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AFL-CIO JOINS ANNIVERSARY MARCH ON WASHINGTON

 WASHINGTON, May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The AFL-CIO Executive Council called on members of its 86 affiliated unions to join a "new coalition of conscience," taking part in the 30th anniversary March on Washington, set for Aug. 28.
 The march and rally at the Lincoln Memorial will commemorate the 1963 demonstration for civil rights organized by A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin. That march, at which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his renowned "I Have a Dream" speech, led to the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the council said, "but the goal of social and economic justice for all has not yet been met."
 Returning to the site of the historic rally, organized labor and its allies will stress Jobs and Justice, including calls for legislative action on health care reform, fair trade, workplace safety and health reform and a ban on "permanent replacements" for striking workers.
 Members of the Executive Council, which met May 4-5 in Washington, reiterated those concerns May 4 in a meeting at the White House with President Clinton.
 During the two-day session, the council reviewed the National Partnerships for Community Investment program, a planned joint venture by the AFL-CIO Housing and Building Investment Trusts and the Department of Housing and Urban Development to help rebuild the nation's cities.
 The AFL-CIO trusts will invest some $500 million in 25 cities to provide affordable housing and other construction, with those funds expected to leverage additional investment.
 The council also accepted the resignations of two vice presidents. Joyce Miller, who was the first woman voted on the council, stepped down after 13 years' service to head the Labor Department's Glass Ceiling Commission, and Jack Otero, the first Hispanic elected to the council, resigned effective May 17 and will become deputy undersecretary of labor for international affairs.
 Miller, who served as a vice president of the Clothing and Textile Workers and founding president of the Coalition of Labor Union Women, was voted an AFL-CIO vice president in 1980. Otero, elected to the council in 1991, joined the Transportation Communications Union 40 years ago after leaving Cuba. He was a founding officer and later president of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement.
 AFL-CIO President Lane Kirkland said election of two new vice presidents will take place at the next council meeting, Aug. 3-4.
 The council also adopted two sets of guidelines on training -- one covering school-to-work programs and the development of skill standards among currently employed workers, and a second on meeting the needs of dislocated workers.
 AFL-CIO Vice President Robert A. Georgine reported on union efforts to oppose plans by the German auto maker BMW to use cheap non-union labor in building a plant and its autos in Spartanburg, S.C. "BMW said it was not going to pay as much as it did in Germany," Georgine told the Council. "So they shopped Taiwan and Indonesia and Mexico -- all around the Third World countries -- and South Carolina won," Georgine told the council.
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 /CONTACT: Candice Johnson of AFL-CIO, 202-637-5010/


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