AFL-CIO approved a resolution Monday to expand its membership to more
non-union groups as a means to help boost union rolls, which are on
AFL-CIO president Richard
Trumka hopes the federation will create a tighter bond with groups that
share its "vision for America", such as the Sierra Club, NAACP and the
National Organization for Women, as well as those that are fighting for
higher wages for fast food workers.
"We heard that people want
to be part of our movement but it’s too hard to join – that we have to
change so that our unions and our movement are open to everyone -- to
anyone who wants to join together for a better life. Today we’re going
to do that," Trumka said during his keynote address Monday at the federation's quadrennial convention in Los Angeles.
"We heard that we have to change to reflect the times. The AFL and the
CIO merged over 50 years ago, before the jumbo jet, before the cell
phone, before the internet. We need to organize ourselves in ways that
fit with the jobs people do now and how our economy works now," he said.