Organized Labor at the DNC

By Kelly Ross

This year’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia has been jam packed with excitement as the Democratic Party made history by officially nominating Hillary Clinton as its candidate for the 2016 presidential election. 
However, that’s not the only thing exciting about the just-concluded convention.

For the first time ever, the DNC hosted a Labor Caucus where speakers like New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren addressed prominent issues facing the labor movement. The labor caucus was headed by well known labor leader Maria Elena Durazo of UNITE HERE, who was aided by our very own Labor411 President Cherri Senders.

The overwhelming presence of organized labor at this year’s convention could also be seen as AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka addressed the working people of the DNC. Trumka joined several labor leaders on stage where he used this coveted platform to spread labor’s message of the importance of workplace protections, equal pay for equal work, higher wages and overall solidarity.

This week organized labor came together on a national stage to fight for the rights of the working class. Unions from across the country could be seen on the floor of the convention representing their members and the rights of our nation’s workers.

Labor took an epic stance of solidarity, not only behind the Democratic Presidential Candidate, but behind the working people of the United States.

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