In Dicta

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Unions self-destructing

This is not bad news. Unions are bad for business and bad for the economy. Though they may produce short-term gains for workers, they are long-term nightmares. Witness the airline union's fiasco.

Yahoo! News reports:

"Four major unions decided Sunday to boycott the AFL-CIO convention, setting the stage for one or more to bolt from the 50-year-old federation in a battle over how to reverse organized labor's decades-long decline, The Associated Press has learned.

The unions, representing about one-third of the AFL-CIO's 13 million members, planned to announce the decision Sunday afternoon, a day before the convention opens, according to three labor officials familiar with the failed negotiations to avoid the walkout.

It was unclear which, if any, of the unions would take the next step and leave the AFL-CIO altogether.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to discuss the decision.

The protest is led by Andy Stern, president of the federation's largest union, the 1.8 million-member Service Employees International Union.

Joining him will be the Teamsters, United Food and Commercial Workers and UNITE HERE, a group of textile and hotel workers, according to the labor officials."

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