"Who didn't see the downsizing of the International staff coming miles and months away? They've been trying to trim down the UUR bargaining unit for over two years now using the California public sector realignment as their model.
In the hostile take over of 24 Public Sector Unions the International appointees busted their staff unions and accordingly made them renegotiate conditions and their contracts. Traveling within the large geographic area of the local as well as outside the state being one of the proposals management shoved down the unions' throat. They were told in bargaining sessions that they needed to travel to Arizona, Colorado, etc. in order to keep the labor movement alive.
Then came the 'Justice for All' recommendations that were unanimously passed at the 2008 convention that 'free up' Internal Reps and other Local staff in order to move them about the country making the need for international staff less acute."
*Involve all local unions to jointly develop for the first time one national strategy for uniting more workers with us to win gains for all working people. We are most effective when we work together, blend our resources, and hold each other accountable for carrying out democratically made decisions, not when we act like a loose confederation of hundreds of separate organizations.
*Increase responsiveness by establishing Member Resource Centers.