Harry Kelber, labor educator

Harry Kelber is the AFL-CIO's chief gadfly. For seven years he has published The Labor Educator as a one-man band. He writes, edits, finances, and promotes the newsletter all by himself, runs a weekly Labor Talk discusion forum on the internet, and publishes handbooks on union affairs. Back in 1995, he ran for AFL-CIO vice president and actually got 45 votes.
He started, those seven years ago, when he was a union education staffer by publishing a pamphlet prematurely criticizing Lane Kirkland, then AFL-CIO president. That ended his official union status. Not to be silenced, he started his own publishing venture.
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labor practice charges that Palazzolo had filed on behalf of his local against GSA. Palazzolo claims the reversal was retaliation for his refusal a few days earlier to withdraw the pending union charges against Dawson, who had since been hired by AFGE as a national reprepresentative. Eventually permitted to run, Palazzolo won the DOL supervised rerun in June
Meanwhile, the GSA was also changing its tune. Without notifying him, it bumped up his job classification and then abruptly refused to recognize him as a union official on the grounds that he was no longer in the unit. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, GSA management threatened to discipline him for using union stationary and his union title in correspondence with the agency and even ticketed him for parking in a space reserved for union officials. All this after the FLRA--the only agency authorized to determine bargaining unit status---had twice ruled in his favor.
Roth says Council 236 is deeply divided over Palazzolo, but that the national now recognizes him as a vice-president, and is defending him in another unit clarification case before the FLRA, this one brought by management. He claims the national lacked the resources to continue to fight the DOL's ineligibility determination.
If Palazzolo had stuck to activity in his local, he might not have provoked the ire of the AFGE officialdom. But 2488 is the largest GSA local, and its officers have traditionally dominated the council. After being elected regional vice president, Palazzolo joined with delegates Larry Tomscha of the New York, and Romeo Menor of California, to run for the top council positions in August, 1997. They lost 11 to 5; but, says Tomscha, the election was set aside by the DOL because the union failed to notify many of the delegates and improperly refused to permit the insurgents to cast five of their weighted delegate votes. A DOL supervised rerun is to be held before December 1, 1998. Tomscha, meanwhile, reports that he

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