“Hug-a-Thug” at the DNC
More fun at the DNC.
The local AFL-CIO has a booth where union members will be giving out free hugs on Labor Day, in celebration of American workers on the eve of the Democratic Convention in Charlotte. Calling the event, “Hug-a-Thug”, the Union is trying to fight portrayals from critics that they are thugs, and promote the importance of unions. “The Hug-a-Thug booth is part of a broad, long-term initiative by America’s unions to be a voice for all working people,” the organization said in a statement.
The booth will also include information on unions, and union members will give out thank you cards to workers.
North Carolina is one of the least unionized states in the country. It is a “right-to-work” state which means that workers cannot be forced into joining unions against their will and paying dues they do not wish to pay. Unions, such as the AFL-CIO are fighting such laws.
Because of the location in a right-to-work state, the AFL-CIO has scaled back their involvement in the DNC, including scaling back their financial contributions, according to the International Business Times.
Video of Richard Trumka, head of the AFL-CIO, asking people to celebrate workers. Huggable?