The American Labor Reform Movement

February 2, 2013

Why Have No Candidates for Exec. Council
Announced They Would Seek Re-Election?
Answer: Trumka has ensured them the job.

By locking up a majority of the convention
votes for top positions IN ADVANCE, the
Trumka Group can't lose at the convention.

By Harry Kelber

It may seem puzzling to union members, but with the AFL-CIO's 2013 Convention in Los Angeles only eight months away, no top officer and member of the Executive Council has announced that he or she plans to run for re-election. Don't be fooled. They are hungry for re-election.

And just about all of them have bought into an illegal plan devised by Trumka to win the election even before the 2013 convention opens.

Here is their plan:

Trumka will hand-pick enough unions that will provide him with the necessary majority of convention votes to elect whom he pleases. Thus, King Trumka will be able to hold his private election on the future of AFL-CIO top leaders and member of the Executive Council.

This means that there is no need for an actual convention vote to pick the leadership. Trumpka has "fixed" that. He will select only those who agree with his policies.

To make his control of the AFL-CIO even more secure, Trumka will retain the practice of limiting the number of delegates of State AFLs and Central Labor Councils to only one apiece, while big international unions are allowed hundreds of thousands of convention votes.

It is worth noting that not a single international union, even those who regard themselves as progressive, have not opposed this most outrageously undemocratic provision of the AFL-CIO Constitution.

Trumka Must Not Be Allowed to Run His Private Election

We must challenge Trumpka's unauthorized attempt to run his private pre-convention election that will determine the future leadership of the AFL-CIO. The delegates elected by unions must be earmarked for use by the convention, and not by Trumpka's fiefdom.

In subsequent articles, we will have a lot more to say about restoring honest elections and members' rights.

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