October 12, 2018
A group of AFL-CIO employees has voted unanimously to authorize a strike after the labor federation imposed a new contract on the workers that contains no wage increases, less sick leave, and fewer layoff protections.
The AFL-CIO discontinued negotiations and rejected going to mediation, then implemented its last/best/final offer on October 8, 2018.
The contract was previously rejected by employees of the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU Local 2) with a unanimous vote.
“House of Labor = House of Hypocrisy,” reads the banner of Local 2’s website. “If a company tried to force a contract like this, we believe that the AFL-CIO would deplore the company as anti-union.”
Not the AFL-CIO’s first rodeo: In 1986, food service employees went on strike for higher wages, with 300 headquarters employees refusing to cross the picket line.
Outlook: OPEIU hasn’t commented on when it would call a strike and has mounted marches outside the AFL-CIO’s Washington headquarters.