The Daily Record

(Baltimore, MD.)

Organizers Strike Laborers' Union, Claim It Impeded Formation of Bargaining Unit



March 28, 1997, Friday

The Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) is engaged in a labor battle with some of the best in the business: its own organizers.

LIUNA's organizing staff members went on strike last week, charging that the union illegally attempted to thwart their efforts to form a collective bargaining unit.

The standoff created an embarrassing situation for the 350,000-member LIUNA, whose president, Arthur Coia, chairs the AFL-CIO's organizing committee.

The strikers have returned to work, but the union's organizing chief has resigned, its much-praised recruitment program is jeopardized and a complaint was forwarded to the National Labor Relations Board. "We have faith in our organizing department," said LIUNA spokesman David Roscow.

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