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June 03, 2005

Black Leaders Have Own Position in AFL Fight

With a breakup of the AFL-CIO looming, every group is asserting its own voice on key issues, and one of the most important is the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists. In the Black Commentator, a piece Black Labor Calls for New 'Gary' Convention lays out dissent by black unionists over both the SEIU-led coalition proposals and the status quo of the Sweeney leadership.

I'll have more to say on this in the next few days, but unlike some who worry this internal fighting will undermine labor, I think it's releasing a healthy airing of issues that labor needs to address to get stronger. In its history, labor has often made its greatest strides at the same time it's been kneedeep in intra-union warfare.

Posted by Nathan at June 3, 2005 11:02 AM