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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Sticking to the Union: New Strategies for New Hard Times

Labor unions are poised for a return to prominence, according to the likely next leader of the largest U.S. labor federation who promises to employ an aggressive and innovative strategy to promote workers' agenda.

Richard Trumka, the secretary-treasurer of the 11 million-member AFL-CIO, would not divulge in an interview with Reuters what specific tactics he may use, saying he did not want to lose the element of surprise.

"Here's the deal," the 59-year-old Trumka said. "For employers who want to work with us and want to work with workers, we'll be the best friend they ever had. For those that want to abuse people, take benefits away, jettison retirees, then we are going to do everything in our power to stop that from happening.

"And we will use innovative techniques."

link: Next leader of large U.S. union may be more militant | U.S. | Reuters


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