Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

June 15, 2005 09:00 ET

U.S. Labour Leader to speak at Convention

Unions Making a Difference: Canadian Labour Congress Convention Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, News Editor, World News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor MONTRÉAL--(CCNMatthews - June 15, 2005) - John J. Sweeney, the president of the American Federation of Labour & Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) speaks to delegates at the Canadian Labour Congress convention Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

Sweeney was elected president of the AFL-CIO at the federation's biennial convention in October 1995 and has been re-elected twice since then. At the time of his election, he was serving his fourth four-year term as president of SEIU, which grew from 625,000 to 1.1 million members under his leadership. Sweeney is the author of America Needs A Raise: Fighting for Economic Security and Social Justice.

As the federation of America's unions, the AFL-CIO includes more than 13 million of America's workers in 58 member unions working in virtually every part of the economy. Its mission is to bring social and economic justice to our nation by enabling working people to have a voice on the job, in government, in a changing global economy and in their communities.

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: John J. Sweeney will be available to the media following his speech (approximately 11:00 a.m.) in the media room on the 500 level of the Palais des congrés, in room 518C.

The Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the labour movement, represents 3 million Canadian workers. The CLC brings together Canada's national and international unions along with the provincial and territorial federations of labour and 137 district labour councils. Web site:

The convention, which meets every three years, is the supreme governing body of the Canadian Labour Congress, which was founded at its first convention in 1956. IN: ECONOMY, FINANCE, LABOUR, POLITICS, SOCIAL

Contact Information

  • Jeff Atkinson, Canadian Labour Congress
    Primary Phone: 613-526-7425
    Secondary Phone: 514-871-5847