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AFL-CIO to explore taking a stance on eliminating filibuster

With the failure of including the $15 minimum wage in the reconciliation process, I was wondering what the next move was going to be and who was going to make it. It makes perfect sense for it to be a reawakening of a moribund Labor movement. Politically it looks very positive for the progressives, but also appealing to the working man who has been screwed for years. It looks like a win win situation that may win back traditional working Democrats. Maybe even Manchin could be persuaded to help dump the filibuster.


The AFL-CIO's executive board will meet next week to determine its position on eliminating the filibuster, the labor federation's president, Richard Trumka, told POLITICO Thursday.

Two of organized labor's highest priorities in Congress boosting the minimum wage to $15 an hour and legislation containing a long list of union priorities known as the PRO Act are unlikely to garner the 60 votes needed for passage in the Senate.

"There are several ways to get them done," Trumka said. Ending the filibuster "is one of them."
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