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In July, the AFL-CIO gathered to celebrate its 50th birthday, only to see its two biggest unions go their own way. The organization was once 56 unions continues, minus 25 percent of its members and a big chunk of its budget. The Teamsters and Service Employees International Other unions may follow. Is this week's split about principle or personality and money? Can the dissenting unions re-start the organized labor movement or has it become irrelevant to the globalized economy? In this archived edition of To the Point, we hear from journalists who write on labor issues and veterans of the AFL-CIO and SEIU. (This segment was originally broadcast on July 26.)
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