Tuesday, December 02, 2003

Hard Times For Unions’ Bottom Line

Distressing AP article about belt-tightening at the AFL-CIO and some of its affiliate unions. AFL-CIO employees will take two “solidarity days” without pay next year instead of facing layoffs, while some AFSCME employees will give up their raises and first class plane tickets (which I somehow missed out on when I worked there.) AFSCME President Gerald McEntee has promised that the savings will go to next year’s “do or die” elections.

On the same note, UNITE announced earlier this week that it was closing its Manhattan-based Immigration Project which has offered immigration-related legal services to its members for the past 20 years due to the program's high operating cost.