The AFL-CIO Wants to Know

By January 28, 2005Labor Unions

In an e-mail sent out this week, “as part of the AFL-CIO’s dialog with union members and allies on how we can strengthen America’s union movement”, the AFL-CIO is seeking input. You may recall that AFL-CIO President John Sweeney is under siege from a group of unions dissatisfied with his (lack of) leadership. They have a website of their own:

If you have any good suggestions or ideas for the good folks over at Casa Sweeney, have at it. God knows they need the help. The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced yesterday that union membership declined yet again. Says BLS, “In 2004, 12.5 percent of wage and salary workers were union members, down from 12.9 percent in 2003. The union membership rate has steadily declined from a high of 20.1 percent in 1983, the first year for which comparable union data are available.”

For his part, John Sweeney himself weighed in with a message to the troopson January 26, and he appears to be hoppin’ mad, rarin’ to go. “I’m not ready to give up on what I know America can be and should be and will be”, he says in closing. Unfortunately, he may have lots of time to think about it in retirement.

Post Script: With help from a Washington Post story on the subject, we just figured out what the AFL-CIO needs: More cowbell!!