AFL-CIO Employees May Strike Over Wages and Paid Leave

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.