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St. Louis Convention Will Chart New Course for Union Movement

Thursday, September 1, 2005

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 St. Louis Grand Hotel. “September 27th will be a historic day for American workers when we found a new and powerful vehicle through which they can unite to ensure that all working families benefit from the global economy,” stated Anna Burger, Chair of the Coalition. According to Burger, “The central mission of the new federation will be to use the resources of the affiliated unions to wage a massive campaign to empower the millions of American workers who are currently deprived of a strong voice on the job and in their communities.”

The 450 delegates to the convention –representing more than five million workers throughout the American economy—will approve a new constitution and establish the priorities for the new federation. The name for the new federation will also be announced at the Convention.

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.

Stephanie Mueller, 202.326.0842 or 202.256.0833

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