We received this in an e-mail from one of our union friends and regular blog readers today:
“This has now become a daily drip, drip, drip of bad things re [AFL-CIO HQ at] 815 16th Street. Today’s installment is the piece in the Post business section about the 167 staff layoffs that were announced at AFL-CIO HQ yesterday.”
A drip, drip, drip indeed. The picture in the Post of Sweeney leaving the podium was almost sad. The accompanying story by Amy Joyce lays out the facts as stated simply in the e-mail noted above.
However, one interesting discrepancy noted by us, the resident gadflies. In a blog posting on March 29, we noted a story by Michelle Amber of the Daily Labor Report on the AFL’s plan to cut their staff. She broke the story then of their plans to eliminate “between 80 and 100” employees, as she reported at the time, “as a result of the ‘refocus of the federation’s resources with a greater emphasis on political action and other priorities.'”
So what’s the rub? Well, the Post story from yesterday flies under the headline, “AFL-CIO to cut 167 Jobs, Spend More to Organize”. How’s that? Somewhere between March 29, when Sweeney unabashedly said they would just put more and more money down the political rathole, and today, when the drumbeat for his ouster from the folks more intent on organizing has built to a crescendo, he has all of a sudden gained a new interest in organizing. Something about the sight of the gallows focusing the mind.
All of this, of course, is just so little so late for Sweeney. Like his predecessor, this will all sink in soon enough and his exit will appear as inevitable to him as it does by now to everyone else around him.
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