The Dis-organization of American Labor

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Yesterday, the AFL-CIO consisted of 56 unions. Today, as the organization continues it 50th birthday celebration in Chicago, the Teamsters and the Service Employees International have taken away some 25 percent of the AFL-CIO-s working members and a lot of its budget, creating the biggest split in the labor movement since the Depression. 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? We get perspective from journalists who write on labor issues and veterans of the AFL-CIO and SEIU.
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Discovery Mission

American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) on disaffiliation

Teamsters on disaffiliation

Change to Win coalition

Employee Free Choice Act

Human Rights Watch on workers- freedom in the US (August, 2000)

Unite Here!

Zogby International poll on unionizing

New York Times article on retooling of terror-war slogan



Warren Olney