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Labor leader Camp reinstated, announces retirement

Central Labor Council leader Bill Camp was reinstated to his position as the group’s executive secretary this week after an internal power struggle, and immediately announced he will retire at the end of the year. Camp will be on a committee to select his replacement.

The decision ends a stalemate within the local coalition of unions. Several labor leaders had attempted to oust Camp last month, but were forced to rescind the firing when national AFL-CIO officials pointed out the group had not followed personnel protocols. Camp backers said the fight stemmed in part from Camp’s opposition to Mayor Kevin Johnson’s strong-mayor initiative on the November ballot, which is backed by some unions.

“It was a negotiated agreement that everybody reached on consensus,” said Tamara Rubyn, president and business manager of Oakland-based Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 29, which represents Camp.

“I’m 70 years old,” Camp told The Sacramento Bee on Wednesday. “We have to bring in new leadership, the next generation. That’s what we do in the labor movement.”

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