Workers Need a Strong Voice
By Harry Kelber | The Labor Reformers’ Campaign | July 8, 2012
Union members have read, in utter amazement, that for more than 100 years, no officer or member of a State AFL or Central Labor Council has ever held a seat on the policy-making AFL-CIO Executive Council, which has as many as 51 vice presidents.
How could such outrageous, undemocratic practices exist for so long without a massive rebellion on the part of union members, they ask? We’ll tell you how-and more important–how we are going to establish honest elections and other reforms at the next convention of the AFL-CIO in Los Angeles on Sept. 8-12 in 2013.
It’s worth repeating how, under the AFL-CIO Constitution, international unions are awarded as many convention votes as the size of their membership, while state and local bodies, no matter how large, are limited to one delegate and one convention vote apiece.
At the AFL-CIO’S 2009 convention, a small union, like the Federation of Professional Athletes, had more than six times the number of votes than all of the state and local affiliates combined!
Thus, the state and local affiliates, who conduct the AFL=CIO’s economic and political campaigns, are little more than wall-flowers at the conventions.
It is significant that no top AFL-CIO leader has come forward to denounce the deeply corrupt convention voting system. Not only are they silent about it but they benefit by being assured of election and re-election without having to campaign for the job.
Our Reform Movement Will Promote Honest Unionism
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Isn’t it a disgrace that for a century, no officer or member of a state AFL or Central Labor Council has ever been elected to the policy-making Executive Council. Won’t you help us stop this shameful practice?