The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union is terminating its support for the United Negro College Fund after the group accepted $25 million from the conservative mega rich Koch brothers and the college fund's president appeared at a Koch event.
In a letter made public Thursday, July 10, 2014 the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees said it will no longer partner with or raise funds for the historical United Negro College Fund, known for its iconic motto, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste."
Saunders points to the Koch's political support of measures such as those that embrace voter suppression. He calls the the Kochs "the single most prominent funders of efforts to prevent African Americans from voting". Saunders also took issue with Lomax's appearance at a Koch function saying it was "a betrayal of everything the UNCF stands for."
"They 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."
Lomax's response to Saunders reaction to him embracing Koch money"
"While I am saddened by AFSCME's decision, it will not distract us from our mission of helping thousands of African American students achieve their dream of a college degree and the economic benefits that come with it."AFSCME, the nation's largest public services employees union with more than 1.6 million working and retired members,gave between $50,000 and $60,000 annually to the UNCF for its AFSCME/UNCF Union Scholar Program will sever its relationship with UNCF on Sept. 1. The program will continue, the union said, just no longer in partnership with the UNCF.