Big union cuts link with United Negro College Fund over Koch grant

Big union cuts link with United Negro College Fund over Koch grant

[Ed. – Koch Derangement Syndrome marches on.]

One of the nation’s largest public-sector unions is severing its ties with the United Negro College Fund because the group accepted donations from the Koch brothers and its president spoke at a Koch-funded summit.

In a letter sent Tuesday, AFSCME President Lee Saunders wrote that the UNCF has taken actions “deeply hostile” to public employees, which he considers a “profound betrayal of the ideals of the civil rights movement,” and that the union will end its relationship with UNCF.

Saunders cited the UNCF’s decision to accept a $25 million grant from Koch Industries, Inc. and the Charles Koch Foundation as a reason for the split, as well as the decision by UNCF President Michael Lomax to speak at a summit hosted by the Kochs in California. …

Saunders later described the Koch brothers as the “single most prominent funders of efforts to prevent African Americans from voting.”

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