Intercepts

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Labor Department Declares AFT Trusteeship Unlawful… and Moot

Written By: Mike Antonucci - Aug• 30•10

Last summer Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals (OFNHP) President Kathy Geroux decided to call a meeting to discuss disaffiliating her local from AFT. Soon after, AFT placed the local under national trusteeship and sent in a troop of staffers to take over the union.

In a classic act of impotence and deference, the U.S. Department of Labor declared the AFT trusteeship “unlawful,” but decided that because it has since been lifted and new officers elected, “allegations concerning the validity of the trusteeship are moot.”

So congratulations are in order for AFT, which succeeded in Oregon where it had failed in Puerto Rico. Apparently a union can prevent any disaffiliation simply by acting faster than the government bureaucracy. A low threshold indeed.

Hat tip: Education Notes Online.

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