Labor Convention Separates Wheat from Chaff Among Democrats

Senator Warren addresses the AFL-CIO convention in Los Angeles.

“The AFL-CIO convention in Los Angeles drew to a close yesterday after four days of speeches, resolutions, and votes. At the convention, delegates voted to broaden the labor movement by forming stronger partnerships with non-union organizations (such as worker centers and advocacy groups). We can hope that this step will help reinvigorate the kind of mass social movement we saw in the 1930s, when a broad coalition of Americans rallied in support of the labor and employment policies that became the heart of the New Deal. As the AFL-CIO embarks on this new path, the appearance – and absence – of key political figures at the convention signals how this populist labor agenda will intersect with today’s Democratic Party…”

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(commondreams.org, September 12, 2013)

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