Without a formal decision, AFL-CIO leaders have banned any mention of abortion in any form on its web site, union literature and public statements This unofficial ban has been in effect for a few years and will be adhered to at the AFL-CIO' quadrennial convention in 2013.
What makes this blatant violation of free speech so outrageous is that it was taken in a union where women comprise roughly 42 percent of the AFL-CIO membership. Labor leaders ignore the fact that working women continue to rely on abortions as an option to deal with the problems in their lives.
It is worth noting that the decision to stifle any mention of abortion was taken by an AFL-CIO Executive Council that consists mainly of middle or elderly aged white males, without even consulting women members.
The basic argument they gave for the ban was that abortion was too "controversial," even though it was going to be one of the hottest issues in the 2012 election.
The AFL-CIO Blocks Mention of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars
While most Americans are intensely interested in what is happening in Iraq and Afghanistan and the tensions between the United States and Iran, the AFL-CIO web site has determined not to say a word about these topics
There is hardly a person who has not been touched by the two major wars, either through families, friends, co-workers or by watching TV. So why has the AFL-CIO chosen to ignore these highly newsworthy events? What will our volunteers say when asked about this egregious omission, when they visit workers on their job or in their homes?