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Thursday, March 03, 2005

Where Now Labor?

Lot's of people have been thinking about how to start the union movement growing again after decades of shrinking memberships, but the discussion has picked up steam in the last few months.

A few months ago the Teamsters argued that 50% of dues to the AFL-CIO should be rebated to be used for organizing. While many interested in real reform and growth thought that proposal did not go far enough, it was applauded.

When Sweeney introduced a 17% rebate proposal, most interested in turning the decline of labor's strength around saw it as far too little, far too late. Even that proposal was rejected. What now?