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AFL-CIO Executive Council Meeting

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR AFL-CIO EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING FEBRUARY 17- 20--- Los Angeles, CA -- Top leaders of the AFL-CIO will meet for nearly a week at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles beginning Sunday, February 16th -- the first time in more than 30 years that the winter executive council meeting has not been held in the resort town of Bal Harbour, Florida. After their election in late 1995, the new officers of the labor movement announced that they would be moving the traditional winter meeting to cities around the country where national union leaders could join working families' struggles. Los Angeles is home to a dynamic labor movement and some of the most aggressive new organizing in the nation. High-profile organizing campaigns include SEIU homecare workers and Justice for Janitors, H.E.R.E. New Otani Hotel organizing, UNITE low-wage worker campaign, CWA Port of Long Beach truckers and UC technical workers, IBT Overnite truckers, the Sheetmetal workers' youth-to-youth organizing, and the Strawberry Workers Campaign.

Among guests addressing the council meeting are: Vice President Al Gore, Senator Tom Daschle, Congressman Dick Gephardt, Representative Xavier Becerra, Representative Maxine Waters, U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshevsky, and California Lt. Governor Gray Davis.

Press Events Include:

Sunday, February 16

4:00 pm Los Angeles workers and union activists kick off the week with a picnic celebrating L.A. work and L.A. workers -- Union Station

Monday, February 17 Council spends all day on Organizing.

8:00 am Breakfast Briefing on the Strawberry Workers Campaign Executive Council Members, Arturo Rodriguez,Organizing Committee Chairman Arthur Coia

12:30 pm Press Conference on 1997 organizing initiatives -- John Sweeney, Richard Bensinger, Karen Nussbaum

3:30 pm Representative Maxine Waters Press Availability (tentative)

Tuesday, February 18 Political/Legislative plans, Administration and Congressional leader guests.

Morning Senator Tom Daschle and Congressman Dick Gephardt, U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshevsky -- Press availabilities -- TBA

Representative Xavier Becerra -- Press Availability TBA

Afternoon Vice President Al Gore

3:15 Press Conference -- Vice President Al Gore and AFL-CIO President John Sweeney

Wednesday, February 19 Corporate/International Affairs and Other National Campaigns.

12:30 pm Press Conference on 1997 Corporate Affairs strategies and initiatives -- actions on other national campaigns released.

4:30 pm March and Demonstration in support of New Otani Hotel Workers -- starts at Pershing Square, 5th and Olive Streets -- directly across from the Biltmore Hotel -- Thousands will march to the New Otani Hotel, at Second and Los Angeles

Thursday, February 20 Communication and community outreach inititiatives. UCLA Teach-In

12:30 pm Press Conference -- Public Affairs Initiatives

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm UCLA Teach-In -- AFL-CIO President John Sweeney Kicks off Teach-In and Addresses "The Fight For Our Future"

Friday, February 21 -- UCLA Teach-In

9:00 am 10:30 am UCLA Teach-In -- AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Richard Trumka addresses "Organizing In California"

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Linda Chavez-Thompson and Working Women's Department Head Karen Nussbaum address "Race, Gender & Class"

The AFL-CIO Public Affairs Office will be in the Regency Room at the Biltmore Hotel. Press will be to work in the Heinfbergen room which will be furnished with phones. A detailed schedule of events and room locations will be sent out on Friday, February 14th. If you have any questions, please call Deborah Dion 202-637-5036.

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