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AFL-CIO: Debate Over Merging and Power

Andrew L. Stern, S.E.I.U leader, has ignited a debate throughout the labor movement by arguing that labor needs a sweeping overhaul, including the merger of many unions and a vast increase in organizing, to reverse its long decline.

This is a tough call for all of us who believe in organized labor. We understand something has to be done to save union jobs in this country, but a radical change could also spell doom.

The points and counterpoints are equal arguments without clear-cut winners in this debate. Issues like industry-related representation would mean better union representation, but it runs the risk of wiping out a lot of unions that need membership to stay afloat and the risk of one union becoming too large to meet the needs of everyone.

Its a difficult call and one many of us will have to monitor closely as the debate progresses.


Blogger ProgressivePatriot said...

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11:23 AM  
Blogger ProgressivePatriot said...

True RO,
I don't know if I like the idea of one huge union...I am afraid it could dilute our voice.

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11:24 AM  
Blogger Resist Oppression said...

I agree that it could very well dilute our voice and it could cause too much membership shifting to different unions...which could deplete membership in a particular union so badly they could cease to exist.

Then on the other hand we do need to figure out something in order to solve a lot of issues we are facing.

Like I wrote in the article the pros and cons are so stacked its a hard call.

1:01 AM  

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