Sept. 20, 2005 – A second sign that two members of competing labor organizations are willing and able to work together surfaced yesterday after the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) approved a two-year pact meant to end territorial disputes and create a new working partnership. Over the last several years, the two unions have had several organizing disputes, mainly over home-care workers.
As part of the deal, SEIU and AFSCME will form a joint union local to represent unorganized home healthcare workers in California and Pennsylvania, the unions said in a joint statement. In addition, the two labor groups agreed to end costly battles over worker representation.
Yesterdayâ€™s announcement came just a week after the Teamsters and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) reached a deal to jointly represent workers at the merging America West Airlines and UA Airways.