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IFPTE Attends AFL-CIO's 28th Constitutional Convention

Beginning last Sunday and throughout this week, the AFL-CIO held its 28th Constitutional Convention in St. Louis, Missouri.

IFPTE was slated six delegates, and was represented at the convention by President Greg Junemann; Secretary-Treasurer Paul Shearon; Eastern Federal Area Vice President Gay Henson; SPEEA Area Vice President Donna Lehane; Local 195 President Tim Rudolph; and Atlantic Area Vice President Gerry Newsome. Also in attendance as guests were IFPTE Local 21’s Larry Griffin and Western Federal Area Vice President Dean Coate, along with IFPTE legislative staff.

The Convention approved several key resolutions that will guide the Federation’s legislative, political and organizing work over the next four years, including resolutions:

  • mandating aggressive organizing campaigns across the nation;
  • fighting ‘Right to Work for less’ efforts throughout the country;
  • working for pro-worker trade agreements, including the renegotiation of NAFTA;
  • working to preserve and improve the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid and Medicare, as well as work toward an ultimate goal of Medicare for All, and;
  • supporting a workers bill of rights that guarantees everyone wishing to have one a good job with fair wages.

Convention delegates also elected Richard Trumka as president, Liz Shuler as Secretary-Treasurer and Tefere Gebre as Executive Vice President, as well as IFPTE President Greg Junemann as one of 55 Vice Presidents.

Learn more about the Convention and read all of the resolutions.

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