WASHINGTON - The AFL-CIO executive committee voted unanimously this morning to join One Nation, Working Together, a new national coalition of labor and civil rights groups that has as its purpose to "reorder America's priorities by investing in the nation's most valuable resource - its people."
The labor, civil rights, environmental, faith and other organizations that have formed the new coalition intend to replace unemployment and economic crisis faced by the country's majority with "nothing less than a future of shared prosperity for all our people," the AFL-CIO said in a statement after it voted to join One Nation.
"None of us alone have been able to achieve our priorities," said Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO.
One Nation's first official act as a coalition will be a march on Washington on Oct. 2, which unions say will energize an army of tens of thousands who will return to their neighborhoods, churches, schools and voting booths to prevent a Republican takeover of Congress in November and begin building a new permanent coalition to fight for a progressive agenda.
Labor leaders here are saying that while the demonstration takes place in Washington union members will go door to door in targeted states, bringing the same message to their members. That activity will be part of a comprehensive election strategy mapped out here this week.
The official decision by the nation's largest labor federation to join One Nation, Working Together today follows actions by many of its 60 constituent unions that have already joined the coalition.