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    :: Tuesday, August 16, 2005 ::

    Sweeney offers option to locals of disaffiliated unions - By Michael Kuchta, St. Paul Union Advocate, Workday Minnesota
    Limited availability
    The solidarity charters would be granted directly by the AFL-CIO in Washington. They will be available only to locals and councils of the Carpenters, SEIU, Teamsters and UFCW, Aguilar said. But that can include locals that were not previously affiliated with their AFL-CIO state federation or central labor body.

    Under Sweeney’s proposal, the solidarity charters are not available to locals from national unions, such as the United Transportation Union, that have been disaffiliated from the AFL-CIO for longer periods of time, she said.

    Further, solidarity charters are not available to locals of national unions that have never been affiliated with the AFL-CIO, she said, nor are they available to independent unions in a geographical area, such as the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees.
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