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    :: Saturday, May 06, 2006 ::

    CTW’s Zig-Zag Maneuvers Are Damaging The Role of State and Local Labor Bodies - LaborTalk By Harry Kelber
    Without question, the success of labor’s economic and political campaigns depends almost entirely on how well the state federations and central labor councils across the country function. They, not the top labor leaders in Washington, are closer to the rank-and-file and can mobilize them far better and quicker for action.

    Yet these state and local labor bodies have become largely dysfunctional because their membership has fluctuated so erratically, as a result of a continuing “one-upmanship” game between the leaders of the AFL-CIO and the Change to Win coalition.

    Here is a step-by-step explanation how the power play between the two rival organizations has developed, to the detriment of the labor movement:
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