Labor unions appear poised to sit on the sidelines for the 2012 Democratic National Convention -- in part because of its location: Charlotte.
More than a dozen labor unions are planning to boycott the convention and instead host a shadow event Aug. 11 in Philadelphia, three weeks before Democrats gather in Charlotte.
“Having the convention in Charlotte was kind of a wakeup call to that fact that really no one’s paying attention to the middle class and to working people in this country,” said Ed Hill, president of the Electrical Workers union, told AP.
ALF-CIO President Richard Trumka wrote a letter to member unions saying the group isn't hosting events at the convention and wouldn't play a significant role.
The letter cited changes to the union's political program and a labor official told Huffington Post North Carolina's role as host had little to do with it. The state is a so-called "right-to-work" state and union participation is the lowest in the country at 2.9 percent.