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June 13, 1995
It is too bad that Lane Kirkland had to be pushed out as president of the AFL-CIO when he could have bowed out gracefully after five decades in service to organized labor. At 73, fixed in his ways ("This is what I do; I don't do anything else") and unwilling to "demean" himself by going on national TV as the unions' top spokesman, he already had stayed too long when younger, aggressive leaders ushered him into retirement.His awkward exit may have the added result of denying the succession to Thomas Donahue, the AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer, who labored so long in Mr. Kirkland's shadow.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,Sun reporter | June 27, 2007
SILVER SPRING -- For JoAnn Johntony and Davida Russell, a college education always appeared out of reach. Finding the time and money for education, while balancing work and family, seemed impossible for the school custodian and bus driver for developmentally disabled children, respectively, from Ohio. But here they were at the National Labor College last weekend, beaming with pride and posing for pictures in their caps and gowns. With financial support from their union and the college's focus on working adults, each woman now has a bachelor's degree in labor studies.
NEWS
September 7, 1998
HERE'S something on which labor and industry can agree: America needs to bolster its work-force skills.This year, Congress passed a bipartisan bill to help states improve job training. The Workforce Investment Act, pushed by President Clinton and earlier by former Labor Secretary Robert B. Reich, should help both sides in the years to come.Businesses certainly benefit from training programs; they need employees who are equipped to handle increasingly technical tasks that require more than a 12th-grade education.
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By Peter Morici | August 8, 2005
ANDREW STERN has taken the Service Employees International Union out of the AFL-CIO, along with the Teamsters and United Food and Commercial Workers. Given federation President John Sweeney's failure to deliver on his 1995 promise to reinvigorate the labor movement and declining union membership, few can blame the rebels. But all the debate about organizing tactics and political strategy misses what really ails the labor movement. In the 1950s, unions made sense. Most American workers were employed as agricultural laborers, in routine factory jobs and in similar repetitive tasks.
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By Robert Kuttner | February 28, 1994
AT THEIR annual winter board meeting last week, America's unions emphatically mended fences with President Clinton and the Democratic Party. Concretely, they voted to put an unprecedented $10 million into Mr. Clinton's campaign for universal health insurance and to mobilize rank-and-file support. And they will resume their customary contributions to Democratic fund-raising operations.With a handful of exceptions, labor will also work to elect and re-elect Democrats to the House and Senate.
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By Jack W. Germond & Jules Witcover | August 15, 1997
WASHINGTON -- As the Teamsters union's strike against the United Parcel Service drags on, raising tempers on both sides and among inconvenienced customers, organized labor is launching a TV campaign to improve its image."
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By Robert Kuttner | November 12, 1993
IT'S time for a different NAFTA. To avert disaster, the president should withdraw the proposed agreement before Wednesday's vote, go back to the negotiating table with the Mexicans and do what it takes to enlist sufficient support from his own party.With the White House still at least 25 votes short, Mr. Clinton's current up-or-down strategy on NAFTA portends a donnybrook for both the president and NAFTA's congressional opponents. If NAFTA is defeated, Mr. Clinton and his party will suffer a self-inflicted wound -- and that doesn't have to happen.
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By JACK W. GERMOND and JULES WITCOVER | September 26, 1997
PITTSBURGH -- The scene at the Convention Center seemed more like an old-fashioned religious revival meeting than an AFL-CIO convention as it opened under the command of president John Sweeney, who took over from labor's old guard two years ago in an insurgent movement.New union members from around the country marched up to the podium and gave personal testimony about their successful labor organizing fights in a host of professions and industries, many of them long-resistant to any union presence.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | May 26, 1996
Displaying some of the labor movement's newfound aggressiveness, the United Steelworkers of America hopes to turn today's Indianapolis 500 into something more than a car race.Through demonstrations, banners, a blimp and a new country music song, the 700,000-member union is seeking to transform the speedway into a soapbox from which to urge consumers to boycott Bridgestone/Firestone Inc., the tire company.This is all part of a multipronged campaign, including rallies at tire dealers, to increase pressure on Bridgestone, a Japanese-owned company that the steelworkers have been fighting since they began a failed 10-month strike against it in July 1994.
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By Dena Bunis and Dena Bunis,Newsday | September 7, 1992
NEW YORK -- When the Titans of labor gather to make polic for the 15 million members of the AFL-CIO, 28 white men, two women, two black men and one Latino sit at the table.Even though women comprise nearly one-third of union members and minorities one-fifth, women head only two of the 88 international unions, and black men head just two others.The glass ceiling is visible and strong in the labor movement. Although gains have clearly been made in middle management ranks of unions in the 20 years since the emergence of coalitions of black, Latino and female union members, they have a long way to go before they break the invisible barrier to power and influence.
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