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Change to Win Coalition to Hold Founding Convention of New Labor Federation in St. Louis

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Convention to Focus on Growth and Creating Economic Opportunity for Workers

Washington, DC - The Change to Win Coalition will hold the founding convention of a new labor federation in St. Louis on Tuesday, September 27, 2005 at the Renaissance Grand Hotel. The one-day convention will be centered on growing the union movement and creating economic opportunity for workers. It will feature workers from the US and abroad, including workers from the Gulf Coast, speaking firsthand about how the new federation will change their lives.

"The Change to Win Coalition has real solutions for working families, and on September 27th we'll share our vision for empowering the close to 90 percent of workers who lack a voice on the job," said Anna Burger, Chair of the Coalition. "Our 7 unions have made a commitment to devoting the vast majority of our resources to ensuring that workers are rewarded with a paycheck that supports a family; quality, affordable health care; and retirement with dignity."

The convention will run from 9 am -- 5:30 pm on September 27th, and will be preceded by a kickoff celebration in the America's Center from 6 -- 9 pm on Monday evening. The Coalition is also holding a roundtable discussion on Monday afternoon with national leaders of progressive organizations to share their plan for improving workers' lives, beginning with a massive training and rebuilding effort in the Gulf Coast.

The Change to Win Coalition was founded in June by unions representing more than 5 million workers, with a key focus to unite the 90 percent of workers not yet in a union so that all working people in this country can build the power to make their voices heard in their jobs, their communities, and in Washington.

Only journalists with valid press credentials will be admitted. To obtain a press credential, please contact Stephanie Mueller at 202-842-9884.

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