Thursday 17 March 2022

US labor unions declare their support for Ukraine by ... printing signs with the nation's flag upside down. Photos quickly disappear as mockery grows.

 The AFL-CIO wants the world to know that the unions really, truly stand with the people of Ukraine.

The union federation is so serious about backing Ukrainians being killed by Russian forces that they posed for a group photo Monday with their leadership raising their fists in solidarity and holding fancy signs the group had printed declaring, "We stand with Ukraine" — complete with a dove sitting on barbed wire and the Ukrainian flag as the background.

But there was a problem.

The flags were printed upside down.

After several hours of getting ripped a new one, the group pulled down the posting. Unfortunately for them, the internet is forever, and thanks to the Wayback Machine, the image is still accessible.

Image source: Twitter screenshot

Ukraine's flag has blue on top of yellow, which, as Fox News pointed out, symbolizes a "blue sky over a bountiful field."

After the image was spread and mocked online, the AFL-CIO posted a new photo of the same group in the same positions — but with noticeably diminished enthusiasm — holding new signs. The updated new signs were not nearly as slick and pretty as the original screwed-up versions. Clearly, a staffer had merely printed out a bunch of Ukrainian flags and then pasted onto them cutouts of the AFL-CIO logo and a generic "stand with Ukraine" declaration. 

However, the attempt to save face apparently made things worse, because just hours after tweeting the updated group photo, the AFL-CIO deleted the posting.

Image source: Twitter screenshot

But that wasn't the worst of it. After the AFL-CIO posted the embarrassing group photo, the American Federation of Teachers, an AFL-CIO member, posted a close-up photo of AFT President Randi Weingarten and AFT Executive Vice President Evelyn DeJesus holding a screwed-up sign.

Naturally, the AFT also pulled this photo after getting shamed for the glaring error.

Image source: Twitter screenshot

Critics of the left-wing, anti-school choice, pro-mask, pro-COVID lockdown teachers' union had a heyday.

California state Sen. Melissa Melendez (R) responded, "That's the flag of Ukraine alright, upside down. Shout out to teachers union for this promotional piece on the importance of school choice though."

Corey DeAngelis, director of research for School Choice Now, called the AFT photo "free advertising for school choice."

Reopen California Schools, which has long taken the un-AFT stance that all Golden State schools should be reopened, used the photo to critique the union's demands to keep schools closed. "They did to that flag what they did to education these past two years... pretend they care, but really, they just made it upside down," the group tweeted.

Libs of TikTok replied to the AFT photo saying, "This is a great advertisement to homeschool your kids" and later added, "These are the people in charge of your child's education."

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