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New AFL-CIO head aims to educate, mobilize locally


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.

He told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday that the AFL-CIO needs to educate and mobilize its members on issues. It also is 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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