Videos and Highlights

Sunday, Sept. 8

Part 1: The 2013 AFL-CIO Convention kicks off as Maria Elena Durazo and Art Pulaski welcome the delegates, President Richard Trumka frames the convention, and the Constitution and Rules committees report. Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker and Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler introduce the affiliates and Executive Council Members. President Trumka recognizes president-emeritus John Sweeney and welcomes UFCW and its president Joe Hansen back to the federation. Sen. Elizabeth Warren delivers a keynote speech.

Part 2: The first day of the convention continues with a report on the Inclusion Conference: Building a Diverse Movement for Shared Prosperity. Resolutions on diversity, women workers, and young workers are adopted.

Part 3: Sunday concludes with recognition of the AFL-CIO Adopt-A-School program awardees and Jobs and Freedom Scholarship recipients, one of whom speaks. President Richard Trumka presents the annual Meany-Kirkland award to the International Domestic Workers Network  and Myrtle Witbooi, who delivers an acceptance speech and leads domestic workers in song.

Monday, Sept. 9

Part 1: The second day of the 2013 AFL-CIO convention started with President Richard Trumka delivering a stirring keynote speech to the delegates. Delegates passed a resolution on building labor-community partnerships.

Part 2: The second day continues with the delegates adopting resolutions on building a broad and inclusive labor movement, assisting workers to organize, and enacting labor laws that address the needs of all workers.

Part 3: The delegates passed a resolution to expand workers' rights to kick off the afternoon of the second day of the convention. President Obama delivered a video message and Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker was honored with a special tribute.

Part 4: Monday concludes with the adoption of a constitutional amendment that expanded the role of young workers in the labor movement. The delegates pass a resolution addressing mass incarceration.

Tuesday, Sept. 10

Part 1: The third day of the 2013 AFL-CIO Convention begins with remarks by Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz. The delegates adopted resolutions on shared prosperity, economic security, raising wages, more equitable bankruptcy laws, improving requirement security, and improving job safety for all workers.

Part 2: The morning of the third day of the convention closes with Secretary of Labor Tom Perez addressing the delegates. 

Part 3: On Tuesday afternoon, the delegates adopted resolutions on assisting immigrant workers to become citizens and on forming a new approach to trade and globalization.

Part 4: Tuesday concludes with nominations and elections of the Executive Officers. President Richard Trumka, Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler and Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre were elected by acclimation. They delivered their acceptance speeches.

Wednesday, Sept. 11

Part 1: The final day of the convention begins with a remembrance of the victims of Sept. 11, 2001. The delegates adopt resolutions to bolster global organizing, support the passage of ENDA, modifying laws on student debt, in support of public education, making economics issues more conversant, and improving the accountability of state federations and central labor councils. The delegates also adopt a resolution that voices discontent with Pennsylvania Governor Corbett and Philadelphia Mayor Nutter.

Part 2: The morning of the last day of the convention concludes with a report from the finance committee. The delegates adopt resolutions on the Gateway Pacific Terminal, TVA privitization, and the U.S. Postal Service. The delegates also adopt resolutions on foreign policy in Iraq and Honduras and a resolution to seek justice for Santiago Rafael Cruz.

Part 3: On the afternoon of the last day of the convention, the delegates passed resolutions to strengthen Medicare and the Affordable Care Act.

Part 4: The 2013 AFL-CIO Convention concludes with the delegates passing resolutions recognizing the American Labor Museum and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Museum and Memorial, bipartisan political action and for a political prisoner in Puerto Rico. Brazil's former president Lula Inacio da Silva sent a video message. And delegates speak to the future of the labor movement.