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UE Opposes 'Cooperation'
Structure Between AFL-CIO
And Big Business

PITTSBURGH

UE Genl. Pres. John Hovis and GE Conference Board Sec. Stephen Tormey have sent a letter to UE locals in the General Electric chain opposing plans to establish a new structure of collaboration between the AFL-CIO and major corporations, including GE.

As reported in the October issue of the Labor Notes newsletter, AFL-CIO Pres. John Sweeney has been quietly discussing with GE Chairman Jack Welch the founding of a national "Economic Leadership Dialogue on Citizenship" between corporate executives and union officials. Sweeney and Welch are to be the co-chairs.

A spokesperson for the AFL-CIO confirmed the report, telling Labor Notes that the meetings are to be "private conversations." Nancy Mills of the AFL-CIO Corporate Affairs Dept. added that it is "unfortunate" that word got out about the proposed dialogue.

The union’s Oct. 2 letter points out that no one in the AFL-CIO informed or consulted anyone in UE concerning the matter. "We are sure that the same holds true for GE local union leaders regardless of union affiliation," said Hovis and Tormey.

The UE leaders say the union opposes "wasting time in a fruitless search for ‘common purpose’ with Jack Welch, one of the world’s leaders in both job elimination and anti-unionism."

UE News - 10/98


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