Daily Archives: May 6, 2010

BREAKING: SEIU turning its back on AFL-CIO…for now

Mary Kay Henry, the incoming president of the Service Employees International Union is squelching rumors of a re-unification with AFL-CIO, according to Politico.

In an attempt to address the speculation concerning a possible re-unification, Henry sent a letter (in PDF) to her fellow Change to Win ‘partners’

In her letter, Henry writes:

SEIU has had no discussion about returning to the AFL-CIO.  The needs of hardworking women and men in this country transcend conversation about the configuration of the labor movement and instead call on us all to work together in the interest workers and their families.


SEIU remains strongly committed to our relationship with our Change to Win partners and we look forward to strengthening those relationships in the weeks and months to come.

So, the SEIU is turning its back on reconciliation for now.  This probably shouldn’t surprise too many as Mary Kay Henry hasn’t even officially taken office yet.  However, it would seem unlikely that the SEIU will stay out of the AFL-CIO forever.

As the last split in the House of Labor lasted 20 years, we’ll give this one a little bit more time.
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Filed under AFL-CIO, AFL-CIO break-up, Mary Kay Henry, SEIU, Service Employees International Union

Airline merger could spark inter-union fights

Last week, United Airlines and Continental announced they were merging.  Now, The Street reminds us that, although the majority of both airlines are unionized, in some cases, there are different unions representing the same work groups at the respective airlines, which could prompt a war:

To summarize, the IAM represents about 9,500 flight attendants (about 8,400 are active) at Continental, while the Association of Flight Attendants represents 16,000 flight attendants at United (about 13,000 are active). The IAM represents about 7,900 fleet service workers at United, while the Teamsters represent about 7,600 fleet service workers at Continental. The IAM represents 8,100 customer service agents at United, while Continental agents do not have union representation.

If fighting does break out, it is likely to be have the Teamsters at its center as there has been animosity between the IAM and Teamsters for years. 

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Filed under Continental Airlines, International Association of Machinists, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, United Airlines

With Coffin, Snare Drums and Whistles, Laborers Union Makes Noise in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen

Just to be annoying, of course…

With their lack of rhythm, they should probably stick with their day jobs.

Oh…wait a minute…that is their day jobs.
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