Union Ends Ties With UNCF, Faulting Its Connection With Koch Brothers

The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees has ended a joint scholarship program with the United Negro College Fund, citing disapproval of a $25-million donation the fund accepted from Koch Industries Inc. and the Charles Koch Foundation. Lee Saunders, president of the union, called the organization’s relationship with the activist-conservative Koch brothers “a betrayal of everything the UNCF stands for.”

Michael Lomax, president and chief executive of the UNCF, defended the donation in a statement: “UNCF has over 100,000 donors with a wide range of views, but they all have one thing in common: They believe in helping young students of color realize their dreams of a college education.”

A major labor union is cutting ties with the United Negro College Fund because of the group’s connections to the billionaire industrialist Koch Brothers, who have put their wealth behind supporting conservative causes and candidates for office.

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