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The AFL-CIO Executive Council during its June 27 meeting in Washington, D.C., overwhelmingly approved two key proposals intended to improve workers? lives and strengthen the union movement. The first proposal aims to increase resources and capacity for organizing and member mobilization for politics and legislation, while strengthening state and local union movements. The second proposal strives to increase leadership diversity in the movement.
Council approval of the plans sends them to the AFL-CIO Convention, which begins July 25 in Chicago, for a final vote. If approved, the resolutions would create a $22.5 million Strategic Organizing Fund, establish industry coordinating committees to focus on strategic organizing, promote strategic union mergers, build year-round capacity for member political and legislative mobilization and ensure representation of women and people of color on AFL-CIO governing bodies. The Executive Council also approved a two-year budget that funds the organizing and member mobilization programs.