by James Parks, August 2, 2010
President Barack Obama will address the AFL-CIO Executive Council during its meeting in Washington, D.C., this week. Obama will speak to the council on Aug. 4, the first day of the two-day meeting—and also the president’s birthday.
Obama spoke to the AFL-CIO Convention last September in Pittsburgh. In that speech, he said he’s committed to the same goals as the union movement: restoring the economy, securing health care for everyone and passing the Employee Free Choice Act.
The two-day Executive Council meeting, Aug. 4–5, will focus on the jobs crisis and the crucial mid-term elections and how best to ensure that working people are mobilized to vote so our issues are on the national political agenda. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), chairmen of the Democratic campaign committees in the House and Senate, will meet with the union leaders on Thursday.
Labor Secretary Hilda Solis also will meet with the council on Thursday.