Suspended AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Heads Back To Work

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AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre. Image credit: AFL-CIO

Tefere Gebre, the AFL-CIO’s Executive Vice President who Richard Trumka suspended last month over a wrongly submitting a $117.70 receipt to a Miami strip club, is reportedly back to work, according to Splinter News.

Gebre appealed to the federation’s executive council, an elected body of union leaders that acts as the organization’s board of directors, to reinstate him to his job. He disputed the facts of the case and argued that Trumka had exceeded his authority by placing him on leave. This morning, a subcommittee of the executive council discussed Gebre’s case in a meeting. Sources say that by the end of the meeting, Gebre’s suspension had been lifted, and that he is now allowed to return to work. It is unclear whether Gegre’s reinstatement amounts to an exoneration in the investigation, or whether the AFL-CIO will recommend any further punishment. What is clear is that this case is now serving as a proxy for larger philosophical and political disagreements that are rife within the organized labor world, and that manifest themselves in the AFL-CIO’s boardroom.

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