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BY: Bill McMorris
Workers at AFL-CIO's Washington, D.C., headquarters are fed up with the "anti-union" attitude of America's largest labor union.
Janitors - Waste - Baskets - AFL-CIO - Union
The janitors who empty the waste baskets at the AFL-CIO say the union fails to live up to its values. On Tuesday the cleaning staff voted to authorize a strike against the 12.4 million member union, a week after picketing in front of its Washington, D.C., headquarters. Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 2 (OPEIU), which falls under the AFL-CIO umbrella, called the labor giant's reputation into question, saying, "The AFL-CIO is anti-union" on its website.
"The bargaining unit has voted unanimously to give strike authorization to OPEIU Local 2," the union said in an Oct. 9 post. The website goes on to say that the AFL-CIO's treatment of its own staffers could signify "the death of labor" in the United States.
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"The contract is dangerously hypocritical of the AFL-CIO, which is supposed to be a leader of unions," the site says. "If we agree to this contract, we are signaling to every other union out there that they should accept these terms from their employers."
Officials with OPEIU's national office, as well as Local 2 did not respond to requests for comment.
Dispute - Centers - OPEIU - Members - Treatment
The dispute centers on what OPEIU members say is unjust treatment from the AFL-CIO, which took in more than $143 million in 2018, according to federal labor records. Local 2 represents 7,862 workers with much of its membership in the health care industry, and collected $3.8 million in 2017, according to the most recent records available. The smaller union has accused the labor giant of imposing an unjust contract upon its workers, employing the same tactics that it routinely criticizes private companies for using.
"If a company tried to force a contract like this, we believe that the AFL-CIO would deplore...
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