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United Farm Workers Leave AFL-CIO
AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/12/06 | Will Lester - ap

Posted on 01/12/2006 6:34:30 PM PST by NormsRevenge

WASHINGTON - The United Farm Workers union has left the AFL-CIO and will join a group of breakaway unions known as the Change to Win Coalition, in a move the UFW hopes will boost recruiting efforts, officials said Thursday.

The UFW, with about 27,000 members, joins the Service Employees International Union, the Teamsters, the United Food and Commercial Workers, UNITE HERE and the Carpenters in forming the dissident Change To Win Coalition. The Laborers International Union of North America also is part of the new federation, but has not left the AFL-CIO.

"We view this as a positive step in fulfilling our twin commitments of focusing more resources on organizing and finding new ways to pursue employers that fiercely resist the right of workers to organize," said Marc Grossman, a UFW spokesman. "No employers more fiercely resist the right to organize than agriculture."

UFW already was allied with the Change to Win unions, but sent a letter two days ago informing the AFL-CIO, a federation of more than 50 unions, of its plans to leave.

"We regret to see them leave the federation because there's a lot of history there," said AFL-CIO spokeswoman Denise Mitchell. "It's a union with a proud legacy that got a lot of support from the entire movement, especially the AFL-CIO. I hope we will make history together again in the future."

The farm workers union was founded by Cesar Chavez, an agricultural worker. He died in 1993.

When the AFL-CIO formed 50 years ago, union membership was at its zenith, with one of every three private-sector workers belonging to a labor group. Now, fewer than 8 percent of private-sector workers are unionized.

The breakaway movement started last summer with the departure of the Teamsters and the Service Employees International Union. The departure of a half-dozen unions has left the labor federation with more than 50 unions representing almost 9 million workers.

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On the Net:

AFL-CIO: http://www.aflcio.org

Change to Win Coalition: http://www.changetowin.org

United Farm Workers: http://www.ufw.org


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: aflcio; agriculture; changetowin; diediedie; dieunionsdie; farmworkers; leave; schism; ufw; unions; united; unitedfarmworkers

1 posted on 01/12/2006 6:34:32 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge



Divide and conquer.


2 posted on 01/12/2006 6:35:27 PM PST by msnimje (Senate Democrats ----------- Sound and Furry Signifying INSIGNIFICANCE)
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To: NormsRevenge

3 posted on 01/12/2006 6:37:18 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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4 posted on 01/12/2006 6:40:13 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: NormsRevenge

Is this good, or is this simply jumping into a similar sinking ship....


5 posted on 01/12/2006 6:40:26 PM PST by b4its2late (I didn't fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian.)
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To: NormsRevenge

United Farmworkers Unite!


6 posted on 01/12/2006 6:40:34 PM PST by AmericanMade1776 (Merry Christmas Freepers)
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To: NormsRevenge

Socialists dividing from the Marxists?


7 posted on 01/12/2006 6:44:38 PM PST by dynachrome ("Where am I? Where am I going? Why am I in a handbasket?")
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To: b4its2late

Not sure, the AFL-CIO has been crumbling for awhile now.

May be a good time for the UFW to move on. ;-)

Time and paychecks will tell.


8 posted on 01/12/2006 6:45:36 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: dynachrome

lol, that's another way to phrase it. ;-)


9 posted on 01/12/2006 6:46:17 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: b4its2late

AFLCIO is not about keeping work or money in the USA

It's all about making money for the Union.

Same goes for Teamsters, IAM, UAW....


10 posted on 01/12/2006 6:48:53 PM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: NormsRevenge
"We view this as a positive step in fulfilling our twin commitments of focusing more resources on organizing and finding new ways to pursue employers that fiercely resist the right of workers to organize," said Marc Grossman, a UFW spokesman.

You have the right to organize, you parasitic, lazy thug. We have the right to say "Kiss my ass."

Die, unions, die. Die, die, die!

11 posted on 01/12/2006 6:49:04 PM PST 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: NormsRevenge

FRom .. Socialist Action /September 2002

UFW Marches Again - but Toward What Goal?
http://www.socialistaction.org/news/200209/ufw.html


12 posted on 01/12/2006 6:50:08 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: NormsRevenge

I still remember the good feeling I got when I left the IBEW almost 10 years ago. Buncha dirtballs.


13 posted on 01/12/2006 6:50:12 PM PST by Past Your Eyes (Honk if you voted for algore...so I can point at you and laugh.)
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Unyeilding
Nonproductive
Insufferable
Overpaid
Neer-do-wells

14 posted on 01/12/2006 6:57:42 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist )
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It will be interesting to see if the campaign contributions and PACs change at all. I bet not.


15 posted on 01/12/2006 7:09:49 PM PST by dynachrome ("Where am I? Where am I going? Why am I in a handbasket?")
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To: NormsRevenge

Very good news for the labor movement.


16 posted on 01/12/2006 8:28:43 PM PST by em2vn
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To: NormsRevenge

Someone probably looked at the income from the organization and how much was being spent (returned) on their activities/interests.
This includes things like Labor Management Salaries, perks, bonuses, expense accounts, etc.
It also includes things like recruitment (more revenue).

So, deciding to break away means more more to Farm Labor Management and more Money for more recruitment which means more money for Farm Labor Mangement perks.

That's how I see it!
Liberals Love Corruption or LLC!


17 posted on 01/12/2006 8:33:40 PM PST by Prost1 (Sandy Berger can steal, Clinton can cheat, but Bush can't listen!)
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To: NormsRevenge

This is deeply good news. The AFL-CIO has become dominated by public-sector unions, which are an anathema to democracy, and which have forced their partner unions to adopt all manners of degenerate political opinions which have nothing to do with the purpose workers have in joining unions: to secure decent wages.


18 posted on 01/12/2006 9:27:48 PM PST by dangus
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To: NormsRevenge

To join with Andy Stern the leader of the break way group, you HAVE to buy into a willingness to either actually support a Republican here or there or at least start withholding your blind support of the evil donkey.
This is nice news. It means that the leadership of the Farm workers are ready to make the jump. They sneaked this is in January during the Alito hearings so few would notice. This will be fun.


19 posted on 01/13/2006 5:12:03 AM PST by jmaroneps37 (We will never murtha to the terrorists. Bring home the troops means bring home the war.)
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