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Unions to hold their own political convention
Union leaders upset with Democratic convention in N. Carolina plan their own "summit"
By The Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) ' Union leaders upset that this summer's Democratic convention will be in right-to-work North Carolina plan to stage their own political gathering in a more union-friendly state.

Labor officials say the idea of holding a separate "labor summit" a few weeks ahead of the Democratic convention won wide support at the AFL-CIO's annual winter meeting.

Most unions are still planning to attend the Charlotte convention, but more than a dozen trade unions are boycotting it. They're angry that Charlotte has no union hotels and is in what they see as the least unionized state in the nation.

The labor summit would feature members of Congress, governors and other elected officials discussing labor issues. Union leaders say they still strongly support President Barack Obama and don't intend to upstage his nominating convention.

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