BLET, Teamsters leave AFL-CIO
Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa issued the following statement
on July 25
President Hahs statement on withdrawal
It was a difficult decision and was not made lightly. Some nine months
of failed negotiations between Change to Win and AFL-CIO representatives
went into the decision. Change to Win believes labor must organize more
members and grow the labor movement. Change to Win also requested several
AFL-CIO constitutional changes. AFL-CIO was not willing to make the requested
War for Amtrak funding continues
By a vote of 17-4, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and
Transportation approved S. 1516, the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement
Act of 2005, on July 28.
Members vote on Division size
As part of the merger document with the Teamsters, BLET members will
consider a constitutional provision this month that may impact the size
of local divisions.
In question is Section 37(b) of the Brotherhood's bylaws, which calls
for a membership vote on whether they want to keep divisions at their current
size or merge them with other divisions if active membership in the division
falls below 25.