The violent Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol Building, which left five dead, saw all walks of life. It has been discovered that some union members took part, and are now facing consequences.
This is the story told by Kris LaGrange of UCOMM Blog on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. He also discussed how some union leaders could have done more to prevent this from happening in the first place.
Union members taking place in the Capitol insurrection
LaGrange said information is coming out about various union members taking place in the insurrection. He told the story of a New York transit worker, who used a paid vacation day to take part in the riot.
He added that while he has been suspended without pay, he has due process rights, as laid out in his union contract.
He said this is not the only union member who partook. There have been police officers, firefighters and more identified. Many of these departments will have to make statements in the coming days, as more people are identified.
Union leaders against President Trump
LaGrange said there are many union members and even leaders who supported President Trump in 2016 and supported him again in 2020. These leaders are out of touch with what is happening, according to LaGrange.
While many union leaders worked hard to educate members about the dangers of supporting President Trump, many gave up. There will always be those who vote against their own interests, but LaGrange said more could have been done to educate members on President Trump’s support of So-Called “Right to Work” laws, increased jobsite deaths and more.