Constitutional Amendment 3: Supporting AFL-CIO Unions Subjected to Raids by Non-Affiliated Unions

Submitted by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

Referred to the Constitution Committee

WHEREAS, destructive, time consuming, and resource-depleting raids on AFL-CIO unions by non-affiliated Unions are increasing; and

WHEREAS, such raiding activity undermines efforts  to promote shared prosperity and weakens the ability of AFL-CIO Unions to establish and maintain wage and benefit standards for working men and women and their families; and

WHEREAS, history has shown that raider unions negotiate inferior contracts, deliver little or no services to their members and lower standards for all workers; and

WHEREAS, such raiding activity is exploited by corporations who seek to undermine AFL-CIO unions and the benefits they provide their members; and

WHEREAS, the AFL-CIO must establish stronger mechanisms to protect its affiliates and the workers they represent from these unprincipled, unbridled, anti-trade union activities;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the AFL-CIO Convention calls upon all affiliates, including state and local central bodies in every state, to work together to defeat attacks on trade union solidarity from non-affiliated unions; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the AFL-CIO Convention urges the Executive Council to accord priority consideration to provide the resources needed to defeat raids from non-affiliated unions; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that adequate resources be made available to affiliates from a special fund established for such purposes.