Unions try to heal wounds of bitter split
Nearly four years after a nasty breakup split organized labor, union leaders are again talking about reuniting under a single, more powerful federation, possibly this year.
Leaders from 12 of the nation’s largest unions, along with rival federations AFL-CIO and Change to Win, have held three meetings since January aimed at setting aside differences and taking advantage of the most favorable political climate for unions in 15 years.
“We’ve had very positive discussions and we’ve reached some significant agreements,” said David Bonior, the former Michigan congressman who is brokering the discussions.
But Bonior stressed that significant hurdles remain as leaders work out how a unified labor federation would be structured and what its goals would be.
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