Labor union members discuss U.S. workforce
Four days before the country celebrates Labor Day, some labor union members joined WMNF's Rob Lorei to talk about the issues affecting labor locally and nationally.
Guests included R. Floyd Suggs, president of the West Central Florida Federation of Labor & Business Manager, IBEW 108; Patt Drecchio, chair of the state and local Committee on Political Education (COPE) Committee and Retired IBEW 824; Tim LaLonde, chair of the Federal COPE Committee & Business Agent, IUOE 925; Josh Anijar, zone coordinator of the West Central Florida Federation of Labor; and Anthony DeStefanis, labor historian at USF and former USW organizer.
The group discussed the recent Utah mine disaster, job safety regulations, local labor history, the presidential campaign, efforts to preserve jobs in this country, national health care and the negative changes imposed by the Bush administration on working people in the last six years.
On Monday at the State Fairgrounds in Tampa, the West Central Florida Labor Federation will host a Labor Day celebration featuring a speech by AFL-CIO Secretary/Treasurer Richard Trumka. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Trumka's speech is at 11:30.
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