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Nurses, AFL-CIO Unions to Host Michael Moore and Special Screening of New Film at AFL-CIO Convention

Thursday, September 17, 2009 General News J E 4
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PITTSBURGH, Sept. 9 The California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, joined by other AFL-CIO unions, will host filmmaker Michael Moore at a special reception Monday night, along with a screening of his highly anticipated new film, "Capitalism: A Love Story" at the AFL-CIO national convention in Pittsburgh.

Moore will speak at the reception, which will outline the ongoing campaign for single payer healthcare reform by expanding Medicare to everyone.

He will be joined by AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer Richard Trumka, expected to be elected AFL-CIO President at the convention; Rose Ann DeMoro, Executive Director of the CNA/NNOC, the nation's largest union of RNs; Leo Gerard, President of the United Steel Workers; and Greg Junemann, President of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers.

Monday's showing, for AFL-CIO Convention delegates and guests, will be the first U.S. showing of the film which depicts the Wall Street collapse with Moore's trademark humor. DeMoro calls the film "the best major labor film in years" and "an unabashed advocacy of working people and critique of an unjust system and the financial misdeeds that have led to the gravest economic crisis since the Great Depression."

The film which premiered in Vienna, Austria just last week to rave reviews from a worldwide audience, will open in U.S. theaters on October 2.

It will be the second consecutive Moore film to be first screened in the U.S. at an event hosted by CNA/NNOC. Moore's 2007 film, SiCKO, an indictment of the U.S. healthcare industry, was first shown in the U.S. to RNs in California. CNA/NNOC leaders and other RNs then toured the country with Moore calling for comprehensive reform, best embodied by a single payer system, in a precursor to the present national healthcare reform debate.

Monday's reception, which occurs on the first day of the AFL-CIO, is co-hosted by the California School Employees Association, IFPTE, International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Utility Workers Union of America and the Labor Campaign for Single Payer.

CNA/NNOC represents 86,000 registered nurses in all 50 states, and is working toward unification with the Massachusetts Nurses Association and United American Nurses to build a new 150,000 member national nurses organization.

What: Reception with filmmaker Michael Moore, the California Nurses Assn/NNOC and other labor leaders, followed by the first U.S. showing of Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story" When: Monday, September 14. Reception 5-7 p.m. followed by film showing Where: David L. Lawrence Convention Center Ballroom, 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd., AFL-CIO Convention, Pittsburgh

SOURCE California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee
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