(Washington, D.C.)—AFGE National President John Gage was sworn in today as National Vice President on the board of directors of the AFL-CIO. Three other joins him, Joe Hansen, President of United Food and Commercial Workers, Baxter Atkinson, International President of American Federation of School Administrators and William Young, President of National Association of Letter Carriers. In his speech resigning from the Executive Board former AFGE National President Bobby Harnage praised President Gage as a “man who will continue to move AFGE forward.”
President Gage is among the leaders meeting this week in Miami for the annual winter meeting of the AFL-CIO Executive Council. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Richard Gephardt will be among the guests addressing the Council.
Plans for the largest grassroots mobilization and education effort for the 2004 elections will top the agenda, along with a focus on workers’ organizing efforts, growing momentum for legislation to ensure workers' freedom to organize, upcoming bargaining, and current legislative strategies. A major initiative to highlight the U.S. jobs crisis will also be discussed at the Council meeting.