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Five Unions to Create a Coalition on Growth
NY Times ^ | June 13, 2005 | STEVEN GREENHOUSE

Posted on 06/12/2005 11:21:26 PM PDT by neverdem

Five labor unions that are highly critical of John J. Sweeney, the president of the A.F.L.-C.I.O., are planning to announce this week that they are forming a coalition aimed at unionizing large numbers of workers, several union officials said yesterday.

Labor leaders said they were planning this move because they want to form an aggressively pro-growth coalition and because they believe the A.F.L.-C.I.O. is doing too little to organize nonunion workers.

This new coalition will be formed by the Service Employees International Union, the Teamsters, the laborers, the food and commercial workers and Unite Here, which represents hotel, restaurant and apparel workers, two union officials said. These officials insisted on anonymity because they feared some union leaders would be angry at them for disclosing the plan before it is announced Wednesday, after union leaders meet in Washington.

The five unions represent more than one-third of the membership of the A.F.L.-C.I.O., an umbrella federation of 57 unions and 13 million workers.

The union officials said the new coalition - tentatively called the Change to Win Coalition - would not compete with the federation. Rather, they say, it will complement the federation to give new energy and excitement to the flagging labor movement. Just one in 13 workers in the private sector is in a union, down from one in three a half-century ago.

But federation officials said yesterday that they feared that this new coalition would be competition and create an unnecessary distraction. One official questioned how effective the coalition would be in unionizing workers, considering that four of the five unions, except for the service employees, have been losing members.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: aflcio; labor; organizedlabor; seiu; unions
At a meeting in San Francisco on Saturday, the service employees' executive board voted to give its top leadership authority to quit the main federation, if necessary.
1 posted on 06/12/2005 11:21:26 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

It's desperation and might show people more what crooks these organizations are.


2 posted on 06/12/2005 11:25:32 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: neverdem

If anything, strong unions will appear as a threat to anyone with capital.

Why create jobs for people if they one day will essentially steal part of what you've built?


3 posted on 06/12/2005 11:25:55 PM PDT by mc6809e
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To: neverdem

Great, just what we need...another bureaucracy.

That's the thing with unions, and bureaucracies in general. They form huge "coalitions," and raise money, but there's so much red tape...what exactly are they accomplishing? I'll bet this "merger" will accomplish nothing at all...no good or bad affects.

How would this big merger "help" workers anyway? By taking and wasting their money, while putting pressure on their management so that they can't afford to give any raises?


4 posted on 06/12/2005 11:29:12 PM PDT by pcottraux
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To: neverdem

Wow .....I wonder if illegal immigration and all this cheap labor from other side of the border is hurting the unions and causing them to go to such extremes ? .........:o)


5 posted on 06/12/2005 11:32:03 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: neverdem

This cannot be a good thing. Unions are not about the worker's fair treatment and working conditions. They're all about increasingly out-of-control political power.


6 posted on 06/13/2005 12:19:50 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Remind Liberal Cowards Why America Freed Iraq: http://massgraves.info/)
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To: neverdem

Unions must die. Die, unions, die! Die, die, die.


7 posted on 06/13/2005 12:21:15 AM PDT by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: Squantos
Wow .....I wonder if illegal immigration and all this cheap labor from other side of the border is hurting the unions and causing them to go to such extremes ? .........:o)

I live across the street from a Catholic Church and school which sold off some of its adjacent property for a new apartment building that's supposed to cater to Orthodox Jews with an elevator that stops on every floor on the Sabbath, so that those who are observant don't operate modern machinery on the Sabbath.

That probably stems from the Church's homosexual priest pedophilia/pederasty scandal.

The laborers seem to be from south of the border, but they also seem to include a skilled bunch from Portugal, some of which talked to me.

There's no doubt that Service Employees International Union would like to to organize these workers, and have them registered to vote, but doing so may be a double edged sword. Did you read the story about Social Security: Migrants Offer Numbers for Fee (Aliens rent Social Security numbers to defraud US) >fees for social security numbers?

8 posted on 06/13/2005 12:41:41 AM PDT by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: pcottraux
"I'll bet this "merger" will accomplish nothing at all...no good or bad affects."

No good and all bad really. How would they "help" you ask?

By demanding "free" healthcare, amnesty for illegal aliens, "living wages" and then, like France - a 35 hr week. How about 12 week paid family leave? How about a computer for every worker to bridge the "digital divide"? Or capping a CEO salary and disbursing it among the employees, advocating transportation...gold watch...cable TV...

9 posted on 06/13/2005 12:48:18 AM PDT by endthematrix (Thank you US armed forces, for everything you give and have given!)
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To: neverdem
Glad to see the folks over at Mecha are securing their future careers with UNITE HERE. *barf* Thought for a time there that they might be kicked out on their rumps, but hey, why think when you can blindly follow others.

I suppose the same could be said for political parties..

Every time I pay the prorated $3150 a month ($105 a night) to stay at a unionized hotel, they'll be the fond memory I'll have just before I sleep. And to think, the wife wonders why I wake up every morning on the road with spasms in my wrists from pretending to strangle the bastards all night long.
10 posted on 06/13/2005 1:28:43 AM PDT by kingu
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To: endthematrix

If you look at ceo salaries many seem out of control and some definately are..

But one example that the unions use is Lee Scott at Walmart's 12 million dollar salary. If you divided it up and gave it to the workers..

It would amount to an extra 10$ a year for each worker.


11 posted on 06/13/2005 1:46:24 AM PDT by ran15
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To: newzjunkey
>> Unions are not about the worker's fair treatment and working conditions. They're all about increasingly out-of-control political power.

You got that one wrong. I have worked both sides of the fence, Union jobs are by far safer than anything nonunion, political BS notwhistanding.

The Carpenters walked away from the aflcio two years ago, and we accept all willing bodies today.
12 posted on 06/13/2005 3:12:35 AM PDT by mmercier
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To: neverdem

How can the unions appeal to private sector workers by supporting a tax code, regulatory bureaucracies, and ridiculous litigation costs that makes private sector workers less competitive in world markets?

If unions want to make an impression on private sector workers, common sense regulation of the powerful and profitable U.S. Litigation Industry would be a good place for union bosses to start.


13 posted on 06/13/2005 4:26:50 AM PDT by yoswif
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To: neverdem

The SEIU is merely leading the way in radicalizing voting blocs of Americans, and it is in the vanguard of recruiting a bigger mob regardless of whether or not they actually produce anything. In their case, labor is the vehicle, not the pigment.


14 posted on 06/13/2005 4:54:59 AM PDT by niteowl77 (I see seven senators badly in need of emergency RINOplasty.)
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