One would think that two groups uniting for a good cause could play nicely. However, it looks like the AFSCME does not know how to do so.
With one $25 million donation, the Koch brothers recently gave more to the United Negro College Fund than the group’s supporters at AFSCME have provided in scholarship funds since the union partnered with UNCF in 2003.
Left-wing labor groups including AFSCME love to depict the Koch brothers as far-right megalomaniacs who want nothing more than to profit from the poor, but the fact is the generous grant provided by Koch Industries Inc. and the Charles Koch Foundation is more than 400 times AFSCME’s annual $60,000 scholarship contribution.
That reality, as well as an appearance by the college fund’s president at a Koch event, however, has convinced AFSCME’s leaders to abandon their support for the group, which helps historically black colleges and universities and provides scholarships for black students, the Associated Press reports.
“In a letter made public Thursday, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees said it will no longer partner to raise funds for the fund, known for its iconic motto, ‘A mind is a terrible thing to waste,’” the AP reports.
“AFSCME President Lee Saunders said the actions of the college fund’s president ‘are not only deeply hostile to the rights and dignity of public employees, but also a profound betrayal of the ideals of the civil rights movement.’”
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