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    :: Tuesday, September 06, 2005 ::

    Breakaway unions - By Will Lester, AP, The Cincinnati Post
    'The AFL-CIO is the United Nations and we're NATO,' Stern said, reflecting the belief of the breakaway union leaders that the labor federation was not adapting quickly enough to the changes. It's critical for labor to organize whole sectors of the economy to avoid industries competing to see which one can pay the lowest wages, Stern said.

    'We're talking about organizing wholesale, not retail,' Stern said. 'It requires a different thinking.'

    When the AFL-CIO formed 50 years ago, union membership was at its zenith, with one of every three private-sector workers belonging to a labor group. Now, less than 8 percent of private-sector workers are unionized.
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