September 28, 2005 |
Leaders from unions that broke away from the AFL-CIO pledged Tuesday to organize Wal-Mart Stores Inc. workers and reach out to those who lost their jobs because of Hurricane Katrina. The Change to Win Coalition met for its founding convention in St. Louis. In between official business -- adopting a new constitution and electing leaders of the new federation -- the event resembled a rally for the 460 delegates. Teamsters President James P.
July 23, 2005 |
The small farmworkers union founded by labor hero Cesar Chavez joined a coalition of labor groups demanding changes in the AFL-CIO as the 50-year-old federation inched closer Friday to breaking up. The United Farm Workers union, organized in 1962 and now consisting of 27,000 members, brings to seven the number of unions in the Change to Win Coalition.
July 28, 2005 |
AFL-CIO President John J. Sweeney, the center of a storm in the labor movement, was reelected to a fourth term Wednesday, just days after the defection of two major unions that sought his ouster. One of those unions -- the Service Employees International Union -- was headed by Sweeney when he was first elected AFL-CIO president in 1995. It joined the Teamsters in leaving the AFL-CIO on Monday. Sweeney faced no opposition for the four-year term.
August 25, 2005 |
The leader of a breakaway faction that has split the AFL-CIO, said Wednesday that his union would not mend ties with the 50-year-old umbrella group at the heart of the U.S. labor movement and that a new federation was needed to replace it. "The AFL-CIO as we know it will never exist again," said Andrew Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union. "We need to build something new ... start from zero."
September 20, 2005 |
Officials at two large labor unions announced Monday that they would end a long-running battle over who should represent thousands of low-wage workers caring for the elderly and young children in California. As part of a two-year national pact, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the Service Employees International Union agreed not to interfere with the other union's bargaining agreements.
September 15, 2005 |
A union representing almost half a million apparel and hospitality workers has decided to bolt the AFL-CIO and join a half-dozen other unions seeking to focus labor more on recruiting. "It is time for the labor movement to make some changes," Unite Here's general president, Bruce Raynor, said Wednesday.