Sen. Warren to keynote AFL-CIO wage summit

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will be taking her populist economic message to the AFL-CIO in January, when she will be the labor union’s keynote speaker at an event devoted to wages.

The union on Thursday announced Warren would speak, calling her a “true champion of working people.”

{mosads}”Senator Warren knows how to protect Main Street from Wall Street, fight for jobs and rebuild the American Dream. She has a defined set of values and unlike many politicians, she actually sticks by those and fights to implement them,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “That’s exactly what this summit is all about.”

The summit is aimed at tackling a lingering economic concern for millions. While the overall economy has largely recovered from the recession and the stock market is at record highs, overall wage growth has been basically flat, leaving many Americans grappling with stagnant paychecks.

Democrats made a populist push to increase wages a central plank of their midterm election message, pushing to raise the minimum wage among other economic relief measures. While the party took a drubbing at the polls, as Republicans made gains up and down the ballot, labor groups argue that that populist economic message still resonates.

Warren was recently named to Senate Democratic leadership, and she has repeatedly spoken forcefully about how the party should be honing its economic message and pushing policies aimed at the working class.

“Hardworking people across the country deserve to earn fair and decent wages so they can build a better future for themselves and for their kids,” said Warren. “The AFL-CIO’s National Summit on Wages will give us a chance to ramp up our efforts to grow opportunities for America’s working families and strengthen our middle class.”

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