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MEMORANDUM
To:
AFL-CIO Executive Council MembersAFL-CIO National and International Union Presidents
From:
Richard L. Trumka
Date:
July 9, 2012
RE:
Workers Stand for America August 11 and Democratic National Convention
I’d like to take
this opportunity to bring you up to date on plans for both the DemocraticNational Convention and the Workers Stand for America rally on August 11
th
. We need yourhelp to make the August 11
th
rally a success, so please see the three important requests below.This year, as
we’ve done for 
past conventions, the AFL-CIO is supporting interestedunion members and retirees who plan to serve as delegates to the Democratic NationalConvention from their home states. The AFL-CIO is also encouraging union members andleaders to engage in policy discussions around the convention committees, including thePlatform, Rules and Credential Committees. Our participation reflects the important substantivecontributions of working families and our unions to our democracy
, and we’ll be
working to makesure the voices of working people are heard at the convention and beyond. To that end, theAFL-CIO will be hosting a meeting at the convention in Charlotte for all labor delegates, and wewill be back in touch with you as those plans are finalized. We expect the meeting to take placeon Tuesday September 4
th
at 10:00 am, but that slot is still tentative.In recognition of the changes we have made in our political program, however, and ourdesire to engage in politics in a more effective and grassroots way, this year we will not bemaking major monetary contributions to the Convention or the Host Committee for events oractivities around the convention. We
won’t be buying skyboxes
, hosting events other than theLabor Delegates meeting or bringing a big staff contingent to the convention. I will be attendingthe convention
 –
 
mainly to lead the delegates’ meeting and to convey labor’s coordinated
message where appropriate.Our resources this year will go instead to our core political work and to investing in along-term labor movement structure to build power for working men and women. The priority inthis cycle is to register and protect voters
together with our allies
and to educate andmobilize working class voters to stand up for themselves and their families and elect leaders
who’ll stand with us.
 
If you haven’t already done so, please let us know what level of 
participation in the Democratic convention your union is planning. (Please contact Ann Miller atamiller@aflcio.org or 202-508-6941.)

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