The American Labor Reform Movement

January 14, 2013

Sweeney and Trumka Used Silence and Deceit
To Double Their Term of Office to Four Years
Not One Delegate Challenged the Violations in the Amendment.

By Harry Kelber

Now that Sweeney is no longer AFL-CIO President, attention has focused on Richard Trumka, his successor and co-conspirator, to double their terms of office from two to four years at the 2009 convention through a series of constitutional violations.

It was only two years before (1995), that the two top leaders had been elected for the first time to two-year terms, They didn't dare to put the four -year issue before the union membership. So they decided not to talk about it, until they could spring it on the unsuspecting delegates without any previous announcement.

The Sweeney-Trumka plot worked! For nearly two years, not a word about the demand for a four-year term appeared anywhere. Not on the AFL-CIO website, literature, speeches or comments. Neither Sweeney nor Trumka mentioned it.

The convention began with the chairman not calling whether a quorum of delegates was present. At least half of the delegates were outside the hall, talking, smoking or milling around. I was there as a reporter for The Labor Educator, and I can vouch they were not called back to the hall to act on the important issue.

Here is a verbatim report of the convention that summarizes how the four-year term issue was handled:

Former Teamster President Ron Carey: "The motion to adopt the proposed Substitute Convention A and to take no further action on Proposed Constitutional Amendments Nos. 7 and 8. Is there a second?" The motion was seconded by several unidentified delegates.

Carey: "Is there any discussion?"

"The question is on the adoption of Proposed Substitute Convention A to take no further action on Proposed Constitutional Amendments No. 7 and 8. All those in favor will signify by saying Nay."

"The motion is carried." (Applause.)

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We intend to present first-hand, irrefutable, evidence of Sweeney-Trumka fraud, including the violation of the rights of union members, to the AFL-CIO Ethical Practices Committee, with a request that they hold hearings to determine what punishment of the two labor leaders is warranted.

Harry Kelber, Editor
The Labor Educator

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