AFL-CIO To Lay Off A Quarter of its Staff

By March 29, 2005Labor Unions

In a Daily Labor Report article by Michelle Amber earlier this month, she reports that “between 80 and 100” out of some 400 employees will be laid off from the AFL-CIO as a result of the “refocus of the federation’s resources with a greater emphasis on political action and other priorities.” The cuts will take place later this year. It does make us wonder, though, if they’re cutting staff, shouldn’t they “refocus” on organizing and not on political action? Seems to us that the failed focus on political action is what got them into layoff mode in the first place. What are we missing?