With union membership decreasing, organized labor met this week at the AFL-CIO?s annual winter meeting to discuss plans for revitalization. First on the agenda was getting a Democrat elected to president and other important positions. Other suggestions included turning the AFL-CIO into a more powerful governing body and improving relations with foreign unions in order to challenge multinational corporations. Many new suggestions were put forth by the New Unity Partnership, an informal group formed by several labor chiefs last year.
See Stephen Franklin, Chicago Tribune, March 11, 2004