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9/23/2005

AFL-CIO Calls for 'New Direction'

Source: AFL-CIO

Hurricane Katrina has illustrated the failed priorities of national leadership, according to top union officials who called today for a “new direction” for our country.

America not only must rebuild the devastated Gulf Coast region but also must redefine national priorities to focus on better jobs, stronger communities and a just economy, the 10-member AFL-CIO Executive Committee said in announcing a dramatic “America Needs a New Direction” initiative.

“The inability of our federal leaders to deal with this continuing tragedy is a failure of huge proportions. What happened on the Gulf Coast broke our hearts, but it also opened our eyes and confronted us with graphic evidence that our leaders have broken faith with the American Dream,”
said AFL-CIO President John Sweeney, who, along with AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Richard Trumka, recently visited the storm-damaged areas.

The New Direction initiative includes immediate steps to address Katrina’s damage—including restoring wage protections for construction workers in the region, which President George W. Bush revoked, and demanding accountability in all reconstruction contracts—as well as longer term nationwide efforts. (MORE >>>)

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