Thousands Attend Union Rally At West Virginia Capitol

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The West Virginia AFL-CIO estimates that about 7,000 people attended a rally protesting actions and proposals by the state’s Republican Legislature.
The “Mountaineer Workers Rising Rally” at the state Capitol Saturday was organized to protest Republican proposals that union leaders say are bad for workers. Labor groups are opposing the introduction of charter schools, changes to the state prevailing wage for construction projects, and legislation that they say weakens coal mining safety regulations.
State AFL-CIO president Kenny Perdue called the rally “a powerful display of unity.”
Other featured speakers at the rally included national AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka, United Mine Workers of America president Cecil Roberts and Teamsters secretary-treasurer Ken Hall.