The American Labor Reform Movement
January 14, 2013
Sweeney and Trumka Used Silence and Deceit
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
Email Address: Hkelber@earthlink.net