• The site of the National Labor College, organized labor’s accredited institution of higher learning, is for sale. The campus, located near the Capital Beltway, was purchased by the AFL-CIO more than 40 years ago. As of 2010, the college was $27.3 million in debt, had sizable annual operating deficits, and was being heavily subsidized by the AFL-CIO. The property is assessed at $45 million. Despite the sale of its campus, the college will retain its accreditation and primarily offer online courses.
  • The president of Allied Pilots Association, David Bates, resigned after pilots at American Airlines rejected a final contract offer from the airline. The union’s board picked Keith Wilson to serve as interim president for the remainder of the year left in Bates’ term. In 2010, Bates beat Wilson in a race for the position.
  • The American Federation of Government Employees (“AFGE”) elected a new president, J. David Cox, at the union’s 39th national convention. Cox, running against three other candidates, received nearly 114,000 votes, besting his closest opponent by nearly 60,000. Former AFGE President John Gage decided not seek re-election after serving three terms. The union is the fastest-growing AFL-CIO affiliate, and represents approximately 600,000 federal and District of Columbia government employees. Cox is credited with helping the AFGE add more than 52,000 new members during his two three-year terms as the union’s secretary-treasurer. At the convention, the union also elected Eugene Hudson Jr. as its secretary-treasurer and re-elected Augusta Thomas vice president for women’s and fair practices.