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Clinton, Sanders Expected at Las Vegas AFL-CIO Event

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont will share their views this week with attendees at the Nevada State AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention in Las Vegas. Courtesy: U.S. State Department
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont will share their views this week with attendees at the Nevada State AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention in Las Vegas. Courtesy: U.S. State Department
August 18, 2015

LAS VEGAS – As the leading Democratic White House hopefuls, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and current U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont are both expected to speak at the Nevada State AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention in Las Vegas this week.

Danny Thompson with the AFL-CIO says the organization looks forward to hearing the candidates' strategies to create an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy.

"We're anxious to hear what their plans are to improve the lives of our members, and help working families, increase wages and make for a better life for all Americans," he said.

Thompson says Clinton and Sanders will speak to members of nearly 120 affiliated unions who represent over 200,000 working men and women in Nevada. He says the AFL-CIO's Raising Wages agenda will serve as a guidepost for all political candidates and elected officials.

Clinton spoke at length about income inequality and her economic plan in a recent speech at the New School, a university in New York City.

"Corporate profits are at near-record highs and Americans are working as hard as ever," she said. "But paychecks have barely budged in real terms."

At a campaign event in Iowa over the weekend, Sanders kept up his campaign message that America's rich are getting very rich, while everyone else struggles.

"People are working two, three jobs in order to put food on the table," he said. "Meanwhile, almost all of the new income, all of the new wealth, is going to the top one percent. That is going to change."

Sanders is an advocate of a federal law to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

Former Maryland governor and current Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O'Malley is also expected to attend the Nevada State AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention.

Mike Clifford/Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NV