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    :: Saturday, August 13, 2005 ::

    AFL-CIO Proposes to Leadership to Unite Local Labor Movements Through New Solidarity Charters - AFL-CIO press release
    AFL-CIO President John Sweeney announced a new proposal to help unite the grassroots power of the union movement through innovative Solidarity Charters for locals of recently disaffiliated unions. He is asking members of the AFL-CIO Executive Council to approve this plan.

    "It's not these locals' fault that their national unions left the AFL-CIO, and it's not working people's fault. They shouldn't have to bear the brunt of a decision by their leadership," said Sweeney. "Solidarity Charters will allow unions to work together and let working people still benefit from a united grassroots movement that works for good jobs, health care, and a voice in issues that matter to them."

    Local unions who are part of the Teamsters, UFCW, SEIU and Carpenters are all eligible for Solidarity Charters.
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