke Over Work Rankles Rank and File” and why union priorities are becoming increasingly jumbled.

“Unions are increasingly getting involved in social issues that their members not only don’t see as their own interests, [but] that oftentimes run against what these members believe. And I think this is going to have major implications for solidarity moving forward, for union support among the rank and file, and even more important, the ability of unions to actually marshal their support among their members,” McMorris said.

McMorris said this shift in the union movement is not only ignoring the issues plaguing blue-collar workers but focusing on things that tend to divide people.

“Instead of talking about the fact that their pensions have been slashed and their wages have been relatively stagnant, they are focusing on pronouns,” McMorris said. “It’s a very funny thing to see how solidarity in the labor movement was split apart, totally fractured by a focus on identity politics.”

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