The event highlighted that a big turnout on Row D, the WFP line, will be decisive in ensuring that Cuomo, the IDC and other elected officials remain good to their word.
"Labor is perfectly positioned to unite a massive movement, to raise wages and to lift up our communities."
"A jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build one," legendary former U.S. House Speaker Sam Rayburn famously once observed.
They are upset by a General Counsel's memo saying franchise holders and the chains that enfranchise them are both responsible for obeying wage and working condition laws.
"We need to clearly, openly discuss the reality of racism in America, we have a big vision of a better nation.""
"I have never seen such hostility, so many non-stop attacks on working people. The greedy corporate forces won't stop unless and until we stop them."
"Our brother killed our sister's son and we do not have to wait for the judgment of prosecutors or courts to tell us how terrible this is."
Delegates adopted a multi-point action platform for coming years to battle what President Gerard called "shrewd, greedy and powerful" forces out to destroy workers.
The American Federation of Government Employees today formally endorsed Alison Lundergan Grimes for election to the U.S. Senate.
"We are not letting anybody divide the unions of the Connecticut AFL-CIO!" exclaimed Randi Weingarten to a standing ovation and loud applause.