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New AFL-CIO leader wants to revitalize unions


The new president of the Indiana AFL-CIO says the state labor movement needs to revitalize itself at the community level and get more labor-friendly candidates elected to office.

Brett Voorhies says revitalizing unions in Indiana will take time and patience.

Voorhies says the AFL-CIO needs to educate and mobilize its members on issues.

It is also recruiting worker-friendly candidates for the General Assembly after its unsuccessful campaign to block passage of the state's right-to-work law.

Delegates voted during the group's state convention in Terre Haute Tuesday to elect Voorhies as the new president of the 300,000 member organization over incumbent Nancy Guyott.

Voorhies has been president of the Central Indiana Labor Council since 2011 and a political coordinator for the United Steelworkers.

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