“Enjoy your stay in Charlotte, that great hub of opportunity for working Americans and the labor movement!”

That was what a longtime operative for a hotel and restaurant union told Human Events shortly before we departed to cover the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. this week. His words, of course, reeked with sarcasm. North Carolina is a right-to-work state where unions play a minimal role in politics.

In angry response to the decision of national Democrats to hold their convention in labor-unfriendly turf, many union leaders are scaling back their participation in the party conclave or pulling back from it altogether. Although AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka plans to be in Charlotte this week and will hold a meeting of labor delegates Tuesday, he made it clear in a letter to fellow labor officials that “we will not be making major monetary contributions to the convention or the host committee for events or activities around the convention.”