Biden Honors Labor ‘Giant’ Sweeney

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President Joseph Biden, courtesy of the White House site

Reprinted from The Hill by Joseph Choi on February 3, 2021. 

President Biden on Wednesday honored the late John Sweeney, former leader of the AFL-CIO labor union, calling him “a giant of the American labor movement, and a good man.”

Sweeney died Monday at the age of 86. His cause of death has not been disclosed.

AFL-CIO spokeswoman Carolyn Bobb confirmed Sweeney’s death, according to The Washington Post.

“I had the honor and privilege of working closely with John Sweeney during his leadership of the AFL-CIO. Time and again over the many years of our friendship, I saw how lifting up the rights, voices, and dignity of working Americans was more than a job to him. It was a sacred mission. It was a calling,” Biden said in a press release on Wednesday afternoon. …

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