That group is organized labor.
Unions have already scaled back their involvement in the convention.
If the labor movement decided to altogether avoid devoting members' time or money to attending, the Democrats could not claim they hadn't been warned.
The party did not seek union input or prioritize supporting organized workers when selecting the convention location, and as soon as the news went public labor pointed to some glaring shortcomings: North Carolina is a so-called “right to work” state; Charlotte has virtually no unions among its building trades, construction firms, or service workers; and Charlotte has not one unionized hotel.
Four years ago, labor contributed heavily to the Democratic National Convention in Denver, including a $100,000 donation from the AFL-CIO and several individual union contributions of over $1 million.
This year, union members looked askance when the Democratic Party approached them to help fund its gathering, and such support has reduced to a trickle.
A More Strategic Political Investment
Tensions between labor and the Democrats have been brewing for a while. In the 2010 midterm elections, unions' difficulty in generating excitement was part of that year's fabled "enthusiasm gap."
Worth the Risk?
Broadcast Union News note: Until the AFL-CIO, unions and our members across America stop giving our hard earned dollars to Democratic Party candidates that do not support Labor, we will continue to be the poor step children of the political scene. We need to mobilize our members to become local Democratic Party District Leaders and take back the party one municipality, one County, one state at a time.