Union leaders say that although the AFL-CIO endorsed Vice President Al Gore’s bid for the presidency last week, the Clinton Administration will need to take strong steps towards stopping the loss of manufacturing jobs if Gore hopes to get rank-and-file workers to vote for him. The nation has lost half a million manufacturing jobs just in the past 18 months.
In its annual convention in Los Angeles last week, the AFL-CIO dealt with this as well as many other issues — from immigration, to organizing tactics, to free trade. More on that from David Bacon, labor journalist and programmer for Pacifica Radio. He has been covering the convention for Pacifica.
- David Bacon, Labor journalist and programmer for Pacifica’s KPFA.