Charleston Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Donna Dewitt, Comments on Recent Conventions and Officers Reception

Donna Dewitt, President SC AFL-CIO

Donna Dewitt, President SC AFL-CIO, Comments on SC State and National AFL-CIO Conventions and Atlanta Officers Reception

SC AFL-CIO Convention September 9-11:  We were honored to have our friend, Roger Smith, CEO and President, American Income Life, as our keynote speaker. There were a number of informative presentations. The delegates were definitely the stars of the convention, presenting on real work related issues and interacting with presenters and other delegates. New Executive Board members elected were Erin McKee, OPEIU, Vice President, Ed Sturcken, IUPAT, District 3 and Mike Parrotta, IAFF, Trustee. A special thanks to everyone who made the convention productive and fun ! 

AFL-CIO Convention September 13-17:  I attended the National Convention in Pittsburgh with SC AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer, Mike Godfrey and Columbia CLC delegate, Cindy Rickards. We joined other SC delegates, Vice President Ken Riley, Executive Board member Andy Maute and Robert Neeley, Business Manager, IBEW 1902. Franco Harris, Football Hall of Famer opened the convention with Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President, Bill George and local labor leaders. We were addressed by Hilda Solis, Secretary of Labor, Caroline Kennedy, President Obama (picture attached), Senators Arlen Specter and Bob Casey and many other exciting speakers. A tribute was given to the memory of Senator Kennedy and to retiring AFL-CIO President, John Sweeney. Richard Trumka was elected as President and Liz Shuler, the youngest and only woman to have been elected, was elected Secretary Treasurer. They join Arlene Holt Baker, who was reelected as Executive Vice President. I was happy to have the opportunity to speak on Resolution #34, Health Care Reform, which was passed. (picture attached) Many of the delegation attended the Labor Campaign for Single Payer reception where producer and actor, Michael Moore spoke (picture attached) and we joined him in a march to a downtown theater, where we were the first US citizens to view a premier of his new movie, Capitalism, A Love Affair. (It will be opening in theaters around the country on October 2nd.) The delegates and guests enjoyed a picnic at PNC Field, where they could try their hand at batting. There's not much to report on that ! You can check out all of the convention business, pictures and videos at .

AFL-CIO Officers Reception September 20-21:  The newly elected AFL-CIO officers began a three state listening tour upon the conclusion of the National Convention. SC AFL-CIO Vice President, Erin Mckee and Board member, Andy Maute attended the Atlanta meetings, also. After an evening reception with the new officers there was a listening session where the Southern State Federation Presidents presented the concerns and challenges of the labor movement in the South. The next morning labor leaders joined community activists and elected officials in a breakfast that focused on predatory lending practices and foreclosures in the Atlanta area. 


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