Monday, August 22, 2005

AFL-CIO cries after the break up.

Politics: Whining and trying to gain sympathy for a problem you caused over the years is not going to win back anyone.

The United States' largest union federation is struggling to cope with last month's revolt by 4.6 million members and is willing to mend fences with the dissenters, the head of the AFL-CIO said on Monday. "We have put aside our anger and disappointment and we are doing everything in our power to get back together," said John Sweeney, president of the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations in a telephone interview with Reuters. "This not the time to be divided," he said. ....The dissenters complained about declining union membership, too much money spent on political campaigning, and a lack of resources devoted to organizing workers. The departure of its three largest member unions took a heavy financial toll on the AFL-CIO, which has to cope with the loss of more than $20 million in annual membership dues, Sweeney said. The federation's budget is some $125 million. "We have had a reduction in staff and we have had to tighten our belts in some of the different programs," Sweeney said. He said AFL-CIO leaders are to meet in two weeks' time to come up with a plan to deal with the financial loss.
20th century organization with 20th century thinking in a 21st century world. Deal with it.

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