Employees of the AFL-CIO, represented by the Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 2, have been embroiled in a battle with their employer over a union contract for months now. Staff at the Washington headquarters of “big labor” a few weeks ago filed an unfair labor practice against the union. A plethora of other labor complaints, including staff layoffs, pay reductions and furloughs have mostly been resolved, but now the union is looking to incorporate language in the contract that would give it carte blanche to furlough employees whenever it wanted to in order to “assure the federation’s operations are stable and financially viable.” In response to the threat of unilateral furloughs, Local 2 members formally authorized their leadership to call a strike, if necessary.