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Blacks Want Larger Role Within Unions

Sun., July 16, 1995

Black union officials have drawn up a list of concerns addressed to the candidates for the presidency of the AFL-CIO, asking for more opportunities for minorities and women in the labor federation.

The list calls for placing more women and minorities in the AFL-CIO’s hierarchy and a greater role for blacks and others in the shaping of federation policy.

“As we look to playing an active role in both program and policy, we hope that a serious review will be taken of barriers both in policy and in the process that have impeded and prevented greater involvement in the past,” wrote William Lucy, president of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists.

Both candidates for the federation’s presidency, John J. Sweeney and Thomas R. Donahue, have pledged to enhance diversity at the AFLCIO.

The letter was seen as an effort to encourage them to confront specific issues.

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