AFL-CIO Unions Strive to Empower American Workers

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April 26, 2024

Photo: Kena Adams, Indian Voices Nevada, and Zachary Conine, Nevada State Treasurer, Guest Speaker, at meeting of Southern Nevada Central Labor Council of the AFL-CIO

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) works tirelessly to improve the lives of working people.

We are the democratic, voluntary federation of 60 national and international labor unions that represent more than 12.5 million working people.

We strive to ensure all working people are treated fairly, with decent paychecks and benefits, safe jobs, dignity, and equal opportunities. We help people acquire valuable skills and job-readiness for the21st century economy. In fact, we operate the largest training network outside the U.S. military.

Our work is anchored in making sure everyone who works for a living has family-supporting wages and benefits and the ability to retire with dignity. We advance legislation to create good jobs by investing tax dollars in schools, roads, bridges, ports and airports, and improving the lives of workers through education, job training and a livable minimum wage. We advocate for strengthening Social Security and private pensions, ensuring fair tax policies, and making high-quality, affordable health care available to all.

We fight for keeping good jobs at home by reforming trade rules, reindustrializing the U.S. economy and providing worker protections in the global economy. We stand firm in holding corporations accountable for their actions.

We help make safe, equitable workplaces and give working people a collective voice to address workplace injustices without the fear of retaliation. We fight for social and economic justice and strive to vanquish oppression in all its forms.

Meeting of Southern Nevada Central Labor Council

The Southern Nevada Central Labor Council AFL-CIO welcomed Nevada State Treasurer, Zachary Conine as guest speaker during our April meeting.  The meeting was on April 8, 2024 off Whitney Mesa in the Las Vegas area. The Treasurer kept members and guests in a great mood with his conversation and occasional jokes.

The meeting was abruptly interrupted by a member receiving a call that her husband was in an office in Summerlin currently under fire by an unknown gunman.  Zachary called for a moment of silence during the meeting to honor and pray for the people involved.  As hard as it was to keep the air light and continue on, the State Treasurer impressed the crowd with his upbeat attitude and knowledgeable and respectful demeanor.

He spoke about topics such as unclaimed property, the Able Program(for disabled people), Pre paid College Tuition, 401k’s and the Pie Bill to name a few.

Native Tribal Council presented the State Treasurer with a gift.  It was a handmade lanyard presented by Gilbert Cortez, a member of both the AFL-CIO  and Native Tribal Council.

Photo: AFL-CIO Headquarters in Washington, DC, by Mattpopovich, Wikimedia Commons