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    :: Saturday, July 30, 2005 ::

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    Harry Kelber brings down the house urging respect for dissidents and mass mobilization at AFL-CIO convention - 07/29/05
    Looking back on 72 years in the labor movement, 60 as an activist, Harry Kelber drew repeated applause from AFL-CIO delegates even as he criticized the AFL-CIO leadership. The 91 year old labor activist, writer and educator says employers will never destroy the U.S. labor movement as he urged respect for dissidents. Kelber advocates mass mobilization of rank and file union members for organizing. Kelber's speech provided by Doug Cunningham, Workers Independent News. (6.54 MB mp3)

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    Date: Fri Jul 29, 2005  8:19 pm
    Subject: Fw: CDUI Harry Kelber speech at AFLCIO
    Check this short 9-minute audio tape of 91 year old Trade Union Activist, Harry Kelber, speak before the thousands of AFL-CO delegates, DESPITE, the attempts of Sweeney and his corporate lawyers from trying to prevent Harry's speech !

    David J.

    AFL-CIO agreement with Harry Kelber - 7.27.2005
    Today I reached a compromise agreement in which I was given 3 minutes time to address the AFL-CIO convention in return for which I agreed to give up my candidacy for the Executive Council. I had conducted a campaign for the past two days in which I criticized the activities and policies of the AFL-CIO leadership. Now I will have 3 minutes in which I can express the views about union democracy which is lacking in the American labor movement which is in large part responsible for its decline.

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