Once today passes, some of the attention to the internal political fight will abate--though not entirely disappear (more on that later)--and delegates will be able to focus on other issues. One that is of particular concern is what the Federation's position will be on the war in Iraq.
As I reported last week, there has been intense debate about the war in the labor movement. The resolution reported out of the Resolutions Committee does not call for the immediate withdrawal of the troops.
But, the anti-war delegates are organizing. Yesterday, they held a meeting at the Sheraton to discuss what to do. As I understand it, they are hoping to try to amend the Executive Council's resolution on the floor of the convention when it comes to the floor on Thursday (it's scheduled for the last day of the convention).
I spoke to the co-coordinator of U.S Labor Against the War (USLAW) Gene Bruskin yesterday and he seemed a bit annoyed that, according to him, delegates have been told that the text of the Executive Council resolution has been blessed by USLAW. Not true he said.
It's hard to see how the proposed amendment (I don't know if there is exact language for it) will pass on the floor of the convention. But, it could provide for an interesting debate about labor's position on U.S. foreign policy. By the way, you can go to the AFL-CIO website to see the different resolutions submitted about the war.