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A Democracy Do-Over?

This morning’s Daily Labor Report (subscription required) brings more details on a union local’s refusal to give money to the Colorado AFL-CIO after the state federation was taken over by the national AFL-CIO, which removed the state officers from their elected posts.

After state president Steve Adams and secretary-treasurer Paul Mendrick were stripped of their offices, the national federation installed an (unelected) executive director to run things. Colorado AFSCME executive director Mark Schwane told the Report: “The executive director is really an interim thing. It will probably take some time before the membership decides what the right structure should be.”

But didn’t the membership already “take some time” to “decide what the right structure should be” when they elected their officers in the first place?

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