NC AFL-CIO meets for 55th annual convention

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A big labor union in the country’s least-unionized state is holding its annual North Carolina state convention, which is being billed as a push to energize workers ahead of November’s elections.

The North Carolina State AFL-CIO opens its 55th annual convention on Thursday in Raleigh.

State AFL-CIO president James Andrews says the union coalition’s goal is electing candidates who value work and condemn greed. The coalition is backing Democrats in races for president and governor.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Walter Dalton is speaking at the AFL-CIO event on Thursday about his newly unveiled job-creation proposals.

North Carolina has the country’s lowest level of union membership at just over 3 percent, compared with about 12 percent nationally.
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