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  • 2010 Medal of Freedom Recipients
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    2010 Medal of Freedom Recipients

    President Obama presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 2010 recipients. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest civilian award and recognizes exceptional…

  • National Clean Energy Project
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    National Clean Energy Project

    After opening remarks by several participants, policy makers and energy industry leaders spoke about building a modern electricity grid and reducing reliance on foreign oil. Among the topics the addressed were…

  • Community Town Hall on the Economy
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    Community Town Hall on the Economy

    Labor Secretary Hilda Solis spoke to union supporters at a community town hall about economic issues held at the Greater Bethel AME Church in the Overtown neighborhood of Miami. In her first appearance as…

  • AFLCIO Turn Around America Rally
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    AFL-CIO Turn Around America Rally

    AFL-CIO leaders and officials addressed union representatives during a rally for Sen. Obama. Topics included labor issues and Sen. Obama’s positions on them. AFL-CIO Turn Around America…

  • 2008 Democratic Convention Day 2
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    2008 Democratic Convention, Day 2

    The second day of the Democratic National Convention at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, focused on economic issues, providing help to working Americans, and Senator Barack Obama’s…

  • Hispanic Public Policy Conference
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    Hispanic Public Policy Conference

    At a Congressional Hispanic Caucus public policy conference, participants talked about minority and labor issues. Among the topics they addressed were immigration, union organizing in the…

  • Health Care Reform
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    Health Care Reform

    AFL-CIO President John Sweeney talked about the state of America for working people this Labor Day. Topics included the need for fair trade, good jobs, and freedom for collective…

  • Democratic Presidential Candidates Forum
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    Democratic Presidential Candidates Forum

    The AFL-CIO “Working Families Vote” forum for Democratic presidential candidates was held at Soldier Field in Chicago. The event, shown the previous evening on MSNBC, was moderated by Keith…

  • Labor Rally
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    Labor Rally

    Labor leaders held a rally on the National Mall calling for workers rights, increases in the federal minimum wage, health care benefits, and fair labor standards.

  • Minimum Wage Increase
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    Minimum Wage Increase

    Democratic Senators, other leaders, and activists spoke to the press about proposals to raise the federal minimum wage. Activists from the six states - Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Missouri,…

  • Labor Leadership and Immigration Issues
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    Labor Leadership and Immigration Issues

    At the opening breakfast of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute 2006 Public Policy Conference titled gCelebration of Labor Leadership, h congressional leaders and labor…

  • Labor Issues and Midterm Elections
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    Labor Issues and Midterm Elections

    Mr. Sweeney held an annual Labor Day press conference to talk about labor issues and announce a major political effort to mobilize voters, target competitive campaign races, and bring labor…

  • Take Back America
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    Take Back America

    Democratic legislators, party leaders, labor officials, community organizers, and others spoke at a meeting of progressive activists about the Democratic party agenda and outlook for the…

  • Medicare Part D
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    Medicare Part D

    Campaign for America’s Future held a rally to extend the Medicare Part D enrollment deadline. Seniors, nurses, and pharmacists, as well as labor leaders and Democratic leaders talked about…

  • Immigration Law Reform Rally
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    Immigration Law Reform Rally

    Politicians, church leaders, labor officials, and members of the Latino community spoke to a crowd gathered at a rally on the National Mall to protest the passage of HR. 4437 in the House…

  • Jobs and the Economy
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    Jobs and the Economy

    Mr. Sweeney talked about the state of the job market, the U.S. economy, and future of the labor movement. In his remarks he outlined the recent decline in the quality of U.S. jobs and the…

  • Labor Day Economic Survey
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    Labor Day Economic Survey

    On the eve of the annual Labor Day vacation period, labor officials spoke to reporters about the nation’s workforce and the state of the economy. Among the issues they addressed were…

  • Organized Labor
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    Organized Labor

    Mr. Sweeney talked about the future of the labor movement, his reelection last week as president of the AFL-CIO, and the challenge to his leadership caused by the decision by six union…

  • AFLCIO President Remarks
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    AFL-CIO President Remarks

    Mr. Sweeney spoke to union members about the future of the labor movement, reorganizing and revitalizing the place of unions in the political and business worlds, and the need to find a…

  • Presidential Primary Timing and Scheduling
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    Presidential Primary Timing and Scheduling

    The DNC Commission on Presidential Nomination Timing and Scheduling held its third meeting to develop recommendations for the 2008 presidential nomination process. They heard from…

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