Highlights of new AFL-CIO sanctions that helped prompt UTU to leave AFL-CIO

By a nearly unanimous voice vote, the AFL-CIO Executive Council passed a resolution on February 16 adopting a policy that would stiffen sanctions against affiliates found guilty of violating the "no raiding" prohibition contained in Article XX of the Federation's Constitution.

The additional discretionary sanctions available against affiliates who are found guilty of raiding another affiliate include the following:

This new policy has caused the UTU to withdraw from the AFL-CIO (see page 1 article). The policy has been applied to all instances of ongoing non-compliance, so the UTU is subject to the imposition of these sanctions due to its refusal to comply with the June 21, 1999, order from AFL-CIO President John J. Sweeney to withdraw its application to the National Mediation Board in the Union Pacific case.

On a related note, the AFL-CIO once again lent its support to the BLE in its struggle to fend off UTU raiding attempts.

In a February 11 letter (reproduced via this link), President Sweeney blasted UTU's attempts to seek support from various AFL-CIO affiliates in its campaign against the BLE.

President Sweeney notified Louisiana AFL-CIO President John "Red" Bourg that "no affiliate shall support or render assistance to" the UTU because of its non-compliance with Article XX of the AFL-CIO constitution.

"The AFL-CIO remains committed to resolving this ongoing dispute in a manner that protects BLE's legitimate rights," Sweeney wrote. "Any action supportive of UTU's non-compliant behavior would undermine that goal. Rather than maintaining 'neutrality,' AFL-CIO affiliates should make it clear that they oppose UTU's raiding activities..."

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