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    :: Friday, June 17, 2005 ::

    Members Must Have the Right to Vote On Whether to Stay or Leave AFL-CIO - LaborTalk By Harry Kelber
    Three of the unions in Stern’s coalition (Teamsters, Laborers and Hotel Workers) should have no difficulty arranging a national referendum of their members. The U.S. Justice Department has for years forced them to hold national elections for officers because of the presence of criminal elements within their ranks.

    Stern’s new ally, Douglas McCarron, president of the 500,000-member United Brotherhood of Carpenters, pulled out of the AFL-CIO about three years ago without bothering to consult his membership. McCarron is expected to join the new labor federation, but unlike Stern, he never made even a pretense at practicing union democracy.

    The AFL-CIO Executive Council must establish a rule that any union considering a pullout from the federation must hold a national referendum of its members and receive a favorable vote before taking action. If necessary, an injunction should be sought under the claim that the rights of members are being violated.
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