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New SEIU President Eyes Leadership Shake-Up

On Tuesday, AFL-CIO spokesman Josh Goldstein wrote in an e-mail that his group continues to encourage its former affiliates to leave Change to Win and return to the AFL-CIO fold.

“As [former AFL-CIO President] Lane Kirkland once said, ‘All sinners belong in church and all unions belong in the AFL-CIO,’” Goldstein wrote.

Despite repeated AFL-CIO entreaties, Henry gave very little indication that she is considering rejoining.

“It’s settled at this moment,” she said. “But we want to have a discussion with every union about how we restore relationships and what we can do together to make sure we win as many races as possible in the 2010 election. What I want to put my energy toward is something that matters for workers, [rather] than restructuring of relationships that isn’t connected to an outcome for workers.”

A Change to Win spokesman on Tuesday reiterated Henry’s recent statements on a possible kumbaya moment for SEIU and the AFL-CIO.

“The needs of hardworking women and men in this country transcend conversation about the configuration of the labor movement and instead call on us all to work together in the interest of workers and their families,” the spokesman, who did not want to be named, wrote in an e-mail.

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