Since other unions outside the AFL-CIO are working the yo-yo on the trigger, Trumka is the lone holdout. He’s the mainstay, and there is tremendous pressure building within the AFL in response to arm twisting from the White House for him to cave. And if he falls, it’s going to be difficult for the rest of the veal pen not to follow suit. So, he’s being directly threatened.
The message is clear: “Get in line or we pay for your precious ‘public option’ by fucking you on health care benefits.”
If Trumka suddenly starts singing the praises of triggers (even if they instantly “yo-yo” it back and insist he was misquoted), you’ll know it worked.