Friday, July 22, 2005

Embarrassment ahead for AFL-CIO chief John Sweeney? The union head without a union to belong to.

It looks like Mr. Sweeney could find himself is in the awkward position next week of having to find a union to ask to admit him as a member...

Jolting organized labor, the Teamsters and a massive service employees' union decided Sunday to bolt the AFL-CIO, paving way for two other labor groups to sever ties in the movement's biggest schism since the 1930s.

The four dissident unions, representing nearly one-third of the AFL-CIO's 13 million members, announced they were boycotting the federation's convention that begins Monday...

The Service Employees International Union, the largest AFL-CIO affiliate with 1.8 million members, has spearheaded the exodus and will announce Monday that it is leaving the AFL-CIO
... The AFL-CIO's constitution requires all of its officers to belong to an affiliated union. And at next week's AFL-CIO convention, where his re-election is already assured, there is a real chance that a number of dissident unions will bolt the group due to dissatisfaction with Sweeney's leadership.

Leading the dissidents who are threatening to break away is the Service Employees International Union -- the union Sweeney is a member of.

"Sunday, America's top labor leader could be a man without a union." [NY Daily News]

And so he now is ...