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    :: Tuesday, June 21, 2005 ::

    AFL-CIO may lose biggest union - By Stephen Franklin, Chicago Tribune
    When Sweeney announced last year that he would stay on the job, he was met by dissidents' complaints that he is a consensus maker, not someone strong enough to lift labor up from its knees.

    'He [Sweeney] cannot get us out of this. He cannot talk us out of this,' said Anna Burger, the second in command at the SEIU.

    There is, indeed, much irony in organized labor's civil war.

    In 1995 Burger ran the AFL-CIO campaign for Sweeney, who was the SEIU's leader at the time. And Stern rose up within the SEIU's ranks with Sweeney's approval.

    Similarly, when Sweeney led an unprecedented revolt by unions against former AFL-CIO head Lane Kirkland, his foes warned that he was a radical who would plunge labor into unpopular conflicts.
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