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NEA pledges to work with new AFL-CIO president


WASHINGTON - September 17, 2009 -

Richard L. Trumka has been elected to lead the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations, the nation's largest labor union federation. The unanimous decision was made during the AFL-CIO’s national convention in Pittsburgh. 
Representing 3.2 million members, the National Education Association is the nation’s largest union. Following is a statement from NEA President Dennis Van Roekel congratulating the newly elected president of the AFL-CIO:

“I offer my congratulations to Richard L. Trumka on assuming the presidency of the AFL-CIO.  Under Richard’s leadership the AFL-CIO is well positioned to meet the challenges currently facing the labor movement in America. Throughout his career, Trumka has been both a reformer and a uniter. He is an outspoken advocate on issues that affect all Americans.

“The middle class is diminishing. Just as labor organizations were instrumental in creating the middle class, they must play an active role in rebuilding it. Trumka has pledged to do just that, plus provide a ladder to those living below middle class. He also is committed to getting meaningful health care reform and the Employee Free Choice Act passed in Congress.

“NEA shares these values and recognizes the tremendous impact these values will have on our country and our future. That’s why NEA is committed to working collaboratively on quality public education, health care and other critical issues that affect working families. We look forward to working with the AFL-CIO and its leadership team.”

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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional organization, representing 3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

CONTACT: Miguel Gonzalez  (202) 822-7823, mgonzalez@nea.org