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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 11:48 AM
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Union returning to AFL-CIO
Source: Associated Press

By SAM HANANEL (AP) 37 minutes ago

PITTSBURGH One of the unions that left the AFL-CIO in a bitter dispute that split the labor movement four years ago is coming back to the labor federation.

The union of hotel, restaurant and clothing workers known as UNITE HERE is bringing its 265,000 members back a day after Richard Trumka became the newest AFL-CIO president.

UNITE HERE president John Wilhelm made the announcement on the final day of the federation's convention.

UNITE HERE and several other unions departed in 2005 after claiming there was too much emphasis on politics and not enough on organizing new members. Led by Service Employees International Union president Andy Stern, the breakaway unions formed the rival Change to Win federation.

Read more: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hHiWC...
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vinylsolution Donating Member (807 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 01:06 PM
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1. Terrific news!
Here's to a resurgence of union membership (and people power) in America!





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Brickbat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 01:36 PM
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2. Excellent.
I'm unhappy with Change to Win.
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Winterblues Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 02:14 PM
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3. So does that mean there is less emphasis on politics now?
I would think now is the time if ever there was one to get Political. America is going batshit insane and the sane among us need a united front..
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Union Yes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 03:02 PM
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4. S - O - L - I - D - A - R - I - T - Y ! knr
Solidarity IS patriotic!


:patriot:
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unkachuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:09 PM
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9. yes it is!
....it's the height of patriotism and is truly the American way!
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Union Yes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 11:28 PM
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14. Damn straight! It built the American way. =)
:hi: :patriot:
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Gman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 04:46 PM
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5. As long as it wasn't the Teamsters
Edited on Thu Sep-17-09 04:48 PM by Gman
they should never have allowed the Teamsters back in the first time and they damn sure shouldn't be let back in now. As far as Unite Here goes, let them back in and file charges against the Unite Here executive board. Then kick 'em out.
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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 04:50 PM
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6. What should the member of the UNITE HERE executive board be charged with?
:shrug:
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Gman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 05:28 PM
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7. Bringing the AFL-CIO into disrepute when they left
Edited on Thu Sep-17-09 05:33 PM by Gman
perfectly legitimate charges to be filed.

No doubt the agreement that let's them back in says no charges will be filed. But I don't think Trumka or anyone else has the power to "absolve" these unions.
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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 08:03 AM
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11. Would doing that further union solidarity?
:shrug:
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Gman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 02:04 PM
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13. The AFL-CIO did not leave restaurant and hotel workers
and the AFL-CIO did nothing to not further union solidarity. I think you need to ask that question of Unite Here as to why they left in the first place.
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bread_and_roses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 04:22 AM
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10. er...hardly seems the road to solidarity, effective organizing, or strength in action....
It is hardly to the benefit of working people to have unions at war with one another. Holding a grudge, being punitive when there is the possibility of reconciliation will not forward our cause.

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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 10:15 AM
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12. Some people favor revenge over getting useful things done
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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:01 PM
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8. Excellent

K&R!

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