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    :: Thursday, May 19, 2005 ::

    Sweeney foes propose recruitment plan - By William Glanz, Washington Times
    Together, the insurgents represent about 5 million of the 13 million workers in the AFL-CIO's 58 unions, not enough to unseat Mr. Sweeney or implement their own proposals.

    They will lobby for support by sending the plan to each of the 27,000 union locals throughout the country. The insurgents also hope to get support from United Brotherhood of Carpenters Union President Douglas McCarron.

    Mr. McCarron, whose union represents 520,000 workers, left the federation in 2001 over frustration with Mr. Sweeney's policies. The insurgents are hoping to drag the carpenters into the campaign, and ultimately back into the federation, by getting Mr. McCarron to publicly support their reform agenda.

    'I think now if Doug says he is prepared to rejoin the federation under new leadership, people would take it seriously,' SEIU President Andrew Stern said.
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