Before the Democratic Convention takes place in Colorado, the state’s local AFL-CIO will have new leadership.
The national labor federation is planning to cut the jobs of local President Steve Adams and Secretary-Treasurer Paul Mendrick, and will then begin searching for a new leader in the near future.From the Rocky Mountain News:
The conclusion: The organization’s structure must be changed to restore peace within the splintered group.
“We’ll be looking for new leadership,” said Rick Bender, the Washington state labor leader serving as trustee of the Colorado group.
“If we were to keep one or the other, we would probably lose one half of the unions” in the state, Bender said. “There was no way we could bring unity. That’s the rationale.”
Whether or not such a move will quell troubles between labor and convention planners is another question. But it is likely to defuse divisions in Colorado’s AFL-CIO, a scenario that has been a long time coming.