Labor unions are one of the right wing’s biggest targets. Fox News host Glenn Beck frequently attacks them, and Republicans have done everything they can to block the Employee Free Choice Act. “Why don’t we make things in American anymore?” Beck asked in January. “Because of the labor unions.”
This anti-union fervor is on display at CPAC. There will be a panel tomorrow discussing the perils of “Big Labor,” for example. ThinkProgress is attending the conference, and we also noticed that the conservative National Right to Work organization has a table full of anti-union literature, including a book about “how union bosses have hijacked our government,” a photograph of a pig’s head on the hood of a car with the caption “union organizing tool,” and a cartoon showing a greedy union boss dragging along workers in shackles:
ThinkProgress asked some conference attendees if they were pleased with the service provided by these union employees. All those interviewed praised their experience at the hotel thus far:
– “It’s been wonderful considering all of the people who are here. I think they’ve done a tremendous job.”
– “I’ve been very satisfied. It’s been very accommodating. [The service at CPAC has been] absolutely terrific.”
We also asked Anthony Riedel of National Right to Work how he felt about attending a conference being supported by union staff and if that goes against anything that his organization supports. “We have no problem with that,” Riedel claimed. Watch the compilation:
Campus Progress reported that it saw one hotel employee proudly displaying a Unite Here Local 25 button on his uniform. ThinkProgress also spoke to another employee wearing his local union’s pin, who didn’t want to be photographed.
CPAC’s Saturday night keynote speaker will be the anti-union Beck.