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Worker’s Movements and Globalization since 1870,

Changes in federation membership

In the summer of 2009, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters disaffiliated from Change to Win.[4]

After a bitter and divisive internal battle, a third of the members of UNITE HERE left that union and joined SEIU. The remaining 265,000 members of UNITE HERE reaffiliated with the AFL-CIO on September 16, 2009.[5][6]

The Laborers’ International Union of North America said it would also leave Change to Win and rejoin the AFL-CIO on August 13, 2010.[7] LIUNA officials did not immediately explain their reasons, but AFL-CIO officials said the reaffiliation would be formalized in October 2010.[7]

On August 8, 2013, the United Food and Commercial Workers announced that they would be leaving Change to Win and re-affiliating with the AFL-CIO.[8]

Possible reunification with the AFL-CIO[edit]

On January 9, 2009, national news media reported that the five of the seven CtW unions had met with seven of the largest unions in the AFL-CIO in talks which explored the possibility of the five CtW unions rejoining the larger labor federation.[9] Impetus for the talks came as the Obama administration signalled to both labor federations that it preferred to deal with a united rather than fragmented labor movement.[10] Also, several Change to Win unions also concluded that they were not getting any significant advantage from being in a separate labor federation, and that a fragmented labor union was doing more harm than good.[10][11] David Bonior, a former U.S. Congressman who once led the AFL-CIO’s American Rights at Work division and who was a member of Barack Obama’s presidential transition team, facilitated the meeting, and said talks were scheduled to last several weeks.[9][10][12] The five CtW unions present included the Laborers, SEIU, the Teamsters, UFCW, and UNITE HERE.[9] AFL-CIO unions present included AFSCME, the AFT, the Electrical Workers, the UAW, and the United Steelworkers.[12] Also in attendance was Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association, which is independent and belongs to neither group.[10]