You can’t make this stuff up.
UNITE-HERE Local 11 is the militantly left-wing hotel workers union that is leading the charge for an initiative to impose an $18 minimum wage on targeted Anaheim hotels and hospitality businesses.
On its Twitter feed this week, the union promoted the support its getting from the Workers World Party – an avowedly Communist group:
The WWP seeks to foment a Marxist-Leninist revolution “in the belly of the beast – the U.S.” These true-believing comrades apparently think helping UNITE-HERE’s initiative is as good a place as any to “build socialism.”
A few questions come to mind. Who at UNITE-HERE Local 11 is visiting the Workers World Party website or finds value in its communist views? And why would UNITE-HERE publicize the support of a bunch of communists who just yesterday were defending the brutal communist regime of North Korean tyrant Kim Jong Un?
Are UNITE-HERE Local 11 apparatchiks just devoid of common sense and self-awareness? Or do they view the hard-core communists of at the Workers World Party as just being a little “out there”?
A few months ago, UNITE-HERE distributed flyers emblazoned with the communist hammer-and-sickle logo in heavily Vietnamese neighborhoods in Garden Grove. They were hoping to inflame those residents to oppose a Chinese-owned hotel project that wasn’t cooperating with UNITE-HERE Local 11 organizers.
So maybe UNITE-HERE’s embrace of Workers World Party support isn’t so much simpatico world views so much as cynical opportunism. Or both.
Keeping score on support for the $18 minimum wage initiative:
Socialist Bernie Sanders? Check.
Communist Workers World Party? Check.
Keep in mind, UNITE-HERE Local 11 is a major political ally of Councilman Jose F. Moreno and is trying to position itself as a political kingmaker in Anaheim.