The National AFL-CIO held its 28th Constitutional Convention in St. Louis, Missouri this week. Delegates re-elected President Richard Trumka, Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, and Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre. The Convention marked a recommitment to organizing, civil rights, voting rights, humane immigration policies, trade policies that put working people first, a worker’s bill of rights, a representative and diverse labor movement that will fight for ALL working people.
The Convention officially began on Sunday with an address from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, in which he outlined the values of the labor movement and our resolve to continue fighting for the freedoms of working people. “We’ll come together. We’ll fight together. We’ll stand together. For good jobs. For expanded bargaining power. For fairness and justice for all.”
Among the victories celebrated by the labor movement was the defeat of the TPP. PA AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale joined Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga, Wisconsin AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt and Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber to recount the solidarity of the labor movement that brought down the disastrous trade deal. The delegates also celebrated the history-making success of the Verizon strike with CWA President Chris Shelton
On the final day of the Convention, delegates passed a resolution calling for a Workers’ Bill of Rights. This would include the rights to a good job with fair wages, quality health care, a safe job, paid time off and flexible scheduling, the freedom from discrimination, a secure retirement, education without debt, the freedom to collectively bargain and the right to vote.
The labor movement’s incredible response to the recent natural disasters in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico were highlighted by Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler. You can see that video here. Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre honored the contributions of immigrants to their communities and the labor movement.