Solidarity Charters Still Hanging Fire

Hard to say exactly what’s happening with the AFL-CIO split this week. After the Fed offered to let the dearly departed unions participate in state and local labor bodies through “Solidarity Charters,” the Change to Win folks issued an official rejection.

Now the AFL-CIO is circulating an open letter from state and local leaders supporting the Charters. The Fed seems to think this is an unambiguous plug for the new program. But the carefully crafted intervention into a three-sided negotiation offers something to chew on for both the AFL-CIO and the Change to Win coalition.

We applaud the proposal of AFL-CIO President John Sweeney to the Executive Council to provide for the continued participation of local unions of the Change to Win unions in our central labor councils and state federations through Solidarity Charters. Although we have heard objections to some of the details of that proposal which may deserve further consideration, we view this offer as a good faith effort to allow for the continued participation of the Change to Win unions with full voice and vote in our local central bodies.

No word from Change to Win yet, but the use of the term “good faith effort” is definitely a signal that they need to come to the table. Will the AFL-CIO give further consideration to the Change to Win’s objections? No doubt there are some behind-scenes-negotiations going on. So we’ll just have to wait and see.

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