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    :: Tuesday, August 02, 2005 ::

    AFL-CIO in Turmoil As Big Unions Bolt - By Sherie Winston in Chicago, McGraw-Hill Construction | ENR
    The mood of the delegates and others on the convention floor was 'disappointed' and 'very concerned,' says Joe Hunt, president of the ironworkers' union. 'They're angry,' says laborers' chief Terry O'Sullivan. 'It's just a bad situation. We need now more than ever to unify,' says Mike Sullivan, president of the sheetmetal workers' union. Nevertheless, Sullivan does not expect any of the 13 remaining construction unions in BCTD to refuse to work with the teamsters and carpenters on union projects. 'That can't happen' if union construction wants to be competitive, he insists.

    Carpenters' union President Doug McCarron was not in Chicago, but said in a telephone interview: 'We want to work as close as we can with the building trades.' He considers it ironic that BCTD will now uphold the AFL-CIO constitution, prohibiting membership in the building trades without federation affiliation. 'They let me back in once before,' he notes. 'They have to make their own decision, [but] it should be in the best interest of the building trades, not in the best interest of the AFL-CIO,' asserts McCarron.
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