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Response to tclambert (Reply #10)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 09:34 AM

18. The UFCW split with the AFL-CIO over their ambivalence over organizing Wal-Mart

The UFCW leadership begged the AFL-CIO executive council to put more funding into helping us organize Wal-Mart employees over twenty damn years ago because we were well aware of what Wal-Mart's plans for market expansion into retail food was, but as per usual, they crapped all over us, because we were a 'service' union full of unskilled workers, whereas they were still concentrating on manufacturing unions, whose memberships were in steep decline.

OUR union membership was growing, no thanks to them, and the AFL-CIO had no problem taking part of our member's money and used it to subsidize organizing efforts in a declining segment of unionized employment just as long as they were industrialized manufacturers that used 'skilled' labor.

We got very little back in return, any efforts at organizing retail stores we did on our own dime.

Labor has been dropping the ball on choosing who they looked to for membership growth since the days of George Meany. The class divide between the skilled trade Unions and unskilled membership still exists to this day in the ALF-CIO. Service union members are second-class members in the AFL-CIO still.

There is a good reason the SIEU doesn't belong to them anymore, after rejecting SIEU Union President Andy Stern's* attempts along with UFCW leaderbership to pass a reform platfrom at the AFL-CIO convention, they, along with the Teamsters, left the AFL-CIO. (The Teamsters have since re-affiliated).

ORGANIZE EVERY WORKER, not just the ones that you deem 'worthwhile'.

* That is the same Andy Stern who initially supported Barack Obama as a candidate, stills supports Barack Obama, and who used to date Jane Hamsher....who then became virulently anti-Obama after Andy Stern broke up with her, just to spite ex-lover Andy Stern.

Just a little thing most members here didn't know.

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