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Uploaded on Jul 20, 2008
AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer (now President) Richard Trumka blasts racism and underlines why workers should vote Obama in 2008. Excerpt of speech given at Steelworkers convention July 1, 2008, sponsored by USW President Leo Gerard. FABULOUS! Entire speech at http://www.usw.org/multimedia/video
Mr. Trumka formerly served as president of the United Mine Workers of America.
UPDATE: On September 16, 2009 Mr. Trumka was elected to be the President of the AFL-CIO, the national labor federation. He made history when two women joined his team: Liz Shuler, former executive assistant to the Electrical Workers (IBEW) President, was elected as the Secretary-Treasurer, and AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker, was elected to continue on that position.
UPDATE: On February 6, 2009 Mr. Trumka was appointed to The White House Economic Recovery Advisory Board, to be chaired by former Federal Reserve chairman Paul A. Volcker.