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    :: Monday, September 05, 2005 ::

    Building Unity Through Solidarity Charters - By John J. Sweeney, AFL-CIO
    Following the recent disaffiliation of three unions, our local union leaders and activists justifiably are concerned about what the future holds for their continued ability to bring workers together for the critical organizing, political and community outreach that only can be achieved at the grassroots level.

    That's why I proposed to the AFL-CIO Executive Council an unprecedented program to help unite the grassroots power of the union movement: Solidarity Charters. This week, I am pleased to announce that the council approved the issuance of Solidarity Charters.

    Under Solidarity Charters, if local unions of disaffiliated national unions want to be part of a united local movement in their city and state, they can apply to be readmitted by applying for and being granted a Solidarity Charter as a special affiliate of one or more state and local bodies. They will sign up with the same level of membership they had before their union left the AFL-CIO, or sign up at the average membership level for that city or state, whichever is higher.
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