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09.12.19

IFPTE Attends Biannual AFL-CIO Executive Council Meeting



This week IFPTE President, Paul Shearon and Secretary-Treasurer, Matt Biggs, attended the national AFL-CIO Executive Council meeting in Chicago.

The biannual meeting focused on the major labor issues facing workers and unions in the United States, including the union-busting executive orders put forward by the Trump Administration; the ongoing efforts of the labor movement to improve the US/Mexico/Canada trade agreement (USMCA); a focused effort by the labor movement to address the pension crisis facing working families, and; a concerted plan to bolster the organizing campaigns throughout the nation.

Among the highlights of the meeting was an address from Nopolean Gomez, Mexican Senator and President of the National Union of Mine & Metal Workers, who discussed his commitment to pushing for concrete labor reforms for Mexican workers. Shearon, who sits on the Executive Council as an AFL-CIO Vice President, commented: "This week's meeting was laser focused on growing the labor movement, and working in solidarity to push a pro-worker legislative agenda. Along with many of the other Vice Presidents, I shared with the AFL-CIO the current challenges and successes within our IFPTE family. IFPTE looks forward to continue working in solidarity with the AFL-CIO and affiliated unions to the betterment of IFPTE's broad membership."

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