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June 27, 2008 | Michael Finnegan, Times Staff Writer
Barack Obama consolidated his organized labor support Thursday with an AFL-CIO endorsement that puts much of Hillary Rodham Clinton's union muscle behind his bid for the White House. Obama's newly enlarged labor coalition could help the presumptive Democratic nominee appeal to some union constituencies that favored Clinton, including blue-collar whites in the Rust Belt and Latinos in the Southwest.
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March 13, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The AFL-CIO said Wednesday that it would have union protesters follow GOP presidential nominee-in-waiting John McCain around the country to demand explanations of his positions on economic and labor issues. The effort is part of a wide-ranging campaign aimed at linking the Arizona senator with what union officials call the Bush administration's failed economic policies. The nation's largest labor federation also plans to devote part of its record-setting $53.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Claude "Blackie" Evans, 71, a longtime Nevada labor leader, died Friday of apparent heart failure at his home in Henderson, Nev. From 1978 to 1999, Evans was head of the state AFL-CIO, which represents more than 150 local unions and more than 120,000 members. He oversaw Nevada political action efforts and lobbied for labor-related laws at the state Legislature. Born in Joplin, Mo., Evans started as a laborer at Titanium Metal Corp. in Henderson in the early 1950s.
NATIONAL
September 22, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The AFL-CIO and its unions said they would spend an estimated $200 million on the 2008 elections, with the nation's largest labor federation devoting a record $53 million exclusively to grass-roots mobilization. In addition, the AFL-CIO said it would deploy more than 200,000 volunteers leading up to the election, with special focus on battleground states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin.
NATIONAL
August 9, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The AFL-CIO, the nation's largest federation of labor unions, has postponed making an endorsement in the Democratic presidential primaries, freeing its 55 unions to choose for themselves from the eight contenders. "There is not a consensus candidate," Karen Ackerman, political director of the AFL-CIO, said in Chicago, one day after the candidates tried to impress union leaders at a presidential forum.
NATIONAL
August 7, 2007 | Peter Nicholas, Times Staff Writer
As she presses for a coveted endorsement from organized labor, presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is facing a backlash over the business ties of a top campaign aide who has angered the labor movement. Sen. Clinton (D-N.Y.) and her rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination are to speak today at an AFL-CIO candidate forum in Chicago. An endorsement promises brigades of union workers to knock on doors, drive people to the polls, and staff phone banks targeting potential voters.
OPINION
June 6, 2007
Re "Migrant activists rally at Capitol," June 3 The Times mischaracterized the AFL-CIO's position on immigration reform. For years, the AFL-CIO has advocated an end to the exploitation of immigrant workers and a path to citizenship for those working hard and contributing to our economy. When standards are driven down for immigrant workers, they are driven down for all workers. For this reason, we have opposed guest worker programs. Because workers in these programs are always dependent on their host employers for both their livelihoods and legal status, these programs create a disenfranchised underclass of workers.
BUSINESS
April 6, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The AFL-CIO, a major shareholder in public companies, is targeting Verizon Communications Inc. this year for a shake-up of its board of directors as it accuses the company's chief executive of collecting exorbitant pay while turning in a poor performance. The labor federation scored successes last year at Home Depot Inc. and Pfizer Inc., whose chief executives departed in a storm of investor anger over executive pay.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The California Nurses Assn. was granted a charter this week to join the AFL-CIO, the nation's largest labor organization. The move, approved Thursday by the AFL-CIO during a meeting in Las Vegas, unites the country's largest labor federation, which has 10 million members and 54 unions, with a union of 75,000 registered nurses known for political protests and for aggressive organizing. Both sides had sought the alliance.
NATIONAL
March 2, 2007 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Richard Simon, Times Staff Writers
For the last dozen years, Capitol Hill hasn't been the friendliest place for organized labor. But that's changed with the new Democratic-controlled Congress, and labor is pressing its agenda. That was apparent Thursday as the House approved a bill to make it easier to form a union -- a longtime priority of labor, an important Democratic constituency. The vote was followed by a victory celebration in the House speaker's office attended by the president of the AFL-CIO.
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