Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Unions seek to unite elsewhere

Labor unions are not happy with their current state of affairs. In recent years they have experienced a sharp decline in membership as well as a marked loss of power and relevance in the labor force. CNSNews has been documenting this fallout as yet another union cuts it's ties with one of the nation's more prominent labor organizations:

(CNSNews.com) -- For the fourth time in the past two months, a union has withdrawn from the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) in favor of a coalition that seeks to reform the organized labor movement.

UNITE HERE, a union of about 450,000 workers in the apparel and hospitality industry, announced Wednesday that its general executive board has voted unanimously to disaffiliate from the AFL-CIO.

"It is time for the labor movement to make some changes," UNITE HERE General President Bruce Raynor told the Associated Press.

"After two years of internal debate," Raynor added, "we have concluded it is the best course for the labor movement for us to ... strike off in a direction of focusing more on organizing."

Fourth Union Leaves AFL-CIO for Reform Coalition

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