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Inside the Local Labor Turmoil

Inside the Local Labor Turmoil

There's dissension among the ranks of local labor groups. This week, national AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka announced he placing the San Diego Imperial-Counties Labor Council in a receivership, ousting its leader Mickey Kasparian. In turn, Kasparian announced that several local unions, including two of the largest, were leaving the Labor Council to form a new coalition called the San Diego Working Families Council. The news comes months after allegations of sexual harassment surfaced against Kasparian. Brigette Browning, president of the local chapter of Unite Here, a labor union that represents 6,000 workers in San Diego's hotel and hospitality industries, joined podcast hosts Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts this week to shed light on some of the issues behind the turmoil plaguing local labor. Browning explained why her union left the Labor Council in 2014. "I felt that the culture at the Labor Council had really changed, that you were no longer entitled to your own opinion and the

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