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Seven unions leave AFL-CIO

The heads of seven major unions have announced their separation from AFL-CIO and formation of a separate coalition, expressing disappointment with AFL-CIO's labor movement. The new group, the Change to Win Coalition, consists of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Laborers' International Union of North America, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Unite-Here, United Farm Workers and the Carpenters. The coalition represents more than one-third of the 13 million union members of AFL-CIO.

At AFL-CIO's convention in Chicago July 25-28, UFCW, Teamsters, Unite-Here and SEIU unions decided to boycott the convention. UFCW, SEIU and Teamsters also have resigned their unions from AFL-CIO. SEIU was AFL-CIO's largest union with 1.8 million members. Unite-Here has been given approval to resign from AFL-CIO but has not yet done so. The Laborers' president, Terry O'Sullivan, said his union will not resign.

The coalition's anger stems from its disappointment with regard to AFL-CIO President John Sweeney's leadership and inability to revive organized labor. The dissidents emphasize the importance of organizing and lack of effect political efforts have...



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