UTU evicted in Michgan

Non-affiliate thrown out of AFL-CIO building

Due to its unaffiliated status, the United Transportation Union (UTU) was evicted from its offices in the Michigan State AFL-CIO building in Lansing, Mich.

The Michigan AFL-CIO evicted the UTU's Michigan Legislative Board effective January 1 after requests from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Joint Council 43, IBT Local 614, and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen.

Brother Greg Powell, Chairman of the BLET Michigan State Legislative Board, notified the Michigan AFL-CIO of the UTU's unaffiliated status in late 2003. He and Dave Fernald, First Vice Chairman of the BLET Michigan State Legislative Board, also held meetings with members of the Michigan AFL-CIO Executive Board.

Brother Powell thanked Cecil Powell, President of Teamster Local 614, and Bill Black, Legislative Representative of Joint Council 43, for their assistance. The two bodies passed a resolution to withhold funds from the Michigan AFL-CIO until the unaffiliated union was evicted from the premises.

In early 2002, the Western Nebraska Central Labor Council voted unanimously to evict UTU representatives from its headquarters in Alliance, Neb., due to the UTU's status as a non-affiliate.

The UTU withdrew from the national AFL-CIO on March 15, 2000, to avoid potential financial sanctions resulting from its constant raiding attempts.


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