• The AFL-CIO announced plans to establish a young worker national advisory committee to help formulate the federation’s outreach to workers under age 35. A primary focus of the committee will be developing organizing strategy in new industries and new work arrangements, such as contract work and work from home. AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler will lead the effort.
  • SEIU Secretary-Treasurer and chair of Change to Win, Anna Burger, announced her retirement on August 11, effective immediately. Burger’s SEIU duties will be temporarily fulfilled by SEIU President Mary Kay Henry. United Food and Commercial Workers President Joe Hansen is expected to replace Burger as the chair of Change to Win. Burger’s retirement comes just months after she lost a bid to become president of SEIU. Burger will continue to do consulting work with SEIU and will remain a member of President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board.
  • The Laborers’ International Union voted to rejoin AFL-CIO effective October 1, more than four years after the 500,000 member union disaffiliated from the federation. Laborers’ General President Terence O’Sullivan will become a member of SEIU’s executive council and executive committee. In 2006, the Laborers left AFL-CIO to form the Change to Win federation with six other unions. The Laborers are the third union to disaffiliate from Change to Win in the past two years.
  • According to a Gallop poll, 52% of Americans approve of labor unions, which is up from 48% last year but the second-lowest percentage in the 74 years the survey has been conducted. In 1936, when the poll began, unions enjoyed a 72% approval rating, which rose to 75% in the 1950s.
  • After serving two terms at the NLRB, Member Peter C. Schaumber left office on August 27.