AFL-CIO Union Split

By: Matt Harvey
By: Matt Harvey

The split between the AFL-CIO and Teamsters Union could have some effects locally.
It's the Largest organized labor split in almost 70 years.
The teamsters Union has nearly 1800 members in the Mid-Michigan area, but their numbers have dropped by nearly 700 in the past decade.
Teamster officials say the AFL-CIO is partly to blame because it's not spending enought money to grow it's union base.
They're hoping the split will leave them more money to help unionize companies who employees aren't getting their due. They say the problem with the AFL-CIO is they're spending to much money on policical campaigns and not on organizing.
According to local Teamster reps it too early to tell how much change the split could bring, but the Democratic party says they're not expecting any changes in campaign contributions from Michigan unions.


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