October 5, 2007 Volume 108 Number 19

Kucinich, Edwards to speak at Oregon AFL-CIO convention

Democratic presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich, a congressman from Ohio, has been added to the lineup of speakers at this year’s Oregon AFL-CIO convention.

Kucinich will join former North Carolina U.S. senator and presidential candidate John Edwards, national AFL-CIO President John Sweeney, Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski, and several other politicians on the speaking docket.

The 50th biennial convention starts Monday morning, Oct. 8, and runs through midday Wednesday, Oct. 10.

Kucinich will speak at a welcome party scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 7, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Best Western Oceanview Motel, which also will serve as the convention headquarters. The state labor federation’s Executive Board, General Board and Committee on Political Education will meet Sunday starting at 1 p.m., also at the Best Western Oceanview Motel.

Sweeney is slated to speak at 10 a.m. on the opening day, Monday, Oct. 8. Kulongoski is scheduled to appear at 4:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 10 a.m., Edwards will address delegates.

On Wednesday, delegates will elect new officers and Executive Board members. Both president and secretary-treasurer posts are up this year and the only declared candidates at this point are incumbent President Tom Chamberlain and incumbent Secretary-Treasurer Barbara Byrd. Chamberlain is completing the term of Tim Nesbitt, who stepped down in mid-term, and Byrd is completing the term of Brad Witt, who was deemed ineligible to serve following the departure of United Food and Commercial Workers to the Change to Win labor federation.

Nominations will be held at 11:45 a.m. Oct. 8.

The convention begins at 9 a.m. all three days.

After adjournment on Monday, Oct. 8, delegates will canvass sections of the city with Working America, a community affiliate of the national AFL-CIO that is partnering with labor to create a massive workers’ movement. After the canvass, volunteers will have a barbecue at Broadway Park in Seaside.

At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9, the popular Union Label Show will be held at the Seaside Convention Center.

An Executive Board meeting will be held immediately following adjournment on Oct. 10.

Delegates can register from noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7 at the Best Western Oceanview Motel, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 8-9, at the Convention Center.

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