On NY’s McLaughlin

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It’s not been a pretty couple of days here for New York labor. It is true that Brian McLaughlin deserves the presumption of being innocent until proven guilty of the …

More On The NLCC

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So, for the real gluttons out there, I’ve got the exchange of letters that lead to the creation of the National Labor Coordinating Committee. Anna Burger, chair of Change To …

CTW Raises A Curtain

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There’s been a lot of speculation and anticipation and criticism, all rolled into one, about the plans of Change To Win. Well, wait no longer for the first shot out …

Machinists Versus UAW?

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Hmmm…this is curious and bizarre. If you go to to website of the Machinists, you find this curious bit of news: Organizing Drive Gears Up at Alabama Mercedes Plant March …

Make Work Pay

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Okay, so I’m all for the idea of making work pay. That’s the slogan of the Change To Win campaign unveiled in Las Vegas yesterday. Since I couldn’t get there, …

Laborers Finally Leaving?

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I heard a rumor on Friday that the Laborers International will pull out of the AFL-CIO on Monday (tomorrow). For those of you with long memories–say, going back to August–you …

UFW Leaves

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I don’t think we should make much of the United Farm Workers leaving the AFL-CIO. Sure, the union has a certain iconic position in the movement’s lore which is quite …

The State of the Deal

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Here’s a bit more information on where we stand on the question of the participation of Change To Win unions in the AFL-CIO’s local and state central bodies. For those …

CTW In Vegas

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Well, reader Sue took me to task in yesterday’s post for not keeping everyone fully informed on what Change To Win is up to. I guess I should feel honored …

A Deal Is Made

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It seems like ages since the Solidarity Charter issue was being debated (I divide time now between BSI–Before Scooter’s Indictment–and ASI–After Scooter’s Indictment). But, it seems as if we’re done …

Union Democracy: How?

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From time to time, I’ve raised, and commenters have opined about, the issue of union democracy. Everyone is for it–but it tends to get subsumed into very general broad statements …

Dark Days

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With all the focus on the slashing of UAW members’ health care at GM (there’s a more detailed story today in the New York Times), I didn’t get to the …

CWA and Cingular

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A reader passed this on–it’s the tale of Cingular Wireless workers joining the Communications Workers of America. Off of the CWA website comes this: “On Oct. 13, the largest single …

CWA-Teamsters Members Say Yup

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In my own quest to highlight peace initiatives within labor, I’d like to say, there’s good news today: back in mid-September, the Teamsters and CWA (the Teamsters being part of …

Prop 75 Redux

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Since yesterday’s post about the grim situation facing labor in California over the vote on Proposition 75–which would require public employee unions to notify their members about the use of …

Bringing Down Mickey Mouse

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This is near and dear to my heart: how the heck do hundreds of thousands of creators (writers, artists, actors, theater people) take on an information industry that has become …

What Does Diversity Mean?

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One of our commenters suggested I open up a thread on diversity. Okay, let’s do it. I’ve reprinted the speech given by Edgar Romney, who is now the Change To …

Morning After Kick-Off

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Before I head off to the airport to return back home (where I can now chew my fingernails over the last few games of the regular season…), a few wrap-up …

Tuesday At CTW

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Today, there are going to be a series of speeches coupled with discussions about organizing campaigns: Houston Janitors, Advance Demolition, Cintas, Wal-Mart, School Bus Drivers, Smithfield Foods, DHL and Hotels. …

And Over At SAG

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The Screen Actors Guild just counted the ballots yesterday in a contentious election. The winner is Alan Rosenberg, who succeeds Melissa Gilbert. Rosenberg ran at the head of the ticket …

CTW: Dollars For Organizing

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As Deep Throat admonished, follow the money: Here’s a small tidbit of the plans shaping for the Change To Win coalition: I’ve been told that the way the new federation …

The No-Raid Pact–Day After

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Late last night, I posted more complete documents from the SEIU-AFSCME no-raid agreements and the deal to work cooperatively on home care and child care worker organizing in California and …

No Raiding Deal SEIU-AFSCME

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UPDATES: I’ve received all the key documents that relate to what I think is a pretty significant deal between AFSCME and SEIU to cooperate and avoid raiding situations. Here are …