By May 9, 2005Labor Unions

drip.jpgWe almost missed it, but noted something pretty significant at the end of Marc Ambinder’s piece referenced below. When we did our take on the AFL-CIO layoffs, we referenced Amy Joyce’s story in the Washington Post and noted the sadness of the accompanying picture of Sweeney leaving the podium. Trouble is, it must’ve been a file photo.

As Ambinder reports, when the AFL-CIO announced the layoffs of 167 people, a third of its staff, its fearless leader, John Sweeney was in Paris! As in France. As in “out of the country”. Ambinder notes that “several [staff members] said they were stunned to learn he would not be around to help the organization get through what was a tough day.”

As were we.