Big Unions Split from the AFL-CIO In the biggest split in the American labor movement in more than 70 years, two unions leave the AFL-CIO. The Service Employees International Union and the Teamsters say that by quitting the federation, they hope to organize more workers and revitalize the struggling labor movement.
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Big Unions Split from the AFL-CIO

Chicago Laborites Appraise AFL-CIO Schism

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AFL-CIO Troubles Could Negatively Impact Democrats

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AFL-CIO Tries to Adapt to Smaller Size

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Departing Union Rips AFL-CIO on Recruiting

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AFL-CIO Loses Two Large Labor Groups

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SEIU's Stern Leads Move Away From AFL-CIO

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Labor Organizations Losing Ground

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Sweeney-Stern Dispute Has Roots in Friendship

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Teamsters Give Leaders Go Ahead to Leave AFL-CIO

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The Marketplace Report: Carpenters Break from AFL-CIO

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AFL-CIO Staff Cuts Lead to Identity Crisis

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