AFL-CIO Convention: ‘A Historic Opening in the Labor Movement’

October 18, 2013

The 2013 AFL-CIO National Convention marked a historic opening in the labor movement and signaled a commitment to diversity, new partnerships and new ideas to transform the labor movement that has been in a steady decline the past 30 years. In representing the UCLA Labor Center, I served on the Committee on Growth, Innovation and Political Action, one of the many pre-convention committees. During this committee process, labor leaders, academic partners and worker center leaders met and created resolutions that focused on new opportunities for worker centers to affiliate into central labor councils, new organizing strategies for AFL-CIO affiliates, labor law reform, immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship and other innovative themes.

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