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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

“There is a new sheriff in town.”

Hilda Solis meets with AFL-CIO Executive Council

Miami - The AFL-CIO Executive Council is holding it’s annual winter meetings in Miami this week. It’s no accident that one of their sessions was held in a IBEW local union hall in an economically hard hit section of the city.

The Executive Council met in closed session this morning with Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. Then Solis, AFL-CIO president John Sweeney and IBEW president Ed Hill, went on a tour of an electrical workers apprenticeship training center. Last night Solis also participated in a forum sponsored by the Southern Florida AFL-CIO and Southern Florida Jobs w/ Justice. In both events she spent much of her time talking to rank and file workers. She asked them about their economic situations and spoke of the need to change the Department of Labor back to an agency that protects and promotes the rights of workers.

The meeting so far has focused on the economic crisis including jobs, healthcare, fair trade and protecting pensions and Social Security.

(More to come)

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