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Labor chief is a union bully

I thought the days of union bullies were gone.

But when I read Mike Carrigan’s attack against Hanah Jubeh,

a senior advisor in the Chris Kennedy campaign for Illinois governor, I

realized bullies are alive and well.

Carrigan is the president of the Illinois AFL-CIO, the

biggest labor organization in the state. He’s backing Kennedy’s rival in the

March Democratic primary contest, billionaire J.B. Pritzker.

Last week in the AFL-CIO newsletter, Carrigan asserted

Kennedy’s campaign is “stumbling” and blamed Jubeh. He wrote, incredulously,

“Many people, especially in the Illinois labor movement, are seriously

questioning her abilities to manage statewide campaigns.”

Pause here for a moment. Carrigan is backing Pritzker. Why

does he care if Jubeh is doing a bad job? Isn’t that what he should want?

Maybe it’s about something else. Jubeh is a woman and a

minority. Her parents are immigrants from the Holy Land, like my own, where

Jesus was born.

I’ve covered politics in Chicago and Illinois for more than

40 years and I’ve seen a lot of ugly political attacks. This is right up there.

What it really says is that Pritzker’s campaign is in

trouble. Pritzker is doling out a lot of cash to politicians. Pritzker may have

support of political leaders, but Kennedy has the masses. I think voters see

Kennedy as the stronger challenger to the failed policies of Gov. Bruce Rauner.

If this were a Hollywood battle, Carrigan would already have

been drummed out of his job. His personal attack against Jubeh is a disgrace to

the integrity of the AFL-CIO.

Unions are important, especially when they have good

leaders. When I worked at the Chicago Sun-Times, I was proud my newspaper union

was part of the AFL-CIO.

Any work I do for campaigns demands I use a union printer

and proudly display a “union bug.”

Being a union member made me as proud as I feel as a

veteran, serving active duty during the Vietnam War.

As a progressive who stands up for the rights of minorities,

women and immigrants, as well as hard working Americans, Kennedy was quick to

recognize the ugliness of Carrigan’s attack. Carrigan’s comments have the

historic stain of sexism and racism, too.

“It’s a disgraceful, egregious display of sexism that has no

place in our politics, and it’s a glaring example of why people in our state

desperately want to rid this system of insiders who stand by and let such

bullying occur,” Kennedy wrote.

“If this were a supporter of mine, I would condemn his

behavior. In the very least, I’d demand that he apologize because for me, this

race is about more than politics. It’s about bringing integrity back to our political

system and bringing real leadership back to our state government. But J.B.

Pritzker and his campaign have stood silent when they could have stood up to

the establishment.”

Attacking Jubeh doesn’t help Pritzker. It only raises

questions about Pritzker and suggests Kennedy must really be doing well if his

foes have to stoop so low.

It says even more about the AFL-CI0, which asserts, “Our

power lies with the many and diverse people we represent in a multitude of

workplaces and in our ability to effect change.”

Who does the AFL-CIO really represent? The working people or

the highly paid leadership and the wealthy insiders?

Carrigan must apologize. If he doesn’t, the AFL-CIO board

and members should act. If Pritzker were any kind of a real leader, he would

publicly distance himself from this kind of ugly mudslinging.

Ray Hanania is an award winning former Chicago City Hall

reporter and columnist. Email him at [email protected]

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