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martes, noviembre 01, 2005

AFL-CIO international operation gets new director, expanded board

From the Labor4Justice listserv:

Oct. 31, 2005

SOLIDARITY CENTER PICKS NEW LEADERS--For the first time in its history, the AFL-CIO Solidarity Center is expanding its board of trustees to include state and local union leaders and academics. The newly elected trustees include Illinois AFL-CIO President Margaret Blackshere, Metropolitan Washington (D.C.) Council President Joslyn Williams, National Labor College President Susan Schurman, CWA President Larry Cohen, Machinists President Tom Buffenbarger and United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard. Barbara Shailor, former international affairs director of the AFL-CIO, was named executive director of the center effective Nov. 1. She will succeed Harry Kamberis, who is retiring.

In case you're wondering, yes, this is (very much) relevant to Veneuzela -- the Solidarity Center (aka the ACILS) operates in the country, working with Venezuelan unions, and has been accused of strongly favoring the opposition.

I don't know what, if anything, these changes at the top will mean) for the ACILS's operations. Opening up the board seems like a promising move by an institution that historically has not been accountable to the rank and file. However, what little I've heard about Barbara Shailor has not been positive.

For more on the Solidarity Center and its operations in Venezuela, see here and here.

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