The Teamsters appointed Ernie Soehl as the Director of the National Freight Division. Soehl is also the president and principal officer of IBT Local 701 and secretary-treasurer of Joint Council 73 in New Jersey. The Freight Division represents over 75,000 workers from 200 IBT locals nationwide.
Citing “well-financed anti-union opposition,” the ALF-CIO has let go several dozen employees as a part of a restructuring. The federation, which had about 400 employees per its last federal filing, consists of 55 unions collectively representing 12.5 million employees. The SEIU has similarly announced that it plans to cut its operating budget by 30 percent amid a growing wave of right-to-work laws, decisions banning mandatory union fees, and declining union membership.