July 25, 2005

Unions break away from AFL-CIO

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Two major unions representing 3.2
million workers broke away from the AFL-CIO labor group on
Monday in a dispute over declining U.S. membership and the
future direction of organized labor.

The decision by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters
and the Service Employees International Union was a huge blow
to the AFL-CIO, which lost nearly a quarter of its membership
and was likely to see an erosion in its influence over
Democratic Party politics.