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September 28, 2004

Machinists to Leave AFL-CIO?

Opponents of the New Unity Partnership are now firing some shots across the bow, as the Machinists approved a resolution threatening to leave the AFL-CIO over actions by the NUP leaders (from BNA Daily Labor Report- $$$):

Delegates to the International Association of Machinists quadrennial convention overwhelmingly approved a resolution Sept. 24 that could pave the way for the large industrial union to withdraw its affiliation from the AFL-CIO.
The resolution "is intended to send a message" regarding the union's concerns about "the potential direction of the so-called reform movement" within the AFL-CIO, Machinists' spokesman Frank Larkin told BNA Sept. 27.

It was the "cumulative effect" of statements and actions by the leaders of that movement, rather than any one event, that prompted the union leadership to propose the resolution, which was submitted to delegates by the IAM's Executive Council, he added.

The executive council will defer any subsequent vote on the motion to withdraw from the labor federation until after the presidential election, Larkin said. At this point, the union wanted to "send a loud signal," before embarking on "a course of action," he explained.

The Machinists' resolution takes to task actions by Bruce Raynor and John Wilhelm, leaders in the newly merged UNITE-HERE union, Andrew Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union, and the presidents of the Laborers International Union of North America and the Carpenters and Joiners of America, who have joined together in a "New Unity Partnership"

The main issues sites are over jurisdictional battles over various units and mergers, but it's a prelude to the battle royale that may break out after the November elections.

Posted by Nathan at September 28, 2004 07:37 AM