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    Taking A Stand!!!

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    This is about the umbrella group AFL-CIO, but what has happened in their history I do think is relevant to what has been going on with the Teamsters also. Some of you may know that the Teamsters used to fall under this group and broke away.
    Twenty years later, the notion that changing the team at the top could revive organized labor has taken a beating. In 2012 a third of new union agreements contained no first-year wage increase, and by 2014, union membership was down nearly two million since the New Voice slate took office. Union-negotiated wage increases rarely surpassed an already low rate of inflation, and health care costs continued to shift from employer to worker.
    The results of twenty years of “reform” proved to be flat wages and rising productivity that shifted income from labor to capital in a manner not seen since the Gilded Age.
    What was missing in all these changes and innovations was anything directed at activating or mobilizing labor’s ultimate source of power: its membership. Here, still in the millions, were workers with their hands on the levers of production of societies’ goods and services who, if mobilized, might actually challenge corporate America. So while Sweeney told the Wall Street Journal he was “very interested in union democracy and rank-and-file involvement,” he cautioned, “it can’t be accomplished overnight.”
    https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/07/s...z-seiu-unions/

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    Taking A Stand!!!

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    Default Re: Saviors From on High

    A little history on the split.

    Two Top Unions Split From AFL-CIO


    This is rather amusing or at least the pot painting the kettle black as the old saying goes.
    Tuesday, July 26, 2005

    CHICAGO, July 25 -- Two of the nation's largest and most powerful unions resigned from the AFL-CIO on Monday, fracturing the 50-year-old federation as the labor movement struggles to stem decades of decline and lost influence in both the workplace and the political arena.

    The withdrawal of the 1.7 million-member Service Employees International Union, the biggest union in the AFL-CIO, and the 1.3 million-strong International Brotherhood of Teamsters is a blow to the political clout and finances of the AFL-CIO, according to an array of labor leaders gathered here. Together, the two unions pay $20 million in annual dues toward the AFL-CIO's $120 million budget.
    Hoffa, who was much more critical of the AFL-CIO than Stern, said: "We have been disappointed that over the last 10 years [the period of Sweeney's tenure] we have seen a decline in membership, a decline in density." He was referring to the term for the percentage of unionized workers within an industry. Hoffa, like other critics, said Sweeney is too focused on trying to influence political campaigns and not focused enough on long-term development of the labor movement. He said he pressed Sweeney and other leaders for dues rebates to fund membership drives and said: "They said no. Their idea is to keep throwing money at politicians."
    Two Top Unions Split From AFL-CIO

 

 

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