Monday, June 13, 2005

Union Wars

The AFL-CIO's largest union is breaking away. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is leaving the AFL-CIO to
participate in the creation of a new organization ... to promote coordination, cooperation and collective action on organizing, bargaining and political action on a local, national and global scale.
Why Union War?
For example, SEIU shall offer to cooperate with the AFL-CIO and its affiliated unions on political issues important to working families," the resolution stated, "and shall be prepared to contribute financially to the AFL-CIO political program."

However, "as a matter of precaution," the board established a "special defense fund for use by our locals to counteract any raiding activity which may develop" as a result of its departure from the federation.
When these guys can't even get along with one another and provide coordinated union leadership with common goals, how can they expect to attract new members?

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