Thursday, June 11, 2009

Yet Another Labor Leader Pushes Binding Arbitration to End Internal Unite Here Dispute

In yet another letter from a labor leader encouraging binding arbitration as a means to end the internal UNITE HERE dispute that is damaging the lives of workers across the US and Canada, George Tedeschi, president of the Graphics Communications Conference of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, calls for an end to the infighting.

You can read the full letter below.

Bruce S. Raynor, President
Workers United
31 West 15th Street
New York, NY 10011

John Wilhelm, President
275 7th Avenue
New York, NY 10001

Dear Bruce and John:

It is with great concern and urgency that I write to you. The internal situation regarding the merger of Unite Here must come to a conclusion for the sake of the entire labor movement. I know that there have been unsuccessful attempts to resolve open issues at mediation, but I now urge you to immediately agree to get back to the table and if necessary, submit any disputed items to binding arbitration.

The entire labor movement is being impacted by this internal dispute. It is harming all of us at a time when we can have an incredible political impact for our members and for working families across the country.

If there is anything that I can do in my capacity, I stand ready to assist you.

In solidarity,

George Tedeschi
Graphic Communications Conference/IBT

cc: James P. Hoffa
Andrew Stern