Reunification Talks for American Labor
April 14, 2009
The possibility of reunification of the American labor movement resurfaced this past week as recent meetings of the leaders of the two labor federations and the nation’s largest unions were underway, as reported by the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Detroit News. Former Michigan congressman David Bonior is chairing the effort that seeks to reunite several large unions under the AFL-CIO umbrella, and include new groups that have never before belonged to any labor federation, including the National Education Association. As part of this effort, the AFL-CIO, the Change to Win Federation and the National Education Association have announced the creation of the National Labor Coordinating Committee, which will pursue unity among labor unions and lobby on behalf of important labor-related issues at the national level.